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Aconcagua: Nugent & Team Carry to Camp 1

Posted by: Billy Nugent, Katrina Bloemsma, Billy Haas | January 18, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 13,800'

Howdy all… Checking in after a busy, busy day up here on Aconcagua. There was a bit of commotion buzzing around Plaza Argentina this morning with a bunch of helicopter flights coming in and out of basecamp requiring logistical assistance on our part that stalled us from getting out of the gate on our planned carry up to Camp 1. Luckily, what could have been a logistical nightmare was averted and despite the late start, our team made a great effort and put in a big cache of personal gear, food, fuel, and other group gear up at ~16,400’ right in the heart of Camp 1. We’re back down here at Plaza Argentina, tired after a long day on our first foray onto the upper mountain but psyched that the team performed so well despite the heavy loads. Spirits are high after a job well done and we hope to keep the good times rolling through another rest/acclimatization day at basecamp tomorrow.

Signing off…

RMI Guide Billy Nugent

Descending back to Aconcagua Basecamp. Photo: RMI Collection

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Aconcagua: Nugent & Team Rest Day at Plaza Argentina

Posted by: Billy Nugent, Katrina Bloemsma, Billy Haas | January 17, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 13,800'

Resting today… We are all enjoying a pleasant afternoon up here at Plaza Argentina. Our two principal goals for today are letting our bodies rest up from the work we’ve done over the past three days and continue that acclimatization process, and to prep and pack our gear, food, and fuel for tomorrow’s planned carry up to Camp 1. The team is again in good spirits and enjoying the day. We’ll check in again tomorrow and let you know how our first true push up the mountain went…

RMI Guide Billy Nugent

Aconcagua Base Camp at Plaza Argentina. Photo: RMI Collection Sunset at Aconcagua Base Camp. Photo: Garrett Stevens

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Aconcagua: Nugent & Team Reach Basecamp!

Posted by: Billy Nugent, Katrina Bloemsma, Billy Haas | January 16, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 13,800'

We’ve made it to Basecamp! After three long days on the trail our team rolled on in to Plaza Argentina this afternoon in good style and in good spirits. And while we are all feeling the altitude a little bit we are no worse for the wear. We enjoyed some refreshments upon arrival from the great Grajales staff and proceeded to set up camp and get settled in after a little breather. We just finished a great meal of of soup, homemade lasagna (!!!), and flan for dessert and are getting ready to tuck ourselves in for the evening. Up at nearly 14K, it’s a fair bit colder here than it was on our trek in, especially at night so we’re finally putting some of our warm clothes to good use. Typically, the first night at a higher elevation can be a little uncomfortable so we’ll see how everybody fares tonight. I’m sure there may be a few headaches in the group, but that’s totally normal… Anyway, we’re all still having fun and looking forward to a good rest day tomorrow.

All for now,

RMI Guide Billy Nugent

An RMI Team approaching Aconcagua Base Camp. Photo: Linden Mallory

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Aconcagua: Nugent & Team Reach Case de Piedra

Posted by: Billy Haas, Billy Nugent, Katrina Bloemsma | January 15, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 10,550'

Journey to Casa de Piedra.

Our crew made great time today on our march from Pampa de Leñas to our second trekking camp at Casa de Piedra. We had significantly cooler temps today and some welcome cloud cover (albeit with a few sprinkles) which made for a much more pleasant walk than yesterday. The crew is starting to find the rhythm of the mountain and also finding a good synergy among the teammates. We are all having fun and even enjoying some interesting people.

Good times! Headed for Aconcagua Basecamp tomorrow…

Talk soon.

RMI Guide Billy Nugent

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Aconcagua: Nugent & Team Check in from Pampa de Lenas

Posted by: Billy Haas, Billy Nugent, Katrina Bloemsma | January 15, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 9,000'

January 14, 2015
Hola de Pampa de Leñas! Today our team made our first moves in the mountains in great style by ticking off the first stretch on our three day journey to Plaza Argentina, our basecamp. The trail was hot and dusty but we enjoyed a nice breeze from time to time and incredible views that made the heat bearable. After setting up our camp we had the good fortune to greet another RMI expedition as they arrived in camp returning from a successful summit bid a few days ago. Big congrats to Zeb and his crew! We all got to share an asado last night complete with grilled beef tenderloin and vino which was quite a treat. The herrieros (mule drivers) cooked for us over an open fire… Pretty classy backcountry living. We’re thankfully not on the ramen noodle program yet, it was nice to hold that off another day. Anyway, all is well and tomorrow calls for another day of walking up the Vacas Valley… We’ll check in and let you know how it goes.

