Entries By mike king
January 7, 2018
The general consensus was that last night -20 degree sleeping bags were more then warm, they were down right hot at times. In a three-person tent filled with enough goose down, it can look like one of those ball pits at a McDonalds… Good luck finding anything your looking for.
We woke with the sun hitting our tents and not even a hint of wind the entire night. The first night at a new altitude can make good sleep difficult and the Team was feeling the effects of this and the move up from Aconcagua Base Camp.
Our task today was to move food, fuel and some summit gear up to Camp 2, located at 18,000’. The trail takes us up to Amegenio Col (saddle) with spectacular views of the Central Andes. Glaciated peaks like El Mano and Mercedario dominate the skyline. The group did well with the carry and even better showcasing their downhill skills.
Rest, water, food and some cards is all that remains of the day. We’ll take a rest day tomorrow.
Hi Rogan, thinking of you, we are in Clarens till Sunday, no Wifi, fewer messages,sounds like everything in your favour of summits get. Holding thumbs for all of you,love mom
Posted by: Daphne Carew on 1/9/2018 at 4:17 am
Hi Rogan, thinking of you, we are in Clarens till Sunday, no Wifi, fewer messages,sounds like everything in your favour of summits get. Holding thumbs for all of you,love momx
Posted by: Daphne on 1/9/2018 at 4:15 am
January 6, 2018
The Team decided that they have had enough of the comforts of base camp…roasted lamb, showers, Internet and pit latrines and told the guides they trade it all in for pasta, dusty scree, interpersonal conversation and blue bags. With our lungs and legs feeling stronger after another rest day we cruised up to Camp 1 in under 5 hours and spent the remainder of the day setting up camp and enjoying the view. We can see the first hour and half towards Camp 2 and the red, brown and orange pastel colors of the Central Andes to the East. There is some apprehension in the group about what the coming days and weather will bring. So far everyone is acclimating well and excited to be finally heading up Aconcagua. Thanks for following along, we’ll carry gear and supplies to Camp 2 tomorrow and check in with an update.
RMI Guide Mike King
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Good on you, mate!! Have a safe climb and show em how we do it in Texas.
Posted by: Lee on 1/26/2018 at 8:09 pm
So good to hear your voice, Dave. Sorry to hear of the BP change you had. So you are on your way again, keep trucking! Enjoyed the post to you all by Rachel Ford, so fitting.
Posted by: Donna Bernier on 1/7/2018 at 10:21 am
January 5, 2018
With a portion of our gear safely stowed away at Aconcagua Camp 1, the team took a well-deserved rest day to soak sore feet and massage aching leg muscles. The guides let the climbers sleep in as they prepared a nutritious and delicious egg and bacon breakfast followed by an alpine pizza lunch. Meals designed to replenish lost calories from the taxing carry the day before. Basecamp was buzzing as climbers and guides from other outfits prepared for their own move up to the next camp, at 16,400 feet, despite an unsettling weather forecast. As the RMI crew strapped on their booties for an acclimatization hike, we wished our friends good luck and watched from a safe vantage as they ascended into the low hanging clouds. When the last climber disappeared from view, we were all left to wonder what the weather would look like tomorrow and if Aconcagua would grant us safe passage. What the future holds is uncertain, but this RMI group is in high spirits and ready to get moving.
Virg-just finished watching play off game between KC and Titans. Titans were down 18 points and came back to win 22 to 21. Very exciting. Hope things are going well. I am doing well and feel good - Dad also - he even watched some of the football game. We love you. Mom & Dad
Posted by: Barbara(mom) on 1/6/2018 at 5:02 pm
Craig and Caroline, I’m following the blog and your progress daily. You know I still worry but that’s a “mom” thing. Stay hydrated and healthy. Love you both.
