Entries From Aconcagua 12-20-13

Aconcagua: Beren and Team Ready in Mendoza

Posted by: Jake Beren, Steve Gately, Mike King | December 22, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua

A big hola from Mendoza!  The team is assembled in this summery land, all bags ready to go and all our paperwork complete with crossed t’s and dotted lower case j’s. Now all that remains is to start this Aconcagua adventure by loading up and heading into the mountains. Tonight we will have our last meal at a proper table for a few days and start our walk in tomorrow. Wish us luck!

RMI Guides Jake Beren, Mike King and Steve Gately

Aconcagua, The Stone Sentinel, 22,841 ft
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Hola Mi Amigo Jake , excited for you guys looking to be a great trekk,
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Posted by: Randy on 12/22/2013 at 8:25 pm


Aconcagua: Beren & Team Heading Out!

Posted by: Jake Beren | December 23, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 9,000'

The mules are loaded up and we are ready to start the approach!  Today we will walk to Pampa de Lenas and say goodbye to wheeled transit and trees. Every long journey begins somewhere and though we’ve been preparing for a long time, now it seems like we are actually beginning the climb. So long friends and family and stay tuned for the adventure to come.

RMI Guide Jake Beren

Looking down the Vacas Valley. Photo: RMI Collection

On The Map

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Hello Monica,
The girls and I along with the 6 am crowd are wishing you good luck and a Merry Christmas! Courtney set 2 state records and qualified for… read more

Posted by: Jim Gentle on 12/23/2013 at 2:02 pm


Aconcagua: Beren and Team Reach Pampa de Llenas

Posted by: Jake Beren, Mike King, Steve Gately | December 23, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 9,000'

Greetings from our first camp! Today we launched from Las Penitentes and began our approach to Base Camp. Walking along the Vacas River, we wound our way up the valley to Pampa de Llenas for another round of chats with the Guardalparque (rangers) and the pitching of our first camp. The team did well today, managing very warm temps and not getting too over cooked along the way. Tomorrow we will try to get out early and head to Casa de Piedra (House of Rock!) for our next camp. Til then!

RMI Guide Jake Beren

The Vacas Valley toward Pampa de Las Lenas.  Photo: RMI Collection

On The Map

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Hi Cin.  I hope your having a great time!  The pictures are awesome!  Were enjoying following your expedition.  Fingers crossed for good weather.

P.S., I climbed Pine Knob today.  I’m… read more

Posted by: Stacy on 12/28/2013 at 11:27 am

Thanks for the call, it made our day!  Hope the singing didn’t send you over the edge!!  Praying for you each day!  Merry Christmas!!  Love, Sis

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Posted by: Mary Fletcher on 12/25/2013 at 6:45 am


Aconcagua: Beren & Team at Casa de Piedra

Posted by: Jake Beren | December 24, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 10,550'

Buenas noches and Merry Christmas Eve from our second camp before Basecamp. Our time down here in the Southern Hemisphere was a hot one again today, but we did get to camp before the heat of the day set in and enjoyed a siesta while it passed. As one of the few inhabitants of this camp we did introduce ourselves to our neighbors. Our friends the herreros, led by Fernando, and the ranger crew, run by Diego, who made introductions to a most rare Mitchell’s Plover. This is a rare bird living in the meadow adjacent to our camp. A cute fellow with a small curved beak and white halo, yellow breast and pleasant disposition, I was pleased to make his acquaintance.

Tomorrow we will push for Basecamp, leaving the Vacas Valley for the Relinchos Valley and tasting our first elevation gain of the trip. Wish us luck!

RMI Guide Jake Beren

A team of mules reaching Casa de Piedra. Photo: Linden Mallory

On The Map

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Merry Christmas from NC. I’m glad all is going well with the team. Love the pic of the rising moon and sunset. Saying hello and sending christmas hugs to my… read more

Posted by: RJordan on 12/25/2013 at 7:14 pm

Wishing you all a very merry Christmas from sea level.

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Posted by: Elsie on 12/25/2013 at 2:39 pm


Aconcagua:  Beren & Team Arrive Plaza de Argentina

Posted by: Jake Beren, Mike King, Steve Gately | December 25, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua

Christmas came early today, but instead of reindeer we mounted mules and forded the mighty Vacas river at dawn. Then we made our way up the Relinchos valley, gaining the most elevation of the trip so far. The team did great moving up this Tatooine like landscape underneath ten thousand feet of mighty Aconcagua visual splendor. It was a beautiful walk and and excellent way to spend the holiday. Knowing we’ve got a rest day coming up doesn’t hurt either!
  Pulling into Basecamp we were greeted by the familiar faces of friends from Christmas’ past, Ana and Griselda our hostesses with the mostesses who made an excellent dinner to celebrate our arrival. After a spectacular sunset the team has turned in for a well earned night of rest.
  Merry Christmas and Happy Festivas from all of us here in the Andes!

RMI Guides Jake Beren, Mike King & Steve Gately

On The Map

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Wow!  Looks like a great adventure!  Happy New Year Bill Dorn!

