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Aconcagua: King & Team Settle into Camp 1

Posted by: Mike King, Steve Gately | February 04, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 16,200'

The Gang Moves to Aconcagua Camp 1.

For all the creature comforts of base camp, the Gang decided they’d had enough quesadillas, pizza and breakfast burritos and wanted to start eating oatmeal higher on the mountain.

We scrambled up the loose scree slope again to Camp 1, this time to spend three nights. We have amazing views of the Andes. The ridge across the Vacas River has every shade of red and brown you can imagine.

The Gang worked hard to move supplies through the scree and 2,400 feet of elevation gain. We are resting in our tents after a tough day.

It’s always sunny at Campo Uno!

RMI Guide Mike King

Climbers on the approach to Aconcagua Camp 1. Photo: Ty Reid

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Aconcagua: King & Team Rest at Basecamp

Posted by: Mike King, Steve Gately | February 03, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 13,800'

The team woke this morning after a wonderful nights sleep despite not being serenaded by the sounds of war drums and a seemingly lost pan flute player. If that wasn’t enough we then treated the team to breakfast burrito’s and real drip coffee!

Everyone is doing great after yesterday’s efforts and today we focus on resting for our move to Camp I (16,200ft) tomorrow. Moving up is always such a good feeling. After 4 nights at Basecamp everyone is excited for a change of scenery and for most, getting to Camp I feels like we’re finally starting the climb as we leave the creature comforts of Basecamp behind. Tonight we’ll enjoy our last meal with silverware and plates until our descent. The gang sends there…. Well why don’t we just let them tell you!

Loving the music here at base camp: Oasis, Bon Jovi, and Ace of Base! -Candace

We are both feeling good and relaxing with quesadillas at base camp on a rest day today. Love to all. - Jeff and Mere

I am taking a break from technology -Sam

I told people at work I didn’t have access to email -Rebecca

RMI Guide Steve Gately

Dusk at Aconcagua Basecamp. RMI Photo Collection

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Aconcagua: King & Team Make a Carry to Camp 1

Posted by: Mike King, Steve Gately | February 02, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 13,800'

“THE GANG CONTEMPLATES DRUM CIRCLE SABOTAGE”

A stint at Plaza Argentina wouldn’t be complete without being kept awake by the repetitive and monotone sound of Argentine dance music mixed with improvised drum solos, all accompanied by a Peruvian pan flute.

This amazing melody finally wrapped up around 4am. The Gang took a load of food and equipment to Aconcagua’s Camp 1 today in great style, despite the dry and dusty scree slope that must be gained. We spent an hour at 16,200 ft and descended to quesadillas and siesta.

Rest day tomorrow and hopefully a full night’s sleep.

It’s always sunny at Plaza Argentina!

RMI Guide Mike King

RMI Climbers navigating the snow penitentes below Aconcagua Camp 1. Photo: Jake Beren

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Aconcagua: King & Team Resting at Plaza Argentina

Posted by: Steve Gately, Mike King | February 01, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 13,800'

An enjoyable aspect of any rest day is “sport eating”, because you know that you will burn through the calories and you get to sort through all the extra food you brought on the expedition. Today we started with Steve’s North American scrambled eggs. The team went for a walk to aid in acclimatization and returned to guide made cheese pizzas.

Everyone is relaxing and getting gear ready for the carry to Camp 1 tomorrow. Those minor headaches we had upon arrival yesterday have gone and appetites are strong! The team is excited to see what lies ahead.

It’s always sunny in Plaza Argentina.

RMI Guide Mike King

Base Camp on Aconcagua, Plaza Argentina, 13,800 ft.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Aconcagua: King & Team Settling Into Base Camp

Posted by: Mike King, Steve Gately | January 31, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 13,800'

Despite having a rogue mule disappear with one of our bags last night, the group enjoyed delicious grilled chicken and Steve’s famous pasta salad. The bag eventually rejoined our group late last night, thanks to the amazing gauchos that we work with.

We are relaxing at Plaza Argentina, 13,800 feet after a beautiful day with more views of the highest peaks outside of the Himalaya. The group woke early and rode Mules across the Vacas River, always a highlight on an Aconcagua expedition. We are looking forward to our first rest day of the climb tomorrow.

Stay tuned to see how the group, “out chills” the rest day.

