February 10th, 2002. Aconcagua Base Camp,
Argentina. Team V Hey
cybercasters, this is Matt Szundy and Cece Mortensen
at Aconcagua Base Camp with Team V. We
thoroughly enjoyed our rest day today and are
anticipating our move to Camp I tomorrow.
Sadly our beloved teammate David Moore, rode a mule
out today. He had a tough day yesterday on our
carry to Camp I and chose to leave the expedition.
I would like to read a note explaining his decision
in his own words, because I think it very accurately
describes how we all often feel and think about our
loved ones when we are so far away.
climb with Alpine Ascents because they have probably
the best acclimatization schedule and safety record
in the business. However high altitude
mountaineering remains an extremely dangerous sport
that requires the setting of mental and physical
goals and personal/responsibility lines before the
climb and to be sure to stick to these boundaries
for the duration of the ascent. To move these
boundaries is both foolish and is letting the people
down the who love you the most. Yesterday,
with moderate AMS, I reached my line. And
although I am now safely down back at Base Camp and
I am sure that after a day's rest I could safely
continue the ascent, I intend to keep all the
promises I have made to the people I love, and
return home to my little princess Lacey (His 4-year
old daughter). To climb a mountain like
Aconcagua it has to be the primary focus in one's
mind. My mind is elsewhere. When Glen
asked yesterday "How many times have you
thought about your daughter today?" I said,
"just once...for seven hours." I'd
like to thank Cece and Matt for guiding the group so
well, and to my teammates John, Glen, Doug and Dave,
you are a strong group of climbers, and it was a
pleasure pushing the limits with you. I wish
you all the best, be strong, have fun, but most
importantly, be safe. God bless, Dave."
CeCe and I now have four strong, motivated climbers,
including three for the Polish Direct.
Incidentally we have heard from other climbers that
the Direct is in excellent shape. So we are
praying for continued stable weather.
Okay, gotta go, Cece made yet another fantastic
fresh veggie salad for dinner. Hope all is
well with our loved ones, Matt.