We got up at 9:30 AM after our long summit day, packed up camp and descended the other side of the mountain from our Colera Camp at 6000 m (19,800 ft) to the main Base Camp at Plaza de Mulas at 4300 m (14,100 ft). The whole scree descent was very steep and with plenty of loose rocks. Eager to get out of there, we sped down the mountain making it to Plaza de Mulas BC in just 2 hours and 20 minutes.
Nevertheless, I don’t think I will need any quad or lunges training for quite a while. By the time we got to Base Camp, none of us could feel our quad muscles any more. We were greeted at Base Camp with some hamburgers and sprite and later given Budweiser beer to celebrate our summit success.
Instead of spending the night at Plaza de Mulas and trekking out the next two days, we’ve arranged for a helicopter to pick us up around 7:00 PM an fly us to Puente del Inca. From there we’ll take a 3 hours car ride into Mendoza, check in at our hotel and get cleaned up before going out on the town for a much deserved celebratory dinner.Next Post: Vinson Massif & Antarctica Expedition under way Previous Post: Aconcagua Day 12: Summit Day!!!