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Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team At Karanga Camp

Hello from Kilimanjaro:
Today the team did a fantastic job climbing the intimidating looking Barranco Wall. It was the technical hurdle of this expedition and everyone did great and I believe thoroughly enjoyed the challenge. Of course the porters made it look easy as they climbed the wall with their loads carefully balanced on their heads.
Once above the wall we took a well-deserved break to enjoy the views of the valleys below, but unfortunately the upper mountain was obscured by clouds. Nonetheless, the team climbed slow and steady as we made our way up and down a few ridges before finally arriving in camp for the remainder of the day.
Everyone is still enjoying the climb and are looking forward to heading to our high camp tomorrow where we will start our summit bid from.

That’s all for now.
RMI Guide Casey Grom and the Kilimanjaro crew

On The Map

Good luck Catherine.  The summit awaits you!  All is well in Maine.

Posted by: Linda Morrison on 1/14/2017 at 6:37 am

Good luck, Elaine.  Belfry and Bartholomew send their best wishes for your night-time summit bid as well

Posted by: Steve on 1/13/2017 at 10:50 pm


Aconcagua: Tucker & Team Exploring Around Base Camp

Today was a day of rest and preparation for our team here at Aconcagua Base Camp. We spent the morning reorganizing and sorting out communal food and equipment for the upper mountain, and the afternoon finding a way to make it all fit into our packs. Along the way, team members found time to take a brief stroll around the base camp vicinity to acclimate and enjoy the perspective, and a few lucky climbers snuck in a nap or two. Everyone is excited to carry a load up to Camp One tomorrow, and officially launch our assault on the mountain!

Bye for now,

RMI Guides Mark Tucker, Pepper Dee and Team

Thanks for the update Mark and Pepper! I can’t wait to hear more. Sending lots of love to my Papa, Dominique. I hope you’re having a great time. Good luck Team!

Posted by: Lindsay Monnet on 1/13/2017 at 3:04 pm

Thank you for the great updates and photos. Enjoy the climb up!

Posted by: Anne Callen on 1/13/2017 at 7:06 am


Ecuador Seminar: Knoff & Team Unable to Reach Antisana Summit

RMI Guide Adam Knoff checked in this afternoon from Hacienda La Cienega.  The team had a beautiful day on Antisana with a fun climb on challenging terrain but were unable to reach the summit.
The team was happy with their effort and accomplishment and are now resting in one of Ecuador’s beautiful haciendas.  Tomorrow they will move toward their final objective, Chimborazo.

What an adventure!!!  Much admiration to you guys! Wishing you the best in your quest at Chimborazo!!!  Jimbo, I hope this trip is all you imagined and more.  The pictures are so awe inspiring!  You are going to have plenty of experiences to share and I look forward to hearing your tales.

Posted by: George on 1/13/2017 at 1:30 pm

Following your progress and hoping for success and safety!

Posted by: Jane Knoff on 1/12/2017 at 7:40 pm


Aconcagua: King & Team Move to High Camp, Prepare for Summit Attempt

Wow! What a calm and relatively warm night at 18,000’. The Team got it’s last good night for sleep before moving to 19,600’ where sleep is hard to come by. We took a little over three hours to move up here, the Team did a fantastic job keeping the guides pace and working on their breathing. The phrase we are using is, “if you don’t sound like the Little Engine that Could, you’ll perform like the Little Engine that Couldn’t”.

We will rest and eat some dinner before beginning our summit attempt in the early morning. Fingers crossed and well wishes for our Team. It will not be easy but hopefully the Team can grit their teeth and find a happy place tomorrow. The next time you hear from us, should be on top of the highest point in the Western Hemisphere.

