Aconcagua 2008 - 2009 Cybercast

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Team X: 02/16/09
Hey this is Suzanne with Team X on Aconcagua we made it down to Plaza de Mulas, down to base camp.  We just finished a little dinner and everybody is doing great, we met up with Ben and Bob.  We are heading down tomorrow to Penitentes and then actually to Mendoza so we should be in touch soon.  Thanks a lot and we will talk to you guys soon.

Team X: 02/15/09
Hey everybody this is Suzanne with Team X on Aconcagua.  Yesterday we moved up to camp IV and had some snow and lightening over night but we woke up to a beautiful day, beautiful clear skies, a little bit of wind and we all summitted today.  We sat on the top and had some clear views.  We came down tonight, had some potato dinner and we are looking forward to heading down to base camp tomorrow and getting some pizza.  A couple of shout outs; from Martyn, he wants to dedicate this summit climb to Walt and thanks his family for their support, from Arpan, he wishes his dad could have been here with him and John wonders who has been feeding his lizard.  Ben and Bob headed down from camp III not feeling so great so they got pizza a day ahead of us.  We will be joining them and walking out to Penitentes tomorrow, we should be back in Mendoza in a couple of days. Thanks for listening; we will talk to you all soon.

Team X: 02/12/09
Yes this is Ben here with Team 10 here up on Aconcagua, just made the move to 19,200 on another beautiful day, a little bit windy up here but another gorgeous day up at 19,200. Everyone is rocking and rolling, feeling pretty good so yeah this about it from us, tomorrow will be a rest day and then after that hopefully we will get to move on up to Camp IV.  Hopefully everyone is doing well and we will talk to you soon.   

Team X: 02/11/09
Hi this is Suzanne with Team 10 on Aconcagua.  We had a nice beautiful day today, another clear day with some sunshine.  We carried up to camp III today; we spent about a half an hour up there.  The air is a little thin up there so we decided to come back down as per our schedule.  So we are at camp II, we just had some mac n cheese dinner and we are going to turn in early, the sun just went down and it is getting a little cold.  Tomorrow we are going to move up to camp III and then we will have a rest day after that.  We will keep you guys posted, thanks for listening, bye.

Team X: 02/10/09
Hi this is Suzanne with team 10 we are up at camp 2 here around 17,500.  It is a beautiful day here we just moved up and we are about some dinner here in a little bit.  It is sun shinny and clear, no winds which is great up here at this camp.  Yesterday we had a rest day down at camp I and we actually got a bunch of snow the night before and during the day but it kept things nice and warm and we had a nice rest day. Everybody is doing great and tomorrow we are going to do a carry to camp III.  Hope that everyone is doing great, thanks for listening.

Team IX: 02/9/09
Hey this is JP calling in for the final cybercast of Team Can Hams, it is Monday, February 9th.  We are down at Plaza de Mulas a little over 14,000 feet on the west side of the mountain after completing the traverse successfully and successfully summitting on Friday with all two remaining team members.  Everyone is doing well, we are getting ready to hike down to Penitentes, 14 miles and this will be the last cybercast. (…transmission break…)

Team X: 02/08/09
Hi this is Suzanne with team 10, we are at camp I and did a carry up to camp II, left a bunch of stuff up there.  It was beautiful weather today, not too windy.  We carried up, came back down and had a nice rice dinner and it is nice a calm this evening so we are out enjoying the weather.  Hope that everybody is good back home.  Wanted to let everyone know that Smitesh decided to head down from basecamp, he should back in Mendoza enjoying some wine and we will be thinking of him the rest of the way up the mountain.

Team IX: 02/06/09 Summit Day
Hey this is JP calling in on February 6th , Friday.  An awesome day for Team Can Hams, we summitted.  We had a gap in the weather, horrible forecast coming up and we had a rest day here at camp III and we decided to take a shot at the summit.  The guys are feeling good and strong and we were successful.  All is good, the crew is back here at camp III tucked and tuckered out but feeling good, we feel like we had a successful day and gratifying trip so far.  The plan is to move over down to Plaza de Mulas manana and back out to Mendoza the following day.  I will check back in when we reach Mulas, over and out.

Team X: 02/06/09
Hi this is Suzanne with Team X on Aconcagua, we are at base camp at Plaza Argentina right now at about 13,700 feet, everybody is doing great.  We did a carry today up to camp I, it was beautiful weather.  Some pretty windy weather on the way in, but we all did fine and today the weather is perfect.  So we are down here at base camp, which just had some water melon and we are going to have a nice and tomorrow we are going to move up to camp I.  Hope everyone is doing great, thanks for listening.

Team VIII: 02/06/09
Hey everyone out there this is Dave Gruss calling in for team 8 from Mendoza, we have had a couple of great days of food and everybody is recovering from the long hike out and about half the team has gone back to the states.  I just wanted to check in for one last time and wish everyone safe travels.  We have had a fantastic successful trip and I just want to thank everybody for checking in over the last couple of weeks and this will be the last call so thanks again everyone and ciao for the last time.

Team IX: 02/03/09
Hey this is JP calling in on the evening of February 3rd for Team Can Hams.  We are all doing well here at camp II on a really chilly evening.  In spite of some pretty windy conditions we had a good carry today up here to camp II at the col at 17,500.  Everyone is doing well, everyone is feeling good and we are getting ready to make a carry up to camp III tomorrow, weather permitting.  So all is good and we will check back in when we get to camp III, out. 

Team VIII: 02/02/09
Greetings everyone this is Dave Gruss calling in for Team 8, we are now down in base camp watching the upper mountain get pounded by snow.  It looks like we timed our summit day perfectly and had great cold and windy day yesterday and amazingly windy night.  So we happy to down at base camp, I don’t think that anybody left last night because of the wind but we are all happy and eating a great dinner and just starting our post expedition celebration.  Tomorrow we will be in Penitentes and we will give a call from there.  Hope that all is well out there with everyone and thanks for checking in.

Team X: 02/02/09
Hi this is Suzanne calling in with Team X, it is a beautiful morning here in Penitentes.  We watched the super bowl last night and had a nice dinner.  This morning we are about to head up the valley and start our trek in to base camp.  We probably won’t call again until base camp but everyone is doing great and we will talk to you then. Thanks for listening.

Team IX: 02/1/09
Hello this is JP (John Prudhomme) checking in with Team Can Hams on Sunday February 1st.  We are all doing well after a carry up to the col, camp II up at 17,500 back down here at camp I for the night.  We are about to tuck in after a good meal and everyone is doing well, feeling strong and fired up for a nice rest day tomorrow and then we will be moving up to camp II the following day. All good and over and out.

