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Ecuador Seminar: Knoff & Team Acclimate on Rucu Pichincha

Day two in Ecuador.
Not many places in the world offer such easy access to high altitude.  Down in the lower 48, to reach 14,410 feet, the summit of Mt. Rainier, an average climber needs multiple days, a closet full of equipment and a certain set of skills not learned through a YouTube video.  Down here is a bit different.  For example, this morning we were drinking coffee in the hotel lobby, eating pastries and admiring our ten-pound day packs.  At 8 am we loaded into a van, took a 15-minute drive to the base of a still active volcano, got a lift on a cable car to 13,000 feet and began walking.
The name of the volcano we stretched our legs on is Pichincha Rucu.  It’s summit stands at 15,700 feet and can be reached in mere hours from the city. 
Pouring rain greeted us at the top of the gondola but this is what that closet full of gear is good for.  Putting on our rain jackets and pants we braved the storm like any fearless climber would and headed up the trail.  It wasn’t long before we crested that 14,410 foot ceiling giving every member, guides aside, a new altitude high point.
An hour into the hike, the rain ceased and we broke 15,000 feet by eleven am.  Unfortunately the final 300 feet to the summit is more of a rock scramble than trail hike and true to the days weather, a hail storm ensued so we made the decision to turn around and skip the slippery rock.  The team reached a final altitude of 15,300 feet and to everyone’s credit did exceptionally well.
After the stroll, we came back to the hotel for some rest then headed out to a fantastic dinner.  All of us gringos are feeling strong and psyched to be getting closer to our first “big” mountain. 
This is Adam Knoff and team saying adios.

On The Map

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Good luck on this new adventure Jim (Nixon)!  Looking forward to hearing all about it when you return.  Maybe you and Tom Garner need a Maine vacation this summer!  All the best!  Rich Aspinall

Posted by: Richard Aspinall on 1/8/2017 at 4:13 am

Looking forward to the Cayambe update. Best wishes

Posted by: Tom Garner on 1/7/2017 at 5:12 am

Ecuador Seminar: RMI Guides Knoff & Hunt Meet Climbers in Quito

Hola from Quito Ecuador,
Today began with two guides, three brothers and five individuals coming together for the first time for the Expedition Skills Seminar - Ecuador.  Most climbers flying into Quito arrive around midnight and don’t get to the hotel until after 1am.  With an 8 am orientation and team introduction, we were blessed to have a hearty breakfast, strong coffee and warm sunshine to get the guys awake.  I can say guys because we are a team with no females.  From past experience I can say it is usually helpful to have at least one lady keeping the men in check but judging from our first eight hours together, I have a gut feeling we should be generally well behaved. 
After our breakfast and intro the team packed up in Angel’s mini bus for a splendid three hour tour of some of Quito’s main attractions. 
First we visited the “Mitad Del Mundo” or Middle of the World, where we stood on the actual equator.  Here we observed visual confirmation of the Coriolis effect, balanced an egg on a nail and watched as gravity played tricks on both our minds and bodies.  I would like to say we also saw aliens zipping overhead time travel portals open but unfortunately that happened last week.
After we left the center of the earth, we headed into old town Quito where we visited a giant statue of the Virgin Mary, a three hundred year old Cathedral and the Presidential Palace.  Having felt let down by absent aliens on the equator I was hoping for a brief chat with Rafael Correal, the country’s President, as a consolation prize but we were told he was too busy.  Go figure…..
After the tour we had a nice lunch, nap and gear check.  All in all a pretty full day.  Stay turned for tomorrow’s dispatch because we will be climbing a mountain higher than any team member has climbed before!
Wishing everyone well back home.
RMI Guide Adam Knoff & Team Ecuador

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Darlene shared your photos and it looks gorgeous.  I’ve been to Quito.  Got bad case of food poisoning at a hotel there.  Denny’s niece lived and worked there ten years and is married to a handsome Equidorian.  Good climbing!

