Entries By mike king
January 24, 2018
After a calm night under the stars the Team woke and began breaking camp. We had approximately nine miles to cover, mostly rolling terrain and the Vacas Valley continues to widen. Today was a little cooler then yesterday but honestly the song remained the same. This camp isn’t remarkable except for the old stone building built into a giant erratic boulder, which is the namesake. Everyone is trying to beat the heat, some in their tents and some down by the river.
On The Map
Keep up the good works guys. I enjoy looking at the blog everyday and seeing new progress. No worries Dave I’m keeping everyone posted at the gym. Your like a rockstar everyone keeps asking where your at on the mountain.
Posted by: Kevin Durbon on 1/26/2018 at 7:08 am
I also included Jericho but his name didn’t appear on last comment. Have a great day Dawn and team. Love, Dad and mom
Posted by: Lori Golding on 1/25/2018 at 9:28 am
January 24, 2018
We spent the day walking up the Vacas Valley, the terrain is rocky and filled with various shades of red, brown and greens. Due to heavy snow fall up high and the rain showers lower down the happy desert plants are blooming with yellows and purples. The Team is doing great despite some really hot sections today. We’ll spend the remainder of the afternoon relaxing in the cool breeze, watching a fox inquire about camp and eat the most amazing Argentinean asado (BBQ for those who don’t speak Spanish). The meat and cooking display by the Mule Drivers has become legendary. Guides wax poetic about the “scent of Leñas” that fills your clothing for days, weeks or even years to come. Ruth Chris doesn’t even compare to the quality of steak cooked and served near the soot stained brick building…muy authentico! Listen to the song “Big Rock Candy Mountain”, really listen to the lyrics and you’ll only get a glimpse of how sleeping under the stars at Leñas is. Milky Way dust for nights on end. Until tomorrow.
On The Map
We are still watching you trek here at Anna McDonald School in Manhattan! Stay safe, it looks crazy!
Posted by: Christina on 2/1/2018 at 12:32 pm
And I thought you were eating freeze dried food and bars. Glad to hear you are dining well. We miss you (especially Rocket) and love you Papa.
Posted by: Rebecca Wallace on 1/24/2018 at 4:15 pm
January 22, 2018
The Team is currently relaxing next to a fireplace worthy of GOT in a unique ski lodge in Los Penitentes. There isn’t any winter snow here, so the area serves as an outfitting station for climbers getting ready to head into the park. We spent the afternoon packing and sorting gear for the mules. We’ll continue sport eating our way through Argentina this evening and have a casual start in the AM. Our trek to base camp is up the Vacas Valley, an arid high desert landscape filled with rocks, shrubs, mules and rich colored soil that resembles a Bob Ross painting. Thanks for following along!
Happy Climbing Auntie SANJ!
Just remember Eddie would go!
Posted by: Bubba and Belle on 1/24/2018 at 12:04 am
Woo hoo! Remember hills are your friend. Have fun and enjoy the journey Bob, Steve, and Kiwi.
Posted by: Mo on 1/23/2018 at 6:50 pm
January 21, 2018
The Team is all assembled with bags in tow here in Mendoza. We broke the ice with a meeting that was followed by gear check and permit registration. Since we are here to attempt Aconcagua the team opted for dinner and an early night to get caught up on sleep from the two days travel instead of a night out on the town. Tomorrow we will head to Los Penitentes to pack for mules and the trek into base camp. We have a great group with a varied collection of personalities, experiences and mountains under their belts. Thanks for following along.
Hello Jenny and team,
Have a fun and safe trip. It looks very beautiful there.
Love you much Mom
Posted by: melinda widmer on 1/23/2018 at 6:11 pm
Justin, have a great climb. Are you over half way to the summit yet? Sounds as if the group is eating well! Take care and stay safe! Think of you every day, Mom and Dad
Posted by: Vicki Hersh on 1/22/2018 at 6:14 pm
January 13, 2018
The team woke to cold and snowy conditions at High Camp…normal Aconcagua conditions, just not what we experienced this expedition. We had some gear to pick up at our previous camps, but finally got down to base camp for some much earned beverages and a delicious dinner. We will walk to Leñas, our first trek campsite for the infamous asado…Chapstick application is key to enjoying the grilled carne after being in the Alta Montana for the last two weeks. The moon is newer then our trek in so the stars/Milky Way dust will be in full effect, my favorite place to sleep under the stars. This is our final dispatch of the trip, thanks for the comments.
