Entries From Aconcagua 1-2-13

Aconcagua: January 2nd Team Arrives Mendoza

Posted by: JJ Justman, Geoff Schellens, Garrett Stevens | January 03, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua

Here we go! It is official! Team 3 on Aconcagua is on its way. The entire team made it into Mendoza with all their climbing gear.

However, the first order of business is enjoying the good life in Mendoza. We are at one of the new, hidden gems…Siete Cocinas Restaurante.

After our bellies are full we will return to our hotel and relax getting ready for acquiring our climbing permits. Stay tuned to see what Aconcagua has in store for our team.

RMI Guides JJ Justman, Geoff Schellens & Garrett Stevens

The team enjoying dinner in Mendoza.  Photo: JJ Justman Watching the chef at Siete Cocinas Restaurante.  Photo: JJ Justman
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Go Cousin!!

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Posted by: Holly on 1/6/2013 at 9:18 am

Go get em Mike.

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Posted by: Jason Vaillancourt on 1/5/2013 at 7:44 pm


Aconcagua: JJ & Team in Los Penitentes

Posted by: JJ Justman, Geoff Schellens, Garrett Stevens | January 05, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 9,000'

We have arrived in the quaint little ski town of Penitentes. It was nice enjoying the “good life” in Mendoza. However, it’s a refreshing change getting into the high desert mountains near Aconcagua.

The team organized our gear to be carried in by the mules. Then it was quickly off to dinner at Hotel Ayelen. I’d like to joke that it was the team’s last good meal. However, we have several kilos of filet mignon and fresh chickens to grill and I’m planning on making my 2001 award winning homemade pesto served over hand made angel hair pasta. Sorry, we won’t send photos of that, don’t want to make you too jealous.

RMI Guide JJ Justman

The team ready to hand off their duffels. Photo: JJ Justman

On The Map

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Give er hell Greg, safe trip, take thousands of pictures!

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Posted by: Kim on 1/6/2013 at 2:40 pm

Happy Hiking Uncle Greg. - K
Hi(gh) - T

safe hiking bro - cb

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Posted by: Tianna and Kiera on 1/6/2013 at 11:18 am


Aconcagua: JJ & Team Travel the Vacas Valley

Posted by: JJ Justman, Geoff Schellens, Garrett Stevens | January 05, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 9,000'

We are back in the mountains again! And it feels great! Our team had a leisurely walk with light packs in the Vacas Valley. The clouds kept us cool and the sun off our backs.

After a nice picnic lunch along the Vacas River we arrived at our first trekking camp. The team is relaxing and we are about to prepare some snacks before we sit down with the cowboys as they prepare an asado meal of steak, corn on the cob and grilled vegetables. There’s no need to start eating ramen just yet.

Everyone says hello to friends and family and the guides say hello to our RMI family back in Ashford, WA.

Chau from Pampa de Lenas!

RMI Guide JJ Justman

RMI Climbers trekking along the Vacas River. Photo: Linden Mallory
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Hey Todd and Jim, Sounds like a fantastic adventure unfolding. love the pictures. Great times these are.
love mOm

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Posted by: Jana McClure on 1/6/2013 at 3:31 pm

way to go guys !! good luck, good weather ,
God bless !!!

Miguel

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Posted by: Miguel on 1/6/2013 at 10:43 am


Aconcagua: JJ & Team at Casa de Piedra

Posted by: JJ Justman, Geoff Schellens, Garrett Stevens | January 06, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 11,200'

We are cooking with gas now…and fire! Team 3 is at 11000 feet at Casa de Piedra. We had a beautiful day trekking in the warm sun surrounded by the high Andes mountains.

Now, the dining table is up, the chickens are on the grill, the homemade pesto is sautéing, and the angel hair pasta is cooking.

Everyone is doing fantastic and our motto is “a well fed climber is a strong climber”. So we are going to sit down to a nice meal and get ready for our final day of trekking into Aconcagua base camp.