Posted by: Mary Jane stiles on 1/8/2017 at 2:38 pm

Sounds like you are having a terrific time, stay safe and have fun

Posted by: Darlene on 1/7/2017 at 10:31 am

Shishapangma: Team Returns to Base Camp

Our team has safely reached Base Camp.  They will spend two nights there before descending to Driver’s Camp on Tuesday, October 4th to meet their vehicles and begin the two day drive back to Lhasa.  From there they will take a flight to Kathmandu. They intend to spend a few days in Kathmandu to honor their friend and fellow climber.  Team members will then depart Kathmandu to make their way back to family and friends.
All of the team members are doing well and are supporting each other.  Our hearts are with them.

The RMI Office Team

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Always thinking of you and praying for all of your safe return.

Posted by: Jane Knoff on 10/3/2016 at 4:58 am

We’re so relieved you all made it back to base camp safely.  We hope you get plenty of rest.  Please extend our deepest condolences to the Sherpa’s family and friends.  We’re looking forward to seeing you soon.

Posted by: Hikari on 10/2/2016 at 10:09 pm

Shishapangma: Team Descends to Depot Camp (ABC)

It has been a difficult few days for our team members.  Today all climbers descended safely to Depot Camp (Advanced Base Camp) where they will spend the night.  They plan to descend to Base Camp tomorrow.

The RMI Office Team

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Is the climb over? Reports done from the mountain?

Posted by: Jeff Olson on 10/4/2016 at 7:22 am

We can not imagine how are you feelling right now.
Just send you all our power.

Posted by: Martín de Andrés on 10/2/2016 at 8:05 am

Shishapangma: Update from the Team

Hello Everyone,
We received very sad news earlier today. One of the Sherpa team members was caught in an avalanche this morning and has died. The rest of the team are safe. All team members are spending the night at Camp 2 and will be descending in the morning. The accident occurred below Camp 3 as a Sherpa team was moving up. This is all the information we have at this time. We will provide updates as we get information from the team.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Sherpas, climbers and their families.

The RMI Office Team

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Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Robert and Lisa Hohn

Posted by: Robert Hohn on 10/1/2016 at 8:36 am

Thoughts and prayers are with you all. Wishing you a safe return home to your family and friends…...and sending blessings to the lost sherpa and his loved ones.

Posted by: Sandy Bradbury on 10/1/2016 at 7:40 am

Shishapangma: Team Waiting out the Winds at Camp 1

And the heavy winds kept us bounded at Camp 1 today, folks. We woke up to clear skies that soon turned cloudy, but the if we had some hopes to move up early on, the everlasting winds killed it for today. We did what what we had to, and was rest, re-hydrate, eat, and fortify the wall we made around camp. Our forecast gives us hopes to move to Camp 2 tomorrow, so we’re ultra motivated for that. In the meantime, we know that the extra night here will be beneficial for overcoming the thin air that awaits above. We’re armed with plenty of food and desire to continue this fight, so stay toned for more. Everyone is healthy and eager to climb!

RMI Guide Elías de Martos and team.

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Hey Gary, Looks amazing. Hope you are enjoying the view and there is plenty of coffee. Good luck and hope to see picture from the summit.


Posted by: Jeff Resnick on 9/30/2016 at 7:40 am

Building a wall certainly sounds interesting. No doubt many or most of you are experts at that having made snow forts as kids! (Or adults). Good luck everyone.

Posted by: Betty (Art's sister) on 9/30/2016 at 5:32 am

Shishapangma: Team Ascends to Camp 1

Good evening from Camp 1 on Shishapangma. Good day of climbing we had to here today, without a doubt, the most efficient given the stage of the climb in which we are. We’re a little concerned about the weather though, as a non-forecasted storm evolved us as we approached the last few hundred meters to camp. With our Sherpa team ahead at Camp 2, we only hope for better weather to continue our upward progress, and wish for not too much new snow. Everyone did a terrific job today, and all rest and sleep comfortably in their tent. Stoves are being shut off as we speak with water melted for the morning. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s outcome!!!

RMI Guide Elías de Andres Martos and team.

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Colin - I’m sure you don’t need any extra motivation, but I thought I might need some when I did my sailing trip.  Here is something I had posted on the inside of the boat:
“We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.”  John F. Kennedy
Good luck.  Speak soon.
PS - things are going along smoothly in Vancouver

Posted by: Bruce on 9/29/2016 at 2:15 am

Еще чуток, Галина!

