Today we got the message that André and Dani missed their connection flight in Santiago because of some problems with the luggage, which can mean that we have to change our schedule a bit. There is still hope that we can leave in a couple of hours (around six’o clock) towards Tierra del Fuego, but we can only be certain about this with the arrival of the stragglers. Maybe that’s a good moment to think again about the state of meaning and purpose of the project “Monte Buckland”. In our case it’s about the climbing in remote, maybe even unexplored regions and the involved effort.
The lately mentioned provisions of about 50 kg for the base camp and approx. 50 kg of cereal bars and instant food for higher camps can be estimated based on our energy consumption and justified for a goal as Monte Buckland is — after all we want to get back into civilisation out of our own power, though most likely not well fed. Also the effort regarding the permits and to secure an eventual rescue mission are out of discussion. My only concerns are with FRED! Yesterday we reluctantly accepted FRED into our team as a new member. Until now he is still a bit incommunicative and cold to us. Unfortunately this will change within no time, after he managed to change his motivation. FRED is our generator.
A couple of weeks ago nobody of us would have even thought in his dreams to carry such a monster of 12 kg through the wilderness at the end of the world. Didn’t I just read about the feeling of freedom and nativeness in a friends book? A feeling he has when he is mountaineering far away from civilisation and high-tech gadgets. And now we let FRED into our team…
The association to Maestri’s generator, still to be found in the wall of one of the most impressive mountains of Patagonia, is undeniable. On the contrary to Maestri we are planning the ascent to happen in alpine style, avoiding as many of our marks as possible.
But how is it with FRED, for whom we also have an extended version of his name: F***ing Ridiculous Expedition Device. We need him somehow as an insurance. Persistent bad weather means the loss of solar power but without power we are stuck. Difficult to imagine, but our decision to document the expedition and to film the entire project is drawing even bigger circles. An possible alternative to the gernerator are car batteries but the energy density of even the best battery is worse than the one of fuel, and recharging without solar power is also impossible. I guess we have to look at FRED as a guest in our team who has his practical test still to come.
Created on Sunday, 15 January 2012 Written by Robert