Aconcagua: Beren & Team at Casa de Piedra

Posted by: Jake Beren | December 24, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 10,550'

Buenas noches and Merry Christmas Eve from our second camp before Basecamp. Our time down here in the Southern Hemisphere was a hot one again today, but we did get to camp before the heat of the day set in and enjoyed a siesta while it passed. As one of the few inhabitants of this camp we did introduce ourselves to our neighbors. Our friends the herreros, led by Fernando, and the ranger crew, run by Diego, who made introductions to a most rare Mitchell’s Plover. This is a rare bird living in the meadow adjacent to our camp. A cute fellow with a small curved beak and white halo, yellow breast and pleasant disposition, I was pleased to make his acquaintance.

Tomorrow we will push for Basecamp, leaving the Vacas Valley for the Relinchos Valley and tasting our first elevation gain of the trip. Wish us luck!

RMI Guide Jake Beren

A team of mules reaching Casa de Piedra. Photo: Linden Mallory

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Merry Christmas from NC. I’m glad all is going well with the team. Love the pic of the rising moon and sunset. Saying hello and sending christmas hugs to my friend John F. and hello to Paul.

Posted by: RJordan on 12/25/2013 at 7:14 pm

Wishing you all a very merry Christmas from sea level.

Posted by: Elsie on 12/25/2013 at 2:39 pm

hey mike,  had a few beers for you last night. in fact, they were yours. ill replace them with intrest. love you. - your wife.

Posted by: abby on 12/25/2013 at 12:50 pm

Merry Christmas to Bill and the rest of the team!  All is well on Vashon Island. Joey got HUGE bones for Christmas and is out in the woods burying them right now in his secret places.
Miss you a lot. Love you! Good luck with the climb.
Hugs, Norm

Posted by: Norm Vork on 12/25/2013 at 12:24 pm

Greetings climbers Feliz Navidad , from the US . Looks like things are going well.
slow and steady. looking forward to next update. Merry Christmas Bill Dorn

Posted by: Randy May on 12/25/2013 at 12:15 pm

Merry Christmas to Steve Gately and the team from the Gately clan back in cold (17F) Massachusetts.

Posted by: Bill Gately on 12/25/2013 at 9:29 am

Merry Christmas Paul, John and team Beren.  Warm wishes and success to all.  Paul, I love you so!  It’s been an amazing 5 years. 


Posted by: sherri on 12/25/2013 at 9:07 am

Merry Christmas Mike!  Miss you here.  We all smell like a campfire from our cookout last night .  Looking forward to the up and coming blogs of this climb.  Love W & L

Posted by: Wendy Jensen on 12/25/2013 at 7:03 am

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