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Aconcagua: Stevens & Team Packed in at Piedras

Posted by: Garrett Stevens, Nick Brown, Ben Liken | December 31, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 10,550'

Today the team woke to another perfect blue sky, light winds, and zero clouds in sight. We took advantage of the cooler morning temps to get breakfast eaten, get packed up, and head further up the Vacas valley towards our home for tonight at Casa de Piedras.

The early shade was a welcome relief from yesterday’s sun, and for the first hour or so we moved smoothly uphill and further upstream. As the day stretched on, the sun came over the horizon in full force and we were soon wishing for the light breeze from yesterday.

Well, you definitely have to be careful what you wish for, because about halfway to our destination the wind got quite strong, with big gusts blowing huge clouds of dust and sand down the valley and into our faces. But this tough team just kept going, undeterred. If anything, spirits got higher as we moved together towards our goal, and smiles abounded (albeit a little gritty from the sand flying all around).

The crew got to test their tent erecting skills in strong winds, and were soon nestled into bomber shelter. We’ve been hydrating and hiding from the sun, ready for an early launch tomorrow up the Relinchos valley towards our base camp at 14,000’.  Stay tuned for more!

RMI Guides Garrett, Nick, and Ben

The first views of Aconcagua as seen approaching Trek Camp 2, Casa de Piedras.  Photo: RMI Collection Tents at Casa de Piedra.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Aconcagua: Stevens and Team Trek to Pampa de Leñas

Posted by: Garrett Stevens, Ben Liken, Nick Brown | December 30, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 9,000'

Today dawned with crystal blue skies and high energy for the team at the hotel in Penitentes. We made our way to a delicious breakfast of bacon, eggs, cheese and ham, washed it all down with coffee and orange juice, and headed over to the staging area for last-minute preparations.

Within a half hour, we had the duffels fully locked and loaded, trekking packs ready, and were on our way. Everybody was ready for the exercise after a couple of days of bife de chorizo and Malbec, and within the first half hour we had hit our stride. Steady hiking took us further and further up the Vacas valley, along the west side of the turbid and roaring Vacas river.

The scenery and stories kept our minds off the strong sun, and within a few hours we arrived here at our first camp, Pampa de Leñas. A few other folks have moved in next to us. They are friendly and excited as we are to be here in this beautiful place. We are currently watching the sun slide behind the mountains, with dinner the next immediate goal. Everyone is healthy, strong, and stoked to continue up the valley tomorrow.

Thanks for watching our progress; stay tuned!

RMI Guides Nick, Ben, and Garrett

The Vacas Valley toward Pampa de Lenas. RMI Photo Collection

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Aconcagua: Stevens & Team Secure Permits, Depart Mendoza

Posted by: Ben Liken, Garrett Stevens, Nick Brown | December 29, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua

Today’s mission: obtain permits, get the last few items on the shopping list, and head out to Penitentes. We started early, taking advantage of the cooler temps to head over to the payment and permit offices. Like many things here in Argentina, opening times for businesses are relative and quite fluid, so we ended up at the offices just a bit before they were open. Good thing we did, too, as there were about 50 other folks on the same itinerary as our team! We got the payments taken care of, headed over to the Permit office, and settled in for the long haul of stamping, reviewing, signing, and getting back the completed permits.

Permits in hand, we headed back to the hotel to pack our bags onto the waiting transport. For those who don’t know, it takes a mountain of luggage to climb a mountain like Aconcagua.  The team is now packed and ready to go. We are heading out for Penitentes to pack bags, get to bed, and start the trek in to Base Camp tomorrow.

The crew looks good as you can see here, so keep sending the good vibes as we start this incredible journey!

RMI Guides Garrett, Ben, and Nick

RMI December 27th Aconcagua Team Ready in Mendoza.  Photo: Garrett Stevens

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Aconcagua: Garrett Stevens & Team - Greetings from Mendoza!

Posted by: Garrett Stevens, Ben Liken, Nick Brown | December 28, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua

Hello from our RMI Aconcagua expedition, here in sunny Mendoza! The team all arrived today, with the last members landing just before 2:00 local time. All the crew, and all the bags, were on time and in place, which is the perfect way to start an expedition. After getting settled here at the beautiful and accommodating Nutibara Hotel, the team sat down for a round of introductions and discussion about our upcoming expedition. We enjoyed the cool air conditioning in the hotel for an hour or so, and then it was off for the final food shop at the local grocery store.

