Aconcagua 2009 - 2010 Cybercast

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Team XII: 3/1/2010
Hello friends and family!  As previously mentioned, the Satellite phone has not been in working order.  We are now at Plaza de Mulas base camp and are pleased to report that we reached the top of the Western hemisphere yesterday afternoon.  The Aconquistadores are a proud lot!

Two nights before, we felt the earthquake that rattled nearby Santiago, Chile.  At 3:37 am the team was jolted awake by the shaking ground and then the multiple avalanches and serac collapses on the Polish glacier.
  Suffice to say, this trip has not been without it's excitement. 
Everyone was fine, as we were well out of harm´s way.  We were saddened to hear of the devastation it has caused nearby.

We woke to an oncoming storm this morning and hurriedly packed up camp four.
The upper mountain produced a blizzard and then a lightning storm down low.
With axes and poles buzzing, we rushed to base camp and happily gulped our first few sips of beer.

Tomorrow brings clear weather for our 32 kilometer walk out to Penitentes.
Our legs will be ready for massages and hot tubs.  Be well friends...thank you for the support.  We will see you soon.

Team XII: 3/1/2010
Update: Apologizes, Aconcagua 12 has been having difficulty with their phone therefore could not send a cybercast themselves. We have however received word from base camp; all teams on the mountain are well and are traveling as scheduled with no repercussions from the recent earthquake in Chile.

Team XII: 2/25/2010
We received a message from Aconcagua 12: They are going to camp III, tomorrow and are going to try to summit soon after that. The weather is getting snowy and windy but everything is going well. They apologize for not being able to make the cybercast they are having difficulty with the phone but everyone is well and healthy and doing just fine.

Team XII: 2/24/2010
Greetings friends, family, loved ones Stuart here from the Aconquistadors calling in from camp II at the Ameghino Col at 17,500 or there about. Just to report we had a great day today, we moved up from camp I. Everybody is doing well despite the conditions, it was loose scree in a lot of places so it was one foot forward two back but we are here. The team is doing well, this evening we are eating mashed potatoes, hotdogs and beans or for those Brits tuning in its bangers and mash. Tomorrow we are planning on caching up at camp III all being well with the weather. It looks like we might be getting a bit of a weather system in but at the moment things are good and thanks for tuning in, bye.

Team XII: 2/23/2010
Greetings family, friends, loved ones Stuart here from the Aconquistadors, just reporting in. Today we had a well deserved rest break at camp I after carrying to Ameghino Col yesterday. Today has been pretty relaxing; we had some good conversation and we fashioned a checkers board out of M&Ms and athletic tape but it ended up somewhat competitive and we started playing bocce out of rock later on. Ruben became the undisputed champion after Lhakpa lost his touch, probably something to do with Lhakpa party too much after breaking the speed record, not to mention Kajsas Birthday the other night (…transmission garbled…) from the kitchen so we are going to be eating well this evening. Tomorrow we are going to be moving camp up to the Col at 17,700 and we will try to check in from there all being well. Everyone sends their love, they are all doing great and thanks for tuning in. bye.

Team XII: 2/21/2010
Hello there family, friends, loved ones this is Stuart with the Aconquistadors just reporting in. We are up at camp I we moved today from Plaza Argentina up and had a successful day, everybody is doing really well and we are looking forward to doing a carry up to camp II tomorrow. (…transmission break…)

Team XII: 2/19/2010

Hello family, friends, and loved ones! This is team #12, who will now be referred to as the "Aconquistadors," led by Stuart Robertson, Kajsa Krieger, and Lhakpa Gelu. Unfortunately, our cybercasts didn't go through in the Vacas Valley due to poor service. We are now at base camp at 13,800 ft - everyone is happy, healthy and checked out by the doctor with flying colors.

After a night at Penitentes, where we ate our last restaurant meal and had a final shower, we spent three days hiking to base camp through the Vacas and Relenchos valleys. The first night we camped at Pampa de Lenas and ate a traditional asado dinner comprised of grilled steak, chicken, and wine served-up by the muleteers. From there, we made our way up the valley to Casa de Piedra and enjoyed our first view of what the group has now named the "promised land" (the summit of Aconcagua).

We are now relaxing in the sun on our rest day and will carry supplies to camp #1 tomorrow. The group is getting along very well with laughter resounding from our dining tent. It has been music to our ears and bodes well for a successful trip up the mountain. We are proud to have Lhakpa by our side, as he now holds the speed record from base camp. Way to go!

Wishing everyone well and many thanks!

Team XI: 2/17/2010
Hi this is Ben Jones with Aconcagua 11, this will be our last cybercasts. Yesterday we hiked the 17 miles back out to Penitentes, with a few blisters and sprains we made it no problem. We had a great day, nice weather again, slightly breezy but nice and warm. Everyone is feeling great now that we are back here in civilization at Penitentes and we dont have to walk any longer. Thanks for following along our cybercast, we will be back in Mendoza tomorrow and everyone looks forward to coming back home and talking to family and loved ones. Thanks for following our cybercast once again, this will be the last cybercast. Ciao.

Team XII: 2/17/2010
Today our team 12 Aconcagua program led by guides Stuart Robertson & Kajsa Krieger should be arriving at Plaza Argentina base camp. After hiking the three days to base camp along the Vacas and Relinchos river valleys, the team should be ready for a well deserved rest day tomorrow. There they will meet Lhakpa Gelu Sherpa who will be their 3rd guide, who has now done 3 Aconcagua expeditions this season for Alpine Ascents. On his rest day yesterday, Lhakpa did a speed climb of the mountain and made it to the summit in 4 hours and 45 minutes, way to go Lhakpa

Team XI: 2/16/2010
Hello this is Ben Jones with Aconcagua 11. This morning we packed up camp at our high camp, black rocks and moved all the way down to Plaza de Mulas on the other side of the mountain from where we started. We were greeted here with pizza and drinks, it was a great afternoon to spend here, nice and warm and it felt nice to breath the thick air down here around 14,000 feet. It was a nice relaxing day, everyone made it down just fine through the scree all the way down towards base camp. Initially we were in crampons for a while which actually made the travel quite nice, we got down to the lower elevation where there was not much snow and ice left; it rapidly warmed up as we descended all the way down here. Tomorrow we will be hiking all the way out to the bottom of the Horcones Valley where we will be picked up, go back to Penitentes, spend the night, head back to Mendoza. We will have one more cybercast and we will let you know how that all works off and sign off from there; it has been a great expedition, thanks for following along on our cybercasts, ciao.

Team XI: 2/15/2010
Well another outstanding day here on Cerro Aconcagua, this is Ben Jones and Lhakpa Gelu calling. We just got back down from the summit, a successful summit day today, everyone made it up today, that is; Jim, Joe, Adam, Tim, Lhakpa and myself. We all made it up to the top of the summit at about 2pm, Argentine time, roundtrip it took us a little less than 8 hours to go on up and come back to camp. Everyone is in good shape and good spirits and doing really well. Tomorrow we are looking forward to packing up here at our high camp and moving down to Plaza de Mulas down in the low lands and breathe some thick air. We looking forward to eating some pizza, everything is good here, we will let you know how tomorrow goes, thanks for following along on our cybercast.

Team XI: 2/14/2010
Hello this is Ben Jones and Lhakpa Gelu for Aconcagua #11. Today we moved up to our camp IV at 20,600 ft in pretty good weather today, a little breeze but mostly under sunny blue skies with the occasional cloud. Everyone did great today moving up, it is a tough day today and we are all in our tents at this point. Lhakpa is making up some ramen soup for us and then we will turn in for the night and prepare for our summit bid tomorrow morning. Just wanted to wish everyone a happy Valentines Day once again and also it is the Sherpa New Year today so we are trying to celebrate that with Lhakpa as well. We will let you know how our summit bid goes tomorrow but it looks like the weather is going to hold and we should have a great day tomorrow. We will talk to you tomorrow, bye.

