Aconcagua: Nugent & Team at High Camp Ready for Summit Bid Tonight

Posted by: Billy Nugent, Walter Hailes, Katrina Bloemsma | January 17, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 19,600'

We’re at high camp, poised and ready! Last night we had quite the snowfall, almost 8”, which is quite a lot for Aconcagua. We spent the morning digging out and packing up for our move up. The large majority of the climbers who were queued up at Camp 2 made the move up to Camp Cólera with us today so trail breaking wasn’t so bad. Our team stayed together and moved smoothly through the terrain despite very hot temperatures. Blue skies and direct sun at almost 20,000’ coupled with the reflective blanket of new snow made for some serious UV exposure not to mention the high temperatures. It felt like being in the Mega-Tan 9000 industrial strength, Baywatch endorsed tanning bed all day. Then as we arrived at Camp Cólera the clouds rolled in and it started to snow again.  If the last seven days are any indication, the snow should stop and the clouds should lift sometime overnight. We have our fingers crossed for a clear and comfortable summit attempt tomorrow.

We’ll check in tomorrow after the hurly burly’s done!

RMI Guide Billy Nugent

Views of the Andes while approaching High Camp on Aconcagua. Photo: RMI Collection An RMI Team at High Camp on Aconcagua. Photo: RMI Collection

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Best wishes Mer and to all climbers! We’re so excited for you!

Posted by: Delese on 1/18/2014 at 4:48 am

Len and Dawn
We hope the weather cooperates for you and the team and you have an enjoyable and safe summit attempt.  Good luck and we will be thinking of you.
Mom and Dad

Posted by: Jack and Sue on 1/17/2014 at 10:23 pm

Jeff—we will be watching your movements closely on Saturday, hoping you and the team will reach your dream of the summit! Debbie, Andrew, Madison

Posted by: Debbie on 1/17/2014 at 8:41 pm

Best of luck! Thinking of you all. Hi mike!

Posted by: Debbie on 1/17/2014 at 8:19 pm

Patrick:

So glad you are ready to go for it!  We’ll be checking in!  Best of luck to you and all the members of the team and your guides!

Love, Mom and Dad

Posted by: Mom on 1/17/2014 at 6:10 pm

Snow beats scree, right?  Gather your strength, focus your energy, throw on your crampons, and go claim the prize you have earned through months of preparation.  SO excited for you!

Posted by: Geoff on 1/17/2014 at 2:42 pm

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