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Aconcagua: Blais & Team Doing Well After Their Carry to Camp 1

Posted by: Zeb Blais, Mike King, Alex Barber | January 03, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 13,800'

This is Zeb Blais checking in from Plaza Argentina. Today, our team made our first carry to Camp One. Our team did great under some big loads, carrying supplies and gear for the upper mountain… [transmission lost]

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An RMI Team stopped for a break on the way to Camp 1. Photo: RMI Collection

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Aconcagua: Blais & Team Enjoy Rest Day at Base Camp

Posted by: Zeb Blais, Mike King, Alex Barber | January 02, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 13,800'

Greetings from a well rested team. 

Today was our first rest day at Plaza Argentina on the Aconcagua 3 Trip. The team is doing great.  We went for a brief walk to assist in acclimatization and have spent the rest of the day sorting gear and preparing for our carry tomorrow.  We will check back in after our carry to Camp 1.

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Tent life at Plaza Argentina, Base Camp on Aconcagua.  Photo: RMI Collection


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Aconcagua: Blais & Team Arrive in Basecamp

Posted by: Zeb Blais, Mike King, Alex Barber | January 01, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 13,800'

This is Zeb checking in from Plaza Argentina, Aconcagua Basecamp. We arrived today after trekking up from Casa de Piedra. We had a great New Year’s last night where we celebrated with an asado and some nice bubbly.  Today’s hike went really well and everyone is in camp resting and feeling good. We have a full day of rest tomorrow and then we plan on carrying to Camp 1. We’ll check in again soon. Thanks for following.

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An RMI Team approaching Aconcagua Base Camp. Photo: Linden Mallory


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Aconcagua: Blais and Team reach Casa de Piedra

Posted by: Zeb Blais, Mike King, Alex Barber | December 31, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 10,550'

We had a windy day getting into our second camp of the 3 day trek to Base Camp. The colors and terrain of the upper Vacas Valley really stood out. The team put up tents in 30+ mph winds, which will prepare them for higher camps. We’re fixing to have a big meal to celebrate the new year tonight and are thinking of family and friends. We will get an early start in the morning so we arrive at Plaza Argentina and can relax after three hot and windy days.

Thanks for following along.

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RMI Team Trekking into Aconcagua Base Camp. Photo: Zeb Blais Gear and Mules used to trek into Aconcagua Base Camp. Photo: Zeb Blais

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Aconcagua: Blais & Team Arrive at Pampas de Las Lenas

Posted by: Zeb Blais, Mike King, Alex Barber | December 30, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 9,000'

Hey, this is Zeb, Mike and Alex checking in with our Aconcagua trip. We are at Pampas de Las Lenas. We have had a great day. Our team is looking really strong. Everybody’s in good spirits. We set up our tents and we’re about to enjoy a steak asado with the herreros. We’re doing well and we are headed up the valley. We’ll check back in soon.

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The trailhead at Punta de Vacas and the beginning of the approach to Aconcagua. Photo: Linden Mallory


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Zeb Blais & Team Prepped and Ready for Aconcagua

Posted by: Zeb Blais, Mike King, Alex Barber | December 29, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua

Our first day went off without a hitch. Our logistics and prep was capped off by dinner at the always impressive La Marchigiana.

The team is doing well and we’re set to head off to Penitentes soon. We’ll check in when we can!

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Team Blais in Mendoza enjoying a nice dinner at La Marchigiana. Photo: Zeb Blais

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Mexico Volcanoes: RMI Guide Zeb Blais Recaps The Team’s Orizaba Summit Day

Posted by: Zeb Blais, Robby Young | November 16, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico

After a delicious breakfast at Dr Reye’s historic soap factory bed and breakfast, our team is on our way home.

A little more on the Orizaba climb:

We arrived at the Piedra Grande Hut on Friday afternoon. After a brief walk to help our bodies get used to the thin air, we settled into camp. Robby and I cooked the best chicken tacos Orizaba has ever seen. Fresh tortillas, guacamole, sautéed onions and peppers, rotisserie chicken and limes made for a great pre-climb feast. After the taco feed, we tucked into our tents for a few hours of sleep.

When we woke, the thick cloud that had engulfed camp before bed had cleared. It was a beautiful night without even a breath of wind.

We climbed through a maze of rock known as the Labrynth to the Jamapa Glacier. At over 16,000’ we donned crampons and ice axes and roped together to work towards Orizaba’s stunning summit crater.

Rest stepping, crampon technique and pressure breathing were the cornerstones of success as our team made switchbacks across the peaks northeast face. Our entire team climbed well until we were on the summit celebrating a hard fought ascent.

We enjoyed perfect, warm weather on top. After we had captured some photos and soaked in the amazing view, it was time to tackle the other half of the climb : the descent.

In keeping with the style they showed on the ascent, the team descended with great form and attention to footwork. Without a hitch, our team made it back to Piedra Grande.

A few hours of packing and 4x4 riding led us to a tasty meal and celebration at the Reyes soap factory. Sharing stories and jokes with the team was a terrific way to end a great climb and a rewarding trip.

Thanks to everyone on the team for their huge efforts and great attitudes!

Until the next climb ~

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View while on Orizaba summit day. Photo: Zeb Blais The Mexico RMI team rest-stepping to the Orizaba summit. Photo: Zeb Blais The RMI team smiles for the camera on Orizaba, Mexico. Photo: Zeb Blais

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Mexico Volcanoes: Blais & Team On the Orizaba Summit!

Posted by: Zeb Blais, Robby Young | November 15, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico
Elevation: 18,701'

All members of our team made it to the highest point in Mexico this morning- el Pico de Orizaba!  We lucked out with perfect weather and great snow conditions. Warm temperatures and great views coaxed us into spending a good chunk of time on the summit . We’ll follow up soon.

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An RMI team above the clouds on Orizaba, Mexico. Photo: Zeb Blais The RMI Mexico team en route on Orizaba, reflected in RMI Guide's Zeb Blais' glasses. Photo: Zeb Blais RMI Guides Zeb Blais, Robby Young and team on the Orizaba summit! Photo: Zeb Blais

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Mexico Volcanoes: Blais & Team Ready for Orizaba

Posted by: Zeb Blais, Robby Young | November 14, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico

Our team sorted our gear in Tlachichuca and is ready to tackle Orizaba tonight.  We’ve loaded up the 4x4 and are on our way up to Piedra grande.

We’ll check in upon return to Tlachichuca tomorrow.

Cheers,

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The Streets of Pubela. Photo: Zeb Blais The RMI Team loaded and ready to go. Photo: Zeb Blais

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Mexico Volcanoes: Blais & Team Choose Their Adventures in Puebla

Posted by: Zeb Blais, Robby Young | November 13, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico

Checking in after a nice breakfast at Hotel Colonial in downtown Puebla.

Last night we arrived in Puebla tuckered out from a long day of climbing. We celebrated the exciting climb with a nice meal at La Compania and a full night of sleep- Woot woot!

Today is a ‘choose your own adventure’ day for the team, with many people exploring the Great Pyramid of Cholula and historic Puebla.

Tomorrow we’ll be back on the road headed for Pico de Orizaba.

Cheers from a well rested team~

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In Puebla, Mexico- Team celebration dinner after successful Ixta summit! Photo: Robby Young Beautiful architecture and parks in Puebla, Mexico. Photo: Zeb Blais Marveling in the architecture in Puebla, Mexico. Photo: Zeb Blais

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