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Mt. Rainier: August 16th Five Day Climb Summits!

After their rest and acclimatization day on the mountain yesterday, the Five Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guide Solveig Waterfall reached the Summit of Mt. Rainier Early this morning. The team reported a great day of climbing with clear skies.

Congratulations to today’s team.

Congratulations Katie, Ryan, Molly and Brian!  What an amazing adventure this has been for you and what an achievement!  Can’t wait to hear the stories and see the photos!  Lots of love to all of you!

Posted by: Anne McCooey on 8/16/2016 at 11:58 am

great job. can’t wait to talk to u about it. love dad

Posted by: craig kelly on 8/16/2016 at 11:49 am

Mt. Elbrus: North Side Team Returns from the Mountains and Travels to St. Petersburg

The last two days have flown by quickly, mostly involving automobiles, planes, airports, lots of bags, and a little walking. We had to wake early yesterday after our summit push to start the walk to Mt. Elbrus’ Base Camp, and the forecast called for rain, and our drivers were worried about getting the vans back across the river before the water levels rose. So we awoke at 5 to the sound of rain and quickly packed our bags, but pleasantly the rain subsided, and we had a nice, but very heavy walk back to the pastures where our adventure started. As we descended, the loose scree of the moraine have way to wide alluvial plains again, then the moss covered rocky hills and chasms of the lower mountain. We had only been at camp 1 for about a week, but the verdant green plant life, flowers, and birds of the lower elevations were still welcome sensory stimulation!

As we arrived at Base Camp, so did the vans, so we repacked hurriedly and climbed into another offroad sprinter van for the bouncy and at times thrilling drive back to Kislovodsk. Some took the afternoon to explore town, others supported and dried gear, and then we meet for our final Caucasian dinner, which we deemed Meat Fest. Three and a half 1 kilogram platters of delicious bbq lamb, beef, chicken, and pork had everyone holding their stomachs, gasping for air, but still trying to finish every morsel. Our national pride was on the line as Dave pointed out.

Today we once again did the great shuffle, catching an early shuttle to the airport, and then a flight to Moscow and on to St. Petersburg. St. Petersburg is very cosmopolitan, and has the feel of old Europe, with cafes, bars, and restaurants at every turn. We found the Craft Brew Cafe and knew it would suit our needs. We just returned from another delicious meal, where different types of dried meats, chantrelles (which are in season!) and a delicious take on Bourchte were all featured heavily. Tomorrow we’ve got a busy day touring this beautiful city, and everybody is excited.

RMI Guides Pete Van Deventer, JM Gorum, and team

Peru Seminar: Blais & Team Return to Huaraz to Enjoy Creature Comforts Before Next Climb

We packed up camp and left the beauties of the Ishinca Valley this morning.  Our thoughts temporarily shifted from climbing peaks to hot showers and real beds. Don’t get me wrong, we’re not getting soft here. We still have an almost 19,000’ mountain to climb. But the creature comforts of Huaraz are certainly welcome for a day before we head back to the hills.
Or next target is Pisco Oeste in the Llanganuco valley. We’re feeling strong and we’re ready for the challenge.
These are a few photos from the last few days in Ishinca. Photos by Zeb Blais. Enjoy.

RMI Guides Zeb Blais, Chase Nelson and team

Hello to Steve Odom and the rest of the team! Hope the trip is going well!!!

Posted by: Sayuri Jinadasa on 8/17/2016 at 6:10 am

In awe of you all as I follow this incredible journey! Enjoy the respite…the next climb awaits!

Posted by: Judy Mileto on 8/16/2016 at 9:25 am

Mt. Elbrus: Nugent & Team Explore St. Petersburg to End Trip

Well, we wrapped up our trip today touring the beautiful city of St. Petersburg complete with visits to cathedrals (of course), art museums, and even a boat tour on the Neva River and smaller canals. Our team had a ton of fun despite a little drizzle and enjoyed one last team dinner in the evening. I can honestly say I’m sad to say goodbye to such a great group. Thanks guys for making this trip and awesome climb and such a fun adventure. I hope to see all of you again someday in the mountains or otherwise. Also, thanks to everyone reading this for following along. Now a groggy 3:30 am ride to the airport is looming…

RMI Guide Billy Nugent

Kilimanjaro: Hahn & Team Mweka Gate to the Dik Dik

Our climb finished with an easy and pleasant trip from 10,000 ft to the 6,000 ft trailhead this morning.  We all counted ourselves lucky to have blue skies over our breakfast table… One more lucky day, it seemed.  After breakfast, the entire staff gathered and sang the Kilimanjaro Jambo song -with feeling and gusto.  The team members then shook hands with each and every man, expressing gratitude for a bunch of jobs well-done.  We knew that our “luck” and success on the climb… and our enjoyment of it, came in large part from the efforts of these dedicated professionals.  We set out down the heavily forested trail at about 8:30 AM and had made it to the Mweka Gate -the finish, in under three hours.
After signing out of the National Park, we crowded into our great expedition truck/bus and started down through the banana and coffee plantations.  We cruised through the outskirts of Moshi and then hit the road west toward Arusha.  Mid-drive, the staff had arranged a picnic for us at a roadside eatery.  We relaxed and sipped a few cool beverages with our lunch and then clambered back into the big green adventure vehicle.  Our homecoming at the Dik Dik Hotel was the occasion for a few more great songs and dances and then we headed off to our rooms for a relaxed afternoon of showers, gear sorting, napping and catching up with communications.
The evening was time for a fine victory dinner.  We ate, we celebrated, we talked about the upcoming safari.  We’ll set out first thing tomorrow for a few more Tanzanian national parks.  Our only trouble is that we are getting very spoiled… our expectations are sky high.

