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Mt. Rainier: Seth & Solveig Waterfall Led the First 2015 Ski Program

Posted by: Solveig Waterfall, Seth Waterfall | April 03, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 6,400'

Hi this is Seth. Solveig Waterfall and I just wrapped up the first RMI ski trip of the Spring season here on Rainier. We had a great five-day trip with a really fun group. We based out of the Paradise area for our days on the mountain and were treated to some of the best ski conditions of the season. this was our ‘Intro to Ski Touring’ course and as the name implies we spent the majority of the time focusing on the necessary skills to plan and execute several days of backcountry skiing.

We had a clear day to establish our camp followed by two days of precipitation with steadily cooling temperatures. This resulted in fantastic powder-skiing conditions with really good snow stability. The final day was cool but the skies were mostly clear and we were able to get break our camp and some more good skiing. The team was great, the laughs and smiles were non-stop and the days flew by.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

Rainier Intro to Ski course- Beautiful day heading up hill. Photo: Seth Waterfall Great conditions for the Mt. Rainier Intro to Ski course. Photo: Seth Waterfall
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Mt. Everest: Hahn & Team Laying Low in Lobuche

Posted by: Dave Hahn, JJ Justman | April 03, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest
Elevation: 16,175'

A quiet day for us at 16,000 ft in Lobuche.  Things are certainly colder up at this end of the valley, but the sun was good and strong this morning and so we ventured out for a short walk along the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier to stretch legs and catch views.  Nuptse is front and center and ridiculously steep when viewed from Lobuche (and from any other angle as well, come to think of it) but our eyes kept straying toward Everest Base Camp and the peaks that surround it- Pumori, Lingtren and Khumbutse.  It isn’t very far away now… We’ll be there tomorrow with any luck.  But first things first, we made the most of this rest day with a short visit to the Italian research “pyramid” a few minutes away and up a side valley.  One of the staff gave us a fine tour of the facilities and described the atmospheric and glacial science being conducted.  Then it was back to our tea house as the sky clouded up yet again.  Snow started falling after lunch, which made it just that much easier to kick back and rest away the afternoon.  We’ve got cards, chess and scrabble… Books and naps worked pretty good as well.

Last night in a tea house… Tent life begins tomorrow.

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

Nuptse from Lobuche, Nepal. Photo: Dave Hahn Italian Pyramid and Pumori at Lobuche. Photo: Dave Hahn

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Mt. Everest: Hahn and Team Reach Lobuche

Posted by: Dave Hahn, JJ Justman | April 02, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest
Elevation: 16,000'

Finally back in the land of Internet… But we had to go to 16,000 ft for it.  The team is safely in Lobuche.  We cruised up from Pheriche this morning in just about three and a half hours.  Conditions were nice enough for walking, but it was a little on the cool side and not conducive to hanging out for long.  The first glance at the sky today had us thinking we’d be walking in another snowstorm, but things cleared up well enough while we ate breakfast.  We had fine views of Taboche, Cholatse, Pumori, Nuptse and Ama Dablam along with a half dozen other Himalayan giants.  The last hour of today’s hike involved snow-covered ground, but didn’t present us with any special problems.  All the team are acclimatizing well and we hope for an easy day of hiking and resting around Lobuche tomorrow.

Best Regards,

RMI Guides Dave Hahn, JJ Justman and Team

 

Mt. Everest Team trekking into Lobuche. Photo: Dave Hahn Mt. Everest Team Trekking on Trek with Ama Dablam in background. Photo: Dave Hahn Mt. Everest Team with Ama Dablam. Photo: Dave Hahn

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Everest Basecamp Trek & Island Peak Climb: Team Parts Ways with Shared Memories

Posted by: Casey Grom | April 02, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 18,200'

Hey Everybody, This is Casey Grom checking in from the Everest Base Camp Trek and Island Peak Climb. Just wanted let you know that everything’s going great here in the Kumbu. After having an incredible day at Base Camp, the team descended yesterday through a little bit of snow all the way down to Pheriche. It’s about 12 miles and it took our group a little over 7 hours, so quite a long day on our feet, but everyone did great! Everyone certainly enjoyed the drop in altitude and the thicker air. It was only 14,000 feet, but everyone could feel the difference. Everyone is doing great and last night we ran into two of RMI’s finest Jeff “JJ” Justman and of course Dave Hahn who are leading our Mt. Everest climb this season. It was great to see those guys and touch base and wish luck to those guys and the climbing crew that is with them.

