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Mt. Rainier: Expedition Skills Seminar Camp Muir Update

Posted by: Adam Knoff, Casey Grom | May 23, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 10,200

The Expedition Skills Seminar – Muir led by Casey Grom and Adam Knoff made the prudent decision to remain at Camp Muir last night.  A foot of new snow fell at Camp Muir overnight in addition to 10 inches yesterday.  Casey also reports the temperature is hovering around 10 degrees which is keeping everyone busy staying warm.  The Seminar is planning to head up to the Ingraham Flats this morning.  The team wraps up their training and time at Muir tomorrow.

Rapelling on the Muir Seminar. Photo: Mike King Two team members practice rapelling on the Muir Seminar. Photo: Mike King After the clouds break, the Muir Seminar enjoys some afternoon sun. Photo: Mike King
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Mt. Rainier: Expedition Skills Seminar Moves into Camp Muir

Posted by: Casey Grom, Adam Knoff | May 20, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 10,000'

RMI Guides Casey Grom, Adam Knoff and their teams headed up to Camp Muir today.  The weather was magnificent!  Now they have settled in at 10,000’, they will spend the next four days learning mountaineering skills and as well as a summit bid on Mt. Rainier.

The Seminar team on the Muir Snowfield. Photo: Casey Grom The Muir Seminar on their way to Camp Muir. Photo: Casey Grom
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Mt. Rainier: Muir Seminar Starts Their Week at Rainier Basecamp

Posted by: Casey Grom, Adam Knoff | May 19, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 1,762'

RMI Guides Casey Grom and Adam Knoff are leading our first Expedition Skills Seminar - Muir of the 2013 season.  Today they are spending the day at Rainier Basecamp preparing for their next five days on Mt. Rainier.  Team introductions, gear organizing, and technical training is on their agenda.

While the team was testing out their boots on a hike from Basecamp, they ran into Lou Whittaker, the man who started RMI 44 years ago!  Some stories were told and photos were taken, then it was back to training.

The team is anxious to head up on the mountain tomorrow!

Lou Whittaker posing with the ESS - Muir team. Photo: Casey Grom The ESS - Muir crew testing their boots on the Basecamp trail. Photo: Casey Grom ESS-Muir Gear Check at Rainier Basecamp. Photo: Casey Grom
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Mt. Rainier: May 18th Update - Summit!

Posted by: Adam Knoff, Pete Van Deventer, Walter Hailes, Robby Young | May 18, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

Congratulations to the Four Day Summit Climb team led by Adam Knoff!  They reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning!  The team left Camp Muir with clear and pleasant weather.  As the climb progressed a front moved in and the team experienced some light snowfall and 10 mph winds.  They spent some time on the summit and began their descent at 9:15 a.m.

Climber at Sunrise on Mt. Rainier. Photo: RMI Collection
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Mt. Rainier: May 17th Update

Posted by: Casey Grom, Tyler Reid, Adam Knoff | May 17, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 13,300'

Casey Grom and the Five Day Mt. Rainier Summit Climb called in early this morning.  Due to low visibility the team made the decision to turn at 13,300’. The team is en-route to Camp Muir, and expected back at Basecamp this afternoon.

Tyler Reid and Adam Knoff are heading up to Camp Muir to start their Five and Four Day Summit Climbs respectively.

The Five Day Muir Summit Climb ascending Mt. Rainier. Photo: Casey Grom 5/17/13- The Five Day Muir Summit Climb team on the summit. Photo: Casey Grom Camp Muir in a snow storm. Photo: Win Whittaker

Mexico Volcanoes: Team Summits Pico de Orizaba!

Posted by: Adam Knoff, J.J. Justman | March 09, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico
Elevation: 18,701'

Hey there, this is Adam Knoff and JJ Justman- Team Mexico. We’re happy to say that we had a successful climb of Pico de Orizaba today with beautiful weather.  But we did it the old-fashioned way, we earned it.  It was not an easy climb.  Seven hours just climbing up the mountain and four hours coming down so eleven hours round trip of constant movement.  We’re all very relieved to be back at Senor Reyes’ compound where we will be having dinner and relaxing for the evening before flying out tomorrow.  All is well and we’re happy to be coming home to our loved ones.  This is Adam and JJ signing off.  Adios.

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 Sunrise on Orizaba about 1 hour from the summit - Photo: Adam Knoff Team on Summit - Photo Adam Knoff


RMI Guide Adam Knoff checks in after the team's Orizaba summit.

