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July 8, 2016
Posted by: Billy Nugent
The Mt. Rainier Expedition Skills Seminar has spent the last six days training along the Paradise Glacier and moved to Camp Muir yesterday. The team, led by RMI Guide Billy Nugent, went to bed hoping for a break in the precipitation. The guides checked the weather through the early morning hours with no such luck of weather cooperation. Although a summit did not come to fruition, the team walked up to Ingraham Flats and will descend from the mountain later this afternoon.
June 30, 2016
The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guides Billy Nugent and Paul Rachele reached the summit of Mt. Rainier early this morning. Billy reported beautiful skies above the marine layer that has been hanging around the lower elevations. The teams have started their descent and will be back here at Rainier Basecamp this afternoon.
Congratulations to today’s teams!
Congratulations Paul and Susan. So amazed by you two!
Posted by: Julianne Echols on 6/30/2016 at 1:26 pm
Congratulations on summiting!! From the picture it looks absolutely beautiful up there. Safe travels.
Posted by: Barbie Matthews on 6/30/2016 at 12:27 pm
After several days of bad weather and high avalanche danger keeping the teams from reaching the summit, today’s Four Day Summit Climb Team was able to stand on the summit of Mt. Rainier. RMI Guides Billy Nugent and Leon Davis and their teams were able to take some photos and enjoy the views before beginning their descent from the descent from the crater rim just before 9 am PT. The teams will return to Camp Muir and then continue down to Paradise.
Congratulations to today’s climbers!
I had the privilege of being part of the GSU team who summited. This was a life-changing experience for many of us, and that is in large part due to the outstanding leadership and professionalism of the RMI guides - Billy, Leon, Jesse, Megan and everyone - thank you all, and hopefully see you again soon!
Posted by: John Horgan on 6/29/2016 at 11:51 am
Go Blue! So proud of the Ga State team! Safe travels home!
Posted by: Julie on 6/25/2016 at 2:56 pm
March 10, 2016
The first Expedition Skill Seminar - Winter gathered in Ashford on Sunday for a day of technical training and gear checks. With large packs and a daunting weather forecast the team headed for Paradise as soon as the park gate opened. The team camped above Paradise for their first night out with better than expected weather. After breakfast the following morning the team broke camp and made the ascent to Camp Muir. They have spent the remaining days training at 10,000’. Unfortunately the weather forecast did become accurate and the team experienced a full winter storm on Mt. Rainier which prevented them from climbing higher than Camp Muir.
The seminar wraps up tomorrow. We look forward to seeing them at Rainier BaseCamp tomorrow afternoon.
I’m sure the storm was pretty wild because the wind was whipping in Royal City and the pass was getting pretty heavy snow! So the other day I went flying around the mountain to see how much snow she got. She was getting getting wind whipped pretty had and has a pretty good pack. Let me know if you want to see pictures!
Posted by: Paul Davies on 3/18/2016 at 7:33 am
Yesterday was a big day for all of us up on Chimborazo and thankfully the near perfect weather allowed us to stand on top! All in all our summit day took 13 some hours round trip including a deceptively difficult two-hour walk across the summit plateau from the Veintimilla summit to the barely higher Whymper summit. Riddled with deep trenches and fantastic snow mushrooms, what should have taken no more than an hour was a brutal two hour jaunt back and forth. We were fortunate enough to enjoy perfectly calm winds and clear skies on top, which made it not so bad. We even got to peep some views of Cotopaxi smoking in the distance before gearing up for our descent. We were greeted warmly back at the Estrella de Chimborazo where we ate a celebratory dinner and promptly crashed in their cozy beds. Right now we are on the bus headed back for Quito where we hope to have one last celebratory dinner as a team before at least half of us head for the airport to catch a red-eye flight home. All in all it was a quite an adventure and I’d like to thank the team for rolling with the punches the whole trip and hanging in there til the end. And I’d also like to thank the other guides, Chase, David, and Diego along with Victor, our driver, for all the help along the way.