It’s wicked cold here, -3°F at night with brisk winds. The high today was 11°F. I’m glad I only have to hike out to the barns 4 times a day to care for the horses, dogs, cats, etc. There is nothing in the world as fun as shoveling frozen horse manure. LOL
We are looking at a warm up in the next few days so that is good. I’ve not been hunting the last couple weekends due to the deep cold. The deer are not moving anyway so why should I freeze, ha ha ha. Take care of each other. Love Mom
Posted by: Sarah Relyea on 1/6/2018 at 3:20 pm
January 4, 2018
The Team is back down at base camp after a successful carry to Camp 1, located at 16,400’. There is no snow between Plaza Argentina and Camp 1 which means lots of scree. This makes footwork more difficult and the combination of high altitude means the Team ate a lot at dinner and are anticipating a good night’s sleep. We will have a rest day tomorrow before moving up the mountain.
The weather has been good despite some high winds, we are anticipating deteriorating weather over the next 36 hours. The Team is gelling and getting to know each other, lots of laughs and some inside jokes already, so we’re doing just fine. Thanks for following along.
RMI Guide Mike King & Team
16,400-that made me want to turn up my oxygen. Hope everyone is doing well. Virg we are fine, but as usual having computer problems - so if you don’t hear from me that is why. Love, Mom
Posted by: Barbara(mom) on 1/5/2018 at 7:16 am
Woohoo, 16400! Warm and dry in Colo., you’re not missing any skiing! Wishing you all continuing success up the mountain!
Posted by: Carol Clark on 1/5/2018 at 6:15 am
January 2, 2018
We were up before the sun having breakfast by headlamp and quickly packed up camp to catch our mule ride across the Relinchos River. Shortly after 7am, we were making our way up the narrow Relinchos Valley on our way to thinner air. After two days of gentle terrain in the Vacas Valley, it felt good to head uphill and gain some elevation. We enjoyed another pleasant, sunny day with a light breeze that stayed with us all the way to Basecamp, and we had another brief Guanaco sighting. We are now all settled at Aconcagua Basecamp and getting ready to switch gears for the days to come. Everyone is in good spirits and looking forward to seeing what the upper mountain has in store for us.
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Great job Virgil glad you’re having the weather with you hope it stays
Posted by: Len Currier on 1/4/2018 at 4:19 pm
Great job Virgil glad you’re having the weather with you hope it stays
Posted by: Len Currier on 1/4/2018 at 4:18 pm
January 1, 2018
Happy New Year from Argentina. The Team made short work of the hike today, partially due to cloud cover which kept the temperatures and wind low and because they were eager to get our first glimpse of Aconcagua! We got to see some wildlife on the hike with a fox and some guanacos (Alpacas’ smaller cousin) hanging out along the way. True to form, Casa de Piedra is HOT in the midday sun. Team members are busy napping, reading and trying to stay cool for the remainder of the afternoon.
We will have dinner and get to bed so that we can catch an early mule ride across the Vacas River tomorrow morning. One more day to finish our trek to Plaza Argentina. Not a bad way to spend the beginning of another trip around the sun!
On The Map
Rogan , all the best for 2018.
We got your back and we are extremely proud of you.
Go Rogan !!
Posted by: Rukesh on 1/2/2018 at 6:44 am
Happy 2018!! Miss you Craig Clark!
Hope you’re all enjoying the adventure and are staying safe! High of 20 in Denver, that Argentinian heat sounds pretty good!
Posted by: Carol Clark on 1/1/2018 at 1:59 pm
December 31, 2017
Happy New Years from Pampa de Las Lenas! Today was the first day of the trek to Aconcagua Basecamp and we had a sunny day with a consistent ‘breeze’ that kept it cool and at times made walking a little difficult. Our trek follows the Vacas River which looks like it’s filled with delicious chocolate milk and I don’t even drink milk. The team enjoyed the five-hour hike and arrived in good spirits until the light rain set in. I learned long ago from a mentor that it never….keeps raining at Lenas Camp. True to form some group members put on rain gear and set up tents and the rain stopped almost immediately. We all met up with the descending RMI crew and celebrated the New Year’s with the best steak asado dinner ever prepared on the Planet…since man learned to cook with fire. . . Yeah it’s that good! The group is nestled in their tents thinking of the coming weeks and how good that steak was. We will get an early start tomorrow, bask in the remaining portions of shade offered on this climb while we hike to Casa de Piedra. Thanks for following along.
