January 5, 2013
It has been a whirlwind few hours for the team, but we are all safe and sound in Mendoza, about to enjoy the comfort of a hot shower, actual bed and a celebratory meal. These things are certainly fine, but it will be tough to beat the meat cooked by our friends the herreros under the stars. I guess we’ll just have to take it as it comes.
It sure has been a great trip with an awesome team. Thanks to the squad and everyone’s people back home for letting them out for the holidays!
So happy for your safe journey and for this safe return. It is just amazing!!! Gives me goose bumps…..not just the temperature but the feat by all!!!
See you this summer, Dawn. Be safe.
Posted by: ann on 1/5/2013 at 6:54 pm
CONGRATULATIONS, Rockacongua!! Knew you guys would crush it!
Posted by: Madhu on 1/5/2013 at 3:39 pm
January 4, 2013
Another windy night in a tent at altitude made getting on the road no problem for the team this morning. We loaded up our packs with everything needed to survive up high and marched down to a warmer season at Plaza Argentina, stopping to pick up our caches along the way. In a few days time it will be summer in Mendoza and the cold we’ve lived in up high a memory, but until then we have many miles to walk and a grand asado with our mule driving friends.
Talk to you when we hit the tree-lined streets of Mendoza.
On The Map
Congrats Josh and Jared! Glad to hear you were able to summit safely! Looking forward to hearing all about it! Cheers and safe travels!
Posted by: Doug & Kelly on 1/4/2013 at 1:44 pm
Greg barber, you rock buddy, what an adventure enjoy, can’t wait to hear the stories.
Posted by: Rick and Tracy finlay on 1/4/2013 at 1:03 pm
January 2, 2013
What a proud day for our team! This morning we woke long before the sun came up and proceeded to hide from the bitter cold until a much more sensible option presented itself. All the teams left camp early turned back to protect their extremities while we enjoyed the rising sun and long summer day as we made our bid for the top. Don’t get us wrong, it was a cold day but everyone managed quite well and is happy and healthy back at camp.
Aconcagua was most gracious to our team today, but boy did we have to earn it. The light snow winter has left the mountain nearly bare of snow and we did not even use crampons today. Scrambling up loose rock at just under 23,000 feet is a real treat and the team rose to the challenge, huffing and puffing all the way to the roof of the Andes.
All in all a great day with a stellar team. I’m certainly grateful to have gotten to share a beautiful day in the mountains with a great crew of climbers. Those of us that stood on top could not have done it without our team and though not every member shared the view today, they were all with us every step of the way.
[Summit audio transcription]
Hello. This is Jake Beren calling from the highest point in South America, the top of Aconcagua with a real strong team. Had a great summit day, perfect weather. We’re up here with visibility in just about every direction. So, definitely proud of a real solid team and a real solid effort and we’re halfway done. So we will give you a shout when we get to our camp. Thanks for all the weather help and we look forward to seeing everybody when we get back. Alright.
RMI Guide Jake Beren calls in from the Aconcagua summit!
On The Map
Congratulations, finish strong and savor your accomplishment! Stay safe.
Posted by: Ken Hislop on 1/12/2013 at 11:23 pm
Great job my friends! congrats! Enjoy the beef at Pampa de Lenas, and the warm temps in Mendoza.
Posted by: Gabriel Barral on 1/3/2013 at 3:59 pm
January 1, 2013
Lucky us! We had a near windless evening to celebrate the coming New Year. New Year’s Day found us resolving to make it to Camp 3 in good style and we certainly did. We are slowly finishing up camp building in this rarified air and plan to rest for the remainder of the afternoon. If this weather holds for another day, we will have a great chance of making the summit mañana. Wish us some buenas suerte amigos.
On The Map
Keep going Dawn and team!
I am so proud of you. keep warm!
Posted by: hye kim on 1/2/2013 at 9:42 am
Happy 2013 to Beren and Team from Alfred, Lord Tennyson, who encourages you to stay “strong in will/To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.” If the stars are aligned, power on to the summit.
Posted by: nsb on 1/2/2013 at 8:56 am
December 31, 2012
Brrrr. At least that was the theme of the first half of the day. Fortunately we had warm tents to rest in and after an acclimatization hike this afternoon, we are able to enjoy a little sun outdoors. Clouds have moved steadily over the Aconcagua summit today and it is our team’s sincerest hope that they blow out and we are able to move higher tomorrow. Wish us luck, we are ready but prepared to be patient if conditions dictate.
On The Map
Happy NY guys !!! I am enjoying reading your accomplishments to this point. Be safe
Posted by: Dean Bowen on 1/1/2013 at 9:10 am
Happy New Year!!! Hope the weather holds and you all summit soon.
