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Alpamayo Expeditions: Schellens and Team Arrive in Lima, Peru

Posted by: Geoff Schellens | July 22, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Peru
Elevation: 10,000'

Hi all,
The whole team arrived in Lima late last night for our Alpamayo Expedition. We gathered for breakfast this morning at the hotel and excitement is running high. Shortly after breakfast we packed and loaded our van for the long drive to Huaraz. Huaraz is a beautiful town in the foothills of the Cordillera Blanca at 10,000’ surrounded by stunning peaks. After arriving at our hotel we met our Peruvian guide, William, and discussed some logistics for the up coming days, spent some time relaxing, and had a fantastic dinner. Tomorrow we will go for a short hike before resting and packing for the approach.

Thanks for following along with us,
RMI Guide Geoff Schellens

The view of the Cordillera Blanca mountains over the rooftops of Huaraz, Peru.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Mt. Elbrus: Justman & Team Complete Their Adventure in Russia

Posted by: JJ Justman | July 22, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Southside

We enjoyed our last evening in St. Petersburg with an early dinner and a boat cruise through the canals of this beautiful city.
Thanks to our group for a great climb of Mt. Elbrus and a wonderful adventure in Russia.

Until next time,
RMI Guide JJ Justman

Cruising through the canals of St. Petersburg, Russia. Photo: Linden Mallory The lights of St. Petersburg, Russia.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Alpamayo Expedition: Elias and Team Summit!

Posted by: Elias de Andres Martos | July 22, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Peru
Elevation: 19,512'

Hi again, this is Elias it looks like the previous message got cut by the satellite reception. We are back at Camp, everything went pretty well. This team crushed it, they climbed 450 meters of really step ice on Alpamayo in less than five hours.  They killed it. We are safely back at camp. Sorry we couldn’t call from the top but if you have seen pictures of the mountain, there is only room for one person at a time so we couldn’t call from there.  This is pretty awesome.  We want to thank everybody who has been cheering for us.  We will keep you posted tomorrow from Base Camp, hopefully.  We’re going to chill tonight here at High Camp, because we had the entire mountain to ourselves. So there was no rush to leave early, we had a later start, enjoyed ourselves in the daylight. We are going to sleep here and then do the descent tomorrow. That’s all for now and thanks again for following, and we will check in tomorrow from Base Camp prior to heading out the next day.

Take care, Bye.
RMI Guide Elias de Andres Martos

Ascending Alpamayo on summit day.  Photo: Eric Frank Alpamayo from High Camp at 17,880 ft.  Photo: Elias de Andres Martos

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Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team Visit Ngorongoro Crater

Posted by: Casey Grom | July 22, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Hello once again everyone -

This was a marvelous day as we visited the famous Ngorongoro Crater, considered by some to be the 8th wonder of the world. We started early with hopes of catching more of the elusive wildlife.

Today we saw more zebras, Cape buffalo, wildebeest, giraffes than anyone expected, in fact at such close range that we could almost touch them. We also saw plenty of hyenas, ostrich, Impala and saw a few lions, hippos, elephants, and even managed to spot a couple of Rhinos off in the distance. Needless to say it was a wonderful day of well deserved safari.

We then wrapped up the day with a visit to a working Maasai village. The Maasai are the local nomadic people that have inhabited this area for more than a thousand years and still try to exist with their same way of life.

Finally we returned to the amazing Plantation lodge to relax and enjoy another wonderful meal.

All is well!

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

Game viewing in the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania.  Photo: Casey Grom Hippos in the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania.  Photo: Casey Grom Visiting Maasai tribe members that live near the Ngorongoro Crater.  Photo: Casey Grom

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Mt. Rainier: July 22nd Summit!

Posted by: Billy Nugent, Solveig Waterfall, Mike Walter | July 22, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four and Five Day Summit climb teams led by RMI Guides Mike Walter and Solveig Waterfall reached the summit of Mt. Rainier early this morning via the Disappointment Cleaver route.  Mike reported great climbing, light winds and mild temperatures with a few clouds at around 6,500’.

RMI Guide Billy Nugent and his Expedition Skills Seminar - Kautz team climbed via the Kautz route and successfully reached the summit of Mt. Rainier in time to watch the sunset. The team will be finishing up their training today and be back at RMI Basecamp later this afternoon.

Congratulations to today’s teams!