RMI Guide Mike King

Approaching Aconcagua Base Camp through the Relinchos Valley. Photo: Garrett Stevens Aconcagua Base Camp at Plaza Argentina. Photo: RMI Collection

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Aconcagua: King & Team at Casa de Piedra for the Night

Posted by: Mike King, Steve Gately | January 30, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 10,550'

This is the RMI Aconcagua team checking in from Casa de Piedra on day 2 of our trek to base camp.

We had a sweltering five-hour day trekking into camp. Fortunately, we got the winds within a half hour before reaching Casa de Piedra.  We saw our first glimpse of Aconcagua today with stellar views of the South Face and Polish Glacier! The team is learning valuable expedition skills such as, setting up tents in the wind and relaxing in a tent. We are looking forward to a big dinner and a good night’s sleep before heading up to 13,800ft tomorrow.

Everyone is healthy and in good spirits.

RMI Guide Mike King

A team of mules reaching Casa de Piedra on the trek into Aconcagua Basecamp. Photo: Linden Mallory

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Aconcagua: King & Team Leave Mendoza and Head for the Mountains

Posted by: Mike King, Steve Gately | January 28, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 9,000'

This is RMI’s last expedition of the Aconcagua season. Our team enjoyed a scenic drive through the Andes and arrived in the rustic ski town of Los Penitentes. Our team rallied and got bags packed for the mules. Everyone is excited to hit the trail when we begin the trek to Base Camp tomorrow.

RMI Guide Mike King

Traveling from Mendoza to Los Penitentes, Argentina.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Aconcagua: Blais & Team Return to Mendoza

Posted by: Zeb Blais, Mike King, Alex Barber | January 15, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua

The last few days have been a whirlwind.  Just three days ago we stood on the top of Aconcagua, the highest peak outside of Asia.
We pushed hard to get down to the land of thick air, fresh food and running water. Last night we celebrated at our last camp of the expedition with a huge feast of carne asada, fresh tomato salad a little vino tinto and everyone’s stories and jokes.

Tonight we’re really back in civilization. Freshly showered and dressed up, we’re headed to sample some of Mendoza’s renowned cuisine.
For now we’ll leave you with a shot from the summit. Cheers!

RMI Guide Zeb Blais and team

The RMI December 27th Aconcagua Team on the summit.  Photo: Zeb Blais

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Aconcagua: Blais & Team Summit!

Posted by: Zeb Blais, Mike King, Alex Barber | January 12, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 22,841'

January 12, 2015, 1:30 PM PT
This is Zeb Blais checking in from high camp with a jubilant summit team. Today we topped out on Aconcagua at 2 PM in adverse weather conditions. We fought through a small snowstorm to get to the top and spent a brief time taking pictures on the summit before descending back down to camp where we are now hydrating, resting and preparing to head back to base camp tomorrow. Thanks for checking in.

January 12, 2015, 9:20 AM PT

RMI Guide Zeb Blais just called from the Aconcagua summit!  The team did well and they will check back in from high camp.

Congratulations to the team!

Looking towards Basecamp from near the summit of Aconcagua. Photo: RMI Collection Aconcagua's Canaleta Couloir. Photo: RMI Collection


RMI Guide Zeb Blais calls in from high camp after their successful summit.

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Sue,
Ryan says the town of Mendoza? Is famous for the steaks and Malbec wine. Eat some steak and bring the malbec home in your backpack.

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Posted by: Patty on 1/12/2015 at 8:21 pm

Congrats Austin! Can’t wait to see pictures, I love you!

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Posted by: Caitlin on 1/12/2015 at 5:03 pm


Aconcagua: Blais & Team at High Camp

Posted by: Zeb Blais, Mike King, Alex Barber | January 11, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 19,600'

RMI Base, this is Alex Barber calling in with RMI’s Aconcagua team. Today we moved to Camp 3 and are in place for our summit bid tomorrow morning. The team did a great job today battling the cold winds into our high camp of 19,600 feet. The team is settled in and we’re preparing ourselves for the summit push. Hopefully our next dispatch will be a call from the summit of the highest peak outside of the Himalaya. We will talk to you guys tomorrow. Bye.

RMI Guide Alex Barber

RMI's High Camp on Aconcagua. Photo: RMI Collection


RMI Guide Alex Barber calls in from High Camp.

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