Entries By walter hailes
December 29, 2014
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,
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
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.
On The Map
Love seeing the updates & pictures! Go Hawks!
Posted by: Stevi on 12/29/2014 at 10:19 am
December 27, 2014
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.
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
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!
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
December 25, 2014
Christmas Day was a little different for us this year than the usual gift giving and big meal with the family. We moved into our new home for the next several days, Plaza Argentina, our base camp. After a great three-course dinner of soup, lasagna, and rich dessert, we discussed some of our holiday traditions including fondue donuts and chocolate coins.
We miss you all back at home and hope you had as happy a Christmas as we have had.
On The Map
Do something today that your future self will thank you for.
Posted by: Chris on 12/26/2014 at 4:14 am
Equipo Hailes we miss you all as well. We observe your accomplishments each day individually (GO VIV!!!!) and as they say in Spanish el equipo, the team. A strong team is what counts both on the mountain and in everyday life.
Posted by: Bob on 12/26/2014 at 3:43 am
December 24, 2014
Today the team made it to Casa de Piedra, our second camp of the trip. Everyone did well with the hike up the valley despite being blasted in the face with 25 mph winds! We even got our first view of the mountain right before we entered camp. I would guess that we shot well over 100 pictures between all of us.
Now it is dinner time, I think Walt is whipping up a stew with lots of fresh vegetables. The winds are calming down so I think we’ll have a few laughs, head to bed, and try to envision sugar plum fairies as we hope for a visit from Santa.
Happy holidays folks!
On The Map
The pics look great! I’m sure the views real time are crazy….keep hammerin away I wiil all be worth it at the summit!
Posted by: John Bone on 12/25/2014 at 6:10 pm
Merry Christmas Colin! We miss you here, celebrating Christmas with Mom & Michael. I am following your climb & eager daily to get updates. We love you, Stevi, Curtis & Eboni
Posted by: Stevi on 12/25/2014 at 5:58 pm
December 23, 2014
First day on the Aconcagua trail and even though it was hot, we had a nice breeze blowing most of the day. We were all very thankful to have that wind. We moved well on the trail enjoying the rigid high desert beauty. We also continued to tell stories of loved ones at home and a few misadventures.
Love following your adventure each day…..be safe and enjoy
Posted by: Jean P on 12/24/2014 at 3:29 pm
Looking good Viv, enjoy every minute!!! Happy Holidays to the whole team!!!!
Posted by: Anna on 12/24/2014 at 8:21 am
This is always a big day, permits, buying last minute supplies, traveling to Penitentes, gear checking, and packing. Luckily it went as smooth as possible. Our one hiccup was accidentally ordering everyone the same special at lunch which was made for two people. So each of us ate a two-pound steak, papas Freitas, salad, and two empanadas. Or as much as we could handle of the giant meal.
Well it’s off to bed for our final night in a bed for several days… I can’t wait
Merry Christmas everyone! We wish all of you an awesome trip and look forward to seeing all the updates and pictures!
Posted by: Wendy kolosar on 12/24/2014 at 7:08 pm
The first step of having a great mountaineering trip is having a complete team with all our bags and I am happy to report that both our team members and all our bags arrived today in great shape. Once in town we were all able to buy last minute items here in Mendoza while enjoying an unseasonable cool but sunny day. Great summer weather. After a quick meet and greet we talked about what will happen over the next few weeks both on and off the mountain then headed out to one of the great eateries close to our hotel. We all shared the first, of what I am sure will be many funny, stories with each other and with bellies full of Argentina beef we all crashed at the hotel ready for another great day tomorrow.
RMI Guides Walter Hailes, Ben Liken & Stoney Molina
merry Christmas Darrin…be safe and enjoy yourself…Lutey
Posted by: shawn lutey on 12/25/2014 at 11:27 am
looks so exciting!
enjoy and take in each moment safely darrin!
Posted by: lil-meshell on 12/24/2014 at 8:39 pm
August 7, 2014
The Mt. Rainier Summit Climb teams, led by Brent Okita and Walter Hailes, reached the summit at 7:00 a.m. The winds were 20-25 mph and a clear day. They are currently descending to Camp Muir.
The Expedition Skills Seminar - Kautz, led by Garrett Stevens, is currently on the summit reaching the top via the Kautz Glacier Route.
Congratulations to today’s teams!
Congrats Shane!!! I am so proud of you and your
dedication. I can’t wait to hear all about it. Love-
Misty, Nathan, Ayden, and Brinley
Posted by: Misty on 8/8/2014 at 1:49 pm
I want to thank Brent again for all of his assistance and support on the climb. I couldn’t have done it otherwise.
Posted by: Jerry Thomas on 8/8/2014 at 8:11 am