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Entries By walter hailes

January 4, 2015


Aconcagua: Hailes & Team Ready for Summit Push

Hey everybody!

We have made it to our high camp and we are all ready to try for a summit push tomorrow.  If the weather holds, we will be up early for a big climb to the top of South America!

Everyone up here is feeling strong and ready for the challenge.  We got a taste of what’s to come watching today’s teams return- tired, hungry, and satisfied.  Now we are tucked away in our bags trying to get some Zzzzzzs before the big day.

Wish us luck!

RMI Guide Ben Liken

On The Map

Good luck Viv and the rest of the team. Get up there and come down safe!

Posted by: Andrew on 1/5/2015 at 7:41 am

Good luck team Hailes!!

The best team on the mountain can and will do it!!

Please give us a shout out from the top of South America

Good luck, be safe!!!


Posted by: Bob on 1/5/2015 at 3:48 am

January 3, 2015


Aconcagua: Hailes & Team Prepping for Summit Day

We had our best rest day yet on Aconcagua. We were away from the bustle of base camp, the wind was calm, the sun was shining, and we spent a lot of the day relaxing outside listening to the melting snowfield surrounded by views of the Central Andes.

We did do a little work in preparation for summit day. Double checking our crampons and discussions of how to stay warm, what and how much to eat, and what to expect as we move toward the summit.

RMI Guide Walter Hailes

On The Map

I can just hear Colin saying, “I could eat”. So excited for you guys!

Posted by: Alli Jelen on 1/4/2015 at 4:01 pm

Almost there! We’re all excited for you to summit!!

Posted by: Sandy Evans on 1/4/2015 at 10:14 am

January 2, 2015


Aconcagua: Hailes & Team Move to Guanacos Camp

We had a near perfect day to move up to Guanacos camp. It was a little cool as we started but turned out to be a sunny, calm day at camp. Everyone climbed strong to camp but I realized something much more important today. Our team is the best team on this mountain. Everyone in our group watches out for each other and not only pulls their own weight but is eager to do extra work for the team. There is nothing better than climbing with a group of great people.

RMI Guide Walter Hailes & Team

On The Map

Your all doing amazing! I know we are all proud of your success and continued success! Happy New Year!

Posted by: Stevi on 1/3/2015 at 5:43 pm

Good luck on the summit attempt Walt and team!

Posted by: Meredith on 1/3/2015 at 12:26 pm

January 1, 2015


Aconcagua: Hailes And Team Sit Tight At Camp 1

We are still hanging out at Camp 1 waiting for the weather to improve high on the mountain. While sleeping through the gales is a little tough overall conditions are not bad. It’s hard to complain when you get to lay around all day and relax, read, play cards, and nap? So yeah, we all would have been excited to move higher today, but this alternative isn’t too bad.

RMI Guide Walter Hailes

Team Hailes keep up the good work.

Viv as you always do “hang tough” remember this is easier than IACUC

Regards Bob and team ICAHN

Posted by: Bob on 1/2/2015 at 4:31 am

December 31, 2014


Aconcagua: Hailes & Team Enjoy a Rest Day at Camp 1

Another restful rest day on Aconcagua! We had a leisurely morning breakfast in bed followed by a warm but windy day of lounging, reading, telling stories, and near constant eating.

We also celebrated New Year’s Eve with a toast of fancy glasses (plastic cups) and bubbly (orange Fanta). We all wish you at home a happy new year.

RMI Guide Walter Hailes

Breakfast in bed REALLY!! HiDarrin and all-what an awesome way to start the new year HAPPY NEW YEAR to you all—love ya darrin mom and dad

Posted by: huth's on 1/1/2015 at 2:42 pm

Happy 2015 Vivian & all the team!

Posted by: Andreas on 1/1/2015 at 1:16 pm

December 30, 2014


Aconcagua: Hailes & Team Back to a Windy Camp 1

Hello again!

We are contacting you from a very windy Camp 1 today after we moved supplies up hill to 18,000ft.  The team did well with the weight and altitude as we got our first grand views of the Andes range.  We could see many glaciated peaks to the north and the intimidating Polish Glacier on Aconcagua proper.  Soon after our descent back to camp another cloud cap formed on the upper mountain which made for a chilly evening.  But now we are bundled up in the tents for a solid 13 hours rest before breakfast.  Hope these winds calm down so we can sleep for some of that time!


