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Entries By luke wilhelm

Aconcagua Expedition: Team Arrives Back in Sunny Mendoza!

It is good to be back in the summer heat of Mendoza! The team returned to the city healthy, safe, and proud of our climbing accomplishments. Switching our boots and jackets for flip flops and swim suits has been a welcomed change. To unwind from the trip, we have enjoyed all of what the city has to offer. Lounging by the pool and eating copious amounts of gelato have been our main focuses. The group has become incredibly close during our time in Argentina. We are all eager to head home, yet reluctant to part ways. As the trip concludes, we will continue to relish in each others company until the final moments. Our time together has truly been the best.

Till next time,

RMI Guide Luke Wilhelm, David Price and Team 

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Aconcagua Expedition: Team Descends to Base Camp

After a great night of sleep, we slowly made our way down the mountain. The team was motivated and made quick work of the descent. Motivated by the thought of hot showers, delicious meals, and communicating with loved ones. A nice evening at Aconcagua Basecamp was had rehashing memorable moments of the trip. We are all very fond of the experience Aconcagua has allowed us to share together.

Till next time,

RMI Guide Luke Wilhelm

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Congratulations on what must have been a really challenging, yet incredibly rewarding journey. Can’t wait to see pictures and hear stories. Well done.

Posted by: Levert on 2/8/2022 at 5:34 am

Aconcagua Expedition: Summit Day!

While not everybody reached the summit of Aconcagua today, we all soaked in the entire experience. It was a perfect day to simply be in the mountains. Stars illuminating the landscape this morning. A windless day with not a cloud in the sky. Shadows creeping across peaks far in the distance, helping gauge the time of day. It was very easy to be distracted from the strenuous climbing by the surrounding beauty.

Till next time,

RMI Guide Luke Wilhelm

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Don’t know if you summited or not, but it doesn’t matter. It’s all about the journey and you have been on quite a journey over the last few years! We love you and can’t wait to see you and hear about your adventures. Now, get down and back home safely!


Dick and Irene

Posted by: Richard & Irene Simpson on 2/7/2022 at 6:51 pm

Congratulations!  We’re so proud of all you!  What a gorgeous day you must have had… and no matter what the outcome, we know this was a whole team effort.  Way to go.  Now get back down safely!

Posted by: T and B on 2/7/2022 at 4:07 am

Aconcagua Expedition: Team Climbs to High Camp

Day 16

After what felt like an eternity, the winds finally calmed and the clouds parted ways as we arrived at Nido de Cóndores – Cólera (High Camp). A challenging day with a very rewarding conclusion. The team quickly made camp in hopes of getting as much sleep as possible before the big day tomorrow. We are tired but prepared.

Till next time,

RMI Guides Luke, David and Team

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Richie! Finally, the moment you all have been waiting for! I’m sending you all positive energy for a memorable and fulfilling moment in time that you will always cherish. Looking forward to seeing your group photo at the summit. Peace and love to all of you :)

Posted by: Joey Collazo on 2/6/2022 at 2:22 pm

Joe and Team, rest well and best of luck. Joe remember the plan, God speed, be safe you got this

Posted by: Daryl and Katie on 2/5/2022 at 8:57 pm

Aconcagua: Team Prepares and hopes to Move to Camp 3

Day 15

Our team is so resilient. This storm continues to pound the mountain, but our positivity is overwhelming it! It was another really windy and cold one. Despite the bad weather, we were able to get out and stretch our legs a bit. It felt great to move around! The team kept themselves busy this afternoon sorting and preparing gear. If the weather allows, we plan to move to Camp 3 tomorrow.

Till next time,

RMI Guides Luke, David & Team

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I’m in awe of both the physical and mental strength you all have to push forward! Stay strong team. You can do this!

Posted by: Amanda Schimkus on 2/5/2022 at 4:05 pm

Hey Pop/Tim,
It wouldn’t be an adventure if everything went as planned!  I know you will be persevere these hardships and conquer this challenge.  Just know that we are all rooting for you and miss you.  I’ve got a laundry list of “man” projects around the house for us to complete upon your return which should motivate your prolonged stay in Aconcagua.  Take care and be safe!

