Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team at High Camp Ready for Summit Bid

Posted by: Casey Grom | August 01, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 15,200'

Hello again everyone!

It started as a beautiful day here on Kilimanjaro but once again the clouds enveloped us as we left Karanga Camp and made our way uphill to our high camp, Barafu Camp. This camp sits on a ridge line around 15,000 ft which eventually leads to the summit of Kilimanjaro. It’s a relatively large camp spread up and down the ridge and we are sharing it with all the other climbers using this route; I’d guess that there are ~100 other climbers here with us.

Everyone is doing very well and we are excited to start our climb early in the morning. The team will have a early dinner and if all goes according to plan we hope to have breakfast and be hitting the trail shortly after midnight. We’ll have a nice slow pace that should take us around 8 hours to reach the summit. So keep your phones handy as I said, one lucky climber will get to call home from the “Roof of Africa.” That will be around midnight for those of you on the east coast.

Fingers crossed!
RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

Barafu Camp on Kilimanjaro. Photo: Jeff Martin

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Mt. Rainier: August 1st Summit

Posted by: Dave Hahn, Solveig Waterfall | August 01, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

RMI Guides Dave Hahn and Solveig Waterfall led their Four Day Summit Climb teams to the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning. Dave reported perfect weather on the summit - clear, calm, and sunny. The teams began their descent to Camp Muir just after 7:30 am. They will continue their descent to Paradise this afternoon.

Congratulations climbers!

RMI climbers on the crater rim of Mt. Rainier. Photo: Dave Hahn
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Alpamayo Expedition: Schellens and Team Make the Summit!

Posted by: Geoff Schellens | July 31, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Peru
Elevation: 19,512'

Summit day.

This morning we got up a little after midnight to a starry calm night. We ate breakfast and put the final touches on our packing and just before two o’clock in the morning we marched out of camp. Within 40 minutes we encountered steep snow slopes and began pitching it out. We slowly worked our way up our route climbing close to 2,000 feet of beautiful ice and snow. The whole team did a fantastic job today. We reached the summit of Alpamayo just before 8:00 AM. Tired as we were, everyone stayed focused for our decent and we walked back into camp tired but extremely happy. We will begin our descent to Base Camp tomorrow.
Thanks so much for following along on our climb. It has truly been an honor to climb such a beautiful peak with such a great group.

RMI Guide Geoff Schellens

Summit day on Alpamayo, Peru.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team Ascend Barranco Wall and Arrive at Karanga Valley Camp

Posted by: Casey Grom | July 31, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 13,000'

Jambo Everyone

Things are going well and the team is doing great here on Kilimanjaro.
Today the team had a leisurely start as we wanted the sun to warm us up before our only semi-technical part of the climb. The trail out of camp starts off relatively mellow and then quickly ramps up as we ascend the great Barranco wall. It’s truthfully not as intimidating as it looks, but when does a thousand foot cliff ever look easy. Thankfully the route winds its way up the cliff through ramps and small rock steps and eventually on to easier terrain. Everyone did a great job of taking it easy and I actually think they all enjoyed the challenge we had. It was a very busy day and there was fair bit of traffic on the route as all the porters and climbers slowly made our way to the next camp here above the Karanga Valley.
Today was a relatively short day for us as this will be our last camp before we move up to our high camp tomorrow.

As usual we’ve had a trivia challenge that one lucky winner will receive a satellite phone call from the summit. It won’t happen until we reach the summit, but that’s not too far away. I’ll let everyone know when that might happen on tomorrow’s dispatch. So stay tuned!

We are spending the remainder of the day relaxing and enjoying the royal treatment by our gracious staff here on Kili.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

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Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climb & Expedition Skills Seminars on Top!

Posted by: Lindsay Mann, Ben Liken | July 31, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guide Lindsay Mann called from the crater rim at 7:30 am as they were ready to begin their descent.  Lindsay reported a beautiful day with a light breeze.  The ESS-Paradise led by Ben Liken was also leaving the summit to return to Camp Muir. Both teams will continue their descent to Paradise this afternoon.

Congratulations to today’s climbers!

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Mt. Elbrus: Justman & Team 100% Summit Success!

Posted by: JJ Justman | July 30, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Southside
Elevation: 18,510'

Update: July 30, 2015 11:31 pm PST
Family and friends we are back at camp safe and sound. Again, every one made the summit. Stay tuned for the summit video!!

