In January 2009, a tragic mountaineering accident occurred on Mt. Aconcagua, Argentina that ended in Federico Campanini’s death. However, something must come from tragedy. As a result, the “El Fede” Campanini Foundation with a mission to prevent unnecessary accidents in the future. In January 2010, one year after the accident, the foundation returned to Aconcagua with the goal of installing three strategic rescue caches on the mountain. As you can read on the website,the mission was successful and resulted in saving the life of a woman just one hour after the highest cache was being installed.
It is now December 15th, 2013, almost five years after Federico’s death, and the caches continue saving lives every season on the mountain. In fact, they have been used so much that much of the equipment needs to be replaced. I, Amber Christensen, the founder of the foundation, leave today with that mission. I will be in Mendoza on December 17th and hope to begin meetings with the Park system to arrange the logistics of the project as altitude will make everything more complicated. I will also continue to try and work on implementing a working protocol for the foundation.
The foundation would like to thank:
Bud Calkin, the owner of SkedCo for donating 4 Skeds and 4 splinter kits.
Remote Medical International for donating two oxygen tanks as well as giving discounts on other supplies such as regulators and emergency blankets.
Advocare for donating hydration products
RMI for its financial contribution
I hope to keep updates on this blog while I am down there so please look for posts here and send me and this project energy and support!
To Moving Mountains!