Aconcagua: Stevens & Team Packed in at Piedras

Posted by: Garrett Stevens, Nick Brown, Ben Liken | December 31, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 10,550'

Today the team woke to another perfect blue sky, light winds, and zero clouds in sight. We took advantage of the cooler morning temps to get breakfast eaten, get packed up, and head further up the Vacas valley towards our home for tonight at Casa de Piedras.

The early shade was a welcome relief from yesterday’s sun, and for the first hour or so we moved smoothly uphill and further upstream. As the day stretched on, the sun came over the horizon in full force and we were soon wishing for the light breeze from yesterday.

Well, you definitely have to be careful what you wish for, because about halfway to our destination the wind got quite strong, with big gusts blowing huge clouds of dust and sand down the valley and into our faces. But this tough team just kept going, undeterred. If anything, spirits got higher as we moved together towards our goal, and smiles abounded (albeit a little gritty from the sand flying all around).

The crew got to test their tent erecting skills in strong winds, and were soon nestled into bomber shelter. We’ve been hydrating and hiding from the sun, ready for an early launch tomorrow up the Relinchos valley towards our base camp at 14,000’.  Stay tuned for more!

RMI Guides Garrett, Nick, and Ben

The first views of Aconcagua as seen approaching Trek Camp 2, Casa de Piedras.  Photo: RMI Collection Tents at Casa de Piedra.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Comments

Happy New Year G$!  I love you and miss you and hope you are well. 

Xo,
Barbarina

Posted by: Barbarina on 1/1/2014 at 10:43 am

Happy New Years on the mountain. You 3 climbed while we 4 went bowling. SPOT working well.

Keep going up
Skipper

Posted by: Skipper on 1/1/2014 at 9:56 am

Great news, and great pictures too!!!

Keep up the good work.

Matilde

Posted by: Matlde on 12/31/2013 at 7:35 pm

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