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Mexico’s Volcanoes: Team Acclimatizes on La Malinche

Day two in Mexico was very successful.  We climbed to 13,400 feet for our acclimatization hike on La Malinche then made it back to the cabins at the old Olympic training facility for time to shower and lounge on the grass.  For dinner we had sizzling cactus and steak served on hot coals.  The group is healthy and happy and starting a game of counting stray dogs.  Off to Ixta tomorrow!  Here’s a photo of lounging in front of La Malinche.

RMI Guide Christina Dale

Mexico Volcanoes: King & Team Arrive in Mexico City

Saturday, February 18, 2017 8:35 pm PT

This is Mike with RMI’s Mexico Volcanoes trip.  All the climbers arrived in Mexico City with luggage and enthusiasm. We had a nice team dinner and got to know each other a bit.  From here we will leave the sprawling grasp of Mexico City for the scenic and rolling country side of La Malinche.  Tomorrow’s plan is to have an acclimatization hike to stretch the legs and lungs so the Team is prepared for our first objective, Ixtaccihuatl 17,340’. We’ll check in each day and update those back home.

RMI Guide Mike King

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

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

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

On The Map

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.


On The Map

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

On The Map

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

On The Map

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

On The Map

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

Aconcagua: Liken & Team Rest Day at Camp 1

Today, after two days of hard work and accomplishment, the team rested at Camp 1 on Aconcagua.  All that was on our minds was quesadillas, hot drinks, and naps.  Our bodies need to recover and make a few more red blood cells before we can be strong higher.  Tomorrow we will try and move camp to 18000 feet, but with a little snow in the forecast we will just have to wait and see.

RMI Guide Ben Liken

On The Map

Aconcagua: Liken & Team Carry Gear to Camp 2

It was cold and windy today on our gear bump to 18,000’ with most of the team climbing in all our insulating layers.  The sunny skies kept us moving and everyone did great!  The views from Camp 2 inspired the team as we breathed the thin air.  We are back at Camp 1 now ready to devour some Mac and cheese.

RMI Guide Ben Liken

On The Map

Dave, I promise you a cheese cake when you come home! We miss you. Be safe!

Posted by: Nancy Hicks on 2/9/2017 at 8:39 am

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