Aconcagua: Justman & Team Journey into Basecamp

Posted by: JJ Justman, Leah Fisher | December 19, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 13,800'

Hey, hey, hey it’s RMI Aconcagua Team 2 on the way! What a gorgeous day to make our final journey into Basecamp. We had a thrilling mule ride to get us across the Vacas River and then it was smooth sailing into camp.

A lot can be told of how our climbers are doing as they near 14,000 feet. And they are doing great! Every one of them. Now in Basecamp we are setting up our new home and simply relaxing. We earned it. Tomorrow we will have a rest day. So stay tuned for Leah and JJ’s secret quesadilla recipe!

RMI Guide JJ Justman

Approaching Aconcagua Base Camp through the Relinchos Valley. Photo: Garrett Stevens

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Cindee— Hope you’re getting acclimated, resting, and enjoying the view!  Since you’ve been out a few days, thought you and the group would appreciate some light news from this week. For starters, Robin Wright (Princess Bride actress) just got engaged to boyfriend Ben Foster… Donations have exceeded $100,000 to help a NY blind man keep the guide dog who rescued him from a potentially fatal subway fall….Former NBA star Dennis Rodman arrived in North Korea on Thursday to meet leader Kim Jong Un and finish plans to bring 12 ex-NBA players to Pyongyang for a January exhibition for the leader’s birthday….. and Justin Bieber says he’s “retiring” (yay!). How’s that for an update? Hope you have a great weekend!

Hugs, Rebekah

Posted by: Rebekah Mitchell on 12/20/2013 at 3:51 pm

KK—Mules, stars,hiking and mexican food?  You’re living the dream, my friend.  Lots of luck to you and your fellow team members.  Will continue watching your trek. Love ya.

Posted by: Helen on 12/20/2013 at 12:57 pm

Sleeping under the stars, mules carrying your stuff, quesadillas…..sounds pretty cushy up there! Looking good. Hope everyone is feeling good at that high elevation and getting settled in to your new home of base camp. XOXO

Posted by: Kristina Markula on 12/20/2013 at 9:52 am

JJ…Go go go…Will this be summit # 200 for Aconcagua like Rainier…:)...Waltero, ‘12 Aconcagua

Posted by: waltero glover on 12/20/2013 at 7:23 am

Please be sure to check David’s pack for ice cream. Now that your at 14,000 ft he really shouldn’t have any.

With love,
Dave’s over protective older sister.

Ps-really excited to hear that everyone’s doing great! Keep it up!!!

Posted by: Beth Glein on 12/19/2013 at 10:05 pm

Hi Kim!! Hope life is grand riding mules and eating quesadillas!  That sounds awesome except for the mules part. Things have gotten really crazy since you left- I made (as in from scratch) Rice Krispie treats- GO KIM GO!!!

Posted by: Lora fluffysparklepuff on 12/19/2013 at 5:47 pm

JJ and Barbara…..You guys ROCK!!!  What a great trip…I am planning this for 2014 so I want the scoop when you return!  What a great way to spend the holidays!!!! LOVE AND PEACE

Posted by: Debbi LaPrevotte on 12/19/2013 at 4:57 pm

Off to a great start. Sounds like food is good as well! Love the daily updates?

Posted by: Karen on 12/19/2013 at 4:27 pm

Ya are doing great!!!  What an awesome feeling it must be to have arrived at Camp 1!!!  I bet the view is breathtaking!!  Hope you are taking pictures Josh.  Keep up the great progress and enjoy your day off tomorrow.  Josh - we miss you, but know you are having the time of your life.  Can’t wait to see the next update.

Love you - Jess

Posted by: Jessica on 12/19/2013 at 3:00 pm

Wow!  You all are over half way there.  That’s incredible.  So proud of all you climbers.  Take care and enjoy your day of leisure tomorrow.  Good luck to all.  Miss and love you Josh, mom and dad

Posted by: phyllis on 12/19/2013 at 12:46 pm

So glad to hear that everyone is doing great! Looking forward to more updates! So proud of you Josh! Love you!

Posted by: Lily on 12/19/2013 at 10:23 am

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