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Aconcagua: King & Team Move to High Camp

Well, we pulled the trigger and moved to Cholera located at 19,600’. We decided to skip a rest day in exchange for 2 ‘active’ rest days. The Team moved up with the bear necessities to establish camp and summit Aconcagua! We were on our feet for only three hours so the remainder of the day has been R&R. This morning was the coldest of the trip with beautiful clear skies and a 10-15 WNW wind that kept us cooler then yesterday’s sweat locker. Other teams have been coming down from the summit so the track is kicked in which will make for great climbing.

Everyone is doing great, some nervous energy but that is to be expected the day before attempting the highest mountain outside the Himalaya. We are about ready to feast on hot summer sausage cheese quesadillas and soup before doing a little pre-packing and talking summit day expectations and plan of action. Hopefully we will be calling in from the summit tomorrow. The Team is getting their final pep talk from your blog comments tonight, thanks for the encouraging words and being apart of this wonderful expedition with such a stellar crew!

RMI Guide Mike King

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Comments (14)

Congratulations Virgil what a great climb.  What aw inspiring Beauty. See you back at sea level.

Posted by: Len currier on

Wonderful news.  Enjoy that summit viewing,  Dave, I am so happy for you and for all the things you have accomplished and the new ones to come.  Donna

Posted by: Donna Bernier on

Amazing Virg - Amazing!  We are anxiously awaiting your return.  Mom is so excited to read the blog everyday.  My stomach is in knots waiting for the summit.  Love ya, Nora

Posted by: Nora Hall on

La montagne est « l’ecole Du courage », I wish you all a beautiful moment.. Facing the true life!! Thank you for your “world support”, thank you for sharing your strength, Ambition and devotion.. I’ll follow your path shortly

Love and power to you ALL

Posted by: Marie Le Bihan on

Craig & Caroline - Good luck and enjoy every moment, you guys are amazing

Go Bro!!

Love from all

Russell & Fam

Posted by: Russell on

Good luck tomorrow! Remember, if all else fails, just log roll back down the mountain!


Good luck! A wise man once told me that my face made him feel violent.  Attack the summit like it’s my face.


We love you!

Posted by: Meridith and Ben on

We are with you in spirit Mike and team. The crystal clear vistas and thin air will make memories that last a lifetime; praying the mountain and jet stream shine on you on your final push.
Can’t wait to hear about it when you get back to basecamp postings!

Posted by: Ken on

Hey Virg,

Travel safely to the top! Enjoy the view and soak up the wonder. You are an inspiration.


Posted by: Rachel Ford on

Even halfway across the world, you are an inspiration to me, Zach, and the boys. In more ways than you know… Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all. Go get ‘em, Dad!! We love you! -Alli

Posted by: Allison Jacobsmeier on

You are almost there!! Keep focused, strong, savor the summit view and save some for the walk down! You all are amazing!
Our whole family is supporting you on brother Dave..love Jul

Posted by: Julie Beckner on

A&K - finish strong, as always!

Wish I was there - with you and the view; the hard work, not so much. ;)

Posted by: Karla on

Congrats on making high camp! Next step(s)...SUMMIT!! Eat up, try to rest and then go get it! Thrilled you’re getting the opportunity this time around. -B.

Posted by: Beth Ludwig on

Keep crushing it Katja! A day on the mountain is better than a day at school. Enjoy it while it lasts, you’ll be at the summit soon! Cheering you on from USNA, can’t wait to hear all about the trek!

- Wilton

Posted by: Wilton on

Safe travels Nicholas and Team!

Nicholas - do a little dance-step, for our girl, when you reach the summit.  She is beside you. Every step.

Posted by: Elisa on

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