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Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Back at the Lodge Post Summit

Round trip complete! Back in the lodge where we started a week ago and it feels great.
We enjoyed recounting our adventure during a nice dinner out on the patio. We awoke early this morning and were treated to yet another scrumptious breakfast and lots of fresh Tanzanian bold coffee. After that we had a really fun closing ceremony with the Barking Zebra staff. Awesome job from start to finish. These guys took such good care of us and a pleasure to spend time with on Kilimanjaro. There was a small matter of a three-hour hike to the park gate, but it was enjoyable with no rain in the mystical descent through the cloud forest. The sights and sounds were amazing. Lots of happy campers after a hot shower and looking forward to sleeping in a bed.
Tomorrow we start our safari; it’s going to be a blast.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

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Mt. Rainier: August 14th Five Day Summit Climb Update

TheFive Day Summit Climb led by RMI guide Hannah McGowan reached the top of Disappointment Cleaver today. The team was unable to summit today due to current route conditions. The team will spend some time at Camp Muir before starting their descent to Paradise.

Congratulations to today’s team!

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Oh man!! So sorry as I am sure you are all bummed… Be safe coming down.. I Love You Anthony!!


Posted by: Kerri Viverito on 8/14/2017 at 10:43 am

Mt. Rainier: August 14th Update

The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guide Brent Okita reached the top of Disappointment Cleaver today. Due to route conditions the team was unable to travel any further up the mountain. The team will spend some time at Camp Muir before descending back to Paradise.

Congratulations to today’s team!

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Congratulations Mike, Jack, Caitlyn and Will!

Posted by: Maureen Scholl on 8/14/2017 at 9:17 am

Kilimanjaro: Hahn & Team Part Ways For Now

Balloon Camp was the perfect final night in Africa for our team, tranquil and wild in equal measures.  There were leopard tracks in the dirt of the driveway this morning.  But the big cats stayed away from us in the day.  We looked hard for the lions, cheetahs and leopards, scanning every acacia branch and watering hole, but all we saw were beautiful birds and herds.  Vultures, eagles, lilac breasted rollers and mongooses, impalas, waterbuck, elan, Zebra, giraffes, elephants, baboons and monkeys.  Until we rolled out of the park entrance at 11 AM and reluctantly left Tarangire.  Adamson and Makubi piloted the Landcruisers along the dusty, busy two-lane toward Mt. Meru and Arusha.  On the outskirts of town, we stopped for a picnic and a perusal of the Cultural Heritage Center.  We pulled into our home away from home, the Arumeru River Lodge at 3PM.  Showered, repacked and regrouped.  We had an early dinner together and chased out to Kilimanjaro Airport as the sun got low.  Now we are in 17A and 42K, etc… winging our way to Amsterdam, where we’ll split up… but only until the next adventure together.  It is too good a team to lose… random reunions in beautiful places are in order. 
Thank you for following along. 

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

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As always Dave, enjoy following your wonderful adventures. Hope to see you at the St. B in the future.

Posted by: Bob Iles on 8/13/2017 at 11:38 pm

Mt. Elbrus: Northside Team Returns to Kislovodsk

We said goodbye to Elbrus Base Camp and our newly made friends yesterday morning and climbed back into the 4x4 sprinter van for the drive out to Kislovodsk, but not before putting another couple of hours into the hut, finishing the roof. What’s left is some trim work and flooring. It was fun to leave knowing that we had left a small mark of our passing, and had helped in some small way.

The drive out was as exhilarating as the drive in, bouncing and grinding our way up the rough dirt track with the steep green slopes of the Caucasus just to the right of our wheels. Once we reached pavement everyone let out a collective breath and settled in. Once in Kislovodsk, we did what every climber does after a long expedition: took showers, shaved, and went looking for food and drink. Those comforts of town feel so much more pleasurable after being deprived of them for a little while. We made merry, celebrating one last night as a full team, and convincing the DJ at the restaurant to bring a little of home back by playing some Garth Brooks.

This morning we will part ways with a few of our team members as they head for home, and the rest of us head to St. Petersburg to spend a day exploring the art, architecture and culture of another great Russian city. We’ll try to send some photos!

RMI Guides Pete Van Deventer, Mike Uchal, and team

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Congratulations Robin!!!
- Amy, Lavine, and Shanty

Posted by: Amy Kabia on 8/14/2017 at 10:27 am

Thanks for the videos! Evan says, “Have fun exploring!” Did y’all get a team picture?

