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Entries from Aconcagua


Aconcagua: Smith & Team Celebrate in the City

Three days ago we were summiting Aconcagua. Last night were laying in the dirt looking up at the stars. Today, we are eating at a restaurant surrounded by people and cars, and longing for our beds at the hotel. So quickly we have left the solitude of Aconcagua and rejoined the hustle and bustle of the city. We all look like new people - showered and in street clothes. It has been quite a journey, certainly a cause for celebration. As this adventure winds down and we all fly back to our homes, we will reflect on this time together and what we accomplished. Hopefully after some rest and while flipping through the photos, another adventure will be planned and the process will start all over.

Till next time,
RMI Guide Hannah Smith and team

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Ms. Smith: Once again a fascinating chronicle. We sure enjoy tagging along on your adventures and conquests.

Posted by: Christopher on 2/9/2019 at 8:11 am


Aconcagua: Smith & Team Begin Trek Out

It was the walk the never seemed to end. Today we began our walk down valley. Combining two days of walking on the way in into one for the way out makes for a long day. This time however we have a light at the end of the tunnel. As we walk, we dream of showers, beds, and the carne asada dinner that awaits us. The showers and beds await us for tomorrow. Tonight we don’t set up any tents but instead sleep under the star filled sky. Tomorrow is our last day in the valley. We have finally reached the end.

Goodnight,
RMI Guide Hannah Smith and team

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Good night all….it’s been fun to follow your journey!! Congratulations and welcome back to civilization!

Posted by: Dr. J on 2/7/2019 at 8:07 pm


Aconcagua Expedition: Smith & Team Descend to Base Camp

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

We have been going up and up this mountain for the last three weeks and now we get to make our way down. We left High Camp this morning with our eyes set on Base Camp. A place where there are chairs and tables, wifi, showers, and delicious food…all the incentive you need to keep your tired feet moving. After dropping nearly 6,000’ in elevation, the air feels thicker. The team did a great job getting down and deserved some celebratory drinks. It definitely feels good to be down. As for tomorrow, we continue our downward trend to our very first camp on day one, Lenas where we will fill our bellies with a traditional carne asada feast. Our bellies are already growling.

Adios,
RMI Guides Hannah Smith, Avery Parrinello and team

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Aconcagua Expedition: Smith & Team Return to High Camp after Successful Summit

The big day finally arrived. We woke at a reasonable time, fired the stoves, and began sorting through the required items we would bring on summit day. As we left camp you could see the pyramid shadow of Aconcagua as the sun rose and created a beautiful view. Thus began our 12 hour day. There were hard stretches and harder stretches, but the team gritted their teeth and persevered. They gave it everything they had and came out on top. We couldn’t have asked for better weather the entire day. After taking our summit photos and relaxing a little bit we made our way back down to camp. As promised, everyone ate dinner because if you don’t eat your dinner you will not feel good tomorrow morning. Now it’s time to let our bodies relax and recuperate for another big day tomorrow as we make our way back down to Base Camp.

Thanks for all the well wishes,

RMI Guides Hannah Smith and Team

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Congratulations! Wishing you all a safe descent.

Uncle Mike

Posted by: Mille Smith on 2/7/2019 at 5:15 am

AWESOME Job Hannah!!!

Posted by: Dave Kestel on 2/6/2019 at 3:32 am


Aconcagua Expedition: Smith & Team Move to High Camp, Ready for Summit Attempt

We left Camp 2 for our final camp, Camp 3 also known as Colera Camp. It was a tough day moving after resting for two days, but with some good ole pressure breathing and some tunes, the team arrived. Tomorrow is the big day, the day we have all been waiting for…summit day. The weather looks to be in our favor, so there is nothing stopping us now. All we have to do now is rest up and get mentally prepared for a long day tomorrow. Hopefully the next time you hear from us is on the summit.

Wish us luck,
RMI Guide Hannah Smith and team

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Climb High Hannah and Team!!!

Posted by: Dave Kestel on 2/5/2019 at 3:17 am

Good luck team!  Hannah, lead the way!

