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Aconcagua: Justman & Team Return to High Camp from Summit

Posted by: JJ Justman | February 18, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 19,600'

Hello -
We are back safely at high camp (19,600’) on Aconcagua. We had a long day up and down and everyone needs some food and hot drinks to recover. The day started cold then turned hot and now it is back to cold with blowing snow. We need a break!
We will spend the night here and tomorrow begin heading down hill.

Hasta manana,
RMI Guide JJ Justman

Look down on Base Camp while en route to the summit of Aconcagua.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Aconcagua: Justman & Team Summit!

Posted by: JJ Justman, Katrina Bloemsma | February 18, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 22,841'

Hey everyone, I’m wondering if you could just take a listen to this for second… Do you hear that?  I didn’t think so because there is zero wind on the summit of Aconcagua right now! That is where Team Seven is at this moment.  What do you say guys? [Happy yells from the climbers.]  People are excited to be up here. We have a beautiful day climbing. We had a sunny day to begin with; now there’s a little bit of clouds and a little bit of snow. People are feeling pretty darn good, tired but good. We had a great day climbing. Can’t say enough great things about the summit. And now we are going to head down. This is JJ and the team heading downhill from the highest point in the western hemisphere of the world.

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RMI Climbers preparing for the summit bid at High Camp on Aconcagua. Photo: Linden Mallory An RMI Team taking a break on Summit Day on Aconcagua.  Photo: RMI Collection


RMI Guide JJ Justman calls in from the Aconcagua summit!

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Aconcagua: Justman & Team Decide to Wait a Day Before Summit Bid

Posted by: JJ Justman, Katrina Bloemsma | February 17, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 19,600'

Decisions, decisions! After some careful thought the team had decided to spend one more day at high camp before attempting the summit. We all had a tough day battling new snow and breaking trail to make it here. There’s no need to exhaust ourselves and ruin our chances at the summit. Tomorrow is supposed to be an even nicer day. And after a full day of eating, drinking and relaxing we all should be more recovered to give the summit our all.

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An RMI Team takes in the views from Aconcagua High Camp. Photo: RMI Collection

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Aconcagua: Justman & Team at High Camp

Posted by: JJ Justman, Katrina Bloemsma | February 16, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 19,600'

It was a day. We awoke to a foot of snow and 30mph winds at Aconcagua’s Camp 2, brr! After a slow morning breaking down camp we headed uphill through wind and snow toward Camp 3. It was hard going and the team had to dig deep to get to high camp, but everyone walked in together, heads high and looking forward to the next challenge. Tomorrow, we go for the summit!

RMI Guide Katrina Bloemsma

Views of the Andes while approaching High Camp on Aconcagua. Photo: RMI Collection

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Aconcagua: Justman & Team Rest Day in a Snowstorm

Posted by: JJ Justman, Katrina Bloemsma | February 15, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 18,000'

Adversity. It’s what high altitude climbing is all about. And here we are, sitting on a rest day at 18,000 feet in a snowstorm. It was predicted and we are actually glad. Because today is supposed to be the last day of adverse weather. Tomorrow is forecasted to be nice and as a matter of fact, the next four to five days. The team is feeling great so in the meantime, Katrina and I have 36 quesadillas to make.

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

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Aconcagua: Justman & Team Carry to Camp 3

Posted by: JJ Justman, Katrina Bloemsma | February 14, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 18,000'

Happy Valentines Day from all the climbers to their loved ones! Today was another great day in the mountains. The team carried to Camp 3 at 19,600 feet in rather chilly temperatures. It was really the wind that gave us a bite on the cheek.

Arriving at Camp 3 the team looked rather strong as they imagined what the final 3,000 feet looks like. I’m keeping it a secret for now.

The weather has moved back in and we are all lying in our tents drinking hots and listening to the snow fall on the tents. There’s a little bit of thunder and lightning also to keep things interesting. It’s safe to say we are all in siesta mode.

But first I’m gonna watch a movie….Roadhouse!!


RMI Guide JJ Justman

Valentine wishes from the team:
You R my Valentine Sweetie Pie! Love U Lots - Brenda xxooxxxoxox

Susie—love you and miss you like crazy!  See you very soon.  Love, Rich

Hey baby, made 19.6 today but would rather be snuggling with you on this Val Day! Love Ken

Aconcagua Camp 2, also know as Guanacos Camp. Photo: RMI Collection

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Aconcagua: Justman & Team Move to Camp 2 “Chopper Camp”

Posted by: JJ Justman, Katrina Bloemsma | February 13, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 18,000'

Clouds followed us up the mountain today from Camp One to Camp Two. Luckily, the group walked strong and we got to ‘Chopper Camp’ with enough time to set up tents and drink some soup before the snow started. Now, we’re all tucked in and waiting to see what the weather does. With a bit of snow in the forecast, we’re glad to be nestled in Camp Two instead of on the more exposed slopes of Camp One. The sun, the snow, and the waiting, it’s all part of mountaineering, and it keeps things interesting!

We’ll touch base again tomorrow and let you know how the climb progresses!

RMI Guide Katrina Bloemsma & Team

Camp 2 - Aconcagua. RMI Photo Collection

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Aconcagua: Justman & Team Carry to Camp 2

Posted by: JJ Justman, Katrina Bloemsma | February 12, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 16,200'

Slogging and chugging away we ascended to Camp 2 in great style. I love when a team stays together every step of the way. It’s motivating and it really creates a great team atmosphere.

We arrived at Camp 2 at 18000 feet and cached more food, fuel and gear for the upper mountain. You can always tell how folks are doing by the expressions on their faces. Everyone was all smiles! And how couldn’t you be with the spectacular views of the Andes that we enjoyed today.

Now back at Camp 1 we are soaking in the sunshine and relaxing. A couple of climbing rangers stopped by and we share a round of mate and discussed weather. Katrina and I are about to start making the team quesadillas as a mid afternoon pick me up.

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And RMI Team moving down to Camp 2 after carry. RMI Photo Collection

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Aconcagua: Justman & Team at Camp 1

Posted by: JJ Justman, Katrina Bloemsma | February 11, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 9,000'

Boom, nailed it! First move day was successful. We are at Camp One, hydrating and replenishing our systems after the big climb from 13,800 to 16,400 feet. The team moved up in style and got to camp with plenty of time to get settled and enjoy the sunshine. The guides are indulging in Argentina’s favorite drink, Yerba Mate, which JJ credits for his hulk-like strength while building rock walls at camp today. Check back tomorrow to see what we’re up to!

RMI Guide Katrina Bloemsma

An RMI Team stopped for a break on the way to Camp 1. Photo: RMI Collection Climbers on the approach to Camp 1. Photo: Ty Reid

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Aconcagua: Justman & Team Preparing for Move to Camp 1

Posted by: JJ Justman, Katrina Bloemsma | February 10, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 13,800'

Ah, the rest day. The team is perfecting the art of chilling. Solar showers, siestas and samba lessons from JJ…just another day at base camp. We’re fueling up in anticipation of our move to Aconcagua’s Camp 1 tomorrow.

Keep the comments coming! And pass along our blogs to friends and family who might want to follow our adventure as well. More to come from 16,400ft!

RMI Guide Katrina Bloemsma

Tents at Plaza Argentina. Photo: RMI Collection

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