Time to go. Trained, packed, excited, feeling guilty, and nervous. Asking myself if I am in good enough shape, or did I miss something? I will have limited communications as I start my trip. My first post is from home just before I head out.
I will miss not having Luke and Gabe on this adventure, as we had so much fun on Kilimanjaro, but school and work get in the way, and I think it is on my list and not on theirs.
The most popular question I get from everyone, and the question I even ask myself is “Why?” I come up with a different answer each time. So after every post I will add more reasons why and why not and maybe in a few weeks I can answer the question.
Why? Why not?
Why: Have time to think about what’s important in life
Have something to train for
Will never regret not trying
See something that I have never seen
Challenge myself physically & mentally
Learn Portuguese? Probably not
I could die or get hurt
I may fail
It is cold
No beds. Have to sleep on the frozen ground
Weeks without bathing
It is expensive
My family needs me
My work needs me
It’s selfish, and I could be doing something for someone good.
The plan for the last half of the mountain. Mules dropped, and from Plaza de Mulas we double carry loads to higher camps.
You can track dispatch from our guide on his satellite phone.
We’re now preparing the next trip to Aconcagua, which starts on Feb 3rd.
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