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Aconcagua: Smith & Team Return Safely back to Camp After Summit

What a day, what a day! We woke early in the AM to a star filled sky and only an occasional light breeze. Hot water was served up for oatmeal and coffee before we packed up our summit packs. Several other teams started uphill before us. You could see their headlights shining on the slope. By time we hit first break, we no longer needed lights. We watched the sunrise, showing off its beauty. Although the sun was up, we wouldn't enjoy its warmth for several more hours. The lack of snow on the route created some challenging walking conditions. Scree, sand, loose rocks were our walking surface. We put one foot in front of the other until there was no where left for us to go. The summit was perfect, barely a breeze, sunny, warm. After taking photos and flying a kite (we are wondering if we broke any records flying a kite at 22,800') we made our way back down. Going up is just half the journey. The other half is getting down safely. Safely back at camp, we filled our bellies with Ramen and tried to catch up on hydration. Tomorrow is a big day as we descend 6,000' back to Basecamp. With a big day ahead, its time to get horizontal and let the body rest.

Thank you for all the support,

RMI Guide Hannah Smith and team

Comments (7)

Congrats Sue and team, can’t wait to hear about this amazing adventure.

Have a safe return to civilization .

With love

Sandra E

Posted by: Sandra E on

Congratulations team!  Excellent job Hannah and Avery!

Posted by: Shannon Smith on

Congratulations Tim and all of your fellow climbers on reaching the summit safely. Sounds like you had a beautiful day to be on top of the world ( almost! ). Now, come home safely.


Dick and Irene

Posted by: Richard and Irene Simpson on

Sounds like the summit was everything it could be. Wonderful news. We’re so happy to hear you accomplished what you set out to do. Congratulations Pops! And team! Thank you Hannah and Avery for guiding the team. We’ll continue to pray for safe travels as you all make the decent.

Love you Pops! We can’t wait to talk to you! ❤, Xander and Nora

Posted by: Noel Imfeld on

Happy Base Camp everyone!  Lots of big days in a row, keep up the good work, and remember that Asada waiting for you!  Sue!  Keep your mouth shut walking into camp this time!  Ha!  Congratulations everyone!

Posted by: Rhonda McCormick on

JOB WELL DONE! I can’t imagine the exhilaration you must have felt on making the Summit!
Eager to hear all the stories & learn about teammates! What terrific posts! We’ve really enjoyed the ride!
Byron’s family

Posted by: Judy and Dale Collins on

So amazing! Wonderful job everyone. Enjoy the well-deserved rest and best of luck on the way down.

Posted by: Heather Collins on

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