January 29th, 2002. Aconcagua Base Camp,
Argentina. Team IV Hi
this is Ellie calling from Aconcagua Base Camp for
January 29th. First item of interest is that
we're having technical difficulties keeping the Sat
Phone charged. For today Team IV led by Willi
Prittie and Eric Remza spent yesterday January 28th,
resting at Camp II at 19,200 feet, where Willi
treated them to a scrambled egg breakfast with
sliced oranges on the side, brought up by Lhakpa a
couple of days ago. They also spent their
"rest" day by dropping down to Camp II to
pick up the rest of their gear and then return to
Camp III in time to build up their energy with a
hearty lentil dinner. Good thing for them
because today the team is moving up to Camp IV which
puts them in position for a summit attempt tomorrow.
weather here has been a little bit mixed, it will be
clear in the morning, breezy in the afternoon, and
last night we had some of the snow flurries again,
so our fingers are crossed that they will at least
have a day of good weather tomorrow and not too much
wind to help them on their way to the summit.
This team has also said goodbye to several of their
members over the last several days. I think we
already reported that Nick was taken down with a
sinus problem and was joined a day later by Colin
and Stuart who both were healthy but opted to drop
out of the climbing party. A couple of days
ago Tom came down with Pulmonary Edema, but by the
time he hit base camp he was much better and pretty
much looked better than the whole rest of the trip.
But he will be going down since that is a problem to
keep going up with that kind of a problem. And
with him going down, Jackie, who was also in good
health, opted to go down as well. Both of them
joined Allen's team for the hike down from base
Camp. So all of those folks we wish them well.
So that leaves Will, Don, Bill, Mark and Adrien with
Willi and Eric up there on the mountain. That's it
from Aconcagua Base Camp.