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Mt. Elbrus: Grom and Team Explore Moscow

Posted by: Casey Grom | July 27, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Southside

Hello everyone and welcome to RMI’s July 25th Mt. Elbrus trip!

After some very long flights the team safely arrived yesterday, we briefly touched base about today’s plan before folks retired to catch up on some much needed sleep.

Today we had our official team meeting over breakfast at our hotel. It was hard to concentrate while enjoying plenty of fresh bread, cheeses, meats, juice and other delightful things. Once our bellies were full we stumbled out the door to explore the Kremlin and Red Square which is only a short distance away. A few folks visited Lenin’s tomb and a few of us wandered around the area enjoying the site.

We met our tour guide around 10:30 am and spent much of the day with her visiting St. Basil’s Cathedral, the Kremlin, and the Cathedral of Christ the Savior. Our tour guide even took us on a brief tour of the amazing Moscow subway - it has a 194 different stops and most are elaborately decorated and incredibly clean! We did visit the famous Red Square but for unknown reasons it was closed and blocked off today.

Afterwards we took a short break where most of us took cat naps to help adjust to the almost 12 hour time change and then headed back out for a quick dinner before calling it a night.

Everyone is doing great!
RMI Guide Casey Grom and Team

The RMI July 25th Elbrus team in front of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, Moscow, Russia. Photo: Casey Grom The RMI July 25th Elbrus team on their Moscow, Russia city tour. Photo: Casey Grom The RMI July 25th Elbrus team exploring Moscow, Russia in the evening. Photo: Casey Grom

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Mt. Elbrus: JJ and Team Enjoy Last Day in Cheget

Posted by: JJ Justman | July 27, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Southside
Elevation: 7,500'

It was a great last day in Cheget. The team went trout fishing and relaxed in the rain! Thank goodness we went for the summit of Mt. Elbrus yesterday.

We are continuing to celebrate a safe and successful adventure with great food and good company.

RMI Guide JJ Justman

RMI Mt. Elbrus July 18th Team Members enjoying time in Cheget, Russia.  Photo:  JJ Justman

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Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climb Team on the Summit!

Posted by: Mike Haugen | July 27, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb July 24 - 27, 2014 led by RMI Guide Mike Haugen reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning around 7:30 am with 100% of their team.  The team reported great weather and good climbing. Today’s team consists of climbers raising funds for Big City Mountaineers and their Summit For Someone program.

The team will complete their descent today, returning to Paradise later this afternoon.

Congratulations to today’s Big City Mountaineer Team Members! 


Mt. Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Ascend the Barranco Wall

Posted by: Mark Tucker | July 27, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 13,000'

Hello!
We are checking in from high on Mt. Kilimanjaro. Here in the alpine desert there is a stark reminder that only the heartiest survive at this altitude. That is just what we are doing and in great style, mind you a hearty group we are. After a great climb of the famous Baranco wall early this morning led to the traverse below the southern side of the summit massive. We had intermittent clouds that made for nice climbing to the Karanga Camp. The Diamond, Balletto, Heim, Decken, and Kersten glaciers loom just above reminding us that we still have a ways to go. The team continues to do well, all is good

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

Climbers and porters ascending the Barranco Wall on Kilimanjaro, Tanzania.  Photo: Dave Hahn Ascending to Karanga Camp with the Karanga Valley below.  Photo: Jeff Martin

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Mt.Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Reach New Heights

Posted by: Mark Tucker | July 26, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 12,800'

Another very nice day on Mt. Kilimanjaro. We set out at 8 am after yet another delicious breakfast we are definitely not losing any weight on this trip. We left the moorland zone of vegetation and moved into the alpine zone meaning not much living up there. A couple of white necked ravens would visit us at our breaks thinking they may get a hand out but doing our best at the leave no trace policy they would have to rummage else where for a snack. Right at high noon we hit the high mark of just under 15,000’ which was a new altitude record for most of the team. We then descend down to 13,000’ where the Baranco camp is and home for the night. The whole team is feeling good and climbing with great style.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

Looking down on Barranco Camp from Lava Tower.  Photo: Casey Grom

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Been checking on your progress everyday Brian and Christy!  Safe travel my friend!  Share the love of MPACT in areas that may need it.

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Posted by: Klay on 7/26/2014 at 7:08 pm


Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climb Teams Reach the Summit!

Posted by: Brent Okita, Lindsay Mann | July 26, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb teams led by RMI Guides Brent Okita and Lindsay Mann reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  The teams reported clear skies and good climbing.  They were able to enjoy some time on the summit before starting their descent around 7:30 am.