Team VIII: 02/01/09
Hi this is Solveig checking in from Team VIII, today we summitted, we got nine out of ten to the top, it is almost 4:00 and we are headed back to camp.  We would just like to say hello to all of our friends and family and Dan would like to say hello to Preston and Kayley, hope all is well, ciao.

Team X: 01/31/09
Hey everybody this is Suzanne calling in for Team X, we got everybody in town here today.  All of our luggage arrived and everyone arrived safely.  We had a great dinner tonight and we are looking forward to a fantastic team up on the mountain. We will call a little later but for now everything is going great.

Team IX: 01/31/09
Hey this is John Prudhomme calling in with Team IX the Can Hams, Saturday morning here, the 31st of January, all the crew is doing well here at base camp, we had a good carry yesterday, the weather is tremendous so it has been a nice high pressure system we have all been enjoying that.  We are getting ready to move up to camp I today.  We are with 3 at the moment and all doing well.  Jim McMaster we will be hanging at base camp, got to 15,000 feet but having a little trouble with the altitude, nothing major, so he will heading out in a couple of days, be back in Mendoza on February 4th.  The rest are doing well; John, Cliff and Scotty all doing well.  John says hello to Barb and Timber, feeling great and looking forward to being home, Cliff sends his love out to Brenda, Heather and Daniel and (…transmission garbled…) Scotty says hello to family, friends, Ashley and (…transmission garbled…) alright thanks.  Checking out here, we will check back in here until we get to camp I safely.

Team IX: 01/30/09
The team is still having a little difficulty with their cybercast phone but we hope to have a cybercast up on Monday.

Team VIII: 01/29/09
Hey everyone this is Dave Gruss checking in for Team 8, it is early evening and beautiful sun light here at camp III.  We had a great move up today, everybody was strong and solid and the weather has been fantastic so we just need a few more days of good weather.  Chuck and Allen want to say hello to friends and family and also hello to fire station 109LAFD and I Dave Gruss would like to give a quick shout out to Emily Langley who just made the honor roll recently, way to go Emily (…transmission break...)

Team VIII: 01/28/09
Hello this is Solveig checking in from Team 8, today we carried to camp III from 19,200.  We made good time up and back and now everyone is enjoying an afternoon siesta before dinner.  John Mitchell says hello to his family and friends and everyone at Sanders Hotel Group.  Luke wants say hello to Emily I hope that everything is great(…transmission garbled…) forever yours-Luke. Ciao

Team VIII: 01/27/09
Hey everyone this is Dave Gruss calling in for Team 8, we have just moved up to camp II at the Amgehino col, it was strong day for everyone.  Everybody is their tents taking a little break before dinner and it seems like everyone is feeling strong.  Tomorrow we are going to make a carry up to camp III at 19,200 and then come back down and spend another night here at the col.  Hope all is well out there with everyone and keep checking in we will give another one tomorrow, alright ciao.

Team VII: 01/27/09
Hey everyone this is Team VII on Aconcagua, this is Jeffery James Justman, Ben Floyd, everyone is back at base camp, Plaza de Mulas.  We are doing great, looking forward to some good food tonight and tomorrow a nice trek out and we will back in Mendoza for the good life.  So thanks for following along and hope to see you on Aconcagua, bye. 

Team VIII: 01/26/09
Hello this is Solvieg calling from Team VIII checking in, we enjoyed a rest day yesterday and everybody is feeling strong and refreshed.  Today we moved to camp II at 17,700 feet; Chuck wants to say hello to Sandy Lynn and the four Jays and another shout out and lots of love goes to Margo.  Ciao. 

Team VII: 01/26/09
Hey this is Jeffery James Justman, Ben Floyd and Lhawang Dhondup, I think that I got cut off on the summit.  Our team made the summit today, we are all back at high camp safe and sound.  Tomorrow we are going to go down to Plaza de Mulas base camp, I have a little bit of phone charge left on the battery but I may not be able to give a dispatch but everyone is doing great so we will hopefully (…transmission break…)

Team VII: 01/26/09
Hey everyone this is Team VII, Aconcagua JJ Justman and Lhawang Dhondup.  The team is on the summit as we speak, give a shout you guys (team cheers) (…transmission break…)

Team IX: 01/25/09
Team 9 reporting that we left Mendoza today and have arrived at the small village of Penitentes.  This evening we will organize gear, have a great meal, and prepare for our first day of hiking which begins tomorrow morning.  Note from the office:  the team is having a little difficulty with their phone but hope to be able to call in with a cybercast when they reach base camp in a couple of days. They are scheduled to arrive at base camp on January 28th.

Team VIII: 01/24/09
Hello this is Solvieg checking in with team 8, today was a beautiful day in the high Andes.  Today was the first day that we haven’t had afternoon snow showers which made the move to camp I quite enjoyable.  Everyone is settled and we are enjoying the evening.  Hello to all of our family and friends. Ciao.

Team VII: 01/24/09
Hey everyone this is Jeffery James Justman, Ben Floyd and Lhawang Dhundup, Team 7 Aconcagua. Well darn it won’t you know it the wind picked up last night, we woke up this morning, we were thinking of moving to high camp but the wind is just a little too strong.  The good news is, that it has let up but it is still blowing pretty hard on the ridge so we are not going to move up today.  We are going to play it safe, no need to rush it.  The even better news is that the high pressure system which is basically what this wind is, is pushing some of that snow flurries that we see every day out, they are expecting clear skies and calm skies for the next couple of days.  The team is here at 19,200, we are doing very well (…transmission garbled…).  We will call hopefully on Monday will be our summit day (…transmission garbled…) alright bye.

Team VIII: 01/23/09
Hey everyone out there this is Dave Gruss calling in for team 8, it is Friday the 23rd , we had a great carry up to camp I today, the team is feeling strong and it looks like it should be a nice move up tomorrow. We have been having some nice weather in the mornings, a few snow flurries in the afternoon, nothing detrimental.  A couple quick personal shout out’s here; Hola to M-squared G from John MC, he would like to say he loves you guys.  Big shout out to Emily to Luke, Happy Birthday, I love you and thinking about you always, alright Emily Happy Birthday and keeping checking in all.  We will check back in with you again tomorrow when we get up to camp I and get situated.  Okay ciao.

Team VII: 01/23/09
Hello this Team 7 Aconcagua, just wanted to touch base, we had a rest day here at 19,200 feet, camp III.  Lhawang carried a bunch of gear up to camp IV and that will make our moving day to high camp, which is tomorrow, a little bit easier.  The weather has been the same the past five or six days.  It is really nice in the morning but then it has a few snow showers in the afternoon but actually it is pretty darn nice and it is making the mountain even prettier.  The weather isn’t actually that bad so if everything goes well we will go up to high camp tomorrow and then on Sunday if we have the weather window we will be summitting and then coming back down.  Then Monday we will be giving you a call hopefully from Plaza de Mulas the base camp on the other side letting you know that we are safe and sound. We will leave a message on Sunday if we do summit but you probably won’t get that news until Monday.  Everything is great the team is doing really great, they are all healthy and just relaxing.  We will talk to you again hopefully soon with great news. Bye.