Posted by: Shannon Smith on 2/4/2019 at 5:56 pm


Aconcagua Expedition: Smith & Team Ready to Move to High Camp

Today was our last slow day. Our last day of naps and leisurely mornings. Our last day at 18,000’ camp. Tomorrow we head uphill. Uphill to our High Camp at 19,600’ where we will set off for the summit. We spent the day today charging our devices, eating as much food as we could so we dont have to carry it down, and starring uphill at the mountain. Keep your fingers crossed and good wishes that the weather holds for the next 72hrs.

Happy Superbowl Sunday,
RMI Guide Hannah Smith and team

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Hooray!!!.....only a few more hours….continuing to pray for excellent weather conditions and for fabulous pics from the summit of Aconcaqua.  So excited for all of you.  Great job!!

Posted by: Juanita Webb on 2/3/2019 at 6:45 pm

So proud of you all. Enjoy every step!

Posted by: Joe Parrinello on 2/3/2019 at 6:14 pm


Aconcagua Expedition: Smith & Team Rest at Camp 2

Should we stay or should we go now? Today we started our rest day by waking up to a winter wonderland. The red rocks of camp now had a dusting of snow covering them, making it feel a lot like Christmas. The morning was leisurely with multiple cups of coffee and Avery’s specialty, high altitude pancakes. Afterward came an afternoon of many naps and the struggle to not go crazy from boredom. Self entertainment is an important part of expedition life, especially when its snowing outside and you find yourself tent bound. As the day continued, we got the updated forecast and after much consideration, we are going to take another rest day at Camp 2. Given the forecasted winds, it is looking like Tuesday instead of Monday is our better bet for summiting. This just means we will get more practice at tent life.

Good night,
RMI Guide Hannah Smith and team

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Dex, good luck to you and your team. I hope you guys summit! See you when you get back!

Posted by: Jr on 2/3/2019 at 3:43 pm

Oh, the joy of tent time….solitude…..Solitude is creativity’s best friend and refreshment for your soul…drink it in deeply before the hustle of life evaporates the illusion of peacefulness.  Enjoy your day of rest and the opportunity for journaling your experience!  Can’t wait to hear all about it.

Posted by: Dr. J on 2/2/2019 at 8:07 pm


Aconcagua Expedition: Smith & Team Carry to High Camp

The sun rose and crawled across the camp warming the tents as it hit them. Once the sun’s rays fell onto ours, we woke to begin our day. Today we carried to Camp 3, our high camp. The morning started clear and sunny, but soon clouds started to build to the east. The clouds were dark and ready to release some precipitation. Mother nature taunted us with some flurries but luckily kept the clouds at bay and allowed us to make our journey to Camp 3 in the sun. At 19,600’ the air is thin and everything is exhausting, but the team handled it like pros. Their performance today gives confidence for a good summit push in a few days. But before we go for the summit we are gonna rest tomorrow at Camp 2. Tomorrow will be our last relaxing day for when we leave here it will be go go go.

Keep on keeping on,
RMI Guide Hannah Smith and Team

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Aconcagua Expedition: Smith & Team Move to Camp 2

With every step we get closer and closer to the tippy top of this mountain and a warm bed and shower. We said goodbye to Camp 1 today and moved up to Camp 2. The air was noticeably chillier as we made our way to 18,000’. Once again we unloaded our packs and began the nesting process of moving into the tents. After some afternoon naps, we gathered for dinner. Among other topics we discussed the phenomenon of HAF, high altitude flatulence…the higher you go the gasier one gets. With full bellies and a crispness to the air our sleeping bags our calling our names. Tomorrow we will carry to Camp 3, our High Camp.

Adios muchachos,
RMI Guide Hannah Smith and Team

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Aconcagua Expedition: Smith & Team Rest Day at Camp 1

Rest is important for the body and mind. It allows both to replenish the energy it has lost from hard work. And today we did just that. The morning began with a casual breakfast with copious amounts of hot water for coffee and tea. From there we enjoyed the warmth of the sun and pleasant conversation as we lounged among the rocks. Of course there was plenty of snacking all day long. As we say in the mountains lunch begins after breakfast and ends at dinner. Now that we are rested and getting a little antsy to start walking uphill again, we are ready to move to Camp 2 tomorrow.

Buenos dias,
RMI Guide Hannah Smith and Team

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