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December 14, 2011


Aconcagua Expedition: Jake Beren & Team Depart Mendoza

Hello everyone,
Our team has arrived in Mendoza excited and ready to start our Aconcagua adventure!
After finishing up our permits, grabbing the last minute supplies at the grocery store and gear shops, we are ready to head out of town.  It is a beautiful day here in Mendoza and should make for a great drive to Penitentes where we will ready our gear for the mules and have one last night of Argentine cuisine before switching to the equally appealing mountain cuisine that will fuel our climb.

Tomorrow we will leave civilization for a few weeks and start the climb. Wish us luck everyone and stay tuned as we work our way up this beautiful mountain.
RMI Guides Jake Beren, Elias de Andres Martos, Geoff Schellens

Hey Rich!  Checking in every other day & thinking of you always.  Have an amazing time & send me a postcard from the top!!  Stef

Posted by: Stef on 12/18/2011 at 11:09 pm

Dave G. Thinking of you constantly, have a good and safe climb. Love you.

Posted by: Connie on 12/16/2011 at 1:36 pm

December 15, 2011


Aconcagua Expedition: Trek to Base Camp Begins

The mules are loaded and the team is ready to go. Today we start the adventure on Aconcagua with our approach up the Vacas valley. Clear skies, pleasant temps and a healthy team all sound like a great way to begin an expedition.  Talk to ya’ll from the mountain.

RMI Guide Jake Beren

Go Katie and Adam!  I hope you are having an amazing time!

Posted by: Jenna on 12/16/2011 at 5:04 pm

Great climb!! You are always heros in our eyes. Wish we could be with you (well, at least Rosston and I). Good luck on the balance of your trip. We look forward to your tales and pictures.
Steve, Judy & Rosston

Posted by: steve sherlock on 12/16/2011 at 11:44 am

December 16, 2011


Aconcagua Expedition: Arrive at Casa de PIedra

A very pleasant day of walking up the Vacas Valley put our team at Casa de Piedra, the last camp before basecamp.  The team is doing very well, enjoying the meditative beauty of this walk.  We had just enough cloud and wind to keep the heat at bay and still have a stunning first view of the mountain as we rolled into camp.  Tomorrow we’ll get closer still and say goodbye to our trusty mules and take the loads from then on.  But not without a rest day to set ourselves up for success. 

Buenas noches,
RMI Guide Jake Beren

On The Map

Hi Katie and Adam, Happy Holidays!!!! I can’t imagine all the beauty and awsome sites your seeing. Hope all is going well, Stay safe and enjoy. :)

Posted by: Heidi on 12/26/2011 at 5:33 pm

Katie and Adam, that’s awesome.  16,000 ft. The highest I got was about 14,000, and only on a chairlift. Scenery must be fantastic.

Good luck and have a wonderful holiday.


Posted by: Frank Hui on 12/20/2011 at 1:28 pm

December 17, 2011


Aconcagua: Team Arrives at Base Camp

Greetings from Plaza Argentina, our basecamp and new home for the next few days.  Today we awoke at dawn, had a quick breakfast and crossed the ice cold Vacas River before heading up the Relinchos River Valley to Basecamp.  Some of us waded the chilly waters and the more sensible among us opted for a short mule ride.  Good walking weather again made our beautiful approach quite pleasant; not too hot or too cold, but just right.  Here at Basecamp we are enjoying a nice siesta before dinner and tomorrow we plan to rest and adjust to this new altitude of just under 14000 feet.

RMI Guide Jake Beren

On The Map

Katie and Adam,
This is so great to be able to track your progess!! Pictures are beautiful!! Hope you are having a great adventure!!! Enjoy it all!!!

Posted by: Carolyn Pugh on 12/21/2011 at 11:46 am

Katie and Adam, were still watching your progress.  How very exciting.  Hope it is more than you imagined!  Enjoy, Dick and Brandie.

Posted by: Brandie on 12/20/2011 at 6:01 am

December 19, 2011


Aconcagua Expedition: Ready for Camp 1 Carry

Yesterday we had a lovely day resting at Plaza Argentina and catching up on some sleep, sorting gear and generally preparing to go higher on the mountain.  Though “resting,” we were doing the work of building a solid base of acclimatization for later in the expedition.  Without giving our bodies a chance to recover, we would seriously hinder our shot at the upper mountain. 

Today, well rested, we will carry a load up to Camp 1 at over 16,000 feet to prepare for our tenure higher up.  Hasta la vista everyone.

RMI Guide Jake Beren

On The Map

December 19, 2011


Aconcagua: Carry to Camp 1

Today was a good day for our team carrying up to Camp 1.  The team climbed strong with legit loads to make our future move a little easier.  We enjoyed near perfect weather again on the way up to camp, ascending the moraine up to a snow patch of penitentes before gaining camp.  As we made our cache weather rolled in from the west and we got our first taste of how quickly things can change up here.  Our descent was beautiful in the sideways snow squall that cleared as we returned to basecamp.

Tomorrow will be a recovery day here at basecamp before we move onto the upper mountain.  Now it’s off to bed, buenas noches.

