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Mt. Baker: Blais & Team Check In from Hogsback Camp

This is Zeb Blais and team checking in from our first camp on Mount Baker. We’re gearing up to do a little training this afternoon, and then tuck in early to get to bed. We will make our summit push on the North Ridge tomorrow. We’re crossing our fingers, hoping that the weather is going to hold out for us. If not, we have some great fall back plans, but until then we’re doing some training and resting up.

RMI Guide Zeb Blais

RMI Guide Zeb Blais calls in from Hogsback Camp, Mt. Baker.

Kilimanjaro: Hahn & Team Arrive At High Camp

Yet another day of perfect weather.  Morning down at Karanga Camp was easy and pleasant with strong sunshine and no wind.  There is still a sea of cloud down below us, but that has just become the normal way of things.  At breakfast, we talked of the incredible night skies we’ve been experiencing.  The Milky Way, the planets, the Southern Cross and a thousand other constellations have been taking advantage of the moon’s absence.  The bulk of Kibo has been glowing brilliantly just in starlight. 
We got out of Karanga at 8:45 AM and cruised into 15,200 ft Barafu Camp by noon.  The entire group is moving well and strong.  We practiced walking and breathing techniques along the way that ought to save us energy on the climb early tomorrow.  It was a quiet afternoon of eating, drinking, resting and prepping for the ascent.  Freddy, Tadey, Filbert, Wendelin and Ayumi… our guides, stopped in after lunch to make sure everybody was feeling good about the challenges that lie ahead.  We’ll be up at 11:30 PM and eating “breakfast” at midnight.  Big day tomorrow. 

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

On The Map

The Summit awaits…hope you can sleep!  You must be up there by now…what a triumphant journey for you, Deborah.  Be strong, rest step, drink it all in!  Congrats sister xo

Posted by: Susan Finzel-Aldred on 8/27/2016 at 5:49 pm

Brian, the night sky must be beautiful from up there! Enjoy your awesome climb! Love you!

Posted by: Marilyn Palmer (Brian's mom) on 8/27/2016 at 3:55 pm

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

The Four Day Summit Climb August 24 - 27, 2016 led by RMI Guides Casey Grom, Jess Matthews and Blake Votilla reached the crater rim of Mt. Rainier just before 7 am this morning.  They reported nice climbing and sunshine with winds and chilly temperatures. 

Way to go!

Way to go, Joe!

Posted by: Rick on 8/27/2016 at 8:52 am

OMG!!  On top of the World, Stephen!  Congratulations to you AND the team!

Posted by: Diane Roberts on 8/27/2016 at 7:24 am

Kilimanjaro: Hahn & Team Ascend the Barranco Wall

Today wasn’t a big day, but it was a scenic one.  Sunrise down in the cool Barranco Valley was welcome, for sure.  We got a leisurely 9AM start at walking, which allowed a couple hundred porters to get onto the narrow ledges of the Barranco Wall before us, just as we’d hoped.  Plenty still needed to pass us as we reached for rock handholds and stemmed from precarious stances, but that all worked out fine.  We marveled that the tricky moves we were making could be made easily by men carrying loads balanced on their heads.  It took us about an hour and a half to get fully up the wall and all agreed it had been the funnest part of the climb, so far.  We had weather nearly identical to yesterday’s for the first half of things…blue skies above and sea of clouds below.  This allowed for uninterrupted views of Kibo’s Southern glaciers and ice fields above us as we traversed eastward.  Finally we had the abrupt gorge of the Karanga Valley to drop into and climb steeply out of in order to reach camp.  We pulled in a little after 1 PM, in time for a hot and wholesome spaghetti lunch and some quality rest as things clouded up for the afternoon.  It seems like time has flown by as we are now talking about being at high camp tomorrow and off on a summit bid quite soon afterward.  One step at a time though… First we’ll make the most of this final night at the civilized altitude of 13,100 ft. 

Best Regards
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

On The Map

Wow! It looks like u guys r almost at the highest point! Keep going friends!!! We love and miss u!

Posted by: Solmaz & Calli on 8/26/2016 at 9:08 pm

The wall climb sounds like a blast!  Everyday is a great adventure.  Continue to enjoy each moment.

Posted by: Jen (Jason's sister) on 8/26/2016 at 2:14 pm

Mt. Rainier: Justman, King & Teams on the Summit!

The Four Day Summit Climb teams August 23 - 26 led by RMI Guides JJ Justman and Mike King were approaching the crater rim just before 7 am.  All of the climbers on Mike King’s team were able to reach the summit!.  Nice work team! JJ reported 10 mph winds and cold temps with climbers wearing their parkas.  It’s a beautiful day and a great climb.  The teams will return to Camp Muir and then continue their descent to Paradise.

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb teams!

Congratulations, Lynn!

Posted by: Susie Lambert on 8/27/2016 at 6:04 am

Congratulations Kara!!! I’m so proud of you. You prove that you can do anything you set your mind to.

Posted by: Jan Jeffreys on 8/27/2016 at 3:54 am

Mt. Rainier: August 25th SUMMIT!

The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guides Elias deAndres Martos and Leon Davis reached the Summit of Mt. Rainier early this morning.  Elias reported beautiful clear skies, but very cold temperatures.

Congratulations to today’s team!

Yay!!! Stephen Roberts!!!  I’m pretty sure this is YOUR team….so YAY…..YOU DID IT!
Congratulations to all of you!  So proud of this achievement!

Posted by: Diane Roberts on 8/25/2016 at 12:04 pm

Wonderful achievement, Andrew Williams! I’m sure it was a memorable, but exhausting, experience.

