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Aconcagua: King & Team Enter National Park, Arrive at First Camp

We spent the day walking up the Vacas Valley, the terrain is rocky and filled with various shades of red, brown and greens. Due to heavy snow fall up high and the rain showers lower down the happy desert plants are blooming with yellows and purples. The Team is doing great despite some really hot sections today. We’ll spend the remainder of the afternoon relaxing in the cool breeze, watching a fox inquire about camp and eat the most amazing Argentinean asado (BBQ for those who don’t speak Spanish). The meat and cooking display by the Mule Drivers has become legendary. Guides wax poetic about the “scent of Leñas” that fills your clothing for days, weeks or even years to come. Ruth Chris doesn’t even compare to the quality of steak cooked and served near the soot stained brick building…muy authentico! Listen to the song “Big Rock Candy Mountain”, really listen to the lyrics and you’ll only get a glimpse of how sleeping under the stars at Leñas is.  Milky Way dust for nights on end. Until tomorrow.

RMI Guide Mike King

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We are still watching you trek here at Anna McDonald School in Manhattan!  Stay safe, it looks crazy!

Posted by: Christina on 2/1/2018 at 12:32 pm

And I thought you were eating freeze dried food and bars. Glad to hear you are dining well. We miss you (especially Rocket) and love you Papa.

Posted by: Rebecca Wallace on 1/24/2018 at 4:15 pm

Aconcagua: Tucker & Team Move to Camp 2

We awoke this morning from the heat in our tents, the sun was shining and the winds had died. Eager to move higher, we packed up our home for the past three nights at Camp 1.  With heavy packs we set off confidently, knowing we had already covered the ground between camps two days ago. After four hours of steady rest steps we reached Camp 2. We dug out the cache and set up camp with the efficiency of an experienced team. We moved into our tents just in time to hide out from a sudden snow storm. Our whole team can proudly report feeling healthy at this new elevation.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

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Woohoo!  Hats off to the whole bunch on an excellent climb so far!!

Posted by: Diane on 1/24/2018 at 7:20 am

Happy Birthday Greg - a birthday you will always remember! Lots of love and best wishes to everyone for a great climb. xxx

Posted by: Kate on 1/23/2018 at 10:38 pm

Aconcagua: King & Team Arrive in Los Penitentes

The Team is currently relaxing next to a fireplace worthy of GOT in a unique ski lodge in Los Penitentes. There isn’t any winter snow here, so the area serves as an outfitting station for climbers getting ready to head into the park. We spent the afternoon packing and sorting gear for the mules. We’ll continue sport eating our way through Argentina this evening and have a casual start in the AM. Our trek to base camp is up the Vacas Valley, an arid high desert landscape filled with rocks, shrubs, mules and rich colored soil that resembles a Bob Ross painting. Thanks for following along!

RMI Guide Mike King

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Happy Climbing Auntie SANJ!
Just remember Eddie would go!

Posted by: Bubba and Belle on 1/24/2018 at 12:04 am

Woo hoo!  Remember hills are your friend.  Have fun and enjoy the journey Bob, Steve, and Kiwi.

Posted by: Mo on 1/23/2018 at 6:50 pm

Aconcagua: Tucker & Team Rest at Camp 1

Today is all about rest. Resting the body and resting the mind before we move to Guanacos Camp, our Camp 2, at 18,000 feet. Anxious to move up, we are passing the time watching Netflix downloaded on our phones, reading books, taking cat naps and eating quesadillas. The team is also taking advantage of the sunny weather by taking light strolls around camp to stretch the legs. All this rest will pay off as we move higher up the mountain.

Buenos Dias,
RMI Guide Mark Tucker and team

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Good luck, team on your move to Camp 2!  Looking forward to some great pictures, Shannon Long!

Posted by: Mark Fisher on 1/23/2018 at 7:20 am

Aconcagua: King & Team Ready to Go

The Team is all assembled with bags in tow here in Mendoza. We broke the ice with a meeting that was followed by gear check and permit registration. Since we are here to attempt Aconcagua the team opted for dinner and an early night to get caught up on sleep from the two days travel instead of a night out on the town. Tomorrow we will head to Los Penitentes to pack for mules and the trek into base camp. We have a great group with a varied collection of personalities, experiences and mountains under their belts.  Thanks for following along.

RMI Guide Mike King

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Hello Jenny and team,

        Have a fun and safe trip. It looks very beautiful there.

