Entries By mike king
January 13, 2017
This is Mike, JM and Mauricio letting you all know that the Aconcagua Summit Team is back safely at Cholera. We had a warm morning but due to a 20mph wind most of the day, we climbed in our parkas and warm pants. The route was desolate considering 100+ people went up on Thursday. We got to take in the magnificent South Face along with hundreds of glaciated Andean peaks.
Team members are hydrating, eating and napping. The summit day is always difficult but the route conditions make a sizable difference. We were fortunate to have snow and frozen scree/mud for the majority of the Gran Traverse and Canaleta which makes for a more direct and cramponable route. Yes, We just made up ‘cramponable’; we are at 19,600’ with five camp stoves cranking out memory reducing gases.
Tomorrow we head back to Base Camp to de-rig the climb and transition to trekking mode. Steak, red wine, empanadas, laundry mats and pool time is what preoccupies our minds.
“La Montania abrio sus puertas para nosotros” - Mauricio
On The Map
Congratulations on the effort and reward. Hope all arrive back safe. Kevin please fill any space in your pack vacated by food with snow. Our winter here has been abysmal since you’ve left and the snow is badly needed for the Nordic trails.
Posted by: Jan Vanderdonk on 1/14/2017 at 6:45 am
Congratulations to you Kevin, your guides and team for this extrodinary achievement. BZ
Posted by: Lloyd &smart;-Lou Graham on 1/14/2017 at 6:22 am
January 13, 2017
This is Mike with RMI’s Aconcagua Team 2. We are currently standing on top of the tallest mountain in the Western and Southern hemisphere. The team did great, we reached the top in 7 hours from High Camp. We are going to hang out just for a little bit and then head on down. We have about 20 mph cold winds all day. The team is ecstatic and we will check in from Camp once we get back down from the top. Thanks. Bye.
RMI Guide Mike King calls from the summit of Aconcagua.
On The Map
Congraulations on your summit we are very proud of you well done .safe climb down and safe trip home see you soon love mom and dad xo
Posted by: Mark and Helen walsh on 1/14/2017 at 6:17 am
Congratulation…Safe down climb…Enjoy asado !
Posted by: Walter Glover on 1/14/2017 at 6:01 am
January 12, 2017
Wow! What a calm and relatively warm night at 18,000’. The Team got it’s last good night for sleep before moving to 19,600’ where sleep is hard to come by. We took a little over three hours to move up here, the Team did a fantastic job keeping the guides pace and working on their breathing. The phrase we are using is, “if you don’t sound like the Little Engine that Could, you’ll perform like the Little Engine that Couldn’t”.
We will rest and eat some dinner before beginning our summit attempt in the early morning. Fingers crossed and well wishes for our Team. It will not be easy but hopefully the Team can grit their teeth and find a happy place tomorrow. The next time you hear from us, should be on top of the highest point in the Western Hemisphere.
Thanks for following along.
RMI Guides Mike King, JM Gorum, Mauricio and the team
On The Map
Enjoy the view from the top,have good summit and good weather love mom and dad
Posted by: Mark and helenk on 1/13/2017 at 7:01 am
Posted by: Walter Glover on 1/13/2017 at 5:57 am
January 11, 2017
This is Mike and JM checking in from our Camp 2 after a good carry to Cholera High Camp located at 19,600’. The camp gets its name from the wind that swirls around and attempts to destroy your camp.
The Team took in fantastic views of the Andes and enjoyed some warmer temperatures after yesterday’s cold and blustery conditions. There is some sort of an Andean hawk that has been hanging out taking people’s Oreos.
Quite and calm in our tents, an update you might be tired of reading but the Team is taking every moment of available rest to apply towards summit day.
Tomorrow we move up to Cholera and will keep our fingers crossed for accurate weather reports and a trail of compacted snow to the top of the Southern Hemisphere!
RMI Guides Mike King & JM Gorum
On The Map
Good weather and safe travels on summit day
Posted by: Mark and helen on 1/12/2017 at 11:39 am
Best wishes to you guys and praying for clear and good weather to the summit.
Posted by: Kevin Stone on 1/12/2017 at 8:03 am
January 10, 2017
Hello from Camp 2 -
Our team has now ascended to 18000’ and set up camp. We had a slow roll out of camp thanks to a bit of wind gusting overhead. We decided we might enjoy a little later start to the day, so we hung around until about 10:30 to let the sun warm things up and push those pesky winds farther east.
The Team felt the push to 18k and the gusting winds, grey skies and colder temps didn’t make for a lot of conversation. Now tucked in at 18,000’ the Team is sport eating and resting in their tents. The winds have calmed down and the sun is baking the tent fabric, this creates an optimal napping microclimate.
We miss you all and are jubilant to be in a position for summiting on the 13th.
Warmest of regards,
RMI Guides Mike King, JM Gorum & the team
Excited over your progress. All our friends are keeping a close watch! Keep up the good work and good luck.
Posted by: wendy daverman on 1/11/2017 at 10:31 am
My third grade class is keeping tabs on your journey. It’s exciting to see your updates. We wish you well and hope you summit as planned.
Posted by: Dena Bedsole (Kevin's sister-in-law) and Class on 1/11/2017 at 9:09 am
January 9, 2017
Weather day here at Camp 1. The team got it’s first experience with the Aconcagua wind last night. The wind builds above us in the Ameghino Col to the point it sounds like a large set of waves hitting shore. You then hear the wind racing down towards our camp, suddenly bracing in your tent, the poles flex and fabric gets bead blasted with little rocks and dust. An eerie calm follows only to hear the wind building up again. Now repeat for 16 hours.
