Expedition Tajikistan: A Ski Traverse of the Fedchenko Glacier

Posted by: Zeb Blais | August 20, 2014
Categories: *Guide News *Guide Grant

This spring I teamed up with an international crew of ski mountaineers to traverse Tajikistan’s Fedchenko Glacier.  Before the expedition, I had hardly heard of Tajikistan and certainly had never dreamed of crossing one of the longest glaciers outside of the Polar Regions.  When the opportunity arose, I couldn’t say no. A high mountain adventure to a central Asian country on the northern border of Afghanistan wasn’t something my sense of adventure would just let me walk away from.

Map of Tajikistan (RMI Collection)

The trip came to life three years ago when three Canadian skiers hatched the idea and began the logistics.  I was brought on because the team wanted two more experienced ski mountaineers for the remote and relatively unexplored zone of the Pamir mountain range.

Having traveled in developing countries before, I knew that I not only wanted to travel, climb and ski in this remote range, but to give back to the mountain communities that would help inevitably help us on our adventure along the way.  As I packed my gear for the trip I noticed how much great warm clothing I had to choose from and I realized that I didn’t even use half of it anymore.  This was it!  I could get people to donate the winter clothing they hadn’t used in years and put it to good use in a country where access to technical apparel was slim to nil.  I began a clothing drive and between me and my teammates Holly Walker, Emelie Stenberg, Vince Shuley and Selena Cordeau, we were able to collect and give 350 pounds of clothing to give to the Tajik people who needed the clothes far more than we did.

The good vibes from the clothing drive started our trip on a positive note - which was good, because it was a long, hard trip.  We planned on one week for getting on and off the tributary glaciers to get to and from the Fedchenko.  It ended up taking us thirteen days, nearly twice as long.  We planned on setting up three basecamps and skiing 6000m peaks for two weeks; we were tent bound for six of those days due to weather.  On top of all that, the snowpack was just about as unstable as it could get.  This greatly limited what we were able to climb and ski.

Zeb Blais on the Fedchenko Glacier (Zeb Blais)

The team at camp on the Fedchenko Glacier (Zeb Blais)

Despite the hard work and frustrating snowpack, we had an amazing trip.  Massive valleys, towering peaks like Peak Ismoil Somoni (formerly Peak Communism) and Independence Peak (Peak Revolution) and miles of ice surrounded us in a grand scale.  We were in a place that few people had been before and completely isolated except for our DeLorme InReach two way satellite texting device.  It was humbling and inspiring.

We met our goal of traversing the Fedchenko from our starting point in a town called Poy Mazor to its head and descended out the beautiful and rugged Tanimas Valley.  Due to the exploratory nature of this trip and having little information about our exit, we left ourselves a few extra days before we would all have to fly home. 

Camp on the Fedchenko Glacier (Zeb Blais)

Traversing the Fedchenko Glacier (Zeb Blais)

Skiing above the Fedchenko Glacier (Zeb Blais)

Our extra days were spent regaining some of the pounds we lost during the expedition eating fresh tandoor bread, kebabs and local apricots and cherries.  People greeted us everywhere and invited us to share bread and tea with them even if they couldn’t speak a word of English (and we could only muster hello and thank you in Tajik).

The team left Tajikistan with a good taste in our mouths in more ways than one. We explored and lived in a high mountain range for 29 days, were exposed to the kind and generous culture of the Tajik, Pamir and Afghan people and came home safe!

Thanks to the Eddie Bauer/ RMI Guide grant for assisting me in this amazing pursuit.  The lessons I learned on this trip will forever shape my decision making and goals in the mountains.  Until next time…

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Zeb Blais is a Senior Guide at RMI. He has climbed and skied mountains throughout North America. When he is not guiding, Zeb teaches avalanche courses and ski patrols at Squaw Valley in California. His spare time usually doesn’t save his feet from ski boots.

Traversing the Fedchenko Glacier (Zeb Blais) The team at camp on the Fedchenko Glacier (Zeb Blais)

Kilimanjaro: Waterfall & Team Check In from the Shira Plateau

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | August 20, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 12,200'

Hi this is Seth.  We are up on the Shira Plateau headed to camp.  Its been an excellent day on the trail.  The weather has been fantastic and we are looking forward to a hot lunch in camp.  Tomorrow we will head to the Barranco Valley.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

Team Waterfall stop for a photo on their way to Shira Plateau. Photo: Seth Waterfall Shira Plateau, Kilimanjaro. Photo: Seth Waterfall

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Looking beautiful Bridget!  Keep smiling!  Love you!  Chara, Annmarie, Grandma, and Coach

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Posted by: Annmarie on 8/20/2014 at 1:51 pm

Roger everyone in Pelican Sound wishes you and your team the best. Stay safe we are checking in on your blog everyday.  CB

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Posted by: Cam on 8/20/2014 at 11:49 am


Mount Rainier: Summit Climb Teams Reach the Top!

