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Entries By bryan mazaika

Ecuador’s Volcanoes: Gately & Team’s School Review on Cayambe

We awoke to a clear and chilly morning at the hut. The first half of the day provided views of the upper mountain and the summit of Cayambe before some snow showers moved in. Today’s goal was to climb another 1,000 feet to the base of the glacier to acclimatize and review some mountaineering skills. The steep climb up to our school site gave us a great preview of the beginning of our summit day. By the end of our school, the team was looking great and ready to climb Cayambe tomorrow. We are back at the hut resting and preparing our summit packs for the morning. Wish us clear conditions like we had this morning for our summit attempt!

RMI Guide Bryan Mazaika

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Awesome experience for all of you! Dad & I are living vicariously! Our best to all of you for an awesome assent!

Posted by: Judy & dale collins on 12/10/2017 at 5:06 pm

Ecuador Volcanoes: Gately & Team Acclimate on Fuya Fuya

The team performed well today on our second acclimatization hike up Fuya Fuya. The beginning of the trail starts at a beautiful caldera which is now Laguna de Mojanda. With the view of the lake behind us we began ascending through knee high vegetation and in two hours we were standing on the summit! Although we were in the clouds, we were happy it stayed dry otherwise the soil would have had us sliding all the way back to the van. A short van ride brought us to Otovalo and our haciendas for the evening. The rest of the afternoon provided some time for us to organize our gear in preparation for our transfer up to the Cayambe Hut tomorrow!

RMI Guide Bryan Mazaika & Team

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Ecuador Volcanoes: Gately & Team Acclimate on Rucu Pinchincha

A good nights rest brought us yet to another unseasonably sunny Ecuadorian morning and our first acclimatization hike up Rucu Pinchincha (15,700ft). The day started with a taxi ride from our hotel to the Teleferique de Quito, a gondola ride that would take us to 13,500ft on the eastern flanks of the active volcano. The hike starts by following a rolling ridge through high alpine meadows until we traverse to the peaks northern side where a different character is shown. We leave behind mild grassy slopes for volcanic rock and loose scree. The climb finishes with a challenging but fun Cass 3 scramble past several ledges to the mountains summit. The crew did great with the new altitude and the weather held clear and gave us panoramic views of the Ecuadorian Andes, including Cayambe (18,996ft) our first objective of the trip. We spent a few moments on top taking photos and hydrating before descending back to the Teleferique and the thicker air of Quito! Off to dinner in a short while to enjoy the traditional dishes of Ecuador. Tomorrow takes us to Fuya Fuya for more acclimatizing and the city of Otovalo! Thanks for following.

RMI Guide Steve Gately

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Ecuador’s Volcanoes: Gately & Team Arrive in Quito and Explore the Sites

The team is all here in Quito! We began our day by enjoying our breakfast along side an abundant spread of fresh fruit and overloading on coffee while we made some group introductions. We had a number of stops during our city tour, some of the highlights include visiting the Equator monument, a panoramic view of Quito from the top of Panecillo Hill, the colonial Center and touring some of the historical churches. Today in Quito is the celebration of the capital’s foundation so many shops were closed and the plazas were busier than normal with locals celebrating the holiday. We are back at the hotel for a quick siesta before we head out together for dinner. This evening we will prepare our day packs for our first acclimatization hike up to Rucu Pichincha and we are hoping for the clear, sunny skies we had this morning so we can get our first view of Cotopaxi and Cayambe!

RMI Guides Steve Gately & Bryan Mazaika

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Mt. Rainier: Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons Team Reaches Summit!

The Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons July 28 - 2 August, 2017 reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning around 7 am.  RMI Guide Andy Bond and the team headed to the White River Camp Ground on Sunday after two days of training at Rainier BaseCamp.  They started on the route on Sunday and ascended to Camp Schurman yesterday.  They made an alpine start this morning and were pleased to report great weather and route conditions and that 100% of their team reached the summit today.  The team will return to camp today for their final night on the mountain.  Following some additional training the team will descend to the trail head and return to Rainier BaseCamp tomorrow.

