Back in base camp (4367m/14,327ft) for the night, our Aconcagua team completed their gear carry to Camp 1 (5060m/16,600ft) today to prepare for their move up to Camp 1 tomorrow, weather pending. Here’s team member, Erwin Visser, from Plaza de Mulas base camp with today’s expedition dispatch:
Hey! This is Erwin Visser calling from Aconcagua base camp. We had a great day today.
We went up to camp 1, or also called Camp Canada (5060m/16,600ft), to do a carry. We brought water and fuel and food already to camp 1 so when we are going to go on our move trying to make the summit, we already didn’t have to carry that up at the same time. It was a pretty special day today for me – because it was my first time reaching 5000m! I did all my climbing in Europe in the Alps as well as in the state of Washington and, frankly, there are no peaks there of 5000m. So it was kind of a personal record and a nice moment for me to hit that altitude.
We have a great team here. I saw everybody made it easy up to camp 1. Everybody’s pretty strong here, so it was great to see how well we did – how fast we did. The second milestone for today is that we also did our medical test and everybody passed – also great news. They test your blood pressure, as well as your blood oxygen levels to make sure that you are safe going up to the mountain. And great to hear that everybody made it. So, yeah, we as a team we’re ready to go when the weather is good. Tomorrow that is our plan. Our plan is that when the weather is good, we are going up to camp 1 with all our stuff and start our summit attempt. Which means going to camp 1, camp 2, camp 3, hopefully the summit, camp 3, and then back to base camp.
I also have a couple of personal messages here: First, big thanks to all the people that are following us as a team, but also personally me. Your encourging words or texts means a lot to everyone. A couple of call outs specifically, one is that it’s really super to hear that my nine-year-old nephew Will that his whole class is following the climb. It’s exciting to hear that they do it! And hey Will when I’m back I’m coming to your class again and will show the pictures. Yeah, also a quick shout out to Juliette, my 17-year-old daughter who becomes 18 on the 12th. I feel really bad that I’m not going to be there and hey Juliette I’m going to make it up with you so I promise.
Yes, that’s kinda it. Hey as a closing I really wanna thank everybody again following us, following the whole team. Special call out to Sara, my Mom of course, Karen, and all the kids.
So hey we will check in with a new dispatch hopefully tomorrow. Thank you!
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