Team XI: 2/13/2010
Hello this is Ben Jones and Lhakpa Gelu with Aconcagua #11. We had a rest day today at camp III and once again we ate lots of food and rested. We did a little crampon practice to prepare for our traverse up to camp IV tomorrow, there is just a little ice. We are sad to report that Dave Remington has left the expedition, he was a strong member of the group who just had a sinus infection that just wasnt getting better. Other than that everyone is doing really well here. We look forward to moving up to our high camp, camp IV tomorrow at 20,600 ft and then prepare for our summit bid the next day. We had a lot of wind here today at camp III, lots of lenticular clouds around, most of those cleared off this afternoon. It looks like the forecast is going to hold out for the next couple of days for us, so we hope that it does and we will let you know how it goes. We will talk to you soon, bye.

Team XI: 2/12/2010
Hi this is Ben Jones and Lhakpa Gelu with Aconcagua # 11. Today we woke up to some clouds over the summit and a little breeze this morning, it was partly cloudy most of the day as we made our way up to camp III at 19,200 feet. Then more clouds came in throughout the day, doesnt look like it is going to stick around though. From the forecast that I got today it sounds like the weather for our first summit bid on Monday will be pretty good, so we are looking forward to that and hopeful that the weather holds out for us. Everyone continues to do well here and we are looking forward to our rest day tomorrow at camp III. We will do a little crampon practice around here, just a light exercise and prepare for our move up to camp IV. Thanks for following along in our cybercast, everyone wanted to wish all their loved ones out there a happy Valentines Day on Sunday since our Sunday cybercast on will not be received until Monday. Thanks for following along, we will talk to you soon.

Team XI: 2/11/2010
Hi this is Ben Jones and Lhakpa Gelu calling in for Aconcagua #11, we had another excellent day today. We carried up to camp III at 19,000 feet today under blue beautiful skies, hardly any wind it has been unbelievable weather for us the last few days and we hope that it continues for another four or five days. We camp back down after our successful carry and hung out around camp, it has been so nice here at the col that we have been able to hang outside eat lots of good food, drink lots of hot drinks and water and even get a few games of bocce ball. I like to announce that myself and my teammate Dave actually won the bocce ball championship this afternoon but Lhakpa Gelu and his partner Adam were a close second place. Tomorrow we are going to move up camp III and hopefully continue the good weather tomorrow; we will let you know how that goes tomorrow. Everyone here is doing really well and we look forward to talking to you again tomorrow, bye.

Team XI: 2/10/2010
Hi this is Ben and Lhakpa with Aconcagua #11. Today we had another great day on this expedition. We had fantastic weather as we moved up to our col camp, Ameghino Col, camp #2. Everyone did really well today, we moved up in good form and style. We have just been hanging out up here, enjoying the windless pass that we are camped in which is unusual, it has been really nice to be able to hang outside and enjoy the evening. We just wrapped up dinner with another one of Lhakpas great meals and had some hot drinks and now we are all off to bed. Tomorrow we will carry up to camp III and we will let you know how that goes tomorrow. The weather is looking good though and we hope that it holds out for another five days so that we can summit. Thanks for following along, we will talk to you soon.

Team XI: 2/9/2010
Hi this is Ben Jones and Lhakpa Gelu calling in for Aconcagua #11. We had a rest day today and normally wouldnt call cybercast in on a rest day but it was a fun filled exciting day today so I thought that we would report what we did. Well mostly we just rested but we ate a lot of really good food today. We started off in the morning with some eggs and pancakes, we had some bacon as well. We briefly shut of the stoves and the started them back up and had some quesadillas for lunch and then once again shut them off briefly and started them back up for pizza tonight. Everyone is doing really well, feeling good, happy and we actually had some people playing bocce ball out here this evening. So everyone is feel great and looking forward to our move up to camp II tomorrow at Ameghino Col. Thanks for following our cybercast we will talk to you tomorrow.

Team XI: 2/8/2010
Hi this is Ben Jones and Lhakpa Gelu with Aconcagua #11. Today we carried up to Ameghino Col which is our camp II around 17,300 ft or there about. We had another beautiful day on Cerro Aconcagua, the winds have died down once again and we had beautiful blue, sunny skies today. It was a great day, everyone felt really good going up and doing our carry today, we came back down in good time. We had a great meal tonight prepared by Lhakpa Gelu, he made a Sherpa stew which was a fantastic meal this evening. Everyone is in their tents at this point, relaxing and getting ready for a nice rest day tomorrow. Everyone just wanted to say hi to their family and friends who are following along on this cybercast, thank you following along and we will let you know how our rest day goes tomorrow, talk to you later.

Team X: 2/8/2010
Alright this is Ben Floyd calling in for Aconcagua Team X. We are down at base camp, we had a rather rough couple of nights up at 19,200. Last time I think that I called we were a rest day at 19,200 at the Blancas camp and then we decided that it was in our best interest to traverse over to camp Cholera and that is when the winds got real bad and the temperatures got really, really low. We lost two tents last night, we woke up this morning, it was a pretty morning but we did not have it in us to go for the summit and we just decided that it would be in our best interest to come down to base camp and we will be walking out to Penitents tomorrow. We hope that everyone is doing well at home and we will talk to you soon.

Team XI: 2/7/2010
Hi this is Ben Jones and Lhakpa Gelu with Aconcagua Team #11. Today we woke and enjoyed our last meal and last morning at base camp, we had a leisurely breakfast, got our packs and things together and got up to camp I where we set up camp. We had a great dinner here, we had burritos this evening; we went light on the beans but we had some fresh tomatoes and avocados and had a great meal. Today was our first change in weather; today we actually had a few snow flurries at base camp before we left. It was a little bit overcast but a pretty nice day over all, slight winds but no problem getting up here, everyone is doing great and we looking forward to doing our first carry up to our col camp at 17,300 tomorrow. So we will carry up tomorrow and let you know how that goes tomorrow but everyone is doing fine here. Wishing everyone a happy super bowl Sunday, thanks for following our cybercast and we will talk to you soon and I hope that the Colts are winning, bye.

Team XI: 2/6/2010
Hi this is Ben Jones and Lhakpa Gelu with Aconcagua 11. Yesterday we had a fantastic rest day, we hiked up to the head of the Relinchos under clear skies but it was a little bit breezy but mostly we rested yesterday for today. Today we carried up to camp I, we took our first loads of gear and food up to camp I cached it up there at 15,300 ft and came back down. We finished off the day here at base camp and everyone is doing fantastic, having a great time and we look forward to moving up to camp I tomorrow. The forecast for the next week or so looks like high winds so we are happy we are down a little bit lower and not super high on the mountain right now but hopefully these winds will die to down in the next few days as we continue or ascent of the mountain. Thanks for following along on our cybercast, see you later.

Team X: 2/6/2010
Alright this is Ben Floyd calling in for Aconcagua Team X, hanging out here at 19,200 in some pretty heavy winds. Yesterday moving up was pretty hectic; 60 lbs packs and probably 45-65 mph winds at some point, so we definitely earned it. Unfortunately Michael Theriault had to leave the expedition but I think he is in good spirits and he should be back home soon. I hope that everyone is doing well at home and talk to you soon.

Team XI: 2/5/2010
Hi this is Ben Jones and Lhakpa Gelu Sherpa calling in for Aconcagua 11. Today we made it to base camp in good style. Everyone is feeling really well. We got up really early in the morning; we left Casa de Piedra, crossed the chilly waters of the Vacas Valley and made our way up towards base camp for the day, gaining about a total of 3,200 ft for the day. So we are here at base camp at about 13,800 ft, everyone is feeling really well. We had a great dinner last night of chicken and rice and everyone slept well. For the rest we are going to hang out around camp and have a well deserved rest day, do just a little bit of hiking tomorrow. We were all grateful to see Lhakpa Gelu waiting for us when we arrived at base camp, meeting up with the team. Everything is good here; we will talk to you soon.

Team X: 2/4/2010
This is Ben Floyd calling in for Aconcagua Team X carried up to camp III today in some pretty heinous wind, probably gusting up to 45-50 mph. It gave us a run for our money but we got up there and cached some stuff and we are looking forward to the move tomorrow. Ideally the winds will drop off and give us a good summit window in the next couple of days. Everyone is doing pretty good, a little tired from this afternoon but I think that tomorrow will be a good day. I hope that everyone is doing well at home.