Thanks for following along.
RMI Guides Mike King, JM Gorum,  Mauricio and the team

On The Map

Enjoy the view from the top,have good summit and good weather love mom and dad

Posted by: Mark and helenk on 1/13/2017 at 7:01 am

Weather Prayers
Waltero

Posted by: Walter Glover on 1/13/2017 at 5:57 am


Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team Traverse to Barranco Valley

Hello once again everyone
We had another great day here in Africa with wonderful views of Kilimanjaro most of that day.
We left Shira camp and slowly climbed uphill before we started our traverse over to Barranco Valley passing through endless volcanic boulders that dot this desert like landscape and just below the remaining glaciers that cling to Kilimanjaro’s slopes.
As we approached camp we were all amazed to the giant groundsels and famous Senecio trees that look like something out of a Dr. Suess book.

Everyone is doing very well and are looking forward to tomorrow’s climb up the Barranco wall witch sits just above camp.

That’s all for now.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and the Kilimanjaro crew!

On The Map

Best wishes for your summit bid, Elaine!  (Casey: If she needs encouragement, get her to sing her hiking song).

Go Cougs!

Posted by: Steve on 1/13/2017 at 6:10 am


Aconcagua: Tucker & Team Arrive At Base Camp

Hello -
We have arrived at Plaza Argentina, Aconcagua Base Camp, and are loving it.  I am watching the most amazing moon rise as I scratch out this dispatch.

We started the morning off with a mule ride across the Vacas River. Good size and cold seemed to make sense since the option was available. We waited till later in the day to fjord the Relinchos River in the footwear we brought along for that purpose. Named after the valley we ascended five hours and gained close to 4,000’, the views of the upper mountain were fantastic.

We established our camp and settled in at Base Camp. A very nice dinner provided by our great outfitter Grajales Expeditions has us well fed and now ready for rest. The team is in good shape and thrilled to be at Base Camp. All is good here.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

On The Map

Happy hiking Uncle Fred.  We are with you in spirit!

Posted by: MAPZ on 1/12/2017 at 5:52 pm


Ecuador Seminar: Team Readies for Summit Attempt on Antisana

Hello from our cozy basecamp on Antisana! Our second day here is almost finished and preparations are underway for our next big summit attempt of the trip.

We were able to sleep in a little this morning and we had a nice full breakfast with coffee, bread, cereal, and quesadillas. With full stomachs and a full night’s rest, everybody was feeling strong and ready for our second training day of the trip.

The lower glaciers of Antisana are literally an alpine playground—with open crevasses, firm ice, steep slopes, and towering seracs—and we made good use of it throughout the morning. We set up a challenging, yet fun, alpine skills course and spent the better part of the day practicing a variety of intermediate mountaineering skills: steep fixed line travel, vertical rappels, and a number of challenging ice climbs. The team is composed of members of a variety of backgrounds and skill levels, but all were able to learn something new today and we had a good time doing it!

We were back at our basecamp by 1pm this afternoon, just in time to beat the afternoon rain storms that have been visiting us these last few days. But despite the marginal afternoon weather, we remain optimistic for our chances of summiting tomorrow! The pattern seems to be afternoon showers that clear in the evening, giving us a good window tonight for our summit push.

With one major peak and a couple of days of technical skills training, this team is more than prepared to tackle a second summit. We plan on an early dinner tonight, giving us plenty of time to pack our bags and get some shuteye in preparation for another midnight start. Wish us luck in our attempt and we’ll check back in with you tomorrow afternoon with a full report!

Until then,
RMI Guides Nick Hunt and Adam Knoff, and the rest of the ESS-Ecuador team

Jimmy, sending best wishes for more sucess for you and your crew in the next part of your impressive adventure!!!

Posted by: George on 1/12/2017 at 8:41 am

William, I hope you have a better summit this time than last! The pups and I miss you! Can’t wait to hear from you!

Posted by: Linda on 1/11/2017 at 7:27 pm


Aconcagua: King & Team Make Carry to High Camp

This is Mike and JM checking in from our Camp 2 after a good carry to Cholera High Camp located at 19,600’. The camp gets its name from the wind that swirls around and attempts to destroy your camp.

