Aconcagua 15th January 2012

neil On January - 26 - 2012Comments Off

15th Jan
Today we made the trip to camp 3, I can’t believe how difficult things are getting. It shows on everyone, it took over 4 hours make the trip and that’s with a porter to help with my stuff and most of Reginas heavy things, she had a very bad day yesterday. Peter and her took nearly an hour longer than the group to get to camp 2.
When we arrived we had to help set up the tents, you can’t imagine how difficult it is to do the simplest of tasks. Clearing the snow and moving stones to tie the tent to, it took us about an hour to complete each tent. We intend to go for a summit push tomorrow, I don’t think it’s a great idea. We have all had two very hard days and one of our local guides says that the weather isn’t suppose to be very good. To make thinks worse I still haven’t really eaten anything, it’s going on for ten days now, I must have lost about a stone in weight. It’s just so difficult to do anything at all, you sit and look at a biscuit in the packet, but the effort to reach over and pick it up is just too much and the thought of eating it is worse.
Using the pee bottle at night is a classic as the inside of the tent is about -20 degrees so you don’t really want to get out your sleeping bag because of the cold and the massive amount of effort it will take. So you just lay there thinking about it for hours.
We leave at 5 am for our summit bid tomorrow.
Wish me and Mc Flee were in the sand pit at home!!!

Aconcagua 14th January 2012

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14th Jan
We headed up to camp 2 today, it was very difficult as the sun was very strong. I hired my porter who emptied virtually everything out of my bag and still had nearly the same capacity left to take so I convinced Radek to put some of his kit in and the rest was made up by the rest of the group. It still murdered me though my body just won’t adapt to the altitude and I’ve not eaten properly since the second night.
Every day from now on gets more difficult, we head for camp 3 tomorrow, we will spend the night at 6000mtrs the body stops regenerating at that altitude.
Missing my family!!!!

Aconcagua 12th January 2012

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12th Jan
We had a heavy snow fall last night. I’ve never been in a tent when it snows all night, we’ve been up the Cairngorms and a heavy fall come down during the night but nothing like I thought this one was going to be. We started taking emergency procedures like clearing the snow from around the base of the tent and when we went to bed we made sure that we kept the uppers of the doors open by 10 inches for ventilation. It wouldn’t be the first time for climbers to be suffocated in their tents at night.
Not feeling so good today, I’m struggling to take on board the liquids that I need. We went from camp 1 up to camp 2 this morning with our heavy packs and the lack of fluids really showed on me. I was like Elvis coming back down, I kept falling in the snow. So I made the decision that when we move the last of our gear up to camp 2 I will hire a mountain porter. We still have a lot of our kit at camp 1 as we have a rest day tomorrow. The heavy packs this morning were down to food that we helped ship up the mountain. But the move between 2 and 3 is the big one as we do not come back to this camp 2, we head down the other side of the mountain hence the name Aconcagua 360.
So when we arrived back at camp 1 I just collapsed in my tent and lay there for about two hours not drinking or anything, this made me even worse. It’s very difficult to imagine was it’s like your every day things that you do can be weird, you put your gloves in your bag and a min later you can’t remember if you did it or not, this happens with everything. I’m a very strong minded person and I know if I read this back when I’m home that I’ll be thinking “man up you poof and just drink the fluid” or ” why are you lying in the tent you know you have to drink the fluid or you’ll feel worse”. But you can’t, it’s so difficult to force yourself to do it.
I fully intend to drink through the night so I feel better tomorrow.
L x D x F