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  Aconcagua 2004 Dispatch Seven


Dispatch Seven:  Hello from basecamp. Matt Brennan reporting from 14,350. We are set to move to the summit ridge tomorrow. We have spent the past two days carrying loads to 17,500. This is tedious as it requires us to carry 30-40 pds up a 3,500 ft steep scree slope. Chris and Andy have done a tremendous amount of work. Yesterday Chris went to high camp at 19,600 to scout out tent sites. We heard a rumor of a secluded site that provides maximum protection from the high winds Aconcagua is known for. Two days ago these same winds shredded several tents causing the occupants to scatter for shelter in the middle of the night. Chris located the site and it looks good. Our gameplan is to spend one night at 17,500 and move to high camp the following day. If the weather holds, we go for the summit on Saturday.

We have made many friends from all over the world. This is truly an international mountain and it is interesting in chatting with climbers from around the world. It has been a great experience.

More later. Matt

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