February 5, 2014
It’s here! The final RMI Aconcagua expedition of 2014! The team of climbers and Guide extraordinaire Katrina and myself are set to go. We had a great time in Mendoza and Penitentes and we are revving to go. We have a day of sunshine ahead of us to get to our first trek camp at Pampa de Las Leñas. Follow along to see how much fun we have on Aconcagua.
On The Map
The team looks great. Bob, I am so proud of you. As I write this on 2/13, I know you have all been doing great. Enjoy this fabulous, difficult, amazing trip. Jeanette
Posted by: Jeanette on 2/13/2014 at 10:58 am
Hey Rich…stay warm and safe. We love you! Mom and Dad
Posted by: Donna Lewis on 2/9/2014 at 4:56 am
February 5, 2014
The team is bivvied out under the stars and a clear sky at Las Lenas tonight. After packing the last of our gear for the mules to carry in, we headed to the dusty Vacas Valley. We had a breezy and sunny walk in, taking time to eat fresh melon and jamon y queso sandwiches at a leisurely lunch break along the river. At camp, the local cowboys made us a steak Asado over the open fire for dinner. Tomorrow, we continue up the valley to Casa de Piedra where another Asado dinner (and hopefully starry skies) await us!
Hola to Bob and everyone. From Bill and Candi in St. John’s, FL (elev. negligible)
Posted by: Biil on 2/6/2014 at 11:00 am
Hope you have blue sky’s all the way to the top!
Posted by: Richie larscheid on 2/6/2014 at 6:18 am
February 6, 2014
It’s a cowboy lifestyle. Our Aconcagua team is currently sitting by a campfire under the Andean stars telling stories and enjoying a little of the good life. Sometimes it’s nice to slow down, look around and enjoy the good life.
Yes, we are on a high altitude mountaineering expedition. However, this is part of that adventure. We can hear a Gaucho…“cowboy” shoeing a mule. These mules go through a lot of hard work getting all our food and gear to base camp. And it’s nice yo see how the cowboys look after their animals.
Tomorrow we will arise to another sunny day as the team hikes into Aconcagua Basecamp. We are all excited to arrive and settle in permanently. We will also be a little sad to say goodbye to the cowboys who are like family to us.
On The Map
Hi Brenda ,looks like the sun gods are treating you right blue sky’s we miss you but happy for your dream come true, xoxoxo
Posted by: Richie larscheid on 2/6/2014 at 8:21 pm
WOW… sounds like you are all having a great time! We miss you Casey… Ezra, Eva, Isaac and I are watching your progress. So Exciting:)
Posted by: Andrea Cerretani on 2/6/2014 at 6:52 pm
February 7, 2014
The time has arrived. We are nestling into Plaza Argentina Base Camp. The weather has been too nice on our trek in. It certainly explains why there is a sun on the flag of Argentina. We wish there was a swimming pool at base.
The entire team is doing very well and it is nice to unload all our gear knowing we don’t have to pack up duffels for the mules. Speaking of mules, we want to thank our cowboys for helping us get to BC. The boys from Grajales are the very best. Second to none and they are part of the RMI family.
It’s time to relax…we will keep you posted from 13800 feet.
RMI Guide JJ Justman and Team
Get it Dad!!! Wish I was climbing up there with you! Love you!
Posted by: Ezra on 2/8/2014 at 1:40 pm
Way to go Casey! Enjoy your adventure. We are thinking of you and praying that you get up and down the mountain safely and with incredible memories.
Posted by: Emelie Kallen on 2/8/2014 at 9:42 am
February 8, 2014
Today is our first rest day at Aconcagua Base Camp and man is it nice. We woke up and made a huge brunch of home fries and scrambled eggs complete with real French press coffee. What a treat!
Between lounging in the sun and exploring the streams and scenery around camp, the team has been preparing their equipment for our carry to Camp One tomorrow. Checking and double checking that they’ve got all their technical gear and are bringing enough chocolate and gummies for the upper mountain.
The carry to Camp One will be a big day, but the team is feeling strong and the sun will be out. Wish us luck and keep posting on the blog, we enjoy reading your comments!
RMI Guide Katrina Bloemsma
Thanks for the support! I have just a few min of connectivity; Set a personal best today, the gear carry to camp 1 (was super easy, NOT) put be at 4800m/15k ft. Back at base tonight.
Kiernan happy birthday!
Aidan i cant wait to hear how you won 5 bucks from mom.
Devlin i love you too.
Julian, team & guides are great and the jury is still out but I think Paris might have been a better vacation ;) Xoxoxox
Posted by: KenM on 2/9/2014 at 11:56 am
Rich! Love you so much and wish I were there with you! Have fun and enjoy the climb…looking forward to more blog posts we are following them closely! Stay safe
Siriana says “Daddy I love you have a good trip and make sure you are safe in Agacagua in Chile” LOL
Ky says “I love you Daddy and have fun at Aquacongua and be safe so we can see you on the computer while you are in your tent!”
Chanchai is sleeping so no comment from him right now. :-)
Posted by: Susie on 2/9/2014 at 9:05 am
February 9, 2014
Rugged and rough is a great way to describe the ascent to Aconcagua Camp One. The team carried gear to cache at 16,400 feet. The last stretch into camp is a light and fluffy scree section that can sometimes cause folks to spin your wheels. Our team managed fine and we hung out for a half an hour in the thin air.
