February 17th, 2002. Aconcagua Base Camp,
Argentina. Team V Hi
this is Ellie Henke calling in from Aconcagua Base
Camp calling in for Team V led by Matt Szundy and
Cecelia Mortenson, Today is Sunday February 17th and
the word for the day is cold up at Camp III.
Matt Cecelia and the team are up at 19,200 feet and
Matt called in last night and he was standing out
there in his down suit and reported a chilly minus
10 degrees F, so it's been a bit chilly up there.
Glen, John and Doug and both of the guides had a
nice rest day up at camp III yesterday. They did
have sun and a little bit of clouds in the afternoon
and today the entire team is planning on moving up
to high camp. Doug and Matt will get a brief
rest at high camp and they'll be taking off at 2:00
in the morning which will be real cold and they will
be making an attempt up the Polish Direct Route.
So we wish them well on that attempt. In the
meantime Cece will be taking off with John and Glen
and they will start up the normal route about
daybreak, so they'll get to sleep in a little bit
longer. And that team will be joined by Willi
Prittie who went up to Camp III from Base Camp today
to assist them n their efforts. So we'll be standing
by as the team makes their summit attempt tomorrow
and I will call in when we have any news and we sure
wish them calm winds and warm toes as they head for
the top, so more news as we get it.