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Mt. Rainier: June 26th Summit

Posted by: Mike Soucy, Zeb Blais, JJ Justman | June 26, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb of Mt. Rainier led by RMI Guides JJ Justman and Mike Soucy stood on top of Columbia Crest this morning.  JJ reported that the teams were in and out of a cloud cap all morning but enjoyed light winds and pleasant conditions on the summit.  The teams will descend to Camp Muir where they will pack up and refuel before making their way to Paradise.  We look forward to seeing them in Ashford this afternoon.

The Expedition Skills Seminar - Kautz led by RMI Guide Zeb Blais also reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  They enjoyed a light breeze while on the summit.  The team will descend back to high camp for the night and will return to Ashford tomorrow.

Congratulations to today’s climbers!

An RMI rope team on their ascent of Mt. Rainier, WA this morning.  Photo: JJ Justman RMI climbers on their descent of Mt. Rainier, WA this morning. Photo: JJ Justman

Congratulations Mike!!  Bet it was beautiful!
See ya next week xoxoxoxo

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Posted by: Sharon on 6/26/2014 at 7:16 am

Mt. Rainier: June 21st Update

Posted by: Kel Rossiter, Zeb Blais | June 21, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

At 7:20 a.m. PT the Mount Rainier Four Day Summit Climbs led by Kel Rossiter and Zeb Blais were just about to crest the crater rim. They reported 10 mph winds from the north and perfectly blue skies. 

Congratulations to today’s summit climb teams!

RMI Guide Kel Rossiter cresting the Mt. Rainier crater rim. Photo: RMI Collection

Mt. Rainier: Four & Five Day Summit Climbs Reach the Summit!

Posted by: Casey Grom, Zeb Blais | June 16, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb Team led by Casey Grom and the Five Day Summit Climb Team led by Zeb Blais reached the summit of Mt. Rainier at 8:00 am PT.  The teams reported clear skies and good climbing conditions with some chilly temperatures.  They were able to enjoy some time on top today and began their descent around 9:20 am.  The teams will return to Camp Muir for a short break before continuing down to Paradise.  We look forward to seeing them at Rainier BaseCamp later today.

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb Teams!


Jessie, you are truly amazing and words cannot describe how proud I am of you!  I love you, Mom.

Ken, 2nd times a charm, I’m so glad you were able… read more

Posted by: Lisa Williams on 6/16/2014 at 9:22 am

Great job Bob! Can’t wait to celebrate Father’s Day when you get home.
Love you,
Sharon, Kyle, and Kyra

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Posted by: Sharon, Kyle, and Kyra on 6/16/2014 at 9:12 am

Mt. Rainier: Winter Seminar Wrap-up a Great Week of Training

Posted by: Brent Okita, Zeb Blais, Ben Liken, Robby Young | April 18, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 10,060'

RMI Guides Brent Okita, Zeb Blais and the Expedition Skills Seminar - Winter Team finished up a great week of training.  The team has started their descent and will be back at Rainier Basecamp this afternoon.

Congratulations Team!

Last rest break on the mountain. Photo: Brent Okita Group photo near Paradise. Photo: Brent Okita

Mt. Rainier: Winter Seminar Train in Some Tough Weather

Posted by: Brent Okita, Zeb Blais, Ben Liken, Robby Young | April 17, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 10,060'

A little wind and snow couldn’t keep this intrepid group of aspiring alpinists from training on our last full day of the seminar. What most impressed the guides was the 100% participation of the group given the 50 mph winds and heavy snowfall.

We look forward to a last evening together going over a couple more topics and sharing a war story or two.

RMI Guide Brent Okita

The winter seminar training in tough conditions at Camp Muir. Photo: Brent Okita

Mt. Rainier: The Winter Seminar Tries for the Summit

Posted by: Brent Okita, Zeb Blais, Ben Liken, Robby Young | April 16, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 10,060'

We left Camp Muir this morning at 4: There was a cap over the summit from the outset of our climb but we were thankful the winds from yesterday evening had abated and hoped the cap would follow suit.45 a.m. in reasonable winds.  The team took to heart the lessons learned at yesterday’s climbing school and climbed strong on the upper mountain in deteriorating conditions.
I began the route finding effort up the Ingraham Direct but gave way to RMI Guide Zeb Blais as he led the team up to a break at 12,800’.  As we switchbacked our way up the mountain, we encountered increasing wind speeds and steadily decreasing visibility.  We made the smart and safe choice to call 13,400’ our high point for the day.  On our descent to Camp Muir, clouds would billow up from below causing white out conditions followed by periods of visibility.  This process repeated continually until we returned to Camp Muir.

We’re back at Camp Muir safe and sound.  We are looking forward to a low-key afternoon at camp with a siesta and some easy training on the schedule.

