Aconcagua: Cifelli and Team Reach Basecamp
TREK TO BASE CAMP
Our first start before sunrise,
The wake-up call came at five.
Soon the climbers were busy,
Our camp was a beehive.
Quickly our duffles were packed,
And our tents were taken down.
Our daypacks readied for travel,
We were soon Base Camp bound.
Our first task of the day,
Was a frigid river to cross.
The pain upon entering hit shockingly fast,
But once forded no toes had been lost.
Up Relenchos Valley we trekked,
Steep canyon walls on each side.
We passed mesmerizing formations,
That Jack our geologist would describe.
We stopped once and marveled,
At guanacos high on the hill.
Their grace and their splendor,
We carry with us still.
We trekked all day on a trail of dust,
And rocks, and then more rocks.
Some big rocks to step over,
Some small ones in your socks.
Finally Base Camp came in sight,
We slightly quickened our pace.
3500’ gain, 7.9 miles in 6 hours,
This was truly no race.
We were warmly greeted at camp,
With cold drinks and snacks to eat.
The afternoon feast was ended,
With a delicious chocolate treat.
We have all settled into camp life,
Playing cards or just laying low.
As we think of the mountain,
And those we love down below.
By: RMI Climber Tim Cavanagh
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