Congratulations to Alan Arnette (aka "Big Pappy") for his successful summit of Aconcagua (22,841') yesterday. His team, guided by Mountain Professionals LLC (our guide service to Orizaba), successfully made the summit 8 hours after an early alpine start (3:30 AM 'ish) from their Advance Base Camp. Cold temperatures (0 degrees) and high winds made for a challenging summit push but Alan reported that the team did well.
If you want to hear audio dispatches of the climb, please visit the following URL for details: http://www.alanarnette.com/dispatches/live/index.php I believe Alan's site will have audio dispatches as well as periodic updates of our progress on Orizaba January 20-27, 2008 if you're interested in following that climb too. Climb On!