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Fisher Chimneys: Blais & Team Reach High Camp on Mt. Shuksan

Our team has made it to high camp after a great day of climbing. We’re perched just below the Upper Curtis Glacier with outstanding views of Mt. Baker and the higher reaches of our climbing route, the Fisher Chimneys.
We’re hoping the fair weather lasts long enough to give is a shot at the summit.  Despite the gloomy forecast, the team is upbeat and fired up from an exciting day making our way through the Chimneys and up Winney’s Slide. The Slide is nearly a full pitch of ice at this point and made for a bit of fun right before camp.
We’ll check in soon.  Wish us luck with the weather!

RMI Guides Zeb Blais, Steve Gately and team


Kilimanjaro: Hahn & Team Visit Lake Manyara

Switching gears… We walked hard every day for the last week.  Today we rode around like royalty.  We pulled out of the Dik Dik hotel by 9 AM and cruised in two modified Toyota Landcruisers through the outskirts of Arusha.  Traffic thinned as we pushed westward toward Lake Manyara National Park.  We spent a great afternoon seeing hippos, baboons, monkeys, flamingos, storks, giraffes, Cape buffalo and elephants… And of course a pair of Dik Diks… The smallest of the antelope family.  Most thought the elephants were the highlight of the day, but they were nearly upstaged by whatever it was that we didn’t see.  At one point, the monkeys were sounding alarms, the elephants were trumpeting and charging and we found fresh big cat tracks in the road.  But we didn’t see the leopard or lion causing all the commotion.  We looked, but were catless for safari day one.  Beautiful day in a Tanzanian National Park though, and a fine evening relaxing at the luxurious Plantation Lodge.  We already seem worlds away from our grubby Kili climbing days. 

Best Regards
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

What an exciting day for you and the animals!  Here’s to seeing a “Big Cat” tomorrow.  Loving the pics and blogs.

Posted by: Jen (Jason's sister) on 8/30/2016 at 6:39 pm

Deborah Beggan and whole team,
Congratulations on your thrilling, bad ass climb!!! I am awed by your adventure!!!!! Enjoy a very Happy Anniversary and Safari with Tom!!
Love, Aunt Ginny

Posted by: Ginny Shaller on 8/30/2016 at 5:49 pm


Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climb Teams on Top!

RMI Guides Leon Davis & Ben Liken led their Four Day Summit Climb Teams for August 27 - 30, 2016 to the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  The teams experienced cloudy and windy conditions on their ascent.  Both teams reached the crater rim around 8 am PT and were able to spend some time on top before starting their descent. 

We look forward to seeing them at Rainier BaseCamp later today.

Congratulations to today’s climbers!

Did the Merz brothers all make it.

Posted by: Suzi Merz on 8/30/2016 at 1:15 pm

Congratulations on your achievement Maahi! Can’t wait to see you and all the pics. Miss you…. Susmita

Posted by: Susmita Jasti on 8/30/2016 at 10:13 am


Kilimanjaro: Hahn & Team Celebrate at the Dik Dik

While it wasn’t a summit day, this one seemed just as valuable for us… Coming to the end of the trail -safe and sound. 

We woke in Mweka Camp under -or perhaps in- the sea of clouds we’d been noticing so far below all week long.  All were impressed with the quality of a 10,000 ft night of sleep.  Breakfast involved a fair bit of laughter… all of the tension and worry over making the top is gone.  We emerged to a couple of great and friendly songs by our 47 man staff, complete with dancing.  We each then shook hands with every porter, cook, tent-builder, guide, and waiter and passed on well-earned gratuities to all.  Then we got packs on again and rambled down the trail.  At first it was easy walking… But eventually it was steep and slick and we went “pole pole” (slow) to avoid getting down in the dirt.  Meanwhile, a constant stream of porters (ours and many from other teams) came screaming down the trail with forty-four pound loads balanced on their heads.  When they hit the slick spots, they just went faster, yelling “jambo” as they passed.  We transitioned quickly from heather to trees, to giant camphor trees to jungle.  By midday we’d reached the Mweka Gate where we happily boarded the truck/bus and got rolling down the road.  Halfway back along the highway, we stopped for a typically wonderful Dik Dik catered lunch.  All were quite relaxed and content by then… But quite filthy.  This was remedied soon after we got back to our hotel.  The team was unrecognizable -in a good way- when we got back together for a victory dinner.  We made toasts to a great climb and to the upcoming safari.  Desert was occasion for celebrating Tom and Deborah’s wedding anniversary.  Onward. 

Best Regards,

RMI Guide Dave Hahn

GROUSE job Brian!! I was following the blog, the photos look so good! Hope you got to play spades with your tent mates haha :)
Enjoy the rest of your trip.
Love from down under. Renee.

Posted by: Renee (Australia) on 8/29/2016 at 3:27 pm

What a well deserved celebration for all staffers, guides, and climbers!  Enjoy your meals, showers, beds, and the upcoming safari.

Posted by: Jen Potter (Jason's Sister) on 8/29/2016 at 2:59 pm


Mt. Rainier: August 29th Summit!

The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guides Brent Okita and Nick Hunt reached the summit of Mt. Rainier early this morning. Brent reported 45 mph winds on the top. The team has started their descent and are en route back to Camp Muir.

Congratulations to today’s team!