Team XI: 2/3/2010
Hi this is Ben Jones with Aconcagua 11. We just had a great hike today, just under 6 hours into Casa de Piedra today, under nice sunny skies. We had a little bit more wind today but probably not too much, only around 15 or twenty miles per hour beautiful day though, kept down the heat for us. Along the way we had a rare sighting of two guanacos just before we got into camp which was really neat to see. After we got into camp, we set up camp and had hamburgers cooked by the Arrieros once again tonight, I cooked up some French fries and we had great meal this evening. Everyone is doing well, we are eating really well. We also had a great sighting today of the mountain for the first time, our first sighting of the mountain and people were excited to see that and we look forward to getting into base camp tomorrow. We will leaving here early tomorrow, getting our feet wet in the morning and then heading up to base camp. Everyone is doing well and hopes that everyone at home is well too and thanks for following our cybercast, talk to you soon.

Team X: 2/3/2010
Alright this is Ben Floyd calling in for Aconcagua Team X. Our beautiful sunny, sunny day like weather finally gave through to high winds and much cooler temperatures today as we moved up to camp II. It was a pretty brutal move but we all did it with good style, feeling pretty good. Looking forward to a carry to camp III tomorrow, ideally the winds will subside a little bit, it doesnt look like they are going to but we can always cross our fingers. I hope that everyone is doing well back at home and talk to you soon.

Team XI: 2/2/2010
Hi this is Ben Jones calling in with Aconcagua, group number 11. We had a great hike today into Pampa de Lenas, we made it in pretty good time under beautiful sunny skies. There was just a slight breeze today which was nice to take away some of the heat. Everyone is feeling great; we got into camp, got camp set up, relaxed for a while, the Arrieros cooked an assada for us tonight which was excellent including some corn and potatoes, there was also fresh salad was great and not cooked by the Arrieros but prepared by myself. We are all relaxing now and getting ready to go to bed, tomorrow we are going to get up and hike to Casa de Piedra. Thanks for following the cybercasts, we will let you know how tomorrow goes, talk to you later.

Team X: 2/1/2010
Alright Ben Floyd calling in for Aconcagua Team X on February 1st. We had a nice long carry up to camp II today, it was another scorcher of a day, pretty warm. We got to hike up to 17,000 in just our soft shell gear minimal wind. Everybody is feeling nice and strong and the group is coming together as a team (…transmission break…)

Team IX: 2/1/2010
We have returned to base camp after being thrashed with high winds, and not being able to traverse to the ridge due to ice at camp 3. All climbers are well. We were the last team to descend, as we really wanted to stay another day, and try to push up higher, but there was a unanimous decision to come down before the next system of low pressure, and wind comes in tonight. Thanks to all who have followed us on our great adventure.

Team XI: 2/1/2010
Hi this is Ben Jones with Alpine Ascents Aconcagua Team #11. I am happy to announce the start of our trip and the safe arrival of our climbers; Jim, Dave, Joe, Adam and Tim and the safe arrival of their luggage as well. Yesterday we had an outstanding meal at one of Mendozas finest restaurants and today we are heading out drive through the mountains up into the mountains and go to Penitentes where we will spend our last night with beds and showers and then start our trek into Aconcagua, thanks for following along, we will keep you posted as we start our expedition in the following days. Everyone is feeling really well, feeling healthy and excited about the climb and excited to get hiking. There has been talk of a team name but no decision has been made at this point, we will keep you posted as we continue to discuss our team name. Thanks to everyone is following and we will talk to you soon. Bye.

Team X: 1/31/2010
Alright this is Ben Floyd calling in from Aconcagua Team X, January 31st. We just moved up to camp I, 15,500 on a beautiful cloudless day. According to Seths $3 CVS kitchen thermometer it is 101 degrees in the sun here at camp I, if you can believe it. Everyone is feeling great; lounging around here at camp, getting ready to eat some tortellinis tonight for dinner and then do a carry up to camp II tomorrow. Hope that everyone is doing great at home and well talk to you soon.

Team X: 1/30/2010
Hey this is Ben Floyd calling in for Aconcagua Team X. Today we carried up to camp I at 15,500, it was a gorgeous day, a nice little breeze but sunny with blue skies, everyone was feeling strong. Tonight we are going to hang out in base camp and then tomorrow morning we are going to get up and move up to camp. Everyone is feel good, so hope that everyone is doing great at home, talk to you soon.

Team IX: 1/29/2010
This is Team IX calling in from Camp II on Friday afternoon; we carried up to camp III at 19,300 ft today under beautiful blue skies and 10 mph winds. Our plan is to move up to camp III tomorrow. Changing weather is in the long term forecast so we may have to skip our rest day and move on to camp IV and try for the summit on Monday. We will report to you on Monday and thanks to all who are following.

Team X: 1/29/2010
Alright Ben Floyd calling for Aconcagua Team 10 up here at base camp enjoying a nice well deserved rest day. Down at Casa Piedra we took a bunch of rain overnight which is pretty abnormal for this part of the world and this time of the year. Everything is looking good, the weather is looking good today, high winds up high but we are not too worried about it because we are down here resting at base camp. Everyone is feeling good, hope that everyone is doing well at home, talk to you soon.

Team IX: 1/28/2010
This is Dan, Stuart and Lhakpa calling from Team 9 from camp II at 17,100 ft on Thursday afternoon. After a lengthily thunderstorm yesterday afternoon and evening at camp I, we awoke to a few inches of fresh snow on the ground. Our move to camp II started under sunny and very warm conditions, everyone had a great climb up and now we are settling in. Tomorrow we plan to do a carry to camp III at 19,300 ft.

Team VIII: 1/27/2010
Hey everybody this is Suzanne with Team 8 on Aconcagua. It is the afternoon here and we have just finished walking all the way out of the park, waiting at the trailhead here for our transportation back to civilization. Everyones feet are pretty sore but everyone is down okay; fingers and toes intact and spirits largely intact, especially after we have some good dinner here at Penitentes. Hope that everyone is doing well, this is going to be our last transmission and we will see you all soon, thanks for listening.

Team IX: 1/27/2010
After a successful carry to camp II in good weather; no wind, temperatures in the high 60s, we are headed back down to camp I in preparation for our move tomorrow to camp II.

Team X: 1/26/2010
Alright this is a cybercast for Aconcagua Team X, this is Ben Floyd calling in. It was the first day on the trail, we got Pampa de Lena in pretty good heat but we got some cloud cover this afternoon which made it nice. We just enjoyed a great asada which was cooked for us by (…transmission garbled…). We are going to bed early, getting ready to get on the trail nice and early, everybody is feeling good and it looks like we are going to have another nice day tomorrow. Alright hope that everyone is doing well at home.

Team VIII: 1/25/2010
Hey everybody this is Suzanne with team 8 on Aconcagua, it is Monday afternoon. We just got down from summitting, we had a beautiful morning, more than you could ask for; clear, warm. After we got to the top and started coming down, it started snowing again. It has been pretty snowy, we have got about 10 inches of snow on the ground, made for a little slower coming down but there were only four other people on the mountain so it was like being on a completely different mountain, without the crowds. Renee came up with us 20,700 ft she had been sick for the last couple of days so she decided to turn around and the rest of us summitted about 3:00 this afternoon that is; James, Ron, John, Lhakpa and me. We are looking forward to getting down to base camp tomorrow, getting some pizza and refreshing beverages and heading to Mendoza after that. We will give you another shout out before we finish this trip but everyone is safe and well and looking forward to heading down, we will talk to you soon.

Team IX: 1/25/2010
After 3 light carries to camp 1, we have established a comfortable home for the next couple of days. All the coughs, and sniffles have been cured, and the entire team is stronger than ever, both mentally, and physically. The past 2 days have been filled with a few electrical storms, a few inches of snow here at base camp, and up to 1ft. at higher elevations. The arrival of this snow should greatly help the route conditions for us. Thanks to all who are following.

Team VII: 1/24/2010
Hey everyone this is Suzanne with Team 8 on Aconcagua. We moved up to camp IV today, we had a nice rest day yesterday at camp III. It has been nice in the morning but snowy in the afternoon, it is snowing right now but it is actually pretty warm. Everyone is doing well, we just had some pasta alfredo for dinner. Everyone is in their sleeping bags, getting ready to try for the summit tomorrow. The weather looks like it should be good so we will keep you posted, thanks for listening.

