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Mt. McKinley:  Nugent & Team Ready to Fly!

Posted by: Billy Nugent, Mike King, Sean Collon | June 18, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley

Thursday June 18th 10:20 a.m.

RMI Guide Billy Nugent just called from Talkeetna.  K2 Aviation is ready to fly the team onto Mount McKinley!  Once they are settled into their first camp, Billy will check in with us from the glacier.

The McKinley June 16th team pose for a photo before their flight. Photo: Billy Nugent

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Mt. Rainier: June 14th Summit!

Posted by: Billy Nugent | June 14, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

RMI Guide Billy Nugent and team reached the Mount Rainier summit before 7:00 a.m.  The weather was already quite warm and calm winds.  After spending some time on top, including the last stretch to Columbia Crest, the team began their descent at 8:25 a.m.

Traverse to the Emmons Shoulder on Mount Rainier, Washington. Photo: RMI Collection

Aconcagua: Nugent Wraps Up the Expedition in Mendoza

Posted by: Billy Nugent, Katrina Bloemsma, Billy Haas | January 31, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua

Hi all. Billy here with the last installment from our riveting series of blog posts documenting one of this year’s RMI Aconcagua expeditions. We officially wrapped up our program last evening with an amazing dinner at Francesco Barbera complete with all of the pageantry you’d expect from a fine dining experience in Argentina: cocktails, wine, delicious handmade pastas, dessert, coffee. We deserved a little luxury after so much hard work in such a harsh environment and indeed there was much rejoicing.  I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all the members of the team for their patience, dedication, and hard work all along the way and to thank Katrina and Billy Haas for being exceptional guides and teammates the whole trip too. 

I’ve had tons of fun and can’t wait to come back next year…

Til then.

RMI Guide Billy Nugent

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Aconcagua: Nugent & Team Back in Mendoza

Posted by: Billy Nugent, Billy Haas, Katrina Bloemsma | January 30, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua


We made it off the trail today and after a quick lunch and a semi-successful sage sauce recipe aquisition in Penitentes we loaded all of our duffels onto the van and hit the road for Mendoza. We got into town around 5:30 or 6, checked into the hotel, and finally got those showers we´ve been dreaming of for so many weeks. Our sunburned, dirty faces definitely make us stand out among the normal people of the city but what can you really do? We´re headed out for a brew pub and a casual dinner tonight before we have our official celebratory dinner tomorrow night at a fancier restaurant. I´ll check in one more time tomorrow evening to officially wrap the expedition up.

Ciao, headed for some cervezas…

RMI Guide Billy Nugent & Team

Aconcagua. RMI Photo Collection

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Aconcagua: Nugent & Team are Back at Basecamp

Posted by: Billy Nugent, Katrina Bloemsma, Billy Haas | January 29, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 13,800'

Well, we made it back to Basecamp. Big loads and tired feet made for a tough day but we were greeted at Basecamp last night by a spread of snacks and cold drinks, but more importantly, hugs and congratulations from Anita and Grizzelda the Basecamp managers. We dined on steaks and real salad and vegetables which were absolutely delicious after over a week of mountain food. This morning we woke up had a quick breakfast before readying the mule loads and are now about to hit the dusty trail for Pampa de Leñas. The herrieros will be preparing a traditional asado there for us tonight but I anticipate that we´ll be out of touch for the evening because it´s hard for the satellite phone to stay connected down there. The canyon walls are just too narrow. The long march home continues…

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Trekking out of of Aconcagua Basecamp. RMI Photo Collection

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Aconcagua: Nugent & Team Summit!

Posted by: Billy Nugent, Katrina Bloemsma, Billy Haas | January 26, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 22,841'

12:45 pm PT
Billy called the RMI Office from Camp Cholera:  Everyone is safe and sound.  We will stay here tonight and descend to Plaza Argentina tomorrow afternoon.
Thank you for all the blog comments and congratulations!

8:48 am PT
Hey there, it’s Billy Nugent of the team El equipo de dos Guillermos, checking in from the summit of Aconcagua. I’m up here right now with six climbers and three guides, 22,800-something feet. So what do you guys think? [Team cheers!]  As you can tell a happy but tired bunch. Everyone is doing extremely well. We are definitely winded up here at extremely high altitude.  We’ll give you guys a jingle when we are headed back into our high camp at Plaza Cholera.
Other shout-outs. [Brief loss of transmission]
Carter, Walker, and mom I love you guys so much. Thank you for everything.
Erica, Thurston, Bella, Brent, Ally, Christian, everyone. We made it!  Hurrah!
Hey guys, it’s Lindsay, I made it. Thank you so much for the support and love. Love you guys. See you when I get back.
Tanya, Benjamin, and Abby- love you and I’ll see you all soon.
Kathy, Kelsey, Eric, Ailie- I love you. I’m on the top of Aconcagua- woohoo! Jerry and Rhonda, John and Kathy- thanks for the support. I’ll be seeing you soon.
Babs and Phil- much love from Katrina.
That’s all I got unless Haas has something. I love you mom and dad [from Billy Haas].
Sorry mom and dad, love you guys too.  Signing out. We’ll call you from high camp.

