AP 7 Jan 27 Feb 11

Delayed by a big storm

It was supposed that this group would be in Penitentes on Sunday but nature intervened . On Saturday there was a big storm in Mendoza that caused landslides that cut off the route between Penitentes and Mendoza and Park Authorities had closed the park. So the group decided to stay one more night in the city waiting for the road to clear the next day.

The route was still cut yesterday so Mili and Pablo, the guides, took the group to Uspallata (8202ft) , a town that is on the way to Penitentes. Then the team could begin the process of acclimatization. They slept in a shelter near the mountain and enjoyed a delicious barbecue.

The route opened this morning. The group is now in Penitentes where they will spend the last night with amenities like bed and shower and tomorrow they will start the three-day trek to the Base Camp.

Despite the drawbacks the group is about to begin their adventure. Best of luck to them!

We let a group photo before leaving the city and one of the route cut through the mud. Many machines worked to clear the way because there were many people who got stuck on the road. Luckily they were able to fix it quickly.

We will keep you posted.

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