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Aconcagua: King & Team at Casa de Piedra for the Night

Posted by: Mike King, Steve Gately | January 30, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 10,550'

This is the RMI Aconcagua team checking in from Casa de Piedra on day 2 of our trek to base camp.

We had a sweltering five-hour day trekking into camp. Fortunately, we got the winds within a half hour before reaching Casa de Piedra.  We saw our first glimpse of Aconcagua today with stellar views of the South Face and Polish Glacier! The team is learning valuable expedition skills such as, setting up tents in the wind and relaxing in a tent. We are looking forward to a big dinner and a good night’s sleep before heading up to 13,800ft tomorrow.

Everyone is healthy and in good spirits.

RMI Guide Mike King

A team of mules reaching Casa de Piedra on the trek into Aconcagua Basecamp. Photo: Linden Mallory

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Aconcagua: King & Team Leave Mendoza and Head for the Mountains

Posted by: Mike King, Steve Gately | January 28, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 9,000'

This is RMI’s last expedition of the Aconcagua season. Our team enjoyed a scenic drive through the Andes and arrived in the rustic ski town of Los Penitentes. Our team rallied and got bags packed for the mules. Everyone is excited to hit the trail when we begin the trek to Base Camp tomorrow.

RMI Guide Mike King

Traveling from Mendoza to Los Penitentes, Argentina.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Aconcagua: Blais & Team Return to Mendoza

Posted by: Zeb Blais, Mike King, Alex Barber | January 15, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua

The last few days have been a whirlwind.  Just three days ago we stood on the top of Aconcagua, the highest peak outside of Asia.
We pushed hard to get down to the land of thick air, fresh food and running water. Last night we celebrated at our last camp of the expedition with a huge feast of carne asada, fresh tomato salad a little vino tinto and everyone’s stories and jokes.

Tonight we’re really back in civilization. Freshly showered and dressed up, we’re headed to sample some of Mendoza’s renowned cuisine.
For now we’ll leave you with a shot from the summit. Cheers!

RMI Guide Zeb Blais and team

The RMI December 27th Aconcagua Team on the summit.  Photo: Zeb Blais

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Aconcagua: Blais & Team Summit!

Posted by: Zeb Blais, Mike King, Alex Barber | January 12, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 22,841'

January 12, 2015, 1:30 PM PT
This is Zeb Blais checking in from high camp with a jubilant summit team. Today we topped out on Aconcagua at 2 PM in adverse weather conditions. We fought through a small snowstorm to get to the top and spent a brief time taking pictures on the summit before descending back down to camp where we are now hydrating, resting and preparing to head back to base camp tomorrow. Thanks for checking in.

January 12, 2015, 9:20 AM PT

RMI Guide Zeb Blais just called from the Aconcagua summit!  The team did well and they will check back in from high camp.

Congratulations to the team!

Looking towards Basecamp from near the summit of Aconcagua. Photo: RMI Collection Aconcagua's Canaleta Couloir. Photo: RMI Collection


RMI Guide Zeb Blais calls in from high camp after their successful summit.

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Aconcagua: Blais & Team at High Camp

Posted by: Zeb Blais, Mike King, Alex Barber | January 11, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 19,600'

RMI Base, this is Alex Barber calling in with RMI’s Aconcagua team. Today we moved to Camp 3 and are in place for our summit bid tomorrow morning. The team did a great job today battling the cold winds into our high camp of 19,600 feet. The team is settled in and we’re preparing ourselves for the summit push. Hopefully our next dispatch will be a call from the summit of the highest peak outside of the Himalaya. We will talk to you guys tomorrow. Bye.

RMI Guide Alex Barber

RMI's High Camp on Aconcagua. Photo: RMI Collection


RMI Guide Alex Barber calls in from High Camp.

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Aconcagua: Blais & Team Check In from Camp 2

Posted by: Zeb Blais, Mike King, Alex Barber | January 10, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 18,000'

Buenes dias. This is the Aconcagua team checking in from Camp 2, aka Guanacos Camp. After moving from Camp 1 to Camp 2 yesterday, today was perfect conditions for an acclimatization hike toward Camp 3. We are planning on moving to Camp 3 tomorrow to take advantage of the favorable weather forecast. We’ll update after the move. Adios until then.

RMI Guide Zeb Blais and Team


RMI Guide Zeb Blais calls in from Camp 2.

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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.

RMI Guide Zeb Blais & Team

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.

RMI Guide Zeb Blais

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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