July 30, 2015 8:50 pm PST
Hey, everyone. This is JJ Justman with the Elbrus team. I will give you one guess, just one guess as to where not one, not two, not five, but every single team member is right now. That is right! We are on top of Europe! We are on the summit of Mount Elbrus! The team did just a fantastic job today. We are a day early than expected. We have some weather coming in tomorrow and the next day. It is supposed to snow pretty darn good. As a guide I kind of hemmed and hawed and made the decision that the best day to go was today. And I’ll tell you what, the team today is just strong as can be. We are on the summit of Elbrus. We are taking some more photos, and then we are going to head downhill. It is a beautiful day right now so we just made a terrific call as a team and I’m really proud of everyone. [Team cheers!] That’s right, a big holler. Everyone says hi to family and friends. I will touch base with you guys when we get back down, but boy, we are just doing great. Thanks for following along. We’ll talk to you again soon.

Entering the Saddle on Mount Elbrus summit day. Photo: Linden Mallory Mount Elbrus' summit ridge. Photo: Linden Mallory


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Alpamayo: Schellens & Team Rest Day at High Camp

Posted by: Geoff Schellens | July 30, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Peru
Elevation: 17,880'

Today was a rest day at high camp and the team took full advantage. Most of us have been napping, stretching, hydrating, and getting strong. A few of us, including myself, had a little bit of a rumbling gut last night and this morning but everyone seems to recovering quickly today.

Excitement is very high is we look up at the beautiful summit face with its steep ice runnels. Like a siren it is calling to us and with calm winds and blue skies it is impossible to ignore. Our forecast for tomorrow looks perfect as well so for now, we wait.

Thanks for following us on this fantastic climb.

RMI Guide Geoff Schellens and the Alpamayo Team

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Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team Continue Climb & Acclimatization

Posted by: Casey Grom | July 30, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 12,800'

Hello again from Kilimanjaro -

Today the team had our usual start at 7am with a full breakfast at 7:30 and hit the trail just after 8. The skies were clear and it felt wonderful to be hiking uphill in the warmth of the sun. Our route today took us up to about 15,000’ (setting new altitude records for some) as we passed a landmark known as Lava Tower and then descended down into the Barranco valley. This valley is full of giant groundsels and senecio trees that look like something out of a Dr. Seuss book.
As we arrived at camp the clouds enveloped us once again and we are currently relaxing back in our tents waiting on dinner.
Everyone is doing well and enjoying the climb.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

Climbing Kilimanjaro from Shira Camp to the Barranco Valley.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Mt. Elbrus: Justman & Team Acclimate on the Mountain

Posted by: JJ Justman | July 30, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Southside
Elevation: 15,300'

Hello from Mt. Elbrus -
Our team is back from a great acclimatization day. We reached 15,300 feet and every team member did a great job! We are back now at camp with full bellies after lunch. This afternoon we are going to relax in the sunshine!

RMI Guide JJ Justman

Climbers on a acclimatization hike to Pastuhkova Rocks at 15,100 ft on Mt. Elbrus, Russia. Photo: RMI Collection

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Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climbs Reach the Summit!

Posted by: Leon Davis, Mike Haugen | July 30, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

RMI Guide Leon Davis radioed BaseCamp at 7:02 am to let us know both Four Day Summit Climb teams were about to reach the summit of Mt. Rainier.  Leon reported a nice day on the mountain with light winds out of the West. The teams spent over an hour enjoying the view from the summit.  They began their descent from the crater rim at 8:20 en route to Camp Muir.  After a brief stop they will continue to Paradise and complete their program later today.

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb teams!

