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Alpamayo: Schellens & Team Move to High Camp

Today was a big day, we loaded our packs and dawned our climbing equipment and walked away from Moraine camp. Once on the glacier we slowly worked our way around crevasses as we worked upward to the col. About 800 feet shy of the col we encountered to first of the three steeper pitches which the team dispatched with no problems. Everyone climbed very well and just before 3 pm we were all at our high camp. This is also where we caught our first glimpse of the face we will climb. We settled into our tents for a quick nap before tea time and then dinner. As Alpamayo caught the alpenglow of the last light of the day we retired to our sleeping bags, tired but very happy.

Tomorrow we rest before we make our summit attempt the following day.

RMI Guide Geoff Schellens & Team


Mt. Rainier: Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons Team Summits!

The Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons Team Reached the Summit of Mt. Rainier via the Emmons route early this morning. RMI Guide Zeb Blais reported that the team had a great climb with absolutely beautiful weather.  The team is back at Camp Schumann and will spend the evening finishing up their training.  They return to Rainier Basecamp tomorrow afternoon.

Congratulations to the Emmons Team!


Mt. Elbrus: Grom & Team Enjoy an Acclimating Hike to 13,500’

It was a beautiful day here on Elbrus.
We had a normal start to our day with breakfast in the hotel and then loaded up all our climbing gear and drove to the base of the ski lift where we rode not one, not two, but three gondolas to reach our new home for the next few days and happens to sit at just over 12,000ft. It’s rather comfortable up here, as our outfitter has taken a few shipping containers and converted them into simple bunk rooms that sit atop some makeshift skis so they can be moved. Creative to say the least!
Once we got settled into our new home we headed uphill on another acclimatizing hike and reached about 13,500ft before returning to camp where our wonderful cook Dasha had a nice hot lunch waiting for us. 
We spent the remaining of the afternoon relaxing, walking around and just enjoying the views of the Caucasus Mountain Range.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew


Mt. Rainier: July 27th Update

RMI Guides Katrina Bloemsma and Steve Gately led their teams to the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  The weather report from the top was calm, sunny, and warming up quickly.  At 7:15 a.m. they began their descent from the crater rim.

Congratulations to the teams!


Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Arrive in Shira Camp

A good night for sleep with a couple folk still adjusting to time zone change. There were amazing stars last night. Woke up to perfectly clear sky’s views of the big top ahead. Sizable chunk of altitude gain in half the distance of yesterday but still gained us 2,500 feet in elevation. As you can imagine fairly steep right out of the gate but every one handled it well. The environment changes dramatically from a lush forest to a more alpine feel. A big finish to the day, traversing out to the west, complete opposite from where we will travel tomorrow across ancient lava flows that have created a broad flatland between Kibo-Kilimanjaros main peak and Shira, its western satellite. Our home for the night.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

On The Map


Alpamayo: Schellens & Team Move to Moraine Camp

This morning you could feel the energy in the air. Everyone is very excited to be moving up hill again. Immediately after breakfast Dan, Paul, and Olga began packing and were done by 9:30, despite the plan to leave BC after lunch. So we all enjoyed a little more relaxation time until lunch was served around noon. Unfortunately the tasty pasta ended up sitting heavy in our bellies so we waited a bit more before shouldering our packs. As we picked our way through the boulder field we settled into a comfortable pace and in just over two hours we found ourselves at Moraine Camp, 16,200’. Everyone is doing great and glad to be making upward progress again. We are all tucked in for the evening, getting some good rest before we move up to high camp tomorrow.

Thanks for following along.

RMI Guide Geoff Schellens


Mt. Elbrus: Justman & Team Finish Their Trip With St. Petersburg Tour

What a way to finish our great adventure in Russia! Today our team had a great day with our local St. Petersburg guide exploring this incredible city! It was incredible day in the city that ended with an amazing canal tour. I have to admit, it is hard to leave Russia. I am so happy that we have enjoyed the many great wonders of this great country! Thanks for following along!

RMI Guide JJ Justman


Mt. Elbrus: Grom & Team Acclimate on Peak Cheget

Hello again everyone!

It was a beautiful day here in Russia. We had a nice relaxing start to the day with a traditional Russian breakfast of porridge, eggs and bread. Afterwards we made our way to the local ski lifts to help give us a jump start on our hike. I didn’t hear a single complaint about riding up 1,500’ on a chair lift before we started our two-hour hike to the top of Peak Cheget. Yes, it is also the name of the town in which we are staying. The hike went well with mostly clear skies and we even caught a few glimpses of Elbrus between the clouds.

After our hike we made it back to town relatively quickly thanks to the ski lifts, where we had a hot lunch waiting for us. After lunch, we dropped off our gear and made a quick stop to pick up a few extra items and even managed to try on a few local hats.

We wrapped up the evening with another nice, home cooked meal here provided by our ever so gracious local outfitter.

Things are good here.
RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

On The Map

52 Peaks! I’m with you in spirit! Stay safe & enjoy!

Posted by: Todd on 7/26/2016 at 10:53 pm


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

RMI Guide Nick Hunt and the Five Day Summit Climb reached the highest point in Washington State, the summit of Mt. Rainier, this morning. Nick’s report from the summit said today was a beautiful day with light winds. The team left the summit to begin their descent just after 7:00 a.m. PDT. The will return to Ashford this afternoon.

Way to climb!


Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climb Reaches Summit

The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guide Peter Whittaker reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning. Peter reported light winds and clear skies. The team began their descent shortly after 7:00 a.m. PDT. We look forward to greeting the team in Ashford later this afternoon.

Congratulations climbers!

Way to go Troy!  We are all very proud of you - another great accomplishment!

Posted by: Dean Fulton on 7/26/2016 at 12:49 pm

Woohoo! Congratulations to the group! Looks like the weather cooperated

Posted by: Becky on 7/26/2016 at 9:55 am

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