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Dec 21, 2008 - Carry to Cambio to Pendiente (5400m)

We woke up to a beautiful morning, not a cloud in the sky and absolutely no wind! We will try again today to get up to Camp 2 - Nido de Condores. We arrived at Piers Conway in good time at 1.5 hours and then it was a slog. We avoided Plaza Canada and headed up the 'down' trail from Nido which was super challenging. If we would have gone to Plaza Canada the trail would have been more gentle. It wore on us and we stopped at 5400m and stashed our stuff there at 3:30pm. I think it may be Camp Alaska or Cambio de Pendiente. Back down to Base...

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Dec 20, 2008 - Plaza de Mulas Rest Day

We awoke at 7:00am and both of us feel really rough, our eyes & faces are very puffy. We decided to have a rest day rather than push the altitude. We saw the Tacoma boys & Peter set off for Camp 2, Nido de Condores (Condor Nest). We went back to sleep until 10:00am, had a 'lunch' of soup & crackers and went back to sleep for another 3 hours. When we awoke we felt so much better, obviously needed the sleep, and had a proper lunch of spaghetti. The fellows returned from Camp 2 and said that it was very cold and windy. There is a storm brewing...

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Dec 19, 2008 - Carry to Plaza Canada (4910m) and hiked up to 5100m

Up at 7:00am, organized our packs and left at 9:15am. We took it nice and slow and reached El Semaforo (the lights) in 45minutes and Piers Conway in 1.5 hours. We arrived at Camp 1, Plaza Canada at 12:30pm and ate our lunch. Now time to head up to Nido de Condores at 5250m, makes to approximately 5100m or 5150m before turning back to Plaza Canada. We stashed our heavy stuff and buried them under rocks, rested for a wee bit and then took only an hour to come back to Base Camp. We relaxed, sent email and attempted to call Dad but he wasn't...

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Dec 18, 2008 - Plaza de Mulas (4260m) Rest Day

REST DAY! We awoke early but fell back to sleep until around 9am until the sun rose and it wasn't as bitterly cold out! We spoke to the Guardaparque and they suggested we cache at Camp Nido de Condores (5250m) as they have a station there as well. so, we reorganized our schedule and repacked our bags to carry to Nido. A leisurely wandering type of day and had a nap. Around 5pm we took a walk over to the hotel (hotel is used very loosely here - more like a hostel) for tea. Although basic, the accommodation is rather nice and it was a...

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Dec 17, 2008 - Piedra Ibanez to Plaza de Mulas (4260m)

We woke up at 6:00am and Fero walked back 20 minutes to a stream we saw yesterday to replenish our water bladders. We were a little anxious last night that we would run out. Now we can have breakfast and coffee and still have enough for the climb up to Plaza de Mulas. We packed up and left camp at 8:40am and it was still pretty cold. The temperature takes quite a drop at higher altitudes. The trail was fairly gentle with undulating hills and we stopped several times for snacks and water breaks, and to let the mules by. We finally reached...

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Jan 21, 2007 - Descend from C3 (5900m) to BC-Plaza de Mulas (4200m)

Descend from C3 (5900m) to BC-Plaza de Mulas (4200m). Tent Augusto awoke us at 7:30am to see if we were interested in doing a second attempt on the summit. It was a resounding NO as although sunny, the winds were 60km/hr and the snow was whirling around like mad. A few other groups attempted but returned within a short time. Our tent was partially dismantled by the wind, so we quickly packed up and started down with Augusto. Typically the other two doddle and would be at least an hour behind. The first portion was horrendous with the wind...

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Jan 12, 2007 - Rest day at BC-Plaza Argentina (4200m). Tent

A glorious sleep-in until about 8am and leisurely putzed around until breakfast. Fero & I splurged and paid $5 each for a hot shower, a pretty good price up here in the middle of a mountain! It felt soooooo good. The sun is shining, it's warm and life is great. We did a little wander to see a fellow we had met, Joe from Chicago, now known to us as Chicago Joe. We had a nice little visit with him and exchanged emails. We also met 3 Chileans that had just summited and were on their way down. They were really nice to talk to and even gave us...

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Jan 11, 2007 - Carry equipment to C1 (4800m)

Carry equipment to C1 (4800m). Return to BC-Plaza Argentina (4200m) 3-6hr. Tent Up and at 'em at 7am. Most of us didn't sleep very well due to all of our naps yesterday. We did our final reorganization of our backpacks and weighed them, 21 kg (45lbs) for Fero and 17 kg (35lbs) for me - yoikes! We left camp at 9:50am and moved like snails with small steps, continuously up, up, up. We travelled alongside a stream with penitentes (snow formations of elongated, thin blades of hardened snow or ice, closely spaced and pointing towards the general...

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Jan 10, 2007 - Rest day at BC-Plaza Argentina (4200m) Tent

Plaza Argentina (4200m) Tent Woke at 7:30am after a reasonably good sleep considering we are at 4200m. We chatted with Augusto and then we went into the 'fancy' restaurant for breakfast. An hour later we had a wee nap from all the activity - haha! Augusto & Fernando organized the separation of food that each of us will carry up to Camp 1 tomorrow - approximately 8 kilos each. We personally organized what we would take to leave in Camp 1 and what was going back down to Los Puquios. Amazingly, no matter how light you pack, there is always a...

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Feb 6, 2005 - Return to Santiago

Booked a ticket on the 6.00pm bus from Osorno to Santiago for the same day we arrived from Puerto Natales - this would be another 12 hours, but at least we would be back in Santiago and it was an overnight trip that gets us in to Santiago at 6.00am. A fairly uneventful trip that allowed us to catch some sleep. We stayed in Santiago until the trip north on the 8th Feb, and the extra time there allowed us to see some of the sites that we didn't get to see on our initial visit. These included the Pre Columbian Museum with an excellent...

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