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Entries from Mount Rainier


Kilimanjaro: Hahn & Team Celebrate at the Dik Dik

While it wasn’t a summit day, this one seemed just as valuable for us… Coming to the end of the trail -safe and sound. 

We woke in Mweka Camp under -or perhaps in- the sea of clouds we’d been noticing so far below all week long.  All were impressed with the quality of a 10,000 ft night of sleep.  Breakfast involved a fair bit of laughter… all of the tension and worry over making the top is gone.  We emerged to a couple of great and friendly songs by our 47 man staff, complete with dancing.  We each then shook hands with every porter, cook, tent-builder, guide, and waiter and passed on well-earned gratuities to all.  Then we got packs on again and rambled down the trail.  At first it was easy walking… But eventually it was steep and slick and we went “pole pole” (slow) to avoid getting down in the dirt.  Meanwhile, a constant stream of porters (ours and many from other teams) came screaming down the trail with forty-four pound loads balanced on their heads.  When they hit the slick spots, they just went faster, yelling “jambo” as they passed.  We transitioned quickly from heather to trees, to giant camphor trees to jungle.  By midday we’d reached the Mweka Gate where we happily boarded the truck/bus and got rolling down the road.  Halfway back along the highway, we stopped for a typically wonderful Dik Dik catered lunch.  All were quite relaxed and content by then… But quite filthy.  This was remedied soon after we got back to our hotel.  The team was unrecognizable -in a good way- when we got back together for a victory dinner.  We made toasts to a great climb and to the upcoming safari.  Desert was occasion for celebrating Tom and Deborah’s wedding anniversary.  Onward. 

Best Regards,

RMI Guide Dave Hahn


Mt. Rainier: August 29th Summit!

The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guides Brent Okita and Nick Hunt reached the summit of Mt. Rainier early this morning. Brent reported 45 mph winds on the top. The team has started their descent and are en route back to Camp Muir.

Congratulations to today’s team!

I am so proud of the whole group!!!!! You should be proud of your hard work!!!  I bet it was easier to go down the mountain.  Brian…words can’t say how proud I am of you!!! God bless this great group, always.

Mom Janz

Posted by: MOM JANZ on 8/29/2016 at 12:52 pm

WOW!!!  Way to go Sean and team.  14,410’ is a long way up there without a plane…  Can’t wait to hear all about it and see the photos!  You guys all worked hard for it and now have done something few have accomplished.  Congratulations!!!!!!

Posted by: Paul Correia on 8/29/2016 at 11:20 am


Mt. Rainier: Pattison Leads His Team to the Summit

The Five Day Summit Climb, led by RMI Guide Sid Pattison, made a successful ascent to the summit of Mt. Rainier early this morning. As they stood on the crater of this mighty volcano, the climbers found themselves in a cloud cap with strong winds. Around 8:30 AM, they were initiating their descent.

Congratulations to all of the team members!

Congratulations Ben and Mary Jo!!!  I watched the weather and was worried you wouldn’t make it because of the winds.  So glad you did!  Can’t wait to hear your stories! -Mom

Posted by: Kim Rasmussen on 8/28/2016 at 7:40 pm


Mt. Rainier: Four Day Climb Summits!

RMI Guide Eric Frank and his Four-Day Summit Climb team reached the top of Mt. Rainier this morning.  A cloud cap enveloped the summit bringing some strong winds upon the team but everyone persevered and are well on their way back to Camp Muir.

Congratulations to today’s summit climb team!

Sean! Hope this was your group…  Congratulations!

Posted by: Jeff Vanderver on 8/29/2016 at 8:38 am

Sean, I am not sure which is your climb but, if this is your team, congratulations fro Dad and me!  We are so proud of you and cant wait to see pictures and hear about it!  Love you!  Mom

Posted by: Carol Payne on 8/28/2016 at 8:02 pm


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

The Four Day Summit Climb August 24 - 27, 2016 led by RMI Guides Casey Grom, Jess Matthews and Blake Votilla reached the crater rim of Mt. Rainier just before 7 am this morning.  They reported nice climbing and sunshine with winds and chilly temperatures. 

Way to go!

Way to go, Joe!

Posted by: Rick on 8/27/2016 at 8:52 am

OMG!!  On top of the World, Stephen!  Congratulations to you AND the team!

