Aconcagua: Justman & Team Try to Carry to Camp 2, Turned by Weather

Posted by: JJ Justman, Mike King, Steve Gately | January 21, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 16,200'

Blustery, breezy, gusty. These are all words that describe Camp One and Aconcagua as a whole right now. We are in full Viento Blanco mode right now. The white wind. The team tried to do a carry to Camp Two but the winds kept knocking us off our feet. I’m positive we could have pushed through it but we have time and there is no reason to risk someone getting hurt.

So we turned around and are taking a rest day with the sun shining through the tents listening to the freight train of wind above us. Everyone is doing well and we are keeping our fingers crossed for better weather so we can carry to 18,000’.

RMI Guide JJ Justman

Views of the mountains above Camp 1. Photo: RMI Collection

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Diane and others, rock on!
Love the blog, what day is summit planned for?
Safe climbing, take and post some nightime astrophotography shots if you can, would love to see clear skies starfields wide image with DLSR.

Posted by: Mike Rosinski on 1/22/2014 at 12:55 pm

remember Grasshopper….all things worth having require much work to obtain.  work hard with your team

Posted by: Mark Eason on 1/22/2014 at 11:12 am

Sounds like some big decisions for all of you.  Last nights ice storm was not a good thing.  Just want you all to come home safe.  The U.S. is cold, snow, and ice.  Love Mom

Posted by: Darlene Christofferson on 1/22/2014 at 4:36 am

Good call on the turnaround. Those decisions are the biggest value an experienced guide team provides.

Good luck and hike well, whether it’s up or down.


Posted by: Bill Gately on 1/22/2014 at 3:57 am

Bissell and Team -

That wind is pretty crazy, isn’t it?  On top of that, Camp 1 is totally exposed.  Time to go find bigger rocks to anchor the tent lines and hunker down for the night.  You did bring earplugs, right?

-Larry Seaton

Posted by: Larry Seaton on 1/21/2014 at 5:19 pm

I truly think Denise could play hid and seek in those snow/ice shards.  It will be -5 tonight here in Hartland.  Great skiing last weekend and off to Boyne city this weekend!  Wishing you all a successful summit!  Let’s go youse huskies and broncos!!!

Posted by: Bonnie on 1/21/2014 at 5:09 pm

Ok, to break up the hard work, here’s a joke. What is green and has wheels? Give up? Grass! I was just kidding about the wheels! How are you doing today. Thinking about you every step of the way.
mary Fox

Posted by: Mary Fox on 1/21/2014 at 4:22 pm

Go Team Olenick!  Thinking about you at work, in our Polar Vortex (High of 6 deg F today)!

Posted by: Kathy O'Callaghan on 1/21/2014 at 1:07 pm

If anybody can do it , Lew can!  God speed!

Posted by: Jim Davis on 1/21/2014 at 9:37 am

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