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Entries By walter hailes

Aconcagua: Hailes & Team at High Camp

We are on the final part of our climbing adventure, the summit push. We moved camp a couple hours uphill today to Aconcagua's High Camp and are settling in for a short night. If the weather holds we will wake early to climb and the next time you will hear from us will be a message from the summit!

RMI Guide Walter Hailes

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Well done guys!  Huge accomplishment. I hope to hear some great stories. have a good down climb.

Posted by: Saxby on 1/26/2022 at 9:57 pm

Congratulations Jack and team! Looking forward to all the details soon!

Posted by: Linda Delaney on 1/26/2022 at 9:31 am

Aconcagua: Hailes & Team Rest and Relax, Ready to Move to High Camp

Silence. Beautiful silence. For the first time all trip we had a windless night. Needless to say everyone slept deeply and blissfully after the previous nights adventure. We woke up with the late morning sun and enjoyed a relaxing day of snacking, restocking on water and double checking our gear for summit day. Tomorrow we move to High Camp and the team is in high spirits to be that much closer to our goal!

RMI Guide Walter Hailes

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Good luck sounds like if you conquered those winds you can conquer anything.  Go gettem!

Posted by: Lolly on 1/24/2022 at 10:01 am

What else is possible and how does it get any better than this!? YOU’RE ALL UNSTOPPABLE!

Posted by: Barbara on 1/24/2022 at 8:15 am

Aconcagua Expedition: Hailes & Team Move to Camp 1

Today we broke down camp, said goodbye to the lovely Basecamp staff and began our climb to Camp 1 for the final time. The climb was easy as the trail was familiar and the weather was sunshine and light winds. Once we arrived we made quick work of setting up camp and fortifying our tent anchors with rocks due to the strong nightly winds we knew would be coming. After a delicious meal of mountain Pad Thai everyone went back to their tents to try to get some sleep at 16,000 feet. Tomorrow we move to Camp 2!

RMI Guide Walter Hailes

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Pyfer family looking forward to more updates!
Updates from home:
Max crushed it against MC playing defense - Tam team overall got schooled in last quarter.
SI won the Bruce Mahoney trophy after coming back from a 10 point deficit in the fourth quarter to win in OT
Dawg City looking pretty scrappy - in the semi-finals today at Kings Showcase.
49’ers WON!
Miss you. You got this.

Posted by: Susan Lindstrom on 1/23/2022 at 9:28 am

Get it!!!!! Excited for you, praying for you, go WIN!!!!!

Posted by: Location 66 Cheerleaders on 1/22/2022 at 6:27 am

Aconcagua: Hailes & Team Rested and Ready to Climb Higher

We have enjoyed our time at Aconcagua Base Camp these last few days. The cooks, porters and all the staff are constantly working to make our stay comfortable and doing it with the biggest smiles imaginable. We are ready to climb higher but will miss being so well taken care of.
We did get a dusting of snow today that made the mountain beautiful. Thankfully the weather forecast is to improve as we climb higher over the next few days.

RMI Guide Walter Hailes

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Wow! Gorgeous! Be safe!

Posted by: Tracie L Bush on 1/21/2022 at 1:09 pm

Way to go guys. What an adventure. Please be safe and have lots of fun. Can’t wait to hear about it upon your return.

Posted by: Kathy Pyfer on 1/20/2022 at 5:48 pm

Aconcagua Expedition: Hailes & Team Carry to Camp 1

Today the weather continued to improve as we awoke to sunny skies and the lightest winds of the trip thus far.  We headed uphill for our final carry to Camp 1 to set the stage for our time on the upper mountain. The wind wasn’t done with us yet though as we experienced several “drop you to your knees” gusts on our way up. After making it to Camp 1 and successfully caching our gear we headed back to base camp where we relaxed in the group shelter, swapped stories and enjoyed the beautiful evening alpine glow on the mountains.

RMI Guides Walter Hailes & Jack Delaney

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Well done guys. Such a great adventure. I’m living Vicariously. “I can make it two more steps” Wishing you the best.

Posted by: Saxby on 1/20/2022 at 2:27 pm

Aconcagua: Hailes & Team Rest Day

After three nights of strong wind gust, fitful sleeping and high altitude we were all ready for a full mountain rest day today. Rest days are simple and look similar to your cat’s daily routine: eat, then nap, then casual stroll, then eat, then nap. Today, our highlights were hot quesadillas for snacks and we walked across the valley from camp to an abandoned hotel to enjoy even more spectacular views.
All around a great rest day and everyone is ready for more climbing tomorrow.

