Kilimanjaro: Justman & Team Celebrate Their Summit

Posted by: JJ Justman | August 14, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

RMI Guide JJ Justman checked in from the DikDik in Arusha. Team Orlando is off the mountain and celebrated their successful summit of Kilimanjaro by swimming in the hotel pool and enjoying live music.

Tomorrow the team heads to Lake Manyara for their first day on safari.

Team Orlando celebrating on the summit of Kilimanjaro. Photo: JJ Justman

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Kilimanjaro: Waterfall & Team Enjoy Ngorongoro Crater

Posted by: | August 14, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Greetings from the beautiful Plantation Lodge. We have just returned from a great day of safari. We started off early and visited a Maasai village before descending into Ngorongoro Crater. It was a little cloudy on the rim of the crater but once we were inside the sun came out. The temps were a little cool which I always think is good for seeing lions and sure enough about 15 minutes after we arrived we saw our first lion, a female. She quickly grouped up with several others in her pride. The rest of the day was packed with tons of other animals and we even got to see a black rhino from a distance. It’s always great to see that elusive beast.

Tomorrow we are off to Tarangire National Park and Kikoti Camp. I’ll check in then.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

The August 3rd RMI Kilimanjaro team at Ngorongoro Crater. Photo: Seth Waterfall Hippos and Egyptian Geese in Ngorongoro Crater. Photo: Seth Waterfall A female lion crossing the road in Ngorongoro Crater. Photo: Seth Waterfall A Thompson gazelle in Ngorongoro Crater. Photo: Seth Waterfall

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Mt. Rainier: August 14th Summit

Posted by: Jake Beren, Lindsay Mann | August 14, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guides Jake Beren and Lindsay Mann reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning. Jake reported cloudy, smoky skies, light to moderate winds, and mild temperatures. The teams left the summit just before 8 am to start their descent to Camp Muir. We look forward to seeing them in Ashford this afternoon.

Congratulations Climbers!


Mexico: Tucker & Team Capture Great Video Footage

Posted by: Mark Tucker | August 13, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico

Never seen a mountain goat like that!  During our hike today, off in the distance, on a ridge, it was not that animal. It got one of the camera crew to push uphill hard for a bit to get the awesome shot. We had settled for some other great footage in all kinds of tough weather conditions. We continue to go through loads of batteries and will probably get that Emmy in the end. The team continues to do well and with the help of some great local guys, are capturing these beautiful mountains to share with you all on the big screen. That’s a wrap for today; lots more tomorrow.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

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Mt. Rainier: Emmons Seminar Unable to Summit

Posted by: Eric Frank, Bridget Belliveau, JM Gorum, Megan Budge | August 13, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 10,800'

RMI Guide Eric Frank and the Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons were unable to reach the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning due to route conditions. The team climbed to 10,800’ before being forced to turn around. Despite being unable to summit, Eric and the team enjoyed and incredible meteor shower in the early hours of the morning.

The team is back at Camp Schurman and plans to spend the rest of the day doing crevasse rescue and ice climbing training around camp. Tomorrow the team will descend from Camp Schurman. We look forward to greeting them in Ashford tomorrow afternoon.


Kilimanjaro: Waterfall & Team Enjoy Lake Manyara

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | August 13, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Jambo!

Today was a great kickoff to safari. We piled our sore bodies into the trucks at 9 am and headed out towards Lake Manyara National Park. We shopped and lunched along the way and at about 1:30 pm we started the game drive. We were treated to lots of monkeys, baboons, elephants, and giraffes amongst other animals. My personal favorite, the African Fish Eagle was out in force as well. We are checked into the Plantation Lodge for the next two nights. It’s a real treat to not have to pack a bag in the morning. We are headed to Ngorongoro Crater tomorrow morning so I’ll check in again when we get back.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

Giraffes in Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania. Photo: Seth Waterfall Elephants in Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania. Photo: Seth Waterfall

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Mt. Rainier: August 13th Teams Reach Summit

Posted by: Mike Walter, Leon Davis | August 13, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guides Mike Walter and Leon Davis stood on the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning. Mike reported great weather with no clouds and light winds. The teams began their descent at 7:45 am. We look forward to seeing everyone back in Ashford this afternoon.

Congratulations Climbers!