Posted by: JJ Justman, Elias de Andres Martos | August 20, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The RMI Four- and Five-Day Mount Rainier summit climbs reached the summit this morning by 7:30 a.m.  The weather was surprisingly cold, moderate winds and a cloud deck at 8,000’.  At 8:35 a.m. the teams began their descent from the crater rim and will make their way to Camp Muir, Paradise and then their celebration awaits at Rainier Basecamp.

RMI Guides JJ Justman and Elias de Andres Martos

RMI Guide Zach Lovell and team ascending Mount Rainier just after daybreak. Photo: JJ Justman
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Yay Justin!!! So excited for you!

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Posted by: Kate on 8/20/2014 at 10:21 am

Amazing accomplishment! Congratulations Joel and the entire group.

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Posted by: Laura and Jim on 8/20/2014 at 9:23 am


Kilimanjaro: Waterfall & Team at Machame Camp

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | August 19, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 9,800'

All is well at Machame Camp! The team was really fired up this morning.  I was three minutes early to breakfast and I was the last to arrive. It’s great to be on a trip with such an organized team.

The drive to the gate was smooth and after checking in at the gate we started our trek.  The trail was a little slick and muddy but we didn’t get any rain along the way. Once we arrived in camp the crew had everything set up and ready to go. Everyone is now settling in for the night and getting ready for the hike up to Shira tomorrow.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

Kilimanjaro Trailhead. Photo: RMI Collection The team starting their trek to Machame Camp. Photo: Seth Waterfall Our first night's camp located at 10,000' in the Giant Heather of Kilimanjaro. Photo: Jeff Martin

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You’re a B.A. Grandpa Roger.  Keep it up.

Love Luke (I’m stay with dad tonight)

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Posted by: Luke on 8/20/2014 at 1:46 am

Good luck Bridget and Kevin!  Safe climbing.  Take it all in!  Love, Annmarie, Chara, Grandma, and Coach

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Posted by: Annmarie on 8/19/2014 at 11:17 pm


Mt. Rainier: August 19th Update

Posted by: Jake Beren | August 19, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

RMI Guide Jake Beren and the Mount Rainier summit climb began their descent from the crater rim at 7:55 a.m. They spent over an hour on the summit in beautiful and crisp weather.

Congratulations to today’s summit climbers!

RMI climbers on the approach to the Mt. Rainier summit. Photo: Seth Waterfall
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Congratulations Larry, Todd, Scott and all on your accomplishment!  It must have been truly amazing up there.

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Posted by: Angela Kantola on 8/20/2014 at 7:12 am

Thinking about you as you near the summit!  Congratulations!

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Posted by: Mona on 8/20/2014 at 4:08 am


