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Mt. Elbrus: North Side Team Wraps Up in St. Petersburg

The Mt. Elbrus North Side expedition is a wrap. As I write, I am sitting in the Amsterdam airport, and the team is in the process of scattering to the winds; some will continue traveling, while others are headed home to family and friends. It’s amazing that the trip is already over, as it flew by. We spent yesterday on a walking tour of the best cathedrals, gardens, and palaces of St. Petersburg. The sheer size and scale of St. Isaac’s Cathedral was stunning, the luminous mosaics of the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood were fascinating, and the history of the founding of the city and derive during WWII were enlightening. We wandered through the Hermitage, as enthralled with the architecture and ornate rooms as we were with the collection of some of the world’s finest art. Degas, Renoir, Michalangelo, Picasso, and so many more were on display. We finished up the trip with a delightful boat tour in the River Nieva, seeing St. Petersburg from the vantage that most in 1800 would have seen it, via the canals. Finally we gathered one last time at the Jerome for a last celebration dinner before we parted.

It’s been a fantastic trip, with an smashing bunch of new friends. We had great weather, a perfect summit day, built a hut, and tried to become a bit more worldly along the way. So many thanks to this group of climbers. Mike and I had so much fun, and we look forward to crossing paths in the mountains again soon!

RMI Guides Pete Van Deventer and Mike Uchal

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Pete and Mike-Thanks for taking great care of the team!  This wife and mother appreciates what you guys do.  I am looking forward to hearing all about the trip. God Bless.

Posted by: Christy Cunningham on 8/16/2017 at 1:33 pm


Mt. Rainier: Summit Climb Teams Back on Top!

Thanks to the many hours of route work from dedicated guides on Mt. Rainier over the last few days our Five Day Summit Climb team for August 12 - 16 reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning around 6 am. RMI Guide Mike King and team spent some time on the top before starting their descent. They will return to Camp Muir and then return to Paradise later today.

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb Team!

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Congrats Adam and Hank, so proud of you guys. Can’t wait to hear about it!

Posted by: Ned Gibson on 8/16/2017 at 10:41 am

Congratulations! So excited to hear you summited!

Posted by: Ann Boyd on 8/16/2017 at 10:24 am


North Cascades: Mike Walter & Team Summit Mt. Shuksan!

RMI Guide Mike Walter checked in with us from Mt. Shuksan.  He and his team reached the summit via the Southeast Ridge in 3 1/2 hours.  They are back at their high camp and will descend Fisher Chimneys tomorrow as they finish their climb.

Congratulations to the team!

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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

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