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Aconcagua: King & Team Carry to Camp 1

We are back at base camp this afternoon after our carry to Camp 1, located at 16,200’. The Team took advantage of a direct route which included snow and great trail. Years past has seen this day’s route made up of loose and steep scree slopes. While packs were heavy the 3.5 hour up time meant they were not on our backs too long. We put in a cache of food, fuel and some personal items.

While the wind was gusting in the 40’s we enjoyed a clear sky and spectacular views of the Vacas Valley. The team is doing well, all appear to be acclimating well and spirits are high. A rest day tomorrow is highly anticipated before we move to Camp 1 on Friday.

The wind continues to plague Aconcagua Base Camp, we will check in tomorrow, until then keep your fingers crossed for calmer weather.

RMI Guides Mike King, JM Gorum & Team

On The Map

Happy Birthday to Rob Millman from all the Wisconsin Millmans!  We love you and pray your enjoying every moment.  Glad for a rest day on your special day!

Posted by: Debbie Millman on 1/5/2017 at 5:02 am

Loving the updates! Best Wishes to all as you continue the journey. Jason- we love you and are excited to watch this unfold! RISE!

Posted by: Angela Freedman on 1/5/2017 at 4:57 am

Aconcagua: King & Team Rest at Base Camp

The team is resting today at Plaza Argentina which is helping them acclimate for our climb. Most reported that they slept the best thus far, 30ish miles of walking will do that I guess.

Goals for the day included eating a fresh breakfast, sorting gear, doing some laundry, taking a hike and eating pizza, not to bad at 13,600’.

Their hike went out into a valley where Cerro Ibanez looms. The rocks and soil are an amazing crimson color and one gets the feeling like they could easily be on Mars.

Tomorrow we will carry gear and food to Camp 1 and make our first cache. Until then we are trying to stay out of the wind and sun.

RMI Guide Mike King

On The Map

Mike and JM, have fun!  My Denali Tribe, wish I were there with you.. kick butt.  Did Kevin bring a gnome with a sombrero?

Posted by: Rhonda McCormick on 1/4/2017 at 10:37 am

Greetings from Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia to Kevin Walsh and the rest of the climbing team!!
Kevin, please let me know if the glacial ice caves are still at base camp?
Next section of your journey is tiring, but a great close up of the penitentes !

Best of luck, and safe travels to everyone !

Posted by: Ken Barrett on 1/4/2017 at 6:12 am

Aconcagua: King & Team Arrive at Base Camp

After two long days trekking through the Vacas Valley we rode mules across the river and our trail turned uphill into the Relinchos Valley as we gained 3000’+ to arrive at Base Camp on Aconcagua. The Team was surprised at the amenities offered at Plaza Argentina including refreshments, Internet hotspots, showers and perhaps the biggest hit, plastic chairs to relax in.

These long expeditions don’t have to be all pain and suffering, the early pioneers suffered plenty for all of us. We will take the remainder of the day to rest and re-hydrate after the hot & dusty trek. Some of the Team have showered and some are waiting for our 1st rest day on Tuesday. From here the trek is over and the climb begins, with preparing gear and group loads to carry to Camp 1.

A consistent comment from everyone is just how blue the sky is in contrast with the multicolored rock bands that form this section of the Andes. It looks like the ridge lines have been cut with an exacto knife.

We will check in on the rest day but for now everyone sends their best to friends and loved ones back home.

RMI Guide Mike King

On The Map

it must have really been great with the mules carrying both you and your gear. And showers?? How fabulous. Love seeing the photos.  As usual, safe and fun travels.

Posted by: Betty (Art's sister) on 1/3/2017 at 5:21 am

Mike King & Team’s First Views of Aconcagua

The team is currently resting in the sweat lodges that are their tents. This camp is known for its windy conditions and without steep ridges and peaks to block the sun, escaping the wind means roasting like a Kenny Roger’s chicken.

As we continue the trek to Base Camp the size of this valley only grows as the Vacas River gets closer to it’s source.

After seeing Aconcagua for the first time today, everyone is looking forward to the cold temperatures at Base Camp.  Tomorrow we finish the trek, here’s to calm winds and strong backs for the team.

RMI Guide Mike King

have good weather and great climb, thanks mike for the up dates

Posted by: mark and helen walsh on 1/2/2017 at 11:01 am

Love reading the updates! Just want my brother to know I’m thinking of him and enjoying the climb vicariously!! Best of fun to the team…enjoy each day!!!  XXOA

Posted by: Andrea on 1/2/2017 at 7:14 am

Aconcagua: King & Team at Pampa Las Lenas

While we won’t make it until the Ball drops tonight, we will have a nice dinner and do a little celebrating with the mule drivers. Our Aconcagua Team has arrived in camp after a hot day hiking with a nice breeze that made the heat tolerable. This first day is a lesson in patience. Picture walking six hours in the high desert covered in softballs. If your thinking, “not ideal” you’d be right, but this is our approach trail and our aching feet took a backseat to watching condors soar high above the neighboring Andean peaks.

The team is resting and rehydrating and wishes everyone back home a ‘Feliz Anio Nuevo”!

RMI Guide Mike King

Want to wish my amazing brother, Art Muir, a Happy Birthday! Now I can brag about my 71 year old brother who climbs mountains all over the world! Have a great day, Art.