Until next time…
February 13, 2016
Hey it’s Billy checking in. We are all back safe and sound at our camp on Chimborazo. We’re about to actually hike on down to the bus. We had a safe and successful climb to the summit today. Just about perfect weather most of the day. That’s all I have to report. Long, long day- everyone is super tired but definitely big smiles on our faces. As we were just talking about this, it totally rethinks our whole trip down here. That’s all I have for now. Signing off and we’ll check in again tomorrow evening at the end of the trip.
RMI Guide Billy Nugent checks in post Chimborazo summit.
Congratulations to the team on successfully summiting!!! Go…..Jason!!! How exciting!!!
Posted by: Esther & Dean Chapman on 2/13/2016 at 4:57 pm
February 12, 2016
It’s Billy calling from high Camp on Chimborazo at around 17,500 feet. I’m up here with all the team everyone is doing extremely well, and we’re even enjoying the semi-decent weather. We are in the clouds but the wind is calm and it’s not raining, so compared to what we’ve been dealing with so far this trip we will take it! The team is just resting after our hike up here and pretty soon we’ll be eating some tasty Mountain House freeze dried dinners and getting to bed early so we are in a good position to get up in the middle of the night tonight and take a crack at the summit. Hopefully I’ll be giving you a call next from the top of the mountain, but if not we’ll check in or if you know how it went.
That’s all for now, bye!
RMI Guide Billy Nugent calling in from High Camp on Chimborazo
Go SPS!!! Go Daddy!!! We love you!! Have fun!! Roh?, lalalalalal
Posted by: Team Chapman on 2/13/2016 at 5:56 am
Have a great summit day, guys!
Posted by: Craig Falkenhagen on 2/12/2016 at 6:17 pm
February 11, 2016
The team enjoyed a nice night at the Chuquiragua Lodge where we were able to dry out, get a good night’s sleep, and even practice some anchor equalization and crevasse rescue in the courtyard. Victor, our driver, showed up around noon to join us for lunch and we’ll be heading out soon for a night at Estrella de Chimborazo before starting up on the mountain in earnest tomorrow…
All for now,
RMI Guide Billy Nugent
Billy and Company - Enjoy every minute of your experience down in Ecuador, ran or shine - it’s the journey as much as the destination. Would LOVE to be with you right now! Thanks again for an amazing two weeks up on Aconcagua. I had a fantastic time.
Special greetings to my good friend, Rob Yonaitis.
Best regards, Craig
Posted by: Craig Falkenhagen on 2/11/2016 at 11:09 am
The “improving trend” turned out to be a bunch of baloney and shortly after finishing my dispatch last night the starry sky clouded over and began to steadily pour almost without relent. We woke in the morning and the steady downpour had not begun to show signs of letting up. The team decided over breakfast that with the zero probability of climbing Antisana, that our best move was to pack up and hike out and hopefully dry out at a hacienda. So here we are, some time on the road later hanging up all of our gear to dry yet again at another hacienda this time at a scenic spot at the base of the Illinizas. Despite the tough weather the gang is doing our best to have fun and enjoy the Ecuadorian countryside. All this traveling has been fun but we’re hoping to get in a little more legit climbing before our trip winds down.
February 9, 2016
Your intrepid team woke this morning after a solid night’s sleep to mostly dry gear (although there were some attempts to dry gloves out the window of the bus) and enjoyed a nice breakfast at our hacienda before heading south towards our next objective. Many hours of transit later we’ve made camp in a beautiful alpine meadow on the side of Antisana and are about to enjoy our first night in tents. The weather currently has cleared significantly and the wind has calmed to nearly a standstill but things weren’t looking so good for most of the day today. Rain plagued our spirits for most of the drive from Guachalá to Antisana and while setting up tents in a bit of drizzle we weren’t so sure that we were going to be so lucky. Knock on wood. Hopefully this improving trend will continue and we will get to take an honest shot at the summit. But first tomorrow calls for a day trip up above our camp to the glacier where we hope to practice our crevasse rescue among other technical skills before returning to camp on the eve of our climb. We enjoyed a tasty spaghetti dinner and are now all tucked in in anticipation of tomorrow’s early rise.
All for now!
RMI Guide Billy Nugent