          Love you much Mom

Posted by: melinda widmer on 1/23/2018 at 6:11 pm

Justin, have a great climb.  Are you over half way to the summit yet? Sounds as if the group is eating well!  Take care and stay safe!  Think of you every day,  Mom and Dad

Posted by: Vicki Hersh on 1/22/2018 at 6:14 pm

Aconcagua: Tucker & Team Carry to Camp 2

After a getting an inclement weather forecast last night our team was excited to awaken to blue skies which held for most of the day. Feeling strong, we took advantage of the clear morning and started up towards Aconcagua Camp 2. With our packs filled we climbed up to our future camp at 18,000 feet in a little over four hours! Congratulations were shared throughout the team, Whynde and Brittni had reached a new height. After stashing food and gear we boot skied back down the loose rock to Camp 1 in no time.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

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Hello to all…CONGRATULATIONS Whynde and Brittni

Posted by: Geri Kuehn on 1/22/2018 at 8:11 am

Aconcagua: Tucker & Team Move to Camp One

Good afternoon everyone!

The team woke today to a fresh dusting of snow. It looked as if the heavens above had sprinkled powder sugar on all the peaks. We packed up all our belonging and hit the trail to our new home, Camp One at 16,200 feet. After walking a handful of hours in an environment that looked like Mars we arrived at camp in some snow flurries. In no time our tents were up and we were enjoying some well deserved relaxation. The snow continues to lightly come down as we get ready for dinner. The team is doing fantastic and is climbing strong. We hope to carry to Camp Two tomorrow. Till then, enjoy your day everyone!

RMI Guides Hannah Smith, Avery Parrinello, and Mark Tucker

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To all you hardy souls…sounds like the trek to Camp 1 must have been quite extraordinary. Hoping you’re all enjoying every moment. Have a great day!!! To my girl..Mly 1T

Posted by: Geri Kuehn on 1/21/2018 at 7:53 am

Do well team…6 years ago yesterday summit day with Pete-Gabby-Gilbert.
“Powdered sugar” really :) !

Posted by: Walter Glover on 1/21/2018 at 7:14 am

Aconcagua: Tucker & Team Take a Rest Day, Ready to Move

Our rest day at Aconcagua Base Camp was just that. We slept late and then enjoyed some awesome omelets. We spent some time organizing our gear that will go up with the move to Camp 1. We may have taken some naps with the beautiful weather warming our tents. Lunch included some fresh potato salad and coleslaw not too bad for 13,800’ feet, right?. The group discussed the itinerary and expectations over the next few days.  And we even enjoyed a few card games in the big tent. Things are looking good for a move up hill tomorrow, weather permitting. Our team is in good spirits and excited about our next steps.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

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Happy Saturday to all!!! Sounds like you have a “BIG” day ahead of you.

Posted by: Geri Kuehn on 1/20/2018 at 8:55 am

Aconcagua: Tucker & Team Settle into Base Camp, Prepare for Carry

It has been a nice leisurely day here at Aconcagua Base Camp. We started out the day by putting a good dent in the 72 eggs we brought in, yummy. The majority of our day was spent gearing up for a load carry to Camp 1 tomorrow. On these expedition style climbs we take a portion of our food and equipment up and cache it, then we return back to Base Camp. It is just too much to carry in one push since we stay for an extended period up high on the mountain it also helps our bodies to acclimatize. We took a short hike after lunch in big boots with light packs to fine tune our systems for a smooth ascent tomorrow. Our team is looking good. All is well here in the high country.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

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I can only imagine how the excitement must be building for each and everyone of you.

Posted by: Geri Kuehn on 1/18/2018 at 2:41 pm

Aconcagua: Tucker & Team Arrive at Base Camp

We were up early to catch the mule shuttle across the Vacas River. We could have waded across but that would have been a painfully cold start to our day. When do you get to be a cowboy in Argentina anyway? It made for some great photos. It took us a bit over six hours of climbing in beautiful weather to arrive here at Aconcagua Base Camp. We are settled in. All of our gear is here and in good shape. It resembles the team, good shape that is. Another fine meal and a warm sleeping bag; it just doesn’t get anymore basic or nice. All is well.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

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Hang tough Shannon Long and the team.  You’ve got this.  Can’t wait for pictures.

Posted by: Patty Fisher on 1/17/2018 at 7:35 pm

Safe climbing.  Thinking of you. Have fun!!

Love—-M and D

Posted by: Vicki Hersh on 1/17/2018 at 3:58 pm

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