Today the team ascended the 16,650 foot volcano, Cerro Doña Ines as part of their acclimatization efforts! Tomorrow, the team will continue on and enjoy a well-deserved dip in the hot springs at Laguna Verde. Expedition leader, Terray Sylvester, checks in via Garmin inReach Mini with todays dispatch:
Hello from Pedernales! Today we enjoyed a scenic and successful acclimatization ascent of Cerro Doña Ines (5075m/16,650ft), and then returned to our camp here on the Pedernales Salt Flat for a second night. Although the Atacama is austere, we’ve had some excellent wildlife sightings, including flamingos, vicuñas, and many guanacos. From the summit of Doña Ines we enjoyed a spectacular view of the multi-hued mountains of the Altiplano.
The team is doing very well and we’re all looking forward to the hot springs at Laguna Verde tomorrow! Hasta mañana.
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