The temperatures in town, at 90 degrees or so, certainly have more than one of us eyeing the pool, or thinking about the cooler environment of the high camps on Aconcagua. Soon enough we will be up there, but for now we busied ourselves with gear review, final packing and preparations, and a delicious dinner of beef and Malbec at one of the local restaurants. Turn in was early (by Argentinian standards, anyway) to ready ourselves for tomorrow.

We will be up and out early to get the permits we need, do some last minute gear acquisition, and then take the ride out to Penitentes. The crew is in high spirits, and the team is coming together well! We are all excited to get the trip underway, and we will be sure to keep you updated on the progress as we head in to our objective. Keep your fingers crossed for continued good weather, and stay tuned for more!

RMI Guides Garrett Stevens, Ben Liken and Nick Brown

Flying into Mendoza, Aconcagua in sight. Photo: Linden Mallory

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Mt. Rainier: September 5, 2013 Update

Posted by: Tyler Reid, Garrett Stevens | September 05, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 10,080'

Our Four Day Summit Climb Teams led by RMI Guides Tyler Reid and Garrett Stevens were roped up and ready to go early this morning but the ensuing lightening storm and thunder showers kept the teams at Camp Muir.  They plan on leaving Camp Muir at about 8 a.m. this morning and will make their way back to RMI Basecamp early this afternoon.

Congratulations to today’s teams.

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Mt. Rainier: September 1, 2013

Posted by: Tyler Reid, Garrett Stevens | September 01, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 11,200'

The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guides Tyler Reid and Garrett Stevens made the prudent decision to call 11,200’ the team’s high point after encountering firm, icy conditions.  The team is making its way across the Cowlitz Glacier towards Camp Muir.  Once back at Camp Muir, everyone will refuel, rest, and repack for the descent back to Paradise.  We look forward to seeing the team back in Ashford early this afternoon.

The Cowlitz Glacier looking towards Cathedral Gap with Little Tahoma to the right.  Photo: RMI Collection
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Mt. Rainier: August 25th Summit!

Posted by: J.J. Justman, Garrett Stevens | August 25, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climbs led by RMI Guides JJ Justman and Garrett Stevens reached the summit this morning at 6:40 a.m. They reported partly cloudy skies, 35 mph winds, and freezing level around 10,000’. The climbers ventured over to Columbia Crest, the highest point in Washington, before beginning their descent at 7:50 a.m.

Congratulations to the climbers!

August 25th, 2013 - Mt. Rainier as seen from Paradise. Photo: Mt. Rainier Webcam

Mt. Rainier: Teams on the Summit August 13!

Posted by: Casey Grom, Garrett Stevens | August 13, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Expedition Skills Seminar – Emmons led by RMI Guide Garrett Stevens called from Columbia Crest at 6:56 am, the team arrived at the summit around 6:30 am PT.  Garret reported clear skies with a marine layer below at 5,000’, moderate winds and cold temperatures on the Emmons route. The team will return to their high camp for a final night on the mountain.

RMI Guide Casey Grom
& the Four Day Summit Climb approached the crater rim of Mt. Rainier shortly before 7 am.  Casey reported 100% of the team members would be reaching the summit.  He also reported winds from the west and good route conditions.

Congratulations to today summit climbers!

Five Day Summit Climb guides give a geology/glaciology lesson at Ingraham Flats today.  Photo: Katrina Bloemsma
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Mt. Rainier: August 7th Teams Summit!

Posted by: Dave Hahn, Pete Van Deventer, Garrett Stevens | August 07, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

We had teams summit via three different routes on Mt. Rainier this morning: Dave Hahn and Jason Thompson led teams via the Disappointment Cleaver Route, Pete Van Deventer via the Kautz Glacier Route, and Garrett Stevens on the Emmons Glacier Route.  They reported chilly conditions, winds about 15 mph and sunny skies.  All teams had left the crater rim by 7:50 a.m.

Congratulations to today’s teams!

August 7, 2013 - Mt. Rainier from Paradise. Photo: Mt. Rainier Webcam August 7, 2013 - Views from Camp Muir. Photo: Mt. Rainier Webcam
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Mt. Rainier: Teams on the Summit - July 31st!

Posted by: Elias de Andres Martos, Garrett Stevens, Mike Haugen | July 31, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb teams led by RMI Guides Mike Haugen, Garrett Stevens and Elias de Andres Martos reached the summit of Mt. Rainier just before 7 am this morning with 100% of their team members.  The teams reported very cold and windy conditions.  They will spend a bit of time on the summit and then descend to Camp Muir.  After a short rest to repack and refuel they will continue their descent to Paradise.

Congratulations to today’s teams!

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