Love your favorite son-in-law,


Posted by: Christopher Nicholson on 2/5/2022 at 12:42 pm

Aconcagua Expedition: Team Watches the Storm and Waits

Day 14

What a sight to behold. We all stood in the morning silence watching the winds on the summit. So much change within a few thousand vertical feet. Snow was getting ripped off of the highest parts of the mountain above us, disappearing into the rapidly moving clouds beyond. We sure felt grateful for the calm weather we were experiencing around camp. Despite todays spectacle, the team remains optimistic.

Till next time,

RMI Guides Luke, David and Team

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Hunker down, do some walking about and take pictures for us.
We are so proud of you!! You’re in striking distance, Talking to the big guy for you all. Your climbing patner Daryl

Posted by: Daryl on 2/4/2022 at 7:00 am

Rooting for y’all from Vermont!! Some updates: Darius Garland was named an All-Star reserve (hell yeah), Olympics started today (US women’s hockey beat Finland 5-1 and Italy beat Norway in an 8th end heartbreaker in mixed curling), Harbaugh didn’t get Vikings job, Samuel L Jackson signed a 10-day with the Canton Charge, and Midd’s getting 12-18 tonight! Hope everyone’s doing well- y’all are crushing it!!! Relish this experience.

Posted by: Greg on 2/3/2022 at 6:46 pm

Aconcagua Expedition: Team Practices Skills and Waits

Day 13

The team awoke to warm bagels and crackling bacon. That was the warmest part of the day. It was a frigid one. We practiced cramponing while dashing in and out of our sleeping bags. Now is the trickiest part of any expedition. We sit, checking the weather repeatedly, waiting for our weather window to climb. Despite so much time in the tent, we are ready when the time comes.

Till next time,

RMI Guide Luke Wilhelm & Team

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Hey Dad,

Hope you are staying warm and keeping up morale while you wait for a clear safe opening for you to summit. Thinking of you! Sending Love and Strength!


Posted by: Kelly on 2/3/2022 at 6:23 pm

Sounds like a you’re in good company while you await your window for summiting. Sending prayers the weather God’s turn in your favor. In the meantime, eat, rest, and relish in your magical winter wonderland adventure. We love you!

Love and God Bless,


Posted by: ChrisBoLillianCarl on 2/2/2022 at 7:45 pm

Aconcagua Expedition: Team Enjoys Rest Day in the Snow

Our mood was a reflection of how the snow fell today. Slow and relaxed. After a really hard day yesterday, the team enjoyed recovering in our tents. Reading, writing, and watching movies. And how could we forget the amazing pizza meal for lunch?! Not able to see past our campsite, it's really nice to be living in a world of snow.

Till next time,

RMI Guide Luke Wilhelm

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Aconcagua: All Smiles After Climb To Camp 2

We huffed and puffed our way up to Camp 2 today, which sits at 18,300 feet. The team did a great job with the move! Arriving at camp this afternoon, everyone felt a major sense of accomplishment. Ear to ear smiles, and hugs all around! Our hard work today will be rewarded with a much deserved day of rest tomorrow. We have now situated ourselves perfectly for a summit attempt in the coming days.


Till next time,

RMI  Guide Luke Wilhelm and team

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I have wonder and excitement for you on what it must feel like for this to be accomplished. What a life changing event for you. I am so excited for you all. Keep going! Love you Tim!

Posted by: Teri Derr on 2/1/2022 at 8:43 am

Richie, you da man! I’m super proud of you for pursing your life passions and adventuring to new epic heights. I’ve been reading the blogs and it sounds like you’re surrounded by amazing human beings with enormous hearts. Keep blazing upward! GO TEAM!!!

Posted by: Joey Collazo on 2/1/2022 at 5:55 am

Aconcagua Expedition: Wilhelm & Team Ascend to Camp 1

Day 10

Leaving the ruckus of Basecamp behind, the team enjoyed a smooth ascent to Camp 1 today. The massive rock buttresses of the upper mountain certainly made us feel tiny. It is peaceful moments like today, in epic places like this where we are reminded of how small we all are. It feels great to be established on the upper mountain.

Till next time,

RMI Guide Luke Wilhelm

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You may be (feel) small, but, you are giants of courage! Breathe, take it all in, this will become you as you move through the rest of your lives.

Posted by: Terri L. Jennings on 1/31/2022 at 8:21 am

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