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Mt. Rainier: July 20th Summit!

The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guide Pete Van Deventer reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning. Pete reported cold, clear skies with winds at about 25 mph, and a very nice day to climb. The team has started their descent and is en route back to Camp Muir.

Congratulations to today’s team!

Way to absolutely go Dani & Eric!!!!  So very proud of you.

Be safe!!!  We love you :)

Posted by: Heidi & Ian on 7/22/2016 at 6:02 am

Mt. Elbrus: Justman & Team Enjoy First Day on the Mountain

We have officially made camp up at 12,500 feet on Mount Elbrus. Today the team woke early and grabbed all our gear and headed up the mountain. Arriving early we decided to continue up to 13,500 to acclimatize. The team is now back at camp resting and enjoying our first day on the mountain.

RMI Guide JJ Justman

On The Map

Hey Bill & Kevin! Looks a little chilly up there. Nothing like the 90+ weather in Minnesota. Stay safe everyone!

Posted by: Kris Westberg on 7/20/2016 at 4:05 pm

Peru Seminar: Young & Team Return to Huaraz and Prepare for Next Peak

Greetings from Huaraz!

The ESS-Peru team is back in the bustling city of Huaraz after a wonderful week in the Ishinca Valley.  Perfect climbing weather allowed for successful summits of both Nevada Ishinca (18,143’) and Urus Este (17,600’).  After a wonderful breakfast of eggs and bacon (at 14,200’!), we made quick work of our descent out of the valley this morning. Town life brought more great eating, shopping, and resting here at the Hotel Andino, all in preparation for our next objective, Pisco Oeste.  Tomorrow morning we depart Huaraz for the stunning Quebrada Llanganuco (Llanganuco Valley) and make our move to Pisco Base Camp at 15,400’.  Our well acclimatized bodies should take to this altitude well as we set our sights on Pisco, our highest objective of the trip at 18,741’.  We’ll check in again tomorrow evening from our perch in the Llanganuco.  For now, enjoy the “best of” from Robby and Eric’s cellphone photo galleries.

Buenos Noches,

RMI Guides Robby Young, Eric Frank, and the ESS-Peru Team

P.S.  The Spanish climbing term of the day is “tocino”, which means bacon.

Alpamayo: Elias & Team Reach High Camp

Buenas tardes from High Camp of Alpamayo! We arrived one hour ago and are currently resting and making water and dinner. The word out is that we might go for it tonight! Everyone did a terrific job getting to here, and this year is no joke, as the bergschrund to gain the col (to then drop to the northside of the mountain) is as broken and steep as l have ever seen it. Climbing 200 meters of steep, broken glacial ice with heavy packs at 17,000 feet is a task, but now that’s behind us. Now we have the joy of straight up 70-degree ice, on one of the most beautiful runnels in the world, with no packs, lays ahead. It is beautiful up here, folks, we just can’t get enough.

Stay tuned,
RMI Guide Elías de Andres Martos and team

Hi to all the expedition members, Martín is following and suporting Elias from Spain!!!!
Take care and enjoy!!!!!! good luck

Posted by: Martín de Andrés on 7/20/2016 at 12:36 pm

WOW!  You guys are killing it. Sounds like a strong group.
Staying close to my phone hoping David wins a Summit Call!!

Posted by: Katrina Stainton on 7/20/2016 at 10:53 am

Mt. Elbrus: Grom & Team Tour St. Petersburg

Well we had a really nice final day in Russia. We began the day meeting with our tour guide, Illana, and headed out on a quick tour of the city. We stopped off at St. Nicholas Church, stopped by the grand St. Isaac’s Cathedral and made our way to the famous Heritage Museum. Not having a ton of time to see the thousands of exhibits so we did and express trip to see the highlights, which included a few paintings and sculptures by Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, and other great artists. It was pretty amazing to see so much art in one place and everyone enjoyed the brief visit.
We took a short break before meeting back up with our tour guide for an evening canal tour via boat of this historical city, which was a great way to wrap up a wonderful trip.
That’s all for this trip! The team heads home tomorrow. Thanks for following us.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team’s First Safari Stop - Lake Manyara

Early up again. Why not, it’s vacation. Your going to get home exhausted from the travel halfway around the world, so give it your all while here. We traveled a few hours from the Dik Dik Lodge to Lake Manyara, located in the Great Rift Valley. The first of three national parks we will visit on our safari. The introduction to our new challenge, sitting instead of hiking was well received. Nice four-wheeled Landcruisers carried us from one group of animals to the next. Hundreds of creatures near and far, above and below, right and left, fascinated the whole team with little interruption. We are now at the Plantation Lodge being very well taken care of in luxurious surroundings. We have positioned ourselves just outside our next park, Ngorongoro Crater, the eighth wonder of the world. Up early again. Why not, it’s vacation!

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

Mt.Elbrus: Justman and Team Take Acclimatization Hike in Cheget

It was a soggy day for the team in Cheget. We still made the best of the rain by hiking above 11,000 feet and acclimatizing. However, at the sound of thunder we hightailed it back down. The team had a great lunch and we are now finalizing our gear for tomorrow. Hopefully the skies will be a little sunnier!

RMI Guide JJ Justman

On The Map

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

The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guide Mike Walter reached the summit of Mt. Rainier shortly after 7:00 a.m. this morning. Mike reported sunny skies, a cloud deck at 9,000’, and 15 mph winds. The team will spend some time on the summit celebrating before beginning their descent. We will see them back in Ashford this afternoon.

Congratulations climbers!

Awesome job!! I can’t wait to hear about it :)

Posted by: Amy Collins on 7/19/2016 at 3:42 pm

Congratulations to Team Red Zone, Maine. And all the clbers and the guides.

Posted by: Bill weeks on 7/19/2016 at 9:53 am

Mt. Elbrus: Grom & Team Travel to St. Petersburg

Planes trains and automobiles, well almost anyway. We traveled all day and have finally arrived in one of the most beautiful cities of Europe—St. Petersburg, Russia. Things went relatively smooth except for the one bag that wasn’t able to join us here in St. Petersburg. Hopefully it’ll find its way to us tomorrow.
We got checked into the hotel here and then ran out for dinner at this little eccentric place that serves up the most delicious meals. The service was a little slow, but very much worth the wait. After dinner we took a quick stroll around and then made our way home.
Everyone is very excited to explore and see this city in the daylight.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

Alpamayo: Elias and Team Carry to the Col

Good afternoon from Camp 1 again. We changed our plan just a touch, and instead of moving this morning, we did a carry to the Col. We are back to rest for the afternoon, as we continue to trigger our acclimatization process, and having lighten our loads will pay back with hopefully an earlier arrival to high camp tomorrow. We got eyes on the wall as we approached the Col this morning, and everyone got really excited, at the same time as they felt good for the ice climbing training over the last couple winters; the French Direct to Alpamayo is no joke!

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s progress,

RMI Guide Elías and Team.

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