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Shuksan: Walter and Team are Rained Out

Posted by: Mike Walter | July 20, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *North Cascades
Elevation: 7,000'

The weather hasn’t cooperated with us the past couple of days, and we’re getting ready to pack up and descend through the Fisher Chimneys, and return to the trailhead. It’s still raining here, and we have a lot of climbing ahead of us just to get back to the approach trail. We’ll enjoy the climbing, but we’re also looking forward to a warm shower!

We’ve done the bulk of the climbing on this route already, and only about 2000’ stand between us and the summit. But there’s no way we can move upwards in these wet conditions.

We’ll touch base when we’re back at the trailhead.

RMI Guide Mike Walter


Shuksan: Walter & Team Hope for Better Weather

Posted by: Mike Walter | July 19, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *North Cascades
Elevation: 7,000'

After a great day of climbing yesterday, we had high hopes for a summit push today. Unfortunately, the mountain had other plans and the weather kept us in our tents all day as it has been consistently raining and windy. Things are seeming to ease up a bit this evening, and the forecast shows an improving trend. We’ll see how the situation progresses, but right now we are hoping to go for the top early tomorrow morning.
Either way, we’ll be climbing back down through the Fisher Chimneys tomorrow and headed back to the trailhead. Hopefully we’ll get a chance to climb up before we climb back down.

RMI Guide Mike Walter


Mt. Shuksan: Walter and team arrive at high camp

Posted by: Mike Walter | July 18, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *North Cascades
Elevation: 7,000

We had a great day of climbing today on Mt. Shuksan. We started at the Lake Ann trail head (4700’) and climbed up through the Fisher Chimneys, which consisted of a couple thousand feet of 3rd and 4th class rock climbing. The weather and climbing conditions were perfect for us, and we climbed at a leisurely pace, making it to high camp in a little over 6 hours. Our spectacular camp is at just below 7000’, on a rock ridge nestled in between the Upper Curtis Glacier and the White Salmon Glacier. We’ve got views southwest to Mt. Baker and north into Canada; it is truly a stunning alpine setting.
We’re hoping the weather cooperates with us (the forecast is calling for some rain) and let’s us climb to the summit tomorrow. We’ll be in touch tomorrow to let you know how it goes.

RMI Guide Mike Walter

Fisher Chimneys camp just below 7000', on a rock ridge in between the Upper Curtis Glacier and the White Salmon Glacier. Photo: Mike Walter
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And i will work on my stumbles & try nor to ‘strumble’ so much.  :o)

Climb on!

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Posted by: Mary on 7/19/2014 at 4:35 am

I strumbled across your blog post & found the climb intriging but ‘no photos?’

I need visuals.  Safe travels.

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Posted by: Mary on 7/19/2014 at 4:32 am


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

Posted by: Mike Walter, Solveig Waterfall | July 12, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb Teams led by RMI Guides Mike Walter & Solveig Waterfall reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  Just after 7 am the teams were approaching the top of Disappointment Cleaver on their descent. 
They will return to Camp Muir for a short break before continuing to Paradise later today.

Congratulations to today’s summit climb teams!

The Four Day Summit Climbs en route to the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  Photo: Mike King
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Congrats to the team!

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Posted by: Suzanne on 7/12/2014 at 8:55 am


Cotopaxi Express: Walter & Team Back in Quito

Posted by: Mike Walter | July 05, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Ecuador
Elevation: 9,000'

Our team is safely back in Quito, reacquainting ourselves to city life. We had a great trip here in Ecuador; we enjoyed the country and culture, the delicious cuisine, and the friendly Andean people. We also enjoyed a safe and successful climb of Cotopaxi.

Our trip is coming to a close now. We will get together this evening for a celebration dinner before we part ways and travel in different directions. It has been a pleasure to spend time in the mountains with this group of climbers.

