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Jeep High Altitude Worldrecord: Team is ready to start in Chile.

After his first High Altitude Worldrecord in 2005 the German off road specialist Matthias Jeschke is climbing the Ojos del Salado in Chile again - with a Jeep Wrangler and Goodyear Tires. In 2005 he and his team were fighting with a Toyota Land Cruiser - against a Volkswagen-team with a special-preepared Touareg SUV. After Jeschkes first trial the Volkswagen made the Worldrecord - but Jeschke came back two weeks later and reclaimed the title. is travelling with the Worldrecord-Team - and Matthias Jeschke is reporting daily.

Day 1 - March 6th, 2007

A very busy day for us and an exciting day for Copiapó is over. Our team was divided into several groups. Since 8:00 PM, each of them was busy at different places: Two camera teams captured moods in and around Copiapó. The "purchasing team" bought the last requirements. With attention to detail, the "branding team" covered the cars with stickers of our sponsors. The "engineering team" was responsible for the special electronic installation. The "navigation team" set up several notebooks, GPS equipment, satellite-phones and so on. Everything has worked out quite well so far.

Yesterday evening, our two "Argo Avenger 8x8" have been loaded with painstaking care. Already this morning, the transport and rescue vehicles started their trip to the base camp, a distance of 400km. They were transported with 350l of fuel to the Refugio Murray. In the afternoon, there was a big show for the Jeep Wrangler record vehicles and the entire team.

Both, the governor of the Atacama region and the tourism director, welcomed us. The local press was there as well. However, we were
surprised by the national TV because in the evening we already were in the Chilean TV news program. After the warm welcome, they organized a photo shooting under the national flag at the main square of the city - Plaza de Armas. All of us had to answer quite a lot of questions. In addition, they gave us presents to express the relation between Chile and the record team. They showered us with good wishes and especially emphasized their hope of our safe return.

The stars of the afternoon were our Jeep® Wrangler vehicles. Copiapó is known as the 4x4 main city of Chile. That leads to a huge interest in our two Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited Rubicons. Beside all kinds of questions regarding the engineering we got concrete offers to sell the cars.

Finishing the car branding at about 10 o’clock in the evening, we had a team meeting and a following dinner together. Tomorrow we start for the base camp.

2007/03/08 | 16:51 CET | Editor: MR/HS/Matthias Jeschke

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