Team VIII: 01/22/09
Hi this is Solveig calling to check in from Team 8, we woke up to a few inches of new beautiful snow today and enjoyed a nice relaxing rest day.  Most of the folks went a hike to stretch their legs and we enjoyed a pizza lunch in the afternoon.  We checked in with the doctors today and everyone is acclimatizing well and has a clean bill of health.  Tomorrow we plan to do a carry to camp I at 15,400 and then return to base camp for the night.  Gerald wants to say hello to Cindy, Brandy and all of the rest of the teachers at Wild Peach Elementary.  Ciao

Team VII: 01/22/09
Hey everyone this is Jeffery James Justman Team 7 Aconcagua. Dry air up here at 19,200 feet, we are at camp III.  Our team moved today from the Ameghino Col camp to camp III right underneath the Polish Glacier.  The weather has been the same it is beautiful in the morning and then the clouds come in and a little bit of snow and then it is sunny again and then it is snowy again.   The good news is, knock on wood, the wind has not played a factor it is still real calm.  So we just settled in, I made some soup for the team members and we are getting hydrated again, recovering also made a little bit of popcorn in the pressure cooker.  Right now we are just chilling out and sorting out the tents and figuring out what we are going to make for dinner.  Everyone is doing really well, it is a hard day to get up here but sure is nice we don’t have to do a carry anymore.  Lhwang and I tomorrow are going to do a carry to our high camp, that is at 20,500 feet and that will make things a little easier on Saturday.  As long as the weather is descent which it is suppose to be our team will move up to high camp.  Then on Sunday our team will go for the summit if the weather is good so we will leave a message here you won’t hear until problem Monday.  Everyone is doing great so family and friends keep us in your thoughts, keep your fingers crossed but things are going really well we just want to say hello to everyone again.  We will touch base probably when we summit on Sunday so keep your fingers crossed, alright bye.

Team VIII: 01/21/09
Hello this is Solveig calling to check in from Team 8, it is January 21st and we just arrived at base camp after seven hours of hiking and two river crossings.  We are now settled at 13,800 feet.  Everyone is feeling strong and in good spirits after a relaxing afternoon siesta.  A few special messages this evening; Chuck wants to say hello to the four Lynns, Al wants Tina to know that he is doing well and wish her safe travels (…transmission break…)

Team VII: 01/21/09
Hey everyone this is Jeffery James Justman, Team VII Aconcagua.  Everyone is pretty tuckered out, right now we are back at camp II, we just did a carry up to camp III, 19,200 feet.  We hung out there for about half an hour and then came back down here to camp.  I have the stoves going with a little soup right now and then I am going to fry up a little bit of bacon, get some salt in everyone and make sure that everyone is hydrated.  We did a really good carry today and everyone did really well, physically everyone is doing super, they are acclimatizing really well, high oxygen saturation, good heart rates, all of that good stuff.  The higher we go, a little more excursion so you get a little a tired but we are trying to feed them and get them recovered and tomorrow our plan is to move up to camp III.  We actually paved a new route up to camp III based on our new camp down here at camp II, it is pretty darn nice and it is a little bit easier and it was nice to do that.

We are just hanging here, a little bit of clouds, a little bit of snow last night we got pummeled with a good amount of snow and there is about three inches of fresh snow on the ground so it was really nice for photographs today.  Boy we are doing well and the weather is hanging in there but I want to say hello to everyone at home and we will talk again soon okay bye.

Team VIII: 01/20/09
Greetings everyone this is Dave Gruss calling in for Team VIII on Aconcagua.  The team is doing fantastic we are at Casa de Piedras and we have just enjoyed and amazing asada steak dinner cooked by our (transmission garbled…).  We had a long hike today but it was actually a little cloudy so it was not quite as hot and dusty as it usually is.  Tomorrow morning we are going to cross the river and head up the Relinchos and should be up in base camp late tomorrow afternoon and I will check in tomorrow evening and I hope that all is well out there, alright take care.

Team VII: 0/20/09
Hey Alpine Ascents, family and friends this is Jeffery James Justman with Team 7 on Aconcagua.  We have moved up to Ameghino col at 17,500 plus feet, we actually made a new camp.  I want to thank Lhakpa Gelu Sherpa, he and I made a camp that is just a little bit out of the way, beautiful view of the Andes, quiet, no one comes, good water source, right now making a little minestrone soup for the team followed by a little bit of Argentina bacon.  So some hydration and some food for the team but we are doing real well.  It is a tough day for the team to get up here to the col but the team did real well and now we need to recover, get everyone back on track.  Tomorrow we are going to do a carry up to 19,200 feet, camp III.  We saw Lhwang Dhundop, another guide he is down in base camp he just summitted yesterday with another team and a little well deserved break before he comes up and meets the team (…transmission garbled…)

Team VII: 01/19/09
Hey everyone this is Jeffery James with Team VII, Aconcagua also probably referred to as Team Bionic, everyone is doing awesome.  We had a rest day today at Camp I today at 15,500 feet.  I went down to base camp with garbage and human waste to ease the load for everyone and tomorrow we are going to camp II.  We built a really beautiful camp, thank you Lhakpa Gelu, we did that on our last expedition last month, it over looks the Andes, a beautiful place at 17, 582 feet.  Everyone is doing really well, we have a little bit of a surprise for everyone we fillet in the pressure cooker, here are the ingredients you have to put in the pressure cooker, about 5 kilos of meet, little bit of crushed rosemary, a couple of onions, bay leaves and a liter of white wine, through that in the pressure, let it sit for about 45 minutes and there you got a great dinner with some mashed potatoes.  We are going to keep everyone hydrated with some soup here and we are just enjoying some great weather so.  The more pressing issues; please someone let us know who is in the super bowl , we really want to know, wish Mr. President Obama good luck on his first day tomorrow and we will talk everyone later. Ciao from Argentina.

Team VI: 01/19/09
Hey everybody this is the Brown Seagulls, yesterday we had a half way descent beautiful day.  We are at high camp, we carried to roughly about 20,600, it went quite well, quite smooth and then it snowed and continuously dumped on us.  We pretty much through in the towel with summiting today but you know what with luck on our side and god on our side (…transmission garbled…) standing right now on the top of America and even more top of Americas, the only person that we wish could be here with us is Terry right now but everyone else greeting the (..transmission garbled…) But right now it is getting cold, the clouds are coming in, it is snowing on the top and the winds are picking up and we are going to high tail it down to high camp and then decide to move down to the lower.  This is the last cybercast before we get down to Mendoza but this is Dave Kratsch and Flock of Brown Seagulls and we are going to be descending on downwards.  So take care and we wish you all well. Bye.

