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Mexico’s Volcanoes: Nelson & Team Arrive in Mexico City, Begin First Hike

Hola from Mexico!

The team met yesterday evening following our flights to Mexico City, and had a nice dinner a short walk from Hotel Geneve. Little did I know that shortly after we sat a mariachi band complete with a singing luchador began to play… what a trip!
This morning we boarded our bus and took the journey to La Malintzi at the foot of a dormant volcano, La Malinche, and spent the day hiking up to nearly 13,500 ft to acclimatize. Our goal today was less summit oriented and more for preparing our bodies for the climbs ahead so we opted out of going all the way to it’s 14,500 ft summit. That being said, the team was strong from start to finish and capped off the hike with a bit of earned relaxation before dinner. Tonight we’ll be sleeping in the cabañas here at La Malintzi at 10,000 feet to keep acclimatizing, all in prep for the next several days on Ixta!

I’ll check in as our climb progresses,

RMI Guide Chase Nelson

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Good luck on the start of the first mountain today, everyone! Looking for are to reading how it went. Brandon- we love you!

Posted by: Taylor on 2/19/2018 at 6:22 am

Congratulations to you all for having a successful acclimating climb yesterday.  I admire you all for your strength, endurance, and determination to do this climb.  Richard, I am so proud of you!

Posted by: Janet Aspinall on 2/19/2018 at 5:56 am

Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climb Turns at 11,400’

The Four Day Summit Climb September 27 - 30, 2017 was unable to reach the summit of Mt. Rainier today due to weather and route conditions.  RMI Guides Casey Grom & Chase Nelson led the teams to 11,400’ before deciding to turn around.  The teams will return to Rainier BaseCamp this afternoon.

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What a fantastic experience.. can’t wait to see the photos and hear the stories! Cheers to Muzzy and the “devil’s cut”.  Thanks for keeping the group safe!

Posted by: Stacey on 9/30/2017 at 4:43 pm

It’s the journey,  not the destination that counts!!! Better safe than sorry!

Posted by: Sophia on 9/30/2017 at 11:46 am

Mt. Shuksan: Nelson & Team Reach the Base of the Pyramid

The Mt. Shuksan Seminar, led by Chase Nelson, checked in last night and let us know that they made their summit attempt today. The team reached the base of the pyramid and conditions were too icy to continue so they turned back. However, they are excited about what they did accomplish and they will make their way off the mountain today.

RMI Guide Chase Nelson

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Shuksan: Nelson & the Expeditions Skills Seminar Check in

This is Chase and team checking in from the Sulphide Glacier! After three days of almost constant snowfall we finally enjoyed a bit of a break in the weather and even had a few hours of sun. About a foot of snow has fallen since our arrival but the training has continued as planned. Tomorrow we’re going to venture higher up towards the pyramid and see if conditions are suitable for a summit attempt. We’ll check in tomorrow afternoon!

RMI Guide Chase Nelson

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Mt. Rainier: Paradise Seminar Reaches The Top

RMI Guide Chase Nelson led his Paradise Seminar team to the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  They have spent the last six days training on the mountain with beautiful weather.  We look forward to seeing them back at Rainier Basecamp this afternoon.

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congratulations to you and your teammates!!! I can’t wait to hear all the details, wish you a safe decent and trip back home.

Posted by: Scott Robik on 7/15/2017 at 6:27 pm

Kevin both dad and I knew you would make the top, you usually accomplish everything you set out to do. We love you and look forward to you sharing your experience with us.
Love Mom and Dad

Posted by: Patricia Robik on 7/15/2017 at 1:20 pm

Mt. Rainier: July 6th SUMMIT!

The Four Day Summit Climb team led by RMI Guides Paul Rachele and Chase Nelson reached the summit of Mt. Rainier at 6:40am. Paul reported strong winds of about 50 mph and a cloud cap covering the crater rim.  The team started their descent at 7:00am and are en-route to Camp Muir.

Congratulations to today’s team!

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Congratulations! The picture is stunning. Safe hiking down to Paradise. Thank you for this post.

Posted by: Nancy Madru on 7/6/2017 at 9:04 am

Mt. Rainier: July 1st Update

RMI teams, led by Pete Van Deventer and Chase Nelson, reached the Mt. Rainier summit at 5:45 a.m.  The weather is nice and at 7:05 a.m. the teams were at High Break on their descent.

Congratulations to today’s summit climbers!

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Many thanks to Pete, Peter and Jordan for guiding us to the summit.  It was was a great reward for our journey that began in January with “small” hikes!


Posted by: Daryl on 7/3/2017 at 12:23 am

Pete, Pete, Chase, and Jordan-

You guys were the best.  Thank you all for taking care of me, my closest friends, and family.  Adventure of a lifetime. 

I hope to do this again next year. 

Thanks again guys.


Posted by: Jim Fick on 7/2/2017 at 9:19 am

Alaska Alpine Seminar: Elias Recaps their time in Little Switzerland

Our third AMS-Alpine Expedition has come to an end. What an incredible time we had! The rugged terrain of Little Switzerland didn’t disappoint at all… While the weather has been the main challenge, conditions on the routes were stellar. Our team of four climbers were super talented and motivated, and training days in the vicinity of camp waiting for weather to clear, turned to be the most productive lessons on the terrain; from rock rescue scenarios, to anchor transitions, all paid back with very efficient climbs up iconic formations like “The Lost Marsupial” or “The Troll”, which astonished glacier landing tourists from down below as their K2 Aviation plane landed on the Kahiltna Glacier.
Worth mentioned was our menu. If most of us are familiar with the concept of car camping… imagine how plane camping can be! With a powerless fridge like the glacier, steaks or fresh vegetables are unquestionable components of our diet in here. Yes, the alpine climbing in our seminar is at its best; light packs, 1 day missions from camp, and technical terrain. But when we’re at camp, fun times, quality rest and better food is guaranteed.
Now we’re headed to the airport, already thinking of next year’s edition. Thanks for following and I hope you will consider joining us next season!

RMI Guide Elías de Andrés Martos

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Alaska Alpine Seminar: Elias & Team Climb The Middle Troll

Good morning from little Swiss,

We came to an end, but not without reward…Yesterday we had, after a patient wait for blue skies, the most amazing of the climbing days we could hope for. the Middle Troll, reigning over the Pika, towered for hours above us, as its splitter granite cracks discerned a feasible access to its airy summit. The team climbed seamlessly, and all the training of the last week payed for an incredibly well oiled “uphilling” engine. We climbed into the evening, as the morning and early afternoon were still foggy; climbing into the evening light of Alaska’s summer was very special.

We’re now cooking our breakfast and soon we’ll fly back to civilization… wait to see our pictures! 

RMI Guide Elias deAndres Martos & Team

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Alaska Alpine Seminar: Elias & Team Waiting on Weather

Good morning from the Pika Glacier. The weather and visibility yesterday were not exactly what we hoped for. But we made the most out of our day with more valuable training near camp; crevasse and rock rescue systems took the bigger part of the day, finishing with a few laps of vertical ice climbing out of a big crack, Alaska size. Dinner didn’t disappoint and made up for the lack of the climb we hoped to do, and a veggie-cheese omelette and steak fajitas were on the menu.
This morning we’re in a holding pattern as well, as a super dense fog is reducing our visibility to 30ft.

Stay tuned for more,
RMI Guide Elias de Andres Martos and team.

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