Machu Picchu:  Elias and Team Visit the Sacred Valley of the Incas

Posted by: Elias de Andres Martos | July 31, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Peru
Elevation: 10,850'

Good evening!

We’re writing from our hotel in Cuzco after a full day of visits along the Sacred Valley of the Incas. With the city of Ollantaytambo as the pinnacle of the day, we also had the time to pet the llamas and alpacas of a South American Cammel’s zoo we visited. The walking we did among the different Inca ruins we visited along the Urubamba river, between elevations of 9,000 and 12,000 ft, continued to help us acclimate to the altitude.
Tomorrow, an early departure (4am) will bring us to the trail head to start our trek towards Machu Picchu… a week filled with great trail hiking awaits!

Our next post will be from the trails.

Best regards,

RMI Guide Elías and the team

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Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Begin Safari

Posted by: Mark Tucker | July 31, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

This is not any surfing safari, although that doesn’t sound too bad either. Our goal is not to catch the perfect wave, but it is to find the perfect sighting of so much wild game on a beautiful day. I’ll take it. We forced ourselves to leave one lovely lodge to end up at another. We are at the Plantation Lodge situated midway between Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro Crater, which is the location of tomorrow’s safari. The team did well making the transition from climbing to safari. Although that trigger finger took a hit today taking so many pictures, I have confidence it will pull off some amazing shots tomorrow.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

An elephant at Lake Manyara National Park. Photo: Casey Grom Panoramic view at Lake Manyara National Park. Photo: Jeff Martin

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Mt. Kilimanjaro: Hahn & Team Tucked in Below Barranco Wall

Posted by: Dave Hahn | July 31, 2014
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Elevation: 12,800'

Our morning started with crystal clear views of the peak of Kibo (which contains Kilimanjaro’s central crater).  We were just above a sea of clouds, as we’d gotten used to yesterday afternoon.  Our climb began just before 8 AM up the steady and gradual incline heading directly toward Kibo.  We spent the day above “timberline” getting close up views of smaller desert shrubs and flowers.  The upper sky began to cloud up, particularly as we approached our high point for the day at 15,200 ft.  At this point we came around the castle-like “lava tower” and had to use our imaginations to visualize the steep escarpments above, cloaked in cloud.  Those clouds let loose with snow showers as we began our descent toward the Barranco Valley.  We quickly put on the weatherproof shells and marched downward through a mild blizzard.  The showers let up as we reached the giant Senecios -the doctor Seuss themed trees that make Barranco so interesting.  The team was in camp by about 3:15 PM.  We were lucky enough to get some brief periods of sunshine as the afternoon progressed, allowing a chance to dry damp gear and as well to see the route for tomorrow up the Barranco Wall.  We anticipate a calm night with some good and much needed rest at 13,030 ft above sea level. 

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

The RMI July 26th Kilimanjaro Team enjoying the views en route to Barranco Camp.  Photo: Dave Hahn

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Mt. Elbrus: Grom & Team Enjoy the Mountains

Posted by: Casey Grom | July 31, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Southside

It was another beautiful day here on Mt. Elbrus! We woke to clear skies, calm winds and a amazing view of the enormous Caucasus range. We had our standard breakfast of porridge, boiled eggs, assorted meats, cheeses and coffee.

Today was our planned acclimatization day and the team set shortly after 8:30 and hiked for about 3 hours uphill and reached about 15,000’, which was a new record for some! Along the way we ran into for RMI guide Craig Van Hoy. It was nice seeing an old friend and chatting with other Americans. We enjoyed the views took a few photos and then headed back down to camp for another amazing hot lunch cooked up by Russia’s finest, Albina! The remainder of the afternoon has been spent relaxing in camp, listening to the thunder outside and taking naps.
All is well and the team is looking forward to doing a little technical training and resting tomorrow. 

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

The RMI July 25th Mt. Elbrus Team enjoying an acclimatization hike on the mountain.  Photo: Casey Grom Taking a break on Mt. Elbrus during an acclimatization hike.  Photo: Casey Grom

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Mountaineering Training | RMI Guide Lindsay Mann Talks Training

Posted by: Lindsay Mann | July 31, 2014
Categories: *Mountaineering Fitness & Training

RMI Guide Lindsay Mann recently sat down with the crew at MTNmeister, a five day-a-week podcast that that explores the training, stamina, strength, and psychology of outdoor mountain athletes. Below is an excerpt from Lindsay’s interview where she discusses some perspectives on training for Mt. Rainier:

MTNmeister: Talk a little bit about the types of preparation you should be doing with types of mountains like Mt. Rainier…obviously it can just get scaled up from there, there are a lot of people who do larger Himalayan peaks actually train on Mt. Rainier so that would be a good place to start. Where would that training start?

Lindsay Mann: I definitely recognize as [a] guide that my lifestyle revolves around being in the mountains and that’s not the reality for all of the people that we climb with. Though, I think it’s important for people that do have a more typical lifestyle is getting in some endurance training. Obviously running is great, [really] any type of endurance [training]. Also, training with a pack. I climbed with my dad and he had to be in New York City a couple of weeks before coming out to Rainier so he climbed as many stairs as he could carrying a 40 pound pack. He just filled a bunch of water jugs and put them in his pack.

I think that is an important part of that too, if that’s how you do end up training (doing some sort of stairs) is [remembering] to train for the way downhill.  So, mentally think about getting to the top, but people forget that they also have to get off of the mountain. I think that for us as guides, the number one thing is getting back home safely. Remembering that training downhill, both mentally and physically, is an important part of the training.

I think that switching it up too, endurance stuff, having a strong core, being creative about your training is very important.