Team VIII: 01/19/09
Greetings everybody this is Dave Gruss calling in for Team VIII, it is the 19th of January, Monday morning and we are here at Penitentes just trying to do our final packing, getting everything ready for the Mules, we are going to take off in about a half hour and actually hit the trail, I think that everyone is excited to get moving and gain a little attitude.  But keep checking in everyone and we will be checking in with you daily.  Alright ciao.

Team VIII: 01/17/09
Greetings everyone this is Dave Gruss calling in for Team VIII for Alpine Ascents on Aconcagua, the team has officially gathered.  We have all ten members in Mendoza, we just had a wonderful meal at a restaurant and place called Mi Tierra, which I recommend for any one, an unbelievable dinner.  We are going to get a good night sleep, head up to Penitentes tomorrow and get this expedition under way. (…transmission break…)

Team VI; 01/16/09
Hey everybody this is Dave Kratsch calling from camp III on Aconcagua.  The Brown Seagulls decided to take a rest yesterday and today well, we took another one because what we are seeing is the inside of a ping pong ball.  So to support everybody out there we decided to do shout outs to everybody:

Hey this is Catherine from camp III – it is beautiful here today or at least it was beautiful, two days until we summit and we are enjoying our rest day, trust me.  Big hugs and kisses to QC and family and friends. 

Hi this Fletch from camp III at 19,200, it is like being on Mars(…transmission garbled…) love to all see you soon.  

Hey this is Marcus from camp III, we will be summiting in hopefully two days, (… transmission garbled…) especially P and the Kids, see you soon-X. 

Hello to everybody from Steve at 19,200 tomorrow is the final day with a full load and then it is summit day, miss you, love you, will call from Mendoza. 

Happy to be here it is an amazing place at 19,200 going back down from camp III. In good shape, good luck to all.  – Terry.  And I would like to send a remark to Terry’s family, Terry did a wonderful job getting up to camp III but he went down yesterday, super strong, great attitude and I wish him and his family the best of luck and he should be heading to Mendoza shortly. 

This is Barb calling, we are awesome, we are almost there, happy birthday mom.  Hi this Jim, thanks to Alice for all of the help, I wouldn’t have been able to do it with out your help, hi mom.

From Reece, we are at camp I and we are enjoying a fabulous blue sky (..transmission break…)

Note from the office: All cybercasts that are sent in over the weekend will be posted on Monday.  Thanks for following along.

Team VII: 01/15/09
Hey this is Jeffery James Justman giving a dispatch for Team VII on Aconcagua today we did a carry to camp I and came back down to base camp.  The team did a very good job and are acclimating well, the weather is beautiful.  Tomorrow our plan is to move our camp up to camp I 15,500 feet and settle into that camp with out the comfort of hamburgers, pizza and coca cola at base camp.  So we are doing well and the plan over the weekend is; we will do a carry on Saturday to camp II, come back down to camp I, Sunday we will have a rest day and we have a little surprise for the team, don’t tell anyone but is a fillet mignon dinner.  Then we will talk to you on Monday and let you know how our move up to camp II goes but we are doing well and wondering why cucumbers taste better pickled. 

Team VII: 01/15/09
Hey everyone this is Jeffery James, Team VII, Aconcagua resting here at Plaza Argentina base camp.  It is just a nice day, the sun is shinning, the weather could be a little better, it seemed a little windy up high but we are not there.  We are down here just enjoying the good life, eating good food that Grajales is cooking up for us.  Everyone is doing great and learning that it can get a little boring on rest days but hey that is what the books and the music are for.  We actually organized a little bit of our food and some of our gear, clothing, etc that we are going to be carrying tomorrow up to camp I.  So it is a good rest day today but tomorrow we have a little bit of work today we will touch base with you tomorrow and let you know how the carry goes but I anticipate that it is going to go well.  I hope that everyone is doing well back home bye.

Team VI: 01/15/09
Good morning everybody this is Dave Kratsch calling with Flock or Brown Seagulls, we are just finishing up a wonderful breakfast of frosted flakes and honey nut cheerios and the sun is out and the Polish Glacier is looking down on us smiling. Today we are going to move up to camp three, yesterday we did a carry up to camp III.  By moving up to camp III it will allow us to take a rest day tomorrow and then move up camp IV which will put us right in line for the summit.  Hopefully with weather permitting we will be right now three or four days from the summit.  Everybody is doing great and we will continue with our journey and let you know how our rest day fares tomorrow.  Dave Kratsch signing off with block for brown seagulls, take care and good morning.

Team VII: 01/14/09
Hey this is Jeffery James Justman, Aconcagua Team VII, we are here at Plaza Argentina base camp.  Our team had a great walk this morning and this afternoon and we are pretty surprised at how everyone is doing.  Everyone is great, good mood, good spirits, it was a long day but everyone is doing great and that is kind of a good sign.   We are looking forward to a great dinner tonight and tomorrow we are looking even more forward to a day of relaxation, we are just going to sit here in base camp, resting, recuperating, probably have some eggs and bacon and fresh coffee and then probably move on to a little more food and then just eat and drink all day long.  We are also going to prepare some gear so Ben and I are getting on that as far as what we need for the upper camps, sorting everything out.  Everyone is doing great and we will talk with you tomorrow and the whole team does say hello to family and friends and we will touch base later, bye from base camp Argentina.

Team VII: 01/13/09
This is Ben and JJ’s expedition here at Casa Piedra, about to have some Asada Chicken.  Everyone is doing great and tomorrow we will advance up to base camp.  The weather is beautiful and the lovely wind here at Piedra as always is rocking steady.  Everything is great.

Team VI: 01/13/09
This is Dave Kratsch calling with Aconcagua Team VI , we have official come up with a team name and Flock of Brown Seagulls, there were a couple of different names that we were going to go with but that is the one that the group decided on.  Yesterday we had a wonderful rest day (…transmission break…) so the whole group all 13 climbers are back together again and we are pulling up to camp II.  Beautiful day though, a little bit of wind, not too bad mainly sunny at the beginning of the day it was too hot to even travel.  We are moving on up, making camp II and the wind is picking up so I hope that all of you who are following along thank you and this is Dave Kratsch signing off Flock of Brown Seagulls.

Team V: 01/12/09
Hey this is Brent Langlinias calling for Team V, January 12th.  I want to apologize to everyone friends and family watching the cybercast we have been our of satellite phone availability, we did not have a battery for about a week now.  Since then there have been some storms on the mountain and we followed our scheduled to the T moving up to camp III without an incident and then on to camp IV where we spent last night at 20,600 feet and today was our summit bid. 

