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Bolivia Expedition: Frank & Team Explore La Paz

The sun has set on our first day in Bolivia! The group just returned after a great tour through La Paz. We checked out the fruit filled markets, quiet plazas and even had the opportunity to ride the gondola up to the rim of the city and into it’s sister town El Alto. La Paz sits in a valley at the toe of the altiplano, or high plains, and the gondola brings commuters out of the valley, and 500 meters up onto the steppe. Our timing couldn’t have been better as the sun was setting on the Altiplano upon arrival. From our vantage we could look out over the city and see our climbing objectives Huayna Potosi and Illimani standing tall against the plains. we are regrouping in a moment and we will head out for our kick-off dinner and celebration.

RMI Guide Eric Frank

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Have a wonderful adventure Kim….The RMI itinerary looks amazing! Travel safe & stay well! Lets go Preds! A win tonight in BNA puts them in the Stanley Cup Championship!  Love, Dad

Posted by: SHEL on 5/22/2017 at 5:16 am

Denali Expedition: Walter & Team Reinforce Camp at 14k

May 21, 2017

We had another chilly day at 14 Camp as the the sun never poked out from the overcast sky. We spent a several of hours reinforcing the snow walls surround our tents in anticipation of a significant upcoming storm. We’re planning to hunker down, weather the storm, and hope to have decent weather for a summit push on the flip side. Time will tell…

As we were reinforcing our camp, we were joined by the RMI Denali team led by Pete Van Deventer as they moved into 14 Camp. They’re busy building camp and adjusting to the thin air up here as I write this.

We’ll keep you in the loop with how the weather treats us.

RMI Guide Mike Walter

...Happy anniversary Kelly!

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Mike, David, Todd and Thom, You guys will make it this time. Best wishes! Lei

Posted by: Lei on 5/22/2017 at 6:02 am

Mike, Todd, David & Thom.  I am holding my breath.  Hang in there!  Wishing you all the best.

Posted by: Adelle on 5/22/2017 at 12:22 am

Denali Expedition: Okita & Team Prep and Pack in Talkeetna

May 20, 2017

A visit to the National Park Service to sign in for our expedition followed our team meeting this morning. Good stuff was covered at both get togethers, and set the tone for a safe, fun, and otherwise successful trip.
And then the work began, starting with checking the ton of gear we all have, the group gear and food we’ll be taking, and packing all this stuff up so we can actually move someplace tomorrow. We certainly couldn’t have fit more into the day.
As we were working, the clouds of the morning finally gave way to clear skies this evening, just in time for us to enjoy a last dinner together under an Alaskan sun that never really sets. Halibut, reindeer meatloaf and local brews were on order - menu items we’ll not see for some time.
We’re all really enjoying one another’s company already, and I look forward to starting our climb in the morning, provided the skies stay reasonably clear overnight.
We’ll be in touch tomorrow, hopefully from the Kahiltna Glacier.

RMI Guides Brent, Christina and JT

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Hope you have a safe and fun trip.  You have the best guide in Brent.  Come home to us safe Brent!!!  Love, Carin, Andy, David, Jordan and Brian

Posted by: The Parella Family on 5/22/2017 at 4:31 am

Wishing you all the Best!! Climb Strong!! Have Fun!!!

Posted by: Dave Kestel on 5/22/2017 at 3:44 am

Denali Expedition: Van Deventer & Team Rest at 11,000’ Camp

May 20, 2017

The 11,000’ Camp Diner opened for business late this morning, though still before the sun warmed its patrons’ bones. The menu had one question: with or without. Bagels and cream cheese with or without bacon. It turned into a beautiful day, and we got some National Geographic worthy photos of Mt. Foraker and the Kahiltna stretching out below us. Lots of naps, reading, movies, and some time catching up with our good friends and RMI Guides Robby and Lucas from Mike W’s team rounded out the day. Tomorrow, back to the grindstone, as we move up to 14,000’ and dig in. Everyone is looking forward to the good living of 14 Camp.

Until tomorrow,

RMI Guides Pete, Jess, Jenny and team

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Keep up the hard work Jordan! Pinnacle is excited for your journey, big climb ahead, we know you can do it! Should’ve taken the dogs ;)

Posted by: Chris Streno on 5/22/2017 at 6:13 am

Great to have a rest day- hope you able to keep warm and get some reserve sleep in the tank. How thoughtful of the climbers to rise early and deliver breaky in bed to the guides - tales from the dreamtime ! Hope the weather holds for the hard slog ahead -safe climbing to you all - with kind thoughts P and V.

Posted by: Philip and Vonne Calvert on 5/21/2017 at 10:02 pm

Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climb Teams on Top

The Four Day Summit Climb May 18 - 21 led by RMI Guides Elías de Andrés and Paul Rachele reached the summit of Mt. Rainier just after 7 AM this morning. It is a beautiful and clear morning and the team reported a windy start, but pleasant conditions on top. They will return to Camp Muir and continue their descent to Paradise.

