Aconcagua Expedition:  Summit!

Posted by: Leon Davis, Billy Nugent | February 14, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 22,841'

Well, despite Mother Nature’s best efforts 100% of our team stood on the summit of Aconcagua, South America’s highest point, at approximately 1:00 pm local time. We were accosted by moderate winds and cold temps most of the evening at Camp Colera so we decided to push back our departure to 5:30 a.m. We were hoping to avoid subjecting the team to too much cold. Well, despite our best efforts to mitigate the weather, we were thoroughly brutalized by wind and cold for the entire climb except for the last 2 stretches of the descent. Our climbers all did a terrific job taking care of themselves and preventing cold injuries. They climbed so efficiently that what is normally a 12 hour summit day we accomplished in 10! Maybe it was the short/lack of breaks, maybe they all possess mutant strength…

Regardless, we’re heading for Aconcagua Basecamp tomorrow!

RMI Guide Billy Nugent

The view from the summit of Aconcagua (22,841').  Photo: RMI Collection Aconcagua High Camp looking toward the summit.  Photo: Tim Amos

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well big bruce i guess that is how you roll!
Congrads on reaching the summit.

Posted by: Ed Gramm on 2/16/2012 at 6:29 am

Congrats Mark and Team,
It must feel real good to breath easy.
Stay safe and return quickly.

Posted by: Steve & Corene on 2/15/2012 at 7:38 pm

Congrats William, your leaders and other climbers!  Now, get back down safely and come back to Marin!  Your family and tennis friends are waiting for your return.

P and M

Posted by: Paul / Margie Taylor on 2/14/2012 at 10:12 pm

Happy Valentines Day Michael and Bruce .  You will always remember where you were on 2/14/12. I’m sure the scenery was spectacular. Travel safe on the way down. Love mom

Posted by: Joyce on 2/14/2012 at 9:34 pm

Congratulations Heidi and David! What an accomplishment for you and all your team!! Back to being warm and toasty soon!

Posted by: Jennefer & Rick on 2/14/2012 at 6:43 pm

Congratulations to all for an outstanding climb.  It’s all down hill from here :) Have a safe descent and enjoy the party in Mendoza!!

Posted by: Sharon Clarke on 2/14/2012 at 6:18 pm

Congratulations! That’s awesome news!!

Posted by: Tara Zier on 2/14/2012 at 3:45 pm

SO proud of the entire time! You all must be thrilled!

Enjoy the remainder of the climb and make sure to “celebrar con muchas bebidas” (the extent of my spanish) when you arrive back in Mendoza!

Happy Valentine’s Day

Posted by: Katie on 2/14/2012 at 1:20 pm

Congratulations!! Please tell William that we are SO proud of him back at home. Amazing!

Posted by: Catherine on 2/14/2012 at 12:21 pm

Congratulations to all on achieving the ultimate high! Take good care coming down and much love to William from all your fans.


Posted by: judy on 2/14/2012 at 12:20 pm

Congratulations team!!!!! You guys OWNED that climb. I’m so proud, especially of MFreed!

Hope your travels back down are safe, not as brutally cold, and that you have a major fiesta back down at basecamp/Mendoza.


Posted by: Jess on 2/14/2012 at 12:06 pm

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