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Aconcagua: King & Team Carry to High Camp

Wow! It’s was one of the hottest days above 18,000’! We had 4 inches of snow starting yesterday evening that tapered off by 9 pm. The 1,600 vertical feet to high camp took us up a snowy moraine and into a series of switchbacks that terminate below a complex of white rock towers. The camp is named after the fierce winds that plague this part of the mountain…Camp Cholera. We could have used a fraction of that wind today to cool down the Team and maybe prevent the roofs of our mouths from getting sunburned due to the heavy panting brought on by altitude and heat.

The Team got in a small cache and now comes the difficult decision of when to attempt the summit. The weather models are showing increasing winds on Saturday with Sunday winds being high enough that maintaining camp will be difficult. Our current plan is to move up Friday but a move tomorrow is not out of the question in favor of lighter winds and snow and hopefully higher summit success.  It’s snowing again, we’ve been able to set out watches by the afternoon snow fall.

Regardless of what happens, the effort today has the guides feeling optimistic for the Team to boot up and meet the challenge. Thanks for following along.

RMI Guide Mike King & Team


Comments (4)

Virg - talked to Dad, Nora & Joe and we are all cheering you and the team on.  I hope things went well today.  Joe went snowboarding, Nora printed out W’2s, Dad went to Harbor Freight and I read one of the books you got me for Christmas.  Well l’m sure your day was more exciting.  Love, Mom❤️

Posted by: Barbara(mom) on

So glad to hear you’ve made a carry to the high camp! I’m sure you’re anxious to keep moving higher. We can’t wait to hear the tales from the trail. Much love and stay safe!

Posted by: Beth Ludwig on

You all made High Camp!  Congratulations team! Here’s to clear skies, low wind and your energy to make it to the summit.  Your whole family is cheering you on brother Dave.  Love you - Jul

Posted by: Julie Beckner on

Glad to hear you are all doing well and able to ramp up for an earlier summit. Praying that the weather holds and you are able to do a Friday summit before difficult weather comes in. Hugs to both Caroline and Craig! Cheering for you here in Ohio. I’ve just realized over the past couple days that there must be to Craigs on this climb…. so cheers to the second Craig also ;)

Posted by: Sarah Relyea on

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