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Cotopaxi Express: Davis, Grom & Team Settle into Tambopaxi Lodge

Posted by: Casey Grom, Leon Davis | December 03, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Ecuador
Elevation: 16,,000'

Today we inched our way closer to the base of Cotopaxi with a short drive to Tambopaxi and then up the primitive roads to the lower flanks of the mountain.  Our mission today was to get onto the lower glacier for some basic skills review and a little more acclimatization.  Under some very atypical clear skies we hiked the scree fields to the new Refugio at 16,000’ and then a little further to the glacier.  We were joined by our Ecuadorian guides Topo and Joaquin for a brief climbing school and a glimpse of the lower route.  By early afternoon we were relaxing in the Tambopaxi Lodge for some Cribbage and another great team dinner.  Things are going very well for us here and the team is enjoying every minute in a most spectacular mountain arena.  Looking forward to every day here on the Equator!

RMI Guide Leon Davis

The RMI team ascending to Tambopaxi Lodge. Photo: Casey Grom The team on the lower flanks of Cotopaxi. Photo: Casey Grom RMI Guide Leon Davis leads the team in glacier training. Photo: Casey Grom Team dinner at Tambopaxi Lodge on Cotopaxi. Photo: Casey Grom

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Cotopaxi Express:  Team Reaches Saddle of Illiniza’s on Acclimatization Hike

Posted by: Casey Grom, Leon Davis | December 02, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Ecuador
Elevation: 15,000'

December 2, 2014 - 6:08 pm
Today the team said goodbye to the hustle and bustle of Quito and headed south early in the morning. Once outside the city we made our way through the rural countryside and headed for our next acclimatizing hike on the Illiniza’s. They are the remnants of an old volcano that erupted long ago and left two nearly twin peaks. Our goal was not to climb them, but reach the saddle that separates the two beautiful mountains. The team made good time up to the saddle where we took a short break in the climbers hut and had some well deserved hot tea. After our short break we made our way back down the mountain to our waiting bus and quickly headed to the wonderful Chilcabamba hacienda. The team made good use of the hot showers and enjoyed sporting around in the ponchos provided by the hacienda. We wrapped up the evening with a wonderful meal, plenty of good stories, and one amazing view of Cotopaxi.
Everyone is doing great and enjoying the Ecuadorean hospitality.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

Chilcabamba Eco Lodge located just outside of Cotopaxi National Park.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Cotopaxi Express: RMI Guide Leon Davis Checks in after the Team’s Acclimatization Hike

Posted by: Casey Grom, Leon Davis | December 02, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Ecuador
Elevation: 15,696'

The team here in Ecuador got their first taste of altitude today, on the hills that surround Quito.  This morning we rode the teleferico to 13,000 feet and began our trek up Pichincha on the rutted trails that wind up to its rocky 15,000 ft summit.  It was a day to pressure our bodies into absorbing the thin atmosphere and although the typical afternoon clouds obscured our view from the top, we were able to stretch our legs and lungs in the mountains.

This evening our team met with our Ecuadorian guide, Jaime, and he took us to a new Ecuadorian restaurant where we enjoyed a fantastic dinner of local cuisine.  Tonight is our last night in Quito as we depart for the Illinizas early in the morning.

RMI Guide Leon Davis

Quito from Rucu Pichincha, Ecuador. Photo: Mike Walter

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Cotopaxi Express: Casey Grom & Team Begin by Touring Quito and the Equator

Posted by: Casey Grom, Leon Davis | November 30, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Ecuador

Everyone has safely arrived here in Ecuador and are excited for our adventure. We started our day with a team meeting where we did a round of introductions and discuss our upcoming program. Shortly after our meeting we headed out to explore this beautiful old city with our tour guide Juan. He took us to visit the Basilica and the old part of town dating back to the 1600’s. We made a stop atop a hill that overlooks the city called La Panacea, and took in the view of this long and narrow city of over two million.

We then made our way north to visit the equator which gives Ecuador it’s name. There’s a small museum there with a few interactive displays that amused us. But most importantly we stood on the equator itself!