Team IX: 1/22/2010
Team 9 calling in from Rest Day at Base Camp 13,800ft. We are sad to report that team member Jim MacMaster developed pneumonia on our hike in, and was ordered (by the park doctor) to be flown down, and back to Mendoza today. We will miss his courage, and strong will. Weather is lovely here, so weve been taking short hikes and hanging out in the sunshine. We all went through our medical checks this morning. Due to a couple lingering colds, coughs, and a forecast for changing weather (snow), we have decided to spend another day here tomorrow, and do our 1st carry to camp 1 on Sunday. The team says hello to family and friends.

Team VII: 1/22/2010
Hey folks this is Suzanne with Team 8 on Aconcagua, we just moved up to camp III this afternoon. We had beautiful weather here, we had a really nice day yesterday, carried up to camp III, went back down, had some curry and moved up this afternoon, had some Sherpa stew, courtesy of Lhakpa. The weather is gorgeous right now, there is almost no wind, gorgeous views, we watched some people climb the polish glacier this morning and they are just getting back now. Everything is great here, everyone is feeling well, we are going to take a rest day tomorrow and think about moving up to camp IV the day after. The forecast looks good for now but we will see what happens when it comes. Hope that everyone is doing well, thanks for listening.

Team IX: 1/21/2010
The frigid waters of our early morning river crossing gave way to uncontrollable laughter, hiding the tears of excruciating pain radiating from our feet. After regaining the feeling in our toes we continued on steep, rocky and sandy terrain to 11,800 ft where we were rewarded with breath taking reviews. Our pace greatly decreased today which has allowed the entire team to arrive at 13,800 ft, feeling great. 80 degree temperatures, 10 mile per hour winds and cumulous clouds made for the perfect walk. Thanks to all who are following.

Team VIII: 1/20/2010
Hey Folks this is Suzanne with Team VIII on Aconcagua, we are here at camp II, we just moved up today. We had a rest day yesterday, beautiful weather, we all got to enjoy being out side. We have nice weather today as well, we are up at II and we just had some home made macaroni and cheese for dinner, everyone was pretty psyched. Everyone is doing well; there are no headaches up here today which is great. Everyone is doing great. Tomorrow we are going to carry up to camp III and then hopefully the next day move up to camp III. We will keep you posted, thanks for listening.

Team IX: 1/20/2010
This is Team IX. Walking through the arid landscape under the blue sky our group has arrived a the necessary level of cohesiveness needed to successfully complete any expedition; quickly working through our anxiousness and other small obstacles such as tent pitching and rocky trail conditions we have finally been rewarded with our first view of Aconcagua. Tonight we will sleep at 10,500 ft with low temperatures around 38 degrees and the wind speed of about 15 miles per hour. (Tomorrow) we face our greatest challenge so far with 3,500 feet of elevation gain (on the way to base camp) and temps predicted to be in the upper 80s. Hello to family and friends.

Team VII: 1/20/2010
Greetings today is January 20th this is Team VII Aconcagua, calling in for the final cybercast. We reached Plaza de Mulas last night and a wonderful dinner and a good night sleep. Today we are hiking out to the trailhead.

Team IX: 1/18/2010
This is Team IX; Dan Windham and Stuart Robertson. We left Mendoza today and traveled through what would be a barren and desolate landscape if not for the lush, green vineyards of some of South Americas finest wineries. These estates lead the way to the snow capped Andes and the small ski town of Penitents at 8,400 ft. We are now all packed and ready to embark on our adventure which will hopefully lead us to the top of the Western Hemisphere.

Team VIII: 1/18/2010
Hey everybody this is Suzanne with team IIIV on Aconcagua we are here at camp I, we moved up yesterday and today we carried a load up to camp II and came back down. It was a little windy, we got a little more snow this afternoon but right now it is clearing up and we have got a nice evening. Tomorrow we are going to stay put here and have a rest day. We will give you a call in a couple of days, bye.

Team VII: 1/18/2010
Greetings friends, family and loved ones this is Team VII Aconcagua calling to check in, Garrett Madison and Kajsa Krieger. Today was our summit day and we reached the top along with James, Mike and Gosia. It was a pretty windy day, cold temperatures, snow and white out conditions. It was very challenging conditions many teams on the mountain, many climbers ended up turning around today but we are all back in camp, safe. We just had a hot dinner and tomorrow we are going to go to bed and descend all the way down to Plaza de Mulas base camp and the following day hike out to Penitentes. Thanks for following along.

Team VII: 1/17/2010
Hi this is Garrett Madison calling in for Team VII Aconcagua, we have arrived at high camp, camp IV. We have had dinner and we are now going to bed. Tomorrow the weather looks favorable so we are going to go for the summit tomorrow. The following day the winds are suppose to increase significantly so we are hoping to get in our summit tomorrow and then descend the following day. We will give you a call tomorrow, on Monday to let you know how our summit attempt has gone, talk to you soon.

Team VIII: 1/16/2010
Hey everybody this is Suzanne with Team VIII on Aconcagua, we are up here at base camp. We carried up and cached today at camp I, we are back down here at base camp, everyone is feeling great. We had a nice rest day yesterday but it snowed on us all day, we had about two inches on the ground but it is all melted today. Everyone is doing great we will check in with you in a few days.

Team VII: 1/15/2010
Its Friday January 15th this is Garrett and Kajsa calling in from camp III. Everyone made it here today, we set up the tents, had a snack and hot drinks and now we are getting ready for dinner and bed time. Tomorrow is a rest day and the following day we plan to move to high camp, camp IV at Black Rocks. Again everybody is doing well, the weather is good, we had a little bit of snow today which makes for a nice contrast in the mountains. One of our friends, and Alpine Ascents guides Lhawang Dhondup has made a guest appearance in our tent to bring us some hot Sherpa tea, thank you Lhawang.

Team VII: 1/14/2010
It is Thursday, January 14 this is Garrett Madison and Kajsa Krieger calling in for Team 7 Aconcagua, today we made a carry up to our camp III and then returned back to camp II. We are tucked in our tents now and it is snowing quite a bit, we are getting about six inches of accumulation. So tomorrow our plan is to move up to camp III and then take a rest day, we will check in with you soon.

Team VI: 1/14/2010
Alright Aconcagua Team VI cybercast, trying to do some back log here, I guess the last time that I put one up in at 19,200 getting hammered by the wind well, we ended up losing a tent. The next day we decided that we were down but not out so we climbed to our high camp at 20,600. Yesterday we went to the summit and made a successful attempt there, beautiful day to be on top and then today down to Plaza de Mulas and then out tomorrow. Hope everyone back home is doing okay.

Team VIII: 1/14/2010
Hey everybody this is Suzanne with Team VIII on Aconcagua, we got to base camp this afternoon it was beautiful weather but now it is snowing, its okay but it is snowing sidewise. (…transmission break…)

Team VII: 1/13/2010
Greetings today is January 13th this is Garrett Madison calling in with Aconcagua Team VII. Today we moved up to our second camp at Ameghino Col, we had a great day, not much wind and sunshine. We made it up to the Col in about five hours. We have now set up camp and had a snack of hot drinks and soup and now we are cooking dinner, we are going to have dinner and go to bed. Tomorrow we are going to carry up to camp III, tomorrow should be a big day for us. We are suppose to have a couple of really nice days coming up, low winds and lots of sunshine so we are looking forward to that. A message from Kurt Hunter he has a blog going at www.aconcagua110.com He is posting things from our team as well and he has some interesting information regarding our location and some tidbits from our days as well. Everybody is doing great. Check in with you soon bye.

Team V: 1/13/2010
JP here, reporting in for the final time for ACON Team Blackburn (aka Team V),

We are now all safe, sound and happy to be back in warm, relaxing Mendoza, Arg. after a smooth decent off a breezy Aconcagua. All in all, it was a strenuous, rewarding and quicker than expected trip for our hardy crew. Team highlights included a delicious Argentine style asado on night one, ringing in 2010 at Base Camp, and summiting a day early in beautiful weather to sneak under an approaching weather front. Individual rewards go out for the Davis Wang show :-), Jason Watkins perserverence in the face of low energy/intestinal issues, Carina Raiha making Finland proud, Georgina Miranda's constant smiling/happy attitude, Adam Hyde's (aka "Richard Blackburn") easy going, Jamaican coolness keeping us running, and Brendan Barnicles wit and financial savvy and keeping us in the black. We are all looking forward to some nice R & R in Mendoza for a few days. Thanks to all who followed this climb.

