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Aconcagua: King & Team Begin the Trek Out

The team arrived to Base Camp early afternoon and in the commotion of celebrating, showers and packing for the mules we forgot to check in. We are heading for Pampa Las Lenas in a few minutes. The walk will retrace our first two days of the Trek and will culminate with an asado dinner and another beautiful night sleeping under the stars. The team is eager to get back to town and looking forward to lighter backpacks. This dispatch will conclude our expedition. We had amazing weather and a great group of climbers! Thanks for following along. 

RMI Guides Mike King and JM Gorum

Kudos to all!! Continued safe travels.

Posted by: Betty (Art's sister) on 1/16/2017 at 5:08 am

I’m looking forward to seeing my husband via chat once you guys get back to town!  Be careful and enjoy your last days on Mt. Aconcagua!

Posted by: Lena Davis on 1/15/2017 at 11:00 pm


Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team Summit!

RMI Guide Casey Grom and his entire team reached the top of Kilimanjaro this morning!  It was a long day and the team is safely back at camp.  They will be heading lower on the mountain soon.  We look forward to hearing from the team tomorrow.

Congratulations team!

On The Map

Congratulations team!!! Ryan McLean, your team is super proud of you!

Posted by: Ashley Carson on 1/16/2017 at 9:17 am

Congratulations to the entire team! - especially Elaine, the most backwards-pantsed goofball that the mountain has ever seen!

Posted by: Alfred Cub on 1/15/2017 at 9:19 pm


Aconcagua: Tucker & Team Ready to Move Uphill

Today our team enjoyed a luxurious day of rest at Aconcagua Base Camp. We breakfasted on deconstructed omelettes, and did a whole lot of relaxing for most of the day. Highlights included the occasional shower, and getting to catch up with Mike King, JM Gorum, and their RMI team as they descended to base camp following their successful summit bid. Our team is well rested, and though we will miss the pleasantries of Base Camp, we are unanimously excited to move uphill.

More tomorrow!

RMI Guides Mark Tucker and Pepper Dee

Good Luck - Alex to u and the entire team!!! Have Fun and take it all in….

Climb safe!!!

Posted by: Jeff Hall on 1/15/2017 at 3:14 am


Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team Arrive at High Camp

Well we’ve finally arrived at Kilimanjaro’s High Camp!

It was a very short jump from Karanga camp up to Barafu camp, which is our launching point for the summit. The team did great and we arrived in just over three hours and shortly before some light snow started falling. I won’t mention any names, but one climber from Canada accidentally put their pants on backwards, which brought a little laughter this morning.
Everyone is currently relaxing or getting packed up for tonight’s climb to the highest point on the African continent.
This evening we’ll have a summit talk where we discuss the teams strategy for tomorrow and then it will be off to bed right after dinner to get a little sleep before starting to climb around midnight.

The team is celebrating John Ready’s 30th birthday today. Hopefully it’s one he’ll always remember!

Keep your fingers crossed for us, and there’s a chance, weather permitting, some of you back home might receive a satellite phone call from the summit. So keep your phones handy. My best guess is we’ll be on the summit around 8 am our time.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and the Kilimanjaro crew!

On The Map

Congratulations on conquering the summit!!! Where are you now? News, group, we need an update on Catherine, Deborah and Kaki!!! Downhill is difficult, too, I understand. News please!

Posted by: Sharon Hostler on 1/15/2017 at 8:09 am

All the Best on your summit push to reach the top of Africa.
Have been watch your progress every day. Really cool. Right behind you on the next climb.

Posted by: Kim Gibson on 1/15/2017 at 6:16 am


Ecuador Seminar: Knoff & Team Reach Chimborazo Hut

This morning was the best we have had in almost a week.  No one set an alarm, our ride to the next mountain didn’t arrive at the hacienda until ten and there was no set schedule for breakfast which always feels stress free.  Rumor has it that the beautiful, old Spanish style hacienda is haunted with the ghost of an old woman who’s lover died there over 150 years ago but she must have thought our group smelled too bad leaving us alone.  So by the time we left this morning, we felt rested, clean and ready to head off to the highest mountain in Ecuador. 
Rising to 20,700+ feet above sea level, this mountain is renowned as both the furthest point from the center of the earth as well as the closest point to the sun.  This may be coincidence but it is also considered the hardest peak to climb as well. Our strategy is to break the climb up putting in a High Camp at 17,500 feet which we will be climbing to tomorrow.  This makes our summit day much shorter than those climbing from below. 
Here on Chimborazo there are two Refugios where climbers can stay.  We are at the newly refurbished one sitting close to 15,000 feet.  I have been here three times in the past and have never seen snow this low but today our bus barely made it here because of two inches of slush and fifty aimless teenagers trying to hitch hike up because their tour bus got stuck a mile down the the road. 
Staying here should help us acclimate and prepare even more for our big climb to come.  The sour taste of turning around so close to the summit of Antisana has us eager for another shot at a major peak.  We are looking forward to another long night’s rest which should feel better than our first night at this altitude on Cayambe.  We will report form high camp tomorrow. 

Chow Chow for now from Chimborazo.
RMI Guide Adam Knoff

11/14 9:50pm EST, thinking about Jimmy and the other team members. Best wishes

Posted by: Tom Garner on 1/14/2017 at 6:51 pm

Kudos to Jim Nixon and the team.  Stay safe.

