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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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Aconcagua: Justman & Team Cache Gear at Camp 1

Posted by: JJ Justman, Katrina Bloemsma | February 09, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 13,800'

Rugged and rough is a great way to describe the ascent to Aconcagua Camp One. The team carried gear to cache at 16,400 feet. The last stretch into camp is a light and fluffy scree section that can sometimes cause folks to spin your wheels. Our team managed fine and we hung out for a half an hour in the thin air.

We cached a couple of duffel bags filled with food and gear that we will need higher on the mountain. We are now back in Basecamp once again enjoying the good life!

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Coming down to Camp 1 after a carry. Photo: RMI Collection

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Hi Brenda,looks like your getting to wear some of your warmer clothes!  The Jay & I are having some great runs we miss not running with our leader.  Love… read more

Posted by: Rich larscheid on 2/9/2014 at 4:34 pm

Pops, You can do it! We are thinking about you and wishing you well on the mountain! Cha Cha used the potty all week and got to go to build… read more

Posted by: Landry & Charlie on 2/9/2014 at 4:33 pm


Aconcagua: Team Enjoys Rest at Base Camp

Posted by: JJ Justman, Katrina Bloemsma | February 08, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 13,800'

Today is our first rest day at Aconcagua Base Camp and man is it nice. We woke up and made a huge brunch of home fries and scrambled eggs complete with real French press coffee. What a treat!

Between lounging in the sun and exploring the streams and scenery around camp, the team has been preparing their equipment for our carry to Camp One tomorrow. Checking and double checking that they’ve got all their technical gear and are bringing enough chocolate and gummies for the upper mountain.

The carry to Camp One will be a big day, but the team is feeling strong and the sun will be out. Wish us luck and keep posting on the blog, we enjoy reading your comments!

RMI Guide Katrina Bloemsma

Enjoying a rest day at Aconcagua Base Camp.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Jeffrey! Wish I was there. Sounds amazing and I hope you’re having a great time out there with everyone.

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Posted by: Elaine on 2/8/2014 at 2:07 pm


Aconcagua: Justman and Team Settle into Base Camp

Posted by: JJ Justman, Katrina Bloemsma | February 07, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 13,800'

The time has arrived. We are nestling into Plaza Argentina Base Camp. The weather has been too nice on our trek in. It certainly explains why there is a sun on the flag of Argentina. We wish there was a swimming pool at base.

The entire team is doing very well and it is nice to unload all our gear knowing we don’t have to pack up duffels for the mules. Speaking of mules, we want to thank our cowboys for helping us get to BC. The boys from Grajales are the very best. Second to none and they are part of the RMI family.

It’s time to relax…we will keep you posted from 13800 feet.

RMI Guide JJ Justman and Team

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Aconcagua: Justman & Team Enjoying Life at Casa de Piedra

Posted by: JJ Justman, Katrina Bloemsma | February 06, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 10,550'

It’s a cowboy lifestyle.  Our Aconcagua team is currently sitting by a campfire under the Andean stars telling stories and enjoying a little of the good life. Sometimes it’s nice to slow down, look around and enjoy the good life.

Yes, we are on a high altitude mountaineering expedition. However, this is part of that adventure. We can hear a Gaucho…“cowboy” shoeing a mule. These mules go through a lot of hard work getting all our food and gear to base camp. And it’s nice yo see how the cowboys look after their animals.

Tomorrow we will arise to another sunny day as the team hikes into Aconcagua Basecamp. We are all excited to arrive and settle in permanently. We will also be a little sad to say goodbye to the cowboys who are like family to us.

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Tents at Casa de Piedra. Photo: RMI Collection

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Aconcagua: Team Camped Beneath the Stars

Posted by: JJ Justman, Katrina Bloemsma | February 05, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 9,000'

The team is bivvied out under the stars and a clear sky at Las Lenas tonight. After packing the last of our gear for the mules to carry in, we headed to the dusty Vacas Valley. We had a breezy and sunny walk in, taking time to eat fresh melon and jamon y queso sandwiches at a leisurely lunch break along the river. At camp, the local cowboys made us a steak Asado over the open fire for dinner. Tomorrow, we continue up the valley to Casa de Piedra where another Asado dinner (and hopefully starry skies) await us!

