This morning, J.Y. and Jacob got an early start from Penitentes and headed up the Vacas Valley. It was a bit cold and windy during the latter portion of the hike, but the weather didn’t slow them down and they made it to Pampas de Lenas in just over five hours. This is the first camp on the approach and it’s located at about 9,000 feet. The arrieros (mule drivers) prepared a traditional gaucho dinner of grilled meats and the team feasted! Everyone is doing great and right now they are snoozing under the beautiful Argentine night sky.
Tomorrow the team will continue up valley to Casa Piedra (stone house), camp 2 of the approach.