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Aconcagua: Beren & Team Descend to Plaza Argentina

Posted by: Jake Beren, Mike King, Steve Gately | January 05, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 13,800'

Waking once the sun began to warm the tents was a welcome treat at 19,600 feet. Having that last cup of coffee in the rarified air of high camp before packing up and starting the beautiful and lengthy descent really let the last few weeks settle in. We have climbed on the highest mountain outside of Asia and now turn the skiff towards home. It is this point of the trip where we get to see how far out we’ve gone because there is no more out to go, just back. Retracing our steps back home will take a few days and is a wonderful way to let this adventure sink in. See you all soon!

RMI Guide Jake Beren

Sunset at Aconcagua Base Camp. Photo: Garrett Stevens

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Aconcagua: Beren & Team Recap Summit Day

Posted by: Jake Beren, Mike King, Steve Gately | January 05, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 19,600'

Lying in the tent, legs sore but oddly relaxed, it seems hard to believe that we climbed Aconcagua today. This morning we launched before dawn, making our way higher and higher into the troposphere as the rising sun cast a shadow of our mountain deep into the Andes. Everyone on the team got a chance to test their limits today and I’m proud of everyone’s effort. It takes a few weeks to get to where you can try to stand on top and everyone’s hard work really paid off with a safe day in the mountains. Good work team and thanks to all the wonderful people back home for their support. 

RMI Guide Jake Beren

High Camp on Aconcagua, 19,600 ft.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Aconcagua: Beren & Team Summit!

Posted by: Jake Beren, Mike King, Steve Gately | January 04, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 22,841'

Greetings from Camp 3 on Aconcagua. Our team just returned after a successful summit bid with some happy and tired faces. We are looking forward to a little bit of dinner and some much needed rest before we start heading down, down, down tomorrow. All is well out here. Thanks for all the good wishes back home and we’ll talk to you guys further on down the trail.

RMI Guide Jake Beren

Looking up towards the Canaleta, just below Aconcagua's summit. Photo: RMI Collection


Jake Beren calls in after the team's successful summit.

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Aconcagua: Beren & Team Make Their Move to High Camp

Posted by: Jake Beren, Mike King, Steve Gately | January 03, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 19,600'

Greetings from high camp at 19,600 ft!  Today we made use of a good forecast and the first break in the wind in recent memory to move up. Now we are in striking distance of the top, getting ready for dinner before an early bedtime. The team again performed well getting here and if this calm weather holds, we will go for the top tomorrow!  We’ve enjoyed everyone’s comments and the crew is in great spirits having put forth an impressive effort so far. With any luck we will only head uphill for one more day before starting the long return to Mendoza. Wish us luck!

RMI Guide Jake Beren

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

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Hey Bill! You folks are so close! I’ll get a bottle of Argentine Malbec ready to toast you with friends here on Vashon for tomorrow night. So proud of you…… read more

Posted by: Norm Vork on 1/3/2014 at 4:25 pm

Strong work team! Also tell Monica hello and everyone here is sending lots of positive energy your way for your attempt to the top!

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Posted by: Melissa Ritter on 1/3/2014 at 4:15 pm


Aconcagua: Beren and Team Rest Day at Guanacos (Camp 2)

Posted by: Jake Beren, Steve Gately, Mike King | January 02, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 18,000'

Holá from 18,000 ft above the sea!  We spent a windy evening up here last night, but so far camp is holding tight. With any luck this weather pattern will relax by tomorrow and we will be in solid shape to move higher! Today we are going to review some crampon and ice axe techniques before lunch and then take a little stroll post meal. Then more resting to be prepared for a few big days coming up.

The team is doing great, and now we just need a few good weather days to make our move to Camp 3 and then shoot for the top. For now we wait for the wind to relax and head up when the mountain lets us.

RMI Guide Jake Beren & Team

Rest Day at Camp 2. RMI Photo Collection

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Aconcagua: Beren & Team Move to Camp 2

Posted by: Jake Beren, Steve Gately, Mike King | January 01, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 18,000'

Holá amigos! We awoke to clear skies and moderate winds again as we had a leisurely morning preparing for our move to Camp 2 (18,000ft).  The team did great navigating gusty winds and heavy packs to push into Camp 2 in phenomenal style. With camp all established, we’ll enjoy a short siesta before firing stoves, eating dinner and looking forward to a rest day tomorrow! All the best from Aconcagua.

RMI Guide Steve Gately

An RMI team on the move to Camp 2. Photo: Jake Beren

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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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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

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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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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.

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Carry to Camp 1 - RMI Photo Collection

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