MT. ACONCAGUA: 8 – 15 Jan 2015
Jan 8 – We slept in since the winds were really high. Gusts at camp 1 were in the 50-60 mph range. So we had some cereal for breakfast and relaxed most of the day. Aroud 6pm the winds finally died down to nothing, zero clouds and very nice temps. In bed early since we are moving everything to camp 2 tomorrow. I have a couple videos that will give you an idea of the winds that I will try to send via other means.
Jan 9 – Up with breakfast at 6am. Perfectly calm night with no wind finally. We packed up camp and started climbing about 8:20am. Fantastic weather conditions – mild and no clouds but my pack was probably 60-70 pounds (27-32 kg). Guide Richard and Bob went ahead with the tents to try and get 2 good tent sites at camp 2. Guide Aidan, myself and Doug took a slower pace. We made it to camp 2 (18,000 feet/5,486 meters) around 12:45pm. The tents were set already set up which was nice. The scenery is gorgeous and the views are fantastic the higher you go. The mountains in the distance have a lot of muted tans, browns and rust colors and large patches of snow. Mountains closer have more grays and blacks with lots of gravely scree. We have the afternoon to relax, take photos and enjoy the views. Tomorrow we will go back to the Aubergine Col to back-carry all the gear we cached a couple days ago. Overall the move to camp 2 was a 1,600 foot (487 meters) elevation gain. Camp 2 is also known as Chopper Camp as well as Guanacos III Camp.