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Kiliamanjaro: Dave Hahn & Team Arrive in Tanzania

Posted by: Dave Hahn | September 02, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Our Kilimanjaro climbing team has come together at the Dik Dik Hotel on the outskirts of Arusha, Tanzania. The team actually assembled 24 hours ago, but it took until today for the guide to catch up and join the party.  Couldn’t get my rickety old 747 to start for the hop across the Atlantic.  The team, in the drowsy grip of jet lag and the tranquility of the Dik Dik gardens, barely noticed my absence.  Today was a day of rest and recovery… and of preparation for a great adventure.  Eleven of us introduced ourselves and began the fun “work” of building a climbing team.  We went through the various details of packing and getting organized for a journey through multiple climatic zones and a hoped for shot at the 19,340 ft high point of Africa.  With just a few wonderful meals together, we’re well on our way to being spoiled by the kitchen and dining staff at the Hotel.  Our intention is to break away from all of this luxury in the morning…To get on the road by 7 AM, with the hope of being walking a few hours later.  It will be great to replace the images of crowded airports and long security lines with visions of paths in lush forests and glimpses of distant snow-capped peaks. 

Best Regards,

RMI Guide Dave Hahn & Team

Poolside at the Dik Dik. RMI Photo Collection

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“Climb every mountain,
Ford every stream,
Follow every rainbow,
‘Till you find your dream”!

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Posted by: Madge Hallett on 9/2/2015 at 3:40 pm


Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climb Teams Remain at Camp Muir

Posted by: Casey Grom, Leon Davis | September 02, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 10,060'

RMI Guides Casey Grom and Leon Davis along with their Four Day Summit Climbs remained at Camp Muir overnight due to high winds.  The teams were unable to make a summit attempt and will start their descent from Camp Muir later this morning.  We look forward to seeing the teams at BaseCamp later today.

9:00 am PST
Guide Casey Grom checked in with the RMI office. With a bit of a break in the weather the team was going to take a walk on the upper mountain and plan to depart Camp Muir at around 11:30 am today.

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HBD Matt!  We are excited to hear about your adventure and celebrate your big day down here in the Valley of the Sun!

Love!!

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Posted by: Mama Baby on 9/2/2015 at 1:06 pm

Happy Birthday Uncle Baby J!  Hope you’re having fun on the mountain despite the poor weather!  You’ll be back again, I have no doubt!

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Posted by: Geoff Edlund on 9/2/2015 at 12:56 pm


Mt. Rainier: September 1st Teams Reach 12,600’

Posted by: Jake Beren, Mike King | September 01, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 12,600'

The Four Day Summit Climb teams led by RMI Guides Jake Beren and Mike King turned around at Camp Comfort on Mt. Rainier this morning. While climbing, the teams encountered moderate winds and knee to thigh deep snow. We look forward to greeting the climbers in Ashford this afternoon.


Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climbs Turned At Disappointment Cleaver

Posted by: Brent Okita, Zeb Blais | August 31, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 11,400'

RMI Guides Brent Okita and Zeb Blais lead their Four Day Summit Climb teams to approximately 11,400 on the Disappointment Cleaver route before turning around due to avalanche danger higher on the route.
The teams returned to Camp Muir and will begin their descent to Paradise this morning.  We look forward to seeing them at Rainier BaseCamp later today.

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Thank you for bringing my husband Dan(and his crew) back safely :-)

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Posted by: Kerri on 8/31/2015 at 4:23 pm

Tom, I hope it was a fun adventure - happy to hear everyone is safe!  Looking forward to hearing all about it.
LB

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Posted by: LB on 8/31/2015 at 1:25 pm


Mt. Rainier: August 30th Poor Weather Prevents Team From Reaching Summit

Posted by: Lindsay Mann | August 30, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 10,080'

Poor visibility, high winds and heavy precipitation forced the Five Day Summit Climb led by Lindsay Mann to stay at Camp Muir last night and they were unable to make a summit attempt.  Camp Muir received about 6 – 8 inches of new snow.  Lindsay and team will be packing up and starting their descent back to Paradise shortly.  We expect the team to arrive back at Basecamp in the early afternoon.


Mt. Rainier: August 29th Teams Unable to Summit Due to High Winds

Posted by: | August 29, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 11,000'

The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guide Pete Van Deventer reached the top of Cathedral Gap last night before having to turn back due to high winds of about 60 mph.  The team is safely back at Camp Muir. They will wait for a bit of a break in the weather before starting their descent. We expect the team back at Rainier Basecamp in the early afternoon.