Posted by: Bonnie on 1/9/2017 at 6:56 am

Jim and Art…we are following the climb.  So exciting!  Be safe.  Hope to see your faces on one of the posts.
Jack and Pam Schriver

Posted by: Jack and Pam Schriver on 1/2/2017 at 6:10 pm

Aconcagua: King & Team Head To the Mountain

This is Mike King with the RMI December 28th Aconcagua Expedition. We are currently in Penitentes relaxing and waiting for dinner to start. Everyone arrived with all their gear and the Team has already begun to bond and been cranking through tasks to get ready for the 3 day trek to Plaza Argentina. We have clear skies and hot weather in the forecast.  This will be a short dispatch as we are at the hotel with wifi, so contact your loved ones here in Argentina and wish them a ‘happy New Years and safe & successful climb’.
We won’t be envious of your Seacrest-Times Square Ball Drop show since we’ll be celebrating out under the most spectacular night sky ever taken in with authentic Argentine cowboys cooking the most delicious steaks anyone has had the pleasure of eating.

The Camp at Lenas is notorious for not allowing satellite phone coverage so if you do not see a dispatch, do not fret. Know that the group is well and currently experiencing the ‘meat sweats’ which can translate into ‘meatmares’ at bedtime.  Check back for more great stories from Aconcagua.

RMI Guide Mike King

On The Map

Wishing you all a Happy and Healthy New Year!  Here’s to your journey and wishing you all success! 
Be safe, have fun!  Love, the Andersen girls

Posted by: Natalia on 12/31/2016 at 10:18 am

Rob, looking forward to following your journey with Mike and team. Safe travels and Happy New Year to everyone! Mike and Paula

Posted by: Michael and Paula Richards on 12/31/2016 at 9:40 am

Mexico’s Volcanoes: Team Descends from Orizaba

This is the RMI Mexico team back safely in town. We had a good descent from the summit of Orizaba. Our shuttle picked us up just as the clouds and rain began to set in. Stormy weather played a huge part of this trip, we are glad that the weather cleared for our successful summit this morning. The team is getting cleaned up and sorted for their flights home tomorrow.

Thanks for following along.

RMI Guides Mike King & Steve Gately

Mexico’s Volcanoes: Team Calls from Summit of Orizaba

Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 8:07 am PT

This is Mike with the RMI Mexico team. We are currently standing on top of Pico de Orizaba. We woke up around midnight and the weather was wet and rainy, we didn’t think we were going to get it.  When 2:30 am rolled around the clouds parted. Everyone is doing really well up on top.  We are taking some photos and taking in the sights from the highest point in Mexico will give you guys a shout once we are down safe and sound.  Talk to you later.

RMI Guide Mike King

RMI Guide Mike King calls from the summit of Pico de Orizaba, Mexico.

On The Map

Mexico’s Volcanoes: Team Prepares for Summit Attempt on Orizaba

The Mexico Team is resting comfortably at the Piedra Grande Hut on Orizaba. Yesterday we had a nice day off in Puebla, everyone took advantage of the good food, area surrounding the Zocalo and some visited a car museum.

Leaving Puebla this morning we took in more of the countryside and ended up at a century old soap factory turned climber’s hostel run by Sr. Reyes. We met his 93 year old father and enjoyed a nice lunch after sorting our gear for the climb.

Our drive up here is on a fairly rough road through pine trees and the grassy lower slopes of Orizaba. We are currently at 14,000’ sitting in a light cloud with views of the mountain from time to time.The team will wake around midnight and hopefully have good weather to climb.

Keep your fingers crossed that we get a chance to summit Orizaba!

RMI Guides Mike King & Steve Gately

On The Map

Good Luck ALEX S and team wishing you all the best in your summit attempt…

Jeff and the Gang from the TH53 Project in Northern MN

Posted by: Jeff Hall on 10/21/2016 at 3:12 pm

Mexico’s Volcanoes: Mike King Re-Caps Summit Attempt on Ixta

This morning around 12:30 we woke for our Ixta summit day. We had a relatively clear sky above us with a bright moon, but out to the east was a small cloud bank with some lightening radiating through the clouds. We got ready to climb since the storm looked to be moving away from the mountain.

As we approached our first break the storm clouds began to creep our way with the lightening increasing in the distance. The guides turned the group around and made the call to pack up camp and head to lower elevations. The team responded and broke camp quickly, transitioning into downhill mode.  Carrying heavy packs in rocky terrain at night isn’t easy and we all arrived tired but thankful to not be up at Ixta’s high camp.

Upon reaching the trail-head all signs of the storm had disappeared, clear above visibility unlimited. Some frustration and confusion pulsed through the team members and guides. When you’re in the mountains it is important to take the information available to you and make a conservative decision. Sometimes the storm rolls in and sometimes the skies clear.

We spent the morning resting and sorting gear for the next few days. Like clockwork, the skies turned grey, hail fell and thunder rolled high on Ixta. Our shuttles arrived to take us to Puebla for the next 2 nights.
The Team will enjoy a day off in the historic district and then we are off for Orizaba, the 3rd highest peak in North America.

RMI Guide Mike King & Team

glad everyone returned safely, climbing acancagua with RMI in january and hope to summit, but hope to return home even more

Posted by: Dave Folsom on 11/12/2016 at 7:07 pm

Bummer…Disappointed for you…Enjoy the town…Next mtn please…Waltero

Posted by: Walter Glover on 10/20/2016 at 3:36 am

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