RMI Guide JJ Justman

Tents at Casa de Piedra. Photo: RMI Collection
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Hope you are still warm.

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Posted by: paula hall on 1/7/2013 at 9:07 am

Jeffrey Hall: what is going on with your tracker?? no 10 min ping?????

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Posted by: Paula Hall on 1/6/2013 at 8:40 pm


Aconcagua: Justman and Team Reach Base Camp

Posted by: JJ Justman, Geoff Schellens, Garrett Stevens | January 07, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 14,000

Hello Everyone!

Galloping across the Vacas River we had a few team members think we were riding mules the rest of the way to base camp. However, once on drier ground we hopped off, thanked the mules for keeping us dry and began walking up towards Plaza Argentina.

Now at 14000 feet the team has had their fill of fresh melon and juice. Acclimating begins now and the entire team is feeling good, especially after a hot shower and a fresh change of clothes.

Tomorrow we will be resting. A full report of activities will follow. Now, it’s time to set up the volleyball net.

RMI Guide JJ Justman & Team

Base Camp - RMI Photo Collection

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Good looking group.  Special “thumbs up” to you, Greg the barber.  Drink lots of water, kiddo, if you want to overtake my 18500 ellie!  Good luck to all.

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Posted by: Mrs Martin! on 1/9/2013 at 4:39 pm

Hey Mike (and team), have fun with your volleyball and your day of rest.  Scenery is great and it sounds like the food is awesome.  Uncle Mel

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Posted by: Mel Schroeder on 1/9/2013 at 10:43 am


Aconcagua: Justman & Team Rest Day at Basecamp

Posted by: JJ Justman, Geoff Schellens, Garrett Stevens | January 08, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 13,800'

After a good trip up the Relinchos Valley yesterday, the team is enjoying a well-earned rest day here at Plaza Argentina. Our night of good rest rolled into a breakfast of eggs, fried ham, peppers and onions with coffee and hot chocolate, and was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone.

After giving the team time to digest, we all went over to the medical office and got the obligatory physical check-up. Everyone passed with flying colors, and we’re now poised and ready for our carry up to Camp One tomorrow, situated at 16,200’.

While we’re living at about 14,000 feet, everyone is feeling tip top and acclimating perfectly. We have beautiful weather and look forward to staging for the move higher on this beautiful mountain.

Keep sending the positive energy!

RMI Aconcagua Expedition and Guides JJ Justman, Garrett Stevens and Geoff Schellens

Looking out over Aconcagua Base Camp.

On The Map

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Watching your trek to camp 1. Glad everything is going well. Miss You.

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Posted by: Paula Hall on 1/9/2013 at 6:25 am

Greg sounds like you are all doing well and enjoying everything so far. We enjoy seeing the pix.

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Posted by: mom and dad on 1/8/2013 at 10:20 pm


Aconcagua: Justman & Team Make a Carry to Camp 1

Posted by: JJ Justman, Geoff Schellens, Garrett Stevens | January 09, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 13,800'

Up, up and away!  Team 3 had a spectacular day carrying gear up to Camp One at 16,500 feet. We brought up all the food for the upper mountain, fuel for our stoves and a little bit of personal clothing and gear.

It is nice in a weird way to throw on heavier packs and get a taste of thin air. The entire team did great and in reality we probably don’t need to take another rest day here at base camp. However, we will.

Tomorrow we will rest and it will only provide every team member a stronger foundation for the upper mountain. There is no doubt a good part of high altitude mountaineering is about fighting the boredom. But as I sit here some team members are playing cribbage and others are playing some other game. The betting stakes Re cough drops and single sheets of toilet paper.

It was nice to see the beautiful views up high on Aconcagua and we will post more exciting events from base camp and who may be out of toilet paper!

