Aconcagua 1st February 2020
Leader: Iain Bisset
Yesterday the team trekked out from base, arriving back at Penitentes last night, where they have been enjoying the lucuries of showers, clean clothers, and lovely food, and allowing Iain to send through a couple of photos. Today they will head back to Mendoza where the celebrations will begin in ernest.
Congratulations to our final Aconcagua team of the season, who reached the summit yesterday. Iain and local leader Chicho reached the summit at 13.30 with Katie, Ekaterina, Duncan and Fred. Dave and Ian had a new height record at Camp Cholera. Photos to follow once the team are back in Penitenties. This brings to a close a fantastic season on Aconcagua, with summit success on every expedition.
Iain called in today to say that the team all wish a HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY to everyone back home. They are going to have a special picnic to celebrate. It’s a perfect day for a picnic at camp 3 Gunaccos as the sun is in the sky and there is not a breath of wind. The team are fueling up here ready for their summit attempt which if the weather holds true to the forecast will be this weekend.
Ian phoned in, it’s early morning on Aconcagua. Today the team are moving up to Camp 2 Gunnacos. It’s a windy day but hopefully once up at Gunaccos they will be a little more sheltered from the winds.
Ian phoned in. The team have moved up to camp one in really good weather. They carried their kit to the second camp at Gunaccos, this took half of their load up the mountain. This will also allow them to acclimatise by climbing high and sleeping low before making the move up to Gunaccos.
Yesterday the team made a carry up to camp 1 in exactly 4 hours – a really fast time. They spent the walk making their best puns. Ian won with “20,000 leagues under the Scree” by Mules Verne. Today they are resting, as tomorrow they leave the luxtury of basecamp, moving up to camp 1.
The group arrived into base camp last night. Everyone is getting on well, and made really good time on the journey from Cassa de Piedra.
The highlight of the trip is the sandwiches the size of an iPad, and the plans to remake famous films but using mules. So far they have “Mule intentions” “Mule Runnings” and “Mulias Caeser” on the list.
The team have started their three day trek in to base camp singing “Tang and agua, up on Aconcagua” (to the tune of Going Loco in Acapulco).
And they’re off – our last Aconcagua expedition for the season is now underway! The team arrived in Mendoza yesterday, and after a briefing, kit check and buying their food for the mountain, they are now on their way to Penitentes, from where they will start their trek in to base camp.