Leader: Dave Pritt
Stu spoke to Dave this morning, the team head out of Base Camp today !
31st Jan 16:25pm
SUMMIT SUCCESS! The team have just reached the summit of Aconcagua. Well done to all, enjoy the views and we wish you a safe journey back down to camp.
31st Jan 3:50pm
Dave has called in to say that Nick, Sandy and himself are back down at camp. Dave passed the the tracker onto Pablo, one of the local guides, who is acting as the back marker of the group. The rest of the team are just shy of the summit, but still making their way up.
31st Jan 9:20am
The team are on the way and making good progress. At 7:16am local time they are just about to arrive at the Independencia Hut at 6450m. This is where they will have their first big rest before starting the big sweeping traverse to the cave at the start of the Canaletta at 6600m. Due to funnelling nature of the terrain, the traverse can still be very windy despite summit winds being low. It can also be cold because the route will still be in the shadow of the mountain, so while having their break at Independencia Hut, the team will also be preparing for the for this next stage. The cave at 6600m tends to be well sheltered, so they will have another rest here, before the final assault on the summit.
The team will be giving us regular updates and you can follow them on the map below.
The team are doing well and focusing on the 31st Jan for their summit attempt. Tomorrow they will move up to the high camp, Camp Colera.
Today the team leave the comforts (and wifi) of base camp. They will move up to camp 1, and then to camp 2 keeping a close eye on the weather before moving up the mountain to Camp Colera and their summit attampt.
Yesterday the team reached the summit of Bonete Peak at 5050m! Great acclimatisation with fantastic views and clear blue skies.
The group all did the steep carry up to camp 1 at 5000m in a very respectful 3hrs 15min and descended in just over an hour. Rest day tomorrow and then over to Bonete Peak 5050m to further acclimatise.
The team are perfecting the rest phase of the day.
Base Camp and the way to camp 1 on the right. Today the team went for a short acclimatisation walk, then they sorted the loads ready to carrie to camp 1 tomorrow morning.
Yesterday the team moved up to Base Camp and had Pizza for tea. Today is a rest day.
Yesterday the team headed up to just below the South Face of Aconcagua, gaining good acclimatisation to 4000m before returning to Confluencia for some great food.
19th Jan – Yesterday the team started their trek to base camp, it took them just over three hours to arrive at the interim camp of Confluencia. They have been enjoying great food and today they will take an acclimatisation walk toward the South Face base camp.
16th Jan – The team have all arrived in Mendoza and last night they enjoyed a great meal in Mendoza
The team will be sending us regular updates so keep checking back to follow their progress.
13th Jan – Dave & Nick have been acclimatising today prior to the rest of the group arriving into Mendoza on the 16th Jan. Once everyone has arrived they will make their final preparations before heading up to Penitentes.
Stu Peacock is a very experienced high altitude mountaineer who has been to the Summit of Everest, Broad Peak, Cho Oyu and climbed on K2. His other expeditions include: Manaslu, Ama Dablam, Peak Lenin, Aconcagua, Khan Tengri, Tien Shan Unclimbed, Korzhenevskaya, Himlung Himal, Baruntse, Mera & Island Peak, Alpamayo, Bolivian Peaks, Spantik, Elbrus, Mt Kenya and Kilimanjaro. He was the first Brit to summit Everest via the North Ridge 3 times and has climbed Everest from both the North & South sides.