RMI Guide Jake Beren

      DAD! This is awesome, I can’t imagine what your seeing and experiencing. Best wishes and Happy Xmas to you and the team.
      One thing you always told me was “Lean into the spear.” Remember that when times get tough! love you so much and I am proud of you ...Love Bridy:)...

Posted by: Britany Fitzgerald on 12/21/2011 at 5:46 am

Richard: We are watching and reading every day…keep up the good work, sounds like you are all doing great. Hang on in those winds. mom

Posted by: Linda Robertson on 12/20/2011 at 9:01 am

December 20, 2011


Aconcagua Expedition: Resting at Basecamp

Hello from Aconcagua Basecamp,

Today we are resting and recuperating at Plaza Argentina preparing to move to Camp 1 tomorrow.  The winds look a touch rowdy up high, so staying here is a great call.  This morning we had a leisurely breakfast and excellent conversation before a short stroll to stretch the legs.  Hopefully the winds will cooperate and tomorrow we will be checking in from Camp 1!

RMI Guide Jake Beren

Rich F.,  Cannot wait to hear the details.  Be safe!

Posted by: Neil D on 1/1/2012 at 8:02 pm

Congratulations!!!!!  /What a wonderful achievement!
All your admirers need now is to see you at home.
It was exciting to follow the trek because it made it seem more real. Looking forward to your return.
Love Mom and the rest of the family

Posted by: mary doyle on 12/27/2011 at 4:06 pm

December 21, 2011


Aconcagua Expedition: Team Moves to Camp 1

Hola from Camp 1 on Aconcagua! 

We had a good stroll up to 16,500’ under clear skies but with a fair bit of wind all day.  The team handled the conditions very well and we made efficient work of the stretch.  Once at camp we settled in, pitching tents in two big teams to make sure we didn’t lose one of our precious homes.  Since arriving, the winds have died down a little and our most recent forecast reflects our observations for the next few days! 

Looking good from up here in the atmosphere.
RMI Guide Jake Beren

On The Map

Spectacular pics of your Christmas vacation, brother Trev. I’ll eat turkey, you push to the top. Can’t wait to hear all about it. Stay safe. Love you, viv

Posted by: Vivian on 12/22/2011 at 8:36 pm

December 22, 2011


Aconcagua Expedition: Resting at Camp 1

Our winds have been quite manageable today with occasional gusts, but overall very pleasant.  We are resting here at Camp 1, getting used to the altitude before carrying up to Camp 2, the Guanacos Camp, to make a cache for our future move.  The team took a short walk to stretch the legs and now are enjoying a siesta before dinner.

Buenas Tardes,
RMI Guide Jake Beren

Craig and Eric
Just found the blog today—-in time to wish you a Merry Xmas Sunny skies here in Palo Alto Will have a full house tomorrow with Jake Julia Anastasia Laurie Ryan and Katie
(no snow in Alta so CA is a nice alternative) We will be at Disneyland New Years Eve en route to the Fiesta Bowl on the 1-2nd Your expedition looks awesome and hope the weather and acclimatization allow you to summit! Tons of love and best wishes for an awesome remainder of your time on the mountain.

Posted by: Libby Heimark on 12/24/2011 at 9:00 am

Richard Fitz: opps! last comment was you!

Posted by: Linda Robertson on 12/24/2011 at 8:57 am

December 24, 2011


Aconcagua Expedition: Carry to Camp 2

Today we carried up to Camp 2 to make a cache.  The wind was a constant presence, but we managed to get up to camp in good style and enjoyed the different views as we climbed to new heights.  Whispy clouds aloft slowly built throughout the day and we are keeping our fingers crossed for some decent weather to head our way, but we are prepared to outchill the storm if need be. 

Over dinner tonight we read everyone’s responses to the dispatches.  Thanks everyone, they were certainly a hit.  We miss you all and can’t wait to share the adventure when we return.

Finally, from the tent and minds of 2 Richs and a Trevor comes a poem.

Twas the night before Christmas and all through the Andes, not a creature was stirring, not even the Spaniard.

Team RMI lay in bags way up high,
Hoping to delay peeing until dawn’s early light

When out of the sky came a horrible roar,
And one more wind blast made us all hit the floor.

For almost 2 weeks we have not seen a tree,
Or even a plant a Guanaco might eat.

Our time is spent sleeping on boulder-strewn scree,
Or climbing steep slopes that grind on our knee.

The air is so thin that it jumbles our thoughts, and after some pitches we only see spots.

And yet on this day our thoughts turn to home and all of the loved ones that we’ve left alone.  So for this reason we send our love from above and say we can’t wait to see you when our climb is all done

So we close with the words that we hear everyday from Jake, Elias, and Geoff who show us the way. On Adam, on Katie, on Dave, and on Kim, on Eric, on Craig, on Trevor, and Rich (and Rich)

Merry christmas and happy holidays! And to all a good night!

RMI Guide Jake Beren

On The Map

Merry Christmas Kim! It’s really warm here and feels more like fall than winter.  Have a great day, even if your just sitting a tent ;)

Posted by: Shaun on 12/25/2011 at 9:31 am

Hi Geoff
May your days be merry and bright.
Always thinking of you,
love Stephanie

Posted by: Stephanie Hampton on 12/25/2011 at 9:30 am

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