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Aconcagua: King & Team Rest at Basecamp

Posted by: Mike King, Steve Gately | February 03, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 13,800'

The team woke this morning after a wonderful nights sleep despite not being serenaded by the sounds of war drums and a seemingly lost pan flute player. If that wasn’t enough we then treated the team to breakfast burrito’s and real drip coffee!

Everyone is doing great after yesterday’s efforts and today we focus on resting for our move to Camp I (16,200ft) tomorrow. Moving up is always such a good feeling. After 4 nights at Basecamp everyone is excited for a change of scenery and for most, getting to Camp I feels like we’re finally starting the climb as we leave the creature comforts of Basecamp behind. Tonight we’ll enjoy our last meal with silverware and plates until our descent. The gang sends there…. Well why don’t we just let them tell you!

Loving the music here at base camp: Oasis, Bon Jovi, and Ace of Base! -Candace

We are both feeling good and relaxing with quesadillas at base camp on a rest day today. Love to all. - Jeff and Mere

I am taking a break from technology -Sam

I told people at work I didn’t have access to email -Rebecca

RMI Guide Steve Gately

Dusk at Aconcagua Basecamp. RMI Photo Collection

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Aconcagua: King & Team Make a Carry to Camp 1

Posted by: Mike King, Steve Gately | February 02, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 13,800'

“THE GANG CONTEMPLATES DRUM CIRCLE SABOTAGE”

A stint at Plaza Argentina wouldn’t be complete without being kept awake by the repetitive and monotone sound of Argentine dance music mixed with improvised drum solos, all accompanied by a Peruvian pan flute.

This amazing melody finally wrapped up around 4am. The Gang took a load of food and equipment to Aconcagua’s Camp 1 today in great style, despite the dry and dusty scree slope that must be gained. We spent an hour at 16,200 ft and descended to quesadillas and siesta.

Rest day tomorrow and hopefully a full night’s sleep.

It’s always sunny at Plaza Argentina!

RMI Guide Mike King

RMI Climbers navigating the snow penitentes below Aconcagua Camp 1. Photo: Jake Beren

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Aconcagua: King & Team Resting at Plaza Argentina

Posted by: Steve Gately, Mike King | February 01, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 13,800'

An enjoyable aspect of any rest day is “sport eating”, because you know that you will burn through the calories and you get to sort through all the extra food you brought on the expedition. Today we started with Steve’s North American scrambled eggs. The team went for a walk to aid in acclimatization and returned to guide made cheese pizzas.

Everyone is relaxing and getting gear ready for the carry to Camp 1 tomorrow. Those minor headaches we had upon arrival yesterday have gone and appetites are strong! The team is excited to see what lies ahead.

It’s always sunny in Plaza Argentina.

RMI Guide Mike King

Base Camp on Aconcagua, Plaza Argentina, 13,800 ft.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Aconcagua: King & Team Settling Into Base Camp

Posted by: Mike King, Steve Gately | January 31, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 13,800'

Despite having a rogue mule disappear with one of our bags last night, the group enjoyed delicious grilled chicken and Steve’s famous pasta salad. The bag eventually rejoined our group late last night, thanks to the amazing gauchos that we work with.

We are relaxing at Plaza Argentina, 13,800 feet after a beautiful day with more views of the highest peaks outside of the Himalaya. The group woke early and rode Mules across the Vacas River, always a highlight on an Aconcagua expedition. We are looking forward to our first rest day of the climb tomorrow.

Stay tuned to see how the group, “out chills” the rest day.

RMI Guide Mike King

Approaching Aconcagua Base Camp through the Relinchos Valley. Photo: Garrett Stevens Aconcagua Base Camp at Plaza Argentina. Photo: RMI Collection

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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: Justman & Team Descend to Basecamp

Posted by: JJ Justman, Steve Gately | January 20, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 13,800'

Hello everyone this is the Aconcagua team coming at ya safe and sound at base camp! This will officially be our last blog. So instead of blabbing on about the same old same old…I’m going to pass the electronics around so our team members can give their own shout outs. JJ Justman

Hi Mom and Sam and Giulia. We both are alive and recovering from a successful summit with beers. Love you, Dad and Jenny

Hey Morgan, Mom and Dad. Had a great time summiting ! Miss you guys a lot. Love Adam!

Hi Vera Kim likely Cary.  I got to 21,000ft so no summit but am now at base camp very difficult so 31 miles to walk out then back to Mendoza. In 2 days very burnt out, but ok. Bye -David P

Jenny and I give a shout out to all the Hines’ and Gazzolas. We conquered Aconcagua 22,841 feet.

I didn’t quite make it to the summit but sure am enjoying the experience! Hi to Mom and Dad, and thanks to Linda for holding the fort down…Sue

Views of the Andes from Aconcagua. Photo: Garrett Stevens

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Aconcagua: Justman & Team Back Safely to High Camp

Posted by: JJ Justman, Steve Gately | January 19, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 19,600'

Our Aconcagua team is safe and sound back in high camp. It was a 13-hour day and I am so proud of the entire team! I’d like to go on and on but we have some tired little cookies in desperate need of a good meal and some hot drinks. We will send a great last dispatch from base camp tomorrow!

RMI Guide JJ Justman

Aconcagua High Camp beneath the Polish Glacier. Photo: RMI Collection

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Aconcagua: Justman & Team Summit!

Posted by: JJ Justman, Steve Gately | January 19, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 22,841'

Hey everyone out there. Hopefully you can hear me, my voice is a little raspy. This is Team 4. We are on the summit. Feel free you guys to give a hoot-and-holler… We are on the summit of Aconcagua! It is a beautiful day up here. The weather man was way wrong with the winds. Maybe a little breeze, but really nice day on the summit of South America’s highest peak. Everyone give a shout out… Everyone says hello to friends and family. We still have some work to do to get downhill, but everyone’s doing real well. They say hi and we’‘ll touch base when we get down to Basecamp tomorrow. We got a lot of work here to get down and recover and refuel, but everyone’s doing fantastic. Take care everyone. This is Team 4 out on the summit of Aconcagua.

RMI Guide JJ Justman

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


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Aconcagua: Justman & Team In Position for Summit Bid

Posted by: JJ Justman, Steve Gately | January 18, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 19,600'

Sorry folks this is gonna be short. Our Aconcagua team is great and we are settling into high camp at 19,600 feet. There’s a lot of work for the guides so we gotta run. Tomorrow is looking good for a summit attempt so wish us luck!!

RMI Guide JJ Justman

Views of the Andes while approaching High Camp on Aconcagua. Photo: RMI Collection

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