Pit Stop in the Pedernales Salt Flats

Driving into the planets's driest non-polar desert!

The 2022 Madison Mountaineering Ojos del Salado expedition team continues onward in their journey towards the 22,615 foot Chilean giant! After having a slow and restful morning, the team hit the road only to stop for lunch and to catch up on the World Cup, before settling into their camp for the night on the Pedernales Salt Flat. Expedition leader, Terray Sylvester, checks in via Garmin inReach Mini from Chile:

Hello from Pedernales Salt Flat! Today we enjoyed a restful morning in El Salvador, ate lunch while watching the World Cup, then drove to our camp here at about 11,200′ on the edge of a broad salt flat with the high peaks of the Andes in the distance. We’re exploring the salt flat this evening before dinner. Tomorrow we’ll acclimatize on Cerro Doña Inés (5070m/16,634ft).

All is well! We’ll be in touch tomorrow!

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