RMI Climbers on the summit of Mt. Rainier. Photo: Seth Waterfall

Kilimanjaro: Justman & Team Start Descent

Posted by: JJ Justman | August 13, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 15,200'

Hey, everyone. This is JJ Justman calling from Kilimanjaro with Team Orlando. Sorry for the summit call way up high; it was havoc. There were a ton of people and for some reason they all wanted to hoot and holler and have a big party while I was trying to send my dispatch. We had a great summit day today; the team did just a fantastic job. Actually, I’ve had all the great climbs here on Kilimanjaro but this team just did an incredible job getting up and down in style. We’re back at Barafu Camp, the high camp here at 15,000’. We’re actually packing up and we’re heading down to what we call Mweka Camp at 10,000’ and that’s going to be our last night in the mountains, in the forests here of Kilimanjaro and then we’re heading out tomorrow back to the hotel. Everyone says hello to friends and family. Again, everyone reach the summit today. There’s no doubt it’s a great way to do this climb. And we’re now looking at our next objective of just kind of resting, relaxing, having a little bit of a fiesta, and then heading onto safari. So we’ll stay in touch with all of you. Stay tuned tomorrow, I’ll send a bunch of summit photos and we’ll talk to you again from Tanzania. Take care everyone.

RMI Guide JJ Justman


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Mexico: Tucker & Team at Altzomoni Hut

Posted by: Mark Tucker | August 12, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico
Elevation: 12,000'

We had a very nice morning at La Malinche. We were well fed and watered for the couple hour commute to Ixtaccihuatl, also known as “The Sleeping Woman” volcano. A stop on the way at the Italian coffeehouse.. in Mexico, then onto the rural town of Amecameca located at the base of the mountain.  We picked up some fresh food and now just above 12,000 feet at the Altzomoni Hut. Lots of going over gear and more training till the wind and rain came in strong. A big dinner with my California-style guacamole that received a thumbs up from the local staff. Team still needs to catch up on some missed sleep so off to bed for us.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

Approaching high camp through the lower slopes of Ixta. Photo: RMI Collection Ixtaccihuatl's High Camp in Mexico. Photo: Adam Knoff

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Mountaineering Training | RMI Guide Billy Haas’ Efficiency Techniques for the Mountains

Posted by: Billy Haas | August 12, 2015
Categories: *Mountaineering Fitness & Training

As climbers we make every effort to be as lazy as possible.  We seek to accomplish our goals and objectives with as little effort as necessary, and will cringe at the idea of making something harder than it needs to be.  This may seem contrary to the image of climbing as an extreme activity during which many people find their physical and mental limit. However, a we often choose objectives that are at the peak of our abilities and thus we are required to maximize efficiency in our effort if we are to succeed.  What I refer to tongue-in-cheek as laziness is in reality efficiency: efficiency, which can be found in every aspect of mountain existence.  Whether it be the way a rock climber positions their body on a route or an alpine climber packs for an expedition, success in the mountains involves high levels of efficiency.  

There some methods of efficiency that don’t directly involve the physical act of climbing but rather things you can do prior to and while climbing that can give you a leg up. I refer to these as “putting money in the bank.”  I think that saying came from a high school teacher referring to gimme questions on an exam, but for me “money in the bank” means any techniques or tricks that can give you an efficiency advantage in the mountains.  I would like to share some of the things I’ve learned from my time in the mountains with a specific focus on climbing Mt. Rainier:

