Aconcagua: Nugent & Team Celebrating Back in Mendoza

Posted by: Billy Nugent, Garrett Stevens, Mike King | February 18, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua

Hey All!

Checking in one last time here from Mendoza where our intrepid crew has just checked in at our hotel, dusty and stinking from 15 days on the trail. After our rough awakening at Camp Cólera and rallying “lights and sirens” style to save our camp we had a relatively uneventful walk down to Basecamp where we were greeted by the great staff at Grajales. Then there was yesterday’s walk from Basecamp to Pampa de Leñas which is normally a bone-crusher, this time it was all gravy after our battle up at Cólera. The herrieros (mule drivers) at Pampa de Leñas treated us to a delicious asado that was mostly beef tenderloin, salted and grilled over wood coals! The crew was very appreciative after so many days of hard work. After sleeping out under the stars last night, today saw another seven miles of easy walking til we hit the road and loaded up for our shuttle to Mendoza. We are certainly tired but, again, very psyched on our accomplishment and intend to spend the next several days enjoying Argentine cuisine and wine. The gang is even going to head out on a group winery tour in a couple days since we’re kinda stuck here with our early arrival from the mountain. Lotsa love from way down south, signing off…

RMI Guide Billy Nugent

Aconcagua view near Basecamp. Photo: Linden Mallory

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Great article Billy! We trekked to to the Base Camp of Aconcagua around the same time in February 2013 and stayed in the Andes for 7 days,  it was truthfully fantastic the whole way around. The views, the place.. one of a kind experience.

I must agree on the asado as a good lunch option while we enjoyed the fresh mountain air, although having a veggie trekking partner she wasnt so into the meat-based lunch, although they did BBQed some veggies..for her, awesome.  We hired a Mendoza-based company Acomara, which provided us with english speaking guides so that was a plus for us. I dont know how you guys dealt with the language barrier but for us having these guys that spoke good English sure made the whole experience smoother.

Once again great article, regards!

Posted by: Dave Cowell on 8/22/2013 at 7:05 pm

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