The teams will return to Camp Muir for a short break before continuing down to Paradise.  We look forward to seeing them at Rainier BaseCamp later this afternoon.

Congratulations to today’s summit climb teams!


Mt. Elbrus: Justman and Team Reach Summit!

Posted by: JJ Justman | July 26, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Southside
Elevation: 18,510'

Our team made the summit of Mt. Elbrus! It was an interesting weather day. It wasn’t bad but it wasn’t good. The wind and the cold challenged everyone including myself.

Our team did a fantastic job motivating each other and looking after one another. I was really proud to climb with all of them and they all deserve a huge congratulations!

We are now safely down back in the ski town of Cheget. A well deserved rest after a good Russian meal is in store!

RMI Guide JJ Justman

The RMI Mt. Elbrus July 18th Team on the summit of Europes highest peak, 18,501 ft, on July 26th.  Photo: JJ Justman

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Congratulations!! Cindee, you are amazing. Well done for the entire team!! Great adventure and climb for everyone! Be safe and enjoy the rest if your trip.
Karen

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Posted by: Karen N. on 7/27/2014 at 8:47 am

Congratulations!  Wish I were still doing this—About 25 years ago, I summited with my son and a nephew—Dick McGowan’s Mtn Travel.  I had failed a year before due to bad… read more

Posted by: Wayne Griffin on 7/26/2014 at 8:44 pm


Alpamayo: Elias and Team arrive at Cashapampa (Base Camp)

Posted by: Elias de Andres Martos | July 25, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Peru
Elevation: 14,270'

Hello! Good afternoon!

This is ElĂ­as and the Alpamayo climbing team. We are calling from Cashapampa, or the trailhead, where we have just arrived. IT is 3 PM local time on Friday, the 25th, and we have successfully finished our expedition. We’d like to apologize for their lack of a call last night from Base Camp following the call we made in the morning after the climb, but the sat. phone wasn’t working properly or the cloud cover maybe even lower, but we arrived at Base Camp shortly, 4 hours after we departed High Camp. We had a nice dinner, re-encountering our cook and camp staff, and this morning the donkeys made our journey back to the trailhead very enjoyable. And, like I said, we’re now at the trailhead loading our backs into the taxi, the truck that is going to take us back into town. And we’ll be over. So thanks to everybody who’s been following our progress on the mountain, and we send our regards to everyone, and we will be checking in the next time with some pictures and a final recap from Huaraz within the next 24 hours!

Thank you and goodbye.


Elias and team checking in from Cashapampa.

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Fisher Chimneys: Walter and Team Summit!

Posted by: Mike Walter | July 25, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *North Cascades
Elevation: 9,127'

July 25, 2014 8:26 am PT

We took advantage of nice weather today and climbed to the top of the Fisher Chimneys. We will turn around here, climb back down thru the Chimneys and hike back to the trail head today…still many hours ahead of us.

July 25, 2014 10:35 am PT

We are back at our camp (lower bivy site below Fisher Chimneys) after successfully climbing up and down the Chimneys this morning. We’re packing up camp right now and will be headed down hill shortly. We should be at the trail head in a few hours.

RMI Guide Mike Walter & Team

Fisher Chimneys team is on top!  Photo: Mike Walter

Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Reach Shira Camp

Posted by: Mark Tucker | July 25, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 12,500'

The gnarled trunks of giant heather disappeared as we entered the area of the mountain called the Moorlands. We enjoyed nice weather conditions during our 5 hour climb to the Shira Camp at 12,500 ft. Situated on a plateau we are enjoying a great 360 view as we snack on peanuts and popcorn. Once again the team did fine and pulled into camp in great shape.

Our local staff continues to assist us in a seamless manor and we appreciate it very much.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker & Team

Shira Camp on Kilimanjaro.  RMI Photo Collection

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Hi Mark- hope I got your group-a dream of a lifetime for you- we stayed at the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro when we were in that area- great memories -… read more

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  • The RMI July 25th Elbrus team exploring Moscow, Russia in the evening. Photo: Casey Grom
  • RMI Mt. Elbrus July 18th Team Members enjoying time in Cheget, Russia.  Photo:  JJ Justman
  • Climbers and porters ascending the Barranco Wall on Kilimanjaro, Tanzania.  Photo: Dave Hahn
  • Ascending to Karanga Camp with the Karanga Valley below.  Photo: Jeff Martin
  • Looking down on Barranco Camp from Lava Tower.  Photo: Casey Grom
  • The RMI Mt. Elbrus July 18th Team on the summit of Europes highest peak, 18,501 ft, on July 26th.  Photo: JJ Justman
  • Fisher Chimneys team is on top!  Photo: Mike Walter
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