  • A great place to start improving your efficiency in the mountains begins with your equipment: what equipment are you using and does it work for you? Place a high priority on critical items such as boots and or packs, and worry less about items such as a fancy headlamp or spork.  For me, a well-fit boot that is designed for the type of climbing I am doing is imperative.  A good boot can mean the difference between a successful summit and a failed attempt; blisters and cold feet should never thwart a climber’s chance at the summit.  In addition, find a climbing pack that carries weight well and fits you properly.  Forget all the fancy features and pockets; a simple and minimalist pack that fits and carries weight well is what I look for.  You might be able to get by with an old pack or a warm weather climbing boot, but why chance it? Having the right gear for the task makes for one less thing that could slow you down.
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  • Maintaining your gear makes a big difference too.  I regularly spend a few hours taking care of small issues that have cropped up with my equipment to make sure that everything is going to work well when I need it to and not fail when it really counts.  I trust my life to my equipment and so do others.  For example, I frequently re-waterproof my gloves and Gore-Tex jackets.  A headlamp is no good if your batteries run out, and a boot will not work as well if the laces snap.  Not every piece of equipment needs to be new, but it does need to work properly.  Climbing is too much fun to be hampered by equipment issues!
  • With the right gear and everything dialed in, you need to pack it all up.  As guides, we seem to have a magical ability to pack 50 liters of gear into a 30 liter pack, but what may seem to be magic is really just some good common sense.  My favorite metaphor for packing is “brick and mortar.”  Some of your items are going to be bricks (eg: sleeping bag in stuff sack) and some are going to be mortar (eg: puffy jacket).  When packing, also consider multi-use items.  A 1/2 liter nalgene makes for a great coffee mug and can also carry an extra 1/2 liter of water when you need it.  You want to maximize space and value in your pack.  Crampons don’t need a crampon case, since quite often wrapping them in your gaiters works just fine and saves space and weight.  Putting some time and thought into a well-packed kit can often fit in a smaller pack.  Smaller packs equal lighter packs, giving you a little more money in the bank.
  • With packing complete, there are still a few more things you can do before a climb that will get you ahead.  For me this starts with my nutrition and hydration.  On Mt. Rainier, I’ve found that from the time I leave home in the morning to the time my team is hiking out of Paradise (approx. 1.5 hours), I can easily sip down a liter of water.  Don’t chug water, but slowly sip a liter in the morning and on the bus ride to Paradise. This will help make sure that you are hydrated for the beginning of your climb.  Pre-hydration, which can start as early as the night before, allows me to bring less water during a climb (less weight), and helps prevent dehydration.  I can recover more quickly, and can focus on other aspects of the climb instead of staving off dehydration.
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  • With regards to nutrition, my best suggestion is to learn your own body.  I know how much fuel my body needs at a high level of activity, which is less than some of my friends but definitely more than others.  For two-day trips such as Mt. Rainer, I try to be as precise as I can with the amount of food I bring.  Start by factoring around 200 calories per break and then adjust from there to your specific needs.  In addition to that, bring foods you enjoy eating and can eat while exercising.  I love pizza, but definitely wouldn’t want a slice in the middle of a climb.  Remember; when we climb at altitude the effort is roughly similar to how our bodies feel during a slow jog.  Focus on foods that hold a lot of caloric value.  By bringing the right food and bring only the food you’ll need, you’ll save space and carry less weight.
  • Lastly, be efficient with your time.  When taking a break, maximize your time resting and recovering. Get your self-care chores done early and quickly so that you get as much time off of your feet as possible.  This applies to getting to camp also.  Take care of business first so that you spend a maximum amount of time recovering later.  Use momentum to your advantage: we take short breaks so we do not lose our momentum, and when you roll into camp use that same momentum to set up and settle in before you are too tired to do the things you should have done.  This might be setting up camp or dealing with a pesky blister; the sooner you get it done the sooner you can rest.  Keep in mind that even if we feel great we still need to recover!

These are just a few theories on how to be more efficient while climbing.  Climbers are constantly in opposition with gravity and time, so a light pack will allow us to expend less energy, and quick recoveries will make us stronger for the next day.  Every bit of money in the bank you can save will give you a better chance of success on the mountain, and will be one less issue to worry about.  Learn from others, and learn what works best for you.  Take the time to find the right gear, pack well, eat and drink right, and maximize your rest because the climb is not getting any easier and the mountains are not getting any smaller!
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Billy Haas guides trips on Mt. Rainier, Mt. McKinley, and abroad for RMI Expeditions. When not traveling to mountains around the world to climb or ski, Billy guides backcountry skiing and teaches avalanche courses in Salt Lake City, UT.

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A well-fit pack and boots keep RMI Guide Pepper Dee smiling up the Muir Snowfield.   Jon Mancuso