Posted by: David on 8/25/2016 at 8:20 am

Kilimanjaro: Hahn & Team Enjoy Good Weather As They Ascend

Our ridiculously fine weather continues.  The morning in Shira Camp was calm and clear.  There wasn’t so much as a hint of any cloud or wind up on the heights of Kibo and for the first time, the sea of cloud below us wasn’t complete.  We could actually see bits of Africa far below.  We got walking at 8:25.  This was easier terrain than yesterday’s rock-hopping.  Just steady uphill strolling through low desert-style vegetation.  We got closer and closer to Kibo and at 12:30 PM we reached our high point for the day.  Fifteen thousand two hundred feet above sea level shattered altitude records for all but two of our ten person team.  We celebrated with a rest break, some fist bumping and photos.  Then it was time to get rid of altitude as we worked down toward the Barranco Valley.  The scenery was outrageous as we crept under the ice fields, hanging glaciers and giant rock walls of Kibo’s south side.  Eventually we found our way down into the crazy vegetation again -giant Scenecios and Lobelias caught our attention as did the waterfalls and caves in the lava layers.  We were in another perfect camp built at 13,000 ft below the great Barranco Wall.  Afternoon weather was found to be just as perfect as the morning.  All are hoping for a good night of sleep before the morning’s wall climb. 

Best Regards
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

On The Map

Shattered records, fantastic weather, and amazing views…so envious of your perfect day!  Congrats to everyone and keep going strong.

Posted by: Jen Potter (Jason's Sister) on 8/25/2016 at 11:34 am

Kilimanjaro: Hahn & Team Ascend to the Shira Plateau

We woke to a calm and clear morning down at Machame Camp.  The sun hit around 7:30 AM, just in time for breakfast.  Before we got on the trail, Freddy -our lead guide, introduced some of the key personnel on his forty five person staff and we had a round of jambos and handshakes. 
We were walking by 8:20 and sweating by about 8:30 as the initial route involved some serious uphill on big rock steps through the heather.  The big hazard in our first few hours was that the views were so spectacular I worried that the team wouldn’t watch their steps.  There was plenty to look at as giant Mount Meru -the 16,000 ft volcano back next to Arusha, was standing tall above a sea of clouds to our west.  That sea of brilliant white clouds extended in every direction, beneath us.  We had great views of Kibo, Kilimanjaro’s main peak, and the rugged heights of Shira, its western satellite.  We got to see our first Lobelias and Scenecios as we reached the upper limits of the heather.  By then we were traversing left and negotiating small steep lava walls on our way out to the Shira Plateau.  We were in our newest camp by 1PM. This one is quite a change from the last as we are now well out of the forest.  Kibo never did cloud up today so we got to look at it all afternoon as we rested at 12,600 ft.  We’ll head straight toward it tomorrow for a closer look at our ultimate goal.

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

On The Map

Way to get after it, Team! Onward and Upward!! Thanks for the map too. Gives a great perspective on the days ahead.
Rest well, Stay Strong, Mary #HarshStrong

Posted by: Bill and Kathy Harshbarger (Mary's Parents) on 8/24/2016 at 4:59 pm

Sounds like you could clearly see your goal and had beautiful views all day long.  Here’s to a peaceful night and another spectacular day tomorrow.

Posted by: Jen Potter (Jason's Sister) on 8/24/2016 at 3:03 pm

Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climbs Reach Summit!

RMI Guides Billy Nugent and Ben Like led their Four Day Summit Climb teams to the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  Billy radioed at 7:30 am as the teams were approaching the crater rim.  The report was clear skies and winds 15 mph from the North.

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb teams!

Awsome Climb!

Posted by: Ron on 8/24/2016 at 4:56 pm

Kilimanjaro: Hahn & Team Reach Machame Camp

Jambo from 9,900 ft on Mount Kilimanjaro. We are happily bedded down at Machame Camp after a great day of walking.  The day began with the team shuffling duffle bags back and forth in the dark on the grounds of the Dik Dik. We were eating breakfast at 6:30 AM and then we actually drove out of the hotel compound at 7:28 AM…An unbelievable and unprecedented two minutes ahead of schedule. Our mighty Mercedes truck/bus carried food, gear and a huge number of climbers and staff. It was quite cloudy, so we didn’t get to see the mountain during the two hour drive.  But we saw plenty of interest along the highway, from villages to towns to cornfields, banana and coffee farms.  At the Machame entrance to the National Park, there was the normal hurry up and wait process of getting the team registered and the porter loads sorted. By 11 AM it was all done and we got to start walking. Naturally -in terms of altitude- this was our low point for the day…6000 ft, but all agreed that it was an emotional high point. It just felt so good to start walking uphill through a forest after all the planning, preparing, travel and jet lag. The team did well with Filbert -one of our local guides- setting a perfect “pole pole” pace. (Slow in Swahili).  After a couple of hours, we were out from under the clouds and all were surprised and pleased to see Kibo -Kilimanjaro’s main peak- through a break in the trees.  The forest transformed as we got higher and at 4:30 we pulled into a well built camp in the giant heather.  We moved in -grateful at all the work our staff had put in. We sat for an excellent three course dinner just after sunset and told stories into the darkness.
We finished with a round of “lala salamas”. (Sleep well) and turned in for the night. 

Best Regards,

RMI Guide Dave Hahn & Team

It’s so exciting to read about what the team is experiencing.  Thanks for the blog.  I feel that I’m there with you!

Posted by: Sue Rentschler(Jason's aunt) on 8/24/2016 at 6:26 am

Finally - you are all on your way!  While we know each of you is focused on the summit, remember to also focus on your journey.  “Joy is found not in finishing an activity, but in doing it.”.
Countless thanks to you, Dave for the blog and your info. - it’s awesome to follow your trek!

Posted by: Kathy and Denny Meyers (Jason's Mom and Dad) on 8/23/2016 at 2:54 pm

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