Wow Sean!!!  We are so proud of you and your team!  Our view doesn’t sound so fabulous any more!  Dad and I can’t wait to see details and see pictures!!!  We love you!  Mom

Posted by: Carol Payne on 8/29/2016 at 3:47 pm

I am so proud of the whole group!!!!! You should be proud of your hard work!!!  I bet it was easier to go down the mountain.  Brian…words can’t say how proud I am of you!!! God bless this great group, always.

Mom Janz

Posted by: MOM JANZ on 8/29/2016 at 12:52 pm


Mt. Baker: Blais & Team Return to Camp

This is Zeb Blais and team checking in from Mount Baker. We had a pretty tough day today. We started out looking at the North Ridge Route. Due to route difficulties and an impending poor weather forecast, we decided to bail on climbing that route. We shifted our focus to the Coleman-Deming and after a long day of climbing, we got back to camp just a few minutes ago. It was a great climb and we only got rained on for a few minutes. We are back in our tents now waiting out some weather. Our plan is to pack up and head out tomorrow morning. That’s all for now.

RMI Guide Zeb Blais


RMI Guide Zeb Blais calls in from Mt. Baker.

OK, so you adjusted to weather conditions; I like that! Keep on trekking boys (on your nature bird walk!)!

Posted by: Patti on 8/28/2016 at 7:23 pm


Mt. Rainier: Pattison Leads His Team to the Summit

The Five Day Summit Climb, led by RMI Guide Sid Pattison, made a successful ascent to the summit of Mt. Rainier early this morning. As they stood on the crater of this mighty volcano, the climbers found themselves in a cloud cap with strong winds. Around 8:30 AM, they were initiating their descent.

Congratulations to all of the team members!

Congratulations Peter and your climbing team on achieving your goal of summiting Mt. Rainier. !!
Mom and Dad.

Posted by: Mary Beth Torosian on 8/29/2016 at 6:23 pm

Congratulations Ben and Mary Jo!!!  I watched the weather and was worried you wouldn’t make it because of the winds.  So glad you did!  Can’t wait to hear your stories! -Mom

Posted by: Kim Rasmussen on 8/28/2016 at 7:40 pm


Mt. Rainier: Four Day Climb Summits!

RMI Guide Eric Frank and his Four-Day Summit Climb team reached the top of Mt. Rainier this morning.  A cloud cap enveloped the summit bringing some strong winds upon the team but everyone persevered and are well on their way back to Camp Muir.

Congratulations to today’s summit climb team!

Sean! Hope this was your group…  Congratulations!

Posted by: Jeff Vanderver on 8/29/2016 at 8:38 am

Sean, I am not sure which is your climb but, if this is your team, congratulations fro Dad and me!  We are so proud of you and cant wait to see pictures and hear about it!  Love you!  Mom

Posted by: Carol Payne on 8/28/2016 at 8:02 pm


Kilimanjaro: Hahn & Team Summit!

Summit Day!  We had flat-out perfect weather for it, which is only what we would have expected after the past five splendid days.  The pattern held… Sea of clouds far below, nothing whatsoever up high. 
We were up at 11:30 and on the trail by 12:50 AM.  By about 4 AM, we were wearing nearly everything we had.  Although it was calm and clear, it was also COLD.  Those of the team that looked up saw a snake of headlights working up Kibo, a fair number of shooting stars, the International Space Station, constellations and a crescent moon forming a smile on the horizon.  Those that looked down saw a whole lot of trudging steps for the seven hours and ten minutes it took us to hit Uhuru… the highest point of Kibo, of Kilimanjaro, and of Africa.  Sunrise caught us just before we reached the crater rim and was welcome for its beauty, but even more for its warmth.  We spent about 25 happy minutes on top and got moving downward just before 8:30.  The mountain was busy -as always- but we had no trouble with traffic jams on either the climb or descent.  We were back to Barafu by 11:05 AM and sitting at the lunch table soon afterward.  Then, much as we’d have enjoyed a good nap, it was time to pack and get out of Barafu.  The team made good time on tricky trails and reached Mweka Camp by 4:15PM, having gotten rid of another 5,000 vertical feet in the process.  We are back in tall heather after a couple of days in the alpine zone.  All are figuring they’ve got a good chance of overcoming jet lag and altitude tonight to get a full night of well-earned sleep. 

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

On The Map

How much time do your clients spend getting used to the altitude, before they can handle 20,000’?

Posted by: harold hahn on 8/29/2016 at 2:10 pm

Bravo pour cette belle expédition, l’atteinte du sommet et le plaisir de le faire. Nous avons bien hâte d’entendre le récit de vive voix

Posted by: Roger Brosseau on 8/29/2016 at 10:19 am


Mt. Baker: Blais & Team Check In from Hogsback Camp

This is Zeb Blais and team checking in from our first camp on Mount Baker. We’re gearing up to do a little training this afternoon, and then tuck in early to get to bed. We will make our summit push on the North Ridge tomorrow. We’re crossing our fingers, hoping that the weather is going to hold out for us. If not, we have some great fall back plans, but until then we’re doing some training and resting up.

RMI Guide Zeb Blais


RMI Guide Zeb Blais calls in from Hogsback Camp, Mt. Baker.

Hope you all had an amazing adventure!

Posted by: Lilli and John on 8/28/2016 at 10:55 am

So excited for you guys… hit that summit and BANG! (In the words of Jay Wright!)

Posted by: Megan on 8/28/2016 at 10:52 am

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