Posted by: Diane Roberts on 8/27/2016 at 7:24 am


Mt. Rainier: Justman, King & Teams on the Summit!

The Four Day Summit Climb teams August 23 - 26 led by RMI Guides JJ Justman and Mike King were approaching the crater rim just before 7 am.  All of the climbers on Mike King’s team were able to reach the summit!.  Nice work team! JJ reported 10 mph winds and cold temps with climbers wearing their parkas.  It’s a beautiful day and a great climb.  The teams will return to Camp Muir and then continue their descent to Paradise.

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb teams!

Congratulations, Lynn!

Posted by: Susie Lambert on 8/27/2016 at 6:04 am

Congratulations Kara!!! I’m so proud of you. You prove that you can do anything you set your mind to.

Posted by: Jan Jeffreys on 8/27/2016 at 3:54 am


Mt. Rainier: August 25th SUMMIT!

The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guides Elias deAndres Martos and Leon Davis reached the Summit of Mt. Rainier early this morning.  Elias reported beautiful clear skies, but very cold temperatures.

Congratulations to today’s team!

Yay!!! Stephen Roberts!!!  I’m pretty sure this is YOUR team….so YAY…..YOU DID IT!
Congratulations to all of you!  So proud of this achievement!

Posted by: Diane Roberts on 8/25/2016 at 12:04 pm

Wonderful achievement, Andrew Williams! I’m sure it was a memorable, but exhausting, experience.

Posted by: David on 8/25/2016 at 8:20 am


Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climbs Reach Summit!

RMI Guides Billy Nugent and Ben Like led their Four Day Summit Climb teams to the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  Billy radioed at 7:30 am as the teams were approaching the crater rim.  The report was clear skies and winds 15 mph from the North.

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb teams!

Awsome Climb!

Posted by: Ron on 8/24/2016 at 4:56 pm


Kilimanjaro: Dave Hahn and Team Arrive in Tanzania

By three this morning, my team of prospective Kili climbers was all present and accounted for on the fringes of Arusha, Tanzania. Eleven of us spent the day getting ready for a week on the move. As is normal with my groups, the team stifled yawns and feigned great interest as I conducted our introductory meeting after a fine Dik Dik Hotel breakfast. They claimed “jet lag” was the culprit rather than my rambling on. Possibly. We’re a good ten hours removed from some west coast US homes now. 

After the briefing, it was time for personal equipment checks and packing for an early departure. This left a good chunk of the afternoon for the gang to relax, to walk the garden-like grounds of the hotel, and to periodically climb the water tower to see if Kilimanjaro was out.  She was, by evening… faintly… and floating like a cloud in the distance.  As we organized, the local guides and kitchen staff had the much bigger job of packing the food and gear for the trip.  It was impressive as always to see lead guide Freddy Kilewo out there making order of the chaos. He has about fifty people to plan for, between porters, camp staff, clients and guides. He makes it all look easy.

We’ll begin walking the Machame route tomorrow and coming to grips with this challenge that many have been dreaming and scheming about for years. But this evening it is time to enjoy a send-off feast and a last night in a bed… even with jet lag, we all know it is a good deal. 

Best Regards,

Dave Hahn and Team

To the whole team - Congratulations! 

Brian Palmer - Well done my friend.  We’ll grab lunch when you get back!

Posted by: Jim Vas. on 8/28/2016 at 5:09 pm

Amazing!  I’ve been reading each day, and am so proud of my sis and her courage and strength.  There are lots of good wishes and high fives coming from Colorado.  Keep on keepin on-you’re an inspiration.  Ninakupenda xo

Posted by: Susan Finzel-Aldred (Deborah's sister) on 8/25/2016 at 8:48 pm


Mt. Rainier: Summit!

RMI Guide JJ Justman called at 7:05 a.m.  The Mt. Rainier Summit Climb teams were beginning their descent from the crater rim!  The weather on the summit was a bit windy but clear skies made for nice views in every direction.

Congratulations to today’s summit climbers!

Unbelievable experience!  Great job by all the climbers!

Posted by: Scott on 8/22/2016 at 8:14 am

You all rock. Enjoy the view, savor the accomplishment.

Posted by: Ken on 8/21/2016 at 2:58 pm

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