Petra Campher called in from 18,000 feet (5500m) on Aconcagua. The team moved up today from their Camp 1, roughly 1400′ below. Everyone is doing great and the team has been working great together.
Today’s climb started with a hop across a creek and trended up via a traverse that climbed out of a large bowl that feeds the upper Relinchos Valley. They then hiked through a valley that separates Aconcagua from its 19,500′ neighbor, Cerro Ameghino. The valley is fairly broad and the base has some interesting yellow tinged ponds that form from time to time.
The day culminated with a short climb up onto the remnant of the Polish Glacier, just before reaching camp. The views really expand at this camp, and the team can now see some of the very pretty peaks that form the Gussfeldt Range, just north of Aconcagua.
Here is Petra!