Aconcagua Team Turned Around 200ft From Summit!
So close.….. Our persistent, strong team got so close to the summit today, just to be turned around by mountain authorities! Joshua checked in from Base Camp of Aconcagua after two very long days on the mountain. His email conveyed the hard work, patience and disappointment of the team, and the ultimate satisfaction that 200 feet from the true summit is still an incredible accomplishment!
Alex and Dawn taking a break. Joshua Jarrin photo
“I am glad to inform that we are back in Base Camp after two very long days. At the same time, I want to say congratulations to Dawn and Alex for their great effort. Yesterday, we lucked out with 24 hours of great weather. The wind slowed down and we had our chnace. Due to the special conditions of this expedition and our strange weather conditions, our only option to attemp the summit was from Camp 2. However, both climbers are strong and we all agreed that we wanted to go for it!
Resting at Independencia Camp. Joshua Jarrin photo
“We started walking yesterday at 6am (weird time I know — but before that we still had strong winds and I didn’t want to expose my team to frostbite, which had happened on other teams that had started before us.) I told the clients that a long day was awaiting us — we were looking at an 11 hour ascent.
“When we had walked 10 hours, we were 20 minutes away from the summit and everything was looking good. At that moment, three rangers were coming down from the summit and ordered us to turn around. I tried to explain to them that I was aware that it was a late summit but that we were fully informed of the weather forecast and that we were planning to take a direct route back down. On top of that, we were ahead of schedule. Our team was a bit tired (as is expected being so close to the summit!) but nothing out of a normal ascent, and actually, they were doing great! The ranger’s argument was that I had my clients roped up, and someone who needed to be roped up is not in good enough condition to go to the summit. (I have always roped up clients close to the summit just to put everyone at ease for an additional safety measure). In the end, the ranger’s closing argument was “maybe you are right, but we are the park rangers here…”
Alex nearing the summit. Joshua Jarrin photo
“Ouch! Sadly, we had to follow their orders and turn around. I want to say thank you again to Dawn and Alex who understood that we made it to the top, but just didn’t take the “classic picture” due to circumstances out of our control. We are all relaxing in our tents and preparing for the hike out tomorrow, happy and content.”
Well, in the end everyone was doing their job to the best of their ability and an official summit was just not in the cards for our team this time. We are looking forward to our upcoming Aconcagua expeditions and are wishing improved weather conditions for the teams to come!