Entries By mike king
February 3, 2018
We heard the groundhog said it would be six more weeks of summer down here in the Southern Hemisphere. The Team is taking a rest day at 18,000’ to prepare for our last four big days of our Aconcagua expedition. Tomorrow we will move camp to 19,000’. Our summit day should be the 5th followed by two big days getting off the mountain and out to the road. The Team is feeling well acclimated and is in good spirits. Today all we need to do is sleep, eat and embrace the down time, a quality that a few in the group mastered while on Denali. We continue to enjoy the grand vistas of the Andes and warm tents.
RMI Guide Mike King
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Hey Grassy, The Kiwis are rooting for you. Best wishes and good weather, Chris Kate, Trish, John, Tone, Jesse, Alissa, Zephyr
Posted by: Chris Jones on 2/4/2018 at 12:21 pm
Dawn & Tom and Team, I miss you all ! I’m sending warm Oxygen filled thoughts your way. Be Strong, Be Positive and Climb High!!!
Posted by: Dave on 2/4/2018 at 6:32 am
February 2, 2018
It’s starting to feel a bit like Groundhog Day here on Aconcagua. All we needed to accomplish today was a carry of food and fuel to High Camp at 19,600’. Aside from that the group’s only other task is to out chill the other groups in Camp. The weather has been getting better each day and this morning we decided to take advantage of a cool wind to aid us in our carry. By the time we descended the wind had died and the temperatures were getting hot on the snow slopes we traversed. We are all back in Camp now and while eager to move up and summit the Stone Sentinel, we’ll take a rest day tomorrow to give us another two nights acclimating. Thanks for following along.
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Dawn you are doing great. Have a great climb and be safe. We love You and are following very closely. We are with you and the whole team. To the top team. :-)
Posted by: Jerry & Lori Golding on 2/3/2018 at 4:13 pm
Climb Team Climb!!!!!!
Posted by: Dave on 2/3/2018 at 11:18 am
February 1, 2018
The team awoke from a restful night of sleep ready to pack up and make our move to Aconcagua Camp 2. We enjoyed a warm breakfast and coffee in the sun, then packed our things and headed uphill. After three stretches of moderate uphill walking, surrounded by wonderful views of the Central Andes, the team pulled into camp with spirits high and feeling strong. We set up camp in time for an afternoon siesta and snack that everyone enjoyed. We’re looking forward to a restful evening here at Camp 2 to prepare for our carry to high camp tomorrow. The weather is looking good, the team is feeling strong and we’re all excited to keep moving up the mountain. Thanks for following along!
On The Map
Nice work. I assume Justin has been eaten by now.
Posted by: Peter on 2/2/2018 at 8:47 am
Go Team Go!!!! Wishing you all the Best! Happy Birthday Tom!!
Posted by: Dave on 2/2/2018 at 2:57 am
January 31, 2018
Today our team is continuing to acclimate by enjoying a rest day at Camp 1. We had lighter wind last night when combined with the carry day made for a better night’s sleep for everyone. The forecast is looking good for a summit attempt on the 5th. The team is doing great, feeling well rested and excited to continue moving up the mountain tomorrow. Until then, we continue to enjoy the amazing scenery and calm weather.
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Good morning team.
You guys and gals set the bar very high on this climb. Keep up the good work and enjoy all ,
Love you Dawn, To the top. :}
Posted by: Jerry & Lori Golding on 2/1/2018 at 6:54 am
Hey Team! Wishing you all the best. Dawn and Tom and team. I’m sending all my strength to you!!! Climb High my friends!!!
Posted by: Dave Kestek on 2/1/2018 at 3:34 am
January 30, 2018
We had a windy night in Camp that made sleep difficult, the Team rallied to get out of camp and carry gear and food to Camp 2, 18,000’. We had a cold and clear morning as we walked into Ameghino Col and got some spectacular views of the Central Andes, La Mano and Cerro Mercedario to name a few. We cached our gear, ran into Gabi, a former RMI guide, and beat feet downhill so we could take in the remainder of the day getting caught up on the sleep that eluded us last night. The Team is doing great and are looking forward to resting their legs tomorrow. Keep your fingers crossed for light winds tonight.
Hey Dawn!! Did the winds keep you from sleeping too? You can sleep through a jack hammer! Well I hope you all were able to get caught up on your much needed sleep.
Cool picture!! You are all so brave and adventurous!
