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ACONCAGUA – Day 18 January 8, 2007

Posted by Cheryl in Aconcagua, Argentina.
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We didn´t sleep very well last night, all the pizza was sitting rather uncomfortably in our stomachs. Proper food being a bit of a shock to the system!

We packed up the tent and handed in most of our gear which we´d arranged to be sent back down by mule. It was hot and we weren´t carrying much apart from an extra fleece and some water. We anticipated that the walk out to Puente Del Inca would take about 6 hours – how wrong we were! After 6 hours we were nowhere near even Confluencia which is at least 2 hours to the road.

Although you drop about 1,000m in altitude between Plaza De Mulas and Confluencia, you lose altitude so slowly it´s painful. We walked for hours along a flat open river bed having to ford the river several times which delayed us further. We were all pretty tired from the summit day and the adrenalin was starting to run out.

Playa Ancha
It became clear that the walk to Confluencia was going to take at least 6 hours on its own. It takes 6 hours going up and we´d assumed it would be much quicker going down. There was no way we were going to make it to the road today. This was somewhat worrying as we had no supplies having sent all our food, sleeping bags and tent down by mule.

Luckily, we were able to secure bunks in one of the big fixed tents at Confluencia, hire sleeping bags and buy dinner which was something of a relief! But the shower I was looking so forward to was going to have to wait another day!

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