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Expedition Stats

Aconcagua
12/9 - 12/29/2013
21,700'
Aconcagua
12/14 - 1/6/2014
Summit
Aconcagua
12/20 - 1/12/2014
Summit
Expedition Skills Seminar - Winter
1/5 - 1/10/2014
10,080'
Aconcagua
12/27 - 1/19/2014
Summit
Expedition Skills Seminar - Ecuador
1/7 - 1/20/2014
Cayambe - Summit / Antisana - 18,500' / Cotopaxi - Summit
Mexico's Volcanoes
1/18 - 1/26/2014
Ixtaccihuatl - Summit / Orizaba - Summit
Aconcagua
1/10 - 2/2/2014
Summit
Aconcagua
1/3 - 1/26/2014
21,500'
Kilimanjaro
1/25 - 2/8/2014
Summit
Expedition Skills Seminar - Winter
2/9 - 2/14/2014
7,100'
Kilimanjaro
2/8 - 2/22/2014
Summit
Ecuador Volcanoes
2/11 - 2/21/2014
Cayambe - Summit / Cotopaxi - Summit
Aconcagua
2/2 - 2/25/2014
Summit
Mexico's Volcanoes
2/15 - 2/23/2014
Ixtaccihuatl - Summit / Orizaba - Summit
Kilimanjaro
2/10 - 2/21/2014
Summit
Expedition Skills Seminar - Ecuador
2/14 - 2/26/2014
Illiniza Sur - Summit / Cotopaxi - Summit
Mexico's Volcanoes
3/1 - 3/9/2014
Ixtaccihuatl - Summit / Orizaba - Summit
Expedition Skills Seminar - Winter
3/9 - 3/14/2014
Summit
Everest Base Camp Trek - Island Peak
3/16 - 4/10/2014
Summit
Expedition Skills Seminar - Winter
4/13 - 4/18/2014
Mt. Rainier - 13,400'
Everest Base Camp Trek
3/19 - 4/8/2014
Base Camp
Alaska Mountaineering Seminar - Expedition
5/4 - 5/14/2014
Radio Tower - 7,300' / Kahiltna Dome - 10,500'
Five Day Summit Climb
5/10 - 5/14/2014
Summit
Five Day Summit Climb
5/12 - 5/16/2014
Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
5/14 - 5/17/2014
Summit
Five Day Summit Climb
5/14 - 5/18/2014
Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
5/15 - 5/18/2014
Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
5/16 - 5/19/2014
Summit
Five Day Summit Climb
5/21 - 5/25/2014
Mt. Rainier - 13,600'
Expedition Skills Seminar - Muir
5/18 - 5/23/2014
Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
5/21 - 5/24/2014
Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
5/22 - 5/25/2014
Mt. Rainier - 13,700'
Four Day Summit Climb
5/23 - 5/26/2014
12,300'
Alaska Mountaineering Seminar - Expedition
5/17 - 5/27/2014
Kahiltna Dome - 10,700'
Expedition Skills Seminar - Muir
5/25 - 5/30/2014
Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
5/28 - 5/31/2014
Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
5/29 - 6/1/2014
Summit
Five Day Summit Climb
5/28 - 6/1/2014
Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
6/7 - 6/10/2014
Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
5/30 - 6/2/2014
Summit
Mount McKinley Expedition
5/6 - 6/2/2014
Mt. Mckinley - 16,200'
Expedition Skills Seminar - Muir
6/1 - 6/6/2014
Summit
Expedition Skills Seminar - Muir
6/1 - 6/6/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
6/4 - 6/7/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
6/5 - 6/8/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
6/6 - 6/9/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Mount McKinley Expedition
6/10 - 6/28/2014
Mt. Mckinley - 16,200'
Mount McKinley Expedition
5/13 - 6/4/2014
Mt. Mckinley - 16,400'
Mount McKinley Expedition
5/20 - 6/7/2014
Mt. Mckinley - Summit
Five Day Summit Climb
6/6 - 6/10/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
6/8 - 6/11/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
6/9 - 6/12/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
6/10 - 6/13/2014
Mt. Rainier - 12,600'
Four Day Summit Climb
6/11 - 6/14/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
6/12 - 6/15/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
6/13 - 6/16/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Five Day Summit Climb
6/12 - 6/16/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
6/14 - 6/17/2014
11,200'
Four Day Summit Climb
6/15 - 6/18/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Five Day Summit Climb
6/14 - 6/18/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Expedition Skills Seminar - Kautz
6/13 - 6/18/2014
Mt. Rainier - 12,500'
Four Day Summit Climb
6/16 - 6/19/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons
6/15 - 6/20/2014
Mt. Rainier - 14,410'
Four Day Summit Climb
6/17 - 6/20/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
6/18 - 6/21/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
6/19 - 6/22/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Mount McKinley Expedition
5/27 - 6/23/2014
Mt. Mckinley - Summit
Mount McKinley Expedition
6/3 - 6/23/2014
Mt. Mckinley - Summit
Five Day Summit Climb
6/19 - 6/23/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
6/20 - 6/23/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
6/21 - 6/24/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons
6/20 - 6/25/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Five Day Summit Climb
6/21 - 6/25/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
6/22 - 6/25/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
6/23 - 6/26/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
6/24 - 6/27/2014
Mt. Rainier - 11,200'
Expedition Skills Seminar - Kautz
6/22 - 6/27/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
6/25 - 6/28/2014
Mt. Rainier - 11,200'
Ecuador's Volcanoes
6/17 - 6/27/2014
Cayambe - 16,300' / Cotopaxi - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