Team VII: 1/12/2010
Hey folks this is Suzanne with Team VIII on Aconcagua and we are at Pampa de Lenas, the first night on the trek in, we had really nice weather today, had a nice hike. It is clear right now, the winds are really calm. We just finished having some burritos for dinner and we are turning in for a good night sleep on our first night here on the trail. Everything is going well and we will call in, in a couple of days from base camp. Talk to you soon.

Team VII: 1/11/2010
Hello today is Monday January 11th calling in for Aconcagua Team VII today we made a carry up to our camp II at Ameghino Col at 17,500 feet. It was a pretty windy day, probably reaching 50 mph up at the Col but we managed to get all of our loads up there to our camp and cached them. Now we are back in our tents at camp I relaxing about to enjoy some cheese and crackers and hot soup. Everyone is doing great here, we are acclimatizing well and it is sunny warm and we will just hope that the wind dies down here in the next couple of days. We will check in soon.

Team VI (update from Team V included): 1/11/2010
Cybercast for Aconcagua Team VI, this is our second rest day here at 19,200 waiting out this pretty nasty wind storm that we have today, winds are gusting from 60 to probably around 80 or 90 km per hour. So we are just hanging out, hoping that it will subside, we are planning on moving up to camp IV tomorrow and then giving a summit bid on Wednesday the 13th. Hope that everyone is doing back home. Aconcagua Team V summitted yesterday and they are on their way to Plaza de Mulas today, everyone is doing great. Talk to you soon, bye.

Team VIII: 1/10/2010
Hey folks this is Suzanne with Team VIII on Aconcagua we are Mendoza everyone has arrived safe and sound, all members of our team; Rene, John, Ron and James have all arrived and our luggage has arrived as well. We are very excited to be heading out of Mendoza tomorrow, we are going to go get our permits and drive up to Penitentes, we will keep you posted, thanks for listening.

Team V: 1/10/2010
Cybercast for Team V on January 10th all four team members summitted with both guides on a beautiful morning, a little cold but everybody seems to have made it and are doing well. They are resting in the tents, looking forward to getting to Plaza de Mulas for some pizza tomorrow. Hope that everyone is doing alright back at home.

Team V: 1/9/2010
This is the cybercast for Aconcagua Team V we have decided to move up a day early to Black Rocks camp and go for the summit tomorrow. It looks like there is a storm coming in that was going to pin us down for a bit and hopefully we can head that off and get a nice summit day in tomorrow, everyone is feeling strong, everyone is camped up high at Black Rocks, hopefully the wind doesnt get to us to bad. We will let you know once we have our summit bid how it goes. Hopefully back home is doing okay.

Team VII: 1/9/2010
Hi this Team VII, Aconcagua Garrett Madison and Kajsa Krieger calling in from Plaza Argentina base camp. Today we made our first foray up the mountain and carried a load to camp I and cached it there, tomorrow our plan is to move up to camp I and spend the night, looking forward to carry the following day to camp II. The weather is beautiful here and all team members are doing great.

Team VI: 1/9/2010
This is Ben calling in from Aconcagua Team IV. We just moved up to 19,200 today at the base of the beautiful Polish Glacier at camp III, loving forward to a nice rest day tomorrow. We are kind of seeing what the weather does, looks we may have some high winds in the future but we have a lot of time and lot of food. So looks like things are going to work out for us, hope that everyone is doing great at home, ciao.

Team IV: 1/8/2010
This is Brian Sheedy calling with Alpine Ascents group 4 and we are all back in Mendoza now. We have been eating extremely well; yesterday we ate an amazing winery and had a four hour meal and the night before we ate at a very fancy restaurant called the Francis Mallman. (…transmission garbled…) and we were stuck and frustrated and we werent sure if we were going to get to Mendoza or not that day but we eventually did get to Mendoza and after a long, tiring, hot day and we having been eating well ever since. Folks have started to catch their flights and flying home and it was a wonderful trip and this is the last transmission, so thanks for watching our posts, out.

Team V: 1/8/2010
This is the cybercast for Aconcagua Team 5, we moved up from the Ameghino Col today up to 19,200. We are looking forward to a rest day tomorrow and then hopefully heading up to Black Rocks camp at 20,600 ft and then maybe going for the summit the next day depending on what the weather is doing. I hope that everyone is doing alright, ciao.

Team VI: 1/8/2010
Hey this is Ben calling in for Aconcagua Team VI. We carried up to camp III today up to 19,200, it was a beautiful day to be carrying, slight breeze. We had some hard winds last night while we were trying to sleep, not the most pleasant thing. But it looks like we are going to get on up in the morning and head on up to 19,200 with everybody else, sounds like it is pretty crowded right now. Anyway hope that everyone is doing alright back at home, ciao.

Team VII: 1/8/2010
Hi this is Team VII checking in from base camp on Aconcagua. It is a beautiful sunny day, everyone is hanging outside and music is in the air. We had a morning hike to the headwaters of the Relinchos River and then a delicious pasta lunch with yet more steak. Our afternoon session of yoga and abdominal exercises will certainly prepare us for tomorrows carry up to camp I. All is well, until tomorrow ciao.

Team VII: 1/7/2010
Hi Garrett Madison and Kajsa Krieger calling in from base camp with Team VII Aconcagua, everybody is doing great; that is Jason, Gosia, Kurt, James, Michael and Stephen. We are going to take a rest day tomorrow and we just had a great dinner, the weather is good, it is a little windy, a little breezy here. We will check in with you tomorrow, cheers.

Team VI: 1/7/2010
Hey this is Ben calling in for Aconcagua Team VI on January 7th. We just moved up to the beautiful Ameghino Col today on a gorgeous day. The winds have subsided after yesterday and everyone is feeling good. We had some pancakes for breakfast and we are looking forward to some ravioli tonight and then for a good carry up to 19,200 tomorrow. Alright that is it from us, ciao.

Team V: 1/7/2010
Hi this is JP reporting in for Team Blackburn aka Aconcagua Team 5, on January 7th. We just moved up to camp II yesterday, we had a nice carry to camp III today. The weather is perfect, some strong winds yesterday when we moved up, we barely got our tents up on the Col at 17,500 but ultimately we were able to do so. We had a nice night and the winds have died, great day today, folks are feeling strong and we are ready to move up tomorrow to camp III at 19,200. Thats it we will check back tomorrow, adios.

Team VII: 1/6/2010
Alpine Ascents cybercast for Team VII Aconcagua, this is Garrett Madison and Kajsa Krieger on January 6th. Today we have reached Casa de Piedra camp in the Vacas Valley, our second day on the trek. Everybody is doing great except for Chris who has decided to head back today, he back in Penitents tonight and will be headed on to Mendoza. Tomorrow we are going to head up the Relinchos Valley and arrive at Plaza Argentina base camp. We had a hamburger dinner tonight and we are looking forward to a nice day tomorrow, it has been hot and sunny. Everybody else is doing well here on Team VII, we will check in tomorrow.

Team IV: 1/6/2010
This is Brian Sheedy calling Alpine Ascents Group 4. It is January 6th and yesterday on January 5th we descended about 7,000 from our high camp at 20,000 all the way to Plaza de Mulas base camp. Last night we had some fun card games and dice games in the evening as we were celebrating and having fun at Plaza de Mulas. Today we hiked all the way out and are spending the night at Hotel Ayelen. Todays hike was somewhere between 15 and 16 miles so it was a pretty long day. We got here around 6:30pm at the hotel and people have been showering and we are going to have dinner at about 8:30 here. Tomorrow we are going to drive to Mendoza and the trip will be officially over at that point, so it has been a great group, a great climb and a great trip and this may or may not be the last cybercast, over and out.

Team VI: 1/6/2010
We carried to camp 2 in high winds yesterday, the gusts were up to 60mph. We had burgers last night and are enjoying a much needed rest day today. Tomorrow we will move to camp 2.

hope all is well at home,ciao.

