RMI Expeditions Blog
The team convened this evening at the lovely Hotel Geneve in the Zona Rosa region of Mexico City. To everyone’s relief the earthquake damage proved to be minimal in this area of the city, and hopefully that continues to be the trend for the entirety of the trip. The team met each other for the first time in the lobby of the hotel, whilst seated in high backed lounge chairs, surrounded by paintings and towering bookshelves which made for a rather regal setting to begin our Mexican adventure.
After meeting the team and going over a brief synopsis of the days to come, we took a short walk through the Zona Rosa to a lively establishment that served authentic Mexican food, tasty margaritas, as well as a full mariachi band. Although we were not able to sing along to the tunes with the rest of the patrons, I am sure we enjoyed the food just as much as the locals sharing the restaurant with us.
Tomorrow we depart Mexico City and head for the former training site of the Mexican Olympic team, La Malinche, and begin our acclimatization with a trip up the extinct volcanoe.
RMI Guides Christina Dale, JT Schmitt and the rest of the RMI Mexican Volcanoes team!
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Good luck I’m praying for good weather for you! Be safe.
Team leader- team gramma neenee
Posted by: Ellen Smith Eaton on 10/9/2017 at 7:26 am
Yeah team! Good luck with weather, enjoy the challenge and have fun! Xtina and JT top notch! Special regards to Craig FLKHGN.
Posted by: Elias on 10/8/2017 at 6:06 pm
October 2, 2017
The Four Day Summit Climb September 29 - 2 October, 2017 turned at 11,700’ due to unstable snow conditions. RMI Guides Tyler Jones and Mike King led the last summit climb program of the 2017 season. The group plans to descend from Camp Muir this morning and return to Rainier BaseCamp around noon.
Been thinking about y’all safety glad to hear everyone is safe so proud of you Hinan Ahmed for attempting such a amazing climb until next time MT. Rainier
See You Soon
Posted by: Carmen on 10/2/2017 at 9:11 am
October 1, 2017
The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guides Elias de Andres Martos and Christina Dale reached 11,700’ before having to turn due to unconsolidated snow conditions. The team is currently at Camp Muir and will be descending for Paradise soon.
Congratulations to today’s team!
September 30, 2017
The Four Day Summit Climb September 27 - 30, 2017 was unable to reach the summit of Mt. Rainier today due to weather and route conditions. RMI Guides Casey Grom & Chase Nelson led the teams to 11,400’ before deciding to turn around. The teams will return to Rainier BaseCamp this afternoon.
What a fantastic experience.. can’t wait to see the photos and hear the stories! Cheers to Muzzy and the “devil’s cut”. Thanks for keeping the group safe!
Posted by: Stacey on 9/30/2017 at 4:43 pm
It’s the journey, not the destination that counts!!! Better safe than sorry!
Posted by: Sophia on 9/30/2017 at 11:46 am
Well we didn’t beat yesterday for game-viewing, but nobody seemed to mind giving it a try today. It was great to wake up in Tarangire National Park and get started in the cool of the day with the place to ourselves. We went down to the edge of a gigantic marsh (a mostly dry marsh at the moment -the rains will come soon) and cruised for cats. We did see a gigantic lioness hanging out peacefully in the branches of a tree -guarding here recent kill, but not much other action. Just animals and herds sprinkled about as far as the eye could see. At midday we left the park and headed toward Arusha, stopping at the cultural center for some culture and keepsakes. Back at Arumeru River Lodge by three, we thanked Juma and Edson and told them we’d see them on our next Safari. Then it was time for repacking and gearing up for international flight. One more great team dinner and we boarded the bus, saying goodbye to the hotel staff and to several of our team who have different flight schedules. Back now to lines and security and insecurity and schedules… but we’ll have the morning out in a beautiful place to sustain us. It has been a wonderful adventure, thank you for keeping track of us.
RMI Guide Dave Hahn
Tarangire delivers! Hard not to finish this day by pronouncing ourselves lucky in the extreme. We saw things today… and then we saw more things… and more and more things. At first, we just did a little touristing when we left the Plantation Lodge, hitting a souvenir/art shop and then visiting a Maasai Village. This definitely interested us and is not to be minimized, but then we got into Tarangire National Park and began being mesmerized and amazed. Things built up slowly. First there was the watering hole with a flood of zebra and wildebeest charging in for a drink. Then there were the dozens upon dozens of elephants we watched digging for water. (The proclamation was made -prematurely- that it was the day of the elephant) then there was a landscape where every single tree had a giraffe, eland, waterbuck, impala or warthog under it… for miles. But then there were the cheetahs. Mom and cub, majestic and regal in their fur coats. And then there were the lions. At first there were a handful from a distance… then more of them, walking away. Then a meeting of male and females and cubs in the distance. Then we investigated to find thirteen cats of all sizes going to work on a freshly killed zebra. The sights and sounds were stunning. Better than any TV documentary. Our cameras kept clicking and clicking as the sunlight got golden. But we’d each put the electronics down to just stare in awe as well.
