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Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team Celebrate at the Dik Dik Hotel

Posted by: Casey Grom | July 20, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Congrats to this team!

It was a fantastic climb of Kilimanjaro yesterday and everyone did great and it was wonderful to be on top with the whole team.
It took us a little more than seven hours to reach the summit. The sky was full of stars and the weather was nice, although it was a little cold on that last stretch I have to admit.
After spending about 20 minutes on top and getting plenty of summit photos, we made our way quickly back to camp where brunch was waiting and then descended all the way to our last camp. It was a long, but rewarding day for everyone.
This morning we had a quick breakfast and got packed up one last time, then our wonderful staff gathered to bid us farewell and sang a few traditional Kilimanjaro songs.

We are currently relaxing back at our lodge where everyone has enjoyed hot showers and a delicious celebration meal.

It’s time for a little sleep before we head out on a much deserved safari!

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

Breakfast post Kilimanjaro summit. Photo: Casey Grom Kilimanjaro celebration dinner at the Dik Dik Hotel. Photo: Casey Grom Traditional Kilimanjaro songs sang by the staff as they say farewell. Photo: Casey Grom

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Mt. Elbrus: Justman & Team Arrive in St. Petersburg

Posted by: JJ Justman | July 20, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Southside

Team Russia has arrived in St. Petersburg! It is so nice and a little sad to leave the mountains behind. However, now in this beautiful city the team is invigorated to enjoy our safe and successful adventure on Mount Elbrus.
We had a long day of traveling to get here so we are just going to soak it in before tomorrow’s adventure…what’s that you may ask? Check in tomorrow and find out!!

RMI Guide JJ Justman

RMI Guide JJ Justman and his Elbrus team on the shuttle to St. Petersburg, Russia. Photo: JJ Justman

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Mt. Rainier: July 20th Update

Posted by: Tyler Jones, Robby Young, Brent Okita | July 20, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

RMI Guide Robby Young called at 7:01 am as he and his Mount Rainier Four Day Summit Climb team were starting their descent from the crater rim.  Robby reported clear skies and a light, cool breeze from the NW.
RMI Guide Tyler Jones and his Mount Rainier Five Day Summit Climb made a sunset climb last night and reached the summit at 8:45 pm with 100% of their team.  He commented that it was the most beautiful sunset he has ever seen.  Tyler’s team is safely back at Camp Muir and will begin their descent later this morning.

Mt. Rainier's crater rim. Photo: Bryan Hendrick
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Mt. Baker: Frank & Team Summit!

Posted by: Eric Frank | July 19, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *North Cascades
Elevation: 10,781'

Hello, this is RMI Guide Eric Frank calling from Grant’s Peak here on the top of Mount Baker. We just had a beautiful climb on the North Ridge Route. Had a few other parties up here today, but we had perfect weather, great views, and a good climb. We are going to hang out on top for another 15 or 20 minutes and then we’ll be headed back down to our camp. Hope everyone following along is doing well. Talk to you soon. Bye.

Ascending Mount Baker's North Ridge Route. Photo: Eric Frank An RMI climber ascending Mount Baker's North Ridge. Photo: Kel Rossiter


RMI Guide Eric Frank calls in from the Mount Baker summit.


Alpamayo: Elias & Team Check In from Moraine Camp

Posted by: Elias de Andres Martos | July 19, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Peru
Elevation: 16,240'

Hello from Moraine Camp! We just arrived to our cache, and are currently setting up our tents under the bluest skies so far on the trip. Spirits are high, and we presume we’ll be moving to high camp tomorrow. Everyone sends their regards and asks for the cheering to continue on!

Best,
RMI Guide ElĂ­as de Andres Martos and crew

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Mt. Rainier: July 19th Summit!

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | July 19, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall and the Mount Rainier Summit Climb team stood on the highest point in Washington this morning!  Seth reported warm temperatures and no wind.  The team started their descent from the crater rim at 7:19 a.m.

An RMI Mount Rainier summit team standing on the crater rim. Photo: Seth Waterfall
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Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team Summit!

Posted by: Casey Grom | July 18, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 19,340'

Hello everybody back home. This is Casey Grom calling in from the Roof of Africa. We had a beautiful day today. In fact, every climber made the summit today, so we had a 100% success. Everyone’s doing great. We are a little chilly up here right now because there is a strong, cold breeze, but everyone’s in good spirits. We’re doing well and just finished taking a bunch of photos. We’re gonna be heading down here real soon, so we’ll check in again later this evening when we get down. It’ll be sometime late this afternoon, probably in about ten hours or so. We’ll, hopefully get a picture out to you guys as well. Bye.

