Aconcagua 28th December
Leader: Sam Bradshaw
Summit Success for the team on the 13th Janaury. In typical Aconcagua fashion it was a very cold and windy summit day for the team, which made it very challenging for the group. Christine, James and Asif decided to stay at camp. Andrew and Emma made it to 6300m before making the tough decision to head down. Carlo & Joao pushed on and made it to the summit of the highest point in South America.
The team are now down at Plaza de Mulas and are getting ready to head out to the road head. Sam has sent some pictures from their journey:
With high winds the team sat out the worst of the weather at base camp, with storms and strong gusts blowing through camp. The team then moved up to camp 1 and spent a day aclimatising before doing a load carry to Camp 3 Gunaccos. Today the team have been preparing for the move up to Gunaccos. The weather has still been windy but the team are coping well, and have spent the day boiling and drinking lots of water to help with the acclimatisation process. Tomorrow the team head up to Gunaccos keeping a close eye on the weather to plan their summit attempt.
Sam called in from base camp today. The team arrived yesterday and are having a rest today before they start making their way up the mountain tomorrow.
The team have arrived into Mendoza. Final preparations are being made today, they will then obtain their permits before heading up to Penitentes. After a last night in a hotel at Penitentes they team will start their 3 day trek to base camp.