Log In


Register With Us

    *required fields
    • Keep up to date with information about our latest climbs by joining our mailing list. Sign up and we'll keep you informed about new adventures, special offers, competitions, and news.


Check Availability

Entries By adam knoff

Ecuador Seminar: Knoff & Team Explore Quito

Happy New Year from Quito, Ecuador. I am happy to report the entire Expedition Skills Seminar team has arrived safely and is ready for a fun evening enjoying local culture and spirits. Our fiesta will come on the heels of a great day which involved a number of interesting and fun activities.

To begin our first official day together we met after breakfast going through a quick team introduction and itinerary overview. At 9 am the streets outside were already filling with eager New Year’s enthusiasts, some dressing in drag and some wearing colorful wigs, but we passed on joining them and loaded onto our tour bus bound for the middle of the world. Once at the equator, we observed fun physical anomalies only present on the actual equatorial line. Much of our group earned their “Egg Master” awards, balancing an egg on a nail, while others tried to shut their eyes and walk the line without tipping over. Why an egg will balance on a nail but a human can’t balance with their eyes closed is beyond me but proves to be the case.

Outside of the museum, the team encountered a group of locals partaking in the local custom of burning large dolls supposedly filled with the year’s bad energy. As it burns you are supposed to make a wish for better things to come, then leap over the burning pile to make that wish come true. Stephanie showed no fear in giving her wish the best chance.

From the equator we traveled south into the old town of Quito where we gained beautiful vistas of this 40 mile long city atop a hill called El Panacillo. Unfortunately, there were no views of our snow capped peaks but we know they are out there. After this we descended into the old town where we toured some traditional shops and streets then finished in the main square of Quito directly across from the presidential palace.

Despite most of the team feeling a bit tired from traveling and jumping straight to 9000’, we left time to have a late lunch at a great little micro-brewery trying it’s best to replicated those in the states. Although the IPA needs a bit more hoppiness, the stout proved our favorite.

Tomorrow we gear up for our first acclimation hike. Stay tuned to see if a few in the group break their previous altitude high points. Late night or not, I have high hopes…..

Happy New Year once more. Salud.

RMI Guide Adam Knoff

Leave a Comment For the Team (1)

that certainly sounds like my Stephanie! Happy climbing and be SAFE!  Love Mom xxxooo















Posted by: Karen Norris on 1/1/2018 at 11:33 pm

Mt. Rainier: June 14th Five Day Summit Climb Reached 13,200’

The Five Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guide Adam Knoff reached 13,200’ on Mt. Rainier today. The team reported blowing snow and strong winds from the west as they climbed into a cap.  With the deteriorating conditions and slow climbing, the team made the decision to turn before the summit.

Congratulations to today’s team!

Leave a Comment For the Team (1)

Thanks, Sid!  Nick and I will post our pictures when we get to wifi later today or tomorrow.

What an awesome trip with the team!

Posted by: Natasha on 6/15/2017 at 2:24 pm

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

RMI Guides Adam Knoff and Mike King led their Four Day Summit Climb June 6 - 9 Teams to the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  The teams ascended to Camp Muir yesterday in wet conditions so we were glad to hear that the weather had improved for their summit day.  After enjoying some time in the crater the teams will return to Camp Muir and then continue their descent to Paradise.
We look forward to seeing them at Rainier BaseCamp later this afternoon.

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb teams!

Leave a Comment For the Team (2)

I was part of the team that past you yesterday on the snowfield in the rain storm.  Felt so bad for you guys. I was soaked. But to see that you made it gives me great joy. Congrats!!  I am so happy for you!!

Posted by: Joe Seguin on 6/9/2017 at 9:06 pm

Congratulations to our friend we met at the Missoula gas station.

Posted by: Dorothy M Hammons on 6/9/2017 at 1:46 pm

Mt. Rainier: Knoff & Four Day Summit Climb Reach the Summit!

The June 3-6 Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guides Adam Knoff, Gloria Roe and Lydia Johnson reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  Adam reported cold and windy conditions but overall good climbing.  The team enjoyed some time on top before starting their return to Camp Muir. We look forward to seeing them at Rainier BaseCamp later today.

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb Team!

