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Aconcagua: Justman & Team’s Plan for Basecamp Rest Day

Posted by: J.J. Justman, Mike King, Steve Gately | January 19, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 13,800'

We will spend the day taking showers in our Cabelas shower tent, ordering pizzas and perfecting the art of chillaxing. Finally, the sun is out in full effect so we are also charging phones and iPads. Tonight will be a marathon session of The Wire.

Today’s rest really isn’t needed. Our team is doing great! However, at this altitude we can recover back to 110% before we move to Camp 1 at 16,600’ tomorrow. Stay tuned and please keep posting comments! The team appreciates it.

RMI Guide JJ Justman

Looking out over Aconcagua Base Camp. Photo: RMI Collection

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Denise,

Yahooooo. This is so cool. You’re doing great! Keep up the great work. I bet it’s beautiful up there. Carpe Diem! Went to the 40th anniversary hunt ball last… read more

Posted by: mary fox on 1/19/2014 at 4:33 pm

Randy,

Waiting for you to return so we can play some euchre and I can continue teaching you cribbage.  Oh yeah, Butch, Mark and I might want to hear about… read more

Posted by: Jim Pershing on 1/19/2014 at 3:02 pm


Aconcagua: Justman & Team Carry to Camp 1

Posted by: Mike King, J.J. Justman, Steve Gately | January 18, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 13,800'

Today we carried to 16,600 on Aconcagua.  We enjoyed a cool morning with snow and a light breeze. The entire team cruised through our breaks to arrive at Camp 1 with a small piece of blue sky. The scree which is typically dry and loose was covered in snow, making the climbing more enjoyable. The team returned to Base Camp just in time for weather to roll in and snack before siesta. Rest day tomorrow! 

RMI Guide Mike King

Climbers making a carry to Camp 1 on Aconcagua.  Photo: RMI Collection Enjoying the sites at 16,000 ft on Aconcagua.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Aconcagua: Justman & Team Rest Day at Basecamp

Posted by: J.J. Justman, Mike King, Steve Gately | January 17, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 13,800'

First and foremost…Todd wants to wish his beautiful wife Kelly Happy Birthday! The team spent their first night at Aconcagua Basecamp and everyone woke up this morning feeling great! On a rest day the key is to eat great food and drink lots of liquid to ensure proper acclimatization.

We had scrambled eggs with homemade potatoes. This afternoon we will be making homemade pizzas for the team. We even had Grajalas’ cook, Griselda, coming over asking for our recipes!

Later today we will set up the shower tent so we can get clean and smelling back to normal. Another camp activity for today is sorting group gear for our carry to Camp 1 at 16,500 feet.

Happy Birthday Kelly!!!

RMI Guide JJ Justman

Sunset at Aconcagua Base Camp. Photo: Garrett Stevens

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Showers?  I didn’t get showers. You guys must be on the RMI Delux Treatment Expedition.

-Larry Seaton

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Posted by: Larry Seaton on 1/17/2014 at 5:57 pm

Well the Christofferson camp has been slow to get on the comment bandwagon but we all miss you Randy and are excited you are heading into the high mountains tomorrow! … read more

Posted by: Judy on 1/17/2014 at 5:45 pm


Aconcagua: Stevens & Team Celebrate in Mendoza

Posted by: Garrett Stevens, Nick Brown, Mike King | January 16, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua

We got down off the mountain yesterday, after a fairly quick hike out from Pampa de LeƱas in the cool shade of an early morning. The team moved well, quickly pushing through the last remaining miles towards internal combustion and cold beverages. After checking out with the guardaparques, we grabbed a bite to eat in Penitentes, hopped into our transport, and settled in for the trip back to Mendoza.

Once back in the city, a round of hot showers was in order. After that, we headed down to one of my favorite restaurants here, El Patio Azul de Jesus Maria, where the team feasted on various cuts of meat, enjoyed delicious Malbec, and reminisced about our excellent adventure. The camaraderie and friendship was abundant, and was the perfect complement to our meal.

You know, sometimes you have to step back from a thing to grasp its true measure…and this trip certainly qualifies. While we were fortunate enough to climb onto the summit of the mountain, the real value was not necessarily that point in time or space. Rather, it is the journey we shared over the last three weeks, the sunrises and sunsets witnessed, the in-the-moment focus required to cross rivers and snowy trails, the laughter and human connections made over grilled steak and pots of ramen. While we may part company in a few short days, these memories and shared experiences will continue to give us immeasurable satisfaction, and allow us to return to our lives with new vision and appreciation.

Thanks for following our journey. May it be food for the soul!

RMI Guide Garrett Stevens

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Aconcagua: Justman and Team arrive at Base Camp

Posted by: J.J. Justman, Mike King, Steve Gately | January 16, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 13,800'

We have arrived at base camp! Our team is in full effect chilling. We had a beautiful last day trekking up the Relinchos Valley, and guess what!? The Old Spice worked! We had a family of guanacos checking us out as we filled up water bottles at a nearby stream.

