Entries From Aconcagua 12-14-13

Aconcagua Expedition: Justman and Team Ready in Penitentes

Posted by: JJ Justman, Leah Fisher | December 16, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 9,000'

Hello RMI fans! It’s JJ and Leah reporting in from Los Penitentes in Argentina! Team 2 is in full effect and we are ready to go.

With all the storms in the U.S. it has been an adventure just to get here. However, we are all excited and raring to go.

We spent the day traveling to the trailhead and organizing and packing gear. The first part of this trip has the support of mules so we packed barrels and duffels full of food, gear. And personal equipment.

Follow along as we hit the dusty trail…Argentina Cowboy style!

RMI Guides JJ Justman & Leah Fisher

Aconcagua, 22,841'.  Photo: RMI Collection

Brother-had a glass of Malbec tonight and thought of you! Actually, we are thinking of you everyday and sending good thoughts your way during this epic adventure! Excited and proud… read more

Posted by: Beth Glein on 12/19/2013 at 9:51 pm

Hi Kim!! Would you mind terribly flying back to ATL before you start the major climbing?? Your darling niece Sophia forgot to give you her lucky hermit crab! You better… read more

Posted by: Lora Sue Fluffysparklepuff on 12/17/2013 at 5:36 pm

Aconcagua: Justman & Team at Pampa de Lenas

Posted by: JJ Justman, Leah Fisher | December 17, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 9,100'

Pampa de Lenas is at an altitude of 2,800 meters. And that is where we are sitting right now. It’s our first day trekking and we had a beautiful day walking into camp.

The scenery towers above you as the condors soar high above. Pretty poetic huh? Okay, I’ll stop. The team had a fun day stretching our legs. We’d like to lie and tell you it was arduous but after a picnic lunch of sandwiches, chips, fresh fruit, cheese, olives and cookies we all wobbled into camp.

There is no setting up tents here! Are you kidding! You will never see stars like these in your life. So we are all sleeping under the stars tonight. I’m just trying to remember who sang the song, “Southern Cross?” So help me out RMI fans!!

We are relaxing in camp and excited for dinner, which is being cooked over an open fire. Living don’t get no better than this!!

RMI Guides JJ Justman and Leah Fisher

RMI Climbers trekking along the Vacas River. Photo: Linden Mallory

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Crosby, Stills and Nash wrote “Southern Cross”....great tune!

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Posted by: Randy Christofferson on 12/18/2013 at 11:10 am

Wow!!!  What an awesome experience sleeping!  Sounds like you’ve had a great day of trekking.  Love reading the updates.  Can’t wait to hear what tomorrow brings.  Love ya Josh

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Posted by: Jessica on 12/17/2013 at 4:43 pm

Aconcagua: Justman & Team Reach Casa de Piedra

Posted by: JJ Justman, Leah Fisher | December 18, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 11,000'

We awoke from our first night under the stars to another beautiful day in Valle de Vacas. The early morning light brought the return of our mules, who patiently awaited our heavy loads. Fortunately for us, and the mules, the weather quickly changed to scattered clouds and some reprieve from the scorching sun that successfully torched a few of us yesterday.

We had a great day walking to Casa de Piedra (11,000 ft) and we were able to catch our first glimpse of Aconcagua, or more correctly, parts of the mountain as it poked through the clouds.

Everyone is doing great and we are all looking forward to pulling into base camp tomorrow since life is so rough down here.  Too much steak and packs that are way too light!

RMI Guide JJ Justman

Tents at Casa de Piedras. Photo: RMI Collection

Happy trekking today!  Can’t wait to hear about today’s adventure.  Have fun!  Josh we are so proud of you.

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Posted by: Jessica on 12/19/2013 at 6:36 am

Wish I could enjoy your quesadillas! Safe climbing.

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Posted by: Elsie Bemiss on 12/19/2013 at 5:52 am

Aconcagua: Justman & Team Journey into Basecamp

Posted by: JJ Justman, Leah Fisher | December 19, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 13,800'

Hey, hey, hey it’s RMI Aconcagua Team 2 on the way! What a gorgeous day to make our final journey into Basecamp. We had a thrilling mule ride to get us across the Vacas River and then it was smooth sailing into camp.

A lot can be told of how our climbers are doing as they near 14,000 feet. And they are doing great! Every one of them. Now in Basecamp we are setting up our new home and simply relaxing. We earned it. Tomorrow we will have a rest day. So stay tuned for Leah and JJ’s secret quesadilla recipe!

RMI Guide JJ Justman

Approaching Aconcagua Base Camp through the Relinchos Valley. Photo: Garrett Stevens

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Cindee— Hope you’re getting acclimated, resting, and enjoying the view!  Since you’ve been out a few days, thought you and the group would appreciate some light news from this week.… read more

Posted by: Rebekah Mitchell on 12/20/2013 at 3:51 pm

KK—Mules, stars,hiking and mexican food?  You’re living the dream, my friend.  Lots of luck to you and your fellow team members.  Will continue watching your trek. Love ya.

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Posted by: Helen on 12/20/2013 at 12:57 pm

Aconcagua: Justman & Team Enjoy Base Camp

Posted by: JJ Justman, Leah Fisher | December 20, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 13,800'

Buenos Dias from Plaza de Argentina (4,200m). We had a wonderful rest day. Sunshine, salad, and Christmas movies have kept us entertained. But don’t forget the very important medical check up.  The top notch doctors at base camp checked out the group and of course everyone is healthy and ready to climb. 

