Entries By katrina bloemsma
January 25, 2015
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 calls in from Aconcagua High Camp.
On The Map
Looks gorgeous there - cannot wait to hear how the ascent goes
Posted by: sasha hogan on 1/26/2015 at 10:55 am
Lucy, Corell and the whole team- good luck tomorrow and let the force be with you! So proud of those Team Waki girls!
Posted by: Kathryn LeBey on 1/26/2015 at 7:39 am
January 23, 2015
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!
On The Map
Glen, the scenery gets better as you guys climb higher and higher. We hope the weather holds good for your next two legs of the journey. At night, I bet the sky is beautiful and full of stars! Have a good rest then onward….
Posted by: John and Kathy Papile on 1/24/2015 at 8:11 am
Glen, mi amor, have you been doing some star gazing? I bet the stars are so beautiful. It snowed this morning in Texas and has been really cold. It’s been clearing this evening and the stars are bright. Miss you lots. Love, Katalina
Posted by: Katalina on 1/23/2015 at 5:56 pm
January 22, 2015
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.
RMI Guide Billy Nugent & Team
What a treat to get personal notes with today’s update. I’m recovering, and the kids and I wish you all the best on the rest of your journey. XOXO
Posted by: Tanya on 1/23/2015 at 3:58 pm
Corell - Thurston stayed in Arkansas and got a job at Mack’s Prairie Wings selling AR-15s. Says he has found his true calling in life. I am going to sit in for him on his Eagle board and try to do his homework, though the math may be challenging. We just had long addition and subtraction when I went to school. Those ice formations in the picture look really cool - like terra cotta warriors of penguins, or midgets in the Klan, right? Love you!!!!!!!!!
Posted by: Thurston on 1/23/2015 at 3:42 pm
January 21, 2015
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.
On The Map
Thank you for the updates. I loved your song!
Lots of Love from 8000
Posted by: Barbara Lynn Bloemsma on 1/22/2015 at 9:18 am
Linz - I’m getting a desperate feeling that I need to walk on some rocks. Does walking down the gravel road in Indiana qualify as scree? Wish I was there. Rock on girl! Pop
Posted by: Les on 1/21/2015 at 6:14 pm
January 20, 2015
Hola del Campo Uno. For those of you who don’t “habla español” El Campo Uno is spanish for… The Campo Uno. Our team enjoyed a relaxed morning getting packed up and out of Aconcagua Basecamp despite how eager we were to get this climb underway. We enjoyed perfect weather on our move up and even got to spend some time with JJ and the other RMI crew descending after yesterday’s successful summit bid at one of our breaks along the trail. We could hear JJ coming down the trail but couldn’t see him until he was right upon us. His full camouflage outfit (including camo expedition backpack) is perfectly at home in the mountain environment. Our team is moving extremely well in large part due to great fitness but also great rest-stepping and footwork. They made short work of the move and even had the energy to write a limerick along the way. Here it is for your reading pleasure:
Climbing this mountain is rough, but our team is tougher than tough. Through wind, ice, and sand on the peak we’ll all stand because we’ve all got the right stuff!
All for now…
On The Map
Looks super cold! Lucy and Corell are speedy ladies and deceptively strong. No doubt they were climbing up with ease. Love reading each day. Take care of yourselves and super proud of you and the team for taking this on.
Posted by: Kathryn LeBey on 1/21/2015 at 7:03 am
Hola Glen, glad you had a good weather day and did well on the climb to Camp One. All that training is paying off. The limerick was great! How about one for when you reach Camp two? Love, Katalina
Posted by: Katalina on 1/20/2015 at 7:14 pm
January 19, 2015
Not much new to report from our basecamp here at Plaza Argentina. The physical output and exertion on yesterday’s carry is hopefully triggering our bodies to take advantage of today’s rest and accelerate our acclimation process. We’re spending the day eating good food (egg & prosciutto scramble! cucumber, tomato, and melon salad!), napping, and tying up loose ends in preparation for tomorrow’s move up to Camp 1. We’ve been listening to the hippies over at the freelance porter tent jam away on their drums and recorder. While not exactly relaxing it’s at least a bit comical. Anyway, hoping for a good night’s sleep, provided the porters have jammed themselves out, and don’t play another night into the wee hours of the morn… We’ll check in again tomorrow evening and let you know how it all went.
On The Map
Glad to know you are all moving up the mountain safely. The picture of those little yellow tents is making me homesick for the mountains! Have fun and rest up.
Posted by: Renee on 1/20/2015 at 11:59 am
Grab me a couple breaths of that good old mountain air. Soak up the awesomeness. Climb strong, girl. Wish I could be there. Poppy
Posted by: Les on 1/20/2015 at 6:53 am
January 18, 2015
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.
Hey Glen, wow quite a bit of excitement! Kudos to you and the team to for getting the carry up to Camp 1 in spite of all the commotion and the late start. Love, Katalina
Posted by: Katalina on 1/19/2015 at 6:14 pm
January 17, 2015
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…
On The Map
Lucy - Great going. Enjoy your day off. We hope you have great weather for the rest of the climb. We miss you. Love, Carter, Walker and Christopher
Posted by: Carter on 1/18/2015 at 9:17 am
Glen, we are with you - in thought anyway. It is good to see photos, so we can see, too. Now, your training is paying off!
Posted by: Jerry y Rhonda on 1/18/2015 at 8:11 am
January 16, 2015
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,
Corell - your Arkansas boys are on the way home, tired but very content and thrilled to hear that you are successfully at base camp.. Love you!
Posted by: Thurston on 1/19/2015 at 12:34 pm
January 15, 2015
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…
RMI Guide Billy Nugent
Glad you will reach base camp tomorrow. Hope photos will be forthcoming! Laura and I are reading the Inferno and enjoying Lidia’s class. Jim says, “GO Corell!” Love to you, Cindy
Posted by: Cindy Mabry on 1/16/2015 at 7:40 pm
Glad you are on the trail. Hope all is well so far. The boys and I are off to Arkansas tomorrow. There has been a huge thaw, so we might be hunting in t-shirts. Alee came to town tonight, so who knows if Philip will make the plane! Love you!! Thurston
Posted by: Thurston Moore on 1/16/2015 at 5:54 pm