Happy New Year from basecamp! It’s day 4 on the mountain and the first day of 2017. We made it to Plaza de Mulas yesterday afternoon, as preparations for a big New Years celebration were already in full swing: we walked into camp at 4,300m to the smell of ribs cooking on a big impromptu BBQ and music playing everywhere. Later in the evening we were treated to a champagne toast and cake and bonfire - ultimate luxury on the mountain, but not too terribly surprising given that Plaza de Mulas is considered the second largest basecamp in the world right after Everest.
We joined the festivities and stayed up a bit later than our regular schedule, but didn’t quite make it until midnight.
Today is mostly a rest day though we are keeping busy organizing gear and planning our upcoming carries. Spirits are high and the team is generally feeling good; Kristina is still fighting the flu but has been resting up and will hopefully be back to 100% soon. Wifi is woefully slow at basecamp, so non-GPS updates will be limited. The team has been loving all the incoming messages via DeLorme - keep 'em coming :)