Aconcagua 2002!

Dispatch#9 December 28th, 2001.  Aconcagua Base Camp, Argentina.  Team I Hi this is Ellie Henke calling from Aconcagua Base Camp, reporting in for Team I which today is up at Camp III, they moved up, it took them about three hours to get from Camp II up to Camp III, which as you remember they previously had prepared their tent sites so they were able to just move right in.  Willi reports that they had a delicious mashed potato, vegetable and ham dinner.  However there was great sadness in their camp up there, because apparently they had finished off their supply of Tabasco Sauce, so I guess that they'll have to make do until they get back to Base Camp, the other groups were not close enough behind them to take them an extra bottle, so too bad for them.

Willi reports that there were several other groups that have made the summit the last several days, and these folks have reported that wind conditions have been fairly calm, which is good, but also that things have been very cold up there with temperatures ranging from 10 to 20 below zero at just before sunrise, though Willi said he would rather deal with the cold than the wind any day, the winds can be very ferocious up there, so it's definitely something we're hoping to avoid.

December 29th is rest and acclimation day for the folks at Camp III and they have a running chess tournament going on all the way up the mountain, so I'm sure that they will be taking advantage of their rest day to continue the chess battle up there.  How well they'll be doing at the 19,200 foot altitude remains to be seen.  Willi also has an editorial comment, it seems that they have encountered folks up there who are going downhill in the uphill tracks which when folks go downhill in them it destroys the hard earned up tracks, it takes quite a bit of energy to put these in, so Willi has asked all mountaineers out there to please respect the uphill tracks that have already been put in and please move aside and come down next to those tracks and don't just straightaway on your way down.  So that's the message from Aconcagua Camp III today, and we'll soon be hearing from Team II which is at Base Camp, so that's all for now and we'll be getting back to you soon.

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