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Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team at Lake Manyara National Park

The big payoff starts and the dividends are fabulous. We had a great afternoon at Lake Manyara National Park. We successfully shifted gears from mountain living to wildlife viewing. We were on the road just after 8:30 and a few hours later pulled into the park. We had lunch just inside the gate where we had our first visit with a troop of baboons. They were very interested with our lunch boxes and for good reason, once again Barking Zebra providee us with a fantastic assortment of goodies that fuels the furnace to get us through to our next feast, definitely not starving on this trip. We started the game drive where the roof of our Landcruiser is modified to open up and create great sighting of all the animals which were everywhere. Under an hour drive from the gate puts us at the Plantation Lodge just outside the gate of tomorrow’s park. Very, very, very comfortable here. Even if you didn’t come down from a big mountain you would feel the same way.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

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Mt. Rainier: Kautz Seminar Summits!

RMI Guide Elias de Andres Martos and team hit the crater rim at 11:15 a.m. via the Kautz Glacier Route. They had 100% success to the summit! Elias reported good conditions, a tired team, and an extremely crevassed Nisqually Glacier.

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Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climbs Turn at 13,300’

The Four Day Summit Climb August 12 - 15 led by RMI Guide Geoff Schellens turned around today at 13,300’ due to difficult terrain.  The team reported a nice day with calm winds. The team will return to Camp Muir and continue their descent to Paradise later today.

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North Cascades: Frank & Team Turn Around on Mount Shuksan

Hello, this is Eric Frank. Just giving you a call from Mount Shuksan. Wanted to let everyone who is following along that we are safe and sound back in camp. We had a good day of climbing up on the glacier and the summit pyramid. Unfortunately we were not able to reach the summit. The rain from yesterday kind of lingered late into the evening. There was a big, wet cloud that hung over the glacier that didn’t let us get out of camp until mid morning today. But we did climb up the glacier, got to the base of the pyramid, and got to go through a little bit of that terrain, and experience what that climbing is like. We then made the safe call to come back down before things got too late in the day, and we had to come down in the dark. We enjoyed ourselves. We’re all happy and doing quite well. Hope everyone out there is doing well, take care.

RMI Guide Eric Frank


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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!!

Love,
Kerri

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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