Mountaineering Training | The Art of the Taper

Posted by: | August 29, 2014
Categories: *Mountaineering Fitness & Training

The last week before the start of an expedition or climb can be a hectic and stressful period.  Between packing and repacking your bags and squaring away your work and life to be gone for a few days (or a month!), there is a ton to do.  It might be tempting to forego your workouts during this period in order to rest up.  Still others might channel their stress into a last week of intense training.  Rest is important, but so is maintenance of your fitness.  This is the period to taper your training plan, striking a balance somewhere in between the two extremes. 

The ultimate goal of the taper period is to reduce fatigue (physical as well as mental and emotional), while maintaining fitness.  There are four main parameters that you can vary in your training to create a taper: intensity, volume, frequency, and duration of the taper. 

Intensity is the only variable that doesn’t change.  You should continue to do your workouts at a similar intensity to what you have built up to.  This means that your aerobic workouts are still slow enough that you stay in your aerobic zone, but at the same time, your intensity workouts such as intervals and strength are still done at or above the level that your have been training at.  Achieve the reduction in fatigue that is requisite of these workouts by varying the volume and frequency instead

Volume should be greatly reduced during the taper period.  Research recommends that training volume be reduced by 50-70 percent for endurance athletes.  While this may seem like a radical drop in training, the reduction in volume will eliminate training fatigue, while the maintenance of intensity will maintain your fitness.  Reducing your training volume also opens up time in your day to complete other tasks that need to be taken care of before you go!

Frequency of workouts can also be reduced to lessen the training fatigue.  If you have been doing multiple workouts a day, drop to just a single workout per day.

Duration of the taper can vary.  For a very aerobic and endurance based sport such as mountaineering, about a week is ideal. 

To apply this to your training regime, think about the schedule of workouts that you have been following already.  Your aerobic workouts are a great place to dramatically reduce your volume; a two hour workout could be reduced to just an hour or 45 minutes of easy aerobic work at the same pace you have done your longer workouts at (resist the temptation to push the pace harder).  In your interval workouts, take longer rest breaks between intervals, and cut the number in half, while still doing a quality warm-up and cool-down.  With strength workouts, maintain the same weights, but reduce the number of sets and repetitions per set. 

This period is also a great time to focus on stretching and recovery for your body.  Take special care with your nutrition, recovery routine, and sleep habits to allow your body to recover from the training fatigue of the last several months, and you will show up in peak form!

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

RMI Climbers on the summit crater of Pico de Orizaba 18,701'.   (Courtesy Chris Villar)

Mt. Kilimanjaro: Team Returns to Arusha, Ready to Fly Home

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | August 29, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Hi this is Seth along with the group.  We are on the way to the airport after a great last day on Safari.
We awoke this morning in Kikoti Camp and after a great breakfast we hit the road.  We traversed back through Tarangire National Park and were lucky to catch a few more glimpses of a pride of lions.  After that we made our way back to Arusha, did some shopping and came back to the Dik Dik.
Everyone has had a great trip but after two weeks away in think most everyone is excited to return home.  As for me I am sticking around for another trip and I am really looking forward to heading back up on the mountain.
I’ll be checking in again soon!

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

Accommodations at the Kikoti Camp while on safari in the Tarangire National Park, Tanzania.  Photo: Jeff Martin

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Thank you Seth for taking good care of Roger while giving him a wonderful adventure!

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Posted by: Marcy on 8/29/2014 at 9:31 am

p.s. Safe travels for everyone!!!!

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Mt. Rainier: Summit Climbs on Top!

Posted by: Casey Grom, Garrett Stevens | August 29, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

RMI Guides Garrett Stevens and Casey Grom led their teams of Four Day Summit Climbers to the summit of Mt. Rainier today.  Garrett reported a thin cloud cap starting to form but a pretty nice day overall.  Winds were very low on the lower portions of the mountain but had increased near the summit.  The teams will spend a bit of time in the crater and then descend back to Camp Muir.  After a short break the teams will continue down to Paradise and conclude their program with a short celebration at Rainier BaseCamp.

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb teams!

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Hammer, praying you will do your climb as high as you can go and come back safe and sound to your family.  Hope your’re having a great experience!  Mum-Z

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Posted by: Irene on 8/29/2014 at 11:03 am


Mt. Shuksan: The Seminar Team Wraps up the Week

Posted by: Mike Walter | August 28, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *North Cascades

Well, we’re all safely out of the mountains after a great week of climbing and training on Mount Shuksan’s Sulphide glacier. Our climbing team gained proficiency moving in diverse terrain in the mountains, including crevassed glaciers, steep snow and ice, and 4th & 5th class rock. We also practiced lots of knots and hitches and crevasse rescue systems.

We packed a lot into the past week, and the weather was perfect throughout. Our team was strong and cohesive and we all reached the summit Mount Shuksan in good style. It was a pleasure to climb with everyone. Nice work team!

RMI Guide Mike Walter

Mixed Rock & Glacier Climbing in the North Cascades. Photo: Mike Walter

Mt. Rainier: Four Day Teams Reach the Summit!

Posted by: Geoff Schellens, Adam Knoff | August 28, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb teams led by RMI Guides Geoff Schellens and Adam Knoff reached the summit of Mt. Rainier today under sunny skies.  The teams spent a little time on the crater before starting their descent around 7:30 am.  Once at Camp Muir the teams will take a short break and continue down to Paradise.

