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Mt. Rainier: June 24th SUMMIT!

Posted by: Brent Okita, Mike Uchal, Christina von Mertens, Seth Waterfall, Mike King, Alex Barber, Robby Young | June 24, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

Early this morning the Four Day Summit Climb led by Brent Okita reached the summit of Mt. Rainier.  Brent reported clouds above and winds 20 mph, and some new snow on the mountain.  The team has started their descent and are now en route back to Camp Muir.

The Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons Team led by Seth Waterfall reached the summit via the Emmons route at 11:50am this morning.  The will spend a bit of time on the summit before starting their descent.

Congratulations to Today’s Teams!

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Mt. Rainier: June 22nd Update

Posted by: Mark Falender, Bridget Belliveau, Zach Lovell, Seth Waterfall | June 22, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Mt. Rainier Four Day Summit Climb led by Mark Falender reached the summit at 6:00 a.m. this morning.  At 7:15 he radioed from 13,000’ on their descent reporting blue skies, a bit chilly and light winds. Congratulations!

The Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons led by Seth Waterfall are traveling to the White River Campground beginning their approach to Camp 1.

RMI climbers on the approach to the Mt. Rainier summit. Photo: Seth Waterfall
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Mt. Rainier: June 19th Update

Posted by: Seth Waterfall, Walter Hailes, Solveig Waterfall | June 19, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall and the Four Day Summit Climb teams were approaching the crater rim at 7:29 a.m. PT.  They reported very cold and very windy conditions on the Disappointment Cleaver Route.  The teams will be starting their descent soon after reaching the summit.

RMI Guide Solveig Waterfall and the Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons aborted their summit bid at 13,200’ due to high winds and blowing snow. They are descending back to Camp Schurman.

An RMI team on top of Mt. Rainier. Photo: RMI Collection
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Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climb Team on Summit June 8th

Posted by: Seth Waterfall, Alex Barber, Bridget Belliveau, Lindsay Fixmer, Steve Gately, Adam Butterfield | June 08, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb Teams for June 5 - 8, 2014 reached the summit of Mt. Rainier just before 7 am today.  RMI Guide Seth Waterfall checked in from the crater rim.  The teams are enjoying clear skies and cool temperatures during their time on top today.  The teams will return to Camp Muir and then continue their descent to Paradise and return to Rainier Base Camp later today.

Congratulations to today’s teams!

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Mt. Rainier: June 2nd Summit

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | June 02, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guides Seth Waterfall and Pablo Puruncajas reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  The teams are descending to Camp Muir to rest and refuel before making their way to Paradise.  We look forward to seeing them in Ashford later today.

An RMI team on the upper slopes of Mt. Rainier. Photo: Brent Okita
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Mt. Rainier: Camp Muir Seminar Summits!

Posted by: Seth Waterfall, Adam Knoff, Billy Nugent | May 29, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

Hi there, we are having a great summit day!  We left Camp Muir at 4 am and reached the summit at 9:15.  The weather has been very nice.  We are making our way down the mountain now.  We’ll check in when we get back to Camp Muir.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

May 29, 2014 - Camp Muir Seminar on the Mt. Rainier summit! Photo: Seth Waterfall
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Mt. Rainier: Expedition Skills Seminar Ascends to Camp Muir

Posted by: Adam Knoff, Seth Waterfall | May 26, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 10,080'

Hi this Seth.  I’m up at Camp Muir with this week’s Expedition Skills Seminar.  We had a really fun walk up the Muir Snowfield today.  We had expected rain and it started out like that but after a couple of hours we broke into some sun!  The clouds were in and out for the rest of the day so we stayed pretty dry.  We are all settled in at camp now getting ready for our first night on the mountain.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

The Expedition Skills Seminar en route to Camp Muir on May 26th.  Photo: Seth Waterfall
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Mexico’s Volcanoes:  Team Returns to Mexico City

Posted by: Geoff Schellens, Seth Waterfall | January 26, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico

Hi there this is Seth checking in from the Houston airport.  The team awoke in Tlachichuca this morning after lots of slumbering last night.  Everyone was pretty tired after a whirlwind couple of days.

After checking out of the Hotel Colonial in Puebla we drove to Tlachichuca, packed our bags and headed up to high camp.  Once there we had time for an afternoon stroll and then it was off to bed.  Just a few hours later we made a 1am start for the summit.  Although a few of the climbers decided that it was best that they stayed at the hut while the bulk of the group went up.

Orizaba is an ‘in your face’ kind of climb and it’s steep right out of the gate.  After a couple of hours of trail and scree we reached The Labyrinth.  This section can be trickery but for us it was straight forward.  Steep ice and snow was the order of the day.  Geoff, Alejandro and I anticipated this and had carried extra ropes to ‘fix’ the steep section.  This took a little bit of time and we appreciated everyone’s patience as we tried to make the climb as safe as possible.

Once we made our way through that section we began the long march up the Jamapa glacier.  Everyone was pretty tuckered out when we finally topped out 7 hours and 15 minutes after starting.  There wasn’t a puff of wind while we were at the summit and the sun was shining.  It was the nicest day I’ve ever had on that mountain.

Everyone had climbed strong and doubled down on the descent.  We climbed down the glacier and then Geoff and Alejandro guided the climbers down The Labyrinth while I pulled the ropes.  We returned to high camp just over 11 hours after starting out.

Now we’re all disbanded and heading to our respective homes.  It was a great experience and quite the uphill adventure!

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

The RMI Mexico's Volcanoes Team on the summit of Orizaba, January 25th.  Photo: Seth Waterfall

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Mexico: Waterfall & Team Celebrate Their Successful Adventure

Posted by: Seth Waterfall, Geoff Schellens | January 25, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico

Hey this is Seth calling from Tlachichuca. All is well. We’ve made it down off the mountain and all the way back to town with no big surprises. We had our closing celebration dinner and everybody is just basically crashed out. There is some snoring going on upstairs at the Reyes Compound right now. We are sad that the trip is ending tomorrow, but everybody’s excited to be going home to their family and loved ones. It was a great day to finish off an awesome trip here in Mexico.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

El Pico de Orizaba above Tlachichuca. Photo: RMI Collection


Seth Waterfall calls in from Tlachichuca.

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Mexico’s Volcanoes: Waterfall & Team Reach Summit of Orizaba

Posted by: Geoff Schellens, Seth Waterfall | January 25, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico
Elevation: 18,701'

Hey this is Seth standing on top of El Pico de Orizaba also known as Citlaltépetl , the tallest point in Mexico, the third highest in North America.  It took us about 7 ½ hours from high camp to reach the summit.  Everybody did great, it’s a beautiful day and the boys are psyched let’s here them (yells in background).  We will check in again when we are back down in Tlachichucha this evening.  And tomorrow we are going home.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

Climbers en route to the summit of Pico de Orizaba.  Photo: RMI Collection


RMI Guide Seth Waterfall calls from the summit of Pico de Orizaba.

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