RMI Guide Casey Grom

Sunrise at 18,000' on Kilimanjaro, Africa. Photo: Casey Grom July 18th, 2015- Casey Grom & team 100% on top of Kilimanjaro! Photo: Casey Grom


RMI Guide Casey Grom calls from the Kilimanjaro summit!

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Alpamayo: Elias and Team Rest at Basecamp

Posted by: Elias de Andres Martos | July 18, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Peru
Elevation: 14,270'

Good afternoon!

Not much to report today, a relaxing rest day at BC. We’re all looking forward to the improvement in the weather reported by the RMI office, to materialize just on time for our planned move uphill tomorrow. We will be checking in, hopefully from Moraine Camp, in 24 hours.

Best regards,

RMI Guide Elias deAndres Martos & the Alpamayo team.

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Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Say Farewell to Africa

Posted by: Mark Tucker | July 18, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Mark Tucker calling from the Kilimanjaro Airport. We are all moving in the direction of home: a couple to Zanzibar and some are off to England. We have been knocking it along the old, dirt trail. We got a shower in and a five-course meal at the Dik Dik and have been having a gas. It’s amazing how time just compresses when you’re enjoying yourself so much. Unfortunately we haven’t been able to communicate with you due to some challenges in the connectivity world. But overall, I hope you guys have been kept up to date. Everybody’s doing great. We had a wonderful summit and a fabulous safari, hate to leave Africa. But we have so many great memories and the team has had a lot of fun. Thanks for following along and we’ll talk to you next trip.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

Kilimanjaro,


RMI Guide Mark Tucker calls in from Kilimanjaro.

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Mt. Rainier: ALA Climb for Clean Air Summit!

Posted by: Win Whittaker, Mike Uchal | July 18, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The American Lung Association Climb for Clean Air, led by RMI Guides Win Whittaker and Mike Uchal, reached the Mt. Rainier summit early this morning.  They experienced nice weather and 25 mph winds.  After spending some time on the summit, they began their descent back to Camp Muir at 6:30 a.m. 

Congratulations ALA Climbers!

The ALA team hiking up to Camp Muir yesterday. Photo: Win Whittaker July 18th, 2015 - Mount Rainier sunrise on the Disappointment Cleaver Route. Photo: Win Whittaker July 18th, 2015 - ALA Summit Team! Photo: Win Whittaker
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Recent Images From Expedition Dispatches

  • The start of the Trek on Mount Kilimanjaro. RMI Photo Collection
  • The Dik Dik Hotel rooms and grounds.  Photo: RMI Collection
  • The Kilimanjaro Team gathering for dinner at the Dik Dik Hotel, Tanzania. Photo: Casey Grom
  • Looking through the clouds at the mountains above Cheget, Russia. Photo: RMI Collection
  • Climbers descending from Camp Comfort back to the top of Disappointment Cleaver.  Photo: Pete Van Deventer
  • Moscows Red Square.  Photo: Linden Mallory
  • St. Basils Cathedral, Moscow, Russia. Photo: RMI Collection
  • Following the trail to Base Camp on Alpamayo, Peru.  Photo: Elias de Andres Martos
  • The streets of Huaraz, Peru.  Photo: Eric Frank
  • Elephant mama and baby at Tarangire National Park, Africa. Photo: Casey Grom
  • An abundance of giraffes were seen at Tarangire National Park, Africa. Photo: Casey Grom
  • Kikoti Camp, Africa safari. Photo: Jeff Martin
  • Sunrise from Camp Schurman, Mount Rainier. Photo: Mike King
  • Schellens & team hike to Laguna Churup in Peru. Photo: Geoff Schellens
  • Approaching the Emmons Glacier. RMI Photo Collection
  • The view of the Cordillera Blanca mountains over the rooftops of Huaraz, Peru.  Photo: RMI Collection
  • Cruising through the canals of St. Petersburg, Russia. Photo: Linden Mallory
  • The lights of St. Petersburg, Russia.  Photo: RMI Collection
  • Ascending Alpamayo on summit day.  Photo: Eric Frank
  • Alpamayo from High Camp at 17,880 ft.  Photo: Elias de Andres Martos
  • 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
  • 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
  • Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, St. Petersburg Russia.  Photo: Jeff Martin
  • The Roof Tops of St. Petersburg, Russia.  Photo: Linden Mallory
  • Breakfast post Kilimanjaro summit. Photo: Casey Grom
  • Kilimanjaro celebration dinner at the Dik Dik Hotel. Photo: Casey Grom
  • Traditional Kilimanjaro songs sang by the staff as they say farewell. Photo: Casey Grom