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Camp II

The whole team is coping well with altitude. They are at Camp II, the Chopper Camp, at roughly 18,000 ft. The news are that when they were climbing to the camp yesterday, the guides Aike and Mariana found a climber in the trail (from another party), who was having some altitude-related issue and needed help, so they performed a rescue and called the Rescue Patrol. It turned out that the timely and highly professional procedures of our guides saved the climber´s life! He was helicoptered out and taken to Mendoza, where he is perfectly ok now. The whole thing got to the local papers today. Well done Aike and Mariana!

The team will touch the 6,000 m frontier tomorrow, when they carry gear and food to High Camp. They are planning to go for the summit on Saturday or Sunday. We will let you know.
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AP13 Jan 28 » On the trail
A new good, solid-looking group set foot on the trail today. There are seven climbers and two guides in this team, our 13th expedition of the season. We shared a nice dinner in Mendoza (Argentina), the team got to know each other and their guides Aike Parvex and Mariana Gallego and they bought their Aconcagua permits. Yesterday the group spent the night at Los Penitentes, a small ski resort that is used as a starting point by many Aconcagua expeditions.

Now they have a 3-day hike in ahead to get to Plaza Argentina, the Relincho´s Valley base camp at 14,000 ft. I will be posting an update when they arrive there. Here are pictures of the group in Mendoza and in Los Penitentes. The climbers are Sheila, Todd, Wade, Jeff, Phillip, Bruce and John.
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‎*AP12 Jan 21 » In the trail*

A strong-looking group of four climbers and two guides left the lodge at Los Penitentes today, after spending a couple of days in the city of Mendoza (Argentina). Here they got their pemits, as usual, and got a taste of our wines and meat, besides of course meeting each other and their guides Claudio and Andrea. They began hiking today, with light packs since the loads travel to base in the back of some mules (we treat this hard working animals with care!). The climbers are Neil Halsey, Mark Hassenkamp, David "Chimu" McGrain and Donald Martin (who just climbed El Plomo Mt in Chile, with AP Director Rodrigo Mujica). Here they are in a picture, before leaving the hotel.

It wil take them three days to get to base camp Plaza Argentina (14,000ft). I will post a dispatch when they get there. Until then!
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‎*AP11 Jan 10 » Moving to High Camp*

After a good acclimatization period, the team is finally bound for the high regions of Aconcagua. They did a carry of gear to High Camp 6000m. and will move up to that camp tomorrow. The air is thin there, but the long days spent working in the mountain have prepared the climbers for the effort. Thy might spend a rest day at High Camp or go for the summit, depending on the conditions, the group, and other things. I will keep you informed. I attach a picture of the upper slopes of Mt Aconcagua, from a previous trip. Regards.
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AP10 Jan 9 » Summit!

It was worth to wait, as the team did summited Mt Aconcagua yesterday! Five climbers in this group stood at the top, at 22,834 ft of altitude. With them, our lead guide Augusto Ortega achieved a really amazing record: his 60th summit in this big mountain! No man has climbed it so many times. Also, this is our tenth summit of the season, out of 10 trips. A record that makes us proud.
But beyond numbers, what it counts is the experience of knowing awesome places and some inner places too; leaving the city and the things we take for granted behind. So congratulations to climbers and guides.

The team is completing the Mt Aconcagua traverse today, by descending to Plaza de Mulas. They will reach Mendoza on Friday.
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AP12 Jan 21 » Summit!

I have the excellent news that the team summited today. I did not speak with them directly yet, but our base camp broke the news. I wanted to let you know that at least two climbers and a guide made it. All the team is back at high camp now. Congratulations for this big achievement! As soon as I hear from Claudio, the lead guide, I will post the details. Patience!

This summit comfirms that it´s been a great season for Aventuras Patagonicas so far, with 12 out of 12 trips reaching the summit, and just three more to go.
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‎*AP12 Jan 21 » Resting at Plaza Argentina*

The whole team completed the approach with no incidentes and arrived to Plaza Argentina (14,000 ft) yesterday. They enjoyed a barbecue during the hike in, and passed some nice viewpoints (picture). They are now enjoying the gourmet food of Chemelo (AKA Chemellow) and Celina at base camp. I will post a dispatch when they call. Regards.
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‎*AP11 Jan 10 » Summit!*

The team made the summit yesterday! Lead guide Mike Bradley called from High Camp when they came back. They had a great summit day, left early and came back early too, and most of the climbers made it 5 out of 6. They stood amazed at 22,834 ft, looking to the rest of the Andes below. Probably a lifetime experience for everyone. The climbers in this team crossed half the World to get here, from the Faroe Island and from the UK. Congratulations to them!

Now the group will complete the Aconcagua traverse, by descending to base camp Plaza de Mulas today. They will be back at the trailhead tomorrow and at Mendoza by Saturday. This makes our eleventh summit of the season, or in other words, a 100% success rate (11 out of 11), if we measure by groups and not by individuals. I attach a good picture of the summit risge, taken by Mike in previous trip.
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‎*AP11 Jan 10 » First carry to Camp I*

The team completed their acclimatization in base camp (14,000 ft), and did their first carry of gear and food to Camp I (16,000 ft) today. "Everyone is doing great", said Mike Bradley, the leading guide. They had some good meals at Plaza Argentina, and rested there before facing the altitude stage of the expedition. Weather has been rainy but not too bad. The weather forecast shows good days ahead. I attach a picture of the view they had from the trail. Regards!
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‎*AP10 Jan 9 » At 6000m - 19,685 ft*

Augusto, Analía, Travis and the team are at Camp II (18,000 ft), ready to move to High Camp, at 6,000m. They already know the feeling of walking at that altitude, since they did a carry of gear to High Camp today. They might move up tomorrow or the next day, and they might go for the summit on the 24th or 25th. It will depend on the conditions, the plan of the group, etc. But everyone is well, they shared time with the climbers and guides of the AP#11 expedition. I attach a picture of high camp, a unique place with some breathtaking views. I will post a dispatch when I have news. Regards.
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Aventuras Patagonicas is an international climbing guide service based on over 28 years of professional guiding service on high altitude mountaineering expeditions world-wide. We are very proud to be guiding in the world's most spectacular mountain ranges of Alaska, Antarctica, Europe, Asia, Africa, Patagonia and South America
Today, Aventuras Patagonicas is synonymous with success and professionalism on Aconcagua, guiding more Americans, Europeans, Australians, and people from around the world, to the top of Aconcagua than any other guiding company.
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