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Aconcagua: King & Team Reach the Summit!

Update from Mike King at 10:30 am PT:
If you haven’t listened to my hypoxic voicemail from today, you should know that we stood on top of Aconcagua, 22,841’ around 1pm local time. The climbers are back in camp trying to avoid these late afternoon snow/heat waves…ya doesn’t sound fun does it? The climb had wind, snow, heat, drifted snow in the trail and lots of other parties attempting the summit. I’ll leave the details from the summit day for your loved ones to tell…but the guides are in agreement, one of the harder days we’ve had in the mountains. Tomorrow we will start our downward retreat to the thick air of base camp.

Summit call transcription:
Hey, this is Mike with the RMI Aconcagua Team. We are standing on top of Aconcagua, the highest mountain outside of the Himalaya. The team did well, we had a really cold morning, probably about 25 mph winds in the face for the first several hours. Now we are sitting up here, we could be in jeans shorts and tank tops. The team did well and we’re going to hang out here and take some photos. Then we still have to descend. We will call in or send a dispatch once everyone is safe back at camp. Thanks for following along. Everyone sends their best.

RMI Guide Mike King

RMI Guide Mike King calls from the summit of Aconcagua.

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Comments (19)

Congratulations everyone!! Sounds like it was a tough final push to the summit. Can’t wait to hear all about it Katja! Be careful on the descent.

- Wilton

Posted by: Wilton Farmwald on

Congrats everyone!!! What an accomplishment.

Posted by: Adam and Candice on

Wooowooooooooh yay go dad! That’s sounds absolutely AMAZING. Lucas and my mom say congratulations. I hope you are feeling well and sleeping well too. Lucas said to watch the movie The Climb on Netflix and that he wants to be a firefighter now. You inspire him to climb mountains! I’m driving around tigard with him and my mom looking for the value village to go thrift store shopping! The complete opposite of a mountain in Argentina haha. LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU! Onix says meow!

Posted by: Rowen! on

Great job everyone!  Virg - I celebrated for you this morning by making eggs, bacon sweet rolls and mimosas and toasting my wonderful son.  Now get down that mtn. and home safe.  Love, Mom❤️

Posted by: Barbara(mom) on

So proud of you Virg!  and all of you!  Brings tears to my eyes.  Mom called and said she was drinking a mimosa that has been in the frig for two years!  I said what? why?  She said because your brother made it to the summit!  She is so proud and happy!  Thanks for giving us all something to be proud of and sharing this experience.  What will our mom do now?  This gave her something to look forward to everyday.  You will need to climb another one I guess.
Love ya and looking forward to your return, Nora

Posted by: Nora Hall on

So Awesome for You All!!! Great Job. I’ll be headed down to hopefully summit just like you did with Mike!

Posted by: Dave Kestel on

Congrats Dave and all.  Great to hear!  Have a safe descent.  Sounds like a owe you a cold one.  (or a hot one if you prefer.)

Posted by: Greg MacDonald on

Wahoo!! Congratulations Caroline and Craig and to all the RMI team. Well done on reaching the summit! Amazing work! Look forward to seeing all the pics and hearing your stories

Posted by: Angie Reilly on

Congrats, Dave and team! What an accomplishment!!! Safe travels back to camp and can’t wait to hear all the details and see the pics once you are back! (I’ll join Lynn in drinking some champagne in your honor ;))

Posted by: Kat Tracy on

Congrats Dave and team, well done!
We will be toasting you tonight (and again when you get back)

Posted by: Al on

Congrats Dave and team!! Awesome accomplishment!  Cant to wait to here all about it! We have been reading the blogs in anticiptation!  Safe Travel home!

Posted by: Jessica Bowman on

Whoop whoop!! Well done all of you! Easy does it on the way down.

Posted by: Rachel Ford on

Caroline, I called your dad to tell him you guys had made the summit (he’s at the Barrett Jackson show in Scottsdale AZ right now) and he wanted to send his congratulations as well. He has been following the blog periodically even as busy as he is.
Enjoy the feeling of accomplishment, you deserve it. What incredible memories you are making. Thank you so much for sharing them with your ‘old mum and dad’.

Posted by: Sarah Relyea on

Yipee!! Congratulations on making it to the top, 22,841..what an amazing team and effort!
Well done brother Dave! What an accomplishment.  You held strong and you made it.  I’m really really proud of you :) Keep safe coming down.  Your whole family is celebrating you!  Love Jul

Posted by: Julie Beckner on

Congratulations from all of us!  Missing a warm 20 degree day in Anchorage, AK

Posted by: UBS Legacy Team on

AWESOME! Congratulations to everyone. Special hugs and congratulations to my favorite youngest daughter Caroline, and to Craig. I hope you are grinning ear to ear. I can’t wait to see all the photos. Caroline, I want to add them to the ones of you in Nepal… and yes,  I share them with any of my friends who I can snare long enough. :)  Know that I love you, Mom

Posted by: Sarah Relyea on

Congratulations Dave and Team!!  What an accomplishment - sitting on top of the world!  I will drink some champagne in your honor :)  Wishing you a safe descent - enjoy that 1st real shower!  Proud of you Dave - Love you!

Posted by: Lynn on

Hip hip ;) Hooray!! Congratulations on making the summit!!! Safe travels back to camp. Much love -B

Posted by: Beth Ludwig on

Congrats on summitting, Dad! So glad to hear you made it up! Can’t wait for you to get back down here so we can hear all about it! Love you!!

Posted by: Jillian Ludwig on

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