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Mt. Elbrus: Northside Team move gear higher on the Mountain

Posted by: Pete Van Deventer, Jeff Martin | August 09, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Northside
Elevation: 12,800'

Hello from 3800 Assault Camp (as our Russian friends call it). Since we were reunited with all of our gear yesterday and had some time to contemplate the piles, today was the perfect day to once again bump up a portion of that gear to our next camp at Lenz Rocks (about 15k). We woke to brilliant azure skies and cooler temps: perfect climbing weather. By 9 am we were donning harnesses and crampons, and clipping in to the climbing rope for the first time of the trip. The terrain below Lenz was our first snow climbing of the trip, and the conditions were perfect for cramponing. The group moved very well through the first stretch, but it began to feel like we were racing the weather a bit. First, a few errant clouds drifted across our climbing route on a light breeze, temporarily reducing our visibility. Then, just as we neared our destination, there was a distant rumble of thunder. At Lenz we didn’t rush with our cache, using the time at a new altitude to help our acclimatization, but we didn’t linger either. With our gear stored, we headed down into very low visibility and a couple of more distant rumbles. We moved very well downhill with light packs and some motivation, ultimately beating the weather to camp. Not long after we were tucked into tents snacking, the first flash of lightning alerted us that the storm had arrived. We sat, counting the seconds between flashes and cracks, listening to the tattoo of hail and graupel on the tent walls. By dinner time things had calmed down, and we ate dessert while watching spectacular colors play on the clouds as the sun set. We are hoping that our luck with the weather continues, and that tomorrow will give us the opportunity to move camp once again. We’ll be in touch tomorrow.

RMI Guide Pete Van Deventer, Jeff Martin, and Crew

The Approach to Lenz Rock on Mt. Elbrus. RMI Photo Collection

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Mt. Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team reach Barranco Camp

Posted by: | August 09, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 12,800'

Yet another nice day. A bit breezy as we approached our high point of the trip so far. Altitude records for most, than a couple thousand feet descent into Barranco Camp home for the night. The team continues to do just what they should to move smooth and efficient. We pulled into camp nice and early, so much so that we even took a short hike to a waterfall and the base of the Barranco Wall, the first part of our climb tomorrow. Mixed in the team is a couple of families; fathers, daughters and sons, even an uncle. Great to see them out in the hills and having a gas. A few clouds have moved in obscuring a view of the upper mountain but we may get lucky in the next hour to get a few photos of the peak in the beautiful alpine glow condition we can be rewarded with for such an effort put forth.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker & Team

Barranco Camp on Mt. Kilimanjaro. Photo: Dave Hahn Barranco Camp from Lava Tower on Mt. Kilimanjaro. Photo: Casey Grom

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

Posted by: Mike Haugen, Seth Waterfall | August 09, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climbs Teams led by RMI Guides Seth Waterfall and Mike Haugen reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  Seth reported clear skies, no winds and a super nice day for climbing.

The teams were starting their descent from the crater rim just after 7 am today.  They will return to Camp Muir for a short break before continuing down to Paradise.  We look forward to seeing the teams at Rainier BaseCamp later today.

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb Teams!

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Forbidden Peak: Walter & Team Reach Summit of Forbidden Peak

Posted by: Mike Walter | August 08, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *North Cascades
Elevation: 8,816'

RMI Guide Mike Walter and Team reached the summit of Forbidden Peak.  The team is leaving the Boston Basin area after a successful week of climbing.

Congratulations Team!


Mt. Elbrus: Northside Team Retrieves Cache and Reviews Climbing Techniques

Posted by: Jeff Martin, Pete Van Deventer | August 08, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Northside
Elevation: 12,300'

Greetings,
We had a good first night at Camp 1. Everyone is doing great and feeling strong.
We did sleep in a little this morning and woke up to a beautiful cloudless day. A welcome treat after the last few mornings of rain. After breakfast we headed downhill to pick up our cache that we left two days ago. It was a quick roundtrip and we were back in camp by lunch. Since it was a rest day, we fired up the stoves and had quesadillas for lunch and lounged around camp.
Starting tomorrow, we will be on the glacier for the rest of the climb. We wanted to get a little review in, so we went out on the glacier to practice some cramponing and ice ax arrest. We are all ready for tomorrow!
Now we are back at camp hydrating and trying to make a dent in our pile of snack food.
Dinner will come soon enough and we enjoying the late afternoon sun and the constantly changing colors on the upper mountain. What a view.
All the best,

RMI Guides Jeff Martin, Pete Van Deventer, and team

Eye on the summit below Camp 1, Mt. Elbrus. Photo: RMI Collection

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Kilimanjaro: Hahn & Team Finish Their Safari at Tarangire National Park

