Aconcagua: Stevens & Team Summit!

Posted by: Garrett Stevens, Ben Liken | January 12, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 22,841'

Well hopefully you got the voice dispatch as well…today was a successful summit day for the crew here on Aconcagua! We woke to clear, dark skies and cool temperatures, for moving well before the sun was up, and were underway with a fairly large cadre of other summit hopefuls.

The sun cracked the horizon as we passed 20,000’, casting Aconcagua’s immense shadow towards the west and creating some sublime photo opportunities. Steady climbing up through cold winds gave way to still air and a soft-shell summit push, and the crew stepped onto the summit plateau around 1:30pm local time.  We sat on top for about an hour, then began the long descent back to camp.

Now the team is fed, has full water bottles, and is tucked into tents for good long night of sleep. Tomorrow we’ll start the long descent back into thick air, chasing down dreams of Malbec and beef. Thanks for all the positive wishes!

RMI Guide Garrett Stevens

Looking up towards the Canaleta, just below Aconcagua's summit. Photo: RMI Collection An RMI Team taking a break on Summit Day on Aconcagua. Photo: RMI Collection

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Congratulations Beng Hoe and rest of the team. Been following the blog daily. The voice dispatch was a nice touch! Enjoy the hike down and stay safe.

Posted by: Helen Lim on 1/13/2014 at 5:34 pm

Congratulations to David and the whole team on your great accomplishment! Have a safe trip down.

Posted by: Lori on 1/13/2014 at 1:22 pm

Wow!  Congratulations David and Jamie.  Abby, Zoe and I are so proud of you as we wait for your return here in Boston.  No new Nodler yet.

Posted by: Kathy Babin on 1/13/2014 at 11:05 am

Hats off, Garrett. Congratulations.

Posted by: Bill Horn on 1/13/2014 at 9:53 am

Congrats David and team! Great work.  Tali

Posted by: Tali Wilkinson on 1/13/2014 at 8:41 am

Way to go son! Just great. Your first lead climb and you and your team did it. You are in your prime and living the dream. Love,  Dad

Posted by: Eric Stevens on 1/13/2014 at 8:24 am

Congrats to all! I know it was very difficult. Have a safe descent.

Posted by: Steve on 1/13/2014 at 6:53 am

So proud of you Stefan!!! Knew you could do. now be safe on the way down.

Posted by: Martha on 1/13/2014 at 4:16 am

Hi Garrett -
Congrats on team summiting. Denali season is just around the corner.  I always think about you and Tyler during that time of year.

-Larry Seaton

Posted by: Larry Seaton on 1/12/2014 at 7:01 pm

Congratulations,Garrett and team.Have a safe descent.
Gary and Donna

Posted by: Donna Whitaker on 1/12/2014 at 7:00 pm

Congrats Henry and to the rest of the group!!  Very exciting.

Posted by: Scott Stevens on 1/12/2014 at 2:24 pm

Congratulations team!  Garrett- it’s so nice to hear your voice.  Stay safe on the way down.  I can’t wait to see you.  Much love.


Posted by: Amy on 1/12/2014 at 1:56 pm

congratulations everyone!!

Posted by: Mary on 1/12/2014 at 1:54 pm

Congradulations team! 
Have a safe decent.
Robert we are so proud. Can’t wait until the 18th.
Lisa, Joe and Gabe

Posted by: Lisa on 1/12/2014 at 12:04 pm

Congrats to all for a great experience

Posted by: Ron on 1/12/2014 at 12:01 pm

Congrats on the summit, but Stefan I think Stacy beat you across the finish line by an hour or so to your respective goals since she finished the marathon around 12:30 ET today. She won’t you let forget you know.

Congrats again and have a safe trip down.

Posted by: Skipper on 1/12/2014 at 11:58 am

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