We woke up this morning to great weather, clear skies, we went for it at about 8:00 am and within the hour the wind picked up, pretty severely.  We fought our way up the upper mountain to within 800 feet of the summit, an area of the mountain call the cantaleta our team was feel pretty strong but the mountain weather was gusting to 70 mph and blowing snow into our faces.  We did the best that we could but we had to turn around to make sure that everybody came back with their fingers and toes and we all have our fingers and toes and we did not make the summit.  Our team is disappointed but excited to have been together for such a long period of time and worked together for such a noble cause.  

Now we are heading back to base camp where we will relax and enjoy base camp services; sleep in a big tent instead of a little tent, have someone else cook for us, it will be kind of nice.  We will be heading back to Mendoza in the next couple of days we will give our friends and family a call then.  We had an extra couple of days to wait for it, to go for it again but the team was hammered pretty good physical and I don’t think that anyone was ready to go back up so here we are, missed the summit but still pretty excited to be here in Argentina.  So again thanks for checking in on us and sorry if you guys were worried about us for having been out of phone contact.  Thanks again, bye bye.

Team VII: 01/12/09
Hey you guys this is Jeffery James Justman Aconcagua IIV and the team is at Pompa de Lenas.  We are actually sleeping under the stars right now, they are coming out in full view, beautiful night. We had a nice steak dinner and everyone did a great job today trekking in.  Just nice and causal, enjoying the scenery, getting to know the team.  (…transmission garbled…)

Team IV: 01/12/09
Hello this is Michael Colledge one of the Brits on Team IV calling in for the cybercast on Day 14.  The started pretty cold with Jason and Ben waking us up for our summit.  We battled some pretty strong winds but the winds died down and we reached the summit at about 2:40 pm.  The climbing was good, the weather was pretty nice, we were all pretty (…transmission garbled…)  We were all very pleased to reach the summit and get down safely and sleep a little lower than our original high camp.  That is all for day 14(…transmission garbled…)

TEAM VII: 01/12/09
Hi everyone this is Jeffery James Justman with Aconcagua Team 7, for those family and friends of the crew that just arrived in Mendoza a couple of days ago.  We are at Penitentes, having breakfast, we are geared up, we got all the food, the barrels, the duffels ready for the mules.  Everyone is doing great, we have a big team that we will introduce to you a bit later on but just wanted to give you a first little call and let you know that everything is great, it is a sunny day here in Argentina and we are looking forward to starting the trek into Plaza Argentina base camp.  Hope that everyone back there is doing well, hope that it is not too snowy in the old US but you can’t beat the weather here right now.  Take care, we will talk to you again soon.

TEAM V: 01/11/09
Team Five update: They have moved up to high camp (camp IV) and are doing well, currently they are waiting for their summit opportunity.

TEAM IV: 01/11/09
Hey this is Jason Thomas with Aconcagua Team IV, we just summitted, we are down eating ramen right now, everybody is doing fine. Pretty intense summit day, we will tell you more about it, we have just been having some phone problems.  We will try to call you from base camp, we are heading down to Plaza de Mulas tomorrow. Thanks for following our cybercast.

Team VI: 01/10/09
Hey this is team 6 we just did a pleasant day of tripping our way up the bolder field to camp I (…transmission garbled…)

Team V: 01/10/09
Taking a rest day at camp III, tomorrow they will be moving up to camp IV. 

Team IV:01/10/09
Yesterday the team did a carry up to camp IV and today they moved up to camp IV.  They are planning to summit tomorrow.

Team IV: 01/07/09
Hey this is Jason Thomas, I am calling from camp II, at the col.  We did a carry today up to camp III, 19,200, everyone did a good job.  Lets see what happened over the last day, we had real bad weather yesterday when we rolled in, it was pretty stormy, pretty windy, this morning it was the same thing, we waiting until about noon for it to warm up before we went up to camp III.  Everyone did a good job, everyone is hanging in there.  We are going to try to move up to camp III tomorrow, weather depending. We are sending a quick shout out to Sam and Jack from Mark and a quick shout out to Carli as well.  Alright thanks for following the cybercast, over and out.

Team VI: 01/07/09
Greetings family and friends and everyone else living vicariously through our expedition. I want to apologize for not being making a cybercast sooner but due to technical difficulties we were unable to.  That is now in the pas, so let me catch you up to where we are. Our first night was spent with a wonderful hike up the Vacas Valley into Pompa de Lenas where we ended the evening with a wonderful steak dinner barbeque.  We woke up to the birds chirping and to a wonderful pancake and egg breakfast.  Next we continued our journey up the Vacas Valley (…transmission garbled…) from there we had our first views of Aconcagua and Amegino but Amegino and Aconcagua were covered in the viento blanco which is the white wind. The rest of the evening we spent dodging snowflakes and eating hamburgers.  This morning we woke up around 5 am to pack up and head to Plaza Argentina; we waded across a freezing river with ice crusted on the sides of it.  Our feet felt like we were walking across pins and needles, after a few hours later we crossed another river which was similar but less painful. We continued up through to Plaza Argentina, we passed through areas of green and yellow vegetation with striking views of Aconcagua and the Polish Glacier which was capped in white. Soon enough the yellow and green disappeared and a barren landscape formed.  Right now we are in Plaza Argentina taking naps and getting ready for a wonderful meal.  That will be all. we are enjoying (…transmission garbled…) Team VI.

Team V: 01/07/09
Hey this is Brent calling for Alpine Ascents Aconcagua calling for Team 5, today is January 7th and we did a move today up to 2nd camp on to the col, we are at about 18,000 feet and definitely feeling the thin air. It is kind of a stormy today, it is pretty windy, down at camp I when we were leaving we had about 10 inches of snow accumulate. It seems to have cleared up a little this afternoon and it looks like it is rolling back in this evening.  We are going to hunker down here at camp II and tomorrow our plan is to make a carry up to camp III.  The team is going strong, nothing except a couple of minor headaches that are going to go away as soon as we have dinner I am certain.  So stay tuned and we will give you another update tomorrow, thanks for checking in. bye.

Team VI: 01/06/09
Update from Team VI: The Team is at Casa de Piedra camp along the Vacas river. They are having trouble with their cybercast phone which they hope to repair at base camp in a few days. 

Team IV: 01/06/09
Hey this is Jason Thomas calling from the Ameghino Col, we moved up here today from camp II.  We got up here today, we had pretty good weather, it was a little bit windy, and it turned into a pretty good storm.  Right now we are just hiding in our tents, the winds blowing pretty good and it has been snowing pretty good but everybody is doing fine.  We are hoping that the storm will stop here soon and that the sun will come out tomorrow for us so we can carry up a load to camp III.  All is well, thanks for following our cybercast, we will call you tomorrow with more information, bye. 