The Lower Castle on the Kautz Route. RMI Photo Collection
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Alpamayo Expedition:  Elias and Team Check in from High Camp

Posted by: Elias de Andres Martos | July 21, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Peru
Elevation: 17,880'

Hello, this is Elías and the Alpamayo team calling again from High Camp. Today, at the base of the Alpamayo Head Wall, we are taking a rest day, as we’d let you know yesterday. The weather looks really good, we are in good spirits and health, and we’re just relaxing and waiting for our summit push tonight. So tomorrow, this time, check in, and hopefully we will have a summit report from you. Otherwise, stay tuned until then, and best regards to everybody back home. Bye.

RMI Guide Elías de Andres Martos

Looking up at the summit of Alpamayo from Col Camp at 17,880 ft.  Photo: Elias de Andres Martos


RMI Guide Elias de Andres Martos checks in from High Camp on Alpamayo.

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Mt. Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team Explore Lake Manyara National Park

Posted by: Casey Grom | July 21, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Today was our first day of safari and we headed to Lake Manyara National Park. It took a little over 2hrs to get there as we drove through Arusha and then the vast rural savannah to get there. It’s situated at the base of the eastern Great Rift Escarpment, and is home the the famous tree climbing lions, over 450 different birds, huge troops of baboons, hippos, and most of the other African animals.
It’s been rather dry this year and unfortunately we didn’t see the famous lions, but we did see plenty of other wildlife up close.
After spending a couple of hours of safari we made our way to the wonderful Plantation Lodge where we’ve been enjoying being spoiled and just finished another fantastic meal.

Everyone is doing great and are excited to see what tomorrow brings as we head to Ngorongoro Crater.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

The RMI Team enjoying lunch in the bush at Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania.  Photo: Casey Grom Exploring Lake Manyara National Park on day one of game viewing in Tanzania.  Photo: Casey Grom Game viewing in Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania.  Photo: Casey Grom

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Mt. Elbrus: Justman & Team Explore St. Petersburg

Posted by: JJ Justman | July 21, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Southside

Hello from St. Petersburg!! Today our team had an incredible tour of some of the beautiful sights of the city. No doubt it is the perfect way to end a great adventure here in Russia. We visited several cathedrals as well as The Hermitage, which holds some of the greatest art pieces in the World! Enjoy the video below but to be honest…it doesn’t do it justice. You have to see it for yourself!!

Also stay tuned for Part Two…the team will be taking a boat tour of the gorgeous canal systems that makes St. Petersburg known as “The Venice of The North”.

RMI Guide JJ Justman

Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, St. Petersburg Russia.  Photo: Jeff Martin The Roof Tops of St. Petersburg, Russia.  Photo: Linden Mallory

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Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climbs on Top!

Posted by: Mike Haugen, Steve Gately, Bryan Mazaika | July 21, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

RMI Guide Mike Haugen and the Four Day Summit Climb team reached the crater rim of Mt. Rainier shortly after 7 am.  Mike reported good conditions with a sustained 20 mph wind.
The team will enjoy some time on the summit before starting their descent.  They will return to Camp Muir and then continue to Paradise.  We look forward to seeing the team at Rainier BaseCamp this afternoon.

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb team!

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Alpamayo: Elias & Team Move to High Camp

Posted by: Elias de Andres Martos | July 20, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Peru
Elevation: 17,880'

Hello, this is RMI Guide Elias Andres and the Alpamayo team, along with local guide, Peter. We are currently at high camp on Alpamayo at 5,400 meters. The team crushed it. We came up here in a mere four hours overcoming some steep terrain, but it was not difficult for anybody. We are currently setting up camp. Everyone will be chill tomorrow. We are going to take advantage of the elevation to continue to acclimatize for the summit bid and let a couple of teams that arrived here ahead of us climb the mountain so we have the route to ourselves. We’ll keep you posted tomorrow. Stay tuned at this time and we will let you know how we are doing, which is presumably very, very well. Hopefully in 48 hours you will have a summit report.  That’s it for now.

RMI Guide Elias de Andres Martos


RMI Guide Elias de Andres Martos calls in from Alpamayo High Camp.

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  • The lights of St. Petersburg, Russia.  Photo: RMI Collection
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  • Game viewing in the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania.  Photo: Casey Grom
  • Hippos in the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania.  Photo: Casey Grom
  • Visiting Maasai tribe members that live near the Ngorongoro Crater.  Photo: Casey Grom
  • The Lower Castle on the Kautz Route. RMI Photo Collection
  • Looking up at the summit of Alpamayo from Col Camp at 17,880 ft.  Photo: Elias de Andres Martos
  • The RMI Team enjoying lunch in the bush at Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania.  Photo: Casey Grom
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  • Game viewing in Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania.  Photo: Casey Grom
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