Entries By nick scott
January 15, 2022
After an impressive showing on our Carry Day we decided to let the group rest their weary muscles at before we begin our progression up the mountain. Lots of eating and sleeping are being done today at Basecamp before the meal quality decreases and the altitude does it’s best to rob you of valuable shut eye. I can definitely feel the excitement in the group as all of us are eager to move higher and test our mettle against the mountain. Send good vibes out to the weather gods for us. We are hoping for sunny skies and light winds from here on out. Two things Aconcagua does not provide often.
January 14, 2022
Posted by: Nick Scott
Done and dusted! The team just crushed what is objectively the most difficult day of the trip outside of summit day. The packs are the heaviest, the altitude change is the hardest, and nerves and anxiety are usually pretty high. Everyone is always wondering how they will perform. Well, every member of this crew absolutely styled the carry! I couldn’t be prouder of all of them and all of you friends and family at home should be equally as proud. Now they have the rest of the afternoon to chill and enjoy a huge BBQ lunch prepared by our killer basecamp crew. Woohoo! Feels good to have the first one done. We will be taking another rest day tomorrow to help increase our chances of better acclimating before making the move to Camp one. High fives all around!
Ode to the Rest Step
My dearest rest step, you are the absolute best
With every foot placement you give us a micro rest
These tests that make climbing the alpine possible
Even with the heaviest pack you make us feel invincible!
And when you remember to pressure breath we can climb with no reprieve.
Oh rest step, with you we will never stop,
And we will always make the mountain top!
-unknown 42yr old Portland Poet
Go TEAM GO!
Posted by: Team Pizza on 1/15/2022 at 9:47 pm
Congratulations everyone! The rest is well deserved!
Posted by: Coeli Scott on 1/15/2022 at 6:54 am
January 13, 2022
Finally! A day to rest, relax, and check out the worlds highest art gallery! Yes you read that correctly. Today, we all had a nice sleep-in before stumbling into our dining tent for a lazy breakfast. The basecamp air was cold and crisp this morning. A welcome change from the hot, dry weather down in the Horcones Valley that we trekked through the day before. After breakfast, the team was given packing lists to prepare for our gear carry to Camp 1 tomorrow. The first carry of the trip is arguably the hardest day outside of summit day due to the weight of the packs. But for now, everyone is putting the thought of back breaking loads out of their minds and focusing on acclimating to our new elevation here at basecamp. Many have already toured the art gallery and purchased a few souvenirs for those of you reading this at home in the States. We will spend the rest of the day watching the frequent mountain showers pass through camp and waiting for the next opportunity to stuff our faces with the amazing food provided by our logistics company Grajales Expeditions. Everyone is doing well and excited to move higher up the mountain! Fingers crossed we have good weather for our trip to Camp One.
Go team leaders Scott and James! Get my pal Steve to the top! Eat a bunch at the cave
Posted by: Dave Head on 1/15/2022 at 9:55 pm
Go, Andy, go! Katy and Anna
Posted by: Katy on 1/13/2022 at 6:11 pm
January 12, 2022
We woke up early today for the long hike to basecamp. The tents were wet from the fog that rolled through moments earlier and was still visible slowly making its way down valley. After a quick breakfast, we packed our duffles for the trip to basecamp began the longest walk of the climb. It would be 10.7 miles over dry, undulating terrain and across streams fed by snow and glacial melt as we slowly gained elevation. It was the clearest and sunniest day so far. Great for sightseeing, not so great when trekking through a high altitude desert. The summit of Aconcagua even managed to make a brief appearance once or twice along the way. After 10 miles of hard walking we made the final push straight up hill for the last .7 into basecamp. The team crushed the trek coming in two hours under the expected time, far outpacing both guides estimates. This team is Muy Fuerte, as they say here in Argentina. We are definitely feeling the altitude here at 14,500', but it’s nothing a rest day can’t fix. Tomorrow we relax and soak in the base camp vibes while planning our move to the upper mountain.
You’ve got a 71 yo man watching your progress ... hopefully I’m not too old to do this adventure did, Kili in 2017 without a problem be safe have fun
Posted by: Stephen WAHMAN on 1/15/2022 at 5:44 pm
Sounds & looks like a great start for the whole team! Greatly appreciate the updates. Safe climbing & take it easy on my old(er) brother;) Tommy
Posted by: Tom Dietz on 1/13/2022 at 7:14 am
January 11, 2022
Tuesday, January 11, 2022 - 10:22 am PT
Our acclimation day at Confluencia Camp started with a hearty breakfast and clear skies. We then began our day hike to see the South face of Aconcagua. The ascent was beautiful and paralleled a glacier as we approached Aconcagua. Finally we reached the view. Even with the upper portions of the mountain obscured by clouds, the face looked impressive. On our way down, we found a little rain, but thankfully it let up once we returned to camp. Now our attention turns to preparing to move to basecamp tomorrow.
