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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Day 01 - Punta de Vacas to Pampa de Lenas

Just finished an incredible BBQ Argentina steak dinner prepared over a wood fire by the cowboys that manage the mules that carry our gear to base camp. This is living!

Beautiful day as we trekked up the Vacas valley. Covered 8.33 miles gaining about 1300 ft. elevation. Two rest breaks plus a long lunch making the time 5hrs. 15mins. Very causal and enjoyable.
Sitting in the tent typing this our on my mobile computing setup: Windows Pocket PC with a fold-up full size bluetooth keyboard. My gear and my body are working GREAT.

Tomorrow will be a very similar day capped by our first view of Aconcagua just as we reach our camp. Breakfast at 7:30am, hiking by 9am should put us into camp about 3pm.
Kurt out.

5 comments:

Leslie said...

That dinner sounds delicious!! Everyone has been asking me what kind of food you're eating---this sounds like a gourmet dinner in a beautiful Latin American setting. You lucky dog!
Keep the photos and updates coming--we love them and you too!
Love, Les and the boys(young men, I mean)

Dad & Mom said...

Hi,
You look to cool after the first day. I know you'll be really cool at the summit! I'm looking for that 360 picture from the top. Have more fun and stay healthy.
Love, Dad and Mom

Monika Waisman, RD said...

Yum! That dinner sounds delicious! Climb on, Kurt! Looking forward to your updates.

Anonymous said...

Sheesh what some people will do to get out of going to Mountain Conditioning class. :) We're all watching. Ed

Adam Berns said...

I was listening to this song on the way into the office this morning and though about you on the trek...
-Adam

Eddie Vedder - "Rise"

Such is the way of the world
You can never know
Just where to put all your faith
And how will it grow

Gonna rise up
Burning back holes in dark memories
Gonna rise up
Turning mistakes into gold

Such is the passage of time
Too fast to fold
And suddenly swallowed by signs
Low and behold

Gonna rise up
Find my direction magnetically
Gonna rise up
Throw down my ace in the hole