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Entries By alan davis

Peru Seminar: Davis and Team Check In from Ischinca Valley

Checking in from the Ischinca Valley Basecamp. We had quite the adventure on the bus, doing a little bridgework to get us in. We arrived to Pashpa around 11:00 and began our 4 hour approach back to 14,300’ where we set up our basecamp and will be here for the next 5 nights. We were greatful for the support of the burrows and beautiful Mountain View’s. 
Tomorrow we will do some training and practice of skills while resting at BC. 

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Peru Seminar: Davis and Team Summit Vallunaraju!

After two nights of being spoiled with plush mattresses and running water in the Llaca Valley Refugio the team put in a full day (16 hours) of climbing and was rewarded with a breathtaking sunrise and perfect weather on the summit of Vallunaraju at 18, 655 ft. 

With only a few hours of sleep and some hot coffee and tea, we departed Vallunaraju basecamp with a classic alpine start at 11 pm. After a 3.5-hour approach on a rugged climber’s trail, we donned our boots and crampons and climbed a full pitch of alpine ice—a highlight of the climb. We then meandered through a maze of icy crevasses and steep snow until we gained the col between Vallunaraju’s north and south summits. The beautiful alpine sunrise provided the mental boost needed to gain the summit ridge and ascend the final 300 feet of steep snow to the summit. With only a breath of wind and smiles all around, we took in the views of the greater Cordillera Blanca and got a sneak peek of what’s to come in the Ishinca Valley.

We reversed course and began our descent in the sunshine, looking down at the city of Huaraz where a hot shower and bed awaited us. With tired bodies and full hearts, we were greeted with a bowl of hot soup and tea at basecamp. We then packed up our duffels and headed back to Huaraz via the rugged trail of a "road," thankful for a safe and successful climb.

The team enjoyed a well-deserved rest day in Huaraz, just enough time to unpack and repack duffels. Today, we are headed into the Ishinca Valley where we will establish basecamp for the next five nights. We will be focusing on climbing skills and resting up for more summit attempts.

RMI Guide Tatum Whatford & Team

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Peru Seminar: Davis & Team Check in from Vallunaraju Basecamp

Checking in from Vallunaraju Basecamp!

We had an early start from town and made our way up the rugged 4x4 roads to our Basecamp for the next couple nights at 14,600.

Upon arriving, we wasted no time and started our acclimatization approach to the glacier which currently sits at nearly 16,600. Here we spent the afternoon on Glacier travel skills, rope techniques, and arresting a fall. Once back at camp we enjoyed a hot meal of crusted trout and potatoes. Tomorrow we will rest.

RMI Guide Alan Davis

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Peru Seminar: Davis and Team Get Comfortable at 10,000’

It was such a treat to again be able to enjoy the bustling coastal grandeur of Lima and watching surf for a night before the next long travel leg. As we arrived by bus two nights ago, we were greeted with our first views of the Cordillera Blanca and the towering giant that is Huascaran. We were welcomed back by the always friendly staff at the Andino Club Hotel. A true climbers hotel with some Swiss roots. It was so great to catch up with our local partner and guide Peter Alvarado as well as some of the other support staff with whom we hadn't seen in a couple years. Tired from multiple days of travel via busses and planes we quickly enjoyed dinner and got settled into our rooms for a full nights rest 10,000’.

Acclimatization has been going well thus far here in Huaraz. Not only have we been sleeping at 10,000', but yesterday, we went for a hike a few hours round-trip walk from our hotel to the "Puca Ventana" or "Red Window" which overlooks the city. Today, we went up to 14,700' on another hike to the beautiful turquoise Laguna which sits in front of the 18,000' "Nevado Churup." Early to bed for some rest and last minute gear shuffling before we begin our trek into the the Lllaca Valley where we will set up our basecamp at around 14,500’ for the next few days as we prepare for our first objective of Vallunaraju.

RMI Guide Alan Davis

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Please share photos of your adventure, if at all possible. (The Peru Seminar is one I’ve been mulling over for quite awhile now—the Cordillera Blanca seem absolutely magical to me.)

Posted by: Some guy from Puyallup on 7/14/2024 at 5:55 pm

Mt. Rainier: Davis & Team Enjoy Sunrise at Ingraham Flats

Despite a skiff of snow and some much cooler winds, the clouds lifted and we awoke to a peaceful sunrise.  We climbed above Camp Muir and enjoyed the sunrise from Ingraham Flats.

RMI Guide Alan Davis

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Four Day Climb: Davis, Delaney & Teams Reach Summit

After a few days of unsettled weather on the mountain, the Four Day Climb August 5 - 8 was able to reach the summit of Mt. Rainier led by RMI Guides Alan Davis and Jack Delaney.  The teams reached the crater rim around 6:30 am PT and enjoyed an hour in the crater.  They will return to Camp Muir for a quick stop before continuing down to Paradise this afternoon.  We look forward to seeing the teams back at BaseCamp later today.

Congratulations to today's climbers!

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Congratulations Peter and thanks to RMI guides & staff for a safe and successful climb

Posted by: Chuck Lorenz on 8/9/2023 at 8:34 pm

Congratulations Brett!  Glad to read of the team success.  You’re awesome

Posted by: Olga Walker on 8/9/2023 at 6:51 am

Mt. Rainier: Four Day Teams Reach the Summit!

The Four Day Teams with RMI Guides Joe Hoch and Alan Davis reached the 14,410' summit of Mt. Rainier early this morning. The team climbed from Camp Muir to the Summit in 6 ½ hours. The climbers and guides spent some time on the Summit enjoying the sunrise before starting their descent at 7 am. 

Congratulations Team!

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Mt. Rainier: Four Day Team Summits!

The Four Day Climb led by RMI Guides Alan Davis and Jess Wedel reached the summit of Mt. Rainier early this morning. The route from Camp Muir to the 14,410' summit took the team 6 1/2 hours to climb. It was a windy morning, but otherwise clear.  

Congratulations Team! 

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Congrats team!  Very fun meeting and hiking with you all.  Big thank you to our awesome guides, Alan, Sam and Sam :)

Posted by: Jeffrey Kirk on 7/24/2023 at 8:45 pm

Mt. Shuksan: Seminar Team Summit in Perfect Style

Our Mt. Shuksan seminar tagged the top of Mt. Shuksan this morning. After many days of training in the rain, the team awoke to clear skies for their climb. The previous five days were spent learning about rope travel, weather patterns, avalanche safety, snow and ice anchors, etc. RMI Guide Alan Davis reported great route conditions and a top out time of 9:30am. 

The team is back at the trailhead and will enjoy some good food and drink before starting their journey home.

Nice work climbers!

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Mt. Rainier: Four Day Climb Enjoys Sunrise at the Flats

The Four Day Climb led by RMI Guides Nikki Champion and Alan Davis walked to Ingraham Flats and enjoyed a beautiful sunrise. The weather on the mountain is warm and calm. Due to hazardous route conditions the team was unable to climb higher on the route. The team has started their descent and will be back at Paradise in the early afternoon. 

Congratulations Team! 

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Hey good jobs to teams up there giving it a shot.  I keep seeing teams getting turned around for “hazardous route conditions” on the last few posts.  Can anyone let me know the key hazards turning teams around (heading up this week) Please lemme know good job up there!

Posted by: Tyler on 9/3/2022 at 5:32 pm

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