Posts for Expedition Dispatches

Kilimanjaro: Waterfall & Team Check In from the Shira Plateau

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | August 20, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 12,200'

Hi this is Seth.  We are up on the Shira Plateau headed to camp.  Its been an excellent day on the trail.  The weather has been fantastic and we are looking forward to a hot lunch in camp.  Tomorrow we will head to the Barranco Valley.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

Team Waterfall stop for a photo on their way to Shira Plateau. Photo: Seth Waterfall Shira Plateau, Kilimanjaro. Photo: Seth Waterfall

On The Map

Sign Up For Kilimanjaro 2014 Email Alerts

7

Go Grandpa Rathburn!  Amanda, Emily and Sue are watching your progress.  We’re all very proud of you.  I hope I can make that climb when I’m 75.

read more

Posted by: Roger Rathburn Jr. on 8/20/2014 at 4:11 pm

Bridget, you look so happy!! Glad you and dad are having fun! Love, Mary and MayMay

read more

Posted by: liz Blaney on 8/20/2014 at 3:10 pm


Mount Rainier: Summit Climb Teams Reach the Top!

Posted by: JJ Justman, Elias de Andres Martos | August 20, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The RMI Four- and Five-Day Mount Rainier summit climbs reached the summit this morning by 7:30 a.m.  The weather was surprisingly cold, moderate winds and a cloud deck at 8,000’.  At 8:35 a.m. the teams began their descent from the crater rim and will make their way to Camp Muir, Paradise and then their celebration awaits at Rainier Basecamp.

RMI Guides JJ Justman and Elias de Andres Martos

RMI Guide Zach Lovell and team ascending Mount Rainier just after daybreak. Photo: JJ Justman
7

Go Grandpa Rathburn!  Amanda, Emily and Sue are watching your progress.  We’re all very proud of you.  I hope I can make that climb when I’m 75.

read more

Posted by: Roger Rathburn Jr. on 8/20/2014 at 4:07 pm

Yay Justin!!! So excited for you!

read more

Posted by: Kate on 8/20/2014 at 10:21 am


Kilimanjaro: Waterfall & Team at Machame Camp

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | August 19, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 9,800'

All is well at Machame Camp! The team was really fired up this morning.  I was three minutes early to breakfast and I was the last to arrive. It’s great to be on a trip with such an organized team.

The drive to the gate was smooth and after checking in at the gate we started our trek.  The trail was a little slick and muddy but we didn’t get any rain along the way. Once we arrived in camp the crew had everything set up and ready to go. Everyone is now settling in for the night and getting ready for the hike up to Shira tomorrow.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

Kilimanjaro Trailhead. Photo: RMI Collection The team starting their trek to Machame Camp. Photo: Seth Waterfall Our first night's camp located at 10,000' in the Giant Heather of Kilimanjaro. Photo: Jeff Martin

On The Map

Sign Up For Kilimanjaro 2014 Email Alerts

9

You’re a B.A. Grandpa Roger.  Keep it up.

Love Luke (I’m stay with dad tonight)

read more

Posted by: Luke on 8/20/2014 at 1:46 am

Good luck Bridget and Kevin!  Safe climbing.  Take it all in!  Love, Annmarie, Chara, Grandma, and Coach

read more

Posted by: Annmarie on 8/19/2014 at 11:17 pm


Mt. Rainier: August 19th Update

Posted by: Jake Beren | August 19, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

RMI Guide Jake Beren and the Mount Rainier summit climb began their descent from the crater rim at 7:55 a.m. They spent over an hour on the summit in beautiful and crisp weather.

Congratulations to today’s summit climbers!

RMI climbers on the approach to the Mt. Rainier summit. Photo: Seth Waterfall
7

Congratulations Larry, Todd, Scott and all on your accomplishment!  It must have been truly amazing up there.

read more

Posted by: Angela Kantola on 8/20/2014 at 7:12 am

Thinking about you as you near the summit!  Congratulations!

read more

Posted by: Mona on 8/20/2014 at 4:08 am


Mt. Kilimanjaro: Waterfall & Team Arrive in Africa

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | August 18, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Greetings from Tanzania!  Our group is getting excited for the start of our trek.  All of us arrived yesterday evening and spent today sorting through gear and recovering from the long flights. We also spent some time chatting with the folks from Mark Tucker’s Kilimanjaro Climb and they all reported a great experience on the mountain.  Tomorrow we’ll get an early start and make our way to Kilimanjaro National Park.  It should be good times!