RMI Guide Katrina Bloemsma

Day 1 on the Trek to Aconcagua Base Camp.  Photo: RMI Collection Views of the Vacas River Valley.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Aconcagua: Justman & Team Start the Trek to Base Camp

Posted by: Katrina Bloemsma, JJ Justman | February 05, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 9,000'

It’s here! The final RMI Aconcagua expedition of 2014! The team of climbers and Guide extraordinaire Katrina and myself are set to go. We had a great time in Mendoza and Penitentes and we are revving to go. We have a day of sunshine ahead of us to get to our first trek camp at Pampa de Las LeƱas. Follow along to see how much fun we have on Aconcagua.

RMI Guide JJ Justman

RMI Aconcagua Expedition February 2nd Team in Los Penitentes.  Photo: JJ Justman

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Aconcagua: Justman & Team Return Safely to Base Camp

Posted by: JJ Justman, Mike King, Steve Gately | January 29, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 13,800'

Hello RMI blog followers! Our team has arrived safely back at Basecamp. We are so happy to be in the thick air after a very long expedition. We have used up all our days and it is nice to enjoy the fruits of our labor. We are once again enjoying fresh Argentinian pizzas and the stories are rolling around the table.

Aside from relaxing we will be packing up duffels for our mules arriving tomorrow. We will begin our journey back to Pampa de las Lenas where we began, then the next day we will arrive in Mendoza. We want to thank everyone for all your comments on the blog. Everyone gives their regards. This is our final dispatch for the expedition. Again, thank you! Wait…another pizza is coming. Gotta go!

RMI Guide JJ Justman

Descending back to Base Camp. Photo: RMI Collection

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Aconcagua: Justman & Team Summit!

Posted by: JJ Justman, Steve Gately, Mike King | January 28, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 22,841'

Update 1:45 pm PST:
Our team has safely returned back to high camp. The snow has returned.  We are nestled in our tents drinking and eating.  We are tired.

[Summit phone call transcribed]
Hey everyone, this is JJ Justman with the Aconcagua Team.  We’re happy to announce that we are on the summit of South America’s highest peak, Aconcagua!  It was an interesting day. It started out cold and windy. It was a hard day to get started but at the end of the day, the sun is shining. The clouds are now starting to build a little bit, but it turned out to be a fairly decent day.  Definitely a tough day to get on top of South America’s highest speak. Everyone says hello.  Big thing now is to head on down.  We had a good, safe climb. We’re gonna have a safe descent.  But again, everyone says hello and thanks again for following along and giving us your best wishes for a safe and successful climb.  That’s exactly what we had today was a really decent weather day, a safe climb.  Thanks again everyone.  We’ll touch base when we get further down the mountain, but everyone is doing real well. Take care, good-bye for now from the the top of the Western Hemisphere.

RMI Guide JJ Justman

Looking up towards the Canaleta, just below Aconcagua's summit. Photo: RMI Collection Aconcagua's Canaleta Couloir. Photo: RMI Collection Looking towards Base Camp from near the summit of Aconcagua. Photo: RMI Collection


RMI Guide JJ Justman from the Aconcagua summit!

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Woohoo - what an accomplishment! Keep safe on the way down. Then let the party begin!!!!

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Posted by: Ginny Jackson on 1/28/2014 at 3:15 pm

Congrats to all!!

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Posted by: Gary, Alec and Nikki on 1/28/2014 at 2:01 pm


Aconcagua: Justman & Team at High Camp

Posted by: JJ Justman, Steve Gately, Mike King | January 27, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 19,600'

Unrelenting! That is the word that describes our weather on Aconcagua. Last night we received 10 inches of snow. When we awoke this morning the winds had scoured most of that snow off the mountain leaving several deep drifts around camp.

Thankfully the weather settled down a bit and we were able to break camp and pack up. The scene looked more like Denali in Alaska than Aconcagua in the Andes. The team did great in the harsh conditions. It would have even made The Godfather of Denali, Joe Horiskey, proud as the team worked together in cold, blustery winds.

We are now sitting in silence at high camp enjoying the sun at 19,600 feet. The team has run its final days. Tomorrow is our only shot. Then we have to head downhill. As luck I believe has it, the forecast is for light winds on top.

We will touch base tomorrow, keep your fingers crossed, it should be from the top!

RMI Guide JJ Justman

High Camp beneath the Polish Glacier. Photo: Tim Amos An RMI Team taking photos from Camp 3. Photo: Gilbert Chase

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