Entries from Aconcagua
February 6, 2018
We packed up after a stormy night at 19,600’. The evening was filled thunder, lightening and lots of snow. The early start had our hands and toes cold, but we were rewarded with a stellar sunrise and a quick descent through the snow and scree. There was gear to pick up at the lower camps and finally we got to Plaza Argentina to enjoy a warm afternoon of packing for the mules and some well deserved rest at lower elevation. Tomorrow we’ll walk to Lenas, our first camp of the trek for the legendary asado and one last night under the stars. This trip has been filled with lots of laughs, better then normal weather and a great team. This will be our last dispatch of the trip, your loved ones will be in reach once we arrive in Mendoza on the evening of the 8th. Thanks for following along on our expedition to the top of South America.
Wow, that was some climb! Glad you all made it up there & are now safe & sound. Thanks for letting us follow along on this great adventure.
Posted by: Hikari on 2/7/2018 at 7:44 pm
Concrats to All of You!!!! So Proud of All of You!!!! Enjoy the thick and warm air and the Asada tonight!!! Love you All!!! Awesome Dawn and Tom , (My climbing Sister and Brother, Bless you both)
Posted by: Dave Kestel on 2/7/2018 at 2:48 am
February 5, 2018
February 5th, 9:30 am PT
We finished our successful summit day with the descent to high camp. What started out as a beautiful day has turned into a snow storm. The Team is currently resting in their tents and the only remaining task is to pack up and carry everything to base camp tomorrow. We have some porters assisting with that as the group is beat and the weather isn’t supposed to be all that nice. There are countless stories from summit day, so I’ll let your loved ones tell them to you when they’re back in the land of phone/internet or preferably over a nice meal on their return.
CONGRATULATIONS, Bob, Grassy, Sandra, and Steve!!! Save downclimbing and hope to hear more about your climb soon.
Posted by: Jim Wilder on 2/6/2018 at 10:57 am
Yeah!! Great job Dawn and the team!!!!! We can’t wait to hear all about it in person!:)
Posted by: Kim on 2/6/2018 at 7:37 am
February 5, 2018
Hey, this is Mike with Aconcagua #4. We are standing on top of the tallest mountain outside of the Himalaya. It’s a beautiful day, near windless, you could be wearing a bikini on top today and get a sun tan. Everyone that’s on top today, is doing great. We’ll send a dispatch in once we descend back to our High Camp. Thanks for following along on the blog. We will descend to Plaza Argentina (Base Camp) tomorrow morning. Thanks.
RMI Guide Mike King calls from the summit of Aconcagua.
On The Map
Posted by: Dave Kestel on 2/5/2018 at 9:49 am
Posted by: Fred Street on 2/5/2018 at 9:01 am
February 4, 2018
The Team packed up and moved the bear necessities to Cholera, located at 19,600’. Camp is built and we are enjoying a calm and warm day, which is a plus since this camp is named after the fierce winds that plague this part of the mountain. Tomorrow is our summit day and there is some nervous energy and excitement to be finally nearing the objective of the climb. Everyone sends their best back home. Not much else to do but eat, pack, try to sleep and enjoy the thin air. We’ll call in from the summit should Aconcagua bless us with calm winds and a wicked cramponable route.
On The Map
Praying for good weather and a strong climb to the TOP!! Go team Go! XO Coeli
Posted by: Coeli Scott on 2/5/2018 at 5:02 am
Good Luck to you all! Enjoy the day and the final push to the top!
Posted by: Tania on 2/4/2018 at 6:52 pm
February 3, 2018
We heard the groundhog said it would be six more weeks of summer down here in the Southern Hemisphere. The Team is taking a rest day at 18,000’ to prepare for our last four big days of our Aconcagua expedition. Tomorrow we will move camp to 19,000’. Our summit day should be the 5th followed by two big days getting off the mountain and out to the road. The Team is feeling well acclimated and is in good spirits. Today all we need to do is sleep, eat and embrace the down time, a quality that a few in the group mastered while on Denali. We continue to enjoy the grand vistas of the Andes and warm tents.
RMI Guide Mike King
On The Map
Hey Grassy, The Kiwis are rooting for you. Best wishes and good weather, Chris Kate, Trish, John, Tone, Jesse, Alissa, Zephyr
Posted by: Chris Jones on 2/4/2018 at 12:21 pm
Dawn & Tom and Team, I miss you all ! I’m sending warm Oxygen filled thoughts your way. Be Strong, Be Positive and Climb High!!!
