Aconcagua: Nugent & Team Move to Camp 1

Posted by: Billy Nugent, Garrett Stevens, Mike King | February 10, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 16,200'

We woke again today to completely clear and beautiful skies, and seemingly perfect weather for our move out of basecamp and up on the mountain. The gang packed up quickly and were ready to march in short order. Anticipation has been building for a long time and everyone was ready to get the show on the road. We moved well and enjoyed a nice breeze that actually helped temper the heat of the sun. After about 4 1/2 hours of climbing we were setting up tents on the upper bench of Camp 1 (16,700’) and heading down for a super short back carry to retrieve our cache. As we were getting settled the wind was coming in and out and eventually it started snowing. The whole camp and surrounding cliffs got a beautiful dusting of 2 or 3 inches of snow. The squall eventually died down and I’m hoping for a calm rest of the evening…

RMI Guide Billy Nugent

An RMI Team stopped for a break on the way to Camp 1. Photo: RMI Collection RMI Climbers climbing through the snow penitentes before Camp 1. Photo: Linden Mallory

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