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Mt. Rainier: August 14th Summit

Posted by: Jake Beren, Lindsay Mann | August 14, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guides Jake Beren and Lindsay Mann reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning. Jake reported cloudy, smoky skies, light to moderate winds, and mild temperatures. The teams left the summit just before 8 am to start their descent to Camp Muir. We look forward to seeing them in Ashford this afternoon.

Congratulations Climbers!


Mexico: Tucker & Team Capture Great Video Footage

Posted by: Mark Tucker | August 13, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico

Never seen a mountain goat like that!  During our hike today, off in the distance, on a ridge, it was not that animal. It got one of the camera crew to push uphill hard for a bit to get the awesome shot. We had settled for some other great footage in all kinds of tough weather conditions. We continue to go through loads of batteries and will probably get that Emmy in the end. The team continues to do well and with the help of some great local guys, are capturing these beautiful mountains to share with you all on the big screen. That’s a wrap for today; lots more tomorrow.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

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Mt. Rainier: Emmons Seminar Unable to Summit

Posted by: Eric Frank, Bridget Belliveau, JM Gorum, Megan Budge | August 13, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 10,800'

RMI Guide Eric Frank and the Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons were unable to reach the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning due to route conditions. The team climbed to 10,800’ before being forced to turn around. Despite being unable to summit, Eric and the team enjoyed and incredible meteor shower in the early hours of the morning.

The team is back at Camp Schurman and plans to spend the rest of the day doing crevasse rescue and ice climbing training around camp. Tomorrow the team will descend from Camp Schurman. We look forward to greeting them in Ashford tomorrow afternoon.


Kilimanjaro: Waterfall & Team Enjoy Lake Manyara

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | August 13, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Jambo!

Today was a great kickoff to safari. We piled our sore bodies into the trucks at 9 am and headed out towards Lake Manyara National Park. We shopped and lunched along the way and at about 1:30 pm we started the game drive. We were treated to lots of monkeys, baboons, elephants, and giraffes amongst other animals. My personal favorite, the African Fish Eagle was out in force as well. We are checked into the Plantation Lodge for the next two nights. It’s a real treat to not have to pack a bag in the morning. We are headed to Ngorongoro Crater tomorrow morning so I’ll check in again when we get back.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

Giraffes in Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania. Photo: Seth Waterfall Elephants in Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania. Photo: Seth Waterfall

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Mt. Rainier: August 13th Teams Reach Summit

Posted by: Mike Walter, Leon Davis | August 13, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guides Mike Walter and Leon Davis stood on the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning. Mike reported great weather with no clouds and light winds. The teams began their descent at 7:45 am. We look forward to seeing everyone back in Ashford this afternoon.

Congratulations Climbers!

RMI Climbers on the summit of Mt. Rainier. Photo: Seth Waterfall

Kilimanjaro: Justman & Team Start Descent

Posted by: JJ Justman | August 13, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 15,200'

Hey, everyone. This is JJ Justman calling from Kilimanjaro with Team Orlando. Sorry for the summit call way up high; it was havoc. There were a ton of people and for some reason they all wanted to hoot and holler and have a big party while I was trying to send my dispatch. We had a great summit day today; the team did just a fantastic job. Actually, I’ve had all the great climbs here on Kilimanjaro but this team just did an incredible job getting up and down in style. We’re back at Barafu Camp, the high camp here at 15,000’. We’re actually packing up and we’re heading down to what we call Mweka Camp at 10,000’ and that’s going to be our last night in the mountains, in the forests here of Kilimanjaro and then we’re heading out tomorrow back to the hotel. Everyone says hello to friends and family. Again, everyone reach the summit today. There’s no doubt it’s a great way to do this climb. And we’re now looking at our next objective of just kind of resting, relaxing, having a little bit of a fiesta, and then heading onto safari. So we’ll stay in touch with all of you. Stay tuned tomorrow, I’ll send a bunch of summit photos and we’ll talk to you again from Tanzania. Take care everyone.

RMI Guide JJ Justman


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Mexico: Tucker & Team at Altzomoni Hut

Posted by: Mark Tucker | August 12, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico
Elevation: 12,000'

We had a very nice morning at La Malinche. We were well fed and watered for the couple hour commute to Ixtaccihuatl, also known as “The Sleeping Woman” volcano. A stop on the way at the Italian coffeehouse.. in Mexico, then onto the rural town of Amecameca located at the base of the mountain.  We picked up some fresh food and now just above 12,000 feet at the Altzomoni Hut. Lots of going over gear and more training till the wind and rain came in strong. A big dinner with my California-style guacamole that received a thumbs up from the local staff. Team still needs to catch up on some missed sleep so off to bed for us.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

Approaching high camp through the lower slopes of Ixta. Photo: RMI Collection Ixtaccihuatl's High Camp in Mexico. Photo: Adam Knoff

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Kilimanjaro: Waterfall & Team Are Off the Mountain

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | August 12, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Greetings from the Dik Dik Hotel. We are all off the mountain safe and sound.
This morning we woke up with the sun just before 7. After some crepes and porridge for breakfast we hit the trail. It was a little slick and muddy from the rain yesterday but everyone was motivated to get down to the trailhead so it didn’t slow us down. Once we reached the road it was drizzling so we just jumped in the truck and drove back to the hotel.
Now we are taking turns showering, having lunch and packing for safari. Tomorrow morning the second phase of the trip starts, but tonight we are going to celebrate a great time on Kilimanjaro.
Here is a summit pic from yesterday.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

Seth Waterfall and his Kilimanjaro team on the summit! Photo: Seth Waterfall

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Kilimanjaro: Justman & Team Prepare for Summit Bid

Posted by: JJ Justman | August 12, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 15,200'

Hey, everyone. This is JJ Justman with Team Orlando here on Kilimanjaro. We’re at high camp at the Barafu Camp at 15,200 feet.  Everyone is doing really, really well.  We had a nice day to get up here to high camp.  We are hydrating, resting, taking it easy, organizing gear. Weather is looking very nice. Some happy clouds here in the late afternoon, and we are really looking forward to a beautiful summit day tomorrow.  So stay tuned, and we will hopefully, keeping the fingers crossed, which I’m thinking things are going to be great. We are all going to be standing on top of Kilimanjaro. We’ll give you a call from the summit.  Take care everyone.  Thanks for following along.

RMI Guide JJ Justman

The trail leading to High Camp on Kilimanjaro. Photo: Jeff Martin The tents lit up at Barafu Camp for a midnight start on the summit bid. Photo: RMI Collection


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Mt. Rainier: August 12th Update

Posted by: Geoff Schellens, Kel Rossiter, Ben Liken, Eric Frank | August 12, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 12,300'

The Mount Rainier Four and Five Day Summit Climbs, led by Kel Rossiter and Ben Liken, reached about 12,300 feet before thunder and lightning forced the team to turn.  The team is safely back at Camp Muir and began their descent to Paradise at 9:00 a.m.  The skies are currently hazy with a fair amount of smoke in the skies from various wildfires in eastern part of Washington.  Geoff Schellens and the Expedition Skills Seminar - Kautz turned from their summit attempt yesterday at 13,300 feet.  They will finish their day of training and be back at RMI Basecamp later this afternoon.  The RMI Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons, led by Eric Frank, checked in from camp this morning.  Their team is doing well, training today, and preparing for their summit bid in the morning.

View from the Mount Rainier Emmons Seminar Camp. Photo: Eric Frank The ridge below Castle Rocks, Mount Rainier. Photo: Mike Walter The Emmons Shoulder on Mount Rainier. Photo: Peter Whittaker

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