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20 Feb -
We made it to camp 1 today! It is just over 5000m. From up there we could actually see a bit of the Pacific Ocean!!! We took a different route down and had lots of fun! Tomorrow is our rest day and we're aiming for the summit on the 27th. Thanks for following our blog! Max Kausch
18 Feb -
We made it to the sunny Plaza de Mulas at 4300m. Our team is doing extremely well. They came up here in only 6 hours (normal is 8 to 9). We're now having a delicious soup and talking about our plans tomorrow. Everyone is happy, healthy and very impressed with the breathtaking landscape we've seen so far! Tomorrow is our rest day and to tell the truth we need it.
One of them is from a fossilised sea shell that Quentin found at 4100m.
Update from Expedition Leader: Summit! At about 3pm yesterday 13 out 14 expedition members reached the summit of Aconcagua
Update from Expedition Leader: All 14 members at 6000 meters / 19700 foot getting ready for the summit in 6 hours from now. Wish us luck! max
Update from Expedition Leader:
Update from Expedition Leader: We're enjoying basecamp at the moment after carrying a few loads to camp1. We use SummitClimb's strategy of carrying high and sleeping low. Surely is the best acclimatisation strategy! Every single member of the team has adapted very well to high altitudes after today's climb. We have regular medical checks carried on either by a Base Camp doctor or myself and I have to say I'm very impressed by the good health of our January team. We didn't rush the walk to 5000m today and we did it quite fast. The views from camp 1 are amazing. I'm sending one photo of camp one looking at the west and also another one of Roi giving a back massage to Joe, that surely was fun to watch. Then I'm also sending a photo of part of our team playing cards at 4300m. We had pizza tonight and everyone was very pleased. We'll hang out at bc for another day and then move your high camps starting the 17th and aiming for the summit on the 21st. Thanks for following our dispatches. Max Kausch
Update from Expedition Leader: We finally made it to plaza de mulas. Although almost no one summited lately, weather improved a lot. Our team will have a day rest and start moving loads up the mountain. Everyone has acclimatised well and are enjoying services at Base Camp. Tonight we had Martha's birthday and even prepared a cake. We'll send more news before we move up. Thanks for following out blog at SummitClimb. Max
Update from Expedition Leader: Team at 3400,adapting and doing very well!weather also improving.we'll move to Basecamp tomorrow. Max
HI. Part of the team is already in Mendoza. Chris Wilcox and Tatiana Batalha made it to Mendoza 2 days ago. Heidi, Christian and Carolin got to Mendoza today and they are quite tired from the flight. Now they're even more tired from the 20 ounce steak. We're waiting for the rest of the team tomorrow. We expect the weather to improve from the 13th onwards. Thanks for following the blog. Max Kausch