The cowboys that have graciously helped us waved goodbye as they rode past. Aconcagua was out for most of the day as we walked in. The team is doing great and it’s so nice to unload all our gear without having to pack it all up for the mules. Now, we get to rest and relax at 13,800 feet.

RMI Guide JJ Justman & Team

Mules at Base Camp. RMI Photo Collection

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Aconcagua: Justman & Team Travel through the Vacas Valley to Casa de Piedra

Posted by: J.J. Justman, Mike King, Steve Gately | January 15, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 10,550'

The team is at Casa de Piedra, which in Spanish means… house of…Piedra. It was another gorgeous day of trekking in the Vacas Valley. Everyone is doing great and we are excited to be one step closer to base camp. For me it’s always fun to hear and see the expressions on people’s faces as they truly appreciate how beautiful it is here.

We had a condor sighting, which is rare in the towering mountains. However, the elusive guanaco is nowhere to see.  I’m pretty sure if I put on some Old Spice it will attract some for the team. Stay tuned!!

RMI Guide JJ Justman

RMI Climbers trekking through the Vacas Valley. Photo: Linden Mallory

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Aconcagua: Justman & Team Camped at Pampa de Las Lenas

Posted by: J.J. Justman, Mike King, Steve Gately | January 14, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 9,000'

Hello folks! It’s JJ and the Aconcagua Team reporting live from Pampa de Las Lenas at 9,000 feet. It’s phenomenal to finally hit the trail with the team. And what a team it is! We have brothers and sisters, old climbing buddies and now new friends.

We had a hot and blistery day trekking in the heat. Sunscreen and lip balm was in full effect. However now it is cloudy and we received a few drops of rain, which we welcomed with open arms. The guides are busy chopping fresh vegetables that we are going to grill along with a big slab of beef.

It’s one of my favorite things…hanging out with the cowboys and the team. The cowboys like it when you ask questions and it’s interesting to learn about their lifestyle. They work hard for it and it’s nice to enjoy a great evening of food and their favorite drink…orange Tang.

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An RMI camp at Pampa de Las Lenas. Photo: Peter Whittaker

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Aconcagua: Justman & Team Begin Trek to Basecamp

Posted by: J.J. Justman, Mike King, Steve Gately | January 13, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 9,000'

The gang is all here! It certainly has been an adventure already for half of our team. However, we are all ready to go. For the other part of the team we had a great day in Penitentes, which is a small ski area.

We had our first glance of Aconcagua as we took a 4-hour hike up to 10,000 feet. It’s a beautiful view of the south face of Aconcagua. The team finished packing our duffels for the mules and we are ready to walk!

RMI Guide JJ Justman

Aconcagua trailhead. Photo: JJ Justman Team beginning their trek into Basecamp. Photo: JJ Justman Team taking photos of their first views of Aconcagua. Photo: JJ Justman

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Lew,
God Speed.  The study is praying for you!  Walk with Him all the way to the TOP!! 
K

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Posted by: Kenny Klimes on 1/14/2014 at 6:17 am

Hi Bissell -

You never told me you were going down there.  It’s a fabulous trip and you’ll love it!  I’ll be following you guys on your journey.  Keep… read more

Posted by: Larry Seaton on 1/13/2014 at 7:17 pm


Aconcagua: Justman & Team Ready in Argentina

Posted by: J.J. Justman, Steve Gately, Mike King | January 12, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua

Well…I’ve always said, “the hardest part of any expedition is just getting to the mountain”. And that certainly is the case for my second team here on Aconcagua.

We have everything from missing bags to missing half of the team. Well, they’re not missing just really late due to Tormento de Estados Unidos 2014!

However, all the team members are in Argentina. Half the team is in Penitentes and the other half is in Mendoza. We will all join up tomorrow and begin the journey.

We want to congratulate the recent team under Garrett Stevens on their recent summit. We are at 100% expedition success. I feel a trend coming on.

Stay tuned for another exciting adventure with me, Mike “the lion” King and Steve “fresh outta da” Gately.

RMI Guides JJ Justman, Mike King & Steve Gately

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Aconcagua: Beren and Team Return to Pampa de Llenas

Posted by: Jake Beren, Mike King, Steve Gately | January 07, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 9,000'

After leaving Base Camp yesterday we made the long trek back to Pampa de Llenas where the length of this journey began to sink in.  Many miles of beautiful walking brought us back to our first camp where we were treated to an asado courtesy of our herreros. Grilling over an open fire under the Andean sky we really put the trip to bed in style. Getting to visit with the incoming RMI crew was fun, seeing all those clean faces and knowing that we were just a few hours from a shower ourselves. 

Thanks to a wonderful crew for a great trip and can’t wait to see everyone in the mountains soon!

Jake Beren & Team

Looking toward Pampa de Llenas, RMI Photo Collection

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