Some of the team got through on the satellite phone before the connection was lost, but Veronica, Peter and Reinette were able to pass along their thoughts from 20,000′ above South America.
The summit push today was difficult, with a good amount of new snow having fallen over the past few days. The team really worked hard to make it to the top, and a hearty congratulation is in order!
Ultimately, the decision to push higher is a personal one, and Reinette felt that she just didn’t have sufficient gas in her tank, following the very hard day moving up to high camp from their previous camp at 18,000′. Kudos to her, for having the personal strength to make a tough decision like that.
Tomorrow, the team will descend almost 6,000 vertical feet to the bustling Plaza de Mulas camp on the west side of the mountain. This will be another big day, although this time, gravity will be their friend!
Congratulations to each of the climbers!