After getting a good night’s rest, the team got out this morning and had relatively early breakfast. The trekking group headed back to Namche. The Island Peak team and myself headed up the adjacent valley and are relaxing here at Chukung. It was bit of a sad day saying goodbye to our friends that we spent so many great days with, but I am sure those guys are doing great now down in Namche enjoying the warm air, cell service and WiFi. Unfortunately for us, we won’t have cell service or WiFI here in Chukung as there has been some issue with the receivers. Anyways, we’re headed up the valley a little further and expect to be at Island Peak Base Camp tomorrow. We’ll try to check in via satellite phone we can get reception up there.

Thanks a lot. We’ll talk soon.

RMI Guide Casey Grom

The View of Island Peak from Pheriche. RMI Photo Collection The Everest Base Camp Trek & Island Peak Teams in the dining tent at Everest Base Camp.  Photo: Casey Grom


Casey Grom Checking in from Chukung.

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Mt. Everest: Hahn & Team Acclimate in Pheriche

Posted by: Dave Hahn, JJ Justman | April 01, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest
Elevation: 15,500'

Dave Hahn calling in from Pheriche on our Everest climb. Hey, We’re still in black out zone. A temporary black out for all internet and cell phones, so I’m calling from the satellite phone. It’s our last night in Pheriche tonight. We had a great easy day here in Pheriche, the team went hiking this morning about 1500 feet above Pheriche about 15,500’ or so. It was a nice hike and nice views of Makalu the 5th highest mountain, we had views of Lhotse, Cho Oyu the 6th highest mountain, great views all around. And everybody is feeling really well.

We attended a high altitude medicine lecture that was given by the Himalayan Rescue Association next door in the afternoon. We then had a pretty easy afternoon of resting,  playing games, reading and nice dinner. A nice treat for us, Casey Grom’s Base Camp and Island Peak Trekking Group fresh from Base Camp shared the the dining room with us for the evening, It was nice to visit with some friends. We’re looking forward to moving up to Lobuche. It is currently nice, but we will see what we get this evening. A things being equal we be in Lobuche tomorrow.

We will keep you informed.

RMI Guide Dave Hahn and Team

The Views from Pheriche. Photo: Dave Hahn


Dave Hahn Calling in from Pheriche

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Everest Base Camp Trek: Grom & Team Arrive in Everest Base Camp

Posted by: Casey Grom | March 31, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 17,575'

Casey Grom and team checked in from Everest Base Camp.  They arrived there yesterday under stormy skies and cloudy conditions. 
Today, the sun was shining and the team spent some time hiking around Base Camp and posing for photos in down suits.  Everyone got to experience life at 17,575’ complete with a shower at Base Camp.
Tomorrow the team will start their descent heading back down the Khumbu Valley. 

RMI Guide Casey Grom

Casey Grom & team arrive at Everest Base Camp. Photo: Casey Grom Looking down on Everest Base Camp on the side of the Khumbu Glacier. Photo: RMI Collection

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Mt. Everest: Hahn & Team Trek in Snow to Pheriche

Posted by: Dave Hahn, JJ Justman | March 31, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest
Elevation: 13,950'

Hey, this is Dave Hahn calling from RMI’s Everest Expedition. We left Deboche this morning….  The team is now up here at 13,800 feet in Pheriche. We walked through snow today, about four inches of new snow over night. It was a beautiful morning for strolling through the last of the forest that we would be walking in today. We walked over to Tengboche and had an audience with Lama Geshe. He gave us his blessings and greeted us as always very friendly, and had a nice seating with him. We proceeded on our way towards Pheriche, had lunch in Somare and got here, Pheriche, by about 2:30 this afternoon. Everybody’s getting comfortable now in the Himalayan Hotel, and enjoying the nice dining room here, under the stars, looking up at Ama Dablam and beautiful mountains all around. We will check in again tomorrow.

RMI Guide Dave Hahn

Rows of Mani Stones between Deboche and Pheriche. Photo: RMI Collection Teahouse in Pheriche, Nepal. Photo: RMI Collection


RMI Guide Dave Hahn calls in from Pheriche.

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Mt. Everest: Hahn & Team Spend Another Night in Deboche

Posted by: Dave Hahn, JJ Justman | March 30, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest
Elevation: 12,325'

Hey, this is Dave Hahn phoning in from the RMI Everest Climb. We are in Deboche still. Last night I couldn’t get through it was snowing fairly hard and I couldn’t get a phone signal. This morning, it’s looking a little bit better. A little sunshine coming through; there is still some high clouds. But right now we’re at a green light to go up to Pheriche. Our intention is to go up through Pangboche, see Lama Geshe, and head up to Pheriche this evening. Yesterday was a nice quiet day for us. We just went up to Tengboche Monastery in the morning and then kinda hunkered down in our tea house here in Deboche to wait out the snowstorm. But nice afternoon taking it easy. Bye now.