Saludos…
RMI Guide Mike Walter

An RMI climber on a Cotopaxi rest break. Photo: Mike Walter RMI Guide Mike Walter and climber on Cotopaxi, Ecuador. Photo: Mike Walter

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Cotopaxi Express: Walter and Team Rest after a Successful Climb

Posted by: Mike Walter | July 04, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Ecuador
Elevation: 19,348'

Friday, July 4, 2014 – 10:32 AM PT

We took advantage of great weather and climbing conditions yesterday to summit Cotopaxi (19,348’)! We started climbing a little before 5 am, summitted around 1 pm, and were back at camp by 5 pm. Twelve hours of ascending and descending the glaciate slopes of Ecuador’s most famous volcano, Cotopaxi. Although we were greeted by gusty winds as we approached the glacier, the sky was clear and the temperature was comfortable. By the time we strapped our crampons on, the wind had died down and the weather and climbing conditions could not have been better. The snow was perfect for cramponing, winds were about 10 mph all the way up to the summit, and the views of the surrounding peaks were stunning.
After a long day of climbing we settled back into the climbers’ hut and enjoyed a warm meal before crawling into our sleeping bags for a full night’s sleep. This morning, after a leisurely breakfast, we visited a small pre-Incan archaeological site within Cotopaxi National Park before heading south to the Hacienda La Cienega. Now we’re all set to enjoy showers, some more food, and comfortable beds.
Nice work team, on safely climbing up and down a very impressive mountain. We’ll rest here at La Cienega tonight and then head back into the capital, Quito, tomorrow.

RMI Guide Mike Walter

RMI Climbers ascending the toe of a glacier on Cotopaxi in Ecuador. Photo: Mike Walter The view of Illiniza Sur and Illiniza Norte from Cotopaxi yesterday. Photo: Mike Walter

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Wonderful job. So glad you made it to the summit - sounds like a wonderful trip. See you in Quito.

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Posted by: Gayle on 7/4/2014 at 11:47 am


Cotopaxi Express:  Mike Walter and Team Reach Summit!

Posted by: Mike Walter | July 04, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Ecuador
Elevation: 19,348'

RMI Guide Mike Walter and his team of climbers reached the summit of Cotopaxi on July 3rd around 11 am PT.  They descended to camp and will head to La Cienega today.

Congratulations to the team!

The view from the summit of Cotopaxi (19,348 ft), Ecuador.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Cotopaxi Express: Walter & Team Relax at the Chilcabamba Eco Lodge

Posted by: Mike Walter | July 02, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Ecuador

We had a very nice and relaxing stay at the Hacienda Chilcabamba, enjoying excellent food, great views of Cotopaxi, magnificent star gazing, and warmth from wood stoves.
Well fed and rested, now we’re headed to the climbers’ hut on Cotopaxi where we’ll review climbing techniques and prepare for our summit bid. Hopefully the weather cooperates; so far it hasn’t disappointed.

We’ll check in again tomorrow to keep everyone up to date.

RMI Guide Mike Walter

Cotopaxi from the Chilcabamba Eco Lodge. Photo: Zeb Blais

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Love following your travels to Cotopaxi.  I need more pics!!!

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Posted by: Mary on 7/3/2014 at 5:50 am


Cotopaxi Express: Walter & Team Acclimate on Iliniza Norte

Posted by: Mike Walter | July 01, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Ecuador
Elevation: 15,500'

We had another great day today, hiking up to the climbers’ hut on the Ilinizas at an altitude of 15,500’. The weather, once again, was very cooperative and we had great views of Cotopaxi and the Ilinizas. Afternoon clouds produced some showers, but not until we were already back at our van and driving down from the trail head. Now we’re headed to the beautiful Hacienda Chilcabamba to rest for the night. We’ll be in touch again tomorrow.

RMI Guide Mike Walter & Team

The Chilcabamba Eco Lodge. RMI Photo Collection

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Cotopaxi Express: Walter & Team Visit the Equator and Colonial Quito

Posted by: Mike Walter | June 29, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Ecuador
Elevation: 9,000'

Our Cotopaxi Express team enjoyed a tour of colonial Quito today, visiting various churches, museums, parks, and plazas, and learning about the history of Quito and of Ecuador. We then traveled to the equator, just north of Quito. There we visited an ethnographic museum, and straddled the equator with a foot in each hemisphere!

It was a good, relaxing day in Ecuador as everyone is adjusting to the new altitude (9,000’) and recovering from a long day of travel yesterday. Tomorrow we’ll head out on our first acclimatization hike, climbing Rucu Pichincha, a volcano outside of Quito.

RMI Guide Mike Walter

Cotopaxi Express team visits the equator. Photo: Mike Walter A Cotopaxi team member walks the equator line. Photo: Mike Walter

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