Aconcagua: At Plaza Argentina Basecamp

Posted by: | January 11, 2011
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 13,800'

Hi All!

The Aconcagua climb is checking in excited to say that we have arrived at our basecamp at Plaza Argentina. The team got an early start so that we could have some help from our mules in crossing the Rio de Vacas, just outside of camp.  Over the course of the 3,200’ to basecamp, we left tracks for a group of our francophone friends through the rolling hills above the chasm of the Rio Relinchos. The bright white of fresh snow on Ameghino and Aconcagua contrasted with our arid surroundings, and a brilliant blue sky made for spectacular photographs and high spirits.

We arrived in the Plaza Argentina to a bodaciously bountiful reception of salami, cheese, olives, and cake from our outfitter. The crew is resting and beginning to acclimate. On tap for tomorrow: our first rest day of the trip! Everyone is well and sends their best.

Signing off
-The RMI Aconcagua Expedition

Views of Aconcagua from the Relinchos Valley before reaching Basecamp.

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