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Looking towards Base Camp from near the summit of Aconcagua. Photo: RMI Collection

RMI Guide Billy Nugent and team call in from the Aconcagua summit!

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Way to go team!!  Congrats to all.  Get down safe.  Gerald you da Man!!! 


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Posted by: Rob Carrizzo on 1/26/2015 at 11:49 am

Congratulations to the whole team!  It sounds wonderful—and a bit t miserable.  Lucy and Corell, so excited and proud of you!  All those flights of stairs paid off.  Have a… read more

Posted by: Renee on 1/26/2015 at 11:43 am

Aconcagua: Nugent & Team Move to High Camp

Posted by: Billy Nugent, Katrina Bloemsma, Billy Haas | January 25, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 19,600'

Hey everybody. It’s Billy calling in from Camp Cholera at19,600 feet here on the side of Aconcagua. We’re all settled into camp and melting snow, filling water bottles right now. We are looking forward to dinner and early to bed tonight. Hopefully take a crack at the summit tomorrow. Right now the weather is partly cloudy and just a gentle breeze. Things are pretty nice, other than the fact that camp is bone, bone dry.  We have to hike almost 20 minutes out of camp to fill garbage bags full of snow and bring them back just to fill water bottles. Other than that nuisance, things are going well, the teams in great spirits and hopefully that weather forecast holds true and we have a perfect day tomorrow. We’ll check in again during the day and let you know how it’s going. All for now, bye.

RMI Guide Billy Nugent

Views of the Andes while approaching High Camp on Aconcagua. Photo: RMI Collection

RMI Guide Billy Nugent calls in from Aconcagua High Camp.

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Aconcagua: Nugent & Team Settled Into Camp 2

Posted by: Billy Nugent, Katrina Bloemsma, Billy Haas | January 23, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 18,000'

Wulp… Here we are settled in to camp up here at Aconcagua Camp 2 at over 18,000ft enjoying beautifully clear skies and a nice gentle breeze. Haas and Katrina are outside whipping up a tasty meal and hanging out with the team enjoying the afternoon. Not much else to report… The team is in great spirits and hoping for this great weather to hold!

Til tomorrow,

RMI Guide Billy Nugent

An RMI Team on the move to Camp 2, Aconcagua. Photo: Linden Mallory

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Aconcagua: Nugent and team Rest at Camp 1

Posted by: Billy Nugent, Katrina Bloemsma, Billy Haas | January 22, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 16,200'

Aaah, the rest day. El equipo de dos Guillermos is sun bathing, snacking on turkey jerky and guacamole, and letting our minds and legs recover from the carry yesterday. The team is in great spirits today, and since we have some extra time, we thought we’d have every climber give their own little shout out! Here it goes:

Glen: Mi carino. Te quiero. Abrozos y besos.

Lindsay: I’m feeling great and miss you all! Guess which limerick was mine?

Gerald: Missing me yet lol. Missing you! Charlotte, good luck Saturday.

Lucy: I miss you all and love you all so much. Walker, have you heard?!

Floyd: Feelin’ great. Working hard at resting and sitting still. Tanya, hope you’re feeling better. Miss you all and see you soon!

Corell: Feeling fine, weather is nice. Miss you all! Hope the hunting trip was good and the Eagle Scout manual is progressing. Thurston, remember to study! Love to everyone.

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RMI Tent at Camp 1 on Aconcagua. RMI Photo Collection

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Aconcagua: Nugent & Team Carry to Camp 2

Posted by: Billy Nugent, Katrina Bloemsma, Billy Haas | January 21, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 16,200'

Windy today… After an all-things-considered-decent night last evening at Camp 1 we woke this morning to clear skies and calm winds. Perfect, we thought, for a push up to Camp 2 to drop off another cache of supplies. The team made good time and dispatched the uphill portion of the carry in three stretches moving smoothly and in good style. The wind beat us up a little bit but in the end it was nothing but a nuisance as we passed through Ameghino Col. We saw some of our first views of other big peaks in the range as we passed underneath the toe of the Polish Glacier. The mountain is VERY dry right now and we’ve heard that getting snow for water up at high camp is problematic, at least there’s still a good flow of water coming through the stream at Camp 2. We are all back down at Camp 1 safe and sound, looking forward to a rest/acclimatization day tomorrow!

Ciao, for now.

RMI Guide Billy Nugent

Coming down to Aconcagua Camp 1 after a carry. Photo: RMI Collection

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