February 5th, 2002. Mendoza, Argentina. Team V
!!……. a big South American "Hola" from
Matt Szundy, Cece Mortentson and our Alpine Ascents
Aconcagua expedition- Team "Mystery"…for
now. As always Mendoza, known for its tranquility,
large green parks and relaxed living, never fails at
welcoming weary travelers. I am happy to report that
all of our team members have arrived with their gear
and the group is extremely psyched to start our
three-day walk to Base Camp tomorrow. Everyone
copiously enjoyed our first class welcome dinner
last night at one of my favorite restaurants, La
Fecundo. With garlic shrimp, world-class red wine,
steak and a salad bar that had dozens of interesting
fresh veggies, I fear we may well have fantasies of
La Fecundo at high camp. You may notice in most
cybercasts of our long expeditions, there is often a
lot of talk about food. It is quite difficult to
keep real foods fresh with such drastic temperature
variances. Above Base Camp, digestibility, weight
and preparation time are such important issues that
we often go with simple meals. People love them, but
dreams of La Fecundo have been reported in the
past… So we spent the entire dinner discussing
what our expedition name should be. A theme has
developed, and dozens of witty puns followed as the
wine flowed, however good judgment prevents me from
allowing everyone's favorite to be official. There
was talk of keeping it our secret and dropping hints
in our cybercasts… perhaps that's what we'll do.
Stay tuned… all I can say is that it will be big.
we leave behind the warm wonderful evenings of
Mendoza to join nature and its cyclical rhythms. We
will be up with the sun and back in our tents by 8pm
as we work our way towards Plaza Argentina our Base
Camp. Tomorrow night we sleep at Pampa de lena, (I
often bivi out here to see the stars and the moon if
it is a calm night)… the next day we continue up
the Vacus valley to Casa de Piedra, and the
following day we turn North and up through the
exciting Relenchos valley to Base Camp.
will call in again from Base Camp with another
update when we arrive on the 7th (Happy Birthday
Tobi!). Until then, this is Matt and Cece from
are some personal messages from the teammates:
the Tortus find happiness….
Homayk: ….Says HI and sends his love to Patty
Chris, Pat and Ben.
Soebbing: To my family, friends and supporters at
CGE&Y, thanks for your encouragement as I ascend
Moore: To my princess Lacey, Bubba, Mish, my family
and the Amigos as True Management LTD. God Bless….
I'll be back!
Sill: Sharon, JD, Nathan, Adam, Chandra and
Zach….sending all my love to you.. "you the
man" Nate while I am gone.
Ceigler: Hello from our starting point to all my
family and friends, especially Tess and Keri. I
already miss home, well except work; though the next
3 weeks may change that too!