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Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climb Teams Reach the Summit!

The Four Day Summit Climb July 20 - 23, 2016 led by RMI Guides Mike King and Kel Rossiter reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning with clear skies and winds around 15 mph.  The team began their descent from the crater rim just before 8 am.

We look forward to seeing them at Rainier BaseCamp later this afternoon.

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb teams!

awesome job brooke! can’t wait to hear about it and see pics!

Posted by: scott on 7/25/2016 at 12:56 pm

Congrats Mike!  That should be your 50th summit right?

Thanks again for all you did on the seminar.


Posted by: Matt Voswinkel on 7/24/2016 at 1:11 pm

Mt. Elbrus: Justman & Team Take a Rest Day

After a great day of acclimatizing to 15,000 feet on Mt. Elbrus our team has decided to take a day of rest. So today will be filled with reading, playing cards and watching Tommy Boy for the 102nd time. We will also get out and play in the snow refreshing our mountaineering skills.

RMI Guide JJ Justman

On The Map

David and Team, thinking of you everyday. Glad to hear the weather has cleared and you’re relaxing at 15,000 feet! All is good at here….after a week in AK, the family is happy to be home. You’ll be happy to hear that we took Foster on gondola ride and he “hiked” around at the top as he’s also a mountain climber. All too soon he’ll be joining you on one of these!

Love, Beth and the family.

Posted by: Beth on 7/23/2016 at 8:23 am

Alpamayo: Schellens & Team Make Their Way to Llama Corral

We woke up earlier than we would have liked this morning and met for breakfast at 6:30 after putting the finishing touches on our packing. At 7:00 the van arrived and we loaded up and hit the road. By 10:30 we arrived at Cashapampa, the town at the trail head of the Santa Cruz Valley, unloaded the van, shuffled gear around and helped corral the donkeys to be loaded. Just after 11:00 we started up the trail, weaving through the narrow canyon for a bit before climbing up to more open, pleasant, terrain further up valley. Our donkeys passed us just before 5:00 PM and in half an hour more we found our camp at Llama Corral. Our cook, was already hard at work making an outstanding dinner for us.  That’s all for now, tomorrow we will make our way up to BC.

RMI Guide Geoff Schellens

Kilimanjaro: Tucker and Team Wrap Up Their Time in Tanzania

Sipping tea on the porch of our luxury tents, watching the bush wake up around Tarangire National Park is pretty darn peaceful. Before heading back to the Dik Dik Lodge, we spent some more time game viewing in the park. If you’ve never been to Tarangire, some day try and get there; you won’t be disappointed! After our game drive, we made a quick stop in town for a few last minute gifts, some might even have your name on them! Back at the Dik Dik, we had one last fine meal before saying our good byes. The next stop for the team is Kilimanjaro International Airport to begin flights home. This trip has been filled with great experiences that have created memories to last a lifetime. I’m going to miss everyone…until our next trip together!

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

Thank you, Mark, for taking care of our loved ones on what I know was an awesome experience.  It was so great to have your blog so we could keep up with you all on the trip.

Posted by: Odette Hankins on 7/22/2016 at 11:39 am

Mt. Elbrus: Justman & Team Take Advantage of Clear Weather and Acclimate to 15,000’

We survived another stormy night up here on Elbrus. It definitely is nice staying in a hut rather than tents. Especially when lightning strikes and the whole ground rumbles underneath. 

It looks like Elbrus got that nasty weather out of its system. Later this morning the sky cleared and for the first time the team saw the mountain! We took advantage of the day and went up to 15,000 feet to acclimatize. The team did great and we are now resting back at camp. It is still a little windy so we are waiting and watching for the right opportunity to make a summit push.

RMI Guide JJ Justman

On The Map

Peru Seminar: Young & Team Summit Pisco Oeste!

Greetings, RMI blog followers! This is your ESS-Peru team standing on the top of Pisco Oeste at 18,871ft. Beautiful day as always in the Cordillera Blanca. Barely any wind and we are standing in the sun. We’re all super psyched to get up this high in the culmination of our trip. Our crew has a very important message for those folks at home. [Team cheers!] We’re going to enjoy the sunshine on the top for a bit more and then start walking down, then our journey home begins. Thanks for following along.

RMI Guide Robby Young

RMI Guide Robby Young calls in the Pisco Oeste summit!

Mt. Rainier: Kautz Seminar Reaches the Summit!

The Expedition Skills Seminar - Kautz, led by Mike Haugen, spent the week training as they built up to their summit push.  With an alpine start from their high camp on the Kautz Glacier, the team began their quest.  They accomplished their summit goal just after 7:00 a.m. this morning and then began their descent via the Disappointment Cleaver Route.  Mike reported moderate winds and snow.  The team will make their way back to Ashford later today.

Mt. Rainier: July 22nd Update

The Mt. Rainier Summit Climb teams, led by Seth Waterfall and Ben Liken, reached the summit at 6:45 a.m.  With some wind and snow falling, the teams began their descent shortly after tagging the top.  As of 7:50 a.m. they had descended to 12,500’ and are moving well back to Camp Muir.

Congratulations to today’s summit climbers!

I threw out my back hours after snow school and had to withdraw from the expedition. So happy for the teams summit!

Posted by: Alex on 7/22/2016 at 8:35 pm

Way to go Christy and Brian! So happy the weather was good. Have a safe trip home :)

Posted by: Krissy on 7/22/2016 at 3:49 pm

Peru Seminar: Young & Team Ready to Climb Pisco Oeste

Greetings all! This is the Peru Expedition Skills Seminar team. We are currently sitting at high camp, Moraine Camp, on our last objective of our trip, Pisco Oeste. We’re sitting here at 16,200 feet or so and just enjoyed a nice dinner and a beautiful sunset over some of the highest peaks here in the Cordillera Blanca of Peru. And we’re now in bed getting ready for a climb, which we will wake up for in a couple hours to go to the summit of Pisco Oeste at 18,741 feet. The weather here is beautiful so we’re looking forward to a good day of climbing tomorrow, and we will check in once we get down back to base camp sometime tomorrow afternoon or evening. We will talk to you then. Ciao.

RMI Guide Robby Young

RMI Guide Robby Young checks in from Moraine Camp on Pisco Oeste.

Alpamayo: Elias and Team Descend to Base Camp

Hola! We are back at base camp safe and sound, tired but happy. A frigid, clear dawn kept us in our tents a bit longer this morning. With the first rays of sun peeking over the southwest face of Alpamayo, we knew our descent had to happen. We needed to be off the glacier before any ascending climbers reached the bergschrund over the col, otherwise we would be stuck waiting for the bottleneck to clear. We packed, and started our descent. An uneventful journey brought us to the warmth of the meadow where our cook Raúl was waiting for us with lunch ready to eat. After a couple nights of freeze dried food at our high camp; sweet potato fries, quinoa soup and a local dish “causa;” never tasted so good! Even at 14,000’. We spent the afternoon packing for tomorrow’s departure towards town, and finished the day with a jump into the river for some needed hygiene (Yeap, these guys are classy, even in the mountains!). Our next post will be tomorrow from our hotel in Huaraz.

Best regards,
Elías and team.

Hi Bob,  these blogs are THRILLING!

Posted by: Pat Pritz on 7/22/2016 at 5:51 am

I love and miss you Daddy.  Can’t wait to see you soon.

Posted by: Kate Stainton on 7/21/2016 at 9:27 pm

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