Team V: 1/5/2010
JP again, reporting in for Team Blackburn. We had a challenging but successful carry in great weather to C2 (17,200) yesterday, and now are enjoying a relaxing rest day here at C1 (15,300 ft). After sleeping in, we had some delicious egg quesadillas and a nice lunch in the sun. Everyone is doing well, after some minor illnesses at BC (two people with colds), and is looking forward to moving up the mouintain tomorrow, when we will move camp to C2.

Team IV: 1/4/2010
Hey this is Brian Sheedy calling in with Alpine Ascents Team 4 with Dave Kratsch and Lakpa Rita Sherpa and we had our summit day today. We left at 8:05 am and we were on the summit at 3:15pm and we spent a half an hour up there, we left at 3:45 and got back here at 6:15pm. Lakpa cooked up a lot of ramen and hot drinks and everyone has been downing lots of hot liquids and is in good spirits and we had a great day. Tomorrow we are going to head down to Plaza de Mulas. The entire team made it to the summit today and we had a great day.

Team VII: 1/4/2010
Greetings! Team 7 has arrived in Mendoza with all gear and had a traditional Argentine dinner last night. Today we will get our permits, drive to Penitentes & spend the night at the hotel Ayelen, then begin our 3 day trek to Plaza Argentina base camp tomorrow. We look forward to beginning our hike up the Vacas Valley tomorrow, and hopefully will spot some condors and guanacos along the way!

Garrett Madison & Kajsa Krieger

Team IV: 1/3/2010
This is Brian Sheedy calling in with Alpine Ascents group 4 and we are now at high camp at Piedras Negras which took us about 4 hours of walking today to get here. We just had a great dinner and everyone seems to be feeling pretty good and resting up and getting ready for tomorrow. It is Sunday, January 3rd right now and tomorrow the plan is to light the stoves around 5:30 am and be walking by 8:00 am. Everyone is packing their packs and getting ready for that and we are looking forward to a good day. That is it for now, we are going to get some rest here and continue to get ready for our summit bid.

Team VI: 1/3/2010
Ben Floyd, reporting for Aconcagua Team 6. We carried to camp one today in beautiful weather. Moving to camp one tomorrow, everyone feels strong.

Team V: 1/3/2010

JP here, reporting on Jan 3 for Aconcagua Team Blackburns (aka Team 5)-

We are all doing well at Base Camp after a successful carry to Camp 1 yesterday. The weather has been mostly good and everyone is feeling great. We will all be moving up to Camp 1 today, carrying the following day to Camp 2. Ciao for now.

Team IV: 1/2/2010
Hey this is Brian Sheedy calling in with Alpine Ascents Group 4 Aconcagua, it is January 2nd. We had a nice rest day up here at camp III at 19,200 feet. We have 8 people in the group right now and then 3 guides. A couple of days ago Stuart decided to go down to lower elevation and leave the trip so everyone misses our group members who departed early, Vitoria sends her love to her dad and the rest of us are missing members from the group. Tomorrow we are going to move up to camp IV at 20,400 ft. Everyone seems to be quite well, we just finished eating dinner and tomorrow is the move day up to camp IV and if the weather cooperates the following day will be our summit day. That is it for now, signing off.

Team VI: 1/1/2010
Aconcagua team 6 has successfully reached base camp. Everyone is feeling great and looking forward for tomorrows rest day. Happy New Year.

Team IV: 1/1/2010
This is Brien Sheedy calling in for Alpine Ascents Group 4, today we moved up to Camp III at 19,200 feet and we made really good time getting here today. Lakpa cooked a great dinner of raviolis for the entire group tonight and people are enjoying the views. The weather was quite nice today, it wasn't as windy we were able to spend most of the afternoon kicking back and lounging in the sun, taking advantage of the fact that we've got a break in the wind and people are doing well. A couple of days ago at Camp I, Anuj decided to go out, and also Jane was experiencing some difficulties due to a pre-existing condition so we miss them both, we wish them the best. Everyone else is doing well, tomorrow is a rest day, and stay tuned to the cybercasts, we will talk to you soon.

Team VI: 1/1/2010
Aconcagua team 6 has succesfully reached base camp.  Everyone is feeling great and looking forward for tomorrows rest day.  Happy New Year.

Team V: 1/1/2010
This is John Prudhomme reporting on behalf of Team 5 from Plaza Argentina. We are doing well, resting and enjoying fine weather here at Base Camp after arriving yesterday following a nice 3 day walk in. We enjoyed a delicious New Years dinner and celebration (albeit an early one ;) last night and are anxiously awaiting our first carry to Camp 1 tomorrow. Everyone is in good sprits and health and would like to send out their Happy New Years wishes to family and friends following this climb.

Team IV: 12/31/2009
This is Brien Sheedy calling in for Alpine Ascents Group 4, the entire team is wiching everyone a Happy New Year's. Today we carried up to Camp III, at 19,200 feet and then came back down to our camp here at Amagino Col at 17,700 feet and it's been a bit blustery this evening but we had a good dinner of rice and had a lot of hot drinks. Everyone is doing pretty well and tomorrow we are going to head up to Camp III at 19,200 feet. Things are going great - stay tuned for future cybercasts.

Team IV: 12/30/2009
This is Brian Sheedy with Alpine Ascents Group 4, it is 7:30 on December 30th and we are now at camp II at 17, 800 ft and Lakpa Rita Sherpa is now with us. We had raviolis for dinner, had an early dinner and everyone is now in their tents, relaxing and kicking back. Tomorrow we are going to carry up to camp III so stay posted and follow the cybercasts. Have a good one.

Team III: 12/30/2009
Hey folks this is Suzanne with Team III on Aconcagua we are up at high camp for our forth day today, we are having some pretty crappy weather but a couple of us managed to sneak in a summit yesterday in pretty high wind conditions. Today we were thinking about giving it another go but everyone is pretty much tired of being up at 20,000 ft so we are going to head down to base camp, get some pizza, feel like real people again with a little more oxygen. We should be back in Mendoza in a couple of days, thanks for listening.

Team IV: 12/28/2009
This is Brien Sheedy calling in for Alpine Ascents Group IV on Aconcagua. It's Monday the 28th at 9pm. We are camped at Camp I right now, and today we did a little carry up to Camp II which is at 17,800 feet and it was a pretty windy day today but people seemed to enjoy it and we had macaroni and cheese for dinner and tomorrow is oging to be a rest day here at Camp I, and the day after tomorrow we will finally move up to Camp II and settle in at that camp. That's it for now, stay tuned in for Group IV.

Team III: 12/28/2009
Hey everybody, this is Suzanne with team III on Aconcagua, we are here at Camp IV, 20,500 feet. We got up here yesterday, it was a little windy, and it's been pretty windy today. We woke up today to a bunch of high clouds over the summit and we had some interesting morning time with the tents in the wind, so we decided to stay put today. The weather is turning for the better, so we hope that we will be able to go for it tomorrow, there's some sun on the tents right now and the wind has calmed dow a little bit, so hopefully we will call you tomorrow and let you know that we summited. Either way we hope you are all doing well and we will talk to you soon.

Team IV: 12/27/2009
Hey everybody this is Dave Kratsch calling in for Team IV. We had a pleasant day today, we moved up from base camp to camp I. Everyone did wonderful, we were actually quite fast, about 30 minutes faster than yesterday. Now we are all buttoned down in our tents, we had curry for dinner and are listening to the wind blowing across the penitentes and across the flapping of the tents around us. Tomorrow we are expectinng to carry up to Camp II, and it looks like everyone should be fine tomorrow, but stay tuned we will keep you posted.

Team V: 12/27/2009
Hey this is John Prudomme's group, almost everyone has arrived today and doing gear checks and getting ready for a nice dinner in Mendoza. Check in again tomorrow, cheers.

Team IV: 12/26/2009
Hey this is Brien calling in for Team IV. It's about 7pm. We did our load carry day today up to camp I. Camp I is at about 15,500 feet and it took us about 3 hours going up and about 1.5 hours coming back down and everyone did quite well. We are going to have a good dinner tonight with Grajales here, and tomorrow we are going to move up to Camp I and then we will be continuing to move up the mountain. Everyone is doing extremely well and we are having a good time, bye.