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall & Team.

RMI Kilimanjaro Team dining at the Dik Dik Hotel.  Photo: Seth Waterfall
4

Prayers for a safe and fantastic trip for the team!

read more

Posted by: dotti cummins on 8/19/2014 at 6:38 am

So excited to hear about the first day of the climb!! Good luck to everyone! Liz, thomas, kit and Mary

read more

Posted by: Liz Blaney on 8/19/2014 at 3:58 am


Mt. Rainier: August 17th Update

Posted by: Dave Hahn | August 17, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

Summit! RMI Guide Dave Hahn reached the Mount Rainier summit at 7:45 this morning. With beautiful blue skies and 10-15 mph winds, the team enjoyed the summit views for over an hour before beginning their descent at 9:00 a.m.

An RMI team ascending to the Mt. Rainier summit. Photo: Win Whittaker

Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team’s Last Safari Day Ends at Kikoti Camp

Posted by: Mark Tucker | August 16, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Yet another stellar Safari. Some clouds made for very pleasant temperatures all day. Tarangire National Park was the place to be. A bit of a terrain contrast from the crater, neither one better than the other, just different. Wide open big sky country out here. Mammals galore, in a very natural setting, as you can imagine. We ended up here at the luxury tent camp called Kikoti. The team has injured their stomachs by over indulgence. We are now sitting around a nice wood fire digesting our pains away. Very peaceful spot, the perfect setting to finish off this adventure.

We will make tracks back through the park in the morning on our way to the Dik Dik Hotel to pick up some gear, than off to the airport.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

Kikoti Camp, Africa safari. Photo: Jeff Martin

Sign Up For Kilimanjaro 2014 Email Alerts


Mt. Elbrus: Northside Team Enjoys St. Petersburg City Tour

Posted by: Jeff Martin, Pete Van Deventer | August 16, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Northside

Hi,
Today we fully immersed ourselves in the culture and history of St. Petersburg. After an incredible breakfast at our hotel, we hit the streets to begin our city tour. Our city guide, Olga, led us through the maze of streets and canals to all the best churches, museums and cathedrals in the city. We tried our best to keep up with all the dates and facts that she knew by heart, but after several hours, we had to concede that it was a losing proposition. There is simply just way too much to see and learn.
By the time we toured Saint Isaac’s Cathedral, the fourth largest cathedral in the world, we were ready to take a break. We met up for an early dinner and then with a second wind, we finished the day with a boat tour of the canals and Neva River. The city is even more beautiful from the water and the perfect view in which to remember this city.
Sadly, this adventure comes to an end tomorrow as we go our separate ways and travel back home. We have had a great time and hope you have enjoyed following along as we traveled and climbed our way through Russia.

Best regards,
RMI Guides Jeff Martin, Pete Van Deventer, and team

Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, St. Petersburg, Russia. Photo: Jeff Martin Intricate mosaics inside the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. Photo: Jeff Martin St. Isaac's Cathedral, St. Petersburg, Russia. Photo: Jeff Martin

Sign Up For Elbrus Northside 2014 Email Alerts


Mt. Rainier: August 16th Summit!

Posted by: Ben Liken, Brent Okita, Leon Davis | August 16, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

With the freezing level at 13,500’, the Mount Rainier summit climb teams reached the top just after 6:00 a.m.  RMI Guide Ben Liken reported light winds and sunny with a cloud deck below Camp Muir. They spent over an hour on the summit taking in the views and crossing through the crater to Columbia Crest, the highest point in Washington.  By 7:45 a.m. both teams had crested back over the crater rim and began their descent to Camp Muir.

Congratulations to today’s summit climbers!

