Move, Day Eight
took our second rest day yesterday, after carrying our load up
to camp 1 the day before. It was very important to plan enough
time to acclimatize during the expedition.† About 4,000 people
attempt Aconcagua each year, but less than 25% reach itís summit.
It is not a technically hard climb, which is why climbers tend
to be complacent and try to climb faster, more than 2000 feet
a day. They donít take the time to properly acclimatize and pay
for it later on.
there have been a few deaths on the mountain this season.† A team
of four climbers were lost on the Polish Glacier route.† A severe
storm came in and they were not able to retreat.† Also, a very
respected Argentinean guide who had climbed the mountain several
times before died of cerebral oedema near the summit.
was a good day for climbing, the weather was perfect and we moved
the remainder of our gear up to camp 1 in only three hours: I
was feeling great, my body was adapting very well. Things were
moving along so well that if we still felt VERY strong the following
day, we would immediately carry our load to camp 2 at 19,000 feet,
and then take our rest day. By taking advantage of the good weather,
we could possibly save a day on the expedition, or it would give
us an extra summit day if needed.