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Mt. Rainier: Teams on the Summit!

Posted by: Leon Davis, Mike Walter | August 01, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guide Mike Walter reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning around 6:30 am. The Expedition Skills Seminar - Paradise led by Leon Davis also made a successful climb to the summit today after several days of training on the mountain.  Both teams began their descent around 7:30 after enjoying the sunrise and views from the crater for almost an hour.
The teams will return to Camp Muir for a short break and to re-pack their gear before continuing the descent to Paradise.  We look forward to seeing both teams in Ashford later today.

Congratulations to today’s climbers!

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Congratulations Brian and all of your team!  So glad you were able to have this awesome experience!!

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Posted by: Michele on 8/1/2014 at 7:56 am

Congratulations to Gretchen and the entire teams! Very Nice! Looking forward to hearing about it and seeing photos!

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Posted by: Shari on 8/1/2014 at 7:48 am


Mt. Kilimanjaro: Hahn & Team Ascend Barranco Wall

Posted by: Dave Hahn | August 01, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 13,160'

It was cold in Mt. Kilimanjaro’s Barranco Camp this morning, but very beautiful. We still couldn’t see the world below, due to clouds, but we could sure see the steep Southern walls of Kibo Peak above.  Giant icicles hung down from the glaciers and snowfields in the early morning shadows.  Just as the sun hit our camp at about 8:15 AM, we set off into the cool shadows again.  We didn’t stay cold though, since our first task was to climb the steep lava ledges of the Barranco Wall.  Our local guides, Eric and Charles, along with Eliapende and Vendelin, made sure that all felt confident in reaching up for the rough handholds and stepping from block to block to pass this imposing barrier. 
It took over an hour, as expected, to get up 800 vertical feet of relief, but we did it, earning even better views of Kilimanjaro’s central peak and glaciers hanging thousands of feet above.  Then it was relatively easy walking to reach the Karanga Valley, but by the time we made that combination steep descent and ascent -in and out of the narrow valley, we were in cloud.  We made it to Karanga Camp at 13,160 ft by 1:15 PM and began our now familiar and welcome pattern of resting, recuperating, eating and drinking through the afternoon. 

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

The RMI Kilimanjaro July 26th team on top of the Barranco Wall.  Photo: Dave Hahn

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WOW, we have really enjoyed the updates and pictures.  Everyone looks happy and healthy, and we know you are having a great time.  Keep breathing slow and steady.
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Posted by: Clinton on 8/1/2014 at 7:21 am


Machu Picchu:  Elias and Team Visit the Sacred Valley of the Incas

Posted by: Elias de Andres Martos | July 31, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Peru
Elevation: 10,850'

Good evening!

We’re writing from our hotel in Cuzco after a full day of visits along the Sacred Valley of the Incas. With the city of Ollantaytambo as the pinnacle of the day, we also had the time to pet the llamas and alpacas of a South American Cammel’s zoo we visited. The walking we did among the different Inca ruins we visited along the Urubamba river, between elevations of 9,000 and 12,000 ft, continued to help us acclimate to the altitude.
Tomorrow, an early departure (4am) will bring us to the trail head to start our trek towards Machu Picchu… a week filled with great trail hiking awaits!

Our next post will be from the trails.

Best regards,

RMI Guide Elías and the team

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Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Begin Safari

Posted by: Mark Tucker | July 31, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

This is not any surfing safari, although that doesn’t sound too bad either. Our goal is not to catch the perfect wave, but it is to find the perfect sighting of so much wild game on a beautiful day. I’ll take it. We forced ourselves to leave one lovely lodge to end up at another. We are at the Plantation Lodge situated midway between Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro Crater, which is the location of tomorrow’s safari. The team did well making the transition from climbing to safari. Although that trigger finger took a hit today taking so many pictures, I have confidence it will pull off some amazing shots tomorrow.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

An elephant at Lake Manyara National Park. Photo: Casey Grom Panoramic view at Lake Manyara National Park. Photo: Jeff Martin

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Mt. Elbrus: Grom & Team Enjoy the Mountains

Posted by: Casey Grom | July 31, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Southside

It was another beautiful day here on Mt. Elbrus! We woke to clear skies, calm winds and a amazing view of the enormous Caucasus range. We had our standard breakfast of porridge, boiled eggs, assorted meats, cheeses and coffee.

