January 2018 is coming to a close, and so is my time on Aconcagua. Wait, no, before you stop reading - I'm not quite done yet. I have a few days left, and I am fully planning on utilizing the time remaining on my climbing permit to its fullest.
I've been on Aconcagua for more than a month now, and I feel well-acclimatized and set-up to attempt a big run along the 360* route. The weather is looking decent, I have supplies in place along the route, and I've got ranger permission to run from the road straight to basecamp (rather than breaking up the 40km trail into the typical three day approach which is standard). With that, there's only one thing left to do: get a good night's rest and hit the trail in the morning!
You can follow my progress (starting Thursday Feb 1 at ~8am Argentina time) via live GPS. I'm hoping to be back out in the valley before Saturday morning. Wish me luck...
In related news - this just in, and what an amazing accomplishment it is: Dani Sandoval of Ecuador just broke the long women's speed record on the normal route (Horcones - Summit - Horcones) by over two hours. She managed to run the ~60+ kilometer route in 20 hours and 17 minutes, compared to Fernanda Maciel's previous record of 22 hours and 50 minutes. I'm curious to see Dani's GPS track to see if she also broke my basecamp-summit ascent record in the process of her kickass run! Massive congratulations Dani, you've managed to succeed in what many others had tried unsuccessfully.
As as of now all the long distance records on Aconcagua are held by Ecuadorians: Dani for the women's normal route record, Karl Egloff for the men's normal route, and Nicolas Miranda for the men's 360 record. But there isn't a women's 360 record... yet?