Team III: 01/06/09
Hey everyone out there this is Dave Gruss calling in for Team III, it is the 6th of January.  We had a great night in base camp, a long descent down there but had a fantastic night celebrating our success and everyone making it.  We are going to head down to Penitentes spend the night there tonight and keep the celebration rolling. We will be in Mendoza tomorrow and (…transmission garbled…).  Thanks everyone for checking in and we will be in touch with you tomorrow, take care.  

Team V: 01/05/09
Hi it is Paul Koubek calling from group five on Aconcagua.  Today we carried up to camp II and cached a load and got our first taste of big mountain weather with probably 40 to 45 mph winds.  The group did well, got back to camp, ate some pizza before getting into bed.  Lay over day tomorrow. 

Team IV: 01/05/09
Hey this is Jason calling for Team 4.  We are at camp I, yesterday we carried to up to camp II, the Amegino Col, then came down, had a nice big meal, went to bed early.  Now we are just lounging around, we just had breakfast burritos and we are going to hang out for the day and hide from the sun, the weather has been really good, very, very warm (transmission break) we want that stuff down low so it is not windy when we get up high.  Anyway everyone says high to their friends and family, we will call you tomorrow when we get to camp II, we are planning on going up there pretty early to beat the heat and we will talk to you soon, thanks for following the cybercast. 

Team V: 01/04/09
Hi this is Brent Langlinais calling in, today we did a move to camp I on the side of Aconcagua, the group was really strong again.  We enjoyed a leisurely morning relaxing and anticipating a quick move and sure enough we got to camp super early.  We are relaxing now, having some soup and hot drinks and nutella and crackers.  They decided to change their name form the New Years Resolutions to Team Clear and Copious .  Right now we are getting ready to begin making burritos and tomorrow we do a carry up to our camp II and the group is going to go to bed tonight and get a good night sleep so we are strong for that.  Thanks for checking in on us and we will be in touch again tomorrow.

Team III: 01/04/09
Greetings all this is Dave Gruss calling in from the top of South America, we have all eleven team members accounted for up here.  It is a beautiful day, I couldn’t believe it, everybody did great, man what a day.  We suffered through some bad weather the last few days and dished up an incredible summit day.  We just want to wish our love to everyone out there, we will be talk to you in a day or two when we get down to Plaza de Mulas, I hope that all is good out there and we will chat with you soon. Ciao.  

Team IV: 01/03/09
Hi this is Ben Jones with Aconcagua Expedition 4, today we moved up to camp I from base camp, everyone did really well, got in early afternoon, had some hot drinks, had a great pasta dinner with Jason’s special sauce.  Then we have been hanging out here at camp, everyone is feeling great and the weather is pretty good, we got a little bit of clouds today and just a little bit of snow right now.  Things are looking good and we will be carrying a load up to camp II tomorrow.  We want to give a shout out to all of our family and friends, we are having a great time and thanks for reading the cybercast, ciao.

Team III: 01/03/09
Hey everyone out there this is Dave, John and Lhakpa calling in from high camp at 20,600 feet.  We just arrived here this afternoon and have been kind of sitting out a little weather and everybody is in good form.  We are going to try to attempt the summit tomorrow, weather permitting so hopefully the next call you will be getting from us will be from the top.  Keep checking in and we will be in touch tomorrow, ciao.

Team V: 01/03/09
Hi this is Brent Langlinais calling for Team 5 Aconcagua Expedition.  We are standing right now at our camp I, we just finished a carry.  We moved from out base camp in Plaza Argentina to camp I, just below 16,000 feet.  The team is really strong again, aside from a couple of blisters nothing consequential to speak of.  We are heading back down right now to have another bit dinner with our outfitters down in base camp.  We wanted to let everyone know that we are safe and we are thinking about everyone back home.  So today is January 3rd and we will be in touch tomorrow.  Take care, bye.

Team IV: 01/02/09
Hey this is Jason Thomas calling with Aconcagua Expedition IV, we are all hanging out a base camp, everybody is doing fine.  We hiked up to camp I today to 15,300 there abouts.  We had a good hike down, beautiful weather, we sat up there for about an hour in the sun.  Now we are just chilling, we just had some steak for dinner which was really good.  Tomorrow morning we are going to pack up, leave base camp and start climbing the mountain.  We will call you from camp I, thanks for following the cybercast.

Team V: 01/02/09
Hi this is Brent calling for Alpine Ascents Team V, from this point forward they are referring to themselves as the New Years Resolutions.  Today we are having a rest day at the international village of Plaza Argentina, our base camp.  This will be our second night here, we woke up this morning to another beautiful dawn and it has been a sunny day all day.  It looks like a perfect summit day for who ever is on the upper mountain, there are a little bit of wisps forming up right now, it is about 4:00 Argentine time but I think it has been a great day for the folks on the upper mountain, it was certainly a great day for us here in base camp.  We spent the day trying to take it easy and acclimatize, we organized loads for the upper mountain, we looked over some maps to orient the group, we did a medical check with the Argentine doctor here in base camp and everybody has got a clean bill of health.  We spent (…transmission garbled…) Sean would like to say hello Rachel, Vanessa would like to say hello to Daniel, Nick to would like to say hello to Stacy and the Balsic family would like to let their Mom, Grandma V and their brother Gregory let them know that they are safe and thinking about them as we get ready to move up to the upper mountain.  Thanks for checking in, Paul and I would like to say hello to our friends and family too and we will be in touch.

Team III: 01/02/09
Greetings everyone this is Dave calling in for Team III, we want to wish everybody a happy new year.  We have moved up to camp III and everybody still seems to be doing great.  We have got a strong team and we are riding out some rough weather, we are getting some sidewise snow, pretty high winds, big gusts but I am sure that late this evening it will abate.  We just want to wish all of our loved ones a happy holidays and a shout out from everybody on the team, I hope that everyone out there is doing well and had a great holiday season.  Keep checking in we will be taking a rest day and then moving up to high camp tomorrow.  Hope all is well out there and keep checking in, ciao.

Team IV: 01/01/09
Hey this is Jason Thomas calling with Aconcagua Expedition IV.  We had a great rest day today at base camp and everybody is doing pretty good, of course a few folks are feeling altitude, it was a big jump from Casa Piedra up to base camp but everybody is hanging in there and tomorrow we are going to carry up to camp I.  We will try to call you tomorrow, thanks for following the cybercasts, bye.

Team V: 01/01/09
Hi this is Brent calling for Team V, from base camp at Plaza Argentina at almost 14,000 feet on the side of Aconcagua.  This morning we woke up to the most beautiful dawn and after a huge dinner New Years Eve celebration with the Muleteers at our last camp on our trek in, today we rolled in, early afternoon, completing our 30 mile trek to base camp and our team is exceptionally strong. We found a slackline here in camp to entertain us a bit, we are trying to rest as much as possible, tomorrow is a complete rest day.  The weather is pretty good, it is a little windy up high but we are enjoying the amenities at base camp and the wall tent and we are being served with proper silverware and glassware and table and chairs and it is really nice to be in out of the wind.  Tonight it looks like we are having another steak dinner and we are really excited about that.  The team is doing great and that is it, we will be in touch and thanks for checking in on us, bye.

