Aconcagua: Justman & Team Rest Day at Camp 2

Posted by: JJ Justman, Steve Gately, Mike King | January 26, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 18,000'

Ah, the acclimatization process. A dismal process of spending the day eating mountain delicacies of dried meat and exotic cheeses, drinking coffee, spending a few hours reading, a midday siesta and strolling around camp soaking in the dramatic topography of the Andes. Yes, the rest day. Not always so accommodating but when the weather Gods give you a day like they gave us, the rest day is just what the doctor ordered. So today we try not to eat all of our remaining food, sleep to our hearts content and day dream of days to come. Oh, how it pays to be patient in the mountains!

RMI Guide Steve Gately

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Hey dad!  (Lew Smith Best of luck to you and the team this week!  Stephanie and I can’t wait to hear about your climb and the expedition, we are so very excited and proud of you!  Stay strong, climb smart, get adequate rest, eat and drink well, and remember, “an easy pace puts a smile on your face.”  Don’t focus on the summit, rather, focus on putting one foot in front of the other…do that, and you’ll reach the top.  The weather looks good for the next few days, so hopefully, the mountain will allow you and team to summit.  I heard the following Dan Fogelburg song a few days ago and immediately thought of you and the team.  We love you! 

“The higher you climb,
The more that you see.
The more that you see,
The less that you know.
The less that you know,
The more that you yearn.
The more that you yearn,
The higher you climb.

The farther you reach,
The more that you touch.
The more that you touch,
The fuller you feel.
The fuller you feel,
The less that you need.
The less that you need,
The farther you reach.

The higher you climb,
The more that you see.
The more that you see,
The less that you know.
The less that you know,
The more that you yearn.
The more that you yearn,
The higher you climb.

The higher you climb,
The more that you see.
The more that you see,
The less that you know.
The less that you know,
The more that you yearn.
The more that you yearn,
The higher you climb.”

-Dan Fogelburg

Posted by: Kyle A. Smith on 1/27/2014 at 6:17 am

Steve and team,

“On the mountains of truth you can never climb in vain: either you will reach a point higher up today, or you will be training your powers so that you will be able to climb higher tomorrow.” - Friedrich Nietzsche

Hike well and be safe.

Dad

Posted by: Bill Gately on 1/27/2014 at 4:14 am

Hi Honey (Lew), Hi Team, Hi Guides
I am thinking about ALL of you and the next few days.  It’s been a long journey and adventure.  I can only imagine all of the stories all have shared and also the challenges.  I am so happy for such amazing leadership with the guides and the dedication you have.  I am also so excited as you continue your journey upward and then back down.  Lew I think of you all the time and I am so happy you are there—your hard work, determination and faith are supporting you step by step.  I keep thinking “one week and I see you again”, yet I don’t want this adventure to speed by for you!  Climb strong!  I love you!

Posted by: Kim on 1/26/2014 at 7:45 pm

Hi Randy (C), Jenny and Kara were excited to get a chance to say hi to you yesterday!  We all miss you, and are really excited for you and the team as you get closer to the top of that big old mountain!  Stay positive and just put one foot in front of the other and keep going as long as you can.  Just like in the Ironmen competitions.  You can do this!
We love you!  Judy

Posted by: Judy Christofferson on 1/26/2014 at 5:08 pm

Relax - enjoy your day of rest and continued fellowship.  Keep warm - Eat well - Sleep well.  Wake up strong.  Lew our message today had to do with Wealth - Poverty - Pride - Humility and all the differences therein.  It also touched on how wealth in dollars didn’t necessarily make you a wealthy person.  I don’t know or care about your financial status, but I know that you are very wealthy in experience and friends.  All of us including the One On High are climbing with you.

Posted by: Jim Davis on 1/26/2014 at 9:38 am

It sounds almost irresistible… notice I said almost :) What an awesome thing to have the strength and patience, not only to endure, but perhaps enjoy(?) the experience.  Well done - keep it up!

Posted by: Ginny Jackson on 1/26/2014 at 9:19 am

Rest well team.  Be patience and you will be rewarded.  Forecast shows wind dying down on Monday with very little wind on Tuesday.  Stay warm and soak it all in.  Lew, you aren’t missing anything here in Missouri as we go into another deep freeze tomorrow.  Zero degrees!  Can’t wait to hear the stories!  We are excited for you here.  He will climb with you!
Kenny

Posted by: Kenny Klimes on 1/26/2014 at 8:45 am

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