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Aconcagua: King & Team Carry to Camp 2

We had a windy night in Camp that made sleep difficult, the Team rallied to get out of camp and carry gear and food to Camp 2, 18,000’. We had a cold and clear morning as we walked into Ameghino Col and got some spectacular views of the Central Andes, La Mano and Cerro Mercedario to name a few. We cached our gear, ran into Gabi, a former RMI guide, and beat feet downhill so we could take in the remainder of the day getting caught up on the sleep that eluded us last night. The Team is doing great and are looking forward to resting their legs tomorrow. Keep your fingers crossed for light winds tonight.

RMI Guide Mike King

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Hey Dawn!! Did the winds keep you from sleeping too? You can sleep through a jack hammer! Well I hope you all were able to get caught up on your much needed sleep.
Cool picture!! You are all so brave and adventurous!

Posted by: Kim on 1/31/2018 at 12:28 pm

Wow, this picture is amazing!  Continued safe travels all.  Fingers are crossed for those light winds and that much needed sleep!  As Sabina pointed out Nick, due to your elevation, you were much closer to Kenna on her birthday yesterday, than the rest of us.:))  I hope you wished her a big HBD! I love you, Mom

Posted by: Coeli Scott on 1/31/2018 at 8:58 am

Aconcagua: King & Team Move to Camp 1

The Team successfully moved the remainder of our equipment to Camp 1, located at 16,400’. It’s always refreshing to see the performance of the Team increase after just a few nights sleep at lower altitude. We covered the same terrain as the carry day but the effort needed by all seemed a little easier on folks. We high fived the descending RMI team today on their way back after a successful summit day. Camp is built, re-hydration and relaxing have become the focus of everyone. Tomorrow we’ll do a carry of gear and food to Camp 2. Until then, we are all warm and content with a new camp and eager to see what the weather has in store for us. Thanks for following along.

RMI Guide Mike King

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Go Grassy ! Looks like those yellow boots are ok?  Jack and Doug said its all about the feet .Keep up the good work !!

Posted by: Anne Sullivan on 1/30/2018 at 6:17 am

Enjoy your first night at camp one! Hope everyone is feeling well and having a great time.

Posted by: Tania Walls on 1/29/2018 at 7:59 pm

Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team Bid Farewell to their Mountain Staff

100% on Top!

Yesterday we had a beautiful long day climbing to the summit of Kilimanjaro.

Today we started at 7:00 feeling good and refreshed after a much needed nights sleep, we had breakfast, then enjoyed some goodbye songs and dance from our amazing African crew of porters, cooks, and local guides numbering 51. We finished the little celebration by handing out their well deserved tips and then hit the trail one last time.
It took a little over three hours to reach the park gate where the team had lunch then hopped aboard our awaiting bus for the ride back to the lodge.

Finally we are all safe and sound, cleaner, and smelling fresh after an exciting seven-day journey up and down Kilimanjaro.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and the Kilimanjaro crew

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Congrats to all! What a fantastic accomplishment!

Posted by: Lisa DeBoer on 1/30/2018 at 6:20 am

Aconcagua: King & Team Rest at Base Camp

There’s not much to report today. The team enjoyed a calm and warm rest day at base camp. Without much to sort or pack everyone occupied their time relaxing, reading, and hanging out in one of the large dome tents. Some laundry was washed and showers were enjoyed but really we are all eager to head up to Camp 1 and get the climb started.

RMI Guide Mike King

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AND, wearing sunscreen ☀️
Hope all is well heading up to Camp 1

Posted by: Marti Cooksey on 1/29/2018 at 7:16 am

Hope everyone is brushing and flossing too :-).

Posted by: Rebecca Wallace on 1/28/2018 at 6:17 pm

Aconcagua: Tucker & Team Summit!

Original Post:

Well hello. This is RMI Aconcagua Tucker Team. And we’re standing on top. Light breeze; chilly, chilly day. Team did wonderful. When you look around it kind of looks like everybody that started is on top. So if you’re wondering who made it, they all…[broken]…a long ways to go still but everyone’s doing well…[lost call].

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

Update, January 28th 4:35 p.m. Pacific

RMI Guide Mark Tucker called to report that the team has safely descended to Camp 3 where they will spend tonight. They will continue their descent tomorrow.

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Congratulations on your summit, you all are awesome.  Stay strong, stay safe and enjoy this amazing journey.  Love you Shannon Long.  Patty and Mark

Posted by: Patty Fisher on 1/30/2018 at 7:30 pm

Congratulations, Will and the rest of the team!  Looking forward to celebrating with you!

