Aconcagua 2002!

Dispatch#11 December 29th, 2001.  Aconcagua Base Camp, Argentina.  Team I Hi this is Ellie Henke calling in from Aconcagua Base Camp, reporting in for the Aconcagua group I led by Willi Prittie and Eric Remza.  This group is up at Camp III at 19,200 feet where they are looking out on the rest of the world.  They had a rest day all day today, December 29th and everyone is doing very well with the altitude up there.  They had a variety of activities going on throughout the day, Willi Lhakpa and Todd took a brief trip on up to Camp IV to prepare tent sites, so when the group moves up tomorrow, they'll have sites to ready to go to put tents up.  They also put up one tent so that'll save additional work when the group moves up. 

In the meantime at Camp III, they've switched to a new card game, apparently the guides are tired of getting beat all the time, so Willi reports that they are now playing 45's, which is the official provincial game of Nova Scotia.  We'll need verification on that one, it may be a high altitude thing.  The group had a nice scrambled egg and toast breakfast and they're all looking forward to a nice hearty lentil dinner, but unfortunately they are getting a few snow flurries up there at Camp III, it didn't sound like anything serious, and hopefully by tomorrow morning the weather will al be clear, and we expect they will all be moving up to Camp IV tomorrow.  So that's all from Team I up at Camp III, and we'll be with them as they make their final push to the summit.


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