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Operation: Aconcagua

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Neil Duncan via Crowdrise
November 26, 2012

Arrived to Plaza Argentina Base Camp at 13,800 ft, on the east side of Aconcagua. Tomorrow is a rest and acclimatization day.  See more

BENEFITING: DISABLED SPORTS USA

EVENT DATE: Nov 20, 2012

Neil Duncan

THE STORY:

STAY POSTED TO THE WEBSITE AS WE WILL BE POSTING OUR PROGRESS VIA PODCAST!

Day 3:  Arrived to Plaza Argentina Base Camp  at 13,800’, on the east side of Aconcagua. After an early morning crossing of the Rio Vacas on horseback they arrived at the mouth of the Relinchos Valley. The trail rises steeply from the mouth of the relatively narrow valley and involves some mildly exposed side-hilling as it climbs up into the broader upper stretches of the Relinchos. It was warm and sunny, and they made good time en route up to the camp.

Things are very relaxed around the camp, which will become bustling in the coming weeks.

Tomorrow  is a rest and acclimatization day, before moving up the mountain.

Day 2: Got first view of Aconcagua! Arrived to Casa de Piedra at 10,000ft. after continuing through river beds and arriving to the junction of the Relinchos and Vacas Valleys. An old smuggler’s hut was erected here decades ago, and gives the spot its name, Casa de Piedra (House of Stone).  The weather has been really good, with some wind during the day to keep the heat down, but chilly night temperatures. Listen to Neil's podcast here! http://mountaintrip.com/mountain-trip-blog/new-audio-recording-71/

Day 1:  Neil and Drew started their three day trek to the Plaza Argentina Base Camp.  After a day of hiking through a desert valley (reminiscent of parts of the Grand Canyon) they arrived to las “Pampas de Lenas,” the first camp on our approach, located at about 9,000 ft.

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Thank you all for supporting this mission. I would really like to aknowledge our major sponsors who have allowed this project to accelerate well beyond all expectations:

Medical Center Prosthetics and Orthotics(www.medcenterop.com/)

QEP Resources(www.qepres.com/)

The Broe Group(www.broe.com)

Dave Lehman and DJ Resources

American Airlines and Air Compassion For Veterans

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 Mission: To climb the tallest peak in all of the Americas, Aconcagua, in order to raise awareness and funds for several non-profit organizations that assist our returning wounded service members. The climbing team will consist ofonly one primary climber, double leg amputee SGT (retired) Neil Duncan, guided by Drew Ludwig of Mountain Trip.

 Background: Sgt. Duncan served as a paratrooper in the 173rd Airborne Brigade for five years. During his military service, Neil served two combat deployments in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Towards the end of his tour in Afghanistan, Sgt. Duncan’s vehicle was attacked with a explosive device, causing severe trauma to Sgt. Duncan. His injuries included multiple broken bones and flesh wounds, severe facial trauma, and the loss of both legs. In 2010, Sgt. Duncan, along with two other war-wounded amputees, conducted a successful mission to climb to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the tallest point in Africa and the world’s tallest freestanding mountain at 19,320 ft. In the summer of 2012, Sgt. Duncan attempted to scale the tallest peak in North America, Denali, with other amputees. Unfortunately, the team was not successful due to weather, though the team did achieve an altitude of nearly 16,000 ft. during the three-week climb.

 

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Beneficiaries: The benefiting organizations have been active within the veteran community for several years and continue to be active today. Please check out their websites for more specific background information.

 

 Warfighter Sports – www.dsusa.org - Warfighter Sports is a program that is operated by Disabled Sports USA (DSUSA). DSUSA has been operating since 1967 when it was established by disabled Vietnam Veterans to serve the war injured. Today, DSUSA has national chapters who offer sports related rehabilitation programs to anyone with a permanent disability.  

 

Tee It Up For the Troops – www.teeitupforthetroops.org - Tee It Up For the Troops is a non-profit organization that honors and supports returning veterans through hosting fundraising events. The proceeds of Tee It Up’s fundraisers are granted to a variety of other non-profits, which offer specific programs that also serve the nations returning veteran and wounded veteran populations. In this way, Tee It Up For the Troops is able to positively impact a large number of our nations veterans.  

 

Vail Veterans Program – www.vailveteransprogram.com - Since 2004, Vail Veterans Program has been providing rehabilitative sport programs to recently wounded U.S. military personnel and their families. The events take place in and around Vail, CO, though the wounded veterans and their families are brought in from military hospitals all across the country. _______________________________________________________________________

Details:

Click on the link to get an idea of what nearly three weeks will be like: Itinerary

Now, compound that picture you have with the complications of two prosthetic legs and you have Operation: Aconcagua.

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  • Laurie Baker

     

  • Greg & Billie Erwin

     

  • Dana Perino & Peter McMahon

     

  • David & Joann Grimes

     

  • Elizabeth Meade

     

  • M & R

     

  • Barbara Coon-Herrmann

     

  • Medical Center Prosthetics and Orthotics

     

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  • The Norman Family

     

  • Andy Sherbo

     

  • Chelsey Baker-Hauck

     

  • Medical Center Prosthetics and Orthotics

     

  • Jackie Zahn & David Sanchez

     

  • Ken & Mary Duncan

     

  • Patrick Elliott

     

  • Lou D'Antonio

     

  • Neal Stanley

     

  • David Pietsch

     

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