Entries From Aconcagua 1-5-12

Aconcagua Expedition: Team Arrives in Mendoza

Posted by: Pete Van Deventer | January 09, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua

The entire team arrived safely in Mendoza with all our gear (almost).  One delayed bag should be arriving tomorrow in Mendoza. 
It is after midnight here and we just returned to the hotel after our first team dinner. We had a great meal enjoying the local flavors of Malbec and of course some Argentinian beef.  We were busy all day with everyone’s arrival and our first team meeting.  We are now just finishing the day.

Everyone is excited to start the trip and is looking forward to get closer to the big mountain.
Gabi, Pete and Gilbert


SIR WALTER GLOVER: Great weather forecast for the climb! Godspeed and have fun! Dan & Deb Meno

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Posted by: Dan Meno on 1/11/2012 at 10:51 am

bryan!!! i am sooo happy to be able to hear your voice!!! hang in there!! you are my superman!! i love you.. prayers and wishes from everyone here….good luck!!!!!

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Posted by: wiyanna on 1/11/2012 at 10:45 am

Aconcagua Expedition: Team arrives at Pampa de Lenas

Posted by: | January 11, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 9,000'

Hi everybody,
This is the Aconcagua team checking in from Pampa de LeƱas camp.
After a few days in Mendoza and Penitentes doing the hardest part of climbing a big mountain (getting the climbing permits, trying to get all the duffel bags that didn’t make it to the airport with us, packing a ton of food and gear for the mules, etc), today we started the trek to Base Camp. The mountain welcomed us with a perfect blue sky day. We hiked for five and half hours today and got to our first camp on the Vacas Valley.
Everybody did a great job and we are all feeling good. We are getting ready to sit down to dinner. Pete and Gilbert have cooked a gorgeous veggie pasta, almost as good as the amazing Argentinian steaks that we were eating since we arrived in Mendoza.
That is all for today, cheers!

RMI Guide Gabriel Barral and Team Aconcagua.

Trekking through the Vacas Valley en route to Aconcagua Base Camp.  Photo: Garrett Stevens Following the river towards Pampa de Lenas (Approach Camp 1).  Photo: RMI Collection

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Aconcagua Expedition: Carry to Camp 1

Posted by: Pete Van Deventer | January 12, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 14,000'

Hello everyone! We are back at basecamp after a very successful carry to, and cache at Camp 1! The group did very well today, and now all of our upper mountain gear and food is staged for us. The next step: REST. Today was the first day of the trip with heavy packs, and for many of the group a new personal altitude record. Tomorrow we will spend the day at base, eating food, napping, and recovering tired muscles. If all goes according to plan, we will move our camp to 16,000 feet the day after tomorrow, and continue the process of acclimating and moving our gear up the mountain. Everyone is excited to have completed our first big day, and sends their best!

All for now.

RMI Guides Pete Van Deventer, Gilbert Chase, Gabriel Barral, and team

Camp 1, Aconcagua View from 16,000'

Its only been a week and two days and I can’t even explain how long it seems! I miss you sooo bad! I cannot wait to hear more about it!… read more

Posted by: Wiyanna on 1/14/2012 at 9:27 pm

Bryan, Dude wear that mountain out like we wore my Jeep Cherokee out!!! You got this brother! I’m proud of you!  Love Adam Stroupe

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Posted by: Adam Stroupe on 1/13/2012 at 6:38 pm

Aconcagua Expedition: Resting at Base Camp

Posted by: Pete Van Deventer | January 13, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 13,800'

Hey all,

This is the Aconcagua crew checking in from Base Camp. It’s been a beautiful rest day here with crystal blue skies most of the morning. It was a great day to sit outside, enjoy the sun, and visit with other teams here. Several folks were even warm enough to take showers via nalgene bottles.

It hasn’t been all play though, as each team member had to sort through gear and decide what is going to make the move with us and what will stay here at base camp. It’s an important task, since from here on out, every extra thing we bring adds weight to our packs. We will enjoy a last gourmet dinner from our outfitter, Grajales, before our big move to Camp 1 tomorrow. As I write, clouds are building, and it looks like we may get a touch of snow to brighten the landscape tonight.

All the best, and we’ll check in from 16,000’ tomorrow!


RMI Guides Pete, Gabi, Gilbert, and team

Sunset over the Andes as seen from Aconcagua Base Camp.  Photo: Garrett Stevens

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Hi Jeff & team,  I look forward to reading the blog everyday, sounds all good from here. I’ll bet you are getting to know one another & know who you’re… read more

Posted by: Norene Kimes on 1/15/2012 at 12:25 pm

Hang in there, be safe and have fun!

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Posted by: Holly Seaton on 1/14/2012 at 8:01 pm

Aconcagua Expedition: Team Arrives at Camp 1

Posted by: | January 14, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 16,200'

Hi there,
Team Aconcagua checking in from Camp 1 (16,200’). We arrived at camp around 3 pm today. It took almost 5 hours for us to complete the move to our new home (we are planing to spend 3 nights here).
It started to snow right after we set the tents and it hasn’t stop since (3 hours), the accumulation is just 2 inches so far.
We are ready to have dinner and relax for the evening and recover from our move.  Tomorrow, if the weather is good and everyone is feeling well, we plan to make our carry up toward Camp 2.