TEAM IV: 12/31/08
Hey this is Jason Thomas calling in with Aconcagua Expedition IV.  We had a great hike up today to base camp, we are now all safely in base camp.  We had a good steak dinner and now everybody is tucked in and ready to go to bed.  Happy New Year to everybody and we will call tomorrow, we are going to have rest day tomorrow.  The following day we will carry up to camp I.  Okay thanks for following the cybercasts. 

Team III: 12/30/08
Hi everyone this is Dave calling for Team III on Aconcagua, we are currently eating dinner and watching a beautiful sunset from camp II.  It is kind of a lunar landscape up here but it is beautiful all together.  We moved up today, everybody is feeling fantastic and we are going to make a carry up to camp III tomorrow and hopefully everyone will still be feeling well.  As of now things are going great, the weather seems to be holding and we will be in touch soon. Ciao.

Team II: 12/30/08
Hey everyone this is Jeffery James Justman, Team II Aconcagua, just wanted to give a final dispatch here for the team, we made it down from high camp to Plaza de Mulas, that is another base camp on the other side of the mountain.  We are here, we ate a bunch of pizza this afternoon and we are enjoying some coco cola this afternoon and we are waiting for dinner now.  It is nice to be back in the low lands breathing the thick air and sitting in a nice chair, all of those creature comforts.  Tomorrow we are going to hike out and we will be back in Penitentes for actually a real bed which will be a treat.  It will be a good new years eve, happy new years to everyone and thanks for following along and hey hopefully we will see you on Aconcagua.  Bye.

Team IV; 12/29/08
Hey this is Jason Thomas calling with Aconcagua Expedition IV.  We had a nice hike today, we are at Pampa de Lenas now, had a good dinner tonight.  It took us about 5 ½ hours to get here.  The weather was pretty good we had a little rain and wind when we arrived at camp but it dissipated pretty quickly. Right now it looks like it is clearing up a little bit, a little bit of high clouds but the stars are coming out, it’s a real nice night.  Everybody is doing fine, everyone is excited to be here.  We are going to hike probably 6 to 6 ½ hours tomorrow up to Case de Piedra, we will talk to you then.  We will give you a call tomorrow night, thanks for following the cybercasts, bye.

Team III: 12/29/08
Hey everybody this is Dave Gruss calling in for Team III on Aconcagua.  It is the 29th of December and we have just finished a masterful day of leisure at camp I here and the MVP goes to Lewis who completely dominated the day in lounging.  Its great, we have all actually caught up on some sleep, we are acclimating well and tomorrow we plan on moving up to camp II.  We will give you a call from up there tomorrow evening if the weather holds and all is well. Take care out there.

Team II: 12/29/2008
Hey Alpine Ascents this is Aconcagua Team II, Jeffery James Justman reporting on Monday afternoon.  We all summitted today, the entire team did great and we are all safe back in camp, getting hot drinks going.  It was an epic day we had everything from beautiful sun, no wind to a light breeze, snow showers, it was pretty cool so it was a real neat day, great summit and we will be heading down to Mulas, to base camp tomorrow. Everything is great, family, friends and we are doing well and it hasn’t sunk in yet because we are just way too exhausted.  We will give you one more call when we get down to base camp tomorrow. 

Team V: 12/29/2008
Hi friends and family this is Brent Langlinais calling from Penitentes, Argentina for Team V.  Our expedition began yesterday with all of our clients arriving from the states with all of their luggage and no worse for the wear from their over night plane flight. We had a huge steak dinner in Mendoza and today we transported our gear and ourselves to the town of Penitentes where we will spend the night acclimatizing before tomorrow morning’s trek towards base camp.  Our team consists of myself and Paul as the guides, and we have Sean from upstate New York and Blasics family; Nick, Greg and Vanessa from San Diego.  Everybody is fit and excited as are Paul and I, we look forward to a great expedition and thanks for checking in, we will post on the cybercast as often as possible, stay tuned.

Team IV: 12/28/2008
Hey everybody how is going, this is Jason Thomas calling with Aconcagua Expedition IV.  We are all in Penitentes everybody arrived the day before yesterday with their bags, everything worked out just great.  We had a big dinner in Mendoza last night and we had a pleasant drive up to Penitentes today.  We have got all of our stuff organized for our mules and we had a good dinner tonight and now everybody is going to bed.  Again everybody is doing great and looking forward to starting the trek into base camp tomorrow.  Thanks for following our cybercasts, bye.

Team III: 12/28/2008
Hey everyone out there this is Dave Gruss calling in for Alpine Ascents Aconcagua Team III.  It is Sunday the 20th of December and it is evening here and we are just tucking it into bed for the night.  We had a great carry today up from camp I up to camp II, the Ameghino Col.  Had a little weather yesterday, we woke up to about four or five inches of fresh snow which actually made for some great step kicking today up to camp II.  We are looking at a well need rest today here at camp I tomorrow, a little lounging with the troops.  Everyone seems to doing well, Mo calls it the acclimate and dominate program we are on, so we will see how that works out for us.  Hope that all is well out there for everyone. Keep checking in, ciao.

Team II: 12/28/2008
Hey this is Jeffery James with Aconcagua Team II.  We are at high camp and today was our summit day, we woke up with high winds and decided not to go.  We didn’t want to get any one hypothermic or worse frost bite so we are chilling in camp right now.  The winds have died and the call for tomorrow is that the winds are suppose to be a little bit lighter so we are going to give it a shot for tomorrow, Monday.  We will give you a call and let you know how it went but everyone is doing well and it good spirits regardless of having to sit up here at 20,500 feet and just kind of relish in boredom.  Hopefully the weather will allow us a good window for tomorrow and we will give you some good news later on in the day. Bye. 

Team II: 12/26/2008
Hey this is Team II, Aconcagua, Jeffery James Justman on the phone, we are at camp III 19,200.  We had a rest day today, Lhakpa and I did a carry up to high camp, brought up a couple of tents, fuel, food, we are getting the team set up.  We are going to move tomorrow to high camp and then summit on Sunday.  It is a little windy here but that is the norm, weather is looking hopefully good for Sunday.  Everyone on the team is doing great, good spirits and we have a good day tomorrow and everyone should do well and hopefully we will have good news for you when you read this on Monday.  We will give a call and let you know, hopefully we are on top, I am sure we will be, knock on wood. Bye.  