6/26 - 6/29/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
6/27 - 6/30/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Mount McKinley Expedition
6/10 - 7/2/2014
Mt. Mckinley - Summit
Five Day Summit Climb
6/27 - 7/1/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
6/28 - 7/1/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
6/29 - 7/2/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
6/30 - 7/3/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Five Day Emmons Climb
6/29 - 7/3/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
7/1 - 7/4/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
7/2 - 7/5/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
7/3 - 7/6/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
7/4 - 7/7/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Five Day Summit Climb
7/3 - 7/7/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
7/6 - 7/9/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
7/5 - 7/8/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Expedition Skills Seminar - Kautz
7/4 - 7/9/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Five Day Summit Climb
7/5 - 7/9/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Cotopaxi Express Ascent
6/28 - 7/6/2014
Cotopaxi - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
7/7 - 7/10/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Mount McKinley Expedition
6/17 - 7/9/2014
Mt. Mckinley - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
7/8 - 7/11/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Expedition Skills Seminar - Paradise
7/6 - 7/11/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons
7/6 - 7/11/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
7/9 - 7/12/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Expedition Skills Seminar - Peru
6/29 - 7/13/2014
Nevado Urus - Summit / Ishinca - Summit / Tocllaraju - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
8/16 - 8/19/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Forbidden Peak - West Ridge
7/7 - 7/10/2014
Forbidden Peak - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
7/10 - 7/13/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Forbidden Peak - West Ridge
7/10 - 7/13/2014
Forbidden Peak - Summit
Alpamayo Expedition
6/29 - 7/14/2014
19,512' - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
7/11 - 7/14/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Five Day Summit Climb
7/10 - 7/14/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Mount Elbrus
7/4 - 7/16/2014
Mt. Elbrus - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
7/12 - 7/15/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Five Day Summit Climb
7/12 - 7/16/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
7/13 - 7/16/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons
7/11 - 7/16/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Expedition Skills Seminar - Kautz
7/13 - 7/18/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
7/14 - 7/17/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
7/15 - 7/18/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Expedition Skills Seminar - Paradise
7/13 - 7/18/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
7/16 - 7/19/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
7/17 - 7/20/2014
Mt. Rainier - 12,800'
Four Day Summit Climb
7/18 - 7/21/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Forbidden Peak - West Ridge
7/15 - 7/18/2014
Forbidden Peak - Summit
Mount McKinley Custom Expedition
6/24 - 7/18/2014
Mt. Mckinley - 17,900'
Mt. Shuksan - Fisher Chimneys
7/18 - 7/20/2014
Mt. Shuksan - 7,000'
Five Day Summit Climb
7/18 - 7/22/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
7/19 - 7/22/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
7/20 - 7/23/2014
Mt. Rainier - 10,080'
Four Day Summit Climb
7/21 - 7/24/2014
Mt. Rainier - 10,080'
Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons
7/19 - 7/24/2014
Mt. Rainier - 9,440'
Four Day Summit Climb
7/22 - 7/25/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
7/23 - 7/26/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Mt. Shuksan - Fisher Chimneys
7/22 - 7/25/2014
Mt. Shuksan - 6,500'
Four Day Summit Climb
7/24 - 7/27/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
7/25 - 7/28/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Five Day Summit Climb
7/24 - 7/28/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
7/26 - 7/29/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Alpamayo Expedition
7/13 - 7/28/2014
Summit
Mount Elbrus
7/11 - 7/23/2014
Mt. Elbrus - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
7/28 - 7/31/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Mt. Shuksan - Sulphide Glacier
7/27 - 7/29/2014
9,127' - Summit
Five Day Summit Climb
7/26 - 7/30/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
7/27 - 7/30/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
7/31 - 8/3/2014
14,410' - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
7/29 - 8/1/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons
7/27 - 8/1/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Expedition Skills Seminar - Paradise