Posted by: Dave Hahn | August 08, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

After a peaceful night at the Kikoti Lodge just East of the Tarangire National Park boundary, we had breakfast and ducked back into the park.  As experienced safari aficionados, we no longer stopped the vehicles for common zebras and wildebeest.  But we were happy to pull over to watch a monitor lizard cross the road.  And seeing a lion guarding his fresh kill got our attention.  The king of the savannah also got the attention of about twenty elephants on their way to the water.  They trumpeted and snorted when they sensed his presence and -giving him some space, took a detour to reach the water.  We saw a few thousand other animals and birds, baobab trees and acacias on our way back out to the main park exit.  Then it was Tanzanian highway driving with a few stops for tourism and sightseeing on the way back to Arusha and the Dik Dik Hotel.  All that remains now is a dinner together and a few shuttles to the airport over the next 24 hours as we split up and begin to circle the globe toward home.

It has been a chock full couple of weeks in Africa.  Thank you for keeping track of our team!

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

Kikoti Camp, Africa safari. Photo: Jeff Martin Elephant at Tarangire National Park. Photo: Seth Waterfall

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Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Camped at Shira

Posted by: Mark Tucker | August 08, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 12,500'

Shira Camp is our new home for the night. At 12,500 ft it is nice to still see bushes and grasses. Don’t let life forms other than humans fool you, it is a very harsh place to be. Unlike places like Alaska where the latitude away from the Equator keeps plant life well below here.

It was nice to see the whole team at breakfast this morning healthy and happy . For some, it was was a new experience spending the night in a tent at 10,000 ft. Before we turned in, a discussion about strategy for the night and talk of what we can do to help adjust to the altitude paid off. Another day of perfect weather for the climb and it couldn’t have gone smoother. Incorporating the same techniques used on all these big hills went very well with a team of strong climbers arriving at Camp 2 right on schedule.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

Hiking to the Shira Plateau on Kilimanjaro. Photo: RMI Collection

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Mt. Rainier: August 8th Summit!

Posted by: Eric Frank, Geoff Schellens | August 08, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

At 7:32 a.m. the RMI Mt. Rainier Four-Day Summit Climb teams began their descent from the crater rim.  RMI Guides Eric Frank and Geoff Schellens reported light winds, a marine layer and cold temperatures.

We look forward to congratulating them at Rainier Basecamp this afternoon!

Mt. Rainier - Approaching the top of the Disappointment Cleaver on the descent. Photo: Peter Whittaker
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Kilimanjaro: Hahn & Team Have an Extraordinary Day in Tarangire National Park

Posted by: Dave Hahn | August 07, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Another day, another incredible Tanzanian National Park.  Today we visited Tarangire... A system of rivers, swamps and savannas that host a mind-blowing number of elephants, zebras, wildebeest, gazelles, giraffes and just about every other East African animal you can think of.  We were particularly interested in the big cats today.  As luck would have it, we spied a cheetah, a lioness up a tree, and finally a big and beautiful leopard in an Acacia tree at sunset.  The elephants of Tarangire were everywhere and their signs of passage were everywhere else.  We could see where they’d been scraping bark from the giant baobab trees in search of moisture, and flat out destroying smaller trees in other places.  In terms of bird-life, we saw everything from an African Fish Eagle (eerily similar to an American Bald Eagle) to the ubiquitous superb starlings with their incandescent colors.  It was just getting dark when Joseph and Clement brought our Landcruisers in to Kikoti, a hotel of screened in cabins with a luxurious and open-planned center dining room and bar just to one side of the national park.  This will be our last evening together and our last out in the wild, but we look forward to a final day’s journey back through the park and “home” to Arusha.

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

Tarangire National Park, Africa. Photo: Dave Hahn Baobab tree at Tarangire National Park, Africa. Photo: RMI Collection

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Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Begin Their Trek

Posted by: Mark Tucker | August 07, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 9,800'

What a great day in the mountains. The team was like clock work getting out of the lowlands. A pleasant drive to the Machame Gate where our climb began. Not too hot or cold, no rain just some broken clouds as we moved up the mountain in great style and all arriving at Camp 1 in fine shape. The usual perfect support by our fabulous outfitter the Dik Dik, best outfitter for a climb of Killimanjaro. We worked a lot on technique, and talked about strategy for the future throughout the day. We are all fed and down for the night. Awesome moon above and the summit clear and calling. How many times can I climb this beast and still get such a thrill. It’s crazy, you have to make the time to do this one for sure!

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

Kilimanjaro Trailhead. Photo: RMI Collection Our first night's camp located at 10,000' in the Giant Heather of Kilimanjaro. Photo: Jeff Martin

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