We cached a couple of duffel bags filled with food and gear that we will need higher on the mountain. We are now back in Basecamp once again enjoying the good life!
On The Map
Hi Keith (Lewis)
I am so excited for you and a little scared. Your mom keeps me in formed of all your adventures and accomplishments, and I could not be more proud of you. Everyone back home is thinking and living vicariously through you, have a wonderful and safe trip. God be with you and your team.
Stacy your Virginia cousin!
Posted by: Stacy Turner on 2/11/2014 at 8:47 am
Keith (Rich), love looking at the pics- how lucky you guys are to be surrounded by those gorgeous mountains! Love reading the blurbs of your days! Hope you are enjoying every minute…Doug and I are living through you guys (and the peace and quiet there) as the whole neighborhood is having a dance party in our playroom! Enjoy the moment! xo
Posted by: Nikki on 2/10/2014 at 4:07 pm
February 11, 2014
Boom, nailed it! First move day was successful. We are at Camp One, hydrating and replenishing our systems after the big climb from 13,800 to 16,400 feet. The team moved up in style and got to camp with plenty of time to get settled and enjoy the sunshine. The guides are indulging in Argentina’s favorite drink, Yerba Mate, which JJ credits for his hulk-like strength while building rock walls at camp today. Check back tomorrow to see what we’re up to!
On The Map
Please remind Bob Strode he owes me 25 pushups at the top
Posted by: Theresa Edwards on 2/12/2014 at 7:00 am
Hi Brenda how’s your camera holding up? You better be filming your climb can’t wait to see your journey! Love you enjoy camp 2 Richie & Sea Jayntexpoc anxiety
Posted by: Richie larscheid on 2/12/2014 at 5:56 am
February 12, 2014
Slogging and chugging away we ascended to Camp 2 in great style. I love when a team stays together every step of the way. It’s motivating and it really creates a great team atmosphere.
We arrived at Camp 2 at 18000 feet and cached more food, fuel and gear for the upper mountain. You can always tell how folks are doing by the expressions on their faces. Everyone was all smiles! And how couldn’t you be with the spectacular views of the Andes that we enjoyed today.
Now back at Camp 1 we are soaking in the sunshine and relaxing. A couple of climbing rangers stopped by and we share a round of mate and discussed weather. Katrina and I are about to start making the team quesadillas as a mid afternoon pick me up.
RMI Guide JJ Justman and Team
Happy Valentine’s Day
Posted by: janette on 2/13/2014 at 4:58 pm
Bob, what an amazing trip. It sounds like you and the entire team are doing great. I can’t wait to read bout e rest of your adventures. Love, Jeanette
Posted by: Jeanette McClurkin on 2/13/2014 at 10:48 am
February 13, 2014
Clouds followed us up the mountain today from Camp One to Camp Two. Luckily, the group walked strong and we got to ‘Chopper Camp’ with enough time to set up tents and drink some soup before the snow started. Now, we’re all tucked in and waiting to see what the weather does. With a bit of snow in the forecast, we’re glad to be nestled in Camp Two instead of on the more exposed slopes of Camp One. The sun, the snow, and the waiting, it’s all part of mountaineering, and it keeps things interesting!
We’ll touch base again tomorrow and let you know how the climb progresses!
RMI Guide Katrina Bloemsma & Team
On The Map
Hi there Katrina; I am a cousin of your grandfather and jolly proud that one of my family does such brave things in the mountains. Are you going to be with the team for Mt Rainier this summer? I have a daughter living nearby there so Mt Rainier is one of my beautiful sites.
Keep up the good work!
Posted by: Jan Jonker on 2/16/2014 at 2:37 am
Craig_The pictures are beautiful! What color is your backpack? Have an EPIC time… Happy V-day! K & E
Posted by: Kim on 2/14/2014 at 1:20 pm
February 14, 2014
Happy Valentines Day from all the climbers to their loved ones! Today was another great day in the mountains. The team carried to Camp 3 at 19,600 feet in rather chilly temperatures. It was really the wind that gave us a bite on the cheek.
Arriving at Camp 3 the team looked rather strong as they imagined what the final 3,000 feet looks like. I’m keeping it a secret for now.
The weather has moved back in and we are all lying in our tents drinking hots and listening to the snow fall on the tents. There’s a little bit of thunder and lightning also to keep things interesting. It’s safe to say we are all in siesta mode.
But first I’m gonna watch a movie….Roadhouse!!
Valentine wishes from the team:
You R my Valentine Sweetie Pie! Love U Lots - Brenda xxooxxxoxox
Susie—love you and miss you like crazy! See you very soon. Love, Rich
Hey baby, made 19.6 today but would rather be snuggling with you on this Val Day! Love Ken
On The Map
Following you closely.stay safe. Moose ratty
Posted by: Bet Hurdle on 2/15/2014 at 7:30 pm
Good morning Brenda, hope the weather is better for you and team 7 today. Have a great day the Jay and I are ready for our Dailey Run,she still wonders where you are! Love you, Richie & Sea Jay xxxxxxoooooxxx
Posted by: Richie larscheid on 2/15/2014 at 6:16 am