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Alaska Mountaineering Seminar - Expedition
5/2 - 5/12/2015
Radio Control Tower - Summit
Five Day Summit Climb
5/9 - 5/13/2015
Mt. Rainier - 12,300'
Five Day Summit Climb
5/11 - 5/15/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
5/13 - 5/16/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
5/14 - 5/17/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Five Day Summit Climb
5/13 - 5/17/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
5/15 - 5/18/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
5/20 - 5/23/2015
Mt. Rainier - 13,200'
Expedition Skills Seminar - Muir
5/17 - 5/22/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Alaska Mountaineering Seminar - Alpine
5/8 - 5/18/2015
The Munchkin - Summit / The Throne - Lost Marsupial - Summit / Big Arapiles - Summit
Five Day Summit Climb
5/20 - 5/24/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
5/21 - 5/24/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
5/22 - 5/25/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Alaska Mountaineering Seminar - Expedition
5/14 - 5/24/2015
Radio Control Tower - Summit
Expedition Skills Seminar - Muir
5/24 - 5/29/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
5/27 - 5/30/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
5/28 - 5/31/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Five Day Summit Climb
5/27 - 5/31/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
5/29 - 6/1/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Mount McKinley Expedition
5/5 - 6/2/2015
Mt. McKinley - Summit
Mount McKinley Expedition
5/12 - 6/2/2015
Mt. McKinley - Summit
Expedition Skills Seminar - Muir
5/31 - 6/5/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
6/3 - 6/6/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
6/4 - 6/7/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
6/5 - 6/8/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Five Day Summit Climb
6/4 - 6/8/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
6/6 - 6/9/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Mount McKinley Expedition
5/19 - 6/7/2015
Mt. McKinley - Summit
Expedition Skills Seminar - Kautz
6/5 - 6/10/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
6/7 - 6/10/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
6/8 - 6/11/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
6/9 - 6/12/2015
Mt. Rainier - 14,410'
Four Day Summit Climb
6/10 - 6/13/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
6/11 - 6/14/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Five Day Summit Climb
6/11 - 6/15/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
6/12 - 6/15/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
6/13 - 6/16/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons
6/12 - 6/17/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Five Day Summit Climb
6/13 - 6/17/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
6/14 - 6/17/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
6/15 - 6/18/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Expedition Skills Seminar - Kautz
6/14 - 6/19/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
6/16 - 6/19/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
6/17 - 6/20/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
6/18 - 6/21/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Mount McKinley Expedition
5/26 - 6/18/2015
Mt. McKinley - Summit
Mt. McKinley Upper West Rib Expedition
5/28 - 6/18/2015
Mt. McKinley - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
6/19 - 6/22/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Five Day Summit Climb
6/19 - 6/23/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
6/20 - 6/23/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
6/21 - 6/24/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
6/22 - 6/25/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons
6/20 - 6/25/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Mount McKinley Expedition
6/2 - 6/21/2015
Mt. McKinley - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
6/23 - 6/26/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
6/24 - 6/27/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Mt. Baker - North Ridge
6/22 - 6/23/2015
Mt. Baker - Summit
Forbidden Peak - West Ridge
6/22 - 6/27/2015
Forbidden Peak - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
6/25 - 6/28/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
6/26 - 6/29/2015
Mt. Rainier - 11,300'
Five Day Summit Climb
6/25 - 6/29/2015
Mt. Rainier - 11,400'
Four Day Summit Climb
6/27 - 6/30/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
6/28 - 7/1/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Expedition Skills Seminar - Kautz
6/26 - 7/1/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
6/29 - 7/2/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Five Day Emmons Climb
6/29 - 7/3/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
6/30 - 7/3/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Mt. Baker - North Ridge
6/26 - 6/28/2015
Mt. Baker - Summit
Mount McKinley Expedition
6/9 - 6/28/2015
Mt. McKinley - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
7/1 - 7/4/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Forbidden Peak - West Ridge
7/1 - 7/4/2015
Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
7/2 - 7/5/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Five Day Summit Climb
7/2 - 7/6/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
7/4 - 7/7/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons
7/3 - 7/8/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
7/5 - 7/8/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Five Day Summit Climb
7/4 - 7/8/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
7/6 - 7/9/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Expedition Skills Seminar - Kautz
7/5 - 7/10/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
7/7 - 7/10/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Mount McKinley Expedition
6/16 - 7/6/2015
Mt. McKinley - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
7/8 - 7/11/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
7/9 - 7/12/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
7/10 - 7/13/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Expedition Skills Seminar - Paradise
7/5 - 7/10/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Expedition Skills Seminar - Ecuador
6/16 - 6/29/2015
Cayambe - 17,500' / Illiniza Norte - 16,000' / Cotopaxi - Summit
Ecuador's Volcanoes
6/30 - 7/10/2015
Cayambe - Summit / Cotopaxi - Summit
Five Day Summit Climb
7/10 - 7/14/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
7/11 - 7/14/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Expedition Skills Seminar - Peru
6/27 - 7/12/2015
Nevado Urus - Summit / Ishinca - Summit / Nevado Copa - Summit
Forbidden Peak - West Ridge
7/9 - 7/12/2015
Forbidden Peak - 6,200'
Mount McKinley Custom Expedition
6/23 - 7/13/2015
Mt. McKinley - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
7/12 - 7/15/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons
7/11 - 7/16/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
7/13 - 7/16/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
7/14 - 7/17/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Expedition Skills Seminar - Paradise
7/12 - 7/17/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb - ALA Climb for Clean Air
7/15 - 7/18/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Forbidden Peak
7/14 - 7/19/2015
Forbidden Peak - Summit
Kilimanjaro Climb & Safari
7/5 - 7/19/2015
Kilimanjaro - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
7/16 - 7/19/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Five Day Summit Climb
7/16 - 7/20/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Mt. Baker - North Ridge
7/18 - 7/20/2015
Mt. Baker - Summit
Sahale Mountain - Quien Sabe Glacier
7/17 - 7/19/2015
Sahale Mountain - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
7/17 - 7/20/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
7/18 - 7/21/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Mount Elbrus
7/10 - 7/22/2015
Mt. Elbrus - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
7/19 - 7/22/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Five Day Summit Climb
7/18 - 7/22/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Expedition Skills Seminar - Kautz
7/17 - 7/22/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
7/20 - 7/23/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons
7/19 - 7/24/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
7/21 - 7/24/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
7/22 - 7/25/2015
Mt. Rainier - 11,200'
Kilimanjaro Climb & Safari
7/11 - 7/25/2015
Kilimanjaro - Summit
Mt. Shuksan - Fisher Chimneys
7/22 - 7/24/2015
Mt. Shuksan - Summit
Alpamayo Expedition
7/12 - 7/27/2015
Alpamayo - Summit
Five Day Summit Climb
7/23 - 7/27/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
7/24 - 7/27/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
7/25 - 7/28/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Forbidden Peak
7/24 - 7/26/2015
Forbidden Peak - 6,800'
Five Day Summit Climb
7/25 - 7/29/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
7/26 - 7/29/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons
7/24 - 7/29/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
7/27 - 7/30/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Expedition Skills Seminar - Kautz
7/26 - 7/31/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Expedition Skills Seminar - Paradise
7/26 - 7/31/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
7/28 - 7/31/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
7/29 - 8/1/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Mt. Shuksan - Fisher Chimneys
7/31 - 8/2/2015
Mt. Shuksan - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
7/30 - 8/2/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Private Climb
7/31 - 8/3/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
7/31 - 8/3/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit