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Posted by: Marshall Woodford on 12/29/2013 at 9:57 pm

for Bill Dorn: Had a wonderful Christmas with Mom in Lakeland - so glad we can ‘join’ you on this adventure! Love, Carol, Bill, Rita, Boone & Maggie

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Posted by: Carol Barnes on 12/26/2013 at 10:07 am


Aconcagua: Beren & Team Relax at Base Camp

Posted by: Jake Beren, Mike King, Steve Gately | December 26, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 13,800'

Buenos Dias from Plaza Argentina!  Today the team is enjoying a well earned rest day after long stretches of travel and three big days of walking. After breakfast we took a leisurely stroll to get the blood flowing and had a soup for lunch. Now mid siesta, we will spend the afternoon packing for our carry to Camp One tomorrow and going through our cursory check with the Base Camp doctors. It’s definitely another hot one and we may be in for an early carry tomorrow to try and beat some of the heat. Hope everyone is doing well back home!

RMI Guide Jake Beren

The views from Plaza Argentina, Base Camp on Aconcagua.  Photo: RMI Collection

On The Map

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Well since I’m clueless about mountain climbing I assumed you be climbing all the time and now I see walking and hiking are part of the adventure…and heat! Cool…well I… read more

Posted by: Dav'ne Stahley on 12/27/2013 at 9:20 am

Great to hear your voice.  I keep reading of 100-degree weather in Buenes Aires—surely, it can’t be that hot up above!?!  Power on, team.

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Posted by: nsb on 12/27/2013 at 8:21 am


Aconcagua: Beren and Team Carry to Camp 1

Posted by: Jake Beren, Mike King, Steve Gately | December 27, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 13,800'

We had a near perfect day to make our carry to Camp 1 (16,200’). Waking early to beat the heat, we bumped a load of food and equipment a few thousand feet higher on the mountain. This will allow us to move to Camp 1 with reasonable weight so that we aren’t too spent by the time we get there. The team managed the carry well today and our plan is to patiently rest tomorrow and recover for our upcoming rotation up high. Another day to build our acclimatization so that when we move higher we are prepared for the effort to climb this beautiful mountain.

RMI Guide Jake Beren & Team

Carry to Camp 1 - RMI Photo Collection
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Paul

Hearing your voice today warmed my heart.  Your girl is very proud of you and she is counting the days until you summit and return home.  I love you… read more

Posted by: Sherri on 12/28/2013 at 2:38 pm

Bill and Team! WOW! I have been enjoying watching this trek from afar. You’ll have the best stories to tell. Onward and upward!

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Posted by: Dav'ne on 12/28/2013 at 10:57 am


Aconcagua: Beren & Team Move to Camp 1

Posted by: Jake Beren, Mike King, Steve Gately | December 29, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 16,000'

Buenos tardes from Aconcagua!  Our team enjoyed a great rest day yesterday and it really paid off today on our move to Camp One. Everyone did a great job pushing these big packs uphill and we are recovering with our afternoon siesta from the day’s labor. Tomorrow we hope to carry higher and begin to position ourselves for an eventual shot at the top. But first thing’s first, time to relax at our new home at over 16,000 feet!

RMI Guide Jake Beren

Camp One on Aconcagua.  Photo: RMI Collection
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Way to go Monica, will be watching this blog daily

Cynthia

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Posted by: Cynthia Swanson on 12/30/2013 at 2:31 pm

Excellent work team! Go Monica! We are proud of you and love you.

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Posted by: Elliot Marseille on 12/30/2013 at 11:13 am


Aconcagua: Beren and Team Carry to Camp 2

Posted by: Jake Beren, Mike King, Steve Gately | December 30, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 16,000'

The team is relaxing at Camp 1 for siesta time. In case all you fine folks back home think all we do is eat and nap, allow me to retort. We do as much of that as we can to be sure, but this morning we pushed a load up to 18,000 feet in preparation of our eventual move to Guanacos (named for the llama type creatures native to the lower flanks of the mountain) Camp, our Camp 2. After making it up there, we cached a fair bit of gear and beat feet back to Camp 1. Today serves to make our packs lighter for the move and give the team a taste of a new altitude. We will rest this afternoon and probably tomorrow before busting higher. By then out bodies should be lean, mean climbing machines.

Keep those fingers crossed amigos!

Jake, Mike, Steve and Team

On The Map

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Sha Du. Thinking bout you brother!

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Posted by: DD on 12/31/2013 at 8:27 am

Hermano!! The Banana just showed this to me! Very cool!! I would like to inquire, who is carrying the champagne?! Regardless- Happy New Year!

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Posted by: Dimples on 12/31/2013 at 6:54 am


Aconcagua: Beren and Team Rest day at Camp 2

Posted by: Jake Beren, Mike King, Steve Gately | December 31, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 16,000'

Siesta time!  This morning we slept in a little and worked a bit on our tents. It has become a little windy here and actually presents a good training for time up high. We must be able to push through a little wind in these exposed camps if we want a shot at the top.

Earlier today the team went for an acclimatization hike and I must say put forth a solid performance. Climbing up loose scree with great technique really inspires confidence for our move tomorrow. Now if the weather will cooperate, we will be one step closer to the top!
 
Speaking of the top, it was a real treat to see JJ and Leah’s team descending after a safe trip. Congrats! 

RMI Guide Jake Beren & Team

Camp 2 on Aconcagua. RMI Photo Collection
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Wahooo - Congratulations Bill & Team and Happy New Year Everyone! We can’t wait to hear about your adventure! Hugs, Leeza and Ken

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Posted by: Leeza & Ken on 1/4/2014 at 11:28 am

Hola Team Jake,
New Year’s Eve in Mendoza was fun. Great food and wine at Ciebo. Make Wikipedia lists the tomato as a fruit. Ryan I could only find… read more

Posted by: Fletch on 1/1/2014 at 3:37 am


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