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Aconcagua Summit Success!!!

The shadow cast over the Andes Range by Aconcagua's summit from the rising sun. This is a treat they had today.

The shadow cast over the Andes Range by Aconcagua’s summit from the rising sun. This is a treat they had today.

Congratulations to the Combat Wounded Veteran Challenge Team!!!  The summit was reached by some of the team yesterday!!!

We heard from our Alaska Mountaineering School liaison, Caitlin, last night.  She reports that after a successful climb, the team was back at camp and had climbed into their sleeping bags after eating.  We are sure they had a good nights sleep after the huge efforts everyone made today.

The summit day traverse trail is covered in snow, canaletta begins just out of sight of the trail near the triangular rock face.

The summit day traverse trail is covered in snow, canaletta begins just out of sight of the trail near the triangular rock face.

Caitlin says the weather was clear and cold when they started their climb in the still very dark early morning hours.  Part of the team went across a very long traverse, where the conditions consisted of a challenging mix of rocks, hard-packed snow and ice.  Navigating some of that in the dark had to be incredibly difficult!!

Looking back at the traverse and the Andes. This location is almost at the base of the canaletta, a steep section which requires great effort.

Looking back at the traverse and the Andes. This location is almost at the base of the canaletta, a steep section which requires great effort.

We’ll keep you posted on the progress of the team as they return to base camp.

This climber sums it up! With view from the top of South America and the Western Hemisphere.

This climber sums it up! With view from the top of South America and the Western Hemisphere.

Climbers above the canaletta, on the summit ridge, which take so , so, so very long, everyone at this point is moving very slowly, 3-4 breaths for each step.

Climbers above the canaletta, on the summit ridge, which take so , so, so very long, everyone at this point is moving very slowly, 3-4 breaths for each step.

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5 Responses to Aconcagua Summit Success!!!

  1. jean vaughan February 18, 2015 at 6:28 pm #

    They are my Super Heroes!!!!!! Check that off my bucket list! Now can’t wait for everyone to get down safely! Just a little walk in the park, ha ha! Stay safe and warm!!!

  2. Deborah Waisanen February 19, 2015 at 5:12 am #

    Congratulations to the team! Incredible pictures and so happy for them! Praying for a safe trip down off the mountain.

  3. Jeremy Maddamma February 19, 2015 at 12:27 pm #

    Awesome, fantastic, beautiful!! Great effort by the team to make it “half way” through the expedition! Let’s have a safe decent. Our Nation should be proud to have men and women that are mentally staying in the fight – embracing the challenge, and for those that support them! Hoo-yah Team! We are proud of you.

    JM

  4. Tom Parkes February 19, 2015 at 6:50 pm #

    What a wonderful accomplishment. Congrats to all!

  5. KnoBull February 19, 2015 at 10:13 pm #

    Congrats guys! Job well done! There was never any doubt that you could get it done!

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