Congratulations to the Emmons Seminar Team!

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Mt. Rainier: Okita & Team on The Summit!

RMI Guides Brent Okita, Bryan Mazaik and Lucas Haaland led their Four Day Summit Climb team to the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  The team reached the crater rim shortly after 6:30 with 100% of their crew.  The team enjoyed a beautiful day with clear skies and light wind.  They will descend to Paradise and transfer back to Rainier BaseCamp where they will celebrate their adventure.

Congratulations to today’s climbers!

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Good job!! Can’t wait to see pictures!

Posted by: Dusty Leigh on 7/12/2017 at 5:02 pm

Emily and Phil, you are awesome, congratulations on the summit!  Love you both, I am sure you are enjoying the views!

Posted by: Chris Bolton on 7/12/2017 at 11:52 am

Mt. Rainier: Five Day Summit Climb Enjoys Views from the Summit

The Five Day Summit Climb July 6 - 10, 2017 enjoyed beautiful weather during their time on Mt. Rainier.  Their five day program concludes today with them reaching the summit of Mt. Rainier.  They will return to Rainier BaseCamp this afternoon for a bit of celebration.

Congratulations to the Five Day Summit Climb team!

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

RMI Guide Brent Okita led the Four Day Summit Climb July 1 - 4, 2017 to the summit of Mt. Rainier today.  Brent reported clear skies with moderate winds and nice climbing conditions. The team spent some time on the summit enjoying the views and celebrating the 520th summit of Mt. Rainier for Brent Okita.  The team will return to Camp Muir and continue their descent to Paradise later this afternoon.

Congratuions to today’s Summit Climb Team and to RMI Guide Brent Okita!

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Denali Expedition: Jones & Team on Their Descent to the Airstrip

June 17, 2017 1:26 am PST

Hi, everyone. This is Tyler Jones and the Denali team. We moved out of High Camp and we’re back at 11 Camp. We are hoping to go to the air strip sometime tomorrow. Hope all is well. Everything’s good here. Talk to you all soon. Bye.

RMI Guide Tyler Jones

RMI Guide Tyler Jones checks in from 11K Camp.

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I’m so sorry that the mountain and the weather didn’t cooperate with you guys, but I am sure it was still an amazing adventure. The girls are talking about climbing Whitney this year.. .are you up for it?  Well, maybe after you rest for a couple of days :)
You are still amazing in every way!  Still my hero, my knight in shining armor!  I love you so very much and I can’t wait to see you!!!!

xoxo MO

Posted by: Amanda Gunn on 6/17/2017 at 9:47 am

Tym, Tyler, and Team,

You may be too close to home to even get this.  So sorry the weather did not cooperate. There were reports of snow, snow, and more snow. I know how hard everyone worked and wanted this to happen.  I am confident you made strong, life-long bonds with your team who share your love of climbing. And for you Tym, three’s a charm…so maybe next year!  Best wishes for a safe trip home.

Love, Mom and Zeppelin

Posted by: Kristi Kennelly on 6/17/2017 at 8:54 am

Denali Expedition: Jones & Team Have Big Decision

June 15, 2017
Well the mountain is doing it’s own thing at the moment. The winds are well more than forecast and the temperatures are chilly. The team is hanging in there and tomorrow will see us to the top or we will start our descent. We’re hopeful on our efforts and time spent waiting that we will be rewarded with a trip to the summit of Denali tomorrow!

RMI Guide Tyler Jones

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Thinking of you and sending good karma. Great accomplishment given all the challenges. Admire you immensely. Cheering for greater heights!

Ann Marie and Bruce

Posted by: Ann Marie and Bruce on 6/17/2017 at 4:48 pm

Awaiting news!

Posted by: SoCal Gunns on 6/16/2017 at 7:34 pm

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