Mendoza, Argentina Photo courtesy Creative Commons License by David
Jeff finally got some much needed rest after his 24-hour journey from San Jose, CA to Mendoza. He was able to sleep for about 12 hours and is feeling terrific.
Dating back to the 16th century, Mendoza is located on the eastern side of the Andes mountains and is the closest starting point for climbing Aconcagua. It is the 4th largest metropolis in Argentina and resembles an old European town, but with a distinctive Latin flare. Mendoza is reknown for its olive oil and wine-producing industries. In fact it is the largest producer of wine in Latin America, with literally hundreds of wineries in the region. Every year in March, Mendoza’s National Grape Harvest Festival attracts visitors from all over the world.
Among the highlights of Argentine cuisine are beefsteaks, so naturally Jeff couldn’t resist ordering one for dinner last night. He informed us about his experience with the local cuisine and the people of Mendoza. “Some of our team went to dinner last night, and my steak was literally half the size of a basketball. It was delicious!” said Jeff. “After spending the past 2 years climbing in the Himalya, not being able to speak Nepali or Sherpa, it is refreshing to be in Argentina where I am able to speak and understand Spanish. It makes it so, so much easier being able to read menus, talk to people, and ask for whatever is needed.”
Earlier today Jeff’s team members purchased their required permits through the government, to climb Aconcagua. They organized their gear, packed up their food and are ready to head out to the park’s entrance tomorrow.
“One more day to relax….then the battle begins,” declared Jeff. “The time is near. Win. As with Everest, I hope Aconcagua greets me with open arms.”
So do we Jeff. Godspeed.