All for now,
RMI Guides Billy Nugent, Katrina Bloemsma, and Billy Haas

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Aconcagua: Billy Nugent & Team Finish Up Loose Ends and Are on Their Way

Posted by: Billy Nugent, Katrina Bloemsma, Billy Haas | January 13, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua

Hi everyone, Billy (Nugent) here checking in after the first official day on our 2015 Aconcagua expedition. Today was a crazy one and the team spent most of the day scrambling around trying to get everything ready for tomorrow´s departure to the mountain. One of our team members was the victim of freezing rain and thus a cancelled flight from O´Hare so she arrived in Mendoza this morning and was forced to hit the ground running. We went straight to the permit office to handle that and then made a quick stop to freshen up at the hotel before we departed for Penitentes where Grajales, our outfitter, has a packing facility near the trailhead. The rest of the team spent the morning tying up loose ends; making runs to the grocery store and gear shop to pick up last minute items before we all jumped in the van for a three-hour drive up to Penitentes in the mountains. Once we arrived we spent several hours packing and readying our loads for the mules that were broken up nicely by a great dinner at Ayelen, our hotel. Lots of things to remember means a fair bit of stress but that will all evaporate once we hit the trail tomorrow. The team is ready and in good spirits, eager to hit the trail! We´ll check in again from our first camp along the trekking route into basecamp.

All for now,
RMI Guide Billy Nugent and the gang

Cerro Aconcagua in Argentina. Photo: RMI Collection The Road to Penitentes, Argentina. Photo: RMI Collection

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Mt. Rainier: September 20th Update

Posted by: Billy Nugent | September 20, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

Summit!  The Mt. Rainier Summit Climb, led by RMI Guide Billy Nugent, reached the top with crystal-blue skies all around. The team began their descent at 8:20 a.m. from the crater rim.

Congratulations!

Sunrise on Mount Rainier. Photo: RMI Collection

Mt. Shuksan: Billy Nugent & Seminar Team Summit!

Posted by: Billy Nugent | September 12, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *North Cascades
Elevation: 9,127'

4:50 pm PT Update: Billy called in after the team returned safely to camp. A bit breezy but beautiful views on the summit. Billy’s photos below.

Call from the summit:
Hey it’s Billy here. I’m checking in from the summit of Mount Shuksan!. We are on top with seven climbers and three guides, enjoying perfect weather. Not a cloud in the sky. Views all the way down to Mount Rainier, out to the Olympic Range and the Puget Sound. We can see Vancouver, up into the Coast Range and over into the thickets of the deep North Cascades. Just spectacular today. We’ll give you guys a shout when we are back in camp, safe-and-sound. All for now.

RMI Guide Billy Nugent

The team practicing roped travel on Mt. Shuksan. Photo: Billy Nugent Training on the Sulphide Glacier, Mt. Shuksan. Photo: Billy Nugent Beautiful summit views on Mt. Shuksan. Photo: Billy Nugent


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Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climb Teams on Top!

Posted by: Billy Nugent, Lindsay Mann | September 05, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb teams led by RMI Guides Billy Nugent and Lindsay Mann reached the crater rim of Mt. Rainier around 7:30 am.  Billy reported clear, cold and breezy conditions overnight, now the winds have calmed, the sun is shining and they are enjoying the views. They will spend some time on the summit before starting their descent.

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb Teams.

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Mt. Rainier: August 30th Teams Summit!

Posted by: Billy Nugent, Jake Beren | August 30, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Mt. Rainier Four- and Five- Day Summit Climbs, led by Billy Nugent and Jake Beren respectively, reached the summit this morning!  It was a cold day on top with winds steady between 10-15 mph.  The teams are doing well as they descend through a cloud cap hovering on the mountain top.

Congratulations to today’s summit climb teams!

RMI climbers on Mt. Rainier's upper mountain ascending through fog. Photo: Ed Viesturs

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