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Entries By jj justman


Mt. Rainier: The Winter Seminar Trains at Camp Muir in Between Winter Storms

The first Expedition Skill Seminar - Winter gathered in Ashford on Sunday for a day of technical training and gear checks.  With large packs and a daunting weather forecast the team headed for Paradise as soon as the park gate opened.  The team camped above Paradise for their first night out with better than expected weather.  After breakfast the following morning the team broke camp and made the ascent to Camp Muir. They have spent the remaining days training at 10,000’.  Unfortunately the weather forecast did become accurate and the team experienced a full winter storm on Mt. Rainier which prevented them from climbing higher than Camp Muir.

The seminar wraps up tomorrow. We look forward to seeing them at Rainier BaseCamp tomorrow afternoon.

I’m sure the storm was pretty wild because the wind was whipping in Royal City and the pass was getting pretty heavy snow!  So the other day I went flying around the mountain to see how much snow she got.  She was getting getting wind whipped pretty had and has a pretty good pack.  Let me know if you want to see pictures!

Posted by: Paul Davies on 3/18/2016 at 7:33 am


Aconcagua: Justman & Team Safely Back at Base Camp

Hi everyone! The RMI Aconcagua team is safely back at Base Camp. We are enjoying cokes and beers and just relaxing. I will be honest, most of us are exhausted, me included. It was a perfect summit day and it has taken its toll. We all deserve to relax and unwind. This is officially the last blog post for our team. We will walk out tomorrow and arrive in Mendoza on the 13th. Thanks for all of your support along the way. Ciao from Aconcagua.

RMI Guide JJ Justman and JM Gorum

On The Map

Congratulations on your summit mike. That was huge…. Eric

Posted by: Eric on 2/12/2016 at 2:45 am


Aconcagua: Justman & Team Summit!

Original Post 6:34 a.m. PST

Hey everyone. This is JJ Justman and JM and Team Aconcagua. The team is on the summit of Aconcagua! Just below 23,000 feet! My voice is a little hoarse but I am going to hold the phone out and we’re going to give the team a chance to give a big hooray. [Team in the background.] It was a beautiful day climbing. We are the only ones up here on the summit right now. It’s a very quiet day. The weather is crystal clear, not a cloud in the sky, a light breeze. It’s supposed to be blowing a little bit more later today. We got an early start and it was a great effort by the team. We still have to get down, but it’s a safe route. We’ll get back to camp in several hours. You guys, it’s been a great adventure. Thanks for following along. We’ll touch base again here soon. From the summit of Aconcagua, this is the RMI team saying, “Arrivederci!”

RMI Guide JJ Justman

Update 9:54 a.m PST

RMI Guide JJ Justman checked in with the RMI Office. The team is back and high camp safe and sound. Everyone is focusing on staying hydrated and resting. The team will spend the night at high camp and descend to base camp tomorrow morning.


RMI Guide JJ Justman calls from the Aconcagua summit!

On The Map

Congratulations JJ and team!  Can’t believe the weather improved so much since our attempt just a few weeks ago.  Enjoy your descent and asado at Pampa de las Lenas.  Craig

Posted by: Craig Falkenhagen on 2/11/2016 at 10:23 am

congratulations to team lawler- ken and brad. what an effort! can’t wait to have you back at home.

Posted by: anne lawler on 2/10/2016 at 6:43 pm


Aconcagua: Justman & Team Call from High Camp, Summit Bid Tomorrow

Hey everyone. This is JJ Justman with Team Aconcagua. We are all up at High Camp, 19,600 feet. We’ve got camp built. We have the stoves fired as well. We’re melting snow for water, getting some hot drinks going. It’s a calm day right now, but the forecast is for a little bit of winds to pick up for tomorrow but then it’s supposed to really be bad the next couple of days after, so we are taking advantage of this window. It’s nice weather now- keep your fingers crossed for us that it will continue. We certainly are hoping that it will; but regardless, we’ll have a safe climb tomorrow. We’ll touch base with you. It’s going to be very busy so don’t worry. We’re going to have a full day ahead of us but everyone is doing really well, which is the great thing. So I’m anticipating a fun summit climb tomorrow. Take care everyone. We’ll touch base later on tomorrow whether we’re on top of the summit or when we’re on our way down. Take care everyone. Ciao from Argentina.

RMI Guide JJ Justman


RMI Guide JJ Justman calls in from Aconcagua High Camp.

On The Map

Nice work mike. Just one foot in front of the other now. Praying for a Summit for you guys. Eric

Posted by: Eric on 2/10/2016 at 3:08 am

I wish I could be up there with you guys, YOU’VE GOT TO KEEP YOUR COMPOSURE!! And don’t forget your water shoes, you wouldn’t want JJ yelling at you.
Best of luck guys,
I’m pulling for you

Posted by: Greg Jr. on 2/9/2016 at 12:27 pm


Aconcagua: Justman & Team Check Out the Route Above Camp 2

Well, word on the street is that the Broncos won the Super Bowl. I don’t believe it, but you can believe that we are having a great day at Camp 2. Today we’ve got sunny skies, moderate winds, and lots of quesadillas. We are also the only humanoids in sight, which is quite a treat. We went for a quick shuffle above camp this morning to get a view of what lies ahead, and everyone is excited to get moving again. We’ve got a lot of resting left do do today, but everyone sends their best. Hopefully next time we talk to you will be from high camp!