RMI Guide Walter Hailes

On The Map

Happy New Year to the team. What an exciting way to end 2014 and bring in the new year with a summit ahead of you. Dan, the kids and I love you and are very proud of you. (The B-day boy, Boris) wishes you a successful summit! - cheers!

Posted by: Wendy kolosar on 12/31/2014 at 3:10 pm

Happy New Year Walter! Be safe and enjoy your journey. Hope to run into you again. Thanks for helping me get up Aconcagua…I couldn’t have done it without you!

Posted by: Andy Rodenhiser on 12/31/2014 at 3:09 pm

December 29, 2014


Aconcagua: Hailes & Team Move Up to Camp 1

Well after nearly four days spent at the luxurious Aconcagua Basecamp, it came time to move up high onto the mountain to about 16,200’.  The team traveled efficiently and we made it to camp by 1 pm, even if the scree at the end had us “one step up, half a step back.”

The weather is sunny and breezy with a cloud cap high on the mountain, maybe around 22,000’.  We will spend the rest of the day relaxing so we can be prepared to carry gear to Camp 2 tomorrow, providing the weather continues in our favor. 

Thanks for following,

RMI Guide Ben Liken

On The Map

Colin, haven’t heard anything about you in a long time. I’m excited about your climb. I think it’s great that you are doing this.

Posted by: mike samples on 12/31/2014 at 4:10 pm

So proud of you, Colin (and all of you)!  Hope you continue to have a great climb and the weather stays good.

Posted by: Sandy Evans on 12/30/2014 at 3:41 pm

December 28, 2014


Aconcagua: Hailes & Team Rest Day

Our last rest day at Plaza Argentina brought blue skies and gentle winds. The crew spent a fair bit of time chatting idly over hot drinks, covering topics like:

The Seattle Seahawks
And are Americans actually hated or loved around the globe?

Tomorrow we move to Camp 1. The crew is less than excited for the steep scree we have to ascend, but looking strong and optimistic. We look forward to congratulating the successful descending climb.

RMI Guide Walter Hailes

On The Map

Love seeing the updates & pictures! Go Hawks!

Posted by: Stevi on 12/29/2014 at 10:19 am

December 27, 2014


Aconcagua: Hailes & Team Make Carry to Camp 1

We have successfully finished one of the harder days on Aconcagua!
The first trip to Camp 1 is always a surprisingly hard day. It is the first time on the trip that we carry heavy loads in our packs, until now the mules have done all the hard work. It is the first time some people have been above 15,000 ft, and definitely the first time in a long time for the rest us. Most importantly, the terrain on the way to Camp 1 is extremely challenging. The slopes we climb are very loose small rocks and sand. So every step we take up we slide back half way. You can imagine how physically and mentally taxing this can be, happily everyone did great. And we are excited for our second rest day tomorrow.

RMI Guide Walter Hailes

On The Map

Seahawks win it 20 to 6 against Rams! Just thought some of you might want to know.  Happy climbing!

Posted by: Katie Dunn on 12/28/2014 at 5:09 pm

Nice work, Colin and team!  Enjoy some rest before your next leg of the climb!!  Great picture.

Posted by: Sandy Evans on 12/28/2014 at 8:26 am

December 26, 2014


Aconcagua: Hailes & Team Check In from Basecamp

Hey everybody!

Checking in from Aconcagua Basecamp after a wholesome meal of steak, potatoes, and red berries.  Today was spent recovering from our three days of approach and preparing for our carry to Camp 1 tomorrow.  These days can often be long but this one seemed to breeze by due to great conversation with great people.  We spent hours telling stories and joking around, with the laughter alleviating any sign of an altitude-related headache.

Now the sun has set, lighting the clouds to the east in brilliant blues, purples, and pink.  As the stars rise we drift to sleep looking forward to climbing high on this beautiful peak tomorrow.

Thanks for tuning in!

RMI Guide Walter Hailes

On The Map

we so look forward to the daily updates and in a small way sharing you amazing journey—hi darrin and all   mom and dad

Posted by: huth"s on 12/28/2014 at 5:45 am

What a great experience this must be!  Love getting a glimpse through the blog and pictures.  Continued wishes for a safe climb!!

Posted by: Sandy Evans on 12/27/2014 at 11:28 am

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