« Moving to Camp 1 today at 16,200 feet. Everyone has acclimated well! From Camp 1 we move to Guanacos Camp, then Cholera cam and the summit, averaging 3 days at each to carry gear 1 day, rest a day and then fully move camp. Climb on!
Operation Aconcagua Climbing team - Kyle Harper
Kyle Harper is the surviving fiance of SSG Michael Hullender who was killed 28 April 2007 in Iskandariyah, Iraq while assigned to1st Battalion, 501st Airborne Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division. SSG Hullender was a combat medic and deployed from Fort Richardson in October of 2006. Before being stationed in Alaska, SSG Hullender was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Benning, Georgia. During his service with the Rangers, SSG Hullender deployed to Afghanistan with C Company and participated in a combat jump into Vengeance DZ, in southern Afghanistan on 18 October 2001. More »
Operation Aconcagua Climbing team Marc and Gayle Hoffmeister
While serving as an embedded trainer for the Iraqi Army, Marc was severely wounded in an IED attack in April 2007, losing partial use of his left arm. Despite long term injuries from his wounds, Marc remains on active duty. Marc’s wife, Gayle is from Bellmore, NY and they have two children, Robert John and Shane. Together, the couple relishes the challenge of the outdoors and they share their thirst for adventurous athletic pursuits wherever possible. After he was wounded, Gayle was integral to Marc’s recovery, physically and spiritually. More »