Leave a Comment For the Team (2)

Adam, Gloria and Lydia: Thank you for a great climb and a wonderful life experience. You taught us all so much!  The camaraderie of the group was fun. Sophie and I enjoyed the deep breaths, rest stepping and the dark ascent into the wonderland!

Posted by: Keefe on 6/9/2017 at 8:43 pm

So proud of you guys!! Enjoy the rest of your trip! You deserve it!! Here’s another one for the books!

Posted by: Lisa on 6/6/2017 at 10:48 am

Mt. Rainier: Expedition Skills Seminar - Muir Reaches Summit!

The Expedition Skills Seminar - Muir May 28 - 2 June, 2017 reached the summit of Mt. Rainier today!  RMI Guides Adam Knoff and Paul Rachele led their teams to Camp Muir on Monday and have been working on mountaineering skills.  Due to the weather forecast they opted to make their summit attempt today but they will remain at Camp Muir until Friday where they will continue to train.

Congratulations to today’s Seminar Teams!

Leave a Comment For the Team (2)

Great Job Team!! Amazing accomplishments!!

Posted by: Jimmy Hoadrea on 6/1/2017 at 5:29 pm

Congratulations guys! Great job, now get off that mountain and get home!

Posted by: Carrie on 6/1/2017 at 12:46 pm

Ecuador Volcanoes: Liken & Team Finish Up Their Expedition

Hola From Quito,

What a change from 24 hours ago.   As I write this the horns from Quito’s busy streets blare below our window and the team is preparing with hot showers and clean clothes for a dinner on the town.  
This wasn’t the case last night.  Twenty-four hours ago we were camped at 17,500 feet on a small perch located on Ecuador’s highest peak.   For weeks now Chimborazo has thwarted climbers attempting a summit push with unusually bad weather and deep snow.  I am sorry to say things haven’t changed.  
After a solid meal of freeze dried chicken and rice we hit the tents for a few hours and tossed and turned until the alarm went off at 11:30, pm that is.  From here we ate a hasty breakfast and geared up.  The sky was clear so hopes were high.  The first two stretches of climbing were going well until we hit the end of the trail made by climbers the previous night.
We took a break at 19,000’ and had a long discussion about what was happening with the snow conditions and how that played into an ever-steepening route.  In the end we could not justify continuing up into the unknown with a team of 13 climbers.  All the other teams on the mountain had already turned around but we held onto hope for just a bit longer.  Finally we had to make the call to turn around.  Chimborazo has not seen a successful ascent yet in 2017 and for now it will stay that way.  
Even though the team did not summit we gave it a serious shot which our bodies will confirm.  So after dinner I’m sure we will toast a great journey and then crash hard for a restful 12-hour snooze.  We are all looking forward to coming home to see our families.
Thanks for following along.
Hast Pronto- or until next time.
Team Ecuador saying adios.

RMI Guide Adam Knoff

Leave a Comment For the Team

Ecuador Volcanoes: Liken & Team’s Next Objective- Chimborazo

What a gorgeous last three days we have had!  They have been by far the nicest weather I’ve seen on my trips to Ecuador.  As we left Guachalá, the oldest hacienda in Ecuador, we started our eight-hour drive to Chimborazo.  Capitalizing on the beautiful weather, we took lots of great photos of all the mountains that were visible as we drove.  Along the way, we stopped for burritos and margaritas before making our way to Estrella de Chimborazo, the lodge at the base of Chimborazo.
Our plan is to begin our ascent tomorrow with a summit bid that night or the next.  We’ll see what the weather brings.  We may be out of contact the next two to three nights as we embark on our next climbing objective.  We will check in as soon as we can.
Wish us luck!

RMI Guide Ben Liken

Leave a Comment For the Team (2)

Great pics.  Looks like an amazing trip so far.  Have fun.  Be safe. 


Posted by: Jeff Williams on 1/25/2017 at 4:16 pm

Thanks for your latest post and gorgeous photo.  I’m sending Owen and the team all the best possible climbing vibes. Good luck and enjoy the endeavor!


Posted by: Catherine Leon on 1/24/2017 at 10:35 pm

Ecuador Volcanoes: Liken & Team Enjoy Success on Cayambe

Over the past few days our team has been very busy down here on the equator.  On Saturday, we departed the comforts of civilization and made our way to the Cayambe Hut at a little over 15,000’.  The road to this mountain lodge is riddled with boulders, pot holes, mud pits, and the occasional farm animal, making it mandatory to use a 4x4 vehicle. 