Team II: 12/19/2008
Hello this is Team II, JJ’s team on Aconcagua, we are at basecamp today and it is Friday, December 19th.  I am reporting in about what we did today, mostly we went up to camp I which is around 14,500 feet, everybody did really well.  It has been really interesting watching the cohesion of the team and watching the interactions with the local Brits and the American contingent (…transmission garbled). In any event we are all in good condition, everyone is doing well, acclimation has been very successful.  My name by the way is Ron, I am the oldest climber of the group so it is interesting watching these young little puppies trying to out do each other getting up the mountain J.  In any event it was a great day and tomorrow we go up to camp I and then hopefully keep on going.  So hopefully the next cybercast we call in, will be successful, everyone will be safe, no injuries and we will all come down the same way we went up

Team II: 12/18/2008
Hey everyone this is Jeffery James Justman with Team II on Aconcagua.  We are at base camp having a relaxing day, getting prepared for our carry and moving gear up higher on the mountain, starting tomorrow; so a little bit of organization this morning and this afternoon the team relaxed, just taking it easy.  Everyone is doing really well which is always nice, everyone is acclimatizing, the minor headache this morning but now everyone is back to normal so that is a good sign.  Tomorrow we will do a carry up to camp I and then we will return down here to base camp and have another great meal that Fernando Grajales has been making for us.  We will be checking in tomorrow with you but that is the plan, carrying up to camp I, we will let you know how it goes tomorrow.  The team is doing great and we will talk to you soon.

Team II: 12/17/2008
Team II checking in, we made it to base camp we are at 14,000 ft.  We started off the day crossing a river with some mules.  The weather has been nice and everyone is in good health.  Tomorrow we have a rest day and then a climb up to camp I.  We just sat down and had some hot drinks, we are going to be eating dinner here in a few, not sure what is for dinner but it should be good. Everyone is doing good, we saw our first view of the mountain today, it looks spectacular and that is it, Team II out.

Team II: 12/16/2008
Hello this is Brendan calling in from Team II we are in Casa de Piedra about to sit down to a chicken dinner.  We had a great hike today on day 2, we got to see Aconcagua, the mountain for the first time.  We are going to be using some mules to cross the river tomorrow.  It is very windy out today, everyone is in great health and having a good time.  A special shout out to my friends and family in Chicago and Team Texas, everyone is in great spirits, drinking plenty of water and staying healthy. We will check in with you tomorrow after we reach base camp, ciao.

Team II: 12/15/2008
Hi this is Lee calling from Lenas on our way to the top of Aconcagua, part of Team II.  JJ is our guide and we have Brendan, Warren, Dmitry, Shane, Ron, two James and Fiona all up here.  We are going to have a nice barbeque dinner tonight.  Everyone says hello and we had a wonderful day today, a lot of sun and we are looking forward to our nice sleep and rest tonight and another day of good hiking tomorrow. Take care and talk to you soon.

Team I: 12/15/2008
Hi this is Garrett Madison calling in for Alpine Ascents Aconcagua Expedition number one.  Today is Monday, December 15th, we have just all arrived at Plaza de Mulas base camp and we are having a nice afternoon snack and we will have a nice dinner before heading to bed.  We will be hiking out the Horcones Valley tomorrow back to Penitenties.  Everybody did great and we had an excellent expedition, this will conclude our cybercasts for Aconcagua, Team I.

Team I: 12/14/08
Hi this is Garrett Madison and Lhakpa Gelu Sherpa calling in for Aconcagua Team I on December 14th, Sunday.  Today we reached the summit, it was a really nice day and really warm, no wind which was a bit change from the last few days.  We are going to head down to Plaza de Mules base camp tomorrow. Check in with you soon, bye.  

Team I: 12/13/08
Hi this is Garrett Madison and Lhakpa Gelu Sherpa calling in from camp IV on Aconcagua. We just arrived at camp IV in a little bit of a snow storm but thank fully the temperature is warmer now and all of our climbers on the team are at camp IV with us.  We just had a little bit of Lhakpa’s special soup and we are getting ready to have dinner and go to bed early in preparation for an early alpine start tomorrow on the summit, pending good weather. We will call in tomorrow (…transmission garbled…)

Team I :  12/12/2008
Hi this is Garrett and Lhakpa calling in from camp III on Aconcagua.  We made our push yesterday from camp II up to camp III and now we are taking a rest day at camp III.  Everybody is doing fine, we are in a little bit of a storm system so everybody is hunkered down in the tents sipping hot beverages and we are waiting out the storm.  We are hoping that tomorrow will be nicer so that we can move up to our camp IV.  We will keep you posted tomorrow, thanks for checking in.

Team I : 12/11/2008
Hi this is Aconcagua Expedition I both Lhakpa and Garrett calling in on December 11th , Thursday.  Currently we are in the process of moving up to camp III. 

Team I : 12/9/2008
Hi this is Alpine Ascents Aconcagua, Team One, Garrett and Lhakpa calling in on December 9th .  We are at camp I, preparing to move up to camp II today and everybody on the team is doing great.  It is a little windy on the mountain but we are going to make our way and should be in the camp in a few hours and then we will settle in and do a carry to camp III the following day.  Again, everybody is doing great and we look forward to checking in tomorrow. Cheers.

Team I : 12/8/2008
Hello this is the Alpine Ascents Aconcagua, Team One, calling in.  We are at camp I, today is December 8th.  Yesterday we made our carry up to camp II and cached some equipment and food and fuel.  Today we are taking a rest day in camp I, we just enjoyed a long breakfast and now we will review some crampon skills before making our move tomorrow up to camp II.  The weather is great, everyone is doing well.  Cheers.

Team I : 12/5/2008
Hi this is Garrett and Lhakpa calling in from Plaza Argentina base camp.  Today we made a carry to our camp 1 and are now back at base camp relaxing, this is our last night at base camp before we move up for the duration of the trip.  Everybody is doing well.

Team I : 12/3/2008
Greetings this is Garrett and Lhakpa calling in from Plaza Argentina, we arrive here late this afternoon and have set up camp and settled into our tents.  We are getting ready for dinner at camp, we walked through a snow storm most of the day but now it looks like the weather is getting ready for us.  Everybody is doing well, cheers.

Team 1 : 12/2/2008
Hi this is Garrett and Lhakpa calling in from our second night on the trek. We are now at Casa de Piedra camp.  We just had a hamburger dinner and we are tucking into our tents.

Team 1 : Start Date November 28
Hi this is Team 1, Aconcagua with Garrett Madison and Lhakpa Gelu Sherpa and we are at our first camp, Pampa de Las Leñas, on the hike in.  We just had a nice steak barbeque dinner, everybody did great today and now we are all going to tuck into our sleeping bags and get a good nights rest.  All is well here on Aconcagua, ciao.

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