Aconcagua: Justman & Team at High Camp and Set for Summit Bid

Posted by: JJ Justman, Geoff Schellens, Garrett Stevens | January 16, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 19,600'

Well, well, well! Here we are! High Camp at 19,600 feet. And let me tell ya, it is great to be here in the thin air. It’s like I tell my climbers, “The higher we go, the better we feel!”  And even though it goes against physiology at altitude, I believe the mental mantra is working. Everyone is feeling great!

Tomorrow is summit day. We have a great forecast and we are keeping our fingers crossed. Most likely we will have light winds and some clouds building late afternoon. It is looking like a beautiful day. With that said, I have a challenge for you RMI blog enthusiasts, and make sure you share this challenge with as many folks you know.

On this blog post click on the comment button and place your guess. What time (Argentina Time: ART) will our team summit Aconcagua tomorrow December 17th? Our team will be leaving high camp around 5 AM (ART).

Whoever gets the closest time will win an RMI t-shirt and baseball cap. Please include your email address along with your answer.

Again put your guess in the comment section of this blog posting only.

Wish us luck!!

RMI Guide JJ Justman

Views of the Andes while approaching High Camp on Aconcagua. Photo: RMI Collection RMI's High Camp on Aconcagua. Photo: RMI Collection

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Congratulations on your summit, Mike. It’s been fun following you on the RMI blog! Love, Uncle Eddie

Posted by: Ed Schroeder on 1/17/2013 at 12:36 pm

11:17am.  Weather looks great, go team go!  Be safe.

Posted by: James Salter on 1/17/2013 at 10:55 am


Posted by: Paula Hall on 1/17/2013 at 8:38 am


Posted by: Elsie Bemiss on 1/17/2013 at 7:27 am

  11:59 a.m. summit

Waltero Glover

Met you last year this time JJ @ Aconcagua w/ Gabby.

Posted by: waltero glover on 1/17/2013 at 5:58 am

Good luck Jeff hall.  12:32 pm

Posted by: James McGlocklin on 1/16/2013 at 11:54 pm

Go Mike!  Can’t wait to hear the news!

Posted by: Colleen on 1/16/2013 at 11:35 pm

Go Cousin Mike!!!!

Get up there by 1:47 for me!!

Love you!!!

Posted by: Holly McHugh on 1/16/2013 at 11:17 pm

Summit at 1:02.  Very excited Mike, this is great being able to follow online so thanks to the team for this option.  Hope the weather is awesome and the climb, summit and descent all go smoothly!!  Have a great day!!

Posted by: Sharon Hulbert on 1/16/2013 at 10:30 pm

I’m guess 11:03. Good luck

Posted by: Brad on 1/16/2013 at 10:27 pm

AMAZING.  We guess 12:47.  Enjoy

Posted by: Pat Simmons on 1/16/2013 at 7:52 pm

Wishing you all good climbing!  Godspeed!  Summit at 11:22 AM ART

Posted by: Lew Smith on 1/16/2013 at 7:34 pm

You are all amazing just being there and sending daily updates. Good luck in reaching the summit at 12 noon tomorrow!

Posted by: Shelley (daughter of Mrs. Martin) on 1/16/2013 at 7:15 pm

Almost forgot, my guess for summit is 10:05am.

Posted by: Jay Jones on 1/16/2013 at 7:00 pm

Hey Greg B, haven’t seen you in a while but I have sure enjoyed following you and the team. Good luck to you and the team tomorrow. Enjoy it. Jay’s Jones.

Posted by: Jay Jones on 1/16/2013 at 6:57 pm

Good Luck Peter and Team!! My guess is 12:12pm.

Posted by: Michael (MAV) on 1/16/2013 at 6:46 pm

Good luck Greg and team ;  13:05

Posted by: Miguel on 1/16/2013 at 6:26 pm

Hey Greg!  Be at the summit precisely @ 2:22 PM.  Mia has always desired an RMI Tee.  I’ll take the hat.  Looking forward to some sodas.  Good luck team!!

Posted by: The Pages on 1/16/2013 at 3:48 pm

Good luck!
My guess is that you will summit around 12:52pm.

Posted by: Helena Wolfe on 1/16/2013 at 3:41 pm

GO get em’ Mr Hall!!!!
Sumitt at 1248

Posted by: John Satterfield on 1/16/2013 at 3:37 pm

10:32 AM has to be summit time. I need the baseball cap, Mike! We’re all root’n for ya. Love, Dad

Posted by: Murphy McHugh on 1/16/2013 at 3:30 pm

Happy Thursday Fred.  Good Luck.  11:45
Love, Mom & Dad

Posted by: Sandy & Fred on 1/16/2013 at 3:26 pm

I’m betting 11:11 am.