Two down days in a row has the natives getting a little restless. Some will pace, some play cards and some will ask, “So this is mountaineering?”
Tomorrow we will get a late start to allow the wind to dissipate before our move to Camp 2. Despite the restless energy all team members are doing great and the guides couldn’t be more pleased with how everyone is acclimating and working together. All our best to everyone back home!
“Estamos como queremos”
Happy birthday, Dad! (Art)
Posted by: Alice on 1/9/2017 at 8:53 pm
Put up #4 A-sail and surf to Camp 2, boys…sounds spectacular! Be safe.
Posted by: Jimmy Mac on 1/9/2017 at 4:31 pm
January 8, 2017
The team is wrapping up a successful rest day here at Aconcagua Camp 1, 16,400’. The guides know it was successful because while we know the team was restless and at times lacking for entertainment, no one came over and told us so. Light winds in camp after a gusty night, which left several people sleepless until the calm and warmth of the early afternoon.
We took the opportunity to send down trash and items carried up but deemed ‘not necessary’ for the climb with Mauricio, our Argentine guide.
Tonight we will dine on mashed potatoes and cheese burritos while we discuss the weather report and the expedition itinerary. Right now there is a weather window 1/11-13 with light summit winds when compared to days previous.
The team continues to stay strong with good appetites and getting sleep where they can! The evenings have provided spectacular heat lightning across the Vacas Valley as clouds build and are held at bay.
We might move up to Camp 2 tomorrow or burn a weather day depending on the wind. Regardless, thanks for following along and eat some fried chicken for us, preferably a Bojangles Cajun Fillet Chicken Biscuit with egg and cheese for those south of the Mason-Dixon Line.
Happy Birthday Art. What a wonderful memory you will have of this special day. Enjoy your meal, even without the usual fare of cake and ice cream.
Posted by: Betty (Art's sister) on 1/9/2017 at 5:07 am
Happy Birthday Artie from Anne and Bill, Barb and Garrett and Jeff and Debbie!
Posted by: Bill Fraumann on 1/8/2017 at 9:15 pm
The team is back at Aconcagua Camp 1 after a successful carry day. Mike is currently fueling up for a nap with some Pringles and Tang. Most of the crew are a step ahead of him. We take our siestas quite seriously in the Southern Hemisphere.
We enjoyed perfect weather today on our carry, with just enough of a breeze to keep us cool, but not enough to even call it wind. On top of the weather’s cooperation, we also found excellent route conditions. Firm snow made for quick travel, and gave us an opportunity to use some of the heavy, sharp objects that we’ve been lugging around.
On the way to Camp 2, climbers crest several ridges, each time gaining a slightly more complete picture of the Andes. I could pile on as many adjectives as I could think of, but I would still be unable to communicate the scale of the terrain. It is big out there.
Given the weather, we spent about an hour up at Camp 2. Taking in the views, securing our cache, and, you bet, napping. The trip down was quick, with sun softened snow and motivated climbers. Before they all went to sleep, the team sent their best to friends, family, and anyone else following along.
Happy to hear everything is going in your favour keep it up and be safe
Posted by: Mark and Helen walsh on 1/8/2017 at 3:20 pm
Rob, what brings you so high pilgrim ? Watch your top knot. Craig
Posted by: Craig Andersen on 1/8/2017 at 1:07 pm
January 6, 2017
We woke to the sounds of the park helicopter bringing in supplies and flying out garbage and human waste. Today was our move day to Aconcagua Camp 1, 16,400 feet. Since we had done a carry already the team was familiar with the terrain and difficult sections.
With warm tents and a light breeze the team is busy moving in and resting. We will sort gear for the carry to Camp 2 this evening and eat an early dinner since the shadow of the mountain hits our camp early.
Our view from camp includes the first part of tomorrow’s route and it includes snow! You might be asking why the excitement? We will take solid snow over loose scree any day of the week. Everyone is doing well despite the new altitude. Love and well wishes back home!
On The Map
Bernie and I should have the Nordic trails all greased up for you upon your return from your luxury cruise. Better harden up.
Posted by: Jan on 1/7/2017 at 5:27 am
Enjoy the Journey, Tunes, Reads and Company all the way to the top.
The Real Sven Affcock
Posted by: Sven Fleming on 1/6/2017 at 4:34 pm
January 5, 2017
Not much to report from Plaza Argentina. We are enjoying our final afternoon at 13,600 feet before heading to Camp 1 in the morning. The weather is clear with calmer winds then the last few days. People are napping, sorting gear and practicing the valuable expedition skill of ‘chilling out’. We are looking forward to moving up the mountain and hope the forecasted wind speeds do not materialize.
With how connected base camp has been send your loved ones an email, iMessage or whatever digital platform you use and wish them ‘good luck’ as they climb to 16,400’ tomorrow!
kevin and team have a good climb to camp 2 ,16,400 and good weather,mom and dad xo
Posted by: mark and helen walsh on 1/6/2017 at 6:54 am
Kevin and team Have a great climb to camp 2 16,400 and good weather .mom and dad xo
Posted by: Mark. And Helen walsh on 1/6/2017 at 6:47 am