Entries From Aconcagua 12-18-12

Aconcagua: Beren & Team Return to Mendoza

Posted by: Jake Beren, Leon Davis, Zeb Blais | January 05, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua

It has been a whirlwind few hours for the team, but we are all safe and sound in Mendoza, about to enjoy the comfort of a hot shower, actual bed and a celebratory meal. These things are certainly fine, but it will be tough to beat the meat cooked by our friends the herreros under the stars. I guess we’ll just have to take it as it comes.

It sure has been a great trip with an awesome team. Thanks to the squad and everyone’s people back home for letting them out for the holidays!

RMI Guides Jake Beren, Leon Davis & Zeb Blais

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So happy for your safe journey and for this safe return.  It is just amazing!!!  Gives me goose bumps…..not just the temperature but the feat by all!!!
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Posted by: ann on 1/5/2013 at 6:54 pm

CONGRATULATIONS, Rockacongua!! Knew you guys would crush it!

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Posted by: Madhu on 1/5/2013 at 3:39 pm


Aconcagua: Beren & Team Back to Basecamp

Posted by: Jake Beren, Leon Davis, Zeb Blais | January 04, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 13,800'

Another windy night in a tent at altitude made getting on the road no problem for the team this morning. We loaded up our packs with everything needed to survive up high and marched down to a warmer season at Plaza Argentina, stopping to pick up our caches along the way. In a few days time it will be summer in Mendoza and the cold we’ve lived in up high a memory, but until then we have many miles to walk and a grand asado with our mule driving friends.

Talk to you when we hit the tree-lined streets of Mendoza.

RMI Guide Jake Beren

Sunset at Aconcagua Base Camp.

On The Map

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Congrats Josh and Jared! Glad to hear you were able to summit safely! Looking forward to hearing all about it! Cheers and safe travels!

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Posted by: Doug & Kelly on 1/4/2013 at 1:44 pm

Greg barber, you rock buddy, what an adventure enjoy, can’t wait to hear the stories.

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Posted by: Rick and Tracy finlay on 1/4/2013 at 1:03 pm


Aconcagua: Beren & Team Summit!

Posted by: Jake Beren, Leon Davis, Zeb Blais | January 02, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 22,841'

What a proud day for our team!  This morning we woke long before the sun came up and proceeded to hide from the bitter cold until a much more sensible option presented itself. All the teams left camp early turned back to protect their extremities while we enjoyed the rising sun and long summer day as we made our bid for the top. Don’t get us wrong, it was a cold day but everyone managed quite well and is happy and healthy back at camp.

Aconcagua was most gracious to our team today, but boy did we have to earn it. The light snow winter has left the mountain nearly bare of snow and we did not even use crampons today. Scrambling up loose rock at just under 23,000 feet is a real treat and the team rose to the challenge, huffing and puffing all the way to the roof of the Andes.

All in all a great day with a stellar team. I’m certainly grateful to have gotten to share a beautiful day in the mountains with a great crew of climbers.  Those of us that stood on top could not have done it without our team and though not every member shared the view today, they were all with us every step of the way.

RMI Guide Jake Beren

[Summit audio transcription]
Hello. This is Jake Beren calling from the highest point in South America, the top of Aconcagua with a real strong team.  Had a great summit day, perfect weather. We’re up here with visibility in just about every direction. So, definitely proud of a real solid team and a real solid effort and we’re halfway done. So we will give you a shout when we get to our camp.  Thanks for all the weather help and we look forward to seeing everybody when we get back. Alright.

The Team on the summit of Aconcagua! Photo: Jake Beren


RMI Guide Jake Beren calls in from the Aconcagua summit!

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Congratulations, finish strong and savor your accomplishment! Stay safe.