RMI Guide Dave Hahn

The Tengboche Monastery, Nepal. Photo: RMI Collection Monks in prayer at the Tengboche Monastery. Photo: Linden Mallory


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Mt. Everest: Hahn & Team Check in from Deboche

Posted by: Dave Hahn, JJ Justman | March 29, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest
Elevation: 12,325'

Hey, this is Dave Hahn with the RMI Everest Climb calling in from Deboche. We set out this morning about 8:30 from Namche.  A beautiful morning, blue sky, sunshine and everybody feeling good.  It took us about 5 hours or so to go across the hillside down to the river and back across the hill at Pangboche, the big hill, and down the other side to Deboche.  At our lodge tonight but figured we’d just checking with you. Great views of Mt. Everest and Ama Dablam today. Looking up there is a bunch of new snow on Everest and Lhotse.  It clouded up a little bit this afternoon, but not a big deal. We are enjoying having the trails to our selves, I think we are a few days ahead of many of the climbers.  [connection lost]

RMI Guide Dave Hahn

On the trail from Namche to Deboche with Ama Dablam looming high above.  Photo: RMI Collection


RMI Guide Dave Hahn calls from Deboche with an update on the progress of the Everest team.

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Mt. Everest:  RMI Guide & Base Camp Manager Mark Tucker Checks In From the Khumbu

Posted by: Dave Hahn, JJ Justman, Mark Tucker | March 29, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest
Elevation: 13,000'

Walk a week or fly an hour? A very popular phrase with the bush pilots in Alaska.  Here in Nepal, I will take the walk a week option.
If I were going to climb the tallest mountain in North America, “Denali”, I would opt for the hour flight into the mountain, which drops you at about 8,000’ to begin the ascent to 20,320 ft.
Here in the High Himalaya, with that hour flight they could drop us at Everest Base Camp, it sits around 17,300’, you would be in a world of hurt, that is a bit too much of an altitude jump for 99.9% of all humans.  So here I sit in a nice Tea house at 13,000’, half way through my eight day trek to Base Camp.  Kind of a long commute to work, but traffic has not been to bad.  Yep another season of life on the Glacier for this Himalayan Veteran.
Excited for RMI 2015 Everest Expedition?  I sure am.
No wonder RMI was voted #1 Outfitter,with the return of the finest Guides, for the climb and trek.
The reason I continue these wild adventures is the RMI solid commitment, time and again, to provide the best available resources and infrastructure.
The team is looking forward to sharing this Expedition with you as best we can over the next couple of months.
I wish you could be here. I know the challenges you will face in everyday life may not be as unusual as ours but in there own way just as impressive. Climb your own Everest.  Get out when you can!

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

Special shout out to -
MOM
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
Love, Mark

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Recent Images From Expedition Dispatches

  • RMI Guide Dave Hahn joins the Sherpa in some Icefall exploration. Photo: Dave Hahn
  • A looksee at the Icefall confirms continued storm and busted ladders as they are turned around. Photo: Dave Hahn
  • A looksee at the Icefall confirms continued storm and busted ladders as they are turned around. Photo: Dave Hahn
  • The Winter Seminar team enjoys the sunrise on the upper slopes of Mt. Rainier. Photo: Brent Okita
  • Sunrise on Mt. Rainier with Little Tahoma. Photo: Brent Okita
  • The Winter Seminar Team taking a rest break on Mt. Rainier. Photo: Brent Okita
  • The view of Mt. Rainier after the storm earlier this week. Photo: Brent Okita
  • RMI Climbers testing out their down suits while at Everest Base Camp.  Photo: Dave Hahn
  • The RMI Sherpa team in their down suits at Everest Base Camp.  Photo: Dave Hahn
  • Khumbu Icefall seen with the new snow from yesterday's storm. Photo: Dave Hahn
  • Dave Hahn leading the RMI Everest team in a training session into the lower section of the Icefall. Photo: JJ Justman
  • Everest BC - Mark Tucker choosing to go with his air game. Photo: Dave Hahn
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  • Dave Hahn leading the way to Kalapathar. Photo: JJ Justman
  • The 2015 RMI Everest team at Kalapathar. Photo: JJ Justman
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  • The Everest team's training day on fixed rope. Photo: JJ Justman
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  • Enjoying the views from Pumori Camp One.  Photo: Dave Hahn
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  • The Puja Ceremony at Everest Base Camp.  Photo: Dave Hahn
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  • The 2015 RMI Everest Expedition post Puja ceremony. Photo: JJ Justman
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  • Great conditions for the Mt. Rainier Intro to Ski course. Photo: Seth Waterfall
  • Nuptse from Lobuche, Nepal. Photo: Dave Hahn
  • Italian Pyramid and Pumori at Lobuche. Photo: Dave Hahn