The Team took in fantastic views of the Andes and enjoyed some warmer temperatures after yesterday’s cold and blustery conditions. There is some sort of an Andean hawk that has been hanging out taking people’s Oreos.

Quite and calm in our tents, an update you might be tired of reading but the Team is taking every moment of available rest to apply towards summit day.

Tomorrow we move up to Cholera and will keep our fingers crossed for accurate weather reports and a trail of compacted snow to the top of the Southern Hemisphere!

RMI Guides Mike King & JM Gorum

On The Map

Good weather and safe travels on summit day

Posted by: Mark and helen on 1/12/2017 at 11:39 am

Best wishes to you guys and praying for clear and good weather to the summit.

Posted by: Kevin Stone on 1/12/2017 at 8:03 am


Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team Cross the Shira Plateau

Hey, everybody this is Casey Grom checking in again from the Kilimanjaro climb. Wanted to let you know that we had another wonderful day here in Africa. We got up at about 7:00 and had a nice big breakfast of eggs and bacon and porridge and some toast. At 7:30, we washed that down with plenty of coffee and then tried to hit the trail right at 8:00. The camp we were in, the Mweka Camp, was a little bit crowded because it’s sort of a small spot, but we kind of got out ahead of a bunch of the teams. We slowly made our way up one of the ridges that leads up on top of what’s called the Shira Plateau. We gained about 2,500 feet and we took just a little over five hours to get up here. The team did incredible today and once again our our wonderful mountain staff and porters broke camp after we left and then passed us on the trail and then arrived at camp and had it all set up by the time we arrived up here. We just finished dinner and the clouds have just kind of blown off. Now we’ve got a beautiful view of the upper mountain as the sun has gone down. Everybody’s outside taking a look at all the beautiful stars that we can see right now. So that’s all for now. Everybody’s going to head to bed as it’s starting to chill down a little bit up here, and we’ll touch base again tomorrow. Thanks.

RMI Guide Casey Grom


RMI Guide Casey Grom checks in from Shira Camp.

On The Map

Catherine Deb and Kaki— So glad to get the updates via the blog!  You’ve got this!  Get in some more photos!

Posted by: Linda Morrison on 1/12/2017 at 3:42 am

Jeff and Sean, hope you are having a great time. Is anything sore yet?

Posted by: Maureen McCroskey on 1/11/2017 at 7:06 pm


Ecuador Seminar: Knoff & Team Land at Antisana Base Camp

Buenas Noches from Antisana Base Camp.  

It always amazes me how one difficult mountain climb puts the little things back into perspective.  For our climb of Cayambe, we were on the move by midnight and did not stop until twelve hours later.  Even after the climb is finished, exhaustion has set in so thoroughly that the only thing that really matters is one good meal and a warm bed.
The simple joys continued this morning after ten solid hours of sleep with fresh brewed coffee, a delicious smoothie, farm fresh eggs and warm bread.  It’s not every day you wake up and feel so thankful for what you have.  Suffering, if even for a day helps us remember what really matters. 
After our lovely breakfast we packed the bus, said adios to Ecuador’s oldest hacienda and hit the road.  Two hours later we found ourselves back to the busy life shopping for food at a market equal to Fred Meyer, having lunch at KFC and eating pastries from the mall’s bakery.   Two hours after that, we were back in the boonies, driving across a landscape above 12,000 feet with not a house, or other road in sight.
By 3pm we had landed at Antisana Base Camp.  This place is wild with Andean condors flying overhead, wild packs of alpacas coming right into camp and no other people anywhere.  We are in a place of pure natural beauty.
Our elevation is 14,800 feet and the team feels great.  The more time we spend at altitude the easier it gets.  Everyone misses their families and friends but very happy to be in such a unique place.
We will train tomorrow and report before getting ready to climb.

RMI Guide Adam Knoff and Team Ecuador out.

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