A short time later, we were sipping pre-dinner cocktails at beautiful Balloon Camp when our driver/naturalists walked in. Juma and Edson got spontaneous and sustained round of applause.
The day couldn’t be topped… but it could be savored.
RMI Guide Dave Hahn
We were up early for this big day of the Safari, leaving our comfy hotel at 7 AM to get over to Ngorongoro Crater. Our Landcruisers clawed their way up the rough dirt road to the crater rim and then we bounced our way around the circle until another dirt track took us down into the collapsed caldera. Right off, we began seeing wildlife in great numbers and in close proximity. Before long we were quite used to ostriches and great herds of wildebeest and Cape Buffalo. We saw a pack of perhaps 20 hyena, barking eerily and crunching the bones of some freshly departed big animal. We got way closer than we ever imagined was possible to a couple of lionesses and a big male who decided the road would do just fine for napping. We saw (and got a whiff of) several dozen hippos, wallowing in various ponds. There were secretary birds and kori bustards, fish eagles and vultures. Gazelles and zebra were everywhere. We didn’t manage to spot rhinos, but we did see a few great bull elephants. The day was fairly hot and sunny until a system of thunderstorms rolled by, cooling things for our afternoon tour. Then Edson and Juma skillfully brought the cruisers back down the rough roads to our hotel for a relaxing evening at the Plantation Lodge. Suffice to say that we were blown away by our day inside a volcano.
RMI Guide Dave Hahn
September 27, 2017
RMI Guide Brent Okita just called in from the Mt. Rainier summit! The last of the teams are coiling in at the crater rim and enjoying magnificent views with just a breath of wind. They will be on the summit for about an hour and radio us when they begin their descent back to Camp Muir.
Congratulations seminar team!
Enjoy the beauty and wonder of the world. Take in every precious moment. Even though we are not there, we are always with you in heart, supporting every step of your journey.
Jane & Zorba
Posted by: Jane Ccaihuari and Zorba on 9/28/2017 at 8:19 am
Enjoy the adventure Layton!! Proud of you, be safe, can’t wait to hear the stories and see pictures.
Posted by: Sondra and Harry on 9/28/2017 at 7:57 am
We switched gears today… waking up -not to hiking/climbing- but to a day of being entertained and educated in the back of a Safari vehicle. We piled into two modified Toyota Land Cruisers just after 8 AM and left Usa River heading west. First there was the hustle and bustle of traffic on the outskirts of Arusha. The city has nearly 2 million inhabitants, so our guide/drivers: Juma and Edson had their work cut out for them getting us out to the wide open countryside beyond the city. We cruised dusty roads between herds of Maasai tended cattle as we made our way out to Lake Manyara. This National Park purports to be the home of the tree climbing lions… who weren’t actually home today. We didn’t see lions, but we saw baboons, blue monkeys, hippos, Cape buffalo, zebras and wildebeest. The elephants we got to see munching on trees were a highlight, as were about a thousand new species of bird, each accurately identified and described by our amazing guides. At the end of a fine day out in the bush, we headed for the Plantation Lodge and an evening of relaxation and dinner conversation in an extremely comfortable setting.
Tomorrow we’ll get up early to see what we can see in Ngorongoro Crater.
RMI Guide Dave Hahn
Dad you are amazing-shane Fountaine
Posted by: Shane Fountaine on 9/26/2017 at 4:51 pm
Our last morning on the mountain was an easy and enjoyable one. Everyone reported getting some real sleep for a change -a great thing about 10,000 feet as opposed to 15,000 feet- and when we woke, the weather was perfect. After a relaxed breakfast, we gathered outside to meet with our entire staff. They gave us a wonderful send off, singing and dancing with much laughter as “Bongo” -a porter and talented performer- came out in costume and led the team through a few favorite ballads. We then distributed tips and tried to verbalize just how grateful we were to the entire staff. We began walking downhill at 8:30 and soon went from a forest of heather to a jungle of giant trees. Trail conditions were nice and dry and the walking went well. We caught sight of velvet monkeys and even a family of colobus monkeys playing in branches overhead. Making fine progress, we left the park at 11:30. Our staff hosted a last picnic lunch for the team at a venue just a few minutes down the road from the Mweka Gate, and then our bus took us on the long road back to the Arumeru River Lodge. We were hoisting “welcome” drinks at 2:30 and heading for showers soon after. The gang that showed up at dinner bore little resemblance to the mob that had checked in. Hair was clean and beards were gone… clothes were free of dust and grime. But the team was still recognizable by their smiles. Earlier we’d been smiling because the hard work had been completed, now we were smiling because of indoor plumbing and electricity and internet and the way things feel so easy after you’ve gone without for a time. We aren’t done adventuring though… safari begins tomorrow, but we’ll miss Joe, who is flying out tomorrow as planned.
RMI Guide Dave Hahn
It’s pure joy to see that look of sweet success on everyone’s face!
Posted by: Steph on 9/25/2017 at 8:07 pm