Aconcagua: Successful Summit on Aconcagua!

Posted by: | January 22, 2011
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 19,600'

The team did a great job, not just on the climb to the summit, but also on the descent back to high camp.

Now everybody is very tired, but I think that after a big portion of Ramen the stoke meter will mark a 11! (It’s one bigger isn’t?!)

This is the RMI Aconcagua Expedition checking in from Camp 3 after a successful ascent to the top of Aconcagua (22841’-6962m)

A beautiful dark blue sky, lots of stars forming constellations such as the Cruz del Sur (southern cross) and a magnificent full moon were the kick off of our climb at 5:30am. The weather during the first 6 hours of our ascent was extremely good, no wind and temperatures on the sunny slopes were more than comfortable.

Once we started the final part of the ascent (the Canaleta) clouds moved in, but the temperatures kept getting warmer.
Unfortunately at the moment of our arrival on the summit it became covered by clouds, and we did not have the chance of enjoy the awesome 360 degrees view of the Andes, but this didn’t stop the group from having the opportunity to let our emotions get out and celebrate.

StokemeterWe will check in tomorrow from the comfort of Base Camp Plaza Argentina.

Thanks to everybody out there for following our progress on the mountain and for sending all those kind messages.


Gabi and the RMI Aconcagua Expedition.

An RMI Team prepares for their summit bid from High Camp last year.

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Congratulations on making the summit dad!!  The weather looked so amazing over there, can’t wait to see you when you get home!!

Love, Bart

Posted by: Bart Eland on 1/23/2011 at 4:50 pm

congratulations Sid !  We have all been tracking your progress and are excited for you that you all reached the summit !  Quite an impressive mountain I’m sure !  Great job !  The Fitzy cheering squad !

Posted by: Carol Eland on 1/23/2011 at 4:41 pm

Congratulations Erin!! One more goal realized. Good wishes to you and your team!

Posted by: Sarah Koenig on 1/23/2011 at 4:32 pm

Amazing!!  Congratulations Garrett & team.  Can only imagine what your accomplishment must feel like.  Well wishes for everyone’s safe return & celebrations.

Posted by: Renee N Butch Porter on 1/23/2011 at 11:41 am

Leeeeza, congrats!  Safe journey home.

Posted by: Juuuudy on 1/23/2011 at 10:47 am

Way to go Keith!!!!!!! I’m so excited for you!!! I can’t way to see pictures and hear all about it.  Have fun on the way down.

Posted by: Kim Jackson on 1/23/2011 at 10:37 am

Way to go Lisa!!!  All that hard work chugging up the hill with the pack paid off in more ways than one.  We knew you would make it but are still very happy for you.  Can’t wait to see you and hear all about it.  We will be wishing you all a safe journey back down and home.

Posted by: Anita Petit on 1/23/2011 at 9:46 am

Lisa- We are so proud of you and your accomplishment. Congratulations on the summit! We love you and can’t wait to see you and hear all about it! Love- Marc and Jessica

Posted by: Tom on 1/23/2011 at 9:14 am

Way to goTodd. Did they have to rouse you from your fetal position? Wish I had made your group but guess I will soon find out for myself. Have safe trip down and home. If you have time give me a brief scouting report. Good job! oatman

Posted by: Michael OATMAN on 1/23/2011 at 5:05 am

Congrats, way to bag it, tag it, and sell it to the butcher in the store G.

Posted by: El Guapo on 1/22/2011 at 10:22 pm

Excellent! Congratulations on reaching the summit safely!

Posted by: Judy H. on 1/22/2011 at 7:40 pm

Congratulations team!  Garrett, I love you and I’m very proud of you.  Michelle, Brooks, and Samantha all say congratulations too.  Have a safe descent and hurry home.

Posted by: Amy on 1/22/2011 at 6:48 pm

Whoooo Hoooo!!!!!!!  Way to go Team!  You’re half way there, the descent is the most important; be safe!

Sis…now lets go do some Colorado 14ers and State highpoints!  I’m so proud of you!!! and always have been!


Posted by: Sheri Brisbois on 1/22/2011 at 6:17 pm

WOW! You did it. You not only saw the stars from the summit but you are the stars.This is just way too cool to read about your big adventure every day. My thanks to the whole team. Love you Erin, Mom

Posted by: Elizabeth S. Martin on 1/22/2011 at 5:37 pm

Congratulations everyone! Felicidades!

Posted by: Brenda Snowden on 1/22/2011 at 5:33 pm

Congratulations to all of you!!!!
I knew you would make it Lisa!
Take care on the return, and have a wonderful celebration!

Sheila and Ralph

Posted by: Sheila Furlong on 1/22/2011 at 5:26 pm


Posted by: Tami from Oregon on 1/22/2011 at 4:15 pm

Big hugs from your momma.  We can’t wait to see your pictures.  Jud, Val and Loraine and I are sitting in from of the fire at the cabin and wishing we were there, or you were here.

Love,  Momma

Posted by: Momma on 1/22/2011 at 3:35 pm

Yahoo! That’s my girl
Way to go Liss! Get down safe
Love, Tom

Posted by: Tom on 1/22/2011 at 3:06 pm

Hi Dan,
Glad you all made it up & back safely!! What a wonderful experience for all of you. Enjoy the rest of the trip. Continue to stay safe.
Mom & Dad

Posted by: Ed & Katie Meleason on 1/22/2011 at 2:42 pm

Atta Woman, Lisa…

I knew you could do it.  You should be very proud of yourself.  CELEBRATE!

Posted by: Brook on 1/22/2011 at 2:41 pm

Linda, Dad, and all of us. Words can’t express how happy we are. Wonderful to hear you made it to the top of the world! All our love to John and our best wishes to all the other climbers.

Posted by: The Shadid Family on 1/22/2011 at 2:19 pm

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