RMI Guide Walter Hailes

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Let’s go Boys! Congrats on your progress, see you at the TOP!

Posted by: Craig Straub on 1/19/2022 at 1:59 pm

Great job fellas!  You will make it! 

“The wonderful things in life are the things you do, not the things you have.”  Reinhold Messner

Posted by: Dirk Gilliard on 1/19/2022 at 1:37 pm

Aconcagua: Hailes, Delaney & Team Embark on an Acclimatization Hike

Monday, January 17, 2022

After a windy night with little sleep we awoke to a beautiful and sunny day. After a delicious breakfast we packed light packs to head up hill for an acclimatization hike. The wind lingered as we hiked and we remained bundled up even with the sun shining upon us. The air felt thin as we reached Aconcagua's Camp 1 at 5000m (16,000ft). After a quick lunch break the team was feeling good so we continued uphill for another hour to take full advantage of our day. Once we reached our high point we turned around and scooted downhill to a hearty meal of carne asado grilled by the porters. Tonight we hope to sleep like rocks.

RMI Guide Jack Delaney

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We are so glad the winds calmed so that you and the team were able to hike yesterday! We are so proud of you and we love following the blog and updating everyone on your progress! Go Team Aconcagua!

Posted by: Rahim's Cintas Family on 1/18/2022 at 6:29 am

We are living your adventure vicariously except we are not having the pleasure of your company, the weather, great meals etc. Pace yourselves, which I am sure you are doing and stay safe. All well at our end.
Hugs to you all

Posted by: Norman and Phyllis on 1/18/2022 at 4:31 am

Aconcagua Expedition: Hailes & Team Have First Full Day at Plaza Mulas

Sunday, January 16, 2022  4:01 PM PST

After a rough first night at base camp because of the big jump in altitude, we started the day a little slow. We went for a nice casual walk to check out the local penitentes and breathe off the slight headaches that lingered from the night before. It was beautiful walking into the 15’ tall glacier spires. After lunch we got to work sprucing up our camp. The whole team worked really hard shoveling, hoeing, and raking the rock filled dirt into plush flat platforms for our tents. We will sleep better tonight partly because the tents will be more comfy and partly because making the tents more comfy was exhausting. Another beautiful day in the mountains with a great team!

RMI Guide Walt Hailes & Team

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Aconcagua Expedition: Hailes & Team Arrive at Basecamp!

Hola Amigos! It’s finally happened, we have arrived on the mountain! After some last minute packing and eating a lot of empanadas while we waited, we got a weather window and flew into Plaza de Mulas at 14,000 feet. It was one of the most scenic and incredible helicopter flights I’ve ever been on. We settled nicely into our Basecamp, where we will spend the next several days acclimatizing. We’re happy to be here and are going to bed with full bellies thanks to the amazing food and hospitality of the staff at camp.

RMI Guides Walt Hailes & Jack Delaney

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Good to seeing you on the Blog.  Looking forward to climbing with you again someday. 

Stay safe.
Pat and Lynn Morrison

Posted by: Pat Morrison on 1/16/2022 at 9:07 am

Aconcagua Expedition: Hailes & Team Arrive in Mendoza

Aconcagua 2022! Yes, it’s happening. Covid delayed this trip by a full year but we are all in Argentina, healthy, happy and ready to climb.
I must thank the hard work of Jeff, Autumn, Jack and Luke for working out all the logistics of my covid related delays and making sure that this trip didn’t stop before it ever got started. The whole team is now together in the town of Uspallata, spending tonight in a beautiful hotel a few miles outside Aconcagua National Park. If the weather report holds, we will fly to Base Camp mid-day tomorrow. But until then, we are enjoying more of the friendly people, tasty food and great wine of Argentina.
Our 3 Guardsman, Alden, Brett and Chip are raising money during our climb. We welcome everyone following along with our adventure and thanks for your support and generosity.

RMI Guides Walter Hailes & Jack Delaney

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Wish I could be there with you guys.
Enjoy the ride. Will be thinking on you these days.
Keep safe. I want to celebrate your climbing soon with you.



Posted by: Roman Martin on 1/15/2022 at 7:52 am

I miss you all and and am with you in spirit! ¡Abrazos fuertes!

Posted by: Jeff Gordman on 1/15/2022 at 7:34 am

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