Aconcagua: Back to Basecamp

Posted by: | January 23, 2011
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 14,000'

We are back at Basecamp!

The group woke early to sunny skies, and some small snow drifts at 19,600’. A quick breakfast and time to break camp and pack, and we were on our way downhill. The group moved very well, and just under 5 hours later we were walking into Basecamp ahead of some weather that was chasing us. While we sat in the cook tent drinking tea and coffee, the skies opened with snow and gusty winds.

We have just finished an incredible dinner of Argentine steak and Malbec (at 14000 ft!). The group is well fed, happy for the thicker air, and headed to bed. Tomorrow, our packs again get lighter as the mules give us a hand with our loads. We will walk to our first camp (Pampa de LeƱas) for a barbecue and sleep, before a last few hours to the trailhead, and transport to Mendoza! We’ll be in touch tomorrow. Thanks for reading,

RMI Guide Gabriel Barral and Team

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Hi Dad!
  Sounds like you guys had a great trip, glad you made it back safely!

Posted by: Kayla Eland on 1/25/2011 at 12:04 pm

What a wonderful experience for all of you.
Wishing you safe travels again tomorrow. :)

Posted by: Judy H. on 1/23/2011 at 7:32 pm

Hi Dan,
Glad you all made it back to base camp. The meal sounds wonderful. Bet you all sleep great tonight. Glad the weather held off for all of you. Enjoy Mendosa tomorrow. Glad you could experience the trip and had a great group of people. Take care. Can’t wait to talk to you.
Mom & Dad

Posted by: Ed & Katie Meleason on 1/23/2011 at 5:38 pm


Posted by: Tami from Oregon on 1/23/2011 at 5:32 pm

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