February 4, 2019
The Aconcagua train is rolling on the tracks now. The Rikki/Martin team has established and settled into Camp 1 (16,200′). Rikki said that “…all is well. Team is doing great! Stellar weather!” I always like to receive text messages like that. They will most likely make a carry up to Camp 2 tomorrow which is right around 18,000′ and everyone will get great views of the mountains north of Aconcagua.
Robert and Leo are busy getting gear checks knocked out and have acquired their Aconcagua permits today. They are sitting down for a nice meal at local restaurant Facundo as I write this. One of the cool things about a trip to Aconcagua is the food both on and off the mountain. Mendoza is known for their rich cuisine and the surrounding vineyards produce some of the best wine in the world. Next up for this crew is to jump in the van tomorrow morning and make their way to Penitentes.