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5/28 - 5/31/2015
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Five Day Summit Climb
5/27 - 5/31/2015
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Four Day Summit Climb
5/29 - 6/1/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Mount McKinley Expedition
5/5 - 6/2/2015
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Mount McKinley Expedition
5/12 - 6/2/2015
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Four Day Summit Climb
7/6 - 7/9/2015
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Expedition Skills Seminar - Kautz
7/5 - 7/10/2015
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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
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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
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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
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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
Four Day Summit Climb
7/31 - 8/3/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
8/1 - 8/4/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
8/2 - 8/5/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
8/3 - 8/6/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons
8/1 - 8/6/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Alpamayo Expedition
7/21 - 8/5/2015
Alpamayo - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
8/4 - 8/7/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
8/5 - 8/8/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Mount Elbrus
7/24 - 8/5/2015
Mt. Elbrus - Summit
Kilimanjaro Climb & Safari
7/25 - 8/8/2015
Kilimanjaro - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
8/6 - 8/9/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Five Day Summit Climb
8/6 - 8/10/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
8/7 - 8/10/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
8/8 - 8/11/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Expedition Skills Seminar - Kautz
8/7 - 8/12/2015
Mt. Rainier - 13,300'
Four Day Summit Climb
8/9 - 8/12/2015
Mt. Rainier - 12,300'
Five Day Summit Climb
8/8 - 8/12/2015
Mt. Rainier - 12,350'
North Cascades Climb
8/2 - 8/5/2015
Sharkfin Tower - Summit / Sahale Mountain - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
8/10 - 8/13/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Mt. Shuksan - Fisher Chimneys
8/7 - 8/9/2015
Mt. Shuksan - Summit
Expedition Skills Seminar - Sahale
8/10 - 8/14/2015
Sahale Mountain - Summit
Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons
8/9 - 8/14/2015
Mt. Rainier - 10,800'
Four Day Summit Climb
8/11 - 8/14/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
8/12 - 8/15/2015
Mt. Rainier - 12,700'
Four Day Summit Climb
8/13 - 8/16/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Five Day Summit Climb
8/13 - 8/17/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
8/14 - 8/17/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
8/15 - 8/18/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
8/16 - 8/19/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons
8/14 - 8/19/2015
Mt. Rainier - 11,600'
Forbidden Peak - West Ridge
8/17 - 8/19/2015
Forbidden Peak - Summit
Kilimanjaro Climb & Safari
8/3 - 8/17/2015
Kilimanjaro - Summit
Kilimanjaro Climb & Safari
8/5 - 8/19/2015
Kilimanjaro - Summit
Mexico's Volcanoes
8/10 - 8/18/2015
Ixtaccihuatl - 15,000' / Pico de Orizaba - 16,700'
Four Day Summit Climb
8/17 - 8/20/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Sahale Mountain - Quien Sabe Glacier
8/17 - 8/20/2015
Sahale Mountain - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
8/18 - 8/21/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Expedition Skills Seminar - Paradise
8/16 - 8/21/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
8/19 - 8/22/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
8/20 - 8/23/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
8/21 - 8/24/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
8/22 - 8/25/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
8/23 - 8/26/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Mt. Shuksan - Sulphide Glacier
8/21 - 8/23/2015
Mt. Shuksan - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
8/24 - 8/27/2015
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Mt. Baker - Coleman Deming
8/22 - 8/23/2015
Mt. Baker - Summit
Forbidden Peak - West Ridge
8/24 - 8/26/2015
Forbidden Peak - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
8/25 - 8/28/2015
Mt. Rainier - 11,000'

Recent Images

  • Climbing in a storm on Mt. Rainier.  RMI Photo Collection
  • The view of Mt. Baker from the summit of Mt. Shuksan in the North Cascades. Photo: Solveig Waterfall
  • Mt. Rainier as seen from Eatonville, WA on August 26th.  Photo: RMI Collection
  • High Camp on Mt. Shuksan, North Cascades. Photo: Solveig Waterfall
  • Central Gully in the North Cascades. Photo: Eric Frank
  • View of Forbidden from the West Ridge Notch. Photo Eric Frank
  • August 23, 2015 - View taken today from the Mt. Baker summit. Photo: Zeb Blais
  • Glacier travel at sunrise, Mount Rainier. Photo: RMI Collection
  • From the Mt. Shuksan summit to Mt. Rainier. Photo: Solveig Waterfall
  • RMI Climbers crossing the summit crater of Mt. Rainier. Photo: Bryan Hendrick
  • View of the Quien Sabe Glacier on Mt. Shuksan from Boston Basin in the North Cascades. Photo: Bridget Schletty
  • The RMI August 10th Team taking a rest break in Mexico. Photo: Mark Tucker
  • The RMI August 10th Team taking a rest break in Mexico. Photo: Mark Tucker
  • Ixtaccihuatl at 17,340'. Photo: Mark Tucker
  • Preparing chicken at a restaurant in Puebla, Mexico. Photo: Mark Tucker
  • View while on the Orizaba summit day. Photo: Zeb Blais
  • A Maasai Villager preparing goods to sell. Photo: JJ Justman
  • A Hippo on Safari in the Ngorongoro Crater. Photo: JJ Justman
  • A Lion on Safari in the Ngorongoro Crater. Photo: JJ Justman
  • One of the 2 elusive leopards seen by the RMI August 3rd Team in Tarangire National Park. Photo: Seth Waterall
  • An RMI team crossing the summit crater of Mt. Rainier to Columbia Crest. Photo: Brent Okita
  • Marveling in the architecture in Puebla, Mexico. Photo: Zeb Blais
  • Looking out over the historic city of Puebla, Mexico. Photo: RMI Collection
  • Maasai Dancing Photo: Dave Hahn
  • Kikoti Camp in Tarangire National Park. RMi Photo Collection
  • Elephants on safari in Africa. RMI Photo Collection
  • El Pico de Orizaba view from Puebla, Mexico. Photo: Chase Nelson
  • Team Orlando celebrating on the summit of Kilimanjaro. Photo: JJ Justman