Posted by: Ron Davis on 12/31/2012 at 2:21 pm
December 30, 2012
Even the heavy packs of a full camp move could not dampen the team’s spirits as we left Aconcagua Camp 1 for our new home at Camp 2 aka “Chopper Camp” aka “Guanocos 3.” The team arrived in the grand style to which we have become accustomed, with plenty of gas in the tank and fashionably dressed. We are now starting to feel like all our hard work is paying off, only one more camp before our summit push. Tomorrow we’ll have a rest day and then, weather permitting, initiate our launch sequence. Cross your fingers for a solid weather window for us amigos!
On The Map
Joshua, don’t forget to change your socks and brush your teeth!
Posted by: Lee Gentine on 1/4/2013 at 5:19 am
Happy New Year to Dawn and the rest of the team!!!
Posted by: Eric S. on 12/31/2012 at 2:27 pm
December 29, 2012
We are back at Camp Uno after a spectacular carry to Camp 2. The weather was quite pleasant and the team chewed up the few thousand feet with a load to prepare ourselves to move higher tomorrow. Once at Camp 2, we enjoyed the new views as the northern side of Aconcagua came into view. You sure can see a long way from 18,000 feet on a clear day!
Wish us good luck on the weather front for the next few days, if these conditions persist we will be in great shape to keep moving higher.
On The Map
Keep going #1. Thinking of you every day. Enjoy the views man.
Posted by: Jon on 12/30/2012 at 4:10 pm
Stay strong Josh. we love hearing all of the updates and are saying a few prayers that the weather continues to be favorable for the ascent to the summit
Posted by: Matt and Jazmin on 12/30/2012 at 5:34 am
December 28, 2012
With the winds at an all time low and the sun shining strong, our rest day at Camp I is at full power. This morning while we waited for our camp side stream to return to liquid, the team collected their cache a few hundred feet below. The remaining morning and early afternoon was spent in maximum rest mode. In a few minutes we will embark on a short acclimating hike uphill to stir the oxygen tanks and activate the circulation pumps. Needless to say we are happy and enjoying the mountain air, or at least what is left at 16,400 feet. Tomorrow we plan to carry a load to Camp II and our team is primed to do so. Until mañana…
JARED!!! We all miss you! Keep at it, take lots of pictures and most importantly..HAVE FUN :)
Posted by: Trisha on 12/29/2012 at 9:41 am
Jared keep going. You got this. Hey Brian! Hi Trisha. Love you guys.
Posted by: Kai & Dip & Ru on 12/29/2012 at 9:18 am
December 27, 2012
Buenos Tardes from Campo Uno! Today the team did a fantastic job moving from Aconcagua’s Basecamp in style and we rolled into camp under perfect conditions. Our carry served us well, providing a good acclimatization base for our move today. Tomorrow we will enjoy a little light activity, but mostly rest and celebrate Leon’s cumpleanos.
On The Map
Loving the blog and the first action photo! Josh, look for me near Camp 2—just listen for the cow bell. Until then, keep up the good work!
Posted by: Meredith Hatten on 12/28/2012 at 6:42 am
I hope you’re having fun Jared! Your sister and I sure are! Here’s hoping everything works out with “Opera!”
Posted by: Jon Dudzinski on 12/28/2012 at 6:42 am
December 25, 2012
Holiday greetings to all our friends around the world! Down/up here on Aconcagua it has been a Christmas to remember. We went on an acclimatization hike towards C1, enjoyed a favorite mountain holiday tradition of quesadillas a la Leon, and generally enjoyed each other’s company. Tomorrow we will ride the (hopefully) improving trend of decreasing winds and try to carry up to Camp 1. Our time spent at BC prepares us for strength on the upper mountain and we look forward to making the most of it.
Here are a few shout outs from the team:
“Feeling great! Love you all. MUAT baby.”
“Merry Christmas family and friends. Love from 14,000 feet.”
“Love you family! #2, wish you were here! Love you, #1”
“Jeanne, Love you.”
“Merry Christmas Fam!”
“Adi, having a great time. See you soon. Do your homework-love, Dad”
“Vien, all I want for X-mad is you.”
A few of us might have been napping, but rest assure we all miss our people and can’t wait to share this adventure when we return.
On The Map
#1, thanks for the shout out! Thinking of your every day and wish I could be there. Be safe. Love you. #2
Posted by: Jonny Boy on 12/27/2012 at 8:34 am
Hi Michael, I miss you and I love you! Be safe and have fun.
Posted by: Vien Vail on 12/27/2012 at 1:33 am