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  Aconcagua Teams Pushed Back By Weather

16 February 2014 -

Hi, This is Max Kausch writing a dispatch for the SummitClimb February 2014 Aconcagua Expedition. Today is Sunday February 16th 2014 and weŽre back to basecamp.

Our team reached 6150m (20,177 ft.) on the first attempt yesterday. The weather was brutal! We had way too much snow and cold on the way to the summit. Half of our team started to really feel the cold and we had to turn around at 6150m. We joined forces with another 2 teams which also turned around. Eva, Dean, Gernot and Kristin went back to BC on the 15th and left on the 16th in the morning. They reached Mendoza a few hours ago.

James and Allan are already acclimatized and will start with the summit push tomorrow morning. Our goal is to reach the summit on the 19th but the conditions on the Polish glacier look very bad. The glacier had a lot of snow dumped on it for 3 days in a row and if we donŽt have a fairly strong wind within the next 2 days it will be almost impossible to climb it. Our plan B is to summit via normal route on the 19th when the weather seems very nice.

Right now at BC we have an amazing full moon shining over our tents but its extremely cold. Regardless of which route, our push starts tomorrow and weŽll go all the way to camp 2 where we have a 40kg stash of food, fuel and tents.

 

 

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