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Aconcagua Expedition: King & Team Rest on Christmas Day at Camp 2

A few years ago I had the pleasure to work with Caleb Ladue, RMI guide on his first trip here on Aconcagua. We spent Christmas with our group at base camp. Caleb had bought a bunch of treats and little bottles of champagne for our team to enjoy, one of which was TANG mimosas. He had somehow grabbed a sock from each climber without them knowing and when the team walked into our dining tent there hung a stocking for each of them. Caleb passed away in a skiing accident not far from where we are now in the Andes last fall. In his memory, we started our holiday morning off with stockings and hot drinks delivered to the Team’s tents. The champagne would have been to heavy to get up this high and not benefited our acclimatization so we opted for coffee.

The Team is doing well and excited for a rest day. The weather is supposed to get windy for the next 3-5 days. Advancing our schedule isn’t in the cards so we will wait to see what the weather gives us and hopefully have a summit bid Sunday-Monday. This will get us back to Mendoza for flights home. Until then we are going to reinforce camp and enjoy the calm air and warm tents.

The office sent in your blog comments, we will read them during breakfast, thanks for supporting the Team from a far, it means a lot to them. Merry Christmas from 18,000’.

RMI Guide Mike King


Comments (11)

Thinking of you and your journey, Neil!!!  Be safe :- )

Posted by: Patricia A Darcangelo on

We are missing you, Neil! Here’s the deal….hope you are having a great time and cannot wait to hear your stories. Steelers on the outside looking in and Penguins stink….you know I had to write that. Stay safe and see you in the new year. Go Badgers!

Posted by: Anne Galvin on

Merry Christmas Neil! Stay safe! Woohoo….Daisy says hi. Ho ho ho

Posted by: Susan and Glenn on

I also climbed with Caleb in Bolivia. He is such a special person and so glad you had the opportunity to honor him!!

Kim K

Posted by: Kim k on

Patty and Rebecca
Following your adventures from afar. Mike K is one of the very very best of the best people :-) Have a phenomenal time and wishing you “berg heil” from Atlanta!
John

Posted by: John H on

Oh so close! I know the summit will work out for you! Thinking of you always! Love you Glo!
Mom

Posted by: Michelle on

Hope you all had a Merry Christmas!  Thoughts and prayers sent to the entire team for a safe trek to the summit!  Janette & McKenzie Ammerman

Posted by: Janette & McKenzie on

I hope the team enjoyed their Christmas treats and felt the joy of Christmas! 

Patty, thinking about you and your team… Sending Christmas prayers, and positive thoughts as you wait for your summit bid!!  It is so close…stay strong and enjoy~

P.S. How are the stars? Bright? 

Much love and big hug!
Sally

Posted by: Sally Mouradian on

Merry (day after) Christmas team!  Thinking of you Yoder!  We miss you!  Be safe all.  Jody and Bob

Posted by: Jody Morse on

So happy you guys had a rest day for Christmas.  I am sure each one of you were missed at home but glad you’re having a great adventure. Be safe and have fun. ❤️momma Kay

Posted by: Kay Robinson on

Merry Christmas team! Sending you thoughts and prayers for calmer winds and continued good vibes!

We are cheering you guys on from Denver, especially you Rebecca!

Dori & Zach

Posted by: Dori on

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