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb team.

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Great job team!!

Posted by: Cindy Blackburn on 5/21/2017 at 6:30 pm

Alaska Seminar: Davis & Team Practicing Techniques

May 20, 2017

The clouds did not stick around so long this morning but the chill lingered for much longer. The team enjoyed blue skies as they built a few snow block walls around camp under a steady drone of the numerous otters flying in to drop off more climbers. After a short siesta we moved into some anchor building and simple hauling systems in preparation for proper crevasse rescue. For now we are doing some packing for a morning trip around the SE Fork to see how things are for climbing.

RMI Guide Leon Davis

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Looks exciting!!  This is Brett’s wife wishing you all unforgettable sunrises and sunsets, a great adventure, good times and the God keeps you all safe. 

Ps. Life is less fun without you Babe.  Tomatoes

Posted by: Ann DeWitt on 5/21/2017 at 11:58 am

Hey John stay warm - glad you finally got to base camp and have a terrific (and safe) time. M

Posted by: Mia Horgan on 5/21/2017 at 9:59 am

Denali Expedition: Okita & Team Arrive Anchorage and Transfer to Talkeetna

May 19, 2017

The rain fell as we debarked from the plane after touching down at Anchorage International Airport. With three hours before meeting the team Christina, JT and I reviewed paperwork and plans for the trip.
Then, one by one folks started showing up, with everyone gathered well before our 4:30 departure. A good sign of things you come.
We had plenty of time to get to know each other while awaiting our shuttle to Talkeetna and I was struck by the ease of conversation between everyone right from the start.
Having climbed with most everyone already it was fun to catch up with folks. By dinner time the mood was even looser as we enjoyed a nice meal at the West Rib.
Most of the team showed restraint in passing up calls to have ‘one’ at the world famous Fairview Inn, but for those of us who showed weakness and entered those decadent halls, a proper tradition was upheld. The music wasn’t half bad either.
It’s now time for some rest as tomorrow promises to be quite busy as we prepare for our flight on to the mountain on Sunday. I’m really looking forward to getting that one step closer to the climb we’ve all been waiting for for so long.

Goodnight from Talkeetna, elevation 300’.

RMI Guide Brent Okita

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Denali Expedition: Walter & Team Hanging On for Better Weather

May 20, 2017

We spent today building more snow walls for our camp, and trying to stay warm. Temps stayed cold today as our camp in Genet Basin was in the clouds and snow most of the day. The morning dawned clear though, save for another lenticular cloud on Denali’s summit, a not-so-subtle hint of the strong winds above.
Our team is hanging in there, but we sure would like to see a change in this weather. We’ll keep you in the loop.

RMI Guide Mike Walter

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Hope you caught a break and are moving up to 17 camp today.  Robby, congrats on your new nephew.  Good luck all. Art Muir.

Posted by: Art Muir on 5/21/2017 at 10:57 am

From my zen calendar - Your mind is the mountain before you.

Hang in there for better weather!

Love you Papi


Posted by: Giulia on 5/21/2017 at 7:50 am

Denali Expedition: Van Deventer & Team Cache Supplies on Upper Mountain

We saw the sun on day one and haven’t really seen it since. The trend of southern flow pushing moisture our way continues, and it snowed off and on all day. While climbing on bright, bluebird days is nice, it really doesn’t get much better than conditions today. While we couldn’t see a lot, there was very little wind on a piece of the mountain that is known for wind, the clouds and snow kept the temps pleasantly cool, and the fresh snow has set up creating great cramponing conditions. We cruised out of camp a bit after the main rush, which kept us out of traffic all day. A few smooth stretches later, we rounded Windy Corner and reached our cache site. All told, the day was really smooth and pleasant, and we’re feeling really good about getting a big chunk of weight uphill. On the docket for tomorrow is done hard chilling time, nap competitions, and general self care before we look to move to 14.

RMI Guides Pete Van Deventer, Jenny Konway, Jess Matthews and Team

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The daily blog and pictures are FABULOUS!
Sending Joel and the team some warm Arizona sunshine.

Posted by: Susie Okun on 5/20/2017 at 1:56 pm

Alaska Seminar: Leon & Team Fly in to Kahiltna Base Camp

May 19, 2017

This evening we are coming to you from Kahiltna Base Camp!  The team enjoyed a relaxing morning and leisurely lunch as we waited for a break in the weather. Just when we thought we would be spending another night in town, K2 gave the signal and our two pilots Randy and Barry carried us over the clouds into the range and descended into the heart of the mountains.

Now we are enjoying some late evening sun cooking dinner and setting up camp. The team is very excited to be here, especially the ladies who cannot stop smiling. 

RMI Guide Leon Davis & Team

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