Posted by: Mary Jane stiled on 1/14/2017 at 10:46 am


Aconcagua: Tucker & Team Climb High, Sleep Low

Our task for the day was simple: carry and cache supplies for the upper mountain at Camp 1. Executing this task, however, was anything but simple, but all team members proved themselves to be fully up to the challenge. The terrain in between Base Camp and Camp 1 is varied and difficult; our team had to negotiate steep scree slopes, blocky towers of snow called penitentes, and sections of unstable talus. Upon reaching Camp 1, we were rewarded with a snack and drink at 16,500 feet, and made sure to diligently weigh down our cache of equipment before heading back downhill to Base Camp. Following the “climb high, sleep low” mantra, our team is looking forward to a well earned night of rest back and Base Camp, and everyone is excited to have laid eyes on the first section of real climbing.

RMI Guides Mark Tucker & Pepper Dee

On The Map

It’s been fun following the team’s progress. Best wishes as you move higher toward the summit, maybe even blue skies and minimal wind. Otherwise, hunker down and enjoy the experience. Either way it will be memorable.

Posted by: Bruce on 1/13/2017 at 6:46 pm


Aconcagua: King & Team at High Camp Post Summit Success

This is Mike, JM and Mauricio letting you all know that the Aconcagua Summit Team is back safely at Cholera. We had a warm morning but due to a 20mph wind most of the day, we climbed in our parkas and warm pants. The route was desolate considering 100+ people went up on Thursday. We got to take in the magnificent South Face along with hundreds of glaciated Andean peaks.

Team members are hydrating, eating and napping. The summit day is always difficult but the route conditions make a sizable difference. We were fortunate to have snow and frozen scree/mud for the majority of the Gran Traverse and Canaleta which makes for a more direct and cramponable route. Yes, We just made up ‘cramponable’; we are at 19,600’ with five camp stoves cranking out memory reducing gases.

Tomorrow we head back to Base Camp to de-rig the climb and transition to trekking mode. Steak, red wine, empanadas, laundry mats and pool time is what preoccupies our minds.

“La Montania abrio sus puertas para nosotros” - Mauricio

On The Map

Congratulations on the effort and reward. Hope all arrive back safe. Kevin please fill any space in your pack vacated by food with snow. Our winter here has been abysmal since you’ve left and the snow is badly needed for the Nordic trails.
JV

Posted by: Jan Vanderdonk on 1/14/2017 at 6:45 am

Congratulations to you Kevin, your guides and team for this extrodinary achievement. BZ

Posted by: Lloyd &smart;-Lou Graham on 1/14/2017 at 6:22 am


Aconcagua: King & Team Reach the Summit of Aconcagua

This is Mike with RMI’s Aconcagua Team 2.  We are currently standing on top of the tallest mountain in the Western and Southern hemisphere. The team did great, we reached the top in 7 hours from High Camp. We are going to hang out just for a little bit and then head on down.  We have about 20 mph cold winds all day.  The team is ecstatic and we will check in from Camp once we get back down from the top. Thanks. Bye.

RMI Guide Mike King


RMI Guide Mike King calls from the summit of Aconcagua.

On The Map

Congraulations on your summit we are very proud of you well done .safe climb down and safe trip home see you soon love mom and dad xo

Posted by: Mark and Helen walsh on 1/14/2017 at 6:17 am

Congratulation…Safe down climb…Enjoy asado !

Posted by: Walter Glover on 1/14/2017 at 6:01 am


Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team At Karanga Camp

Hello from Kilimanjaro:
Today the team did a fantastic job climbing the intimidating looking Barranco Wall. It was the technical hurdle of this expedition and everyone did great and I believe thoroughly enjoyed the challenge. Of course the porters made it look easy as they climbed the wall with their loads carefully balanced on their heads.
Once above the wall we took a well-deserved break to enjoy the views of the valleys below, but unfortunately the upper mountain was obscured by clouds. Nonetheless, the team climbed slow and steady as we made our way up and down a few ridges before finally arriving in camp for the remainder of the day.
Everyone is still enjoying the climb and are looking forward to heading to our high camp tomorrow where we will start our summit bid from.

That’s all for now.
RMI Guide Casey Grom and the Kilimanjaro crew

On The Map

Good luck Catherine.  The summit awaits you!  All is well in Maine.

Posted by: Linda Morrison on 1/14/2017 at 6:37 am

Good luck, Elaine.  Belfry and Bartholomew send their best wishes for your night-time summit bid as well

Posted by: Steve on 1/13/2017 at 10:50 pm


Aconcagua: Tucker & Team Exploring Around Base Camp

Today was a day of rest and preparation for our team here at Aconcagua Base Camp. We spent the morning reorganizing and sorting out communal food and equipment for the upper mountain, and the afternoon finding a way to make it all fit into our packs. Along the way, team members found time to take a brief stroll around the base camp vicinity to acclimate and enjoy the perspective, and a few lucky climbers snuck in a nap or two. Everyone is excited to carry a load up to Camp One tomorrow, and officially launch our assault on the mountain!

Bye for now,

RMI Guides Mark Tucker, Pepper Dee and Team

Thanks for the update Mark and Pepper! I can’t wait to hear more. Sending lots of love to my Papa, Dominique. I hope you’re having a great time. Good luck Team!

Posted by: Lindsay Monnet on 1/13/2017 at 3:04 pm

Thank you for the great updates and photos. Enjoy the climb up!

Posted by: Anne Callen on 1/13/2017 at 7:06 am

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