Aconcagua: Nugent and Team Wait out Weather at Camp 2

Posted by: Billy Nugent, Katrina Bloemsma, Walter Hailes | January 16, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 18,000'

Today marked the passing of yet another rest day. We hung out at Camp 2 along with many others; Katrina counted more than 67 tents in camp today. We sat the day out watching all sorts of crazy weather over the course of the day: Intense sun/heat, chilly breezes, pelting graupel and hail, puking snow, and continual thunder and lightning all afternoon… Pretty exciting. It seems the horde of other climbers have a very similar strategy to us. Our team is well-rested and ready to move up to Plaza C√≥lera (our high Camp 3) in what looks to be marginal weather tomorrow putting us in position to take a crack at the summit in better weather on Saturday. A strong wind event is forecasted to begin ramping up with moderate winds on Sunday and over 60 mph winds forecasted for Monday. Hopefully we can nail it but it certainly has been a bit of a chess match with the mountain and the weather.

Wish us luck as we roll out on our summit push over the next two days,

RMI Guides Billy, Walt, Katrina, and the Whole Gang!

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Scott - Good luck on making the summit on the first try. Be well! Dad & Mom

Posted by: Ralph on 1/17/2014 at 2:24 pm

Following this blog feels akin to watching classic Hitchcock.  The suspense!
Sending positive thoughts your way for favorable conditions, focused minds, and strong bodies.

Posted by: Geoff on 1/16/2014 at 10:16 pm

Wishing Walt and all you guys the best up there.  Hopefully you’ll have some favorable weather and get to the summit!  Take care - Drew

Posted by: Drew Reinert on 1/16/2014 at 6:35 pm

Sending you all GRRRREAT luck!! And Big Love from Katrina’s mom, Barbara

Posted by: Barbara on 1/16/2014 at 3:55 pm

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