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I can’t believe you’re already at 10K-something ft. That’s truly incredible. I leave for Brazil tomorrow and am spending the day baking a ton of cookies to give as gifts. They’re pretty damn good too. I’ll get to spend a little time in São Paulo this time which will be cool. Don’t know that city very well. We’re also going to Foz do Iguaçú so maybe I’ll hop over to Argentina for a day. Anyway, I hope you’re being careful and good to your body. Please be safe and don’t push yourself too hard!
Remember that tonight when you look up at the sky, even though our stars are different, we’re both looking at the same moon. I love you so much and am so proud of you.
Posted by: Emma on 1/3/2018 at 8:12 am
Happy New Year Daddio!
So jelly you are in beautiful Argentina, make sure you take lots of pictures! It’s finally sunny here, which is a good sign for 2018 I think. Hopefully it lasts! It’s also a full moon tonight. Miss you, love you! Be careful, take care of your back and knees!!
Posted by: Rowen on 1/1/2018 at 2:32 pm
December 29, 2017
We are all in Mendoza…the last 2 bags arrived late this evening and the Team is turned in and getting their last night of artificial air conditioning before heading out tomorrow. We will head to Los Penitentes to pack for the mules and sleep around 8,000’. Everyone is excited to begin the trek and escape the 100 degree weather here in town. Will be sending updates on our trip each day. Leave comments for your friends and loved ones in the blog comments, the moral support from back home goes a long way.
RMI Guides Mike King, Jess Matthews and Nick Scott
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Virg, So I forgot - Joe’s truck went to the crusher today - it broke down. He bought another one - perfect for traveling Loveland pass and snowboarding - It is a van! He can carry snowboards and snowboarders up the pass - perfect. Also I am ordering mom and dad a cell phone tonight. Their home phone is all staticy - something is going on with the land line. Love ya - be safe! Nora
Posted by: Nora Hall on 1/6/2018 at 5:34 pm
I thought I would share this weeks menu with you:
Miso-butter Salmon & Lo Mein Noodles - with cucumber & Cherry Tomatoes - seared salmon and noodle salad with umami-packed sauce with sweet white miso and mirin - springy fresh lo mein noodles with crisp cucumber, scallions and cherry tomatoes.
Sheet Pan Roasted Pork with fall vegetables and maple mustard sauce - hearty meal with rubbed pork blend sweet and smoky spices with medley of Brussels sprouts, carrots and Yukon gold potatoes and a drizzle of maple-sweetened creamy mustard sauce. Yum!!!
Love your sis - yum yum
Posted by: Nora Hall on 1/6/2018 at 5:21 pm
October 2, 2017
The Four Day Summit Climb September 29 - 2 October, 2017 turned at 11,700’ due to unstable snow conditions. RMI Guides Tyler Jones and Mike King led the last summit climb program of the 2017 season. The group plans to descend from Camp Muir this morning and return to Rainier BaseCamp around noon.
Been thinking about y’all safety glad to hear everyone is safe so proud of you Hinan Ahmed for attempting such a amazing climb until next time MT. Rainier
See You Soon
Posted by: Carmen on 10/2/2017 at 9:11 am
September 21, 2017
The Expedition Skills Seminar - Muir led by RMI Guides Andy Bond and Mike King made their summit attempt today. After spending several days training at Camp Muir, the Seminar Team left Camp Muir en route to the summit. The recent storm left several feet of snow in places. The guides broke trail and continually assessed the route and weather conditions. After reaching 12,600’ the team decided to turn around and head back Camp Muir due to deteriorating weather. They will spend their last night at Camp Muir. Tomorrow, they will complete their program and return to Rainier BaseCamp in Ashford.
How can we track our kids while they’re climbing MT Rainier? Our 2 daughters - Shauna and Kerry Manion are with John Marquart and Tiffany Marquart as part of a group of 12 people guided with Sherpa’s. They told us there was a link to follow them on the trip. They arrived on 9/21 but I think they were in training today and starting the climb tomorrow on 9/23. Can you give me any information? Are they on one of your expeditions?
Posted by: Joanne Manion on 9/22/2017 at 4:57 pm