RMI Guide JJ Justman

RMI Climbers navigating the snow penitentes below Camp 1. Photo: Linden Mallory

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Hey Greg, Congrats on your climb!! How Amazing, and so neat to be able to follow you guys. Hope your doing well.
Hugs from the Kootenays!

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Posted by: Shar on 1/17/2013 at 10:43 am

Hi Todd and Jim,  How great it was to get a phonecall from you. I can’t believe you can do that! I enjoyed learning how you carry your gear. half… read more

Posted by: Jana McClure on 1/10/2013 at 2:46 pm


Aconcagua: Justman & Team Enjoying some R&R at Basecamp

Posted by: JJ Justman, Geoff Schellens, Garrett Stevens | January 10, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 13,800'

Rest and Relaxation. Our team is doing great! Everyone had a great nights sleep and are feeling more acclimatized. It is our last day in Aconcagua’s Base Camp so we are indulging in good food, doing laundry and taking that last hot shower. A clean climber is a warm climber.

Stay tuned tomorrow.  The team is moving on up to Camp One!

RMI Guide JJ Justman

Sunset at Aconcagua Base Camp. Photo: Garrett Stevens

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Followed your climb back up to C1 today. Glad the weather has been good and hope it continues to be.
Everyone says hi!

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Posted by: Paula Hall on 1/11/2013 at 9:21 am

Todd, Dad says he wants you to teach him cribbage when you get back. Your Dapa and my Papa usedto play that all the time. “15-2,15-4 and a pair is… read more

Posted by: Scott McClure on 1/11/2013 at 7:13 am


Aconcagua: Justman & Team Reach Camp 1

Posted by: JJ Justman, Geoff Schellens, Garrett Stevens | January 11, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 13,800'

Noah’s Ark doesn’t have anything on us! Yesterday the mountain received a little precipitation and as our team approached Camp One, we discovered a new river running through camp.

Not only are tents up and people are settled in but we are on ditch digging crew to divert our new river, which we named Rio Horiskey.

The entire team did great getting up to 16,500 feet. We are camped a little higher than the normal camp because we like peace, quiet and pristine water. The agenda for tonight is to make hot drinks and eat another fine meal.

I have a little surprise for the team. In honor of playoff weekend I brought some Green Bay Packers hot dogs. You know…for good luck!

RMI Guide JJ Justman & Team

Camp One - RMI Photo Collection

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Go Cousin!
See… the world needs ditch diggers too. Lots of love!
Holly

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Posted by: Holly McHugh on 1/11/2013 at 10:24 pm

Hey G-Money - Blue is too young and carefree to know any better, but Barley-boy, being the sensitive type and wise to your antics, has fallen into a deep depression… read more

Posted by: Ginger on 1/11/2013 at 10:45 am


Aconcagua Expedition: JJ and team carry above Camp 1

Posted by: Garrett Stevens, Geoff Schellens, JJ Justman | January 12, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 16,200'

Hello RMI Blog Enthusiasts! Today was more of the same. The team did a fantastic job climbing up to Camp 2 at 18000 feet. We cached more food for up high, some white gas and a few personal items.

In fact, the team was doing so well that after our cache we took a little walk up higher to get a view towards high camp. We made it to 19000 feet when the snow began to fly. It turned out to be a beautiful walk down back to Camp One.

We are drinking hot drinks now and soon we will begin cooking for the team. Tomorrow is a well deserved rest day for all of us here at 16500 feet, which actually is feeling really good for all of us. Everyone here wants to say hi to friends and family back home.

RMI Guide JJ Justman

P.S. GO PACKERS!!!!

En route from Camp One to Camp Two.

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YEAH Jeff!!!!!!!! Enjoy and stay safe.  Looks awesome.
Dick and Kookie

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Posted by: Pat Simmons on 1/13/2013 at 8:04 pm

Jeffrey, followed you back up to C1. Glad to see you back in the hunt for the summit with the rest of team. BEST TO ALL.

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Posted by: Paula Hall on 1/13/2013 at 9:03 am


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