Aconcagua: Carry to Camp 1

Posted by: | January 13, 2011
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 13,800'

The group woke for the third morning under the shadows of Ameghino and our objective, Cerro Aconcagua. The skies were a brilliant blue, and excitement ran high in the group over breakfast as everyone prepared for the day’s carry to Camp 1 (16,350’). Group loads of food were doled out, and the group took up the slow, but steady pace that will be our mantra for the rest of the climb.

It took us 4 1/2 hours to reach Camp 1. We took a nice 45 minute rest there and then we headed down to basecamp arriving by 5:00 pm. The descent took us less than half of our ascent time. Route conditions between basecamp and Camp 1 were very nice compared with what I have experienced in the last 10 years.

StokemeterTomorrow we will take one more rest day with the relative comforts of basecamp, before our move to Camp 1. We’ve received some of the posts left on the blog, and we are all grateful for your well-wishes.

Signing off,
Gabriel Barral and the RMI Aconcagua expedition

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Hi, regards all :)
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Posted by: ShawnSpeed on 2/4/2011 at 5:31 am

Dear RMI- Thank you very much for the stokemeter.  You guys rock like rockin’ thangs! xoxo, Amy

Posted by: Amy Stevens on 1/14/2011 at 7:15 am

We are so glad to hear the weather is good for you.  We miss you but are enjoying reading what is going on with you.  Piper helped us make a snowshoe trail on the river while Tom was at a business meeting.  Keep up the good work!!!!

Posted by: Anita Petit on 1/13/2011 at 10:42 pm

Glad to hear that your weather and your route conditions are good. :)

Posted by: Judy H. on 1/13/2011 at 5:29 pm

Keith, I think you will be happy with the new sleeping bag, look like the temps just go down from now on. Beer & chips for me for the next set of playoff.
love mom & dad

Posted by: Fred & Jan on 1/13/2011 at 4:39 pm

Hi Dan,
Enjoying the pictures and the updates. Sounds like a lot of fun. So glad you could do this in your “down” time. Stay safe and glad the weather so far has been good.
Mom & Dad

Posted by: Ed & Katie Meleason on 1/13/2011 at 3:28 pm

Hey Sis…  “polepole” just like on Kili!  :-)
Nice to hear the conditions are exceptional!  You go girl!
Love ya,

Posted by: Sheri Brisbois on 1/13/2011 at 3:20 pm

sounds like you are having great weather !  better than Seattle which collected 6 inches of snow yesterday,  tell Sid Huskies won, ducks lost and Seahawks continue to impress with 2nd playoff game against Chicago Bears on Sunday !  Happy Climbing !  Carol, Kayla and Bart

Posted by: Carol Eland on 1/13/2011 at 3:20 pm

Thanks for the updates.  Can RMI add a “stokemeter” to the blog so we can get daily updates on the stoke level?  Also, if you get this, please tell Garrett his dog misses him so much he managed to escape the back yard again.  Cheers and happy climbing!

Posted by: Amy Stevens on 1/13/2011 at 2:13 pm

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