Friday, January 6, 2017

2017 Aconcagua Team 1 (December 18, 2016 - Jan 7, 2017) Dispatch from Jan 6th (Noon Argentinian time)


Chad Cochran
Andy Stephen


Andrew Zuehlke
Arliene Pearson
Brandon Kwasnik
Corin Kwasnik
David Atkinson
Jim Swauger
Nicole Brockmueller

From AAI guide Andy Stephen....

"Hola from Plaza de Mulas! We are at basecamp on the other side of Aconcagua from where we started. When we awoke at 4:30am, the wind was still howling and the temps had dropped to -2f at 19,500 (high camp), which means severe windchill, getting stronger closer to the summit. As hard as the decision was, we at AAI see safety as our first priority, and risk of frostbite was too high for us to make a Summit attempt. We went back to sleep, then packed up and descended 6000ft to plaza de Mulas. We had a steak dinner. The team is in good spirits, knowing we did everything we could-including waiting for seven days bunkered down in epic winds-to put ourselves in position for the Cumbre, and the experience even of attempting the expedition is where the success truly lies. More tomorrowFrom penitentes! -Andy"

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