February 9th, 2002. Aconcagua Base Camp,
Argentina. Team V Hi
there cybercasters this is Matt Szundy calling from
Aconcagua Base Camp with Team V. As always
it's great enter into such an impressive mountain
landscape as this arid rugged region of the Andes.
Rocks and striations of every color, red ,orange,
brown and gray passed us as we walked the three days
here to Base Camp. As in any desert
where water emerges, lush green riparian zones can
be found in contrast to this stark, harsh landscape.
The many mountains up to 5000m surrounding
Aconcagua, are streaked with snow from earlier
storms. As the sun melts it they form wild
penitentes, spikes of ice that stand like pillars up
to ten feet tall. Tomorrow on the carry to
Camp I at 16, we must ascend the snowfield that
commonly has two to three foot penitentes.
is doing great, and acclimatizing well, we're in
great spirits, all enjoyed the three day hike into
base camp. Today has been spent resting, eating,
packing, eating, hanging out, and eating.
We're trying to store reserves to draw upon higher
up on the mountain. So for now this is Matt Szundy
from Aconcagua Base Camp.
couple of personal messages regarding the hike in
from folks. The first one is from John
Soebbing: "Overcoming the challenges,
crossing the raging river and of climbing the upward
slopes has provided lasting memories."
The next one is from David Moore "Dodging the
stampeding mules, jumping across rapids, and getting
the best suntan and mountain beard you can imagine,
love you all David." Jumping rivers, Star
Wars landscapes, gulping oxygen for 30 miles, life
is good, love to all, Dave Page. "Hello
to everyone from Base Camp, the guides are spoiling
us with food, but I sure could appreciate more
oxygen. The Andes are spectacular, Aconcagua
is imposing, miss everyone but still don't miss
work. Good luck on your basketball game, Pat
(?), Glen. So for now this is Matt Szundy
calling from Aconcagua Base Camp with the up and
coming Team V. Good bye.