December 25th, 2001. Aconcagua Base Camp,
this is Ellie Henke reporting Willi's Christmas Day
report from Aconcagua group I from Camp I.
Willi reports: "The entire team would like to
wish everyone out there a very Merry Christmas.
We had excellent weather moving up yesterday.
Everybody did very well, we were moving very
strongly and arrived in several hours less time than
our previous carry two days ago. We joined
another team from Michigan and a French-Canadian
team up here at Camp I and enjoyed the beautiful
conditions. A few quick personal messages:
Matthew, "Merry Christmas to Linda, Sarah and
Andrew. Love you much."
From Guy, "Sherry, miss you and love you, Merry
Christmas. Merry Christmas Debby and Christmas
From Chad, "Merry Christmas Mom and Dad and
From Scott, "Merry Christmas Mom, Dad, Chris,
cousins and friends."
continues his report, "today we are going to
take advantage of beautiful weather conditions and
everyone's feeling good. We still have
windless and sunny conditions here at Camp I.
We will be doing our first carry up to Camp II at
17,600 feet, the oxygen gets thinner.
at Base Camp, the Argentinean tradition is to
welcome in Christmas with a big party and fireworks
at midnight, I was lucky this year that no exploding
gas canisters came near my tent as it did previous
Christmas message from Ellie: "Merry Christmas
to all of my too numerous to name family and
friends. And so Willi doesn't get killed when
he gets home he also sends love and Merry Christmas
to Susan, Mike and Kim. So we're all enjoying
a wonderful Christmas Day here on Aconcagua.
We're expecting the arrival of Dave and Dave with
Brian and Kim this evening, and Pat's Aconcagua
group II tomorrow. So we're preparing and
ready to welcome them in, so that's all from
Christmas Day on Aconcagua.