Aconcagua: Van Deventer & Team - Expedition Complete!

Posted by: Leon Davis, Mike King, Pete Van Deventer | February 07, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua

23,000 feet to the busy hustle bustle, and near 100 degree heat of Mendoza in three days.  After two weeks of grinding our way higher and higher on Aconcagua, the end of the trip is always a blur. Summit day on this trip has to be the most memorable part, not just for the elation of standing on the roof of South America, but because of how perfect the whole day was.  Dead calm conditions, clear skies, and warm temps had us on the summit wearing just a couple layers, and no gloves! After the cold temps, snow, and winds that we had on our way up, it was an amazing shift that made the whole day so enjoyable.

Since that day, we grabbed all of our gear and endured the five hour descent to base camp, to be greeted by a wonderful steak dinner. The next morning we donned small packs and light shoes, and followed the fourteen miles of mule trails to Pompe de LeƱas, our first camp on the way in. It’s always a long day, and our feet were tired when we arrived, but we were revived by a delicious asado, fresh tomato salad, and Malbec wine cooked for us by the muleteers. Everyone ate until they were stuffed, watched the stars come out, and shared stories.  Wednesday morning we were up early, motivated to get to the road and all the comforts that follow.  A four hour hike and a quick shuttle delivered us to Penitentes, and then a few hours in the bus had us back in Mendoza last night for another great Mendoza feast.

It has been a blast for the guides to climb with this group.  Everyone gelled into a cohesive climbing team well, and took the team work aspect seriously. We have a couple of days now to relax in town, soak up some sun by the pool, and let beat up feet heal, before we start the long plane flights back! Thanks for all the comments and support on the blog.

Over and out,

RMI Guides Pete, Leon, Mike, and the whole climbing team

Aconcagua, 22,841ft.

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Congratulations to the team on your successful adventure!  It’s great to imagine you all lazing by the pool in the sun with your feet propped up, reminiscing about all of those footsteps that took you to the top.  Well done & Safe trips home!
Love,
Mom & Dad

Posted by: Paula & Bill VanDeventer on 2/7/2013 at 4:56 pm

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