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Aconcagua: Gorum & Team Continue Trek to Base Camp

The team hit the dusty trail this morning in comfortable temps but soon we were feeling the heat. We wondered through the rocky terrain, at times feeling like we were walking on the moon. Guanacos and hares were an exciting sight to tick off our wildlife list, but an even more exciting sight was seeing a quick glimpse of Aconcagua. After setting our tents up at a breezy Casa de Piedra camp, we are enjoying a relaxing afternoon. Our bellies will be filled by another delicious dinner tonight before we call it a day and look forward to arriving at Aconcagua Base Camp tomorrow.

RMI Guides Hannah, Avery, and JM

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Aconcagua: Gorum & Team Begin Trek, Sleep Under the Stars

Well, this morning went about as smoothly as it possibly could have thanks to the team’s expert preparations yesterday. We had breakfast in the hotel, and then walked next door to make our final preparations for departure. After a short shuttle ride to the mouth of the Vacas River, we checked in with the park service and headed up the valley. We had cloudless skies and a consistent breeze all day, so it never got unbearably hot.
The team arrived in camp around 3:30 this afternoon, which left plenty of time for relaxing and exploring. Dinner consisted of more food than we could eat, prepared by the mule drivers on an open flame. Most folks are crawling into bed now, and since the weather is so nice we’re going to forgo the tents and sleep under the stars. All the team says hello to everyone at home.

RMI Guides JM Gorum, Hannah Smith, and Avery Parrinello

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Aconcagua: Gorum & Team Depart Mendoza, Prepare to Start Trek

Today the team said goodbye to Mendoza for a while. After a leisurely breakfast of pastries, and more pastries, we finished off the process of obtaining our Aconcagua climbing permits. We only experienced a few hang ups in the permit office, which is about par for the course.
We amassed our gear into one big pile in the hotel lobby, partly to prepare to load it into our trailer, and partly just to see how much stuff we have. In my professional opinion we brought enough stuff, judging by volume alone. After transferring our pile into a vehicle, we hit the road to Penitentes. A few naps, and more than a few empanadas later, we arrived in Penitentes.
This afternoon, we packed everything for our travel to Aconcagua Base Camp. Everything has to be packed such that it doesn’t get destroyed on the mules. The team made quick work of that task, leaving us plenty of down time before dinner. I’m pretty sure most people took another nap. Tomorrow morning we will hit the dusty trail, and things for us will get much simpler. For a few days we will just walk, eat, and sleep. Everyone is looking forward to it. We’ll let you know how it goes.
RMI Guides JM Gorum, Hannah Smith, and Avery Parrinello

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Have a great time! Enjoy yourself. Be safe.

Posted by: Dean & Dodie Radloff on 12/17/2017 at 8:19 pm

” It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves. Sir Edmund Hillary

Have fun be safe…enjoy the day!

Mike & Debbie Mitan

Posted by: M Mitan on 12/17/2017 at 10:23 am


Aconcagua: Gorum & Team Meet in Mendoza

The team has arrived in Mendoza. All baggage is accounted for, gear is checked, and dinner has been eaten. After a long day of travel we are hitting the hay relatively early. Tomorrow we will drive to Penitentes and get everything organized and packed for the walk in to base camp. The team is excited to get out of town and into the mountains. Stay tuned, and find out what happens next.

RMI Guides JM Gorum, Hannah Smith, and Avery Parrinello

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MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!!

Posted by: Leslie Hubbard on 12/25/2017 at 6:23 pm


Aconcagua: Liken & Team Finish Expedition in Mendoza

All good things must end and this Aconcagua Expedition is no different.  The team went on our final walk out of the Vacas Valley together yesterday, and within five hours we were back in civilization.  After watching the dirt and trip dust wash off us in the shower, we all went to a fancy celebration dinner.  Even though the team enjoyed peppers cooking, it was agreed the restaurant was a bit better.  Everyone is now excited to head home and reflect on an excellent adventure.