Posted by: Dave on 2/4/2018 at 6:32 am
February 2, 2018
It’s starting to feel a bit like Groundhog Day here on Aconcagua. All we needed to accomplish today was a carry of food and fuel to High Camp at 19,600’. Aside from that the group’s only other task is to out chill the other groups in Camp. The weather has been getting better each day and this morning we decided to take advantage of a cool wind to aid us in our carry. By the time we descended the wind had died and the temperatures were getting hot on the snow slopes we traversed. We are all back in Camp now and while eager to move up and summit the Stone Sentinel, we’ll take a rest day tomorrow to give us another two nights acclimating. Thanks for following along.
On The Map
Dawn you are doing great. Have a great climb and be safe. We love You and are following very closely. We are with you and the whole team. To the top team. :-)
Posted by: Jerry & Lori Golding on 2/3/2018 at 4:13 pm
Climb Team Climb!!!!!!
Posted by: Dave on 2/3/2018 at 11:18 am
February 1, 2018
The team awoke from a restful night of sleep ready to pack up and make our move to Aconcagua Camp 2. We enjoyed a warm breakfast and coffee in the sun, then packed our things and headed uphill. After three stretches of moderate uphill walking, surrounded by wonderful views of the Central Andes, the team pulled into camp with spirits high and feeling strong. We set up camp in time for an afternoon siesta and snack that everyone enjoyed. We’re looking forward to a restful evening here at Camp 2 to prepare for our carry to high camp tomorrow. The weather is looking good, the team is feeling strong and we’re all excited to keep moving up the mountain. Thanks for following along!
On The Map
Nice work. I assume Justin has been eaten by now.
Posted by: Peter on 2/2/2018 at 8:47 am
Go Team Go!!!! Wishing you all the Best! Happy Birthday Tom!!
Posted by: Dave on 2/2/2018 at 2:57 am
January 31, 2018
The team did great on the mountain one last time.
We started the stoves at 6:30 am and by 8 am we headed down valley and out of Aconcagua National Park. Our vehicle transfers went well thanks to our fantastic support on and off the mountain by Fernando Grajales Expeditions they were spot on with support throughout this expedition thank you so much, we could not have had such success without you. Our team just finished a nice celebration dinner here in Mendoza. We are cleaned up, well fed and now looking forward to a nice bed for rest. Tomorrow some will start the journey home, others a meat cooking tour, wine tour, golfing or just some time by the pool. I will enjoy the little bit of rest and recharging getting ready for big Sunday in support of my tribes’ alliance to Foxboro, go Pats!
January 31, 2018
Today our team is continuing to acclimate by enjoying a rest day at Camp 1. We had lighter wind last night when combined with the carry day made for a better night’s sleep for everyone. The forecast is looking good for a summit attempt on the 5th. The team is doing great, feeling well rested and excited to continue moving up the mountain tomorrow. Until then, we continue to enjoy the amazing scenery and calm weather.
On The Map
Good morning team.
You guys and gals set the bar very high on this climb. Keep up the good work and enjoy all ,
Love you Dawn, To the top. :}
Posted by: Jerry & Lori Golding on 2/1/2018 at 6:54 am
Hey Team! Wishing you all the best. Dawn and Tom and team. I’m sending all my strength to you!!! Climb High my friends!!!
Posted by: Dave Kestek on 2/1/2018 at 3:34 am
January 30, 2018
RMI Guide Mark Tucker checked in from their last trek camp. After reaching the summit on Saturday morning the team returned to high camp, the following day they descended to Aconcagua Base Camp. With a good nights rest in the thick air of 13,800’ they packed all their gear, loaded mules and retraced their steps through the Vacas Valley. Tomorrow they will complete their trek and arrive at the end of the trail. By afternoon they plan to be showered and ready for a hearty dinner celebration in Mendoza.
Congratulations to the team!
Congratulations Mark and Company! John Branchflower and I summited with Ilan Zeimer of Grajales on Jan 23 and then returned to Penitentes via Plaza de Mulas Base Camp, so we didn’t see you on our way down. I managed to buy an air mattress from one of the Canadian climbers at Plaza Argentina who was heading back down to replace the one that blew up on me, or I think it would have been heading down myself. See you in Ashford this summer! Craig Falkenhagen, Atherton, CA
Posted by: Craig Falkenhagen on 1/31/2018 at 5:13 pm
Congrats! Safe travels.
Posted by: Mo on 1/31/2018 at 5:41 am