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Seth Waterfall & Team Meet, Greet, and Prepare for Kilimanjaro

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | September 01, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Jambo!  Our trip has begun.  The group has been filtering in over the last couple of days. Today at breakfast was the first time we were all together as a team.  We spent the day going over info about the trip, in general, and the mountain, specifically, and then I had a look at everyone’s gear.
Everything is looking great and we are set for an early departure tomorrow.  Kilimanjaro came out of the clouds right at sunset and I was able to snap a pick from the top of the water tower here at the hotel.

I’ll check in from Camp 1 tomorrow.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

Kilimanjaro from the top of the water tower at the Dik Dik Hotel. Photo: Seth Waterfall Our rooms at the Dik Dik Hotel, near the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Photo: Jeff Martin

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Mt. Rainier: September 1st Update

Posted by: Adam Knoff, Pete Van Deventer | September 01, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

Summit!  The Mount Rainier Summit Climb, led by Adam Knoff and Pete Van Deventer, reached the top this morning and began their descent just before 8:00 a.m.  There were some gusty winds and clear skies. We just received an update from Adam Knoff that the team is leaving Ingraham Flats and will be back to Camp Muir in about an hour.

Sunrise on Mount Rainier. Photo: RMI Collection
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Congratulations to the team! Go Joel! I am so happy you made it to the summit!!!!
Now return safely :) So glad you had such glorious weather. See you… read more

Posted by: Kay Blackwell on 9/1/2014 at 10:56 am


RMI Guide Alex Barber Begins His Personal Climb of Manaslu

Posted by: Alex Barber | August 31, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Guide News

Yesterday morning I flew into Kathmandu. It was my first daytime flight into this wondrous city.  It was beautifully clear weather, and seeing the Himalaya from the air provided an awesome perspective—with Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and many other peaks visible on the horizon. This is my third 8000-meter expedition, with previous expeditions to Cho Oyu and Shishapangma. My goal for this expedition is to climb Manaslu (8156m)- solo and without bottled oxygen.

Today I had a relaxing afternoon catching up with my Nepalese friends on the outskirts of Kathmandu valley. Drinking Nepali Raksi (moonshine) and Chhaang (rice beer) along with some quite tasty finger foods - with no ill effects this morning - hopefully I’m working up some immunity to Nepalese microorganisms.  However, the heat and humidity of Kathmandu have me daydreaming of Manaslu’s glacial base camp. I’m excited to be back in Nepal!

The next two days I will busy myself with buying supplies and packing for the trek in. I plan to depart on the 2nd of September for Arughat, a small village in central Nepal. From Arughat it is an eight-day trek into Manaslu base camp. This time of year is hot, humid, and wet; I am packing my umbrella as the trek starts in the lowland rainforest.

RMI Guide Alex Barber

The busy streets of Kathmandu. Photo: Billy Nugent Bicycles and motorcycles aplenty in Kathmandu. Photo: RMI Collection

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Mt. Rainier: August 31st Summit!

Posted by: Dave Hahn | August 31, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

RMI Guide Dave Hahn and the Mount Rainier summit climb team reached the summit in clear, calm and chilly conditions. The team spent some time on top marveling in the views and then began their descent at 9:25 a.m.  After a successful summit yesterday, the Five-Day Muir Summit Climb team, led by Jake Beren, is on their way down from Camp Muir.  We look forward to congratulating the teams in Ashford this afternoon!

Mt. Rainier's crater rim. Photo: Bryan Hendrick
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AWESOME!!!!
Congratulations Jake ,Kyle, and TEAM on a successful summit!!! What a great accomplishment! Can’t wait to hear all about it!!!

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Posted by: Mom and Dad Cremer on 8/31/2014 at 11:05 am

Yea!!  Congratulations Bryan and team!!  We’ve been waiting to see that you reached the summit! Take care and have a “controlled descent”.

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Posted by: Mom and Dad F on 8/31/2014 at 10:20 am


Mt. Rainier: August 30th Teams Summit!

Posted by: Billy Nugent, Jake Beren | August 30, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Mt. Rainier Four- and Five- Day Summit Climbs, led by Billy Nugent and Jake Beren respectively, reached the summit this morning!  It was a cold day on top with winds steady between 10-15 mph.  The teams are doing well as they descend through a cloud cap hovering on the mountain top.

Congratulations to today’s summit climb teams!

RMI climbers on Mt. Rainier's upper mountain ascending through fog. Photo: Ed Viesturs

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 Hotel.
Everyone has had a great trip but after two weeks away, I 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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Seth. Thanks for doing such a great job posting.  All of us back in the states felt like we were there. I’m am hopeful to give it try with my… read more

Posted by: Rusty on 8/29/2014 at 6:25 pm

Hi George, loved reading the blog posts. We’re so proud of you! Can’t wait to hear all your amazing stories. Hope you and the team enjoy a safe trip home.

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Posted by: Charlie & Karen on 8/29/2014 at 6:16 pm


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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Seriously impressed! Well done!

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Posted by: Sean M on 8/30/2014 at 6:14 am

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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Posted by: Jessica Volkman on 8/28/2014 at 1:54 pm


Mt. Kilimanjaro: Game Viewing in Tarangire National Park

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | August 28, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Mambo poa…  We are full on safari pros now.  We left the Plantation Lodge at a relaxed pace this morning and after a couple of quick shopping missions we made it into Tarangire National Park.  This is the ‘Garden of the Elephants’ and true to its name we have already seen about 50 of them before lunch.  We are going to make our way through the rest of the park this afternoon on our way to Kikoti Camp.  I’ll check in again tomorrow.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

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

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What a wonderful adventure for all of you!! We miss you Bridget and Kevin! So nice to get the pictures of your smiling faces. Enjoy!!

xxoo

Lizzie, Thomas, Kit and… read more

Posted by: liz Blaney on 8/28/2014 at 5:05 pm

Now that is what call a first class safari! Smiles,friends,and meals you don’t have to cook!

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Posted by: Marcy on 8/28/2014 at 1:17 pm


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Recent Images From Expedition Dispatches

  • Kilimanjaro from the top of the water tower at the Dik Dik Hotel. Photo: Seth Waterfall
  • Our rooms at the Dik Dik Hotel, near the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Photo: Jeff Martin
  • Sunrise on Mount Rainier. Photo: RMI Collection
  • The busy streets of Kathmandu. Photo: Billy Nugent
  • Bicycles and motorcycles aplenty in Kathmandu. Photo: RMI Collection
  • Mt. Rainier's crater rim. Photo: Bryan Hendrick
  • RMI climbers on Mt. Rainier's upper mountain ascending through fog. Photo: Ed Viesturs
  • 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