We will check in tomorrow when we are return to Camp.  Thanks for all the comments on the RMI blog, keep sending them.
Team Aconcagua

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Thinking of you Tom and sending our love and support. We will pray for good weather and an enjoyable climb tomorrow. Mom and Dad
Wherever you are - be… read more

Posted by: Daisy J. Dwyer on 1/17/2012 at 7:42 pm

hey baby! it was sooo good to hear your voice today, tell whom ever let you borrow the phone that i said THANK YOU!! sfter talking with you i realized… read more

Posted by: wiyanna on 1/15/2012 at 7:06 pm

Aconcagua Expedition: The Team Back from a Successful Carry to Camp 2

Posted by: | January 15, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 16,200'

Hello again from Camp 1 on Aconcagua. We had a successful carry to Camp 2 today. It was very busy leaving camp this morning, about 60 climbers heading up. The weather was great, sunny and warm with a fresh breeze. We got 4 inches of snow last night, so the mountain is beautiful right now. The whole crew did great on the carry today. Camp 2 at 18,000’ was a new high point for a lot of folks. We are now back at Camp 1 resting and diverting a fast flowing river that is trying to submerge our tents. We are resting tomorrow before we move higher on the mountain. Hope this dispatch finds everyone doing well and enjoying the new year.

You’ll will be hearing from us soon,
The Aconcagua team

Carry to Camp 2 Gabriel Barral, Aconcagua Expedition Lead Guide

Proof that Wally is the most thoughtful man on earth; he asked Bryan,(who unfortunately had to cut his climb short due to asthma) to send me an e-mail letting me… read more

Posted by: Lori on 1/17/2012 at 10:47 am




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Posted by: CHRIS CHASE on 1/16/2012 at 11:37 am

Aconcagua Expedition: The Team Rests at Camp 1

Posted by: Pete Van Deventer | January 16, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 16,200'

Helloooo everybody,
The team has been very busy today here at Camp 1. It’s hard work napping for several hours, eating as much prosciutto and cheese as we can, and making sure to stay hydrated to boot. Games of cards, iPods, and chit chat fill in our spare time. All of this work is necessary however for our success on the upper mountain. Tomorrow will see us move to a new camp at 18,000’, and we’ll start the acclimatization cycle over again.

The weather has been pretty sunny today with clouds here and there, but our fresh breeze that began last night has encouraged the group to remain in tents for much of the day. We are looking forward to a scrumptious dinner of tortellini, and a good night of sleep. For those that are wondering, cooler temps and the breeze today have resolved our aquatic camping problem, turning our aquarium into a rather exciting skating rink.

Abrazos from Argentina,

RMI Guides Pete, Gilbert, Gabi, and the Aconcagua double A hockey team

A moonrise view from Camp 1 on Aconcagua.

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Hi Jeff, Thanks for sending the snow!!  We have snow coming down this a.m. yeh, hope you are staying warm & breathing is getting easier.  I feel like I’m climbing… read more

Posted by: Norene on 1/17/2012 at 8:00 am

Aconcagua Expedition: Weather Day At Camp 1

Posted by: | January 17, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 16,200'

Hi there,
We woke up this morning at Camp 1 with high winds, and big plumes of spin drift on the saddle above us, so we decided to stay here for one more day. Our current plan, based on the short good weather window that the forecast has given us, is to move to camp 2 tomorrow, the next day move to Camp 3 and the next day go for the summit!

The group is very excited about the new plan after having been inside the tents for the last 48 hours.  The winds at this moment have started to slow down, so it looks like the forecast is right.

We will check in tomorrow from Camp 2.

Gabi, Pete, Gilbert and the Aconcagua team

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Sounds like its on like Donkey Kong!
Go get and get it man.
Love you,

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Posted by: Chad Johnson on 1/20/2012 at 9:49 am

Wow, Jeff, moving right along!! I got butterflies when I read the agenda, I know you will do well, take care & stay calm, take in each moment, we all… read more

Posted by: Norene on 1/17/2012 at 7:25 pm

Aconcagua Expedition: Team At High Camp

Posted by: | January 19, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 19,600'

We are at High Camp (Piedras Blancas) and getting ready for our summit bid. We will leave early in the morning for an alpine start and climb out of camp to join the Ruta Normal.  A gradual traverse along the mountain’s northwest flank takes us to the base of the Canaleta, a 1,000’ long couloir leading to the summit ridge. Upon reaching the top of the Canaleta, a straightforward traverse leads to the Aconcagua summit.

Wish us luck!

RMI Guide Gabriel Barral

The route from High Camp to the summit

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Bryan,  So glad to hear about your climb!!! We are sooooooo proud of you ‘warrior!’ Also, glad you and your team are having a great time!  Can’t wait to see… read more

Posted by: Connie Blalock on 1/21/2012 at 1:09 pm

Bryan,  So glad to hear about your climb!!! Also, glad you and your team are having a great time!  Can’t wait to see you and ‘celebrate!’  Love mommy and daddy

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Posted by: Connie Blalock on 1/21/2012 at 1:07 pm

Aconcagua Expedition: Summit!

Posted by: | January 20, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 22,841'

RMI Guide Gabriel Barral called with great news that our team reached the summit of Aconcagua

They stood on top at 2 pm (Argentinian time) and are back at high camp happy, healthy, and contently tired.  After dinner and a good night’s sleep, the team will descend to base camp tomorrow.

Congratulations to RMI Guides Gabriel Barral, Pete Van Deventer, Gilbert Chase and Team!

Traversing across to the Canaleta.  Photo: Pete Van Deventer An RMI Team's view from the Aconcagua summit.

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Strong work! Congrats to The Team and our main man Larry. Get back safely. The Shasta “Guys”.

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Posted by: Tom F. on 1/26/2012 at 11:49 am

Hope all continues to go well.  It’s terrific!

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Posted by: holly seaton on 1/24/2012 at 8:59 am

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