Dec 23 Aconcagua – Heading for the Summit!

Joe Butler called in from the team’s 20,000′ high camp to tell us that they are gearing up and about to head out of the tents to make a bid for the summit of Aconcagua!

The night sounds perfect, the weather looks favorable and everyone feels really good, so let’s keep our fingers crossed as the team makes their way up the almost 1000m to the summit.  They should call from the top, so stay tuned!!!

White rocks high camp

A Mountain Trip Aconcagua team camped at the White Rocks high camp, looking up at the route to the summit

Independencia hut

At about 21,500′, the team will pass the remnants of a “refugio,” or hut, that is testament to the ferocity of the winds on the upper mountain.

Aconcagua top of canaleta

One of the last challenges for the team is the long gully that leads to the summit ridge. Known as the “Canaleta,” this gully is strenuous and somewhat notorious amongst Aconcagua climbers. Here a Mountain Trip team crosses the top of the gully, just 20 minutes or so from the summit.

Here’s Joe!

recording

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