Aconcagua: Justman & Team head back to Mendoza

Posted by: JJ Justman, Geoff Schellens | December 19, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua

Hey this is JJ and Team One on Aconcagua,

The weather is fouling up the satellite so I will make this quick.  We have left Aconcagua Base Camp, and it was probably the worst day walking out of Base Camp I have ever had. Usually we are worried about sunburn, but today we have to be worried about windburn in a blinding blizzard snow storm.  Something I have never seen before.  It is definitely nice to be out of that weather and a little bit lower in the valley. The team is doing great and we’re real happy.  We are actually having a great dinner of filet mignon with the cowboys that are carrying our stuff out via the mules.

This will be our Final Dispatch of what was one incredible adventure, with the weather that is still not letting up is going to miserable for the next few days, so hopefully Mendoza will be a little sunnier, a little warmer, and a little more hospitable.  The Team definitely deserves it!

Thanks again everyone for following along, and definitely stay tuned because Geoff Schellens, Garrett Stevens, and I will be back at it with another Expedition her on Aconcagua.  We hope the weather gods will be kinder to us.

I can’t say enough great things about this team and the great experience we have had.  No summit but that is the way the weather goes. 

That’s all for now from Argentina, Ciao!

JJ Justman, Geoff Schellens, and Team

 Stormy Aconcagua - Photo JJ Justman

JJ and Team head for Mendoza

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Todd McClure- Todd, I am praying for your safety and that you have an amazing time.  I can’t wait to hear stories in late January about the climb.  One step at a time!!!  Tim Dolan

Posted by: Tim Dolan on 1/2/2013 at 12:52 pm

This is a shout out for Todd McClure.  Todd, thanks for the link and I hope you get this.  I’ll be thinking about you and your effort and all you stand for and know that you’ve got what it takes.  Drink lots of water and you should be fine.  Altitude headaches are horrible, and hopefully you’ll acclimatize well.  You’re big and strong and can carry a lot of weight which should help your team.  I’m thinking the best for you and your group.  What an adventure.

Posted by: Bart Blankenship on 12/29/2012 at 10:40 am

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