Team III: 12/26/2009
Hi folks this is Suzanne with Team III, at Camp III, we moved up yesterday. Today we are taking a rest day. We took a little hike over to the edge of the rock onthe glacier, you can see down to where we came from. We just had some quesadillas for lunch and everyone is sort of taking it easy, it's a little windy up here, but it's nice and warm inside the tents, perfect napping weather. Tomorrow we are going to move up to Camp IV, we might have to have to wait out a day or two of wind there, but we'll be in a good position to go for the summit in a few days. Hope everyone is doing well at home, we will talk to you soon.

Team IV: 12/25/2009
Hi this is Brien Sheedy and it is Christmas Day. It's 4pm, we are at base camp, our entire group is now all together Nick made it up to the group today and Anuj made it two days ago, and everyone is in good health and spirits. We are eating well here, today is a rst day and tomorrow we are going to hike up to Camp I to do a load carry and drop a load up there and then come drop down to base camp here, so everything is going well adn we will keep in touch, over and out.

Team IV: 12/24/2009
Hello, it's the day before Christmas and this is Brien Sheedy calling in at 6:00am. Jane sends out love to John, daniel, Hannah and Rebecca, wishing them and everyone in Australia a Merry Christmas. Last night we slept at Casa De Piedra, 10,600 feet. Today we are going to be hiking into base camp and be camping at over 13,000 feet, so today is going to be a bigger day, elevation-wise. Last night we had a great hamburger dinner and Anuj was able to catch up with the group last night, but unfrotunately Nick is still missing luggage and hopefullly he will catch up with the group in a day or two. Everyone is doing extremely well, we learned a little bit about altitude last night and everyone seems to be having fun and laughing a lot, we have a great group, and we will be sending more cybercasts soon.

Team III: 12/23/2009
Hi everyone this is Suzanne with Team III on Aconcagua. We have just moved up to camp II today, we had a nice rest day yesterday; good weather, beautiful day. Today we moved up, it was pretty darn windy we had a fun time setting up the tents but we are all in our tents and cozy and warm. We had some mac and cheese for dinner tonight, tomorrow we are going to do a carry up to camp III, the weather is suppose to be about the same so it should be pretty wind and we will see how that goes. Everyone here wants to wish there folks at home a great Christmas, have a good holiday and we will talk to you afterwards, take care.

Team IV: 12/22/2009
This is Brian Sheedy calling from Alpine Ascents Aconcagua trip IV and we are at Pampa de Lenas camp tonight, December 22nd. Everyone had a great day today, we have got nine folks in the group and we are still waiting on two more people and our total group size should be eleven clients. Nick and Anuj arrived yesterday just fine in Mendoza but their bags did not. They should have gotten their bags today and have gotten to Penitentes tonight and the plan is for them to join the group tomorrow night and we are making arrangements for that. Everyone else in the group just had a great a steak dinner with salad and we are hanging out with the Argentinean Cowboys who cooked up some great steak for us and everyone is doing well and having a great time. We might be have some problems with our phone so in the future if you dont hear from us right away we will be passing messages by other means. Things are going well, bye.

Team II: 12/22/2009
This is Michael Horst with Aconcagua Team II, we just summitted 6 hours ago we are back in high camp eating some warm dinner and enjoying some hot drinks as we get ready to tuck in for the night. We are looking forward to a long descent tomorrow down to base camp and then hopefully we will be able to make it out to base camp the day after that. Everyone is doing well, everyone is in good spirits and we look forward to further communications with friends and family, ciao.

Team II: 12/21/2009
This is Michael Horst with Aconcagua Group II on Monday the 21st. We took an extra rest day at camp III due to some pretty strong winds but today was amazing, we made it to camp IV. We had a nice dinner, everyone is well hydrated and they are resting up, packing their bags and getting ready for their big day tomorrow. The weather looks good so I think that we have got a shot at it, we are going to get up at 5:00 am or so and start heading towards the summit. We will give you a dispatch tomorrow evening to let you know how things went, cheers.

Team III: 12/21/2009
Hey folks this is Suzanne with Team III on Aconcagua, we are at camp I right now. We just carried a load up to camp II today, the weather was beautiful. We cam back down, we are having a rest day tomorrow, not a whole lot going on right now, everyone is feeling great. We are all really glad that we are not at the mall listening to cheesy Christmas music, hope that you guys are doing okay there. The group is doing well and everyone is bonding great, we will check in in the next day or two.

Team IV: 12/21/2009
Hello, This is Brien Sheedy from the AAI Group 4 Aconcagua expedition. Everyone is here except Anuj and Nick who were delayed by weather but are going to catch up with the group tonight or tomorrow. The rest of the group met last night and we had a wonderful dinner at La Florencia. This morning we packed or bus and will be finished getting our climbing permits by noon. We will then take our private bus to Penitentes and stay in the Hotel Ayelen tonight. Tomorrow morning we will enter the park and start our trek in to base camp.

Team III: 12/19/2009
Hi everybody this is Suzanne with Team III on Aconcagua. We are at base camp now for our third day, we are enjoying some good food here, we had some pizza last night. Today we did a carry up to camp I, it was a little bit windy but the weather was nice and the snow conditions were great, we had a fast trip up and back. We are going to stay here one more night at base camp and then tomorrow we are going to move up to camp I. We will keep you posted, thanks for listening.

Team II: 12/19/2009
This is Alpine Ascents, Team II Aconcagua, Michael Horst. We are sitting at camp III, we have just had a great rest day, lots of good food and we are just about to start dinner. The big word for the day was wind, we sat it out, it gusted up to 60 miles per hour but boy we couldnt have picked a better day for wind, we dont mind sitting it out in the tents. We will just keep our fingers crossed for a calmer day tomorrow and the days after that. Everyone is doing well and we look forward to pushing up to camp IV and on to the summit. Ciao.

Team II: 12/18/2009
This is Michael Horst with Alpine Ascents Aconcagua Team II. We have had a great day it took us five and half hours to get up to camp III. We have got our tents built, it is blowing 15-20 miles per hour, a little bit breezy, we are just about to brew up dinner and tuck in for the night. We are taking a rest day tomorrow, we will give you an update sometime mid day, cheers.

Team III: 12/17/2009
Hi this is Suzanne with Team III on Aconcagua calling in. We just reached base camp today we had a beautiful day, the weather has been fantastic hiking up, just perfect temperature. We reached base camp today, everybody is doing great we are moving really and we are looking forward to our first dinner here at base camp tonight. We will have a rest day tomorrow and keep you guys posted in the next couple of days. Thanks for listening.

Team II: 12/17/2009
Hey this is Mike Horst with Alpine Ascents group 2, we just had a great day, and pretty low winds cool temperatures and clear skies as we carried our gear up to camp III. The group is doing very well despite a little bit of GI issues that ran through the group, we have changed our water source and hopefully that will clear up tomorrow. Everyone is doing pretty darn well, we wish our friends and family the best and we will check back in with you tomorrow.

Team I: 12/16/2009
Hi this is Garrett Madison, it is December 16th Wednesday. Team I Aconcagua is back at Penitentes and is finishing the Aconcagua climb, about to enjoy a nice steak dinner and everyone has returned safely so we will conclude our cybercast. Tomorrow we will at the Sheraton Hotel, relaxing by the pool and enjoying the fine restaurants in Mendoza. We had a great climb, everybody is very happy and looks forward to returning home soon. This is Team I Aconcagua, signing out. Cheers.

Team II: 12/16/2009
This is Alpine Ascents Aconcagua Team II, Michael Horst, we are just packed up and ready to head up to camp II. We did our carry did our carry two days ago, everybody worked hard, got their loads up there, came back and we spent all day yesterday taking a nice comfortable rest day. Richard Wadja unfortunately has left our trip, he had an eye infection and was concerned that he might need better medical attention so he is already back in Mendoza, hopefully safe and sound. The rest of the team is doing very well; we look forward to getting up to the Ameghino Col, our second camp. We will talk to you soon, ciao.

Team I: 12/15/2009
Greetings this is Garrett Madison with Aconcagua Team I, Tuesday December 15, 2009 and we have arrived at Plaza de Mulas base camp. Everyone had a great time hiking down from our high camp and it was a little windy today so we are glad that we got the summit in yesterday. (…transmission garbled…)

Team III: 12/14/2009
Hi this is Team III on Aconcagua, we have just arrived in Penitentes, we had a lovely dinner tonight. We are happy to report that everyone has arrived with the group and all of our luggage has arrived as well. Tomorrow we will start trekking to the first camp on the approach and we will keep you posted. Thank you.