 

 

Climbing in a storm on Mt. Rainier.  RMI Photo Collection
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Hey Dave Stults et Al, from what I can see seems weather prevented summit.  Sorry for that but certainly seems more than wise and sometimes Nature just overwhelms.  Take care-… read more

Posted by: Van STULTS on 8/30/2015 at 9:18 am


Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climb Teams Unable to Summit

Posted by: Mike Walter, Mike King | August 28, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 10,060'

The Four Day Summit Climb teams led by RMI Guides Mike Walter and Mike King were unable to reach the summit of Mt. Rainier today.  Last night the teams left from Camp Muir but decided to turn back at Cathedral Gap due to high winds.  The teams returned to Camp Muir and will begin their descent to Paradise around 8:30 am


Mt. Rainier: August 27th Summit!

Posted by: Nick Hunt, Ben Liken | August 27, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

Our Four Day Summit Climbs led by Nick Hunt and Ben Liken reached the top of Mt. Rainier this morning at around 7:06 am. RMI Guide Ben Liken reported sunny skies and light to moderate winds. The team will spend some time on the summit before starting their descent.

Congratulations to today’s teams!

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That’s so great, awesome job team! What a beautiful day for a summit! Can’t wait to do the same some day! Any difficult sections or close calls?

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Posted by: Eric Muñoz on 8/27/2015 at 10:15 pm


Mt. Shuksan: Nugent & Team Summit!

Posted by: Billy Nugent | August 26, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *North Cascades
Elevation: 9,127'

Update - August 26th 5:35 pm

Just checking in from camp! All our safe and sound after our successful summit of Mt. Shuksan earlier today.

Original Dispatch

Hey everybody! It is Billy checking in here from the summit of Mt. Shuksan with 100 percent of our crew. We all styled our way up the Central Gully. And yeah, we’re enjoying a nice sunny day on top, a little bit of smoke in the air but not too bad, a little bit of breeze but again not too bad. We’ll check in once more when we get back into camp safe and sound. So that’s all for now. Whelp, see ya.

RMI Guide Billy Nugent

The view of Mt. Baker from the summit of Mt. Shuksan in the North Cascades. Photo: Solveig Waterfall



Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climbs on Top!

Posted by: Brent Okita, Leon Davis | August 26, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climbs led by RMI Guides Brent Okita & Leon Davis reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning at 6:35AM. They reported windy conditions upon approaching the crater rim and a chilly morning but overall good climbing conditions.  After enjoying the views from the summit the teams will begin their descent to Camp Muir and then continue to Paradise.  We look forward to seeing them in Ashford later today.

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb Teams!

Mt. Rainier as seen from Eatonville, WA on August 26th.  Photo: RMI Collection
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Yeah team Reiser! Woo hoo!!

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Posted by: judy reiser on 8/26/2015 at 2:43 pm

Congratulations Mara and the rest of the group. You guys rock!!

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Posted by: Tami on 8/26/2015 at 8:45 am


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Recent Images From Expedition Dispatches

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  • Climbing in a storm on Mt. Rainier.  RMI Photo Collection
  • The view of Mt. Baker from the summit of Mt. Shuksan in the North Cascades. Photo: Solveig Waterfall
  • Mt. Rainier as seen from Eatonville, WA on August 26th.  Photo: RMI Collection
  • High Camp on Mt. Shuksan, North Cascades. Photo: Solveig Waterfall
  • Central Gully in the North Cascades. Photo: Eric Frank
  • View of Forbidden from the West Ridge Notch. Photo Eric Frank
  • August 23, 2015 - View taken today from the Mt. Baker summit. Photo: Zeb Blais
  • Glacier travel at sunrise, Mount Rainier. Photo: RMI Collection
  • From the Mt. Shuksan summit to Mt. Rainier. Photo: Solveig Waterfall
  • RMI Climbers crossing the summit crater of Mt. Rainier. Photo: Bryan Hendrick
  • View of the Quien Sabe Glacier on Mt. Shuksan from Boston Basin in the North Cascades. Photo: Bridget Schletty
  • The RMI August 10th Team taking a rest break in Mexico. Photo: Mark Tucker
  • The RMI August 10th Team taking a rest break in Mexico. Photo: Mark Tucker
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  • View while on the Orizaba summit day. Photo: Zeb Blais
  • A Maasai Villager preparing goods to sell. Photo: JJ Justman
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  • A Lion on Safari in the Ngorongoro Crater. Photo: JJ Justman
  • One of the 2 elusive leopards seen by the RMI August 3rd Team in Tarangire National Park. Photo: Seth Waterall
  • An RMI team crossing the summit crater of Mt. Rainier to Columbia Crest. Photo: Brent Okita
  • Marveling in the architecture in Puebla, Mexico. Photo: Zeb Blais
  • Looking out over the historic city of Puebla, Mexico. Photo: RMI Collection
  • Maasai Dancing Photo: Dave Hahn
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