December 21st, 2001. Aconcagua Base Camp,
everyone, this is Willi Prittie reporting from the
first Alpine Ascents Expedition of the 2002 Season.
Today was our first rest and acclimation day at Base
Camp. A little bit of everything today, some
snow squalls coming through, a bit of sun, a real
mixed bag. Everybody's here, doing quite well,
very good appetites. We just finished a really
tasty fresh vegetable stew and Eric Remza is making
cheesecake desserts as I speak here on the telephone
right now. Yesterday we were a bit busy, we
skipped the cybercast. We started the day in a
very shocking manner by a very long crossing of the
Vacas River. A lot of water, really spread
out, and in several places in between channels there
was actually water ice, so we all got a very cold
wake up first thing in the morning. Beyond
that there was a few other little moments of
excitement. Having to cross snow bridges in
the Relenchos Canyon over old avalanche debris and
dodging rockfall in a couple of places. But
all went well and the second half of the day after
enjoying beautiful sunny weather on the way up
things clouded in and we were treated to snow.
It is almost Christmas time after all. We did
get snow pretty much all afternoon yesterday
including the time it took us to set up Base Camp.
We were a bit busy getting the tents set up, given
the snow conditions and getting everything else
going to get the Base Camp all set up last night.
But things are going well here right now, everyone's
acclimating quite well, feeling the altitude but
only in a very minor way. Tomorrow we are in
fact planning to make our first carry to Camp I and
we'll see how that all goes.
A couple of quick messages.
One from Guy: "Hi Chari, love Guy."
and another quick message to Bill's Mom: "Bill
just broke his leg...just kidding Mrs. Snyder."
That's all from Aconcagua today.