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Posted by: Ken Hislop on 1/12/2013 at 11:23 pm

Great job my friends! congrats! Enjoy the beef at Pampa de Lenas, and the warm temps in Mendoza.
Gabi

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Posted by: Gabriel Barral on 1/3/2013 at 3:59 pm


Aconcagua: Beren & Team Move to Piedras Blancas Camp

Posted by: Jake Beren, Leon Davis, Zeb Blais | January 01, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 19,600'

Lucky us!  We had a near windless evening to celebrate the coming New Year.  New Year’s Day found us resolving to make it to Camp 3 in good style and we certainly did. We are slowly finishing up camp building in this rarified air and plan to rest for the remainder of the afternoon.  If this weather holds for another day, we will have a great chance of making the summit mañana. Wish us some buenas suerte amigos.

RMI Guide Jake Beren

An RMI Team climbing to High Camp on Aconcagua. Photo: Pete Van Deventer

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Keep going Dawn and team!
I am so proud of you. keep warm!

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Posted by: hye kim on 1/2/2013 at 9:42 am

Happy 2013 to Beren and Team from Alfred, Lord Tennyson, who encourages you to stay “strong in will/To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.”  If the stars… read more

Posted by: nsb on 1/2/2013 at 8:56 am


Aconcagua: Beren & Team Rest Day at Camp 2

Posted by: Jake Beren, Leon Davis, Zeb Blais | December 31, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 18,000'

Brrrr. At least that was the theme of the first half of the day. Fortunately we had warm tents to rest in and after an acclimatization hike this afternoon, we are able to enjoy a little sun outdoors. Clouds have moved steadily over the Aconcagua summit today and it is our team’s sincerest hope that they blow out and we are able to move higher tomorrow.  Wish us luck, we are ready but prepared to be patient if conditions dictate.

RMI Guide Jake Beren

Views of the surrounding Andes on the trail to Camp 2. Photo: Linden Mallory

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Happy NY guys !!!  I am enjoying reading your accomplishments to this point.  Be safe

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Posted by: Dean Bowen on 1/1/2013 at 9:10 am

Happy New Year!!! Hope the weather holds and you all summit soon.

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Posted by: Ron Davis on 12/31/2012 at 2:21 pm


Aconcagua: Beren & Team Arrive to Camp 2 in Grand Style

Posted by: Jake Beren, Leon Davis, Zeb Blais | December 30, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 18,000'

Even the heavy packs of a full camp move could not dampen the team’s spirits as we left Aconcagua Camp 1 for our new home at Camp 2 aka “Chopper Camp” aka “Guanocos 3.”  The team arrived in the grand style to which we have become accustomed, with plenty of gas in the tank and fashionably dressed. We are now starting to feel like all our hard work is paying off, only one more camp before our summit push. Tomorrow we’ll have a rest day and then, weather permitting, initiate our launch sequence. Cross your fingers for a solid weather window for us amigos!

RMI Guide Jake Beren

Jake Beren and Team Moving to Camp 2. Photo: Jake Beren

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Joshua, don’t forget to change your socks and brush your teeth!

Love You…....DAD

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Posted by: Lee Gentine on 1/4/2013 at 5:19 am

Happy New Year to Dawn and the rest of the team!!!

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Posted by: Eric S. on 12/31/2012 at 2:27 pm


Aconcagua: Beren & Team Carry to Camp 2

Posted by: Jake Beren, Leon Davis, Zeb Blais | December 29, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 16,200'

We are back at Camp Uno after a spectacular carry to Camp 2. The weather was quite pleasant and the team chewed up the few thousand feet with a load to prepare ourselves to move higher tomorrow. Once at Camp 2, we enjoyed the new views as the northern side of Aconcagua came into view. You sure can see a long way from 18,000 feet on a clear day! 

Wish us good luck on the weather front for the next few days, if these conditions persist we will be in great shape to keep moving higher.

RMI Guide Jake Beren

An RMI Team carrying supplies to Camp 2. Views of the mountains above Camp 1.

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Keep going #1.  Thinking of you every day.  Enjoy the views man.

