Written By: sean on January 11, 2014 14 Comments

Summit!!  They made it.  Sean’s just phoned from the summit (3pm their time).  Excellent conditions he said.

Written By: sean on January 10, 2014 7 Comments

Sean’s just called to say they are at Colera (5900m).  All good and strong and preparing for the summit attempt tomorrow.  They will depart at about 4am (9am SA time).

Written By: sean on January 10, 2014 2 Comments

Sean phoned from the satellite phone last night (Thurs) to say that they were all safely ensconced at camp Nido (5500m).  Everyone was doing well. The wind wasn’t as strong as predicted.  Today they climb to camp Colera (5900m) and tomorrow they will depart very early for the summit.

 

Written By: sean on January 8, 2014 7 Comments
Mt Aconcagau – day 11

From Sean – Today is our rest day in preparation for the summit push.  We had a good taste of the size of the mountain yesterday when we pushed up to Nido de Condores 5500m.  We are a good, light and fast team and if the weather is favourable we hope to [...]

Written By: sean on January 7, 2014 2 Comments
Mt Aconcagua – day 10

Monday was a rest day at BC after Sunday’s trek up to the nearby peak Bonetti. They spent the day sorting and packing their gear for Nido. Everyone is well and they’re having tons of fun. The weather is beautiful says Sean.  Today the group are heading up to Camp Nido (5500m) [...]

Written By: sean on January 6, 2014 5 Comments
Mt Aconcagua – day 8 and 9

Change of plans.  Instead of caching their loads at Camp Canada or Nido on Sunday, the team climbed to the peak of Cerro Bonetti, a 5100m cone of scree standing five kilometres from Base Camp.

Molly finally got her gear bag delivered to Base Camp yesterday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Written By: sean on January 4, 2014 2 Comments
Mt Aconcagua – pics

 

 

 

 

 

 

Written By: sean on January 4, 2014 3 Comments
Mt Aconcagua – day 7

Today is a much needed rest day at Plaza de Mulas (Base Camp) before they load carry up to Camp Nido des Condores (the condor’s nest) at 5200m tomorrrow or Plaza Canada (4900m) and then descend to Base Camp by tomorrow evening.  They’ll carry tents and food in their backpacks for caching [...]

Written By: sean on January 3, 2014 8 Comments
Mt Aconcagua – day 6

The crew will be trekking to Plaza de Mulas (Base Camp 4200m) today. It’s about an 8 hr trek which follows the banks of the river.  The walk into BC is long but the terrain is mostly flat until the last hour.

Written By: sean on January 2, 2014 4 Comments
Mt Aconcagua – day 5

Today the group are doing an acclimatisation trek to Plaza Francia at 4200m and will spend a bit of time there getting used to the thinner air. They will descend back to Confluencia this afternoon and rest well before the long day ahead tomorrow trekking up to Plaza de Mulas (base camp).

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