Aconcagua: RMI Team Reflects on their Expedition during a Rest Day

Posted by: | January 20, 2011
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 18,000'

We are enjoying a beautiful bluebird rest day here in the comfort of our second camp high on Aconcagua, after yesterday’s trip to Campo Colera at 19,600’.  The temperatures have warmed up and the winds have died down,  so we are all just refueling and getting mentally prepared for the upcoming push to our highest camp and the summit. For a change of pace, we’re going to have each team member share some thoughts today. Without further ado:

Sid: rest days are probably the toughest days, though given the push ahead it is welcome. Hello to all and thanks for your thoughts, they make a difference.

Keith: VERY tough mountain so far, but Gabi, Garrett and Pete have made it do-able and tolerable so far. Hi to fam and friends!

Erin: it’s been a difficult climb with high winds, but I am feeling well despite a brief battle with dehydration yesterday. Looking forward to coming home to family and friends, see you all soon!

Todd: Looking forward to the summit! Kili ain’t got nothing on Aconcagua…go market go!!

Dan M.: Awesome team, great climb and scenery. Send more TP. O-H!

John: Greetings family and friends, looking forward to the summit attempt. This is a beautiful, awesome and challenging mountain. As in Psalm 19, “The heavens and earth speak forth His glory”.

Michael: It’s all I expected physically and with beauty. Love to Lois and my girls, miss you all.

Lisa: Tom, miss you every day. Would love for you to be here. Sheri, your sleeping bag is working perfect.

Garrett: Great climb with great people in a spectacular place! Amy, I love you and miss you. See you soon!

Pete: The Andes have been showing us their spectacular side! Katie, love you, miss you, and talk soon!

Gabi: Having a great time, enjoying the time shared with the team members and my friends Pete and Garrett.

Ceci: te amo, nos vemos pronto por Buenos Aires!

Thanks to everybody out there for following our progress and sending all those positive wishes.

The RMI Aconcagua expedition

Sign Up For Aconcagua 2011 Email Alerts



Fun to hear from all the climbers! Wishing you a safe push to the summit! Hi, Michael! XXOO :)

Posted by: Judy H. on 1/22/2011 at 7:22 am

Go Sid!
Great that the whole team is strong. Have a fabulous summit day. Don’t forget to take the time to soak it all in. You are a great inspiration to al of us back home. We want pictures.
Kevin & Patty

Posted by: Kevin Callaghan on 1/21/2011 at 10:01 am

Lisa, just wanted you to know that Sheri’s “Daddy Bill’ is following your progress.  Go girl, GO.

Posted by: Bll Pedler on 1/21/2011 at 9:36 am

Lisa we can’t wait to see your pictures.  Have a great trip to the top.  You go girl!!!!

Posted by: Anita Petit on 1/20/2011 at 11:03 pm

Way to go, John!!  We have been praying for you.  Everything here is fine.

Posted by: Virgil on 1/20/2011 at 7:36 pm

What, no stokemeter today?  Capitan Stoketacular is not stoked with this situation.

Posted by: Capitan Stoketacular on 1/20/2011 at 5:12 pm

yo sid good luck on summitt day and remember to enjoy the veiws..the higher you get the higher you.get…
cant wait to hear the of luck john menefee

Posted by: john menefee on 1/20/2011 at 4:33 pm

Hey Sid (louegie)  all is good in Bend, Glad to hear you get some rest! Take good care of yourself up in the “high Heavens”  we love you, sheshe, emi and Ian!

Posted by: sheila fitzgerald on 1/20/2011 at 4:17 pm

Had to laugh at rest days are hard from Sid.  He’s probably ready to run to the top right now ! The kids and i are checking the blog each day.. thanks for the updates and the photo’s !  Kayla is back in California trying to get into all the Biology classes , Bart organizing fraternity week.. All is well in dreary, cold Seattle !  Good luck on summit day !  all of the Fitzy support team.. Kook, Mike, Dave , Kirsten, Carol, Barb, MK !

Posted by: caroleland on 1/20/2011 at 1:05 pm

Lisa….got Tom, Jess and Marc off to the airport at 0430 hrs. this morning enroute to the South.  They all seemed a little tired as they got to our house after 2200 hrs. last night.  We all slept about 4 hrs. which is probably more than you are getting in one stretch so we can’t complain.  Sounds like it is a trip of a lifetime (for you anyways) keep up the hard work and please get your picture taken at the top, if you can?  Be safe, Vinny.

Posted by: Vince Conner on 1/20/2011 at 12:33 pm

Hello Erin!...just checking in on you…hoping you are enjoying your day in camp and getting in lots of fluids.  Your “Journey-To-The-Top” is AWESOME!!  :o)

Posted by: Tami from Oregon on 1/20/2011 at 10:58 am

Pictures are great.  What an exciting trip.  Keep safe and we miss you.  Enjoy yourself.

Jo and Tom

Posted by: Jo and Tom on 1/20/2011 at 10:17 am

I-O!  Great to hear the climb is going well.  I’m sure it is physically challenging, but I’m sure the scenery makes it all worth while!  Enjoy your push to the summit!

Posted by: Chris Meleason on 1/20/2011 at 10:12 am

Leave a comment for the team

* required fields