Posted by: The Hickmott's on 8/14/2017 at 7:59 am

Mt. Shuksan: Frank & Team Check in After Training Day

Good afternoon. This is Eric Frank calling in from the south side of Mount Shuksan. Just sitting in my tent here listening to the rain pitter patter on the outside. On the plus side, I would assume that most of the smoke from British Columbia has been knocked down. It’s been raining here since around 11 p.m. last night. It rained hard throughout the night, well into the early afternoon today. We were able to get outside to do a little bit of training- built some anchors, did some crevasse rescue before the cold and heavy wet mist chased us back into our tents. So we have our fingers crossed that things are going to be looking up for tomorrow. Right now we’re just getting prepared, doing our part to get ready to go climb Mount Shuksan in the morning. So hopefully we will be calling you mid-morning with a report from the top and hopefully some better weather. Looking forward to it then. Bye.

RMI Guide Eric Frank

RMI Guide Eric Frank calls in from Mount Shuksan.

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Mt. Rainier: Poor Weather Keeps Four Day Summit Climb Teams from Summit

The Four Day Summit Climb August 10 - 13 was unable to reach the summit of Mt. Rainier today.  Poor weather delayed the team from leaving Camp Muir this morning.  Unable to make their alpine start, the team did opt to ascend to Ingraham Flats which will be their high point today.  RMI Guide Robby Young reported that the weather had improved and they were above the clouds as the reached 12,000’.  The team will return to Camp Muir and descend to Paradise today.

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So sad for you all that you couldn’t make it to the summit due to weather… Anthony, You have trained so hard for this and I am so proud of you!!
Love Kerri

Posted by: Kerri Viverito on 8/13/2017 at 12:28 pm

Mt. Shuksan: Eric Frank & Team Camp at Toe of Glacier

Hey, this is Eric Frank with the Shuksan Seminar. Just wanted to let everyone know we’re doing well. We moved up to the toe of the glacier had a good day of training today, and now the weather is turned a little bit the clouds are rolling in. I think we’re in for a little bit of rain. We are tucked in and we have a nice camp and we’re planning to train tomorrow as much as we’re able given the weather. Thanks for following along.

RMI Guide Eric Frank

RMI Guide Eric Frank checks in the Shuksan Seminar.

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Wishing all you guys a great climb. Wishing my son Anthony Viverito and his guys a safe and fun journey.

Posted by: Linda Ann Theodoulou on 8/13/2017 at 10:11 am

Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Reach Summit With Entire Team, Descend to Last Camp

All is well here at Meweka Camp 10,000’. It is raining a bit but we are dry in our tents.
We had a very nice climb today. We started around midnight from Baranco Camp and reached the summit of Kilimanjaro at 7am.  There was very little wind and clear skies. We enjoyed a beautiful sunrise and a nice morning shadow of the mountain with clouds below. Once we returned to High Camp, we packed up quick and pushed down the remaining 5,000’ of, at times, steep trail in a few hours. It’s our last night on the big hill and sleep is going to come easy.  Our mountain staffs preparing dinner.  We have a great crew taking care of us.  And I had the pleasure of leading a fine team up to the Roof of Africa today.

Audio Message from summit of Kilimanjaro:
Hey, Mr. Mark Tucker here on the top of Kilimanjaro. We left as a team from the High Camp and still on top as a team.  Awesome job by the whole group here and little bit chilly, but wow very little wind so we had a very very very nice climb. So we’re going to probably start heading back down here in just a minute, and we’re all doing great. So we’re going to head down hill and we’ll get back to you a little bit later. Ciao for now.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

RMI Guide Mark Tucker calls in from the summit of Kilimanjaro.

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Congratulations to all.  Have fun on safari.

Posted by: Peter Melrose on 8/14/2017 at 9:11 am

Jambo! Good job, Mark! Thanks for your blogs. Mom and Dad

Posted by: Margaret Tucker on 8/13/2017 at 12:07 pm

Mt. Sahale: Waterfall & Team Summit via Quien Sabe Glacier

The Sahale Mountain - Quien Sabe Glacier August 10 - 13 team reached the summit of Sahale this morning.  RMI Guide Solveig Waterfall checked in to let us know her team was doing well, they had reached the summit and were descending back to camp. They will spend tonight on the mountain and complete their program tomorrow after reaching the trail head.

Congratulations to the Sahale Climbers!

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