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Aconcagua: Justman & Team Rest Day at Camp 2

Posted by: J.J. Justman, Steve Gately, Mike King | January 26, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 18,000'

Ah, the acclimatization process. A dismal process of spending the day eating mountain delicacies of dried meat and exotic cheeses, drinking coffee, spending a few hours reading, a midday siesta and strolling around camp soaking in the dramatic topography of the Andes. Yes, the rest day. Not always so accommodating but when the weather Gods give you a day like they gave us, the rest day is just what the doctor ordered. So today we try not to eat all of our remaining food, sleep to our hearts content and day dream of days to come. Oh, how it pays to be patient in the mountains!

RMI Guide Steve Gately

Tent Glow on Aconcagua.Photo: Garrett Stevens

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Aconcagua: Justman & Team Carry to Camp 3

Posted by: J.J. Justman, Mike King, Steve Gately | January 25, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 18,000'

Progress on these big expeditions always feels good and after spending much time at Camp 1, being able to link up two days of forward momentum sure has the team excited and feeling good. Today was our “carry” to Camp 3 (19,600ft). The team did excellent managing the new altitude. We made it up in great time dropped off a few items for our summit attempt and made it back down to Camp 2 just as some clouds were rolling in. Tomorrow we rest and prepare for our move to Camp 3!

RMI Guide Steve Gately

Camp 2 on Aconcagua.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Aconcagua: Justman and Team Arrive at Camp 2

Posted by: J.J. Justman, Mike King, Steve Gately | January 24, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 18,000'

After two days of rest at 16,400 feet we woke up this morning to strong winds. So strong in fact we had to do some midnight tent repairs. We saddled up our packs and leaned into the wind. The team is now at Camp 2 settled in their tents at 18000 feet. Everyone is great and we are happy for a new view overlooking the Andes.

Unfortunately, one of our climbers wasn’t feeling well at Camp 1 and had to descend.  He returned to Mendoza and has been checked out by local doctors.  We are glad to hear from him this morning that he has been released to fly home.  We hope to see him in the mountains again soon.

RMI Guide JJ Justman and Team

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Aconcagua: Justman & Team - Weather Wins, At Least For Today…

Posted by: J.J. Justman, Mike King, Steve Gately | January 23, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 16,200'

Weather ultimately dictates everything on these long expeditions and there’s certainly no exception for our Team. Our agenda had us moving to Camp 2 this morning but we awoke to 40 mph winds and gusts of up to 60 mph here at Camp 1! Alas! You win again Aconcagua! Spirits remain high though as our forecasts call for more cooperating winds starting tomorrow and extending into early next week. So today we rest and prepare ourselves for the move to Camp 2 tomorrow. Best regards from all of us at Aconcagua’s Camp 1.

RMI Guide Steve Gately

Views of the mountains above Camp 1. Photo: RMI Collection

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Aconcagua: Justman & Team Carry to Camp 2

Posted by: J.J. Justman, Mike King, Steve Gately | January 22, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 16,200'

All the way to Camp 2!

Our team did a fantastic job carrying some group gear and personal gear up to 18,000 feet. The winds were still present as they kicked snow off into the air of surrounding peaks and ridges. However, they were not as strong as yesterday.

As the team rounded the corner and entered the col, they were treated to their first view of the high Andes range of Argentina. Breathtaking doesn’t describe it. We are now back at Camp 1 resting and recovering after a great day in the mountains.

P.S. - Happy Birthday Josh!!! From Denise. I’m wearing my new socks!! :)

RMI Guides JJ Justman, Mike King & Steve Gately

The view as seen between Camp 1 and Camp 2 on Aconcagua.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Aconcagua: Nugent and Team back in Mendoza

Posted by: Walter Hailes, Katrina Bloemsma, Billy Nugent | January 22, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua

Thanks to everyone that have followed along… The team is back in Mendoza and enjoying some of the finer things in life: food, wine, sunshine, hanging by the pool, etc. We had a great team dinner last night and are now hanging out and lazing around while we wait for our flights back to the states and Canada. Despite not getting the summit we had a ton of fun and a hell of an adventure. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the group for being fun, hard-working, and determined.

‘til next year,

RMI Guides Billy Nugent, Walter Hailes and Katrina Bolemsma

Aconcagua. RMI Photo Collection

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Aconcagua: Justman & Team Try to Carry to Camp 2, Turned by Weather

Posted by: J.J. Justman, Mike King, Steve Gately | January 21, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 16,200'

Blustery, breezy, gusty. These are all words that describe Camp One and Aconcagua as a whole right now. We are in full Viento Blanco mode right now. The white wind. The team tried to do a carry to Camp Two but the winds kept knocking us off our feet. I’m positive we could have pushed through it but we have time and there is no reason to risk someone getting hurt.

So we turned around and are taking a rest day with the sun shining through the tents listening to the freight train of wind above us. Everyone is doing well and we are keeping our fingers crossed for better weather so we can carry to 18,000’.

RMI Guide JJ Justman

Views of the mountains above Camp 1. Photo: RMI Collection

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Aconcagua: Nugent & Team at Pampa de las Lenas for the Night

Posted by: Billy Nugent, Walter Hailes, Katrina Bloemsma | January 20, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 9,000'

Hey everybody out there in RMI adventure blog land. Billy here, I’m checking in with our group from Pampa de las Lenas after our walk down from Base Camp today. Hot and sunny, lots of river crossings, sore feet but some of the mule drivers are cooking up a steak asado dinner for us tonight, and then we’ll hit the sack. Tomorrow we’ll continue our walk out of the Vacas Valley and hit the road, and then head back to Mendoza. So the next check in, we’ll be saying hello from the hotel in Mendoza. And that’s all for now.

RMI Guide Billy Nugent

Trekking through the Vacas Valley. Photo: Tyler Reid


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Aconcagua: Nugent & Team Return to Base Camp

Posted by: Billy Nugent, Katrina Bloemsma, Walter Hailes | January 20, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 13,800'

Hey everybody,
This is Billy.  I’m back at Base Camp with the whole crew.  We are all a little bit bummed out but happy to be back down at least with the thicker air here and looking forward to a home cooked meal tonight from the Grajales staff.  It was a tough day up there yesterday and we spent most of the day today with heavy, heavy walk down.  But everybody’s in good spirits for the most part and we’ll check in again later on as we walk out from Aconcagua.

RMI Guide Billy Nugent


RMI Guide Billy Nugent checks in from Aconcagua Base Camp on their descent.

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Aconcagua: Justman & Team Move to Camp 1

Posted by: J.J. Justman, Mike King, Steve Gately | January 20, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 16,600'

There I was, putting one foot in front of the other, over and over and over again. I knew what everyone was thinking. Who’s going to the Super Bowl!! And thanks to one of our team members little go go gadgets, his wife texted the final scores. Go Seahawks! Go Broncos! Who cares, Green Bay isn’t in it.

The team packed up base camp and moved outta base camp. On move days the packs are always heavier loaded with tents and kitchen gear. Everyone did fantastic and we are now settled into our new home at 16,600 feet on Aconcagua. We just finished with some hot soup. It’s like I always say, you have to put money in the bank. We used up some good energy getting here and you have to replenish and put energy back in to keep the bank account at a million bucks.

Speaking of a million bucks, anyone want to place some bets on the Super Bowl!?

RMI Guide JJ Justman

An RMI Team with heavy loads moving to Camp 1 on Aconcagua.  Photo: RMI Collection The view from Camp 1 on Aconcagua.  Photo: RMI Collection

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