Team II: 12/14/2009
Note from the office: Team II has safely arrived at Camp I.

Team I: 12/14/2009
Hello it is December 14th and Team I Aconcagua has reached the top of the mountain and everyone is back at high camp, camp IV. Garrett Madison and Lakpa Rita along with climbers Magali, Ion, Doug, Todd B, Todd M and Brandon, everybody made it to the top. We are going to head down to Plaza de Mulas tomorrow. Yesterday was a little bit stormy but the weather cleared for us today, we had a beautiful summit day, everybody summitted, great day and we are back at camp safe, heading down to Plaza de Mulas tomorrow, we will check in soon.

Team I: 12/13/2009
Hello this is Team I Aconcagua, Garrett Madison and Lakpa Rita Sherpa, today is December 13 and we are currently up at our high camp, camp IV, known as Piedra Negra, black rocks. It was a tough day getting up here, heavy loads, a little bit of wind and now we are surrounded by clouds and snow and wind in our tents. We are hoping that the weather is going to be good tomorrow and we are going to go for the summit tomorrow, Monday. We will give a call when we get back from that attempt, we will talk to you soon.

Team II: 12/12/2009
This is Michael Horst for the second Aconcagua Team for the season. We just finished an amazing filet mignon dinner accompanied by mashed potatoes and grilled vegetables. The team is doing exceptionally well. We carried our gear up to camp I today and we are just about to go to bed. We are looking forward to a great day moving up to camp I tomorrow.

Team I: 12/12/2009
Hello this is Aconcagua Team I, Garrett Madison and Lakpa Rita and today we took a rest day at camp III. Beautiful weather, best day of the expedition so far; hardly any wind and clouds, hopefully it will stay like this for a few more days. Tomorrow our plan is to move up to a high camp, camp IV, 20,400 ft called Black Rocks. Everybody is doing great. All is well on Aconcagua, we will talk to you soon, ciao.

Team I: 12/11/2009
Hi this is Garrett Madison and Lakpa Rita Sherpa with Aconcagua Team I we are up at camp III today, we moved up to camp III today and built our camp. Tomorrow we are planning on taking a rest day and then move to our high camp, camp IV. So the wind has died down and the clouds have moved so we are getting some precipitation a little bit of snow. Everybody is doing well and we are looking forward to sleeping in tomorrow and taking a full rest day. So again our plan is; tomorrow is rest, the following day move to high camp and the following day will be our first possible summit opportunity which will be on the 14th. We will check in again on the 14th.

Team II: 12/10/2009
This is Michael Horst with Alpine Ascents II calling in our first cybercast, thanks for waiting patiently. We are excited to tell friends and family that we are at Plaza Argentina, we are three days into the trip on the mountain and everyone in the group is doing very well. We are going to take a rest day tomorrow, sort some gear and prepare for our carry up to camp I. Hope that you are all doing well and we will be back with another cybercast either tomorrow or the following day.

Team I: 12/10/2009
Hello this is Team 1 Aconcagua, December 10th and today we carried a load up from camp II to our camp III and we are spending the night at camp II. It is very windy and a little cold but the winds are supposed to die down during the coming weekend and we are looking forward to that. Everyone is doing well; message from Todd Byers to his family he says Sarah, Emma and Owen we are almost there, Ill be home soon, love you guys – Todd B. Talk to you soon, ciao.

Team II: 12/9/2009
Note from the office: Team II has arrived safely in Mendoza and they are currently on their way to Aconcagua base camp.

Team I: 12/9/2009
Hello this is Aconcagua Team I Garrett Madison and Lakpa Rita Sherpa, we have moved up to camp II at the Ameghino Col, 17,500 ft. It is very windy at the moment, we have had dinner and moved into our tents and are getting ready to go to bed. Tomorrow our plan is to carry to camp III and then return to camp II to spend the night. The weather has been a little in-climate here on Aconcagua with clouds, a little snow off and on and winds but the team is doing great. Everybody is in good spirits and seems to be enjoying the food quite a bit; we will talk to you soon, ciao.

Team I: 12/8/2009
Hello this is Aconcagua Team 1 December 8th. We are taking a rest day at camp 1 amidst the gusts of wind and still pretty chilly and we are hunkering down in our tents. We had a great meal of Lakpas favorite pancakes with honey and jam this morning and we are going to have some soup for lunch and then a burrito dinner. So rest today and then tomorrow our plan is to move up to our camp II at the Ameghino Col at 17,500 ft. Everyone is doing well, talk to you soon.

Team I : 12/7/2009
Hi this is Aconcagua Team I Garrett Madison and Lakpa Rita Sherpa calling in from camp I. Today we made a carry up to our camp II at the Ameghino Col 17,500 feet and then we came back down to camp I and had a traditional curry meal from Nepal that Lakpa Rita was kind enough to cook for us. Everybody is doing good and in high spirits, today was Magali Salmons 45th Birthday so we celebrated for her. It is very cold and windy, it seems to be the weather still here but we are hoping that the warm weather is coming soon. Tomorrow is a rest day and we will check in with you soon, bye.

Team I : 12/6/2009
Hello this is Team 1 Aconcagua, today we moved up to our camp I at 15,400 ft. The weather has changed a little bit, it has cooled off and there are clouds and precipitation in the form of snow throughout the day. Currently we are enjoying a spaghetti pasta dinner. Tomorrow our plan is to move up and make a carry to camp II at the Ameghino Col and return to camp I to spend the night. Everyone is doing well, check in with you tomorrow.

Team I : 12/5/2009
Hi this is Garrett calling in for the Aconcagua Team I today is December 5th, we did a carry to our camp I, cached our loads there and tomorrow our plan is to move up to camp I and have nice weather. It is windy and cold and we might get a little weather in the next couple of days but we are excited to moving up to camp I. We certainly enjoyed base camp the last couple of days and are looking forward to our last meal in base camp tonight and then hopefully a nice day tomorrow. Talk to you soon.

Team I : 12/4/2009
Hello this is Aconcagua Team 1 calling in from Plaza Argentina Base Camp, today we took a rest day. Today we enjoyed a hike over to the headwaters of the Relinchos River in the Relinchos River Valley and enjoyed three good meals here at our base camp, sorted out some gear for tomorrows carry up to camp 1. We are tucked in our sleeping bags now, it is a chilly night and we will check in with you again tomorrow. Cheers.

Team I : 12/3/2009
Greetings this is Aconcagua Team 1 and it is December 3rd. We are at Plaza Argentina base camp, everybody is doing great. We had a big day today (…transmission garbled…)

Team I : 12/2/2009
Cybercast for Aconcagua Team 1, December 2nd. Today we arrived at our camp Casa de Piedra in the Vacas Valley after a six hour hike in sunshine; it was a little breezy today. We had a picnic lunch around 1:00pm and now we are at camp and we have set up our tents and we are about to have dinner. Tomorrow we begin our hike up the Relinchos Valley towards Aconcagua base camp. Everyone is doing well, talk to you soon, bye.

Team I : 12/1/2009
We are at Pampa de Lenas camp. We had a great hike today, it was hot and sunny, we had to wear lots of sunscreen today to keep from getting burned. We had a very good picnic lunch with fresh tomato, avocado and meat and cheese sandwiches. We arrived at camp and set up our tents and relaxed, had some hot drinks before Asada which as a traditional outside Argentine barbeque, we had some barbeque steak. Now we are tucked in our tents and looking forward to another beautiful hike up the valley to our next camp Casa de Piedra. Ciao for now.

Team I : 11/30/2009
Hello, team 1 has arrived Mendoza, spent a night enjoying the city, and traveled to Penitentes today. We have sorted our climbing gear, expedition food, and have just finished dinner in the Hotel Ayelen! Tomorrow we begin our 3 day hike to Plaza Argentina base camp up the Vacas Valley. The weather has been good, so we expect a warm day tomorrow. All expedition members: Todd B, Todd M, Magali, Brandon, Ian, Doug, and guides Lakpa Rita Sherpa and Garrett Madison are doing well and excited to begin the hike tomorrow. Talk with you soon, Garrett (Team 1 Aconcagua)

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