Get down to Leñas next climbing season for the best steak this side of the Galaxy and a bid at the highest peak in South America!
RMI Guides Mike King, Jess Matthews & Nick Scott
Thank you Mike, Jess and Nick, for all the post. It really is a comfort to hear about the group and daily postings. I must admit hearing about high temperatures and snow was hard to grasp at first.
Great to hear they had reached the top and now to hear they will be on their way home. Thank you for leading this group to safety.
Posted by: Donna Bernier on 1/14/2018 at 8:44 am
Congratulations team! You have so much to be proud of. Enjoy the well deserved showers and food. Safe travels home brother Dave love Jul
Posted by: Julie Beckner on 1/14/2018 at 8:29 am
January 12, 2018
Update from Mike King at 10:30 am PT:
If you haven’t listened to my hypoxic voicemail from today, you should know that we stood on top of Aconcagua, 22,841’ around 1pm local time. The climbers are back in camp trying to avoid these late afternoon snow/heat waves…ya doesn’t sound fun does it? The climb had wind, snow, heat, drifted snow in the trail and lots of other parties attempting the summit. I’ll leave the details from the summit day for your loved ones to tell…but the guides are in agreement, one of the harder days we’ve had in the mountains. Tomorrow we will start our downward retreat to the thick air of base camp.
Summit call transcription:
Hey, this is Mike with the RMI Aconcagua Team. We are standing on top of Aconcagua, the highest mountain outside of the Himalaya. The team did well, we had a really cold morning, probably about 25 mph winds in the face for the first several hours. Now we are sitting up here, we could be in jeans shorts and tank tops. The team did well and we’re going to hang out here and take some photos. Then we still have to descend. We will call in or send a dispatch once everyone is safe back at camp. Thanks for following along. Everyone sends their best.
RMI Guide Mike King calls from the summit of Aconcagua.
On The Map
Congratulations everyone!! Sounds like it was a tough final push to the summit. Can’t wait to hear all about it Katja! Be careful on the descent.
Posted by: Wilton Farmwald on 1/14/2018 at 5:35 pm
Congrats everyone!!! What an accomplishment.
Posted by: Adam and Candice on 1/14/2018 at 8:19 am
January 11, 2018
Well, we pulled the trigger and moved to Cholera located at 19,600’. We decided to skip a rest day in exchange for 2 ‘active’ rest days. The Team moved up with the bear necessities to establish camp and summit Aconcagua! We were on our feet for only three hours so the remainder of the day has been R&R. This morning was the coldest of the trip with beautiful clear skies and a 10-15 WNW wind that kept us cooler then yesterday’s sweat locker. Other teams have been coming down from the summit so the track is kicked in which will make for great climbing.
Everyone is doing great, some nervous energy but that is to be expected the day before attempting the highest mountain outside the Himalaya. We are about ready to feast on hot summer sausage cheese quesadillas and soup before doing a little pre-packing and talking summit day expectations and plan of action. Hopefully we will be calling in from the summit tomorrow. The Team is getting their final pep talk from your blog comments tonight, thanks for the encouraging words and being apart of this wonderful expedition with such a stellar crew!
On The Map
Congratulations Virgil what a great climb. What aw inspiring Beauty. See you back at sea level.
Posted by: Len currier on 1/16/2018 at 5:09 am
Wonderful news. Enjoy that summit viewing, Dave, I am so happy for you and for all the things you have accomplished and the new ones to come. Donna
Posted by: Donna Bernier on 1/12/2018 at 10:32 am
January 10, 2018
Wow! It’s was one of the hottest days above 18,000’! We had 4 inches of snow starting yesterday evening that tapered off by 9 pm. The 1,600 vertical feet to high camp took us up a snowy moraine and into a series of switchbacks that terminate below a complex of white rock towers. The camp is named after the fierce winds that plague this part of the mountain…Camp Cholera. We could have used a fraction of that wind today to cool down the Team and maybe prevent the roofs of our mouths from getting sunburned due to the heavy panting brought on by altitude and heat.