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb teams!

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Woo Hoo!!  Congrats Patrick and Matt!  We knew you could do it.  You must be so thrilled to have accomplished your goal.  We are so happy for you.  Looking forward… read more

Posted by: Mom and Da on 8/28/2014 at 7:26 pm

Congrats Matt and Patrick!  Your hard work and determination has paid off.  I am so incredibly proud of you guys and can’t wait to hear all about it! :)

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Four Day Summit Climb
8/19 - 8/22/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons
8/17 - 8/22/2014
Mt. Rainier - 11,000'
Expedition Skills Seminar - Paradise
8/17 - 8/22/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
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
Four Day Summit Climb
8/18 - 8/21/2014
Mt. Rainier - 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
8/17 - 8/20/2014
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'
Five Day Summit Climb
8/16 - 8/20/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
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
Four Day Summit Climb
8/13 - 8/16/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
8/14 - 8/17/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Mount Elbrus - North Side Climb
8/1 - 8/17/2014
Mt. Elbrus - Summit
Kilimanjaro Climb & Safari
8/4 - 8/18/2014
Kilimanjaro - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
8/15 - 8/18/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Five Day Summit Climb
8/14 - 8/18/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Expedition Skills Seminar - Kautz
8/15 - 8/20/2014
Mt. Rainier - 13,000'
Expedition Skills Seminar - Sahale
8/17 - 8/22/2014
Sahale Mountain - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
8/20 - 8/23/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
8/21 - 8/24/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
8/22 - 8/25/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
8/23 - 8/26/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
8/24 - 8/27/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
8/25 - 8/28/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
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Mt. Shuksan - Summit
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  • RMI Climbers on the summit crater of Pico de Orizaba 18,701'.   (Courtesy Chris Villar)
  • Accommodations at the Kikoti Camp while on safari in the Tarangire National Park, Tanzania.  Photo: Jeff Martin
  • Mixed Rock & Glacier Climbing in the North Cascades. Photo: Mike Walter
  • The team enjoying lunch in Tarangire National Park.  Photo: Seth Waterfall
  • Watching the sunset from Kikoti Camp after game viewing in Tarangire National Park, Tanzania.  Photo: Seth Waterfall
  • The August 23rd Shuksan Seminar team enjoying a rest break in the North Cascades. Photo: Mike Walter
  • The August 23rd Shuksan Seminar team ascending the summit pyramid of Mt. Shuksan in the North Cascades. Photo: Mike Walter
  • Climbing Mt. Shuksan Sulphide Glacier. Photo: Mike Walter
  • Steep Climbing on Mt. Shuksan Sulphide Glacier. Photo: Mike Walter
  • Sulphide Glacier on Mt. Shuksan in the North Cascades. Photo: Mike Walter
  • The Kilimanjaro August 16th team at the Ngorongoro Crater.  Photo: Seth Waterfall
  • Looking down into the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania.  Photo: Seth Waterfall
  • Members of the RMI Kilimanjaro August 16th team exploring Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania.  Photo: Seth Waterfall
  • Elephants in Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania.  Photo: Seth Waterfall
  • Roped up on the Sulphide Glacier, North Cascades. Photo: Mike Walter
  • Steep ice pitches on the Upper Curtis Glacier. Photo: Mike Walter
  • An RMI Team descending from Mweka Camp to the trail head at the end of their Kilimanjaro climb.  Photo: Jeff Martin
  • The view of camp on the Sulphide Glacier for the Mt. Shuksan Seminar team. Photo: Mike Walter
  • An RMI Mt. Shuksan Seminar climber practicing ice axe arrest. Photo: Mike Walter
  • Climbers descending from High Camp on Kilimanjaro to Mweka Camp, 10,000 ft.  Photo: Dave Hahn
  • Sunrise at 18,000' on Kilimanjaro. Photo: Casey Grom
  • Sunrise on a Kilimanjaro summit day. Photo: RMI Collection
  • Team Members on the summit of Kilimanjaro, Tanzania on August 23rd.  Photo: Seth Waterfall
  • High Camp on Kilimanjaro, Barafu Camp, at 15,000 ft.  Photo: Jeff Martin
  • Climbers on the RMI August 16th Mt. Kilimanjaro Expedition at approximately 15,000 ft.  Photo: Seth Waterfall
  • The summit of Kilimanjaro as seen from the trail to Barafu Camp, high camp.  Photo: Seth Waterfall
  • Climbers ascending the Barranco Wall on Kilimanjaro en route to Karanga Camp.  Photo: RMI Collection
  • An RMI Team camped at Karanga Valley Camp on Kilimanjaro.  Photo: RMI Collection
  • The Kautz Seminar practicing crevasse school on Mount Rainier. Photo: Mike Walter
  • The ridge below Castle Rocks, Mount Rainier. Photo: Mike Walter
  • Sunset on the Kautz Seminar, Mount Rainier. Photo: Mike Walter
  • An RMI team descending from Sahale Peak to Boston Basin in the North Cascades. Photo: Mike Walter
  • Sunrise on Mt. Rainier's Disappointment Cleaver Route. Photo: Pete Van Deventer
  • Far above treeline approaching Lava Tower on Kilimanjaro. Photo: Jeff Martin
  • Traversing the Fedchenko Glacier (Zeb Blais)
  • The team at camp on the Fedchenko Glacier (Zeb Blais)