Aconcagua 2002!

Dispatch#50 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.


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