In light of the Christmas spirit the group was given the gift of a shower to clean off the dust from the long trek in. A hot shower and clean socks are a hot commodity down here.

Tomorrow we will carry some gear to camp 1. We’re all looking forward to stretching our legs and seeing more of the mountain!

RMI Guides Leah Fisher  & JJ Justman

Aconcagua Base Camp at dusk.  Photo: Garrett Stevens

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Aconcagua: Justman & Team Carry to Camp 1

Posted by: JJ Justman | December 21, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 13,800'

Hello everyone in the lowlands! We thin-air breathers are now back in base camp after a terrific day. The team carried gear up to Camp 1. Aconcagua is a big undertaking which requires a lot of food, fuel and gear.

We established Camp 1 at 16,200 feet. The team is honestly doing so well! We moved as one unit up and down. I like this because it keeps people motivated and we can pass the time with chit chat.

Once we arrived at Camp 1 we emptied our packs and then Leah and I filled a couple of duffel bags full of food and gear. Now back at base camp we are surviving the heat and several climbers are in a championship round of Yahtzee.

RMI Guide JJ Justman

RMI Climbers navigating the snow penitentes below Camp 1. Photo: Jake Beren

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Awesome work team!!!  Sounds and looks like ya had an adventurous and exciting day.  Glad to hear everyone is doing well.  Best of luck trekking back to Camp 1 tomorrow. … read more

Posted by: Jessica on 12/21/2013 at 8:12 pm

Aconcagua:  Justman and Team Rest at Base Camp

Posted by: JJ Justman, Leah Fisher | December 22, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 13,800'

Today is another rest day for the team at Plaza Argentina. After our carry to Camp 1 yesterday it serves us well to take advantage and fully acclimatize. The team is doing really well. The agenda for today is resting, eating and taking showers.

Everyone on the team says hello to family and friends…

RMI Guide JJ Justman

Evening light at Base Camp on Aconcagua.  Photo : RMI Collection

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JJ and Team:
So very good to hear all is well as you journey along!
Praying for your spiritual journey as well as your physical safety. Take a… read more

Posted by: Ruth Sorensen on 12/24/2013 at 2:39 pm

“One does not climb to attain enlightenment, rather one climbs because he is enlightened.” - Zen Master Futomaki

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Posted by: Bill Gately on 12/23/2013 at 3:47 am

Aconcagua: Justman & Team Settling in at Camp 1

Posted by: JJ Justman | December 23, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 16,200'

Hello everyone in the lowlands! It’s Team 2 up here at Camp 1 on Aconcagua. We just found some prime real estate at 16,200 feet. It’s a sunny day with some scattered clouds, which made it comfortable climbing.

Everyone is doing great and we are now relaxing in the sun drinking water and eating to recover.

RMI Guide JJ Justman

An RMI Team stopped for a break on the way to Camp 1. Photo: RMI Collection

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Happy New Year! You must be getting close to summit or already summited. Hope your first two days of the new year are treating you well!
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Posted by: Kristina Markula on 1/2/2014 at 9:36 am

Merry Christmas to all you trekkers.  Josh it was so nice to hear your voice.  I know you all are having a wonderful time and what an experience to will… read more

Posted by: phyllis on 12/25/2013 at 8:22 am

Aconcagua: Justman & Team Send Their Holiday Wishes

Posted by: JJ Justman | December 24, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 16,200'

Hey everyone this is JJ Justman with RMI. We did a carry to Camp 2 at 18,000’. The team is doing great. But more importantly, I think all of our friends and loved ones would like to hear from us on Christmas, so I will start with my wishes. (Click on audio to hear from the team.)

RMI Guide JJ Justman & Team

JJ Justman and team send their holiday wishes to family and friends.

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Cindee….Merry Christmas Cindee!!! Better late then never. It took me a little while to figure this blog thing out(I guess your niece is right). Thank you for my gifts. I… read more

Posted by: Sandy on 12/26/2013 at 2:53 pm

Hey Bro! Good to hear from you. We’re all really proud of you. Huddy wanted me to remind you that 3WC will always be behind you! Merry Christmas,

-Love John,… read more

Posted by: John Keaney on 12/25/2013 at 8:37 pm

Aconcagua: Justman & Team Rest Day at Camp 1

Posted by: JJ Justman | December 25, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 16,200'

Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas from Aconcagua Camp 1 at 16,200 feet! Team 2 is taking a rest day after a strong climb up to Camp 2 yesterday. We are in a festive spirit as we enjoy our own version of egg nog…it’s water but if you close you eyes hard enough you can taste the resemblance!

Everyone is doing really, really well and we are looking forward to moving up to 18,000 feet!

RMI Guide JJ Justman

The moon rises above the Andes from Camp 1 on Aconcagua. Photo: Linden Mallory Views of the mountains above Camp 1. Photo: RMI Collection

Just enjoying watching the team and specifically Matt Hill climb the mountain. Always checking for updates. Hey Matt, Thinking of you buddy. Hope your taking lots of pics and see… read more

Posted by: Robert Holmes on 12/26/2013 at 7:27 am

Josh - hope you had a wonderful Christmas!  Santa didn’t visit our house…  He said he was waiting for your return.  No babies yet, but should be one soon.  Best… read more

Posted by: Jessica on 12/25/2013 at 9:51 pm

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