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Mexico Volcanoes: Our Team Readies for Orizaba Summit in Tlachichuca

Posted by: J.J. Justman, Adam Knoff | March 08, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico
Elevation: 14,000'

Hello everyone, this is JJ and Adam with the Mexico Volcanoes team.  We had a great day of rest yesterday in Puebla, but we’re back to business.  We are currently sitting in Tlachichuca at Dr. Reyes’ facility.  We’re busy organizing gear and getting ready for our 4-wheel drive adventure up to the hut on Orizaba.  We had a good day getting in here, everyone’s rested up and feeling good. The weather is absolutely beautiful and we believe that is going to continue. So knock on wood and cross your fingers, wish the team good luck, but hopefully by tomorrow, we will be on our way down from the summit of Orizaba.  Take care everyone and we will touch base tomorrow hopefully from the summit.

RMI Guide JJ Justman

Orizaba above Tlachichuca. Photo: RMI Collection Approaching the foot of Pico de Orizaba. Photo: RMI Collection Orizaba on the drive to Piedra Grande. Photo: RMI Collection


RMI Guide JJ Justman checks in while the team prepares for Orizaba summit.

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Mexico Volcanoes: Adam Knoff Recounts Their Ixta Summit Day

Posted by: Adam Knoff, J.J. Justman | March 07, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico
Elevation: 17,340'

We began our summit day on the “princess” mountain of Ixtaccihuatl with an early alpine start.  We left the climbers’ hut at 2 am with our headlamps on and darkness all around us.  We soon realized this mountain wasn’t going to be a ” warm up” for the taller Orizaba to come.  After a strenuous climb covering a huge linear distance, we reached the top six hours after starting out from high camp.  I was really impressed with everyone’s efforts.  This climb was a great confidence builder for the group, especially those who broke personal altitude records.  During the hike down everyone seemed to be congratulated by the forming of nice foot blisters but all pain was forgotten in Puebla after a few cervezas and a great meal. 

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The team on the Ixta Summit! Photo: JJ Justman

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Mexico Volcanoes: Ixta Summit!

Posted by: J.J. Justman, Adam Knoff | March 06, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico
Elevation: 17,340'

Hey everyone, this is JJ Justman with the Mexico Volcanoes climbing team. We are looking up at Ixta right now and the reason why is we are safely down from of successful summit of Ixta. The team did great today. Definitely a little tired but we had a beautiful day climbing to the top of Ixta. So wanted to give a shout out to all our family and friends. We’re loading up the van and we’re gonna have a little bit of R&R in Puebla for the next day and a half.  Well deserved. But again, the team did absolutely outstanding.  We’ll touch base when we are in Puebla but everyone is safe and sound.  Having some cokes and gonna get some fresh quesadillas on the way.  But hope everyone’s doing well back at home and we will talk with all of you very soon.  Ciao from Mexico.

RMI Guide JJ Justman

Ixtaccihuatl, the seventh highest mountain in North America. Photo: RMI Collection RMI Climbers descending from the summit of Ixta. Photo: JJ Justman


RMI Guide JJ Justman after successful Ixta summit.

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Mexico Volcanoes: Our Team Checks in from Ixta’s High Camp

Posted by: Adam Knoff, J.J. Justman | March 05, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico
Elevation: 14,750'

Hello everyone, this is Team Mexico. JJ Justman and Adam Knoff as guides. We are at high camp on the mountain of Ixtaccihuatl. This is our first real mountaineering challenge of the trip and we are sitting comfortably at 14,500 feet.  We are taking a different route than the normal route that other teams generally take because the mountain this year is so dry.  We have a great view of the upper mountain from where we are sitting and have a new route picked out that keeps us on ridge lines to keep us safe from rockfalls. We’re very excited for tomorrow’s summit bid and will keep you posted on how that all unfolds. Stay tuned for more action tomorrow. Hasta manana.

RMI Guide Adam Knoff

An RMI Team taking a rest break on the approach to Ixtaccihuatl High Camp. Photo: JJ Justman Watching the sunset from high camp of Ixta. Photo: RMI Collection Looking up towards the Ayoloco Glacier under a full moon from High Camp on Ixta. Photo: Tyler Reid


RMI Guide Adam Knoff checks in from Ixta's High Camp.

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