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Mt. Elbrus: Gorum & Team Move Into the Garabashi Hut

The team sends their greetings from 12,500ft. We all made it up to the Garabashi Hut in good style today. Everyone got moved in, and then went for a nice jaunt in perfect weather. We got a little training in on our new snowy surface, and then headed back to the huts for a nice lunch. Nobody is going hungry just yet.
The heat of the day lead to some building clouds, precipitation, and eventually some light thunderstorms in the distance. People spent the afternoon reading, writing, and napping. We’re settling in quite nicely up here. Check in tomorrow.

RMI Guide JM Gorum

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Charlie, Nikolai and Aleksandr (My Stevens Boys)- Looks Amazing!  I wish I were there.  Sending you lots of love and positive energy.  Godspeed!

Posted by: Vivian M. Urena-Stevens on 7/19/2017 at 6:35 pm

Craig and Carol, Sending lots of love ( and not a little envy!) and blessings for a great climb. You guys rock! Armen and Vicky

Posted by: vicky hanjian on 7/19/2017 at 11:57 am

Kilimanjaro: Okita & Team Prepare for Climb

A long day was had as we reviewed our climb to come and covered some important ideas that will make our big adventure as safe, successful and fun as possible.
Kilimanjaro is a great mountain to get ones feet wet on given its non technical nature, but the fact that it’s seven days long does present a bit of a steep learning curve for us in many ways.
We’re all ready now for the climb to begin tomorrow! The hard work of today was nicely softened by massages for all coordinated by brother Brad. Such a great idea!
We’re looking forward to a big day tomorrow and finally getting underway.
All for now from the comforts of the Arumera River Lodge. Next stop, the flanks of Kilimanjaro.

RMI Guide Brent Okita

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The Parella family wish you all a great climb and a wonderful 50th birthday to Anne!

Posted by: Carin Parella on 7/20/2017 at 4:16 am

Mt. Rainier: Teams Reach the Summit!

At 7:45 this morning, RMI Guide Dave Hahn radioed as he and his team crested the Mt. Rainier crater rim.  He reported a 10 mph breeze from the Southwest and a great day to be on Washington’s highest point.  His team as well as RMI Guide Christina Dale’s team began their descent to Camp Muir at 9:00 a.m.

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We knew they could do it! 

Posted by: MaryAnn on 7/19/2017 at 6:22 pm

Can hardly wait to give hugs and hear all about it!!!! So proud of my boys Andrew & Brent!!!!

Posted by: TARA Heinz on 7/19/2017 at 4:51 pm

Mt. Baker: Frank & Team Check in from Hogsback Camp

Hey there. It’s Eric Frank calling from the Northside of Mount Baker. This is our first day of a North Ridge of Baker trip. We’re up here at the Hogsback Camp at about 6,000 feet.  Things are melting out here and the snow is rapidly disappearing. We’re actually able to camp on some beautiful meadows covered in wildflowers. We just got done doing a little training- practiced placing ice screws, practiced pitching out terrain. Tomorrow morning, early in the morning we are going to be up to climb the North Ridge of Baker.  Everything’s looking good, weather forecast is nice, the team is strong, and we anticipate giving you an excited call from the top sometime mid morning. Thanks for following along. Bye.

RMI Guide Eric Frank

RMI Guide Eric Frank calls in from Hogsback Camp on Mt. Baker.

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Alpamayo: Elias & Team Back in the Thicker Air of Base Camp

Greetings from Alpamayo BC!

We initiated our descent this morning from high camp and retraced our steps back out of the kingdom of the ice and into the warm confines of base camp. We are excited to savor lower altitude air and the amazing food of our cook. Our plan is to head out tomorrow and get into town in the evening. We are all super proud of our climb, yet looking forward to telling our accounts in person to our loved ones, so stay tuned for our arrival tomorrow into town!