RMI Guide Ben Liken

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checks are in the mail to Ben and Pepper, they are sent to RMI c/o Ben and Pepper at the Ashland washinton address.
hope this note finds you well, it was a great experience!! My urine has gone back to its normal yellow as opposed to the dark rusty red color it was at high camp. Nothing but cheery memories from here on out!!
dave folsom

Posted by: dave folsom on 2/25/2017 at 2:41 pm

Pepper,
I need an address so I can send your tip. This was an amazing adventure for me,  and you and Ben were great guides. I will be reliving the adventure again and again, probably getting a little closer to the top each time. After a year or two who knows I may have summited. Get me your address so I can send some $$, you guys deserve it.
P.S. you will always have a warm bed and good food if passing through Medford.
dave folsom

Posted by: dave folsom on 2/21/2017 at 9:40 am


Aconcagua: Liken & Team Descend to Base Camp and Begin Trek Out

Hi all! Due to technical difficulties we were unable to get a blog off last night, but suffice it to say that everyone made it back to Base Camp yesterday in fine form. We supped on champagne and lasagna to celebrate a safe descent from the upper mountain, and awoke this morning to a last minute gear shuffle before the long walk downhill. Our plan is to hike down the Relinchos Valley, and take a right when we hit the Vacas River. Camp tonight will be at Las Lenas, which was our very first stop on this long and eventful journey.

“Today was a good day!”

RMI Guides Ben Liken & Pepper Dee

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Aconcagua: Liken & Team Summit!

Update 3:44 pm ART time, 10:44 am Pacific time
The team woke up this morning at 4:30 am to clear skies and no wind, so it was time to head to the upper mountain.  The weather remained on our side all the way up and down, giving us excellent views from the top.  Also fresh snow from the night before meant we were breaking trail through shin-deep powder up high.  As soon as we got back to camp, a thunder storm had us hiding in the tent.  We will stay here at high camp one more night before we descend back to Base Camp.

RMI Guide Ben Liken

RMI Guide Ben Liken called with great news this morning.  His team reached the Aconcagua summit this morning at 11:45 a.m. local time!  They climbed strong and were one of the first teams on top.  They really lucked out as the winds were starting to increase.  The plan is to head down to Base Camp shortly.

Congratulations!

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Congratulations to Ben Liken, Pepper Dee and Team! Major accomplishment!

Posted by: David Clemmons on 2/14/2017 at 7:30 am


Aconcagua: Liken & Team in Position for Summit Bid

Hola Blogerinos!

Here we are at long last, poised to make our summit bid from Camp Cholera at 19,600 feet on Aconcagua. The team moved up here today in good style, whipped together a camp, and spent the afternoon recharging in anticipation of a big day tomorrow. It’s snowing lightly outside right now, but all team members are tucked away trying their best to get a little rest. Keep us in your thoughts tomorrow as we try for the top!

RMI Guide Ben Liken

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Aconcagua: Liken & Team Enjoy Rest Day and Plan Their Summit Attempt

What a great day here on Aconcagua, sunshine and no winds had our rest day in perfect condition.  We woke up as the sun hit our tent and sipped hot drinks until nearly 11 am.  Then the team went on a short hike up hill to acclimatize and look at tomorrow’s route.  Everyone is ready for the move to our final camp at 19,600’ tomorrow,  and excited to look up at our final move, the summit.  Let’s hope for clear calm conditions in the coming days.

RMI Guides Ben Liken & Pepper Dee

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Hey ya Guy! Hope you’re having fun climbing mountains all the days! Stay safe and take pics for Bub!!

Posted by: Sharon Waters on 2/12/2017 at 9:09 am


Aconcagua: Liken & Team Move to Camp 2 Ahead of Storm

Well, we barely snuck in a move today from Aconcagua Camp 1 to Camp 2 before the wind started a blowin’ and the snow started a snowin’. Fortunately, everyone is tucked away in their tents hydrating, breathing, and getting used to life at 18,000 feet. We are all glad to be here; it feels like the upper mountain is finally within reach. More tomorrow!

RMI Guide Ben Liken

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For Shannon Walsh

WOW! In awe of your achievement. I have trouble walking the small hills of NEPA.
Not the little girl I remember anymore!
Watching you in awe! Best wishes and travels to you and the team! Stay safe

Posted by: Janet Yontas on 2/10/2017 at 4:19 pm

For ,Dave & Kelly. You are on the cusp of an achievement realized by so few yet admired by many. You climb for more than yourselves. We’re all up there with you and even breathing heavey even at 1500 ft.

Posted by: Nick Lazzareschi on 2/10/2017 at 3:49 pm

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