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Aconcagua: Justman & Team Rest Day at Camp 2

Posted by: JJ Justman, Steve Gately, Chase Nelson | December 26, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 18,000'

Team 1 is back!!! Thanks to Steve’s genius technology skills. The team is resting today at Camp 2 which is at 18,000 feet.  Everyone is doing great! As a matter if fact, I can’t remember another team that was on equal level in terms of strength. If all goes well we should have a fantastic summit day. We are shooting for the summit on the 28th so keep your fingers crossed!

RMI Guide JJ Justman

Views of the surrounding Andes on the trail to Aconcagua Camp 2. Photo: Linden Mallory

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Aconcagua: Justman & Team’s Holiday Wishes

Posted by: JJ Justman, Steve Gately, Chase Nelson | December 26, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 15,500'

December 24th, 11:30 am PT
The team is enjoying Christmas Eve this year at 15,500ft on the tallest mountain outside of the Himalaya, not to shabby, eh? Temperatures are still warm and the winds mild. Today we rest and prepare for the real work of moving up to Aconcagu’s Camp 2 tomorrow. Keep our climbers in mind tomorrow, Christmas Day, as we’ll be hauling 50-pound packs to 18,000ft. I know the team wishes they could be home with…. Well why don’t I just let them tell you themselves….

Wishing all of my Hawaii peeps a blessed holiday season! I’m in good spirits and feeling well physically (and more important, mentally) to summit soon. Let’s celebrate when I return! Love, Del.

All’s well! Wishing a Merry Christmas to Taegan, family and fellow climbing buddies hanging at lower elevations for the holiday! Love you all—Matt

Having a great time.  All is well! Enjoying the views, steaks and a great team. Merry Christmas to all! Love Nigel

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas! Wish I could join you but Christmas at 18,000 is not too bad. Claud - I hope you’re behaving yourself! Love,
Marek

I AM ON AN ADVENTURE!!!
Mammut

Pogoda przepiekna, super samopoczucie, towarzystwo wysmienite!!! Wesolych Swiay i Szczesliwego Nowego Roku - Pawel

Missing you very much this Christmas Bea!  Wish I was there with you and the girls and Grant.  Keep those good thoughts coming my way.  Love ya, Jemes. 

My dear Alex, you motivate and encourage me every step of the way, as always in front of me leading the way. Thank you for being the most amazing part of my life. Merry Christmas my love. I’m yours always. Ruben

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Aconcagua: Justman & Team Move to Camp 2

Posted by: JJ Justman, Steve Gately, Chase Nelson | December 25, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 18,000'

Hey everyone. This is JJ and Steve here with Team One on Aconcagua. Merry Christmas everyone. Happy Holidays. We had a great day moving camp from Camp 1 to Camp 2. We made it here early afternoon at 18,000 feet, set up camp and have some hot soup on the stove. And now we’re just relaxing and taking it easy on a nice sunny day here on Aconcagua. The team is doing really, really well. The weather is pretty darn nice and we have a decent forecast. It’s looking like after the 28th, the winds might pick up a little bit, so hopefully, we’re knocking on wood, keeping our fingers crossed. We have a little bit more work to do but the team is really, really strong and really, really fun to hang out these guys on Christmas and we of course want to say hi and hello and give our love to family and friends back at home. We will send another dispatch here on the days to come. But tomorrow our plan is to take a nice rest day and relax here at 18,000 feet. Take care everyone. Again, Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and stay tuned.

RMI Guide JJ Justman

An RMI team on the move to Camp 2. Photo: Jake Beren


RMI Guide JJ Justman calls in from Aconcagua Camp 2

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Aconcagua: Justman & Team Send Holiday Wishes from Camp 1

Posted by: JJ Justman, Steve Gately, Chase Nelson | December 24, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 15,500'

Hey everyone. This is JJ with Team One Aconcagua. The team is up here at Camp One; we’re doing great. We actually all wrote an elaborate email wishing family and friends Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, etc. But wouldn’t you know it, we’re having a little bit of technical difficulty sending that email so I’m calling in this dispatch instead. Everyone here sends their love to all their family and friends. We’ll get this little glitch sorted out, and we’ll send that email so all of you can read the words of of your loved ones here on Aconcagua.  The team is doing great. We had a rest day today, but tomorrow it’s back to business. We’re gonna enjoy a great Christmas Eve dinner here at 15,500 feet. And then tomorrow we’re going to head on up to Camp 2, which is at 18,000 feet. Everyone, like I said is doing wonderful and they all say hello. Happy Holidays and they send their love to all their family and friends. You guys take care. Stay tuned and hopefully will have some more exciting news for you in the days to come. Take care everyone, bye.