The Team got in a small cache and now comes the difficult decision of when to attempt the summit. The weather models are showing increasing winds on Saturday with Sunday winds being high enough that maintaining camp will be difficult. Our current plan is to move up Friday but a move tomorrow is not out of the question in favor of lighter winds and snow and hopefully higher summit success. It’s snowing again, we’ve been able to set out watches by the afternoon snow fall.
Regardless of what happens, the effort today has the guides feeling optimistic for the Team to boot up and meet the challenge. Thanks for following along.
RMI Guide Mike King & Team
Virg - talked to Dad, Nora & Joe and we are all cheering you and the team on. I hope things went well today. Joe went snowboarding, Nora printed out W’2s, Dad went to Harbor Freight and I read one of the books you got me for Christmas. Well l’m sure your day was more exciting. Love, Mom❤️
Posted by: Barbara(mom) on 1/11/2018 at 4:02 pm
So glad to hear you’ve made a carry to the high camp! I’m sure you’re anxious to keep moving higher. We can’t wait to hear the tales from the trail. Much love and stay safe!
Posted by: Beth Ludwig on 1/10/2018 at 5:25 pm
January 9, 2018
Our rest day ended with three inches of snow falling on camp with little to no wind and some spectacular heat lightning across the Vacas Valley. It’s like one of those quiet winter nights where you wake to a yard filled with snow. We got underway by 9 am and moved camp to 18,000’. With all the new snow and still air we were roasting by the time we reached Amegino Col. The weather this trip has been atypical in that we have had three nights of snow, light to no wind and abnormally warm temperatures. The Team is currently in their tents riding out another snow fall and will hopefully have a good night’s rest at the new altitude. Tomorrow we will carry food and fuel to high camp to continue our acclimatization. The Team has appreciated the blog comments, and send their love to family and friends back home.
On The Map
Great job to all of you! I’m glad you’re making progress. We’re rooting you on from home. Dad (Craig), we miss you and can’t wait to hear all about your adventure!
Posted by: Samantha on 1/10/2018 at 8:07 am
Well done team! Enjoy following along on this adventure of yours and seeing all the pictures. I hope you continue to have good weather! Love and hugs to Nick from his Mom.
Posted by: Coeli Scott on 1/10/2018 at 7:15 am
January 8, 2018
A thunderstorm skirted us late last night as we fell asleep to the occasional flash of lightning and clap of thunder. Luckily, it was short lived and we dozed off listening to the tapping of heavy, wet snow hitting the tent late into the night. As the sun hit camp this morning, we crawled out excited to see all of Camp 1 and the slopes above us coated in a couple inches of fresh snow - quite the refreshing contrast to the myriad of browns, tans and grays up to this point. The team enjoyed a long, leisurely breakfast and hot drinks to start off the rest day with some quesadillas to follow for lunch. Sometimes rest days can be just as tough, testing one’s patience a bit, but everyone is doing a great job taking advantage of today to continue getting stronger for our next big push to Camp 2. We’ll be keeping our eye on the weather which looks to have more snow in store for us, but in the meantime we’re taking full advantage of some really beautiful, calm days here at Camp 1. Hopefully the next time you hear from us we’ll be settled in at Camp 2 with a hot drink in hand, feeling accomplished, but still aware of the effort that lies before us high up on the Stone Sentinel.
On The Map
Hello boss, we are following along back here! Hope the progress keeps moving upward and that the hands are staying warm!!
- Team CRS
Posted by: Team CRS on 1/10/2018 at 4:30 pm
My 1st born son Virgil - hope you are feeling good and having fun. Your bro and l would not have liked the thunder and lightening - the snow he could handle. We think of you everyday - maybe more like every minute of everyday for me. Miss you. Love Mom❤️
Posted by: Barbara(mom) on 1/9/2018 at 9:53 am