Posted by: Stacy on 1/29/2018 at 4:47 pm

Kilimanjaro: Grom and Team Reach Summit

Hello everybody, Casey Grom checking in. Just wanted to let everyone know that those of you who didn’t receive a phone call from the summit of Kilimanjaro, we had 100% success today!

Like I said last night, we left pretty early to beat some of the traffic, but unfortunately I think many of those people have the same idea as well. It was a busy day on the trail for us which wasn’t too much of an inconvenience, but it definitely made things a little more challenging with breaks and trying to keep a nice steady pace. But the team did fantastic and as they know that goal number 1 is to take care of yourself, and they did a fantastic job today of taking care of themselves. A little after about 7 hours of climbing, we were able to reach the summit of Kilimanjaro along with most of those other people that started the night with us. So there was I’m guessing close to 100 people on the summit, some before us, and a handful after us. Up there all the same time, it was a little bit of a struggle to try to get people in to get their photos at the actual sign. It’s pretty painless on Kilimanjaro, but we managed to get quite a few.

Unfortunately still no cell service, so I haven’t been able to get any pictures out. And that’s going to happen tomorrow for sure, as we have descended all the way back to the Mweka Camp tonight. We’re at about 10,000’. Tomorrow we get to the park gate…our hotel and freshly showered, at about 3-4 in the afternoon.

Anyway, all is well; team’s doing great. Everyone’s very tired after a very long day, but again 100% success and looking forward to sharing some of those pictures with you guys alright.

RMI Guide Casey Grom checks in after the team reaches the summit of Kilimanjaro.

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Mexico’s Volcanoes: Hailes & Team Recap Summit Day

After a 1 am sharp departure, climbers topped out on the Roof of Mexico just after 8:30am, the ascent lit by alpenglow and spiced up by loose rock near the summit. After half an hour admiring the steep summit crater and a quick descent in deep sandy “polvo” (dust/dirt), we all reunited at camp for our long descent back down and reflections over dinner at Dr.Reyes’ in Tlachichuca. What a circuitously adventurous week, and what a phenomenally engaged team of climbers.

RMI Guides Walter Hailes
, Jessie Poquerusse & the fantastic Mexico volcanoes team

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Aconcagua: Tucker & Team Check in from High Camp

Hello down there. Mark Tucker checking in from our High Camp on Aconcagua. Climbers are all tucked in and we are here hanging around our stoves for another bit of time. It’s a challenge to get water, we are melting snow now, and it is chilly. Everyone is doing very, very, well. We came in looking strong and we’re going to leave looking strong. (Lost call).
RMI Guide Mark Tucker

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Congratulations to the team on a successful summit!

Posted by: Bob & Dottie on 1/28/2018 at 10:42 am

Wishing you all strength and great conditions on your trek toward the summit!

Posted by: Diane O'Connor on 1/28/2018 at 7:23 am

Aconcagua: King & Team Carry Gear to Camp 1

Today was our first day climbing this huge mountain, up till now it’s been a luxurious trek. We carried up a cache of food, fuel and a few personal items to our Camp One at 16,400’. The terrain is scree for as far as the eyes can see along an ancient glacial moraine, monotonous at times but beautiful in it’s own right.  The Team had been picking the brains of groups in camp about what to expect and once we were back all agreed that it was a tough day, then again the first day with heavy packs above 14,000’ is always tough. We are all back in camp and will enjoy a good dinner followed by a rest day tomorrow. We’ll keep our fingers crossed for clear skies and decreasing winds.

RMI Guide Mike King

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Good luck out there I hope there’s no hillbillies in Argentina- Ryan

Good luck, Craig! We love you! Stay safe and take lots of pictures! -Haley

Keep up the awesome adventure, can’t wait to hear all the stories… Nic

We are here celebrating Ryder’s birthday tonight miss you and I hope the mountain is kind to you- Love Susan

Way to go dad enjoy this experience. We miss you today, Ryder turned 6 years old.
Climb climb climb.

Posted by: Susan and family on 1/28/2018 at 6:47 pm

Great catching up with all of you.  Looks to be another amazing climb!  Big hugs and lots of love to Nick Scott! XO Mom

Posted by: Coeli Scott on 1/28/2018 at 3:20 pm

Mexico Volcanoes: Hailes & Team Call from Summit of Orizaba

Hi friends and family this is Walter Hailes from the summit of Orizaba. We had a really, really tough time this morning, but we have beautiful weather. We’re standing on top, enjoying the sunshine, getting pictures, having a great day. We will call or send you an email as soon as you get back down to camp. We will talk to you soon and see everyone we love very soon. From the summit of Orizaba - will talk to you later. Bye.

RMI Guide Walter Hailes

RMI Guide Walter Hailes calls from the summit of Pico de Orizaba.

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