Saturday, January 20, 2018

2018 Aconcagua Expedition (January 8 - 29) from Jan. 20th

Guides:

Tad McCrea

Climbers:

Carlyle Eubank
Winchester Eubank
Jeffrey Gephart
John McCrea

From AAI guide Tad McCrea...

Hello all. Happy to report that we summited Aconcagua (22,841ft) today!

The day started out okay but on our attempt it began to snow and turned into a whiteout on our way down. We are back at camp enjoying a good meal and some rest and will start making our way out tomorrow. 

Friday, January 19, 2018

2018 Aconcagua Expedition (Jan 8 - 29)

Guides:

Tad McCrea

Climbers:

Carlyle Eubank
Winchester Eubank
Jeffrey Gephart
John McCrea

From AAI guide Tad McCrea...

Hello everyone. Reporting that we successfully made it to Camp 3 (19,600ft/5,970m) also known as White Rocks camp today! The views up here are amazing.

Due to our accelerated schedule with the weather deteriorating and our summit window getting significantly smaller, we had to carry some heavy loads up to camp. It's been snowing most of the day with not much accumulation. Fortunate, there has been no wind.

Our plan is to make a summit attempt tomorrow! Wish us luck and we hopefully be sending in a summit dispatch tomorrow.

2018 Aconcagua Expedition (Jan 8 - 29) from Jan 18th

Guides:

Tad McCrea

Climbers:

Carlyle Eubank
Winchester Eubank
Jeffrey Gephart
John McCrea

From AAI guide Tad McCrea...

Happy to announce that we made the move to Camp 2 (18,000ft/5,486m) today! Conditions have been great and our summit window is swiftly approaching.

After we moved to Camp 2, I was able to put a small cache just below Camp 3 (also known as White Rocks Camp) at 19,600ft/5,970m to put us in a better position if the weather deteriorates. 

Thursday, January 18, 2018

2018 Aconcagua Expedition (Jan 8 - 29) from Jan 17th at 8pm

Guides:

Tad McCrea

Climbers:

Carlyle Eubank
Winchester Eubank
Jeffrey Gephart
John McCrea

From AAI guide Tad McCrea...

The team carried and cached at Camp 2 (18,000ft/5,486m) today. A nice short trip with 1,600ft of elevation gain gives us a chance to continue to acclimatize properly. This is much more fun than the long treks through the valley. 

We ate some delicious salmon pesto pasta for dinner and planned for our big move to Camp 2 tomorrow!


Tuesday, January 16, 2018

2018 Aconcagua Expedition (Jan 8 - 29) from Jan 16th

Guides:

Tad McCrea

Climbers:

Carlyle Eubank
Winchester Eubank
Jeffrey Gephart
John McCrea

From AAI guide Tad McCrea...

The team moved to Camp 1 (16,400ft/5,000m) today and made good time.

We are acclimating well and looking at the potential for a summit window later this week. There are still a few steps in our way, carrying to Camp 2, moving to Camp 2, and moving to Camp 3.

The weather has shown a down ward trend with some strong, cold winds and some snow (as we mentioned previously in one of our dispatches). Hope it holds off a little longer for us.

2018 Aconcagua Expedition (Jan 8 - 29) from Jan 16th

Guides:

Tad McCrea

Climbers:

Carlyle Eubank
Winchester Eubank
Jeffrey Gephart
John McCrea

From AAI guide Tad McCrea...

After making a carry to Camp 1 (16,400ft/5,000m) the team enjoyed another rest day. Good meals and some shut eye as set up our attack plan for the upper mountain.

The plan is to move to Camp 1 tomorrow. The move is a little over 2 miles and 2,400ft of elevation gain, but this time with heavier packs.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

2018 Aconcagua Expedition (Jan 8 - 29) from Sun, Jan 14th

Guides:

Tad McCrea

Climbers:

Carlyle Eubank
Winchester Eubank
Jeffrey Gephart
John McCrea

From AAI guide Tad McCrea....

The AAI Aconcagua team took a well deserved rest day on Saturday Jan 13th. All the medical checks went well. 

Today, Sunday January 14th, the team cached some gear, equipment and food at Camp 1 (16,400ft/5,000m) and returned to Base Camp. This carry took about 5 hours. A nice easy 2 miles and 2,800ft of elevation gain. 

A small snow storm came in on us at the cache, giving us a taste of whats to come.