Sunday's wind speeds may be higher than later in the week, but they're still REALLY good for Aconcagua standards.  The upcoming colder temps convinced us to go now rather than wait. 

This is it: the weather is looking decent, our legs are semi recovered from the hike out, supplies are in position on the mountain, and Libby's stoke for getting the in-a-push done is high.  In other words, it's GAME ON.  

We'll be starting from the Horcones trailhead around 6pm this evening (Sat Jan 28), and I'll be doing what I can to pace and support Libby as she's pushing onwards and upwards to 22,838ft. Libby is hoping to summit mid-day Sunday and be back down and out by early Monday morning. My assumption at this point is that I'll be able to keep her company for the 50km roundtrip to and from Plaza de Mulas, but then leave her to her own devices for the crux 20km on the upper mountain.    

A few days ago at Nido (18,300ft) - Libby contemplating what's up ahead

A few days ago at Nido (18,300ft) - Libby contemplating what's up ahead

Flying down the scree slop between Nido and Plaza de Mulas

Flying down the scree slop between Nido and Plaza de Mulas

At basecamp - only 8,400ft of climbing from here to the top... 

At basecamp - only 8,400ft of climbing from here to the top... 

One way or the other - stoke is high, as is both our uncertainty about what the next 48 hours are going to bring.  The live GPS is set up to be showing close to real-time updates (in 10 minute intervals) on the big push and my favorite boyfriend and expedition manager Paul will be keeping my Instagram current while we're off, as it were.  Wish us luck, and send lots of strength and psych to Libby! 

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