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Posted by: Jon on 12/30/2012 at 4:10 pm

Stay strong Josh. we love hearing all of the updates and are saying a few prayers that the weather continues to be favorable for the ascent to the summit

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Posted by: Matt and Jazmin on 12/30/2012 at 5:34 am


Aconcagua: Beren & Team Rested and It Was Good

Posted by: Jake Beren, Leon Davis, Zeb Blais | December 28, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 16,200'

With the winds at an all time low and the sun shining strong, our rest day at Camp I is at full power. This morning while we waited for our camp side stream to return to liquid, the team collected their cache a few hundred feet below. The remaining morning and early afternoon was spent in maximum rest mode. In a few minutes we will embark on a short acclimating hike uphill to stir the oxygen tanks and activate the circulation pumps. Needless to say we are happy and enjoying the mountain air, or at least what is left at 16,400 feet.  Tomorrow we plan to carry a load to Camp II and our team is primed to do so.  Until mañana…

RMI Guide Jake Beren

Enjoy the Views from Camp 1.
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JARED!!! We all miss you! Keep at it, take lots of pictures and most importantly..HAVE FUN :)

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Posted by: Trisha on 12/29/2012 at 9:41 am

Jared keep going. You got this. Hey Brian! Hi Trisha. Love you guys.

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Posted by: Kai & Dip & Ru on 12/29/2012 at 9:18 am


Aconcagua: Team Settles in to Camp 1

Posted by: Jake Beren, Leon Davis, Zeb Blais | December 27, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 16,200'

Buenos Tardes from Campo Uno! Today the team did a fantastic job moving from Aconcagua’s Basecamp in style and we rolled into camp under perfect conditions. Our carry served us well, providing a good acclimatization base for our move today. Tomorrow we will enjoy a little light activity, but mostly rest and celebrate Leon’s cumpleanos.

RMI Guide Jake Beren

RMI Climbers climbing through the snow penitentes before Camp 1. Photo: Linden Mallory

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Loving the blog and the first action photo! Josh, look for me near Camp 2—just listen for the cow bell. Until then, keep up the good work!

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Posted by: Meredith Hatten on 12/28/2012 at 6:42 am

I hope you’re having fun Jared! Your sister and I sure are! Here’s hoping everything works out with “Opera!”

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Posted by: Jon Dudzinski on 12/28/2012 at 6:42 am


Aconcagua: Beren & Team Wishing All a Merry Christmas!

Posted by: Jake Beren, Leon Davis, Zeb Blais | December 25, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 13,800'

Holiday greetings to all our friends around the world!  Down/up here on Aconcagua it has been a Christmas to remember. We went on an acclimatization hike towards C1, enjoyed a favorite mountain holiday tradition of quesadillas a la Leon, and generally enjoyed each other’s company. Tomorrow we will ride the (hopefully) improving trend of decreasing winds and try to carry up to Camp 1. Our time spent at BC prepares us for strength on the upper mountain and we look forward to making the most of it.

Here are a few shout outs from the team:
“Feeling great!  Love you all. MUAT baby.”
“Merry Christmas family and friends. Love from 14,000 feet.”
“Love you family!  #2, wish you were here!  Love you, #1”
“Jeanne, Love you.”
“Merry Christmas Fam!”
“Adi, having a great time. See you soon. Do your homework-love, Dad”
“Vien, all I want for X-mad is you.”
A few of us might have been napping, but rest assure we all miss our people and can’t wait to share this adventure when we return.

RMI Guide Jake Beren

Looking out over Aconcagua Base Camp.

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#1, thanks for the shout out!  Thinking of your every day and wish I could be there.  Be safe.  Love you.  #2

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Posted by: Jonny Boy on 12/27/2012 at 8:34 am

Hi Michael, I miss you and I love you! Be safe and have fun.

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Posted by: Vien Vail on 12/27/2012 at 1:33 am


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