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Machu Picchu: Elias and Team Arrive in Cusco

Posted by: Elias de Andres Martos | July 29, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Peru
Elevation: 10,850'

Buenas tardes from Cusco,

The 2014 Machu Picchu trek has started! All members have arrived to the former capital of the Inca Empire…really excited to launch the first edition of this trek, where we will travel a combination of the Salkantay and Inca trails into the citadel of Machu Picchu.

We have just held our initial meeting and are now ready to hit the restaurant for dinner. We’re doing so on the early side to allow for an early bed time, well deserved after the many hours of international travel. Tomorrow, we’ll have a morning tour to discover the sights of this incredible city.  While exploring Cusco, we will also start acclimatizing since we’re about 10,000 ft above sea level.

Best regards from Peru, and stay tuned for tomorrow’s post!

RMI Guide Elias de Andres Martos

The RMI July 28th Machu Picchu team in Cusco, Peru. Photo: Elias de Andres Martos

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Ramona and Michael and the rest of the team—    I’m so glad that you all have the wonderful pictures, everyone looks so happy. Have a good time and… read more

Posted by: Patsy Hollie on 7/29/2014 at 4:35 pm


Mt. Kilimanjaro: Hahn & Team Begin Climb to the Roof of Africa

Posted by: Dave Hahn | July 29, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 9,800'

Our team was up before daylight today, getting set to leave the Dik Dik Hotel.  We were piling into the expedition bus at 7 AM and driving out of the garden-like grounds we’d grown comfortable in these past few days.  As expected, it took about two hours to reach the Machame Gate of Kilimanjaro National Park, our starting point for the climb.  We traveled through corn fields for much of the way, but worked up into banana and coffee plantations as we gained elevation.  It took about two hours to register and organize porters and so we set out at 11 AM from the 5,900 ft road head.  Clouds protected us from the sun as we walked through gradually steepening terrain in the lush forest.  It took about six hours to reach the Machame Camp at close to 10,000 ft, about where the vegetation changed markedly from tall trees to more scrub like heather.  The team demonstrated a high level of fitness, but all were relieved to come into a well built camp at the end of the day.

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

The RMI July 26th Kilimanjaro Team at the Machame Entrance to Kilimanjaro National Park.  Photo: Dave Hahn

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Dear Brian & Brad:
Are we there yet?? Well, how many more stops, before
the top??

Have a ball, just don’t bounce to high!
nor fall off… read more

Posted by: Al Dees on 7/29/2014 at 4:22 pm


Mt. Elbrus: Justman & Team Enjoy Boat Tour of St. Petersburg

Posted by: JJ Justman | July 29, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Southside

The RMI Mt. Elbrus July 18th Team spent their last night in Russia on a boat tour through the canals of St. Petersburg.  Follow along with them via the video below.

Enjoying the sites from an evening boat ride through the canals of St. Petersburg.  Photo: RMI Collection Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, St. Petersburg, Russia.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Mt. Elbrus: Grom & Team Explore the Mountains

Posted by: Casey Grom | July 29, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Southside
Elevation: 7,500'

All is well here in the Baksan Valley, at the base of Mt. Elbrus. We’ve settled into our comfortable hotel here in Cheget, which doubles as a ski town in the winter. Picture a lush green valley surrounded by many large snowy mountains!
We woke to a beautiful morning and finally we were able to get out and stretch our legs a bit. We made the most of the local ski lifts, (to save our knees of course) and hiked up the neighboring peak to start our acclimatization. It started off a little cloudy today, but eventually cleared for some decent views of Mt. Elbrus. After our ascent we headed back down to town for a nice lunch and headed over to the local climbing shop to pick up a few last minute things. We spent the rest of the afternoon relaxing, getting our bags packed and just wrapped up another enjoyable Russia dinner with some wonderful Georgian soup.
All is well here and we’ll check in again tomorrow!

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

The RMI July 25th Mt. Elbrus team on an acclimatization hike in Cheget, Russia.  Photo: Casey Grom Utilizing chairlifts from the ski area to gain elevation on an acclimatization hike.  Photo: Casey Grom The RMI July 25th Mt. Elbrus team enjoying the surrounding views of the Caucasus mountains.  Photo: Casey Grom

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Mt. Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Descend to Mweka Camp

Posted by: Mark Tucker | July 29, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 10,000'

Hello!
I hope our phone call from the summit was received.  We had a great climb and are now checking in 10,000’ later. All is well here at the Mweka camp, our last camp of the climb. What a night for the summit. The temperatures were chilly, but there was very little no wind and lots of sunshine, you can’t complain about that. The team did great up and down. Sixteen hours is a long day for anyone, so we are feeling a bit beat up right now.  But we are all healthy and happy.  We will wake up early tomorrow for a short three hour descent to the Mweka gate where we will meet our vehicle and driver.  Once we load up, we will leave the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate and head back to the Dik Dik Hotel.  The lap of luxury awaits.

Kilimanjaro, 19,340',  The Roof of Africa.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climbs Team on the Summit!

Posted by: Pete Van Deventer, Walter Hailes | July 29, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb teams July 26 - 29, 2014 led by RMI Guides Pete Van Deventer and Walter Hailes reached the summit of Mt. Rainier at 6:45 a.m with climbers from Wilderness Ventures.  The teams reported light winds and great route conditions.  They started their descent from the crater rim around 7:45 am.  The teams will return to Camp Muir and then continue to Paradise later this afternoon.

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb Teams!