Today was our planned acclimatization day and the team set shortly after 8:30 and hiked for about 3 hours uphill and reached about 15,000’, which was a new record for some! Along the way we ran into for RMI guide Craig Van Hoy. It was nice seeing an old friend and chatting with other Americans. We enjoyed the views took a few photos and then headed back down to camp for another amazing hot lunch cooked up by Russia’s finest, Albina! The remainder of the afternoon has been spent relaxing in camp, listening to the thunder outside and taking naps.
All is well and the team is looking forward to doing a little technical training and resting tomorrow. 

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

The RMI July 25th Mt. Elbrus Team enjoying an acclimatization hike on the mountain.  Photo: Casey Grom Taking a break on Mt. Elbrus during an acclimatization hike.  Photo: Casey Grom

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I see you’re making great progress, Liz I know you’re having a great time! Could someone explain to me what porridge is? I can wikipidea it or I can dig… read more

Posted by: John Schupbach on 7/31/2014 at 8:36 pm


Mt. Rainier:  Teams on Top via Emmons and Disappointment Cleaver Routes

Posted by: Garrett Stevens, Geoff Schellens, Win Whittaker | July 31, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climbs led by RMI Guides Garrett Stevens and Win Whittaker reached the summit of Mt. Rainier early this morning.  The teams reported cool temperatures, winds 20 mph and clear skies.  They began their descent from the summit at 7 am en route to Camp Muir.  They will take a short break there before continuing down to Paradise.

The Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons led by RMI Guide Geoff Schellens also made their summit push today.  Geoff and team were also beginning their descent from the crater rim around 7 am. They will return to Camp Schurman for their final night on the mountain.

Congratulations to today’s climbers!

An RMI Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons Team approaching Inter Glacier on Mt. Rainier.  Photo: RMI Collection
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Hi Arthur and Owen with team Emmons. Have been following you all the way to the summit (well at least since 6.00am!). That was so awesome to watch. Congrats to… read more

Posted by: Shirley Eigenbrot on 7/31/2014 at 5:05 pm

Way to go team—so thankful you have a nice weather window to work with.  All your hard work, conditioning, and aspirations have paid off.  Your home team is proud of… read more

Posted by: Faithe Lester on 7/31/2014 at 11:31 am


Machu Picchu: Elias and Team Explore Cusco

Posted by: Elias de Andres Martos | July 30, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Peru

Greetings again from Cuzco,

We had a great first day of official activities, with a morning packed of visits to the main monuments of the city. From the amazing, earthquake proof Inca walls of Koricancha, to the 16th Century Cathedral, we did also, without noticing, start our acclimatization process by stretching our legs across this ancient city.  Gear check and hike briefing with our local outfitter filled the afternoon.  We look forward to yet another day of discovery, along the Sacred Valley Of The Incas tomorrow.

Best regards,
RMI Guide Elías and team

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Mt. Rainier: July 30th Summit

Posted by: Billy Nugent, Zeb Blais | July 30, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guide Billy Nugent and the Five Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guide Zeb Blais reached the summit of Mt. Rainier earlier this morning.  The team has descended safely to Camp Muir where they will pack up before continuing their descent to Paradise.  We look forward to greeting the teams when they arrive in Ashford later this afternoon.

Congratulations to today’s climbers!

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OUTSTANDING! WHAT’S NEXT?

Love, Dad

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Posted by: Dad on 7/31/2014 at 4:48 am

Congrats!!!  Can’t wait to hear about your adventure!