Hooray Andy! Very excited for you!
Nope…I don’t feel lazy at all down here at sea level.
Posted by: Elsie on 1/12/2022 at 1:00 pm
Making progress! Hope everyone stays safe and has fun.
Posted by: Ruth Baldock on 1/11/2022 at 11:06 am
January 10, 2022
Monday, January 10, 2022 - 2:20 pm PT
Today was the big day! We woke up in Uspallata and started our drive towards the Aconcagua. After getting our permits and entry to the park in order, we began our trek into Confluencia Camp. We arrived in camp and picked up our bags that were delivered by mules. Tent sites were selected and the team quickly got moved in. We then spent the afternoon resting and eating amazing food as we begin to adjust to the altitude.
Following along as you climb ~ will be behind you all the way! (haha!)
Best wishes to the whole team.
Karen & Rob
Posted by: Karen and Rob Marston on 1/12/2022 at 10:17 am
Steve, thought I left a message but don’t see it. Best of luck to you and the team! Joe and Karenl
Posted by: Karen Dietz on 1/12/2022 at 6:37 am
January 9, 2022
Sunday, January 9, 2022 - 7:22 pm PT
Today was our last day in Mendoza before heading closer to the mountains. At the thought of leaving the comforts of civilization all the climbers made sure to indulge in one last cup of gelato from the corner tienda. After ice cream we were required to complete one last covid test while in town before we would be approved to enter the park. Don’t worry! Everyone on the team was negative. With climbing permits in hand we moved higher into the mountains through the deep valleys of the Andes. We left the hot and dry Mendoza valley behind and entered the beautiful, lush village of Uspallata where we were relieved to find much cooler temperatures and a bit of afternoon rain. Soon after arriving at the Grand Hotel Uspallata, we got to work packing our expedition duffels for the mule team that would ferry our heavy gear up to basecamp for us. After many hours of packing and sorting group gear we sat down to a wonderful group dinner, our last indoors for awhile, before turning in for some much needed rest. Tomorrow we start our trek to basecamp and the first leg of our journey to the summit. Wish us luck and stayed tuned for the next episode of Aconcagua 2022!
Go Steve!!! Good luck!
Posted by: Kristi on 1/10/2022 at 4:20 pm
Good luck, stay safe I will be following your progress
Posted by: Stephen WAHMAN on 1/10/2022 at 7:02 am
January 9, 2022
Sunday, January 9, 2022 - 5:05 am PT
Hola de Mendoza! The adventure has begun. All climbers and guides have, miraculously and with only a few delays, made it to Mendoza, Argentina, the starting point for our expedition to the summit of Aconcagua. Despite the jet lag and sleep deprivation, everyone managed to pull it together for a traditional Argentine group dinner of wine and steak followed by Mendoza’s famous gelato! Despite the late hour, it was nothing but smiles by the time everyone finished their ice cream. The food in Mendoza never ceases to delight and ice cream always helps calm the nerves. After, we all retired to our rooms for some well deserved rest before a busy day filled with more travel and packing for the trek to Basecamp. Tomorrow we head to Uspallata. Only one more night before we entire the park and start the long uphill march to the top!
Looks like a great start to your trip! Cheers to a successful climb and safe travels!! XO
Posted by: Coeli Scott on 1/10/2022 at 6:16 am
Hey Andy and the rest of the team, have a great climb and take care.
Posted by: Pamela Wampler on 1/9/2022 at 10:00 pm
February 6, 2020
The team has made it back to civilization! We are once again in Mendoza and have celebrated our success on Aconcagua with one final team dinner and trip to one of Mendoza’s famous gelato shops. It’s hard to believe our expedition is over, but not one of us is sad to have access to a shower again. It was a great expedition this year and all of the climbers put forth their very best effort to get up and down the mountain safely. Cheers to an amazing team!
Thanks to Nick and Dominic for guiding to a successful summit! Really appreciated the updates and photos. Congratulations and Happy trails! -Peter
Posted by: Peter Driscoll on 2/7/2020 at 10:46 pm
One final big day. We walked from Base Camp to Pampa de Lenas, roughly 18 miles in a single push to get us on step closer to the park entrance. Before we are finally out though it is time to celebrate with a big BBQ cooked by the mule drivers. We can hardly wait for that meat!
RMI Guide Nick Scott and Team
Yay TEAM! What a experience! I pray everyone continues to have a safe time. Relax and soak it up
Posted by: Katie on 2/6/2020 at 1:02 pm