Adios- RMI Guides JM Gorum and JJ Justman


Aconcagua: Justman & Team Move To Camp 2

It’s like no one else is on this giant mountain. We are alone. Don’t mistake that for being lonely, the team is having fun and the bonds the mountain brings grows even stronger. However, there is not another team in sight! Rare.

Our Aconcagua team left Camp 1 this morning and we decided to move up to Camp 2 at 18,000 feet. Everyone as usual did a great job. Our oxygen sats are high and our spirits are even higher. Our plan now is to take a well deserved rest day tomorrow.

Someone told me the panthers are in the Super Bowl? Carolina has a football team!?

Go Broncos!!!

RMI Guides JJ Justman and JM Gorum

On The Map

Hi there, Mike,
  We went to the Lee Co.Community Band Concert at 3:00 on Sat, then went to look at the tornado damage before heading for the Sieferts’ Super Bowl party.  Brought Apple Streudel, two boxes of football brownies, and a case of Coke Zero.  Had a great time;everyone asked about you.  As you know our Carolina Panthers lost; Cam Newton didn’t do much.  So glad that you will ascending the summit tomorrow rather than Sat.  Brrr! Love reading J.J.Justman’s blog.
    Happy climbing
    Mom and Dad

Posted by: Joan and Spence Vigneau on 2/9/2016 at 2:06 pm

It was an awesome game.  Great defense on Broncos and they pummeled Cam Newton several. times.  I was still a little sad though my Packers were not in it.  I know Cheese head.  LOL.  Hope all of you are doing well and wish you the best of luck on your summit bid.

I am so looking forward to doing this climb or a Denali climb in the next couple of years.  Will be doing Rainier next year, and then Denali or this one the year after.

Posted by: Kevin Stone on 2/8/2016 at 6:30 am


Aconcagua: Justman & Team Move to Camp 1

We’ll folks… This is JJ Justman and our Aconcagua team reporting from Camp 1 at 16,400 feet. We are moving in! This dispatch will be brief as there is much work to be done. However, everyone is doing great and we are the only team up here!! We are going to get busy recovering. I believe some hot soup and extra cheesy quesadillas are in order! Tonight…pizza!! Shhh…don’t tell the team, it’s a surprise.

RMI Guides JJ Justman & JM Gorum

On The Map


Aconcagua: Justman & Team Spend a Lazy Day at Base Camp

Today is another rest day at base camp. Yes, I would love to make this dispatch invigorating, full of excitement. However, I’m not a magician. I’m a mountain guide.

JM and I treated the team to our world famous Aconcagua Egg Hash Scramble this morning. Now, we are chilling, reading magazines and Kindles, and snacking more on fresh fruit. It’s a lazy day in camp and we are enjoying it before we move up to camp one tomorrow.

Stay tuned!
RMI Guides JJ Justman and JM Gorum and team

On The Map


Aconcagua: Justman & Team Carry to Camp 1

Booted up and ready to go! So says Team Aconcagua. Actually, our boots are already off! We just returned to base camp after a successful, secret, covert operation aptly named, “Carry to Camp One”.

The team did great and how couldn’t they? We were blessed with sunny skies and calm winds! An absolutely gorgeous day to acclimatize to 16,400 feet. We are now snacking on cucumber/tomato/avocado salad and sipping cokes, Tour de France style!

Everyone here says hello to family and friends. Tomorrow we will take a well deserved rest day to maximize the recovery benefits of base camp before we are moving on up to the big leagues!

RMI Guides JJ Justman and JM Gorum

On The Map

Waltz ! Enjoy your last rest day and get ready to conquer that mountain ! We didn’t win power ball either !

Posted by: Bernie on 2/4/2016 at 6:51 pm

I can only imagine all the hard work and planning that has gone into a trip like this.  You all should be proud.  Great accomplishments from hard working young men and women.

Posted by: Sandra Blake on 2/4/2016 at 12:23 pm


Aconcagua: Justman & Team Rest at Base Camp

Another day in Paradise! The team is enjoying a sunny, glorious day in base camp. The great news is everyone woke up feeling good. It can be a difficult first night at 14,000 feet and the doctor here in camp even confirmed that everyone is marvelous during our medical check-up.

Today is a rest day. However, after a scrambled egg and veggie breakfast we all got busy organizing gear for tomorrow’s carry to Camp One. For now we are going to finish packing and I, personally, am going to start drinking one of the four 2-liter coca colas that I brought with me. All this organizing is making me thirsty!

RMI Guides JJ Justman and JM Gorum and team

On The Map

Hi there, Mike.  Wow, 60-mile an hour wind!  You guys are doing great with the good medical check-up results.  Mmmm!  Lunch sounded great: cucumber/tomato,avocado salad!  Happy climbing,  Mom and Dad

Posted by: Joan and Spence Vigneau on 2/5/2016 at 5:00 pm

Lookin forward to the summit pic Mike. You got this one. Slip in under the weather window like Everest,Kili,Whitney and longs. Good luck to you. Eric

Posted by: Eric on 2/4/2016 at 4:07 pm

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