7/27 - 8/1/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
7/30 - 8/2/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Mount Elbrus
7/18 - 7/30/2014
Mt. Elbrus - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
8/1 - 8/4/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
8/2 - 8/5/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons
8/1 - 8/6/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Five Day Summit Climb
8/2 - 8/6/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
8/3 - 8/6/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
8/4 - 8/7/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
8/5 - 8/8/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Expedition Skills Seminar - Kautz
8/3 - 8/8/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Kilimanjaro Climb & Safari
7/21 - 8/4/2014
Kilimanjaro - Summit
Mt. Shuksan - Sulphide Glacier
8/3 - 8/6/2014
Mt. Shuksan - Summit
Mount Elbrus
7/25 - 8/6/2014
Mt. Elbrus - Summit
Mt. Buckner
7/28 - 7/31/2014
Mt. Buckner - 8,800'
Forbidden Peak - West Ridge
8/4 - 8/8/2014
Sharkfin Tower - Summit / Sahale Mountain - Summit / Forbidden Peak - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
8/6 - 8/9/2014
Mt. Rainier - 14,410'
Machu Picchu Trek
7/28 - 8/9/2014
Machu Picchu Trek - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
8/7 - 8/10/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Kilimanjaro Climb & Safari
7/26 - 8/9/2014
Kilimanjaro - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
8/8 - 8/11/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Five Day Summit Climb
8/8 - 8/12/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
8/9 - 8/12/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Mt. Shuksan - Fisher Chimneys
8/8 - 8/10/2014
Mt. Shuksan - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
8/10 - 8/13/2014
Mt. Rainier - 11,500'
Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons
8/9 - 8/14/2014
Mt. Rainier - 9,400'
Four Day Summit Climb
8/11 - 8/14/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
8/12 - 8/15/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
8/12 - 8/15/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
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Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
8/14 - 8/17/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
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8/1 - 8/17/2014
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8/15 - 8/18/2014
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  • Traversing the Fedchenko Glacier (Zeb Blais)
  • The team at camp on the Fedchenko Glacier (Zeb Blais)
  • Team Waterfall stop for a photo on their way to Shira Plateau. Photo: Seth Waterfall
  • Shira Plateau, Kilimanjaro. Photo: Seth Waterfall
  • RMI Guide Zach Lovell and team ascending Mount Rainier just after daybreak. Photo: JJ Justman
  • Kilimanjaro Trailhead. Photo: RMI Collection
  • The team starting their trek to Machame Camp. Photo: Seth Waterfall
  • Our first night's camp located at 10,000' in the Giant Heather of Kilimanjaro. Photo: Jeff Martin
  • RMI climbers on the approach to the Mt. Rainier summit. Photo: Seth Waterfall
  • RMI Kilimanjaro Team dining at the Dik Dik Hotel.  Photo: Seth Waterfall
  • The Kautz Seminar Team training on the Wilson Glacier on Mt. Rainier. Photo: Mike Walter
  • An RMI team ascending to the Mt. Rainier summit. Photo: Win Whittaker
  • Kikoti Camp, Africa safari. Photo: Jeff Martin
  • Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, St. Petersburg, Russia. Photo: Jeff Martin
  • Intricate mosaics inside the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. Photo: Jeff Martin
  • St. Isaac's Cathedral, St. Petersburg, Russia. Photo: Jeff Martin
  • An RMI team on the upper section of Mount Rainier. Photo: RMI Collection
  • Roof top view of St. Petersburg, Russia.  Photo: Linden Mallory
  • An RMI team visits a Maasai Village during safari. Photo: Jeff Martin
  • Snow pit instruction during the course (Lindsay Mann).
  • Lindsay skiing during the course (Lindsay Mann).
  • The Four Day Summit Climb August 12 - 15 led by JJ Justman ascends to Camp Muir on August 14th, Mt. Rainier, Washington.  Photo: JJ Justman
  • Four Day Summit Climb August 12 - 15, 2014 on the upper slopes of Mt. Rainier.  Photo: JJ Justman
  • A giraffe seen on safari at Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania. Photo: RMI Collection
  • Elephant at Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania. Photo: Seth Waterfall
  • A garden in  Kislovodsk, Russia, creatively states the year. Photo: Jeff Martin
  • The Elbrus Northside team shopping in the Kislovodsk city park. Photo: Jeff Martin
  • The Elbrus Northside team enjoys the best meal of the trip so far in Kislovodsk, Russia. Photo: Jeff Martin
  • RMI Team on the Summit of Kilimanjaro. Photo: Mark Tucker
  • Looking toward the West Summit of Mt. Elbrus from Lenz Rocks.  Photo: Pete Van Deventer
  • The views of  Russias Caucasus Mountains as seen on approach to the summit of Mt. Elbrus.  Photo: RMI Collection
  • Climbers en route to the summit of Mt. Elbrus via the North Side Route.  Photo: RMI Collection