After our brief visit we made our way back to our hotel in downtown Quito where we took a break before heading to dinner. The team opted for a place called the Magic Bean that’s know for its tasty food and fresh juices.

Everyone is doing well and looking forward to getting a little exercise tomorrow.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

The RMI team overlooking Quito, Ecuador. Photo: Casey Grom The RMI team at La Panacea, an overlook spot that sits above Quito. Photo: Casey Grom Team dinner in Quito, Ecuador. Photo: Casey Grom The team visiting the equator in Ecuador. Photo: Casey Grom

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Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climb Team Reaches Summit

Posted by: Casey Grom | September 28, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb Team led by RMI Guide Casey Grom reached the summit of Mt. Rainier today.  The team was able to spend about an hour enjoying the views from the crater of Mt. Rainier.  They began their descent around 8:30 am.  The teams will return to Camp Muir for a short break before continuing to Paradise.

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climbers!

The view from Paradise September 28, 2014.  Photo: NPS Camera

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

Posted by: Casey Grom, Geoff Schellens | September 22, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb Teams for September 19 - 22 led by RMI Guides Casey Grom and Geoff Schellens reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning just before 7 am PT.  Casey reported a change in the weather with increasing winds as the teams approached the crater rim.  Both teams will return to Camp Muir for a short break before continuing down to Paradise later today.

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb teams!

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

Posted by: Casey Grom, Elias de Andres Martos | September 11, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Expeditions Skills Seminar - Muir has spent the week training at Camp Muir and this morning were able to reach the summit of Mt. Rainier.  Due to high winds throughout the night, they delayed their departure from Camp Muir.  The conditions were firm and the conditions cold but with clear skies and decreasing winds the team was able to spend some time on the summit.  All of the team members participating in this week’s program reached the summit along with RMI Guides Casey Grom, Elias de Andres Martos, Andy Hildebrand, Andrew Kiefer and Mike King.  The team will return to Camp Muir to spend their final night on the mountain.  Tomorrow they may do a bit of training before starting their descent to Paradise.

Congratulations to the Expedition Skills Seminar - Muir team members!

Expeditions Skills Seminar - Muir team members training earlier this week on Mt. Rainier.  Photo: Casey Grom The entire Expeditions Skills Seminar - Muir on the summit of Mt. Rainier, September 11, 2014.  Photo: Casey Grom
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Mt. Rainier: Summit Climb Teams Summit!

Posted by: Casey Grom, Lindsay Fixmer | September 03, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

Today’s Mount Rainier summit climb teams, led by RMI Guides Casey Grom and Lindsay Fixmer, are currently on the top! Temperatures were on the colder side and winds were brisk but no clouds from 9,500’ to the summit.  The teams are starting their descent soon and will be back to Paradise this afternoon.

Mount Rainier summit climb above the clouds at sunrise. Photo: JJ Justman
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Mt. Rainier: Summit Climbs on Top!

Posted by: Casey Grom, Garrett Stevens | August 29, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

RMI Guides Garrett Stevens and Casey Grom led their teams of Four Day Summit Climbers to the summit of Mt. Rainier today.  Garrett reported a thin cloud cap starting to form but a pretty nice day overall.  Winds were very low on the lower portions of the mountain but had increased near the summit.  The teams will spend a bit of time in the crater and then descend back to Camp Muir.  After a short break the teams will continue down to Paradise and conclude their program with a short celebration at Rainier BaseCamp.

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb teams!

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Mt. Rainier: August 21st Summit!

Posted by: Casey Grom, Lindsay Mann | August 21, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Mount Rainier Summit Climbs led by Casey Grom and Lindsay Mann are on the summit!  They reported clear skies above, cloud deck at 7,000’, and light winds. Since they just crested the crater rim at 7:00 a.m., they are enjoying the views and crossing over to the true summit, Columbia Crest, before beginning their descent.

Sunrise on Mt. Rainier's Disappointment Cleaver Route. Photo: Pete Van Deventer
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