Posted by: Bonny Rogers on 1/16/2013 at 2:55 pm

12:20 pm arrival (assuming you start right at 5am)

Posted by: Dawn on 1/16/2013 at 2:37 pm

Summit @ 11:48
Good Luck!

Posted by: Darin on 1/16/2013 at 2:18 pm

GO Jeff!  1:23 pm.  Good luck!

Posted by: Tom Shilson on 1/16/2013 at 2:03 pm

I feel like I’m on the Price Is Right!  No doubt about it, 10:00am summit. Go Mike and go Mike’s lungs!  P.S. I want that t-shirt, Mike.  Love, Mom

Posted by: Maralee McHugh on 1/16/2013 at 1:28 pm

My guess is 12:57pm. All the best everyone. You are amazing!! Don’t forget to eat on your way down from the summit…even if you aren’t hungry. I read this tip on the internet so it MUST be true!

Go Greg Barber! Woot! Woot!

Posted by: Leah on 1/16/2013 at 1:27 pm

Hey Greg Barber,  I left a couple of chics for you at the top. Sorry I couldn’t wait .I ran out of rum and the old guy didn’t bring any more.
Best of luck,  Uncle Dan

Posted by: Uncle Dan on 1/16/2013 at 1:14 pm

Excited for you and your friends Greg.Tomorrow is what it’s all about.Wishing you all a successful and safe summit Our guess will be 12:15 p.m. mom and dad

Posted by: Mom on 1/16/2013 at 1:07 pm

Hey Barber.  Best wishes for an awesome summit day with clear skies to allow you all to enjoy what will surely be a spectacular view!  My guess is 12:17 pm.

Posted by: Nancy Strom on 1/16/2013 at 1:00 pm

Hey Barber… I’ve learned a few things watching JJ’s videos! So, the energy to climb that last bit is quite a lot hey… so I’ll give you a couple more hours… Suck on your favourite sugar candies and have fun with the crew. 1149 am… may your toes be dancing on the top of the mountain!
lots of love,

Posted by: Teri-Ann on 1/16/2013 at 12:23 pm

We will be sipping wine in Mendoza thinking of all of you!  I’m guessing 11:12am
Good luck from all of us at Mendoza Wine Camp!

Posted by: Adam on 1/16/2013 at 11:53 am

Best wishes Greg and crew for a safe and successful climb.
My guess is 9:39am ART.
Prayers for clear skies…and beautiful weather…. enjoy the sunrise as you summit!
So happy for you G. Your dreams will come true to summit!!!
Big hugs,

Posted by: Teri-Ann on 1/16/2013 at 11:47 am

that’s 1:08 PM (ART)

Posted by: Paula Hall on 1/16/2013 at 11:44 am

My guess would be 11:07 am (ART). January 17, not December JJ.

Posted by: Ed on 1/16/2013 at 11:41 am

1:17pm ART.  Good luck!

Posted by: Scott Z on 1/16/2013 at 11:16 am

My guess is 10:31 AM (ART) on Jan17th not Dec17th :)

Have a safe climb Greg, enjoy and don’t forget to take a picture or two.

Posted by: Kim Morgan on 1/16/2013 at 10:25 am

Glad everyone is feeling good. You all are so amazing. Of course my Jeffrey is the most amazing with his new knee and almost 54.
I am ging to guess you all will reach the summit at 1:08 PM.
Best of Luck

Posted by: Paula Hall on 1/16/2013 at 10:21 am

Ahab predicts a 10:16 AM summit! God speed to you all! Go Jim, Go Todd! Our prayers are with you! Don’t forget your Jolly Ranchers! Take one every 30 minutes on the way up!

Posted by: Captain Ahab on 1/16/2013 at 10:15 am

My guess is 11:47 a.m.!
Good luck and congrats Greg.

Posted by: Mrs Martin on 1/16/2013 at 10:02 am

Oh, and I predict you will reach the summit before 12:30pm (ART). I suppose my guess is 12:20pm (ART).

Posted by: Sally McClure on 1/16/2013 at 9:59 am

I am so excited for you all and so proud of you, Todd and Jim. I am praying for perfect weather and strong lungs! Can’t believe I felt like the “roof of Africa” was so HIGH and now you are going to sleep higher than that! Wow!

Posted by: Sally McClure on 1/16/2013 at 9:43 am

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