Aconcagua: Justman and Team arrive at Base Camp

Posted by: JJ Justman, Mike King, Steve Gately | January 16, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 13,800'

We have arrived at base camp! Our team is in full effect chilling. We had a beautiful last day trekking up the Relinchos Valley, and guess what!? The Old Spice worked! We had a family of guanacos checking us out as we filled up water bottles at a nearby stream.

The cowboys that have graciously helped us waved goodbye as they rode past. Aconcagua was out for most of the day as we walked in. The team is doing great and it’s so nice to unload all our gear without having to pack it all up for the mules. Now, we get to rest and relax at 13,800 feet.

RMI Guide JJ Justman & Team

Mules at Base Camp. RMI Photo Collection

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?  Blind-folded Donkey’s.  You guys must all be pretty confident if you hired blind jackasses to hlp the team!

Posted by: Sandy reierson on 1/18/2014 at 9:25 am

Way to go Team 6!  Waiting for very cool photos of Lew Smith on top of Aconcagua

Posted by: Rob Pierson on 1/17/2014 at 6:12 pm

Awesome!  Well done, dad (Lew Smith)!  I hope things are going well and that your gear is good to go…no problems whatsoever.  I’m sure you are feeling strong and acclimating to the altitude just fine.  We are so proud of you and look forward to the team’s progress.  Don’t think about the summit, or getting to the top, just like we discussed.  Just focus on the act of getting there; the process, and the climb itself.  One foot in front of the other, good breathing, and taking your time.  You’ll do awesome!  You are my hero, dad!  Semper Fidelis and climb on! 

Love ya,


Posted by: Kyle A. Smith on 1/17/2014 at 8:39 am

Steve and team,

Glad to hear the trip is proceeding well and the weather is cooperating. Your group is in the most capable hands available for the climb. Enjoy the journey as it is as important as the summit.

Hike well.


Posted by: Bill Gately on 1/17/2014 at 4:45 am

The Oleyniks and crew,
Easy Peasy, 4 days in and you can finally begin… that wasn’t so bad was it :)
That’s the longest approach I’ve ever done, if I’d done it, but I didn’t…. You guys are rock stars. Drinkin a cab sav thinkin ah you… I’ll save a glass for ya…... have fun be safe

Posted by: Josh on 1/16/2014 at 9:57 pm

hi dad i love you so so so so so so much i miss you so much wish you were here maggie missis you VERY much i miss you too i have been watching MY FROGGY STUFF i love you bye

Posted by: sarah on 1/16/2014 at 6:44 pm

  J J keep an eye on Lew Smith and make sure he doesn’t eat any of that AWESOME beef from Argentina.
Lew, hope you are savoring every moment of the climb.  Everyone is asking about you and rooting for you!!

You are missing Parking Lot Team weekend - you’ re excused this time!!

Posted by: Kenny Klimes on 1/16/2014 at 4:54 pm

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