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Mt. Rainier: September 21st Summit!

Posted by: Seth Waterfall, Solveig Waterfall | September 21, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Mt. Rainier Summit Climb led by Seth and Solveig Waterfall reached the summit at 7:00 this morning.  The guides reported clear and cold weather conditions. After spending some time on the summit, the team began their descent at 7:45 a.m.  We look forward to congratulating them back in Ashford at Rainier Basecamp this afternoon!

Views over Mt. Rainier's crater. Photo: Seth Waterfall
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Mt. Rainier: Summit Climbs on Top September 16th

Posted by: Seth Waterfall, Solveig Waterfall | September 16, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb teams September 13 - 16 reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning just after 7 am.  RMI Guides Seth Waterfall and Solveig Waterfall reported clear skies above with a light wind from the SW.  There is a cloud deck lower on the mountain 9,500’.  The teams will enjoy some time on the summit before starting their descent to Camp Muir and continuing to Paradise later this afternoon.

Congratulations to today Summit Climb teams!

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Mt. Elbrus: Waterfall & Team See the Sights of St. Petersburg

Posted by: Seth Waterfall, Pete Van Deventer | September 06, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Northside

This is the last day of the trip for us.  We’ve had a really nice day here in St. Petersburg.  We kicked off the morning by beating the crowd to the Hermitage Museum.  Once we got in we disbanded and everyone took in the seemingly endless art works at their own pace.  Everyone seemed to really enjoy the experience there.

Now we’ve all met up again for a boat tour on the canals.  The weather is really nice here with plenty of sun and just a little crispness in the air.

Tomorrow we’ll all head to the airport for our flights home.  It’s too bad the weather kept us from getting to the top of Mt. Elbrus but this group has really made the most of the situation.  Pete and I feel really lucky that everyone had such a positive attitude throughout the trip.

Thanks guys!

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

Throne Room in the Hermitage, St. Petersburg. Photo: Seth Waterfall St. Petersburg Canal Tour. Photo: Seth Waterfall

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Mt. Elbrus: North Side Team Explores St. Petersburg

Posted by: Pete Van Deventer, Seth Waterfall | September 05, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Northside

Greetings from St. Petersburg, Russia.  This has been one of the two days without rain on the trip and we are psyched!  We really had a great tour of the city with our local guide Tatiana.  We visited St. Issac’s cathedral, Peter and Paul’s cathedral and fortress, and the Church of our Savior on Spilled Blood.

Tomorrow we’ll be touring the Hermitage museum and then taking an evening canal tour for the last day of the trip.

Here’s a photo from St Issac’s.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

St. Issac Cathedral in St. Petersburg, Russia.  Photo: Seth Waterfall

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Mt. Elbrus: North Side Team Heads for St. Petersburg

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | September 04, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Northside

Seth here.  We’re all checked in for our flights to St. Petersburg.  Today is our transfer day so there’s not much to report.  Everyone met up for coffee in the morning and the group had a down day while Pete and I cleaned and dried the tents and other gear.  We’ll be taking a red-eye to St. Pete’s tonight and then we’ll start touring the city tomorrow afternoon.

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Mt. Elbrus: North Side Teams Returns to Kislovodsk

Posted by: Seth Waterfall, Pete Van Deventer | September 03, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Northside

Checking in from Kisklovodsk!  We managed to get out of Mt. Elbrus Base Camp today even though the roads were a bit slippery.  The weather had a bit more in store for us as we all awoke to thunder and rain early this morning.  After breakfast we waited out the soggy conditions and with just a bit of delay we loaded the 4x4’s and made the trip back to town.  After a well deserved shower we met up for a great dinner.  The next stop for us is St. Petersburg which should be great!

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

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Mt. Elbrus: Waterfall & Team Safe and Sound at Basecamp

Posted by: Seth Waterfall, Pete Van Deventer | September 02, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Northside
Elevation: 8,300'

Hi, this is Seth.  We’re all back down at basecamp.  It was a bummer to walk down today without the summit but that’s the way it goes sometimes.  Everyone was in good spirits even though we didn’t top out.

The weather has just not cooperated with us for a summit bid.  We were never able to reach high camp and that forced us to try to go for the top from Camp 1.  Even then the winds pushed us back after just a few hours.

Like I said, that’s the way it goes sometimes.  The important thing is that we’ve all descended safe and sound.  We have some great stories that is for sure.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

Final stretch back to Mt. Elbrus Basecamp. Photo: RMI Collection

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Mt. Elbrus: Northside Team Tries for the Summit

Posted by: Seth Waterfall, Pete Van Deventer | September 01, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Northside
Elevation: 12,300'

Hey there, this is Seth checking in from Camp 1 on the northside of Mount Elbrus. We tried to go to the summit tonight, last night, but that was not to be for us. The wind is out of control, you might be able to here my tent flapping in the breeze. Although calm when we woke up, the snow had stopped about a foot to two feet, where it had drifted in. Pete Van Deventer and I broke trail for a few thousand feet towards the summit. The winds just steadily grew and grew as we climbed. And just became to where we couldn’t really see too far in front of our faces anymore due to ground blizzard conditions and decided it just wasn’t safe.  The winds have been decreasing on our descent and back down here at high camp, we are all hunkered in all safe and sound. Tomorrow brings a new day and we’ll check in then. Ciao.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall


RMI Guide Seth Waterfall checks in after the Mt. Elbrus summit attempt.

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Mt. Elbrus: Waterfall & Team One Last Shot for the Summit

Posted by: Seth Waterfall, Pete Van Deventer | September 01, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Northside
Elevation: 12,300'

It’s just another day in the tents here on Mt. Elbrus.  We’ve been getting snow since about 3am last night.  Fortunately we have not had much wind so that has kept our sanity mostly intact.

We are nearing the end of our trip now.  With only a couple more days left before we need to be back in basecamp, we’re trying to come up with a plan that could still put us on top without risking us missing our flights to St. Petersburg.  What we’re thinking of right now is a single push from Camp 1 to the summit and back tonight.  That will allow us to descend to basecamp the following day.  Barring that we may have to return home safe and sound but without the summit.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

Mt. Elbrus from the northside route. Photo: RMI Collection

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Mt. Elbrus: Waterfall & Team Hit by a Weather Storm

Posted by: Seth Waterfall, Pete Van Deventer | August 31, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Northside
Elevation: 11,200'

Well hello again from Camp 1.  We’re still waiting for some good weather. Last night was a wet, windy and wild one.  At about 10pm the side of my tent hit me in the face and woke me up.  The next several hours were very blustery.  At around 1am the wind died completely and the thunder and lightning started.  As the flashes got closer and closer the wind picked up and blew the thunderhead out.  Then it started to snow.

By the time we started breakfast everything at our elevation had chilled out.  It was a hilarious discussion as we related our tent experiences from the night.  There was a large cap on Mt. Elbrus but everyone was still game to go for an acclimatization climb.  We had to wait for one more snow squall to move through but we made it to 14,420’ a new altitude record for some folks.

Once we got back to camp it was almost dinner time.  We’re all done with dinner now and Pete and I have cleaned up the pots and put the stoves away for the night.  We’re anxiously awaiting tomorrow as there is another storm forecasted but we’re hoping it passes us by.  We want to climb!

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