Posted by: Kim on 1/31/2018 at 12:28 pm
Wow, this picture is amazing! Continued safe travels all. Fingers are crossed for those light winds and that much needed sleep! As Sabina pointed out Nick, due to your elevation, you were much closer to Kenna on her birthday yesterday, than the rest of us.:)) I hope you wished her a big HBD! I love you, Mom
Posted by: Coeli Scott on 1/31/2018 at 8:58 am
January 29, 2018
The Team successfully moved the remainder of our equipment to Camp 1, located at 16,400’. It’s always refreshing to see the performance of the Team increase after just a few nights sleep at lower altitude. We covered the same terrain as the carry day but the effort needed by all seemed a little easier on folks. We high fived the descending RMI team today on their way back after a successful summit day. Camp is built, re-hydration and relaxing have become the focus of everyone. Tomorrow we’ll do a carry of gear and food to Camp 2. Until then, we are all warm and content with a new camp and eager to see what the weather has in store for us. Thanks for following along.
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Go Grassy ! Looks like those yellow boots are ok? Jack and Doug said its all about the feet .Keep up the good work !!
Posted by: Anne Sullivan on 1/30/2018 at 6:17 am
Enjoy your first night at camp one! Hope everyone is feeling well and having a great time.
Posted by: Tania Walls on 1/29/2018 at 7:59 pm
January 28, 2018
There’s not much to report today. The team enjoyed a calm and warm rest day at base camp. Without much to sort or pack everyone occupied their time relaxing, reading, and hanging out in one of the large dome tents. Some laundry was washed and showers were enjoyed but really we are all eager to head up to Camp 1 and get the climb started.
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AND, wearing sunscreen ☀️
Hope all is well heading up to Camp 1
Posted by: Marti Cooksey on 1/29/2018 at 7:16 am
Hope everyone is brushing and flossing too :-).
Posted by: Rebecca Wallace on 1/28/2018 at 6:17 pm
Today was our first day climbing this huge mountain, up till now it’s been a luxurious trek. We carried up a cache of food, fuel and a few personal items to our Camp One at 16,400’. The terrain is scree for as far as the eyes can see along an ancient glacial moraine, monotonous at times but beautiful in it’s own right. The Team had been picking the brains of groups in camp about what to expect and once we were back all agreed that it was a tough day, then again the first day with heavy packs above 14,000’ is always tough. We are all back in camp and will enjoy a good dinner followed by a rest day tomorrow. We’ll keep our fingers crossed for clear skies and decreasing winds.
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Good luck out there I hope there’s no hillbillies in Argentina- Ryan
Good luck, Craig! We love you! Stay safe and take lots of pictures! -Haley
Keep up the awesome adventure, can’t wait to hear all the stories… Nic
We are here celebrating Ryder’s birthday tonight miss you and I hope the mountain is kind to you- Love Susan
Way to go dad enjoy this experience. We miss you today, Ryder turned 6 years old.
Climb climb climb.
Posted by: Susan and family on 1/28/2018 at 6:47 pm
Great catching up with all of you. Looks to be another amazing climb! Big hugs and lots of love to Nick Scott! XO Mom
Posted by: Coeli Scott on 1/28/2018 at 3:20 pm
January 26, 2018
The Team took advantage of a quiet camp last night and got some good rest and woke energized. We spent the day packing and sorting gear, eating pizza and laughing at funny stories. All in all a very casual day here at Plaza Argentina. Tomorrow the plan is to carry a load up to Camp 1 and then return to base camp. Thanks for the blog comments, the Team really appreciated hearing from family and friends!
Hola Dawn! It looks so pretty and peaceful where you are! Wow you even get pizza and a shower! I hope you are enjoying every minute of this great adventure! ☻-☻ kim
Posted by: Kim on 1/27/2018 at 4:16 am
Steve- Looks beautiful and exciting so far! Wishing you continuing good weather and success as you continue on. Miss and love you.
Posted by: Tania on 1/26/2018 at 9:06 pm
January 25, 2018
After an early wake up call the Team enjoyed clear views of Aconcagua on a beautiful day to finish the hike to our base camp, Plaza Argentina. We hiked through the scenic Relinchos River Valley while our bodies continued the acclimatization process. Base camp is situated on a large glacial moraine that is covered in scree. The Team is resting after setting up camp and everyone is looking forward to rest day tomorrow. With all the comforts of home except a comfy bed, we’ll sort some gear and food, knock the dust off with a shower and take in the stellar views this place has to offer…rough life. Thanks for following along.
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Enjoying the pictures! Just beautiful!
Enjoy your rest day everyone!
And who doesn’t love a shower!!?!
Posted by: Bubba and Belle on 1/25/2018 at 9:36 pm
Yay team! Enjoy the beautiful view & the delicious food on your climb. Aloha
Posted by: Hikari on 1/25/2018 at 5:28 pm