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Aconcagua: Liken & Team Move to Camp 2 Ahead of Storm

Well, we barely snuck in a move today from Aconcagua Camp 1 to Camp 2 before the wind started a blowin’ and the snow started a snowin’. Fortunately, everyone is tucked away in their tents hydrating, breathing, and getting used to life at 18,000 feet. We are all glad to be here; it feels like the upper mountain is finally within reach. More tomorrow!

RMI Guide Ben Liken

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For Shannon Walsh

WOW! In awe of your achievement. I have trouble walking the small hills of NEPA.
Not the little girl I remember anymore!
Watching you in awe! Best wishes and travels to you and the team! Stay safe

Posted by: Janet Yontas on 2/10/2017 at 4:19 pm

For ,Dave & Kelly. You are on the cusp of an achievement realized by so few yet admired by many. You climb for more than yourselves. We’re all up there with you and even breathing heavey even at 1500 ft.

Posted by: Nick Lazzareschi on 2/10/2017 at 3:49 pm


Aconcagua: Liken & Team Rest Day at Camp 1

Today, after two days of hard work and accomplishment, the team rested at Camp 1 on Aconcagua.  All that was on our minds was quesadillas, hot drinks, and naps.  Our bodies need to recover and make a few more red blood cells before we can be strong higher.  Tomorrow we will try and move camp to 18000 feet, but with a little snow in the forecast we will just have to wait and see.

RMI Guide Ben Liken

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Aconcagua: Liken & Team Carry Gear to Camp 2

It was cold and windy today on our gear bump to 18,000’ with most of the team climbing in all our insulating layers.  The sunny skies kept us moving and everyone did great!  The views from Camp 2 inspired the team as we breathed the thin air.  We are back at Camp 1 now ready to devour some Mac and cheese.

RMI Guide Ben Liken

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Dave, I promise you a cheese cake when you come home! We miss you. Be safe!

Posted by: Nancy Hicks on 2/9/2017 at 8:39 am


Aconcagua: Liken & Team Move to Camp 1

Today we finally left the comforts of Aconcagua Base Camp for good, well at least for a little over a week.  We moved to Camp 1 at 16,400’  which is the first of three stops on our way to the summit.  The team moved more fluidly today because they have had some time to acclimatize since our carry to the same elevation.  We are all moved in now and awaiting RMI Guide Pepper Dee’s world famous top ramen dinner! 

Our plan is to carry supplies to 18,000’ tomorrow, we hope the weather holds!

RMI Guide Ben Liken

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Glad you’re all doing well. Friends of Dr Folsom pray for your safety. Have fun and enjoy the trip

Posted by: Ed Sutton on 2/7/2017 at 5:34 pm


Aconcagua: Liken & Team Rest Day at Base Camp

This morning on Aconcagua we woke up slow as the sun hit our tents.  As the team rolled into breakfast the eggs, onions, and peppers were sizzling on the grill.  We casually sat around and chatted and laughed about the trials and tribulations of the day before.  As the afternoon came, it was siestas all around before our steak dinner.  Now with a lot of rest on board, the team is ready to move higher on the mountain.

RMI Guide Ben Liken

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Aconcagua: Liken & Team Arrive At Base Camp

February 5, 2017

After a very snowy and windy period here at Base Camp the sky’s finally broke and the sun started shining.  So we got a load of gear together and carried it up to 16,200 ft.  It was a perfect day for climbing, not to hot and not to cold.  We are now back a base resting after a hard days work.  I think I smell some chicken dinner coming from the cook tent, can’t wait!

February 4, 2017
After three days of approach we have arrived at Plaza de Argentina, our Base Camp.  The day began with an icy creek crossing on mule back just as the sun came up over the mountains. Then we were off on a 6 hour jaunt up valley in pleasant overcast conditions.  But by the time we arrived at camp winds were howling and snow was falling.  The rest of the day felt like full on winter.  Tomorrow is a rest day that will be met with lots of eating and some prep for the next day.  Spirits are high!

RMI Guide Ben Liken

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Aconcagua: LIken & Team Arrive at Second Trek Camp

Our team has made it one step closer to Aconcagua by moving further up the Vacas valley to Casa de Piedra, our second camp.  The awesome views continued but we did encounter our first dose of wind.  By the fourth stretch we were pressing into a 25-30 mph headwind!  Just before camp we got a view of our objective, it was covered in clouds from 18,000’ up but still impressive.  Tonight we will have another grill out, before we head to base camp tomorrow.  The team is doing excellent!

RMI Guide Ben Liken

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Dr Folsom. The surgery team is keeping track of your progress. Stay safe and have a great trip!

Posted by: Ed Sutton on 2/2/2017 at 8:45 pm


Aconcagua: Liken & Team at Pampas de Las Lenas

Hey there followers,

Our entire team has made it to our first camp at 9500 ft here in Argentina.  After a sturdy breakfast and some quick repacking we were off on a five-hour walk to the Andean high country.  Between the steep rock walls on each side of the valley we saw lizards, the raging Vacas River, and a bunch of mules carrying our gear.  When we got to camp we settled in and enjoyed a traditional Argentinian asado of steak, chicken, potatoes, and peppers.  Now we are headed to bed under the southern sky excited to do it again tomorrow.

RMI Guide Ben Liken

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Aconcagua: Liken & Team Pack Gear for the Trail

Hola friends and family,

Well, it seems like we’re actually doing it! We bid a hasty farewell to Mendoza this morning, and after a necessary empanada stop found ourselves in dry, barren, windy Penitentes. The afternoon was spent answering the question “to mule duffel or not to mule duffel,” and as of now our gear is locked, loaded, and ready to lug uphill. Everyone is looking forward to throwing a pack on and starting the walk in to Aconcagua Base Camp tomorrow.

Ciao for now,

RMI Guide Pepper Dee

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Shannon, you got this.  Just be your usual mighty self…  Love you   Good luck to everyone on the team…  Godspeed.

Posted by: Linda on 2/2/2017 at 8:59 am

Kiss some serious mountain ass Shannon! I’ll be cheering you from home.

Safe travels to the whole team!

Posted by: Kathie on 2/1/2017 at 8:44 am


Aconcagua: Ben Liken & Team Arrive in Mendoza

Hey all,

Our entire team has arrived in Mendoza and excited to get moving toward the mountain.  But we can’t go to Aconcagua before our inaugural steak and Malbec dinner, so we hit the town and took care of business.  Now with stuffed stomachs we are ready to get a full night’s rest after a long journey to South America.  Tomorrow we will head into the Andes!

Stay tuned,
RMI Guide Ben Liken

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