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Entries By walter hailes

Aconcagua: Hailes & Team Celebrate Their Success

We successfully made it down from base camp back to Pampa de Lenas. Our celebration asado was an enormous success and went late into the night which may make our final walk to the road a little slower than normal but no one would have it any other way.

RMI Guide Walter Hailes & Team

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You guys are amazing!

Posted by: Robin on 1/8/2015 at 10:25 pm

You deserve the celebration!  Great job!!

Posted by: Sandy on 1/8/2015 at 7:08 pm

Aconcagua: Hailes & Team Back to Basecamp

We started our downhill progress this morning and it looks like we made it out just in time. We seemed to stay about 30 minutes in front of the clouds, wind, and snow on the descent and quietly enjoyed watching teams move up into the weather as we moved out of it.

While the snow did fall in Basecamp, we stayed warm in our group tent, sitting in chairs around a table while snacks and a delicious dinner were brought to us…it’s the small stuff.

We are all hopeful for a warm valley as we walk out tomorrow.

RMI Guide Walter Hailes

On The Map

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We are excited for your return & to hear all about your adventure! Love you Colin!

Posted by: Stevi on 1/7/2015 at 5:34 pm

Glad you’re back at basecamp!  We’re all anxious for your return home!!

Posted by: Sandy on 1/7/2015 at 5:04 pm

Aconcagua: Hailes & Team Summit!

Update January 5th at 3:30 pm PT
This is the day that all the hard work, both at home and on the mountain, are for and it is always the hardest day of the trip. Thankfully, we made it to the summit and back to camp safely and in great style. With an early dinner in our bellies we will all sleep well tonight.

Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers for our safety.

RMI Guide Walter Hailes

[Call from the summit audio transcription]
Hello, this is Walter from the summit of Aconcagua with our team. It’s a beautiful day up here, blue skies, a little breezy- probably about 20 (mph) on the top. We did go through some pretty heavy wind down below, maybe constant 40 to 50 in some of the little saddles, but we made it! We’re happy and it’s sunshiny. Everybody’s tired, so we’re looking forward to the downhill. We’ll call or send a dispatch out when we get there so you know that we arrived safely. Over and out from Aconcagua.

RMI Guide Walter Hailes calls from the Aconcagua summit

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Hi Sue and team;
Keep up the good work. Following you daily!!!
Safe and fun travel!

Posted by: patty on 1/8/2015 at 9:41 am

Way to go Colin! That is unbelievable! I can’t wait to hear all about your adventure!

Posted by: Morgan Moore on 1/6/2015 at 1:46 pm

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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