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Posted by: Mike Jackie Owen Shea on 7/30/2014 at 4:09 pm


Kilimanjaro: Tucker and Team Finish Descent and Prepare for Safari

Posted by: Mark Tucker | July 30, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

We are getting ready for dinner here just outside of Arusha in the lowlands of Tanzania. Everybody is healthy and happy. It’s crazy to think where we were just yesterday—what a great climb. We moved up the hill like clockwork. I was very impressed by the strength, both mental and physical, by one and all during such an arduous task.

This morning we had a nice walk in the cloud forest, and yes we were in the clouds. It was so lush and pretty. After reaching the Mweka Gate and having lunch, we said farewell to our local staff and a “thank you so much” to the staff of the Dik Dik Hotel—one of the best outfitters for Kilimanjaro. They offer great support and I will defiantly use them again. How about next week? Is that soon enough? But first I will spend a few days on safari game viewing with the team. We’ve made some great memories already and more are yet to come. I will do my best to keep you in the loop on phase two of the “A Team” in East Africa.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

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Kilimanjaro: Hahn and Team Climb Climb Through Rain to Shira Camp

Posted by: Dave Hahn | July 30, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 12,570'

The rains came in the wee hours at Machame Camp this morning.  We were all snug in our sleeping bags and dry in our tents, but each of the team heard the showers and wondered how things might be if it all didn’t quit by morning.  Well, it didn’t quit, but things weren’t too bad, as it turned out.  We geared up in waterproof clothing and got out into light showers and persistent mist.  We’d breakfasted and busted out of camp by eight AM, climbing a steep and slippery trail with big lava-block steps.  We climbed for several hours in the cloud, wondering just which grand views we were missing.  It never got unbearably wet and we were spared from the possibility of overheating from too much sun.  Most of our altitude for the day had been gained and we were beginning the leftward traverse which would bring us to the Shira Plateau when we climbed out of the clouds.  It seemed we were in a great garden of wildflowers as we proceeded around the corner to Shira.  And then we could see - for the first time - the upper slopes and glaciers of Kilimanjaro.  It was an exciting moment, made better by the realization that we only had some easy downhill walking left to go in order to reach camp at 12,570 ft above sea level.  We were looking out over an endless sea of cloud and enjoying the sunshine for a time…the clouds washed back over camp in the mid-afternoon.  By then though, we were well-fed and well-sheltered in our new and higher home. 

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

RMI climbers ascending to Shira Camp on Kilimanjaro with and endless sea of clouds below. Photo: Dave Hahn

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Hey Dad and Mr. Brad! It looks like you are having fun! It looks beautiful!
Brody - I love you dad, and I like your fun trip, and… read more

Posted by: Becky, Brody, Halle (007) & Champ on 8/1/2014 at 3:43 am

Glad the Team is climbing well. Keep it up! Go Brad-man & Gally-man!

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  • The RMI Kilimanjaro July 26th team on top of the Barranco Wall.  Photo: Dave Hahn
  • An elephant at Lake Manyara National Park. Photo: Casey Grom
  • Panoramic view at Lake Manyara National Park. Photo: Jeff Martin
  • The RMI July 25th Mt. Elbrus Team enjoying an acclimatization hike on the mountain.  Photo: Casey Grom
  • Taking a break on Mt. Elbrus during an acclimatization hike.  Photo: Casey Grom
  • An RMI Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons Team approaching Inter Glacier on Mt. Rainier.  Photo: RMI Collection
  • RMI climbers ascending to Shira Camp on Kilimanjaro with and endless sea of clouds below. Photo: Dave Hahn
  • The RMI July 25th Elbrus team enjoying lunch in the containers at 12,000 ft. Photo: Casey Grom
  • The RMI July 25th Elbrus team on their acclimatization hike. Photo: Casey Grom
  • The RMI July 25th Elbrus team on their acclimatization hike with their camp in the background. Photo: Casey Grom
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