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Unbelievable accomplishment Catherine! I’ll bet there will be more of these in your future. Can’t wait to see you and hear all about it. Have a great descent and enjoy… read more

Posted by: Peter Rack on 7/29/2014 at 11:21 am

You’re my hero…I’ve only done Mt. Baker!  It is all down hill from there! Congratulations and keep one foot in front of the other all the way to the parking… read more

Posted by: Tom MacPhail on 7/29/2014 at 11:16 am


Mt. Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Call from the Summit

Posted by: Mark Tucker | July 29, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 19,340'

Mr. Mark Tucker here on the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro a beautiful day and a fantastic team. Everyone wants to say hi to the family.
Hey -With Mark Tucker and “Tuck’s Tucklings” on the summit of Kilimanjaro.  It’s a beautiful day up here.
Hey it’s Maryann standing on the summit of Kilimanjaro – it’s pretty awesome.
We are having some fun.
Hey it’s Laura here on top of Africa.  Hello to everyone back home.
Well we are going to wrap it up and start working our way downhill in a good safe manner.  And we will check in from Mweka Camp at 10,000’.  That is 9,420’ below here.  We are doing great.  Thanks for checking in.

Climbers make an alpine start toward the summit of Kilimanjaro.  Photo: RMI Collection The views and glacier near the summit of Kilimanjaro. RMI Collection


RMI Guide Mark Tucker and the July 21st Team call from the summit of Kilimanjaro.

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Mt. Elbrus: Justman & Team Travel to Saint Petersburg

Posted by: JJ Justman | July 28, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Southside

Our team left the Baksan Valley and the beautiful Caucasus Mountains and hopped a flight to Saint Petersburg.  Yes!!! It’s a St. Petersburg selfie!! Eat your heart out Ellen! That is the expression you have when you arrive in St. Petersburg. The team had a long day first driving to the airport and then flying to get here.  And let me tell you…it is worth it. I love this city and I can’t wait to share the sights with the team. It is a luxurious way to end our adventure in Russia.

RMI Guide JJ Justman

The roof tops of Saint Petersburg.  Photo: Linden Mallory The RMI July 18th Elbrus Team arrives Saint Petersburg.  Photo: JJ Justman

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Cindee, Congrats to you and the team! Looks like you had a great time. Safe travels home!

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Posted by: Carla on 7/28/2014 at 12:10 pm


Mt. Kilimanjaro: Hahn & Team Arrive in Tanzania

Posted by: Dave Hahn | July 28, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

We’ve assembled in Tanzania for an ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro.  More importantly, our baggage has accompanied us.  All 10 climbers and their guide arrived safely at the tranquil Dik Dik Hotel on the outskirts of Arusha.  We spent today organizing gear for the climb, meeting with our expedition staff and catching up on jet-lag-lost sleep.  Starting early tomorrow, we’ll climb aboard the fully loaded tricked out off-road-ready expedition vehicle and head for the hills.  Conditions have been partly cloudy with comfortable temperatures and team members have been granted partial views of Kilimanjaro as reward for climbing the lofty water tower on the Dik Dik grounds. 

We’ll need to get walking tomorrow… The quality and quantity of excellent food served up in the dining room of the hotel will have us absolutely spoiled if we don’t make a break for it.

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

The bungalows at the Dik Dik Hotel complete with hammocks on the front porch.  Photo: RMI Collection Preparing vehicles to take climbers to the Kilimanjaro Trail Head.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Looks like it’s going to be fun. You and Kevin take care and “Push” each other to the TOP !!! Then Come back safely…... perhaps we’ll climb Guadalupe Peak again? … read more

Posted by: Sam & Ann ( Mom & Dad) on 7/29/2014 at 10:20 am

Brian & Brad:
Take care of each other - Oil and Water!
Johnny

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Posted by: Johnny on 7/29/2014 at 10:07 am


Mt. Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Tucked in at High Camp

Posted by: Mark Tucker | July 28, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 15,000'

Hello from 15,000’ on Mt. Kilimanjaro.

All our team is here at High Camp, Barafu Camp (15,000’), in great shape and ready to go. We left from Karanga Camp this morning and made it to our new camp in good time. We enjoyed another nice lunch from our mountain staff and spent time organizing and packing up to make our early morning departure quick and easy. Here at Barafu Camp life is good. There are a few clouds around but that is not unusual and we are in hopes of a clear windless night ahead. We had a relaxing afternoon with lots of tent time, putting our feet up and drying out the boots, reading, writing, and maybe a bit of cards. We are taking it easy and making sure everyone is rested and ready for our upcoming adventure.
We will try and give you a shout out from the Roof of Africa tomorrow.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

Barafu Camp situated at 15,000 on Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania.  Photo: Jeff Martin Kilimanjaro Barafu Camp as climbers ready for their alpine start to the summit.  Photo: RMI Collection

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  • The RMI July 26th Kilimanjaro Team at the Machame Entrance to Kilimanjaro National Park.  Photo: Dave Hahn
  • Enjoying the sites from an evening boat ride through the canals of St. Petersburg.  Photo: RMI Collection
  • Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, St. Petersburg, Russia.  Photo: RMI Collection
  • The RMI July 25th Mt. Elbrus team on an acclimatization hike in Cheget, Russia.  Photo: Casey Grom
  • Utilizing chairlifts from the ski area to gain elevation on an acclimatization hike.  Photo: Casey Grom
  • The RMI July 25th Mt. Elbrus team enjoying the surrounding views of the Caucasus mountains.  Photo: Casey Grom
  • Kilimanjaro, 19,340',  The Roof of Africa.  Photo: RMI Collection
  • Climbers make an alpine start toward the summit of Kilimanjaro.  Photo: RMI Collection
  • The views and glacier near the summit of Kilimanjaro. RMI Collection
  • The roof tops of Saint Petersburg.  Photo: Linden Mallory
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  • Preparing vehicles to take climbers to the Kilimanjaro Trail Head.  Photo: RMI Collection
  • Barafu Camp situated at 15,000 on Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania.  Photo: Jeff Martin
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