Working my way back to Jackson today. Man…what a wild last few weeks it’s been. Some of it seems like a lifetime ago, other parts…will live in my memory banks forever. Before I get on with telling the story of Aconcagua and easing my way back into this daily blogging thing, I’d like to thank a few people who have really been an important part of this trip.
First, I want to thank Randokitty. Without her, the updates on TetonAT.com would never have happened. Well…I did have some internet access at basecamp in Plaza de Mulas, but it cost money, it’s compatibility with my website software was in question. And honestly…I’d rather spend my money being able to talk with the Kitty and share my experiences with her, than just type them into a computer. Thanks for you help Kitty…it’s been hard being apart for so long. Not looking forward to the satellite phone bill though. OUCH!!!
Second, and staying on the connected theme, I’d like to thank Doug Stoup who graciously allowed me/us the use of his satellite phone, which in the end, was pivotal in staying in touch with loved ones, passing along updates for posting on TetonAT, getting weather reports while we were on the mountain, and nearly having to make a rescue call for another climber…who’s whereabouts and status still seems to be in question. One thing is for sure though; rescues and/or climbers needing assistance are handled in a very different manner on Aconcagua than in the US. Be very thankful for the services your local SAR and/or emergency service units provide here in the states, because it’s not nearly the same throughout the world.
Thirdly, thanks to Glen Poulsen and Kim Havell for their camaraderie and all the good times we had during our time on Aconcagua. Living with people 24 hours a day, in close proximity (like a 3-man tent) and in a challenging environment isn’t easy. Making decisions and dealing with different types of personalities can really add stress to situations, but we all seemed to jive well with each other and in the end…surprisingly weren’t quite ready to pull each others hair out. Having patience, hearing one another out and respecting opinions are very important parts to symbiotic relationships while in the mountains and trying to achieve a big goal. And although we didn’t summit, we did get some great skiing in and possibly some first descents in and around Aconcagua. (I know…big woop!) Thanks for the good memories guys!
Lastly, I’d like to thank all the friends and family that sent us text messages via the satellite phone. They were great to read, lifted our sprits and really helped while being so far away from home. Thanks a lot!!!!!!!