It's official - Libby and I are back on the mountain. It's a bit of a different setup this time; rather than enjoying Inka Expediciones' comfortable (and quick!) all-in logistics support, we are now on a budget trying to cobble together this expedition at the lowest cost possible.
We caught the bus from Mendoza to Penitentes, dropped our 65kg of mule freight in Penitentes, and spent the night at a small hostel before heading into the park for the long hike from Horcones to Plaza de Mulas. Ultra runner and photographer John Evans was a day and a half ahead of us to acclimatize in Confluencia, and the three of us finally all converged upon basecamp on Tuesday evening.
The weather forecast is looking promising for a good summit window at the end of the week - looks like we will be going for our first summit push on or near Friday. It’ll be too early for John to go high on the mountain, but Libby and I should be well acclimatized thanks to the adventures of Team Asquerosa over the last several weeks. But first it’ll be interesting to see how good (or bad!) the ascent back up to Camp Nido feels tomorrow, which will be a valuable indication of how well our bodies are dealing with the altitude. FIngers crossed....
It’s a bit nerve wrecking to think about a big push as early as three days from now, but it’s also exciting - time to quit talking and start walking!