Aconcagua 2002!

Dispatch#52 February 18th, 2002.  Aconcagua Base Camp, Argentina. Team V Good morning this is Ellie Henke calling from Aconcagua Base Camp. It's February 18th and today is summit day for Group V.  I talked to both Matt and Cece at about 7:00 this morning.  Cece was just about ready to take off from Camp IV, with both Glen and John, heading up towards Independencia and above that they'll be crossing the ridge, and heading to the Canaleta and hopefully on to the top.  At the same time Matt had left at about two o'clock this morning with Doug to head for the Polish Direct Route and at 7:00 they were a good way up.  Matt reports that the conditions up there are excellent, and "they are cruising the route".  Things are going well up there for them.  They had a little bit of excitement during the night, about 10:00 last night, an Argentinean climber from the other side of the mountain, from the Plaza de Mulas side, came by their Camp IV in the dark, he did not have a headlamp and was fairly hypothermic.  They brought him into the tent and fed him hot drinks and soup and put him up for the night.  He was okay and was going to be heading back down the mountain at about the same time our group was going to be heading up.  It was a little bit tight in one of their tents, but things worked out well for everybody.  That's how it's going up on the mountain this morning an we'll report back when we hear more.

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