We have a report in from our base camp liaison, Caitlin Palmer with the Alaska Mountaineering School!! She spoke to Colby Coombs around 20:00 Argentina time and got information on the guy’s locations, and updates on how everyone is doing and what they are planning on attempting in the next couple of days.
After a relatively short trip today of 3 hours and 45 minutes, the Aconcagua team arrived at White Rocks (19,400 feet) at 13:15 today. Everyone reports in as doing well and were enjoying resting this afternoon.
The team members aiming for the summit could be arriving there as soon as tomorrow if the weather remains good and everyone feels good. If they decide to make the summit attempt, it will be a slow and steady trip, as is normal at these high altitudes.
As we are getting reports in, the guys are sleeping so they are ready to hit the trail early in the morning. We are sure they are excited, but the temperatures are very cold and they will have to be wearing nearly all of their clothes as well as their big down-filled parkas for most of tomorrow.
Caitlin says that Aconcagua is famous for it’s very viento blanco (white winds) and that the winds get very strong on the mountain, which could cause teams to wait for days and days for a summit attempt. Crossing fingers and hoping they have good luck when they get started on the trail to the top.
Everyone is in good spirits and we hope they are able to maintain their enthusiasm and health as they make an attempt to reach the top of Aconcagua in the next few days.
We are sooo excited to get to be a part of this, and we are grateful to Caitlin for keeping us informed as reports come in to her.
Go Combat Wounded Veteran Challenge Team!!!