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Mission Saipal: RMI Guide Hannah Smith & Team Explore More Far Western Nepal Villages

Today the team walked to two of our team members' villages. First we stopped at Laxmi's village. It took us 1.5 hours and we were greeted by Laxmi's daughter and family. They made us noodles, showed us a game that resembles pool and we were on our way. Next we stopped at Sangita's village, which is four hours from Laxmi. She is the last village in the valley. Her father is the chairman of the village. They greeted us with tea and a feast for dinner. We started with fresh veggies and local apples. Next they made us French fries. The main course consisted of fried blue sheep, greens, yogurt, and millet bread with local honey. It was delicious. Custom to their culture is treating their guests as gods and we sure felt like one. It's been a great day exploring more of far western Nepal. It is quite beautiful. Tomorrow we explore more, RMI Guide Hannah Smith
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Mission Saipal: RMI Guide Hannah Smith & Team Enjoy Time in Villages on Descent

Smoke dances from a fire under a lean two as a mother cooks breakfast for her children. The little boy wanders among the team curious about everything. He giggles as we make silly faces at him. Little huts and makeshift homes are scattered among the hillside and along the trail we are walking. The trail exist between the villages and where the silkworm hunters go. Today we walked four hours down valley along the river to a small establishment made up of three buildings. It is a tea house between villages. It is a crossroad for us with one direction leading back to Chaipur, where we will ultimately go and the other direction to the village of Sangita and Laxmi, two of the Nepali girls on our team. Tomorrow we will go see their villages and watch/learn as they celebrate brother and sister day. For tonight we are nestled in to what appears to be a cornfield/potato field. RMI Guide Hannah Smith
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Awesome, chica! Enjoying your journey from afar

Posted by: Christy Mycroft on 11/8/2018 at 12:31 pm

MIssion Saipal: RMI Guide Hannah Smith & Team Depart Base Camp, Head Down Hill

We woke this morning to a gorgeous view. With the help of daylight, we found a water source and enjoyed a cup of coffee. Perched on a grassy valley hillside, you could see snow capped mountains across the way. We all pointed at the ones we would climb if we had time, but unfortunately we do not. The col we went up and over steepened to a degree we were not comfortable going down so we headed back uphill. We arrived back at our Base Camp, but this time nothing was there. Everything has been packed up and headed downhill. We said goodbye to our home for the last 18 days, and made our way to what we call our jungle camp. Tomorrow we keep heading down hill back towards civilization, but on our way we are going to make a couple pit stops at the villages of two of the girls. Our sleeping bags our calling us. It's been a long day and last nights sleep wasn't the most comfy. Have a lovely day, RMI Guide Hannah Smith
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Love reading your story Hannah.  You are a terrific writer!

Posted by: Shannon Smith on 11/7/2018 at 1:29 pm

Mission Saipal: RMI Guide Hannah Smith & Team Leave Base Camp, Change Objective

Sometimes you find yourself in a place you didn't expect. One of those places is on the side of a grassy hill in Western Nepal squished in a tent with three other people sharing your snacks. We decided to leave Base Camp and try to go up over a col to another valley to attempt to climb a peak. It turns out our eyes for the mountains are bigger than the desire and fitness of the team. We started too late. We took too long to get to the pass. And we found ourselves entering steep grassy terrain with consequences on both sides as night time crept in. We were not going to get to the valley below. It's been a long day. We decided to find the flattest spot, which is not flat at all, and put up the tents. The conditions aren't ideal, with no water or snow to make water. But with all that has happened today, you find the fun and happiness in the little things, like sharing snacks with your friends and eating a hard boiled egg. We will see what happens tomorrow, RMI Guide Hannah Smith
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Well I love your attitudes! You should get a reward for finding the positive in every day. Keep on chugging. I hope the snacks hold out.


Posted by: michelle the mom on 11/6/2018 at 11:16 pm

Mission Saipal: RMI Guide Hannah Smith & Team Switch Objective

After getting pushed back down to Base Camp by poor weather we said good bye to a few team members who are headed home today. Our team is getting smaller and smaller as we near the end of our time here. It's been almost two weeks at Base Camp, and although we unfortunately did not get to climb our objective, it's been a worth while experience. I believe everyone will be walking away from this expedition having learned something. Our journey in this valley is over but our journey in general isn't. Tomorrow we will head to the valley to our east and try our hand at a peak over there. We are hopeful that we can find a smaller peak to teach more mountaineering skills to the Nepali girls and to be able to stand on top of peak. Here's to some lady luck, RMI Guide Hannah Smith
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If only we could control the weather…
Good Lady Luck on alternate peak!

Posted by: Mary Ann on 11/5/2018 at 9:49 pm

Hey you gave it your best shot! I’m sure the Team all benefited from the incredible experience! You are all my heroes.