MM: The downhill part that you mentioned, how are you normally descending the mountains?

LM: We go down the same route typically that we go and I think it’s just [remembering to use] a lot of the efficiency techniques that we teach on the way up, like the rest step which I’m sure many people have heard of…

MM: Would you explain the rest step?

LM: The rest step is a stance where you have your lower leg straight and your upper leg is bent so all of your body weight is resting on your skeletal system instead of on your muscles. And then just a quick step to that next rest stance so that once again all of your weight is on that lower leg resting more on your skeletal system. It’s a nice small step so that you are saving as much energy as you can on the way up and getting a little bit of a rest with each step.

MM: So you are putting more pressure on your skeletal system and saving your muscles for the endurance basically?

LM: Yeah, essentially saving your muscles for the way down. On the way down you don’t want to lock out your leg - you just can’t do it. It’s a lot harder just to walk down.

MM: You mentioned that your father was training by climbing up and down stairs and he had his backpack full of water, how do climbers know that the training is going to be appropriate for the type of trip they are going to do because they probably have never been to that location, unless it’s you as a guide who has gone there fifty times so you know exactly what it’s like. Do you recommend a person that is going to go up a mountain like Rainier to work with a guiding company like you on the training aspect too? Or is it just looking on the internet, following some other sorts of guidelines?

LM: We actually have a specific training and fitness page and there, there are a lot of good training tips. There are a variety of training tips, for people that have a more “regular” lifestyle, like a nine-to-five job. Also, interspersed in there is some of the training that we guides do. That’s one of the best tools that our climbers can use. My dad actually, after he was training, wrote a blog piece on there about the training that he did. He spent a lot of time training in New Hampshire, so he [describes] some hikes that he did that he felt prepared him adequately for Mt. Rainier in his progression.

Listen to the entire podcast and see more of MTNMeister’s episodes at mtnmeister.com.

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Lindsay Mann is a lead guide with RMI Expeditions and has guided and climbed around the world, including a recent all women’s ski mountaineering trip to Alaska’s Wrangell St. Elias. Learn more about the trip by listening to the full interview.

Questions? Comments? Share your thoughts here on the RMI Blog!

Lindsay Mann climbing in Peru's Cordillera Blanca (Lindsay Mann).

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  • An elephant at Lake Manyara National Park. Photo: Casey Grom
  • Panoramic view at Lake Manyara National Park. Photo: Jeff Martin
  • The RMI July 26th Kilimanjaro Team enjoying the views en route to Barranco Camp.  Photo: Dave Hahn
  • The RMI July 25th Mt. Elbrus Team enjoying an acclimatization hike on the mountain.  Photo: Casey Grom
  • Taking a break on Mt. Elbrus during an acclimatization hike.  Photo: Casey Grom
  • Lindsay Mann climbing in Peru's Cordillera Blanca (Lindsay Mann).
  • An RMI Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons Team approaching Inter Glacier on Mt. Rainier.  Photo: RMI Collection
  • RMI climbers ascending to Shira Camp on Kilimanjaro with and endless sea of clouds below. Photo: Dave Hahn
  • The RMI July 25th Elbrus team enjoying lunch in the containers at 12,000 ft. Photo: Casey Grom
  • The RMI July 25th Elbrus team on their acclimatization hike. Photo: Casey Grom
  • The RMI July 25th Elbrus team on their acclimatization hike with their camp in the background. Photo: Casey Grom
  • The RMI July 27th Mt. Shuksan - Sulphide Glacier team celebrating their summit. Photo: Lindsay Fixmer
  • The RMI July 27th Mt. Shuksan - Sulphide Glacier team on the summit with Mt. Baker in the background. Photo: Lindsay Fixmer
  • The RMI July 28th Machu Picchu team in Cusco, Peru. Photo: Elias de Andres Martos
  • The RMI July 26th Kilimanjaro Team at the Machame Entrance to Kilimanjaro National Park.  Photo: Dave Hahn
  • Enjoying the sites from an evening boat ride through the canals of St. Petersburg.  Photo: RMI Collection
  • Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, St. Petersburg, Russia.  Photo: RMI Collection
  • The RMI July 25th Mt. Elbrus team on an acclimatization hike in Cheget, Russia.  Photo: Casey Grom
  • Utilizing chairlifts from the ski area to gain elevation on an acclimatization hike.  Photo: Casey Grom
  • The RMI July 25th Mt. Elbrus team enjoying the surrounding views of the Caucasus mountains.  Photo: Casey Grom
  • Kilimanjaro, 19,340',  The Roof of Africa.  Photo: RMI Collection
  • Climbers make an alpine start toward the summit of Kilimanjaro.  Photo: RMI Collection
  • The views and glacier near the summit of Kilimanjaro. RMI Collection
  • The RMI July 25th Mt. Elbrus Team.  Photo: Casey Grom
  • The roof tops of Saint Petersburg.  Photo: Linden Mallory
  • The RMI July 18th Elbrus Team arrives Saint Petersburg.  Photo: JJ Justman
  • The bungalows at the Dik Dik Hotel complete with hammocks on the front porch.  Photo: RMI Collection
  • Preparing vehicles to take climbers to the Kilimanjaro Trail Head.  Photo: RMI Collection
  • Barafu Camp situated at 15,000 on Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania.  Photo: Jeff Martin
  • Kilimanjaro Barafu Camp as climbers ready for their alpine start to the summit.  Photo: RMI Collection
  • The Four Day Summit Climb July 25-28, 2014 Team crossing the summit crater of Mt. Rainier.  Photo: Seth Waterfall