Aconcagua: Nugent & Team Carry to 16,200’ Camp

Posted by: Billy Nugent, Walter Hailes, Katrina Bloemsma | January 11, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 13,800'

Today saw our first dose of real work above Basecamp as the gang carried up a load of food, fuel, and cold weather gear. It was a long day with big loads up to elevations over 16,000 feet, so we were certainly working hard but the team was generally unfazed. The carry definitely helps supply us on the upper mountain but also serves as a good stimulus for our bodies as they try and acclimatize to the higher altitude. The physiological changes are happening and the headaches most folks reported on our first night at Basecamp are now long gone. Higher oxygen saturations and lower resting heart rates are also the norm. Another rest day tomorrow and a fat steak dinner tonight here at Basecamp should give us an opportunity to get stronger and stronger and set us up well for the hard work that lies ahead as we move up.

All for now,
RMI Guide Billy Nugent

On the trail to Aconcagua Camp 1. Photo: RMI Collection

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