Aconcagua 2002!

Dispatch#42 January 31st, 2002.  Aconcagua Base Camp, Argentina. Team IV Hi this is Ellie calling in from Aconcagua Base Camp where we just heard from Willi and the team.  Willi and Will and Don reached the summit today at about 2:30pm local time.  Mark and Bill ended up turning around and going back before reaching the summit. Conditions up there were horrible, the wind was ripping around the entire mountain including down here at base camp.  Down here the Argentinean flag went down but I did manage to keep Lhakpa's prayer flags up. So congratulations to Willi, Will and Don, and I have also heard from Willi that the team is now safe down at Camp IV, the high camp and they're planning on packing up and everybody will spend the night tonight at Camp III before tomorrow coming all the way down to base camp.  So hopefully by7 tomorrow we can get a message from the team themselves as they hit Base Camp again.  So that's it from Aconcagua until tomorrow.

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