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Mt. Kilimanjaro: Team Explores Lake Manyara National Park

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | August 26, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Hello from Lake Manyara National Park.  Today most of the team headed out for some game viewing while two of our members went directly to the hotel.  One of them was feeling under the weather.
The rest of us have been on the road, looking for animals, at Lake Manyara.  It feels great to be toasty and warm after being cold on Kilimanjaro.  Most everyone has legs that are still a little tired from the climb so it’s also a treat to ride in the safari vehicle.
Tonight we’ll overnight at the beautiful Plantation Lodge and tomorrow we head to the famous Ngorongoro crater.

RMI Guide 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

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Mt. Shuksan: The Seminar Enjoys Beautiful Weather While Training

Posted by: Mike Walter | August 25, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *North Cascades

We had another great day of training today on Mount Shuksan. We ascended the Sulphide Glacier and then stepped onto the Upper Curtis Glacier where we spent much of the day running laps on the steep ice pitches known as Hell’s Highway.
Afterwards we practiced some 4th class rock scrambling on the ridge just west of the Sulphide Glacier.
The weather has treated us well so far, and the forecast looks favorable for the rest of out week here. Everyone is doing well and enjoying the beauty of the North Cascades.

RMI Guide Mike Walter

Roped up on the Sulphide Glacier, North Cascades. Photo: Mike Walter Steep ice pitches on the Upper Curtis Glacier. Photo: Mike Walter

Mt. Kilimanjaro: Team Makes Final Descent and Depart Kilimanjaro National Park

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | August 25, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Hello from the Dik Dik Hotel!  We have made it off the mountain.  Today we awoke to clearing skies and warm temps.  After another great breakfast we were honored to give our support staff their well-deserved tips.  They have done an amazing job keeping us healthy and happy for the summit push.
After that we headed down the trail.  The group moved well over the trail.  Yesterday’s rain had left a slick surface but we didn’t have any mishaps.
Once we reached the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate the guys set out a lunch platter and then we made the drive back to the hotel.
Everyone is showering up and cleaning gear right now.  We’re meeting up for dinner later and then its off to bed.  Safari starts tomorrow.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

An RMI Team descending from Mweka Camp to the trail head at the end of their Kilimanjaro climb.  Photo: Jeff Martin

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

Posted by: Elias de Andres Martos, Leon Davis | August 25, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb teams led by RMI Guides Elias de Andres Martos and Leon Davis reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning around 7 am.
Elias reported clear skies and very light wind on the summit.  The from Camp Muir to the summit was covered with 6 - 12 inches of new snow.  The teams will enjoy some time on the summit before beginning their descent.
We look forward to seeing everyone at Rainier BaseCamp this afternoon.

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb teams!

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Mt. Shuksan: Walter and Seminar Team Focus on Training

Posted by: Mike Walter, Lindsay Fixmer, Steve Gately | August 24, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *North Cascades
Elevation: 6,200'

Our Expedition Skills Seminar - Shuksan team is enjoying nice weather here in the North Cascades. Our camp is tucked in at 6,200’ amongst stunning alpine scenery on the flanks of the Sulphide Glacier. We have unobstructed views on Shuksan’s summit pyramid to the north, and the northern Picket Range to the south. Baker Lake winds its way south through the valley bottom, far below us.

We just returned back to camp after a morning out on the glacier practicing various climbing skills such as ice axe arrest and cramponing. This afternoon we’ll work on some technical skills starting with knots and hitches.

Everyone is doing well and enjoying the alpine air.

Cheers,
RMI Guide Mike Walter and Team

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
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Mt. Kilimanjaro: Team Summits and Descends to Mweka Camp

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | August 24, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 19,340'

Summit Day is a wrap!  We started our day with a midnight wakeup and a lite ‘breakfast’ of cakes and cookies.  Everyone was ready quickly and we hit the trail at 12:45.  The moonless night gave us great stargazing as we ascended the many twists and turns of the summit route and while there was no wind it was very chilly before sunrise.  As we neared the crater rim a crescent moon, Venus and Mercury all came up just before the sun.  That was a spectacular sight.  Everyone went on to Uhuru Peak (19,340’) where we had several waves of summit photos.  The descent of the summit cone was as smooth as can be and everyone was back in camp before 10 AM.

