Aconcagua: Justman & Team Camp 2 Rest Day Gives Time for Reflection

Posted by: JJ Justman, Geoff Schellens, Garrett Stevens | January 15, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 18,000'

We woke on our rest say today to another beautiful morning on the Stone Sentinel, feeling good at our Camp 2 altitude of 18,200’. Although clouds have slowly built and a light snow is falling, team morale is high and the collective attitude is positive and charged with anticipation of the move to come. Everyone continues to climb well, and we’re all taking care to eat and drink enough for the hard days ahead. 

Rest days give time to think, and something that always comes to mind is the total experience of mountain climbing. A big part of that experience is being present in the moment, finding the rhythm of walking and breathing, seeing the splendor of nature all around and being able to appreciate it without the distractions that are all too present in most of the world. The team is definitely embracing the moment, soaking up the beauty and enjoying the journey through this high and wild place. While occasional thoughts may jump forward and higher to the summit of South America, we are perfectly content to enjoy a cup of coffee and the company of friends new and old on this well-earned rest day.

Keep us in your thoughts as we push higher and higher the next few days. The weather looks promising, the team is strong, and we look forward to the challenge ahead!

RMI Guides JJ Justman, Geoff Schellens, Garrett Stevens and the Aconcagua team

Views of the Andes from Aconcagua. Photo: Garrett Stevens Tent Glow on Aconcagua. Photo: Garrett Stevens

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Hey Mike McHugh, what a beautiful and rare experience you are having.  I look forward to talking with you about this climb when you return.  Love, Uncle Mel

Posted by: Mel Schroeder on 1/16/2013 at 3:43 am
















WOW Greg B you’re just about there.  Have a good climb. Sure enjoy the daily comments and great pix. Makes a person almost wish we were there too.  Wishing everyone success.  Be safe. mom and dad






Posted by: Dawn on 1/15/2013 at 6:33 pm

Hazel, George and India are looking forward to a boat ride when Todd gets down.  Praying for good weather for you.

Posted by: Jack on 1/15/2013 at 6:04 pm

We’ve never been so glued to a blog in our entire lives! It’s fun sharing the excitement of the climb with you, Mike. We pray for perfect weather as summit day approaches. Love, Mom and Dad

Posted by: Maralee McHugh on 1/15/2013 at 3:49 pm

Looking forward to watching Greg and his team reach the summit safely and returning home to tell us all about his increbile expedition to the top of South America.  Best wishes from all of the Nordstrong staff here in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada.

Posted by: Matthew on 1/15/2013 at 11:58 am

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