Posted by: michelle the mom on 11/5/2018 at 8:23 pm

Mission Saipal: RMI Guide Hannah Smith & Team Descend from High Camp

Snow lightly pitter pattered against our tents. Every so often we tapped the sides of the tent to knock the snow down. We woke to a winter wonderland. As we boiled water for coffee you could hear sloughs of snow tumble down the mountain side. Mother nature had spoken. The mountain had spoken. We were not going to climb. Due to the amount of snow that had fallen and the terrain we were going to get on, we were concerned about the avalanche hazard. Today was not going to be our moment to climb. Instead we packed up our camp as the snow fell from the sky and more snow rumbled down the mountain. Our packs were heavy and the walking slippery with the new snow on slick grass and crumbly rock as we made our way back to Base Camp. Tomorrow we will enjoy our last day at our Base Camp. The following day we are looking at going up and over a col to a new valley for a few days before we begin our trek out. For now, we are all getting cozy in our sleeping bags, for there is a chilly crispness to the night air. Sweet dreams, RMI Guide Hannah Smith
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Mission Saipal: RMI Guide Hannah Smith & Team Move to High Camp

Moving day! The day we have been patiently waiting for has arrived. We packed up our things and made our way to high camp. After walking as the Nepalis say, bastary bastary (slowly slowly) we made it to our camp in three hours. The team did great, with everyone making it to camp. The air is rather chilly as snow flurries dance from the sky. Clouds have been building and descending on us all day. We are all cozy in our tents, melting snow for water, and getting ready for dinner. Tomorrow we will wake in the dark, but we will wait for the sun before we set out on our climb. Wish us luck! RMI Guide Hannah Smith
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Quite the epic journey. Must feel good to be moving on up. Go Gloria! We have so much admiration for you and the team. Stay warm and safe!

Posted by: Mary Ann on 11/4/2018 at 6:54 am

Off you all go! So glad you are moving along to reach your destination! Best wishes!

Love Mich

Posted by: Michelle the Mom on 11/3/2018 at 9:53 pm

Mission Saipal: RMI Guide Hannah Smith & Team Prepare to Move to High Camp

You do you muffin, you do you, is how I would describe today. We all enjoyed different activities to recharge our mind and body before we make our move uphill tomorrow. Two of us went scrambling on some not so quality rock, while others went up the rolling grass hills above Base Camp. Some enjoyed a relaxing day listening to music, reading books, making jewelry or braiding hair. This afternoon we all gathered to sort out a game plan for our climb on Sunday and for the handful of days after. We have to schedule for porters to come up and help us break down Base Camp before we head uphill. We are all rather excited for the coming days. We have been waiting for this moment to climb something for roughly two weeks, with one of those weeks spent at Base Camp. Tomorrow everyone will make their way to the High Camp at their leisure and settle in before we climb the next morning. Talk to you all at high camp, RMI Guide Hannah Smith
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Love you Glo!

Posted by: Michelle the Mom! on 11/2/2018 at 10:25 pm

Good luck and be safe. I love you all! And to Bridget… what can I say?

Posted by: Elías de Andrés Martos on 11/2/2018 at 8:52 am

Mission Saipal: RMI Guide Hannah Smith & Team Practice Fixed Roped Travel

We heard from our team members at high camp that the route has been fixed. They reported that that the route is a mixture of blue ice and snow. They have a fixed line all the way to the ridge. The ridge, however, is too dangerous to walk along due to poor snow quality. They are optimistic though that the team can make it onto the ridge and enjoy some beautiful views. We are all excited to get the chance to climb something. As for the rest of us today, we fixed our own rope in a gully outside of camp, that had some ice in it, to give the Nepali girls more practice before the real deal. They all did great, with one of them showing real potential in the mountains. Tomorrow we rest, to give our teammates that have been working so hard to put in a route, a well-deserved break. On Saturday the whole team will move up and try our hand. All the best, RMI Guide Hannah Smith
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Good luck and safe climbing!

Posted by: Michelle the mom on 11/2/2018 at 8:32 am

Good luck team!  Can’t wait to see some pictures.

Posted by: Shannon Smith on 11/1/2018 at 4:34 pm

Mission Saipal: RMI Guide Hannah Smith & Team Continue to Train and Acclimatize

After packing our packs, organizing our tents, and eating lunch, we were ready to head uphill. Unfortunately though, we have been stalled at Base Camp. Our team members at High Camp radioed down that they need more time and rope to fix the route. They said the route is a bit icy and not great snow, but they seem optimistic that we will be able to give it a whirl in a few days. Till then we will continuing hanging out at Base Camp, practicing more with the girls and going on hikes. It's a good thing it's so pretty here and one can easily occupy themselves. Happy Halloween! RMI Guide Hannah Smith
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Well you’re really getting to know the place. Sounds like you’re going with the flow.

Posted by: Michelle the Mom on 10/31/2018 at 8:30 pm

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