Now we have reached Mweka, our last camp on Kilimanjaro.  The team did great coming down in what turned out to be tough conditions.  Sunny skies gave way to thunder showers as soon as we left Barafu.  This turned the trail slick with mud and wet stones but everyone just buckled down and dispatched with the task of getting down.  We made good time and have just finished a great lunch in camp.

Tomorrow we hit the trail for the final leg of our trip.  We will drop down to the national park gate, check out, and head back to the Dik Dik Hotel for the night.  Everyone is looking forward to starting the next phase of our adventure… safari!

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

Climbers descending from High Camp on Kilimanjaro to Mweka Camp, 10,000 ft.  Photo: Dave Hahn


RMI Guide Seth Waterfall checks in from High Camp after the group returns from the summit of Kilimanjaro.

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Mt. Rainier: Summit Climbs Teams on Top!

Posted by: Dave Hahn, Garrett Stevens | August 24, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

RMI Guides Dave Hahn and Garrett Stevens led their Four Day Summit Climb teams to the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  The teams reached the crater rim around 7 am and were able to spend some time on the summit taking photos and enjoying the views.  Both teams began their descent from the crater rim and will return to Camp Muir for a short rest before continuing down the mountain.

We look forward to seeing everyone back at Rainier BaseCamp this afternoon.

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb team.

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Kilimanjaro: Waterfall & Team Summit!

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | August 23, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 19,340'

Hey this is Seth checking in from the top of Kilimanjaro!  We had a great day.  Super nice weather, really sweet.  No wind when we left camp, just a little breeze when we hit the crater rim.  We were all walking into the crater rim when the sun came up and we have been enjoying the top for a little while now.  We are going to head down. Go back to camp and spend a few hours packing up and then we’ll be down to about 10,000 feet, back where trees grow out of the ground. All is well.  We’ll check in later today.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

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


RMI Guide Seth Waterfall calls from the Kilimanjaro summit!

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Mt. Kilimanjaro: Team Reaches High Camp

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | August 23, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 15,000'

Another fine day on Kilimanjaro’s trails has led us to high camp.  The name of this camp is Barafu which translates to ‘ice’.  So you can tell it is not always the warmest spot.  True enough, we have been getting some ice pellets or graupel hitting the tents since we arrived.  Hopefully we’ll have the normal evening clearing and a nice climb tonight.

The team members are all in our respective tents sorting gear and relaxing before we head out.  Our crew just prepared a delicious lunch of hamburgers and macaroni salad.  Perfect for the physical effort that awaits us.

Our plan is to get up at midnight and get on the trail by 1 AM.  It should take us somewhere in the neighborhood of 6 hours to reach the top.

Wish us luck!

RMI Guide 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

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GOOD LUCK TO ALL THE TEAM MEMBERS!!!! We are so excited for you all!
Kevin and Bridget, this is the moment you’ve been training so hard for. Enjoy every… read more

Posted by: liz Blaney on 8/23/2014 at 7:34 am

Thanks for the update Seth.  We wiill all be thinking of you all and cheering you on this evening.  Very much hoping that Roger is hanging in there.  Let’s all… read more

Posted by: Rusty on 8/23/2014 at 7:15 am


Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climb Teams on Columbia Crest!

Posted by: Brent Okita, Mike King | August 23, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

At 6:45 am the Four Day Summit Climb teams led by RMI Guides Brent Okita and Mike King were approaching the summit of Mt. Rainier, Columbia Crest.  Brent reported a beautiful day with a slight cloud ceiling above them.  The teams will enjoy the views from the top and then descent to Camp Muir for a short break before continuing down to Paradise this afternoon.

We look forward to seeing the teams at Rainier BaseCamp later today.

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Recent Images From Expedition Dispatches

  • 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
  • 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