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Aconcagua: Blais & Team Move to Camp 2

Posted by: Zeb Blais, Alex Barber, Mike King | January 09, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 18,000'

RMI Base, this is Alex Barber calling in with the Aconcagua Team. This morning was perfectly clear with light winds. Definitely an appreciated contrast from yesterday’s windstorm at Camp 1. We took full advantage of this clear weather today and pushed up to Camp 2. Everyone on the team did extremely well and now we are sitting tight here at Camp 2 playing cards and eating snack food, and plotting our summit attempt. Tomorrow is just a rest day, so we will check back in with you from Camp 2 sometime tomorrow. Adios.

RMI Guide Alex Barber

Aconcagua Camp 2, also know as Guanacos Camp. Photo: RMI Collection


RMI Guide Alex Barber calls in from Aconcagua Camp 2.

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Aconcagua: Blais and Team Take a Rest Day at Camp 1

Posted by: Zeb Blais, Mike King, Alex Barber | January 08, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 16,200'

Hi, This is Zeb Blais checking in from Camp 1 on Aconcagua.  Yesterday we spent our day hunkered down from the winds. It was a rest day and we ended up gong for a short walk to stretch our legs, other than that we were hiding out from the wind.

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January 8, 2015 11:24am PST - Zeb Phoned the RMI Office


All is well at Camp 1, the team will be taking another weather day today as the wind did not die out until later in the day, and then it was too late to make the move to Camp 2.  The forecast looks good for a move to Camp 2 tomorrow, so that is the plan.  All is well and everyone is happy and healthy.

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An RMI Tent at Camp 1 on Aconcagua. RMI Photo Collection


Zeb Blais checking in from Camp 1 on Aconcagua.

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Aconcagua: Blais & Team Carry to Camp 2 in Windy Conditions

Posted by: Zeb Blais, Mike King, Alex Barber | January 06, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 16,200'

This is Mike with the Aconcagua team. We had a windy day on our carry to Camp 2 today at 18,000ft. We got a late start hoping the winds would die down, but they never really did. We got a little new snow, the wind was blowing in our faces most of the morning. The team did really well. We are looking forward to enjoying a rest day tomorrow. We’ll be tuning in with more information to come. Thanks guys.

RMI Guide Mike King

An RMI Team climbing above Aconcagua Camp 1. Photo: RMI Collection Coming down to Aconcagua Camp 1 after a carry. Photo: RMI Collection


RMI Guide Mike King calls after their carry to Camp 2.

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Aconcagua: Blais & Team Make the Move to Camp 1

Posted by: Zeb Blais, Mike King, Alex Barber | January 05, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 16,200'

This is Zeb Blais and team checking in from 16,200ft at Camp 1 Aconcagua. Today our team left Basecamp and all the creature comforts there in and moved up on the mountain. Now we have all our supplies with us and will only move up hill from here. Our team is strong and psyched to do a carry to Camp 2 tomorrow. We will check in as soon as we are back to Camp 1.

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An RMI team on the move to Aconcagua Camp 2. Photo: Jake Beren


RMI Guide Zeb Blais calls in from Camp 1.

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Aconcagua: Blais & Team Spend the Day Around Basecamp

Posted by: Zeb Blais, Mike King, Alex Barber | January 04, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 13,800'

Today was a day of feasting and resting. After yesterday’s carry, Mike King, the master chef, started us off with a great breakfast of scrambled eggs and bacon. Then we went for a a brief walk down the Relinchos Valley to stretch our legs a bit. Upon our return to camp, we relaxed reading books and hanging out. To be followed by a delicious lunch of quesadillas and grilled cheese sandwiches. We’re making our preparations for tomorrow’s move to Camp 1 and we’re looking forward to our last dinner at Basecamp for a while. Signing out for now.

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View on the way to Aconcagua Basecamp. Photo: RMI Collection


RMI Guide Zeb Blais calls in from Aconcagua Basecamp.

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Aconcagua: Blais & Team Doing Well After Their Carry to Camp 1

Posted by: Zeb Blais, Mike King, Alex Barber | January 03, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 13,800'

This is Zeb Blais checking in from Plaza Argentina. Today, our team made our first carry to Camp One. Our team did great under some big loads, carrying supplies and gear for the upper mountain… [transmission lost]

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An RMI Team stopped for a break on the way to Camp 1. Photo: RMI Collection

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Aconcagua: Blais & Team Enjoy Rest Day at Base Camp

Posted by: Zeb Blais, Mike King, Alex Barber | January 02, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 13,800'

Greetings from a well rested team. 

Today was our first rest day at Plaza Argentina on the Aconcagua 3 Trip. The team is doing great.  We went for a brief walk to assist in acclimatization and have spent the rest of the day sorting gear and preparing for our carry tomorrow.  We will check back in after our carry to Camp 1.

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Tent life at Plaza Argentina, Base Camp on Aconcagua.  Photo: RMI Collection


RMI Guide Zeb Blais checks in from Plaza Argentina.

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Aconcagua: Blais & Team Arrive in Basecamp

Posted by: Zeb Blais, Mike King, Alex Barber | January 01, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 13,800'

This is Zeb checking in from Plaza Argentina, Aconcagua Basecamp. We arrived today after trekking up from Casa de Piedra. We had a great New Year’s last night where we celebrated with an asado and some nice bubbly.  Today’s hike went really well and everyone is in camp resting and feeling good. We have a full day of rest tomorrow and then we plan on carrying to Camp 1. We’ll check in again soon. Thanks for following.

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An RMI Team approaching Aconcagua Base Camp. Photo: Linden Mallory


RMI Guide Zeb Blais calls in from Plaza Argentina.

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Aconcagua: Blais and Team reach Casa de Piedra

Posted by: Zeb Blais, Mike King, Alex Barber | December 31, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 10,550'

We had a windy day getting into our second camp of the 3 day trek to Base Camp. The colors and terrain of the upper Vacas Valley really stood out. The team put up tents in 30+ mph winds, which will prepare them for higher camps. We’re fixing to have a big meal to celebrate the new year tonight and are thinking of family and friends. We will get an early start in the morning so we arrive at Plaza Argentina and can relax after three hot and windy days.

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RMI Team Trekking into Aconcagua Base Camp. Photo: Zeb Blais Gear and Mules used to trek into Aconcagua Base Camp. Photo: Zeb Blais

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Aconcagua: Blais & Team Arrive at Pampas de Las Lenas

Posted by: Zeb Blais, Mike King, Alex Barber | December 30, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 9,000'

Hey, this is Zeb, Mike and Alex checking in with our Aconcagua trip. We are at Pampas de Las Lenas. We have had a great day. Our team is looking really strong. Everybody’s in good spirits. We set up our tents and we’re about to enjoy a steak asado with the herreros. We’re doing well and we are headed up the valley. We’ll check back in soon.

RMI Guide Zeb Blais

The trailhead at Punta de Vacas and the beginning of the approach to Aconcagua. Photo: Linden Mallory


RMI Guide Zeb Blais calls in from Pampas de Las Lenas.

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