Aconcagua: Nugent & Team Trek to Casa de Piedra

Posted by: Billy Nugent, Walter Hailes, Katrina Bloemsma | January 07, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 10,550'

Checking in from Casa de Piedra, aka trekking camp 2 here in the Vacas Valley. Our crew had another great day moving well and enjoying near perfect weather. While the terrain was very similar to yesterday’s hike the temperatures were considerably lower and there was a pleasant breeze all day that lessened the onslaught of the sun. Right before the Refugio we caught our first glimpses of the mountain without a cloud in the sky. The mountain looks a bit more dusty and dry than normal. The Polish Glacier also appears more broken up than normal. Still, we took a break to shoot some photos and let the size and grandeur soak in a little. After arriving in camp around 2:30 pm, we spent the afternoon lounging and some adventurous folks even went for a swim in the river. The river is running a fair bit deeper than normal so our team is going to ford it tomorrow on mules instead of on foot which will be a new experience for all of us.

All for now, will check in again tomorrow from basecamp…

RMI Guide Billy Nugent

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

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I love reading your updates! Wishing you all a happy, healthy, safe and harmonious expedition. Thank you for these postings! Sending lots and lots of Love, BB

Posted by: Barbara Lynn Bloemsma on 1/8/2014 at 9:19 pm

Mountain river swimming? What could be better! I hope you brought your snorkel gear for such opportunities. 

Thinking of you with pan flutes playing. Jealous of your sunshine and glad to hear about the breezy weather. -k

Posted by: Kendra & Rocky on 1/8/2014 at 8:05 pm

Hope all is well Mike. Newburyport is frozen! Can’t wait to see your photos . Hope you see some of that blue ice.

Posted by: Aunt Linda on 1/8/2014 at 6:23 pm

Hi Mike and all, Thinking of you. Cant wait to see some photos. Very,very cold here but all is well. be safe and have fun.

Posted by: Debbie on 1/8/2014 at 5:49 pm

Great to speak with you tonight. We’re so glad you’re doing what you love. Rest well, enjoy the stars xoxo
Lynn, Cullen, Shea, Shane & Sadie :)

Posted by: Lynn on 1/8/2014 at 5:06 pm

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