December 19, 2012
Both Eben and Josh called in today, the 19th, at different times. Eben’s crew had a wild night at C1. BIG winds – likely in excess of 100 kph. That’s breezy. They decided enough was enough and hightailed it down to BC until things calmed down. When the mountain says no, you’d better listen. They’re fine, enjoying life at BC and will move right back up as soon as things calm down. That will likely be on Friday, the 21st.
Josh Tapp called in, too. His crew had their first day on the trail today. Papas de las Lenas is their camp tonight. It takes 3 days to reach base camp. The team uses mules to carry group gear so they can hike with a light pack. Exercising as you’re moving to higher altitudes tends to enhance acclimatization and it truly helps ‘ready’ you for the work encountered above base. They’re doing just fine.