RMI Guide JJ Justman

An RMI Climber standing above the clouds at Camp 1. Photo: Linden Mallory


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Aconcagua: Justman & Team Carry to Camp 2

Posted by: JJ Justman, Steve Gately, Chase Nelson | December 23, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 16,200'

New scenery is always a welcome site on an expedition and the carry to Aconcagua Camp 2 (18,000ft) is always one of my favorite parts of the trip! The route from Camp 1 had us traveling west across the flanks of a broad basin until we eventually made a sharp turn north and headed towards the col between Aconcagua and fellow neighboring peak Cerro Ameghino. This is where it gets good! Crossing over the col the high Andes open up in front of us and we’re left with stunning views of big glaciers and 6,000m peaks.

Everyone woke this morning to the sound of silence… Ah, yes! The winds finally died down and we were left with a breathless morning and we couldn’t have been more thrilled. Higher elevation, new views, warm temperatures and no wind. Couldn’t have asked for a better day! The crew did a fantastic job navigating new terrain and thinner air today and with a rest day planned for tomorrow the team will prepare for the move to Camp 2 on Christmas Day! What better way to spend Christmas than with a headache and a rough nights sleep!? No, in all seriousness the team has been handling the altitude like champs and they’re excited to be just a little bit closer to the summit. Everyone sends their best regards to their loved ones and stay tuned for the always riveting rest day blog update!

RMI Guide Steve Gately

An RMI Team climbing above Aconcagua Camp 1. Photo: RMI Collection Coming down to Aconcagua Camp 1 after a carry. Photo: RMI Collection

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Aconcagua: Justman & Team Move to Camp 1

Posted by: JJ Justman, Steve Gately, Chase Nelson | December 22, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 15,700'

Team One Aconcagua has made great strides! We are at Camp one at 15,700 feet. Everyone did a great job today in moderate winds. The forecast calls for decreasing winds which is a welcome for us. Tents are up and we are organizing gear for a carry day to Camp Two. Stay tuned!

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RMI Climbers climbing through the snow penitentes before Camp 1. Photo: Linden Mallory

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Aconcagua: Justman & Team Rest Day at Plaza Argentina

Posted by: JJ Justman, Steve Gately, Chase Nelson | December 21, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 13,800'

Today was another rest day at Aconcagua Basecamp and we could not have picked a better day! The wind is howling, the sky is obsolete shrouded in clouds. But! And it’s a big But! The team is doing great! We are sleeping, reading, eating quesadillas and simply enjoying being in the mountains. After all, isn’t that what it’s all about?!!

RMI Guide JJ Justman

Tents at Plaza Argentina. Photo: RMI Collection

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Aconcagua: Justman & Team Cache Some Gear Above Basecamp

Posted by: JJ Justman, Steve Gately, Chase Nelson | December 20, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 13,800'

Well…there’s a first for everything. And going on 22 Aconcagua expeditions here, I had a first today. Our team awoke early, had a good breakfast and then we loaded our packs and made our way uphill. Everyone did a great job today and we are all well. Except…a little bit of windburn! Man o Man was it blowing strong today! The wind was so strong we were unable to make it to Camp 1 at 16,200 feet. Instead we thought wiser and we cached our gear lower at 15,700 feet. And the team did great! Adversity is part of every climbing adventure and we all handled it very very well. The winds are supposed to be close to the same so base camp is looking very appealing for tomorrow.

Go Packers!!

RMI Guide JJ Justman

RMI Climbers navigating the snow penitentes on a carry above Aconcagua's Basecamp. Photo: RMI Collection

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Aconcagua: Justman and Team Settle into Aconcagua Basecamp

Posted by: JJ Justman, Chase Nelson, Steve Gately | December 19, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 14,000'

Greetings all!

Last night was clear and cold with the freezing level hanging just below our new home here at 14,000ft. Today is all about relaxing though and the team enjoyed a leisurely morning and some of JJ’s famous scrambled egg breakfast.

Our agenda tomorrow has us carrying a load of gear to cache at Camp I (16,400ft) What this means is that we will ferry a load of gear higher on the mountain and then return back to basecamp to sleep. This will allow the team to better acclimatize while moving much needed food and gear higher on the mountain and consequently making our move day loads lighter. So this afternoon will be spent organizing and packing gear for an early start tomorrow. The team is looking forward to the challenge of heavy packs and higher elevation. Morale is high, the weather is good and we couldn’t be happier!

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Aconcagua Basecamp at Dusk. RMI Photo Collection

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Aconcagua: Justman & Team Reach Basecamp

Posted by: Chase Nelson, JJ Justman, Steve Gately | December 18, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 13,800'

Greetings from Aconcagua’s Basecamp!

Started the morning with an early, very cold, stream crossing to head up the Relinchos Valley from Casa de Piedra. Today was the first day with views largely dominated by the mountain, and finally entering the high alpine environment. Strolling into Plaza Argentina Basecamp for the first time is quite an amazing sight, between the camp and the surrounding cirque. The team is getting settled in, and everyone is looking forward to a well-deserved rest day tomorrow!

RMI Guide Chase Nelson

Approaching Aconcagua Base Camp through the Relinchos Valley. Photo: Garrett Stevens

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