February 2, 2010
Climbing is easy. Travel is tough. And, if that’s true, the current Aconcagua trip should be great! All the crew arrived on time and with all the luggage. Securing the permit in Mendoza was an easy process, and the team’s already in Penitentes. That’s the base of the mountain and where the gang is now doing their final gear sort and making up loads for the mules. Nice to have the mules to take the group gear into base camp at about 13,600 ft. IMG Senior Guides, Mike Hamill and Greg Vernovage are being joined by Martin, our Argentine guide, and our IMG Operations Manager, Tye Chapman, and our group of 9 climbers. That’s a full boat!
I’ll bet many of you have spoken with Tye on the phone or traded emails with him regarding an IMG program. And how about Mike? Remember seeing him featured on Show 3 of this year’s Discovery Channel Everest program? And then there’s Greg. Nothing like having a guide climbing with you who was the coach of the US Men’s Olympic Volleyball Team that competed in the Sydney Olympic games! Oh yeah, did I mention they won the GOLD?
We really do have a super team on Aconcagua right now and we’ll keep you posted on their progress. Remember, no news is good news. IMG guides tend to be more focused on climbing than blogging but we’ll get the news out as soon as they check back in. It’s time now for them to do a bit of walking!