Once we were settled in and spent a night in the thin air we moved further uphill to do some basic training on the toe of the glacier.  The team remembered mostly everything from their previous experience and were ready for a summit attempt.  So we packed our gear, ate some dinner, and went to bed for a few hours.

At about 11 pm we awoke to clear skies and were able to start uphill by midnight.  With perfect climbing conditions and a strong team we found ourselves on top of Cayambe for a 6:30 am sunrise over the equator.  After descending the upper steep slopes we cruised back to the hut and packed up.  A quick 4x4 ride brought us to our hacienda were we will start to recover from the climb.

Everyone is doing well and excited with the success we had!
RMI Guide Ben Liken

Leave a Comment For the Team (1)

Yay for the team! Good work guys! Now on to the bigger beast!

Posted by: Susan Brashear on 1/24/2017 at 9:02 am

Ecuador Volcanoes: Liken, Knoff & Team Summit Cayambe

RMI Guides Ben Liken and Adam Knoff along with their team of climbers reached the summit of Cayambe (18,997’) today.  The team will descend to Hacienda Guachala where they will spend the night.  Tomorrow they will set out toward Chimborazo and their next objective.

Congratulations to the team!

On The Map

Leave a Comment For the Team (1)

“Josh,  I hope you’re having a great day! I hope you don’t fall down! ”
- Evan (3 1/2)

Hi Josh!  It looks like you are in your element and having a blast! We can’t wait to hear about your adventures! - Lee & Lauren

Posted by: Evan "mountain polar bear" Hickmott on 1/24/2017 at 6:22 am

Ecuador Volcanoes: Liken & Team Acclimate with Creativity at Fuya Fuya

Hola From Otavalo, Ecuador,

This morning our team of intrepid climbers met our one man team and intrepid driver, Orgel, and headed into the not so subtle Quito morning rush hour.   Climbers heading off to a big mountain are always ready to leave the grips of the city in search for greater adventures but today Quito had a way of making sure we didn’t rush off and lose sight of where we were.  Wall to wall cars made the first five miles take as long as the final 50 but rain was falling so we didn’t feel rushed either way.  
Our destination today was a volcano called Fuya Fuya, which rises to 14,700 feet, higher than Mt. Rainier, but in Ecuador is relatively low in comparison to others.  We come here in January because it is supposed to be the “dry” season, but today this high, tropical landscaped proved otherwise.  Light rain fell in the morning leaving Quito, but north of the city and higher up the clouds thickened and the rain turned real.  In Seattle there are over a hundred ways to describe rain.  I’m pretty sure today we only needed one.  Let’s just call it, solid.  With a “solid” rain falling, we solved riddles in the trailhead shelter, ran quick sprints along the lake shore before sprinting back and did pull ups on the beams to pretend we were getting our heart rate up.  All-in-all the acclimating process was short lived and we were headed down having never walked a foot uphill. 
The rain continued to pour as we ate lunch in town and killed time before arriving at the hacienda for the evening.  La Casa Sol sits high on a steep hill overlooking town and it was here that we had the day’s most exciting event.  With a we cobble stone street, our driver gunned it up the hill trying to get momentum before spinning out on the wet surface.  It took two more goes to pull the van into the tiny parking spot and unload the bags.  Ben and I had to put rocks behind the van’s tires at one point to keep him from sliding backwards into the ditch. 
As we say before a day of ice climbing in Bozeman, the adventure starts the second you get in the car.  Tomorrow’s road promises to be even more thrilling!  The road to the mountain….
Wish us luck on our way to Cayambe.

RMI Guides Adam Knoff, Ben Liken and Team

Leave a Comment For the Team
Previous Page   Next Page
Filter By:

Sign up for Expedition Dispatches

check the Summit Registry try our Adventure Finder
Back to Top

Sign up for our Newsletter

    *required fields
    • Keep up to date with information about our latest climbs by joining our mailing list. Sign up and we'll keep you informed about new adventures, special offers, competitions, and news.
      privacy policy

Thank you for subscribing to the RMI Expeditions Newsletter!

While you're at it, you can sign up some of our other mailings as well:

Please choose the programs you'd like updates on: