Entries from Aconcagua
December 29, 2017
Our first Aconcagua team along with their guides reached the Summit of Aconcagua at 22,841’ earlier today!
RMI Guide JM Gorum called in to happily report that the team reached the top, and have safely returned to camp. The team had absolutely perfect weather on their summit day, and everyone climbed well! The team is resting and refueling at camp. They will descend to Basecamp tomorrow where thicker air awaits!
Congrats and Happy New Year to the team!!
Posted by: Karen Weis on 12/31/2017 at 9:18 pm
What an awesome way to end one year and start another
So proud of you all
Posted by: Joe parrinello on 12/30/2017 at 9:17 am
December 27, 2017
The team is all doing exceptionally well here at our new home at 18,000’ on Aconcagua. The weather has been a bit unsettled, with scattered snow flurries and winds battering our tents throughout the day. This less than stellar weather has been a great excuse to hang out and rest to the best of our abilities, which is perfect because this will be our last rest day of the trip. Our plan is to make our summit attempt and hit a weather window in just a few days.
We have done our time up high, and everyone is excited for the opportunity to show their stuff. For now, we’re eating mac and cheese in the tents, and finishing off this relaxing day in style. Once we leave here, we will be on the go until we get back to Mendoza, so we’re savoring the bit of down time that we have left. We’ll check in from Camp 3 tomorrow.
On The Map
Living vicariously thru you guys! Have fun and stay safe. I have a friend who departs for Aconcagua on the 29th of Jan. Any conditions or changes to the “norm” would be great! Cheers Patrick.
Posted by: Patrick Parker on 12/29/2017 at 5:21 am
December 26, 2017
The team is settling in after a lovely dinner here at 18,000 ft. Everyone did an excellent job getting out of camp this morning, and we were the first ones to hit the trail. It turned out to be a good thing, because the circus was hot on our heals. We were the first team to arrive at Camp Two, which guaranteed us some choice tent spots at this often crowded locale.
We arrived a little before 1 pm, and have just been relaxing, eating, and drinking since we got here. It’s a pretty simple life. This camp stays in the sun for a few hours longer than Camp One, so we’re all doing our best to photosynthesize before summit day. We will rest tomorrow, and finalize our summit plans based on what the weather gives us. We are within striking distance now, and everyone is excited. Bye for now.
On The Map
December 25, 2017
Merry Christmas from all of the team members here at Aconcagua Camp 1! There’s not too much to report today. The team did an excellent job resting (they’re pros), and everyone is more than ready to move uphill tomorrow. It was a beautiful day in camp, with a deep, dark blue sky that some attributed to our altitude, and therefore our proximity to outer space. I don’t buy it, but we’ll do our best to test that hypothesis tomorrow, as we move even higher. To Camp Two we go.
Merry Christmas to brother Bill - you were the talk of Christmas dinner - enjoy your adventure - we are all waiting to see pictures and hear stories when you get back home - you are missing some chilly weather, good time to be in the Southern Hemisphere
Posted by: Jim on 12/25/2017 at 6:02 pm
Merry Christmas to all, especially Kevin. Have a great time!
Posted by: Dean & Dodie on 12/25/2017 at 4:00 pm
December 24, 2017
It was the night before Christmas, and all through the tent not a creature was stirring…except for RMI’s first Aconcagua ascent. Our cache was placed at Camp Two with care, in hopes we will soon be moving there. 18,000 feet is so high, we may have seen reindeer fly by. We boot skied down to camp with glee, making the best of Aconcagua’s scree. We filled our bellies with tasty bites, before we lost the warm sunlight. We crawled into our tents snacking on treats, before dreaming of tomorrow’s Christmas Day eats. Oatmeal and quesadillas they are the best, we can’t wait to have a Christmas Day rest.
Merry Christmas to all and to all a goodnight.
RMI Guides JM Gorum, Avery Parrinello, and Hannah Smith
Stay strong Bill Idzorek. Keep climbing and stay safe!
Posted by: Dan Young on 12/25/2017 at 6:26 pm
Merry Christmas Kevin and friends! I wish you all the best as you continue your ascent.
We miss you at LTF!
Posted by: Marcia on 12/25/2017 at 1:15 pm
December 23, 2017
The team has left Basecamp! We are officially on the mountain now, and our timing could not have been better. When we arrived in Basecamp we were the only ones there, and as of yesterday evening there were 64 people. We have all of Camp One to ourselves, however, and we should stay about a step ahead of the masses.
The group broke down camp quickly this morning, we ate a nice breakfast, finalized our plans with the Basecamp staff, and hit the trail by 8:45. A nice breeze kept things cool for us today. We got to camp around 1:15 this afternoon, and set up camp efficiently. This group doesn’t mess around with tents. A couple hours of hardcore, downright chillin’ brought us to an early dinner of ravioli, and lentils and rice for our more gluten-challenged climbers. A surly snow squall sent everyone to their tents after dinner, and that’s where we are now. Everyone is feeling great, and our plan is to carry to Camp 2 tomorrow. The team sends their best to everyone back at home.
On The Map
Merry Christmas to all.
Posted by: M Mitan on 12/24/2017 at 10:10 am
Congratulations. Merry Christmas Kevin and all your adventurous friends.
Posted by: Tammy Gjerde on 12/24/2017 at 7:08 am
December 22, 2017
Basecamp was a happening place last night. And while there were a few events that disturbed our sleep, it was a great night overall. The Stars were clear, and a distant thunderstorm provided visual entertainment late into the evening. We skipped breakfast this morning in favor of a leisurely brunch prepared by our resident burrito experts, Hannah and Avery. Brunch was really the primary item on our agenda for today, followed by relaxing to the best of our abilities. After checking in with everyone, I can say that we are ready to move out of Basecamp and into higher places.
We’ll check in from Camp One tomorrow.
RMI Guide JM Gorum
December 21, 2017
Excited to get moving to the upper mountain, our group headed to Camp 1. Soon after leaving we could see our future route up the mountain. With full packs we battled through scree fields crumbling beneath our feet and through penitentes chest high. At last we reached Camp 1 at 16200 feet where we stashed gear and got a glimpse of our future home. Soon we were were boot skiing down the scree fields getting back to camp in no time. We get into our tents tonight satisfied with the day’s work and looking forward to a rest day tomorrow.
RMI Guide JM Gorum
December 20, 2017
Not much to report today. The team did an excellent job resting, with only minor restlessness. We ate a delicious burrito breakfast at a leisurely hour, and went for a short walk outside of Base Camp to get the blood flowing a little bit.
After our walk we prepared our gear for the carry tomorrow, and checked in with the Base Camp doctors. Everyone got the stamp of approval to head higher. No surprises there. We’re all rested up and ready for a big day tomorrow. We’ll let you know how it goes.
On The Map
December 19, 2017
We made it to Plaza Argentina today! The first RMI team of the year is blazing a path uphill. We left our camp at Casa de Piedra early this morning to beat the heat, and to cross the Vacas and Relinchos Rivers before they swelled with snowmelt. A few brave souls crossed the Vacas on foot, surprised at how cold the pre-sunrise water felt on their unsuspecting toes. The rest of the team, less brave maybe, though certainly smarter, decided to take a free ride across the river courtesy of our mule drivers. Some were more comfortable astride our equine friends than others, but nobody fell in.
Once across the river, we started up the Relinchos Valley. Unlike the Vacas, which is wide and expansive, the Relinchos Valley is narrow and has steep walls. The relief is more dramatic here, and the elevation gain becomes less subtle. The team made quick work of it though, and after a few guanaco sightings we were lounging in the sun less than an hour from basecamp. We lounged as long as we could bear it, and then finished off the last stretch into camp. Since arriving, we’ve set up our tents, organized some gear, and done a lot of eating and drinking. We ate as much dinner as we could, and even enjoyed a welcome cake courtesy of the basecamp staff. It’s good living here at basecamp, and we plan to live in style for at least a few more days.
RMI Guides JM Gorum, Hannah Smith, and Avery Parrinello
Sounds great! Can you tell Bill that Maggie is home. Everyone is well.
Posted by: Kris (Bill’s wife) on 12/20/2017 at 3:13 am