An RMI team on the upper section of Mount Rainier. Photo: RMI Collection
7

That was the strongest experience of my life. I was overflown by emotions of so many kinds. Special and the hugest THANK YOU go to Brent, Ben, and Pepper -… read more

Posted by: Alik Levin on 8/17/2014 at 8:38 am

Just a note to express a heartfelt “THANK YOU!” to our awesome guides: Ben, Brent and Pepper.  What an amazing climb!  Ben, Brent, Pepper, you were so dedicated, patient and… read more

Posted by: Christian Molnar on 8/16/2014 at 8:40 pm


Mt. Elbrus: Team Leaves the Mountains for the Culture of St. Petersburg

Posted by: Jeff Martin, Pete Van Deventer | August 15, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Northside

Hi,
We are in St. Petersburg! This morning we headed out of the hotel and drove to Mineralnye Vody for our flight. Even though it is just about a three hour flight, it took most of the day to reach our final destination.

St. Petersburg is very different from what we have seen the last two weeks. It is best described as the cultural center of Russia, while Moscow is the center of government and administration. The architecture is stunning and the monuments truly impressive. The harder “edge” found in Kislovodsk is definitely softer and the curiosity surrounding foreign visitors is almost non-existent. It is also much easier to find a dinner menu with a little English.

We headed out for an early dinner at a nearby restaurant and to get a little preview of the city before we get the grand tour tomorrow.
All the best,

RMI Guides Jeff Martin, Pete Van Deventer, and the North Side Team

Roof top view of St. Petersburg, Russia.  Photo: Linden Mallory

Sign Up For Elbrus Northside 2014 Email Alerts


More Entries

Recent Images From Expedition Dispatches

  • 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
  • Kilimanjaro Trailhead. Photo: RMI Collection
  • The team starting their trek to Machame Camp. Photo: Seth Waterfall
  • Our first night's camp located at 10,000' in the Giant Heather of Kilimanjaro. Photo: Jeff Martin
  • RMI climbers on the approach to the Mt. Rainier summit. Photo: Seth Waterfall
  • RMI Kilimanjaro Team dining at the Dik Dik Hotel.  Photo: Seth Waterfall
  • An RMI team ascending to the Mt. Rainier summit. Photo: Win Whittaker
  • Kikoti Camp, Africa safari. Photo: Jeff Martin
  • Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, St. Petersburg, Russia. Photo: Jeff Martin
  • Intricate mosaics inside the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. Photo: Jeff Martin
  • St. Isaac's Cathedral, St. Petersburg, Russia. Photo: Jeff Martin
  • An RMI team on the upper section of Mount Rainier. Photo: RMI Collection
  • Roof top view of St. Petersburg, Russia.  Photo: Linden Mallory
  • An RMI team visits a Maasai Village during safari. Photo: Jeff Martin
  • The Four Day Summit Climb August 12 - 15 led by JJ Justman ascends to Camp Muir on August 14th, Mt. Rainier, Washington.  Photo: JJ Justman
  • Four Day Summit Climb August 12 - 15, 2014 on the upper slopes of Mt. Rainier.  Photo: JJ Justman
  • A giraffe seen on safari at Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania. Photo: RMI Collection
  • Elephant at Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania. Photo: Seth Waterfall
  • A garden in  Kislovodsk, Russia, creatively states the year. Photo: Jeff Martin
  • The Elbrus Northside team shopping in the Kislovodsk city park. Photo: Jeff Martin
  • The Elbrus Northside team enjoys the best meal of the trip so far in Kislovodsk, Russia. Photo: Jeff Martin
  • RMI Team on the Summit of Kilimanjaro. Photo: Mark Tucker
  • Looking toward the West Summit of Mt. Elbrus from Lenz Rocks.  Photo: Pete Van Deventer
  • The views of  Russias Caucasus Mountains as seen on approach to the summit of Mt. Elbrus.  Photo: RMI Collection
  • Climbers en route to the summit of Mt. Elbrus via the North Side Route.  Photo: RMI Collection
  • Hiking out of Mweka Camp on Mt. Kilimanjaro. RMI Photo Collection
  • An RMI Team descending from the summit of Mt.Rainier in early August.  Photo: Mike Walter
  • Climbers ready at Barafu Camp to make their summit attempt on Kilimanjaro.  Photo: Linden Mallory
  • Watching the sunrise over Tanzania from the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro.  Photo: RMI Collection