RMI Guide Elias de Andres Martos and team

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Alpamayo: Schellens & Team Arrive at Base Camp

Alpamayo team to Base Camp.
This morning we woke to a light wind and scattered clouds making for chilly start to the day. Lucky we had a hot breakfast and many cups of hot coffee and as we hit the trail we were quite happy with the cooler hiking weather. The team did great and as we climbed the switchbacks out of the Santa Cruz Valley we got our first glimpse of Alpamayo. By midday we had arrived to our Base Camp, unloaded the donkeys, and set up camp. This afternoon Elias and his team descended to BC after their successful summit yesterday, so we all hung out and told stories. We are all very happy to be settled into our new home for the next few days. Tomorrow we will carry a load of gear up to Moraine Camp in the morning and then rest and relax in the afternoon.
That’s all for now.
Thanks for following along.

RMI Guide Geoff Schellens and the A Team

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Mt. Elbrus: Grom & Team Finish Their Time in Russia Touring St. Petersburg

Our final night in St. Petersburg!
The team had a great last day here in Russia, with a visit to a beautiful church full of mosaics. We then visited the very famous Hermitage Museum, where we saw paintings and sculptures by many well-known artists including Rembrandt, Michelangelo and even Da Vinci.
We took a small break and wrapped up the day with a fantastic evening boat cruise to see this amazing city by water.
It’s been a wonderful adventure here in Russia, but it’s time to say our goodbyes and return to family and loved ones.
Thanks for following.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

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To my dearest Steve Pastor, I’m so proud of you!!  You are amazing!  I feel absolutely honored that I received a phone call to find you made the summit.  Mt. Elbrus summit!!!  Great job to my crazy mountain climbing bestie and congratulations!!  Love and Hugs, Andy

Thank you Mr. Grom for the wonderful experience you provided all these fantastic people!  Congratulations to you and everyone with you!!

Posted by: Andrea Houts on 7/18/2017 at 4:38 pm

Mt. Elbrus: Gorum & Team Acclimatization Hike in Cheget

We had our first day up above ten thousand feet, and it couldn’t have been much better. The weather was perfect, and the views were just as good. The wildflowers here are blooming, and with the breeze we had today, their smell filled the air. So we walked with postcard views and air that smelled like flowers, not bad.
We reached a nice spot around eleven thousand feet, took some photos, and made some new friends. We got our first good view of the route, and I would say folks have it just about memorized now. If the team fell short in any aspect today, it was in our ability to take a group photo. It’s the thought that counts I suppose.
After a nice lunch back in town, we went through our gear, and packed everything in preparation for heading uphill. We are mountain bound tomorrow morning. Досвидания!

RMI Guide JM Gorum

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Mt. Rainier: Five Day Summit Climb on Top!

Today’s Five Day Mount Rainier Climb, led by RMI Guide Mike Uchal, reached the summit in cold, clear, and windy conditions.  The views were spectacular and the team is currently on their descent back to Camp Muir.  We look forward to congratulating them back at Rainier Basecamp later this afternoon.

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Congrats to the whole team! I felt lucky to have great guides, and I’m coming back next year in July.  July is my favorite month.

Posted by: Yvonne Young on 7/20/2017 at 8:01 pm

I was blown away - literally and figuratively - by this experience.  Thank you everyone for your words of encouragement.  Our entire team pulled together - all 9 climbers and 3 guides - to make this an event of a lifetime for everyone on the hill.  I feel a special closeness to each and every one of them.  Who wants to do it again?!?  Sign me up!

Posted by: Mary Ann Peterson on 7/20/2017 at 9:00 am

Mt. Rainier: July 18th Update

The Mt. Rainier Summit Climb, led by RMI Guide Mike Haugen, was 100% successful to the summit this morning!  After topping out at 8:00 a.m., the team was able to enjoy over an hour taking in the views before starting their descent at 9:30 a.m.

Congratulations team!

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Is the climb completed now?

Posted by: Diana Repanich on 7/18/2017 at 5:03 pm

Way to go Jim and Will!

Posted by: Lynne Dugaw on 7/18/2017 at 3:49 pm

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