Signing off for now,
RMI Guide Brent Okita

The Mt. Rainier winter seminar's high point today. Photo: Robby Young Winter seminar training with avalanche transceivers. Photo: Brent Okita The winter seminar traversing the Cowlitz Glacier. Photo: Brent Okita

Mt. Rainier: RMI Guide Brent Okita Checks In as the Seminar Ascends to Camp Muir

Posted by: Brent Okita, Zeb Blais, Ben Liken, Robby Young | April 15, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 10,060'

We had a great day for making our way to Camp Muir yesterday. Blue skies and just enough wind to keep us from over heating. Everyone did well! 

Camp Muir will be home through Friday.  The next few days we’ll be training around Camp Muir.  It’s going to be a fantastic week!

RMI Guide Brent Okita

Taking a break on our way up the Muir Snowfield. Photo: Brent Okita Mt. Rainier seminar ascending to Camp Muir. Photo: Brent Okita Beautiful vast views on Mt. Rainier seminar. Photo: Brent Okita

Mexico’s Volcanoes: Team Reaches Summit of Orizaba

Posted by: Geoff Schellens, Zeb Blais | February 22, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico
Elevation: 18,701'

Update: 8 pm PT

Summit day on Orizaba- Today our team bagged the 3rd highest peak in North America! This was quite a feat and the whole crew was feeling the effects of a hard and rewarding day on the mountain. We celebrated with dinner at the Reyes family dining room, sharing stories with each other and climbers we had met on the mountain before retiring for some much needed sleep.

Earlier in the day, and I mean a lot earlier in the day, we woke to perfect starry skies, grabbed a quick breakfast and began the climb. After warming up on the first stretch of the climb, the trail deteriorates into a jungle of rock, snow and ice known as the labyrinth. Our team made short work of this challenge and advanced to the Jamapa glacier. The struggle ascending the Jamapa was rewarded with an amazing sunrise, views Ixta and la melinche and the impressive summit crater.  Our team climbed strong back to the Piedra grande hut where we were transported back to town by 4x4.

All in all it’s been a great trip. Everyone is worn out but happy to have succeeded as a team on some impressive peaks.  It’s hard to believe 9 days in Mexico have already come and gone!

RMI Guide Zeb Blais

6:00 am PT
Hey all this is Geoff Schellens and team standing on the summit of Orizaba.  It was a tough climb but everybody is quite happy to be here and enjoyed very good climbing conditions.  It’s a beautiful day with light wind up here and a beautiful sunrise this morning.  That’s all for now.  We will check in when we get back down.

RMI Guide Geoff Schellens

A climbing team on El Pico de Orizaba, 18,701 ft. Mexico. Photo Courtesy: Greg Buzulencia The Mexico Volcanoes team on the Orizaba summit! Photo: Geoff Schellens The view from the summit of El Pico de Orizaba, Mexico.  Photo: RMI Collection

RMI Guide Geoff Schellens calls from the summit of Orizaba.

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Mexico’s Volcanoes: Team Heads for Orizaba

Posted by: Geoff Schellens, Zeb Blais | February 21, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico
Elevation: 14,000'

Today was a relaxed travel / rest day. After a good breakfast in Puebla we loaded our van and started driving to Tlachichuca. We arrived at Dr Reyes’ historic soap-factory-turned-climbers-hostel around 10:30 and began sorting our gear on the lawn. With our gear packed for Orizaba we went in for lunch. By early afternoon we found ourselves bumping along the dirt road in 4x4 truck towards the Piedra grande hut on Orizaba. When we arrived we were surprised to find the Refugio buzzing with activity. A few other climbing teams and a large group filming a documentary will be our company for the night. We ate an early and fantastic dinner of tacos with chicken, veggies, rice, and beans as clouds swirled around offering short glimpses of the upper mountain. We are all feeling good and heading to bed early before our summit bid tomorrow.
We will check in tomorrow from the summit.
Thanks for following us on our fantastic Mexican adventure.
RMI Guide Geoff Schellens

El Pico de Orizaba (18,701ft) as seen from Tlachichuca, Mexico.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Mexico’s Volcanoes: Schellens & Team Rest in Puebla

Posted by: Geoff Schellens, Zeb Blais | February 20, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico

Hi All,

Today was a much deserved rest day in Puebla. The team slept in, did laundry, and enjoyed the sights here in Puebla. Famous for mole sauce, a thick chocolate and pepper salsa, so we had to go to one of the most well known mole restaurants for dinner. Everyone is well rested and excited for the next leg of our journey.

Thanks for following!

RMI Guide Geoff Schellens & Team

Dinner in Puebla. Photo: Geoff Schellens

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