February 19, 2014
We have arrived! Ahhh, it feels so good to be back at Base Camp! Let me tell ya, this team has faced some enormous adversity. Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to scare friends and family because this Wisconsin boy has faced worse weather watching the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field in December. The weather on this expedition has flip flopped from beautiful to not so beautiful. And wouldn’t you know it, the weather followed us down to base camp. However, it doesn’t matter now. We’ve enjoyed pizzas, fresh fruit and coca colas. And we all deserve it! Everyone says hello and we are looking forward to our trek out.
This is our last dispatch for this season’s Aconcagua expeditions. Thank you so much for following along and thanks for all the comments!
RMI Guides JJ Justman, Katrina Bloemsma and Team
Jeff…What’s up brother? You should explain that while in Green Bay the best way to stay warm is to have a couple of drinks! Kids say hi. Hope all is well.
Posted by: Bill on 3/23/2014 at 2:09 pm
CONGRATS TO ALL!!!
JEFF VERY PROUD OF YOU AND ALL YOUR GROUP!!!!!
Posted by: LARI&B0B; on 2/26/2014 at 8:01 am
February 18, 2014
Posted by: JJ Justman
We are back safely at high camp (19,600’) on Aconcagua. We had a long day up and down and everyone needs some food and hot drinks to recover. The day started cold then turned hot and now it is back to cold with blowing snow. We need a break!
We will spend the night here and tomorrow begin heading down hill.
RMI Guide JJ Justman
On The Map
Way to go all y’all! Frank and all your new best friends. Be warm, be safe.
Posted by: Fred T on 2/19/2014 at 7:52 am
Congratulations to all!
Posted by: Marsha on 2/19/2014 at 5:02 am
February 18, 2014
Hey everyone, I’m wondering if you could just take a listen to this for second… Do you hear that? I didn’t think so because there is zero wind on the summit of Aconcagua right now! That is where Team Seven is at this moment. What do you say guys? [Happy yells from the climbers.] People are excited to be up here. We have a beautiful day climbing. We had a sunny day to begin with; now there’s a little bit of clouds and a little bit of snow. People are feeling pretty darn good, tired but good. We had a great day climbing. Can’t say enough great things about the summit. And now we are going to head down. This is JJ and the team heading downhill from the highest point in the western hemisphere of the world.
RMI Guide JJ Justman calls in from the Aconcagua summit!
On The Map
Hi Ken ! Congratulations on doing something I never even dream of. Your boys and wife are super proud. Can’t wait to see the photos and to hear the behind the scene stories. ok I am going back to the couch .... LOL. Take Ken. See you soon.
Posted by: Ivy on 2/19/2014 at 9:37 pm
Congratulations to you all! Great job Rich, we are all very proud of you. Safe trip down! See you soon! Hope you got some great pics for us…
Posted by: Susie on 2/18/2014 at 9:20 pm
February 17, 2014
Decisions, decisions! After some careful thought the team had decided to spend one more day at high camp before attempting the summit. We all had a tough day battling new snow and breaking trail to make it here. There’s no need to exhaust ourselves and ruin our chances at the summit. Tomorrow is supposed to be an even nicer day. And after a full day of eating, drinking and relaxing we all should be more recovered to give the summit our all.
On The Map
So close, Rich! Hang in there! I hope the weather holds out and you all summit tomorrow! Love you very much and miss you! Will see you very soon!
Good luck to you and the team!
Posted by: Susie on 2/18/2014 at 10:43 am
Good morning Brenda ( Sweetie Pie) :-) today is the big day to the summit team 7 goes!! Have fun drink water . The Jay an I are in LV with Travis he says hello all A’s eight classes! Have fun today love you, Richie & Sea Jay. Xxxxxooooxx
Posted by: Rich larscheid on 2/18/2014 at 5:09 am
February 16, 2014
It was a day. We awoke to a foot of snow and 30mph winds at Aconcagua’s Camp 2, brr! After a slow morning breaking down camp we headed uphill through wind and snow toward Camp 3. It was hard going and the team had to dig deep to get to high camp, but everyone walked in together, heads high and looking forward to the next challenge. Tomorrow, we go for the summit!
On The Map
Hi sweetie hope U had a nice day of relaxing! Looks like better weather will make the summit experience all the sweeter, Love you, miss you, Richie &. Sea Jay. Xxxxxxoooo
Posted by: Rich larscheid on 2/17/2014 at 7:46 pm
Hoping this email finds you full of thrills and cheers and at the summit! Keeping you and yours in my thought!
Stay safe and full-up with incredible memories…Diane
Posted by: Diane Hart on 2/17/2014 at 1:56 pm
February 15, 2014
Adversity. It’s what high altitude climbing is all about. And here we are, sitting on a rest day at 18,000 feet in a snowstorm. It was predicted and we are actually glad. Because today is supposed to be the last day of adverse weather. Tomorrow is forecasted to be nice and as a matter of fact, the next four to five days. The team is feeling great so in the meantime, Katrina and I have 36 quesadillas to make.
On The Map
Dear, Ken McKenna/Dad.
We have a five day weekend from school because of the holiday. So, we’re having a McKenna PJ Day Marathon. Day 2 is going well! It looks like you’re having a PJ Day, too. Miss you a lot and hope you are having fun.
Posted by: Aidan on 2/16/2014 at 3:49 pm
Best wishes as you continue to the top, especially you, Frank. Blog sounds good. Be Safe
Posted by: Fred T on 2/16/2014 at 3:35 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
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 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 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