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

North Cascades: Ben Liken Leads His Team to the Top of Sahale Peak

Over the past four days the Sahale summit team enjoyed perfect weather and excellent climbing in the North Cascades National Park.  As we ascended out of the forest on day one the views kept getting better and better until we stopped to set up our base camp at 5,300 feet.  Looking up at the spectacular Boston Basin the team was excited to go up high over the next few days.  Day 2 was a training day at the toe of the Quien Sabe Glacier; filled with efficiency techniques, crevasse safety, and rock climbing.  After a full day of training we went to bed early to rest up for a summit attempt on the classic peak.  Summit day went flawlessly and we found ourselves on top at 10:30 am after some really fun glacier and rock climbing sections.  Here are a few shots from the trip. Enjoy!

RMI Guide Ben Liken

Ben - fix the links under the photos! I click on them and they take me to a Mt. Denali expedition.

Posted by: Malcolm Butler on 8/17/2016 at 9:23 pm

Mt. Rainier: August 15th Update

The Mt. Rainier Summit Climb, led by JJ Justman, successfully reached the summit this morning. With bluebird skies, the team was able to see spectacular views all around.  They began their descent from the summit at 7:10 a.m.

Congrats to the Rainier team on their accomplishment. Look forward to seeing photos….

Posted by: Rick Minton on 8/16/2016 at 6:26 am

Very cool. Looking forward to hearing about the adventure and seeing the pics.

Posted by: Mark SV on 8/15/2016 at 3:34 pm

Peru Seminar: Blais & Team Summit Nevado Urus

Our team wasn’t feeling 100% when we woke at 3:30 this morning, but our team couldn’t be held down. At 10 am our entire team was sitting on the summit of Nevado Urus. Zero wind, full sun, incredible views all around.

This team has shown great strength and has supported one another through the entire journey. It was a tough day, but we pushed ourselves and ended up with a spectacular experience and one of the most beautiful summits we’ve seen.

Tomorrow we will be packing early and heading back to Huaraz.

RMI Guides Zeb Blais, Chase Nelson and team

Congratulations on making it to the summit of Nevado Uris.  It’s encouraging to hear that, although the team wasn’t feeling 100% early in the morning, you showed great support for one another and were rewarded with an amazing experience!  We feel proud and have great confidence in all of you.
Bonnie & Rick

Posted by: Bonnie & Rick on 8/15/2016 at 6:46 am

Thinking of you every day..have a great climb team be safe.

Posted by: Mary Lou keran on 8/15/2016 at 4:53 am

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

We had an early rise after our celebratory dinner (and some dancing) in Cheget for our transfer back to Mineralnye Vody. It was a little painful but not too bad as we had a nice, spacious Sprinter van to stretch out in. We caught a flight to Moscow and another to St. Pete’s and then checked into our lovely hotel. Travel days always seem to tire you out even though you’re mostly sitting around all day. Anyway, more sightseeing in the morning before the journey home!

RMI Guide Billy Nugent

Kilimanjaro: Hahn & Team Descend to Mweka Camp for Their Last Night on the Mountain

This was the perfect day for climbing to the top of Africa.  There wasn’t a puff of wind -from the time we woke (11:30PM) to the time we left high camp (12:45AM) to the time we summited (7:55AM) or came back to high camp (11:15AM).  There wasn’t any high cloud and the low clouds just minded their own business all day.  We did have a little cumulus roll in once we were back at 15,000 ft Barafu Camp, but by then we didn’t so much care about the weather.  The team made steady progress up -it seemed we had a lucky crowd free zone for the most part.  As is normal, there were hundreds of other folks on the route, but through good luck, we didn’t have much “traffic” around us.  Sunrise was spectacular from close to 19,000 ft, but some on the team believed that last night’s sunset at Barafu was even more spectacular.  Our local guides, camp staff and porters helped us in every way possible today -which certainly made our success possible -and fun.  After our return to Barafu, we enjoyed lunch, packed up and hit the trail for Mweka Camp.  It took us just under four hours to drop a vertical mile.  We got stronger as we descended -but we also got tired and were quite pleased to arrive at our camp in the trees.  One last night on the hill… and we each expect to sleep right through it -which hasn’t happened much lately with jet lag, altitude and that alpine start. 

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

On The Map

Congratulations to everybody!  I know Mom and Cynthia are also excited for
Beth making the Summit - she chose her guide well!  I’m proud of you Beth!

Posted by: Gregg Landolt on 8/14/2016 at 7:24 pm

Hope your last night is peaceful and the hike down is easy! Sounds like an amazing time! Love you-Jason and Jasna! Mom

Posted by: Pam Bethea on 8/14/2016 at 6:18 pm

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