December 26th, 2001. Aconcagua Base Camp,
everyone out there on the Alpine Ascents website.
This is Ellie, reporting in from Aconcagua Base
Camp. I just heard from Willi Prittie's group
I, they are up at Camp I at this point, Willi
reports that on Christmas morning, Santa's reindeer
just flew by and it seems that Santa left candy
canes and presents for everyone at Camp I.
Everyone was also treated to a white Christmas on
Christmas afternoon. We have had some snow flurries,
lightning and thunder, and there are reports of snow
up high at the 19,200 foot camp and also a lot of
snow on the Polish Glacier so we'll see what that
looks like when they get up there. The carry
to Camp II on Christmas Day went very well, Camp II
is at 17,600 feet, so it was pretty much everybody's
first time up that high. They spent three
hours getting from Camp I to Camp II.
additional personal messages going out:
From Eric, "Hello Melissa, Merry Christmas,
thinking of you.
From Cory "Merry Christmas everyone, especially
Jessica. I love you all, better buy me some
damn good presents."
From Roy, "Miss you and love you, Stephanie,
R2, and Sky."
From Todd, "Merry Christmas to everyone from
Encina, Truckee and Reno, Liz miss you and can't
wait to see you, Mom, scratch the dog for me."
that's all from Aconcagua, from the first group as
they are moving up to Camp II, and we'll find out
later how that went for them. Bye for now.