Горячий привет и все самые самые позитивные мысли и пожеланию шлю тебе на гору! Ты самая умная, самая лучшая. УМНИЦА!

Posted by: Zhanar on 9/28/2016 at 7:59 pm

Shishapangma: Team Climbs to Advanced Base Camp on Summit Push

Namaste from Depot Camp (ABC) at 6,000m!!!

2,000 to go… we’re on the move! Day 1 of summit push brought us on the late afternoon to a frigid moraine camp which prompted the funny scene of everyone gathering for dinner in down suits over the rocky platforms of our tents… like an army of teletubbies. Much more talented, though, we didn’t let the cold get to us and ventured early to the comfort of our tents, knowing that our move to Camp 1 tomorrow will be a bit more demanding than our hike today, basically a strategic move to shorten the distance between Base Camp and Camp 1 (by the way, these guys are ditching 1.20h from what it was taking on our first trip!) Despite having a strong team of Sherpa support, we decided to endure a one night of alpine style camping…. with our bags at Camp 1, we chose to all sleep in our down suits to avoid carrying our base camp bag, and have lighter move.
At the moment, we’re (at the guides’ tent) listening to Liam Knoff’s playlist, waiting for the early Tibetan night of the fall, to go into full sleepy time. Stay tuned for our progress uphill tomorrow.

RMI Guides Elías, Adam, Robby and the RMI Shishapangma team!!!

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Colin, feel excited for you. Nice photo looks like you guys in Mars or the moon with snow

Posted by: Janet on 9/28/2016 at 1:02 am


Posted by: Carlos de Andres on 9/27/2016 at 11:38 pm

Shishapangma: The Team is Ready to Launch Their Summit Push

On to the roofs of the world!!!! This morning we set our sights to the summit of Shishapangma. Spent the morning packing bags and double checking our equipment. #allthewayup. After 26 days of preparation, we’re ready to launch our summit attempt. Excited to reach new heights and goals. Weather forecast says we’re set for the 1st. Ramen will toughen us up! We feel strong with the force, and confident on the climb to come. We thank you all for the blog comments, which strengthen our spirits.

*This blog was written around the breakfast table, one sentence per member. May the force be with us!!!!

The RMI Shishapangma team

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Godspeed Elias and crew, be safe and have an amazing time. SWEET!

Posted by: Ben Pucci on 9/27/2016 at 11:55 am

Totally stoked for the team! Can’t wait to read about your progress! Climb safe and stay strong!

Posted by: Mark Leininger on 9/27/2016 at 10:01 am

Shishapangma: Team Resting Up for Their Summit Push

Greetings all!

We’ve certainly settled back in to life at our 18,500’ Base Camp with a second consecutive rest day in the books; all in preparation for our upcoming summit push. Naps were taken. Dining tent discussion came and went throughout the day. The Tootsie Roll jar certainly took a hit. And the sun poked through off and on, giving us our first warming by the sun in a few days. With the sun, a few team members took advantage of some creature comforts with our Base Camp shower setup. (Yes you read that right!) Tomorrow we’ll indulge in much of the same as we wait for our weather window to begin our climb to the summit. Until then, thanks for following along, and thank you for all your blog responses and words of encouragement!

RMI Guides Robby, Elias, Adam, and the Shishapamgma Team

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Hi Jarrett,

As I wait for the presidential debate to begin, I find myself kind of envying you, 18,500 feet up there, breathing like an emphysema patient and mostly cut off from the stupidity of the outside world. Despite my fear of heights, I may have to consider spending the next election in the Himalayas. 1/2 to 1/3 of the oxygen at sea level in exchange for a month with no Drumpf, Hillary, Kardashians or other oxygen thieves? I’d take that deal right about now.

Seriously, though, good luck on the summit push. Remember to wear your crampons on the midnight wee trip at the higher camps, observe your turnaround time and maybe by the time you get home, I’ll have taught Mom and Dad how to pronounce the name of the mountain you climbed.  I tried it the other night with Dad after the anniversary party. Big mistake.

See you soon,

Posted by: Jayme on 9/26/2016 at 5:34 pm

Always in my thoughts and prayers. Climb strong.

Posted by: Jane Knoff on 9/26/2016 at 12:59 pm

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