Aconcagua: Beren & Team Summit!

Posted by: Jake Beren, Leon Davis, Zeb Blais | January 02, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 22,841'

What a proud day for our team!  This morning we woke long before the sun came up and proceeded to hide from the bitter cold until a much more sensible option presented itself. All the teams left camp early turned back to protect their extremities while we enjoyed the rising sun and long summer day as we made our bid for the top. Don’t get us wrong, it was a cold day but everyone managed quite well and is happy and healthy back at camp.

Aconcagua was most gracious to our team today, but boy did we have to earn it. The light snow winter has left the mountain nearly bare of snow and we did not even use crampons today. Scrambling up loose rock at just under 23,000 feet is a real treat and the team rose to the challenge, huffing and puffing all the way to the roof of the Andes.

All in all a great day with a stellar team. I’m certainly grateful to have gotten to share a beautiful day in the mountains with a great crew of climbers.  Those of us that stood on top could not have done it without our team and though not every member shared the view today, they were all with us every step of the way.

RMI Guide Jake Beren

[Summit audio transcription]
Hello. This is Jake Beren calling from the highest point in South America, the top of Aconcagua with a real strong team.  Had a great summit day, perfect weather. We’re up here with visibility in just about every direction. So, definitely proud of a real solid team and a real solid effort and we’re halfway done. So we will give you a shout when we get to our camp.  Thanks for all the weather help and we look forward to seeing everybody when we get back. Alright.

RMI Guide Jake Beren calls in from the Aconcagua summit!

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Congratulations, finish strong and savor your accomplishment! Stay safe.

Posted by: Ken Hislop on 1/12/2013 at 11:23 pm

Great job my friends! congrats! Enjoy the beef at Pampa de Lenas, and the warm temps in Mendoza.

Posted by: Gabriel Barral on 1/3/2013 at 3:59 pm

Congrats Zeb & team!  Have a safe climb down and a grea New Year!  Take care, Michelle

Posted by: Michelle on 1/3/2013 at 11:34 am

Way to go, Josh!!! So proud of you! We can’t wait to hear all about your adventure!

Posted by: Jazmin & Matt on 1/3/2013 at 9:06 am

JARED!!!!! Awesome bro!!! So proud, congrats man.

Posted by: Brian M on 1/3/2013 at 8:41 am

Jake congratulation to you / your crew…And remembering Rainier last Sept here’s a hope for those unable to summit…Symmetery: A year ago today I left conrfields of IN for Mendoza and Aconcagua….

Posted by: waltero glover on 1/3/2013 at 6:47 am

Josh & crew…great job guys!  Congratulations!!

Posted by: Cocowitch on 1/3/2013 at 5:44 am

Jake…and Team…Great job.  Congratulations on the Summit.  Save some of that fantastic weather for next year…

Posted by: John on 1/3/2013 at 4:36 am

Congrats, Josh and team! Sounds like an awesome day!

Posted by: Meredith on 1/2/2013 at 6:31 pm

Congratulations Tom and the team. Stay well.

Posted by: Joan & Henry on 1/2/2013 at 6:12 pm

A big congratulations to all of the team!  Safe travels and wishes for continued good weather.  Dawn - missing you.  Can’t wait to see summit photos.

- E

Posted by: Eric Scata on 1/2/2013 at 5:36 pm

Way to go Uncle Josh and your amazing team!  We are so excited for all of you and can’t wait to hear all about it!

Posted by: Ben and Gus on 1/2/2013 at 4:42 pm

Congrats Brother!!!  I’m so proud!!!!!!!

Posted by: Jon on 1/2/2013 at 4:38 pm

Congratulations Michael! Great job everyone, I am very happy for all of you. Have a safe descend!

Posted by: Vien Vail on 1/2/2013 at 2:14 pm

Way to go Josh!!!  You all are amazing.  Congratulations to all of you.  Be safe.
Mike S.

Posted by: Mike Sokol on 1/2/2013 at 1:44 pm

Congrats J-rash! Now get back here so we can celebrate!

Posted by: Slater on 1/2/2013 at 12:44 pm

Congratulations Team!

Posted by: Michael McHugh on 1/2/2013 at 11:59 am

Congratulations Dad!  Miss you and have a safe hike back down.

Posted by: Kara Raymond on 1/2/2013 at 11:31 am


Posted by: Kai & Dip & RU on 1/2/2013 at 11:28 am

Congratulations! So happy for everyone, can’t wait to hear all about it!

Posted by: Jeanne Potter on 1/2/2013 at 11:26 am

Amazing! Congratulations! Safe travels back to camp and can’t wait to talk to you!

Posted by: Missy Peterson on 1/2/2013 at 11:10 am

Congratulations on making the summit!  Have a safe trip down the mountain.

Posted by: Ron Davis on 1/2/2013 at 11:06 am

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