Aconcagua, Ojos & San Fransisco Videos
Combined motivation from the Gauchos (Argentinian cowboys) as well as their own instinct that food and rest is near, compelling the mules to race towards the camp
Hiking up from Casa de Piedra (3200m) to Plaza Argentina (4200m) which is the base camp of Aconcagua on the Vacas valley side on day 3 of our expedition
It was as though the ground was shifting from the strong winds tearing off the snow from the ground. Tents got blown away and some others got destroyed forcing some teams to end their expedition pre maturely.
The porters with their immense loads battling the slope as well as the winds climbing to camp 2.
I tried to hide my exhaustion in this video as we were reaching camp 3. Consistent gentle slopes all the way up but somehow I was not performing on this day.
All 8 of us set up each of the tents together as it would be faster than splitting up into teams of 2 to do the task in the extreme weather
13th Jan 2012 was our summit day and unfortunately, it was a blizzard when we approached the summit. The absolutely exhausted faces of our team members after a gruelling 9.5h climb from camp 3 to the summit
Brief after thoughts from our team while descending from C2 to C1 on the Horcunas Valley
One of our team mates suffered subuncal haematoma and I had to perform ‘field’ surgery on him. Trephination of the toe nails to release the pressure from the building up of blood under the nails. With limited resources, I had to heat the knife with a lighter flame and use hand sanitizer has a sterilisation tool. Warning! Graphic in nature! He is all and well now with no complications from the procedure.
The glaciers which melt in a peculiar pattern which produce these needle like ice structures called Penitentes which is exclusively seen at this latitude and altitude. Explanation of formation included in the video.
The 1st Singaporean ascent of Mt San Fransisco. This marked the end of our Latino Trilogy and finally we could head back home!! The mighty Mt Inca Huasi in the background.