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  • An RMI Team descending from Mweka Camp to the trailhead on Kilimanjaro, Tanzania.  Photo: Jeff Martin
  • The evening of lights of St. Petersburg, Russia.  Photo: RMI Collection
  • The streets of Huaraz, Peru.  Photo: RMI Collection
  • RMI Guide Win Whittaker and the ALA climbers en route to Camp Muir on August 1.  Photo: Win Whittaker
  • The ALA Climb For Clean Air team on the summit of Mt. Rainier. Photo: Win Whittaker
  • The RMI July 25th Kilimanjaro team on the summit, Uhuru Peak, on August 2nd.  Photo: Casey Grom
  • RMI climbers enroute to the summit of Mt. Shuksan via the Fisher Chimneys. Photo: Mike Walter
  • Barafu Camp on Kilimanjaro. Photo: Jeff Martin
  • RMI climbers on the crater rim of Mt. Rainier. Photo: Dave Hahn
  • Summit day on Alpamayo, Peru.  Photo: RMI Collection
  • Entering the Saddle on Mount Elbrus summit day. Photo: Linden Mallory
  • Mount Elbrus' summit ridge. Photo: Linden Mallory
  • Climbing Kilimanjaro from Shira Camp to the Barranco Valley.  Photo: RMI Collection
  • Climbers on a acclimatization hike to Pastuhkova Rocks at 15,100 ft on Mt. Elbrus, Russia. Photo: RMI Collection
  • Alpamayo from Col Camp (17,880'). Photo: Elias de Andres Martos
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  • RMI Climbers on the crater rim of Mt. Rainier. Photo: Seth Waterfall
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  • The Dik Dik Hotel rooms and grounds.  Photo: RMI Collection
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  • Looking through the clouds at the mountains above Cheget, Russia. Photo: RMI Collection
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