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Entries By chase nelson


Alaska Seminar: Elias and Team Check in from the Pika Glacier

Hello from the Pika Glacier! We had a terrific day on the “munchkin” a rock formation 20 minutes west of our camp, where we spent the day training. This team is really talented and motivated to learn, and with the best classroom as our domain, we had a very productive day; short roping, rock anchors, belay escapes, transitions… We lost the concept of time getting techie with our ropes and gear, and we realized we had to come back to camp when our stomachs told us dinner time was due. We are hoping for good weather tomorrow to climb another objective. Best regards from Alaska, Elias, Chase and team. 

RMI Guide Elias de Andres Martos

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Alaska Alpine Seminar: Elias and Team Take Shelter from the Rain

June 10, 2017

Good evening from Alaska. It shouldn’t be raining on the glaciers of this Range. But it is. We’ve been confined today to our tents and kitchen tarp to stay dry, as a wet cloud and on and off rain took over most of the day. No climbing or outside training we could do, but for the hour or so that we got a break, we moved camp, as our tent platforms became 1 foot tall pedestals due to the high temps. We’re all looking forward to an improvement on the forecast, and continue to climb on this sanctuary of alpine dreams that Little Swiss is!

Elias, Chase and team.

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Alaska Alpine Seminar: Elias & Team Climb the Lost Marsupial Route

June 10, 2017 12:02 am PST

Good eve from camp! We just got back from a stellar day on The Throne, one of the dominant peaks around Little Swiss. We ventured up the “Lost Marsupial” Route, and these folks climbed it (up and down) in a record time for this guide’s third year coming here! A bit of rain threatened us and we considered bailing, but soon it ceased and we finished our objective. The cloudy skies provided an incredible light tone that made our pictures sure look surreal. Upon arrival to camp, steak dinner was prepared, and a good night’s sleep awaits.

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

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Alaska Alpine Seminar: Elias & Team Fly into the Alaska Mountains

Good evening from the Pika Glacier! We flew in yesterday on schedule, and continued with a busy afternoon of camp building for what’s going to be home for the next week. We woke to warm temperatures that made the forecasted precipitation fall in the shape of rain, which kept us tent grounded for the morning. A beautiful afternoon provided a good review of skills, and the motivation is high for our first venture into the nearby formations tomorrow.
Stay tuned for more!

RMI Guide Elias de Andres Martos

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Have fun Elias and Chase!

Posted by: Meredith on 6/8/2017 at 11:05 pm


MT. Rainier: May 28th Summit!

The Four Day Summit Climb team led by RMI Guides Casey Grom and Chase Nelson reached the summit of Mt. Rainier early this morning. Casey reported that the team is enjoying clear, calm and peaceful skies. The team was leaving the Crater Rim at 6:50 am and are now en route to Camp Muir.

Congratulations to today’s team!

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Great job, everyone!  What a weekend and chance to experience something new with all of you.  My wife asks me why I do things like this and I tell her that beyond the enjoyment of being out in the world and seeing/experiencing first hand what many never will, I always learn something from it - the experience, the people and about myself.  I will remember this for a long time - thank you.

Also, I have some pictures and I’d be happy to share - if you have some good ones, I’d love to see them.  My e-mail is here.

Last but not least - hat’s off to Casey, Matt, Hannah and Taylor.  Summit or not, you helped us do what we could do and you got us home safe - that is what is most important.

Posted by: John Mattke on 5/31/2017 at 12:46 pm


Mt. Rainier: Expedition Skills Seminar Reaches the Summit!

The Expedition Skills Seminar - Muir May 14-19, 2017 led by RMI Guides Dave Hahn and Chase Nelson spent the week at Camp Muir.  The team spent time learning mountaineering skills, knot tying and crevasse rescue. The team experienced windy and snowy conditions for a portion of the week but were rewarded today with beautiful blue sky.  They reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning around 7:30 and spent an hour enjoying the views and celebrating their accomplishment. Today is the last day of the program so once they return to Camp Muir they will pack their gear and continue their descent to Paradise.  We look forward to seeing them at Rainier BaseCamp later today.

Congratulations to today’s climbers!

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Good Morning,
Great and Awesome. Walking along in thought and prayer.
High Fives to all!!
Mom and Dad
Scottsdale, AZ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by: Rita Haines on 5/20/2017 at 8:41 am

Thanks to all the guides and all the team members for you help and support. What an awesome experience!!!

Posted by: Robbie Carrey on 5/20/2017 at 7:54 am


Mt. Rainier: Five Day Summit Climbs Reach the Summit!

The Five Day Summit Climb May 8 - 12, 2017 reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  RMI Guides Elias de Andres Martos and Chase Nelson led a small group of climbers to the summit via the Ingraham Direct route.  Elias reported strong winds with clear skies with improving conditions and a nice day. After a windy first night at Camp Muir and poor weather yesterday, we are glad this team was able to make a summit attempt.

Congratulations to today’s climbers!

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Mt. Rainier: September 4th Teams Summit!

The Mt. Rainier Summit Climb teams reached the top at 8:00 a.m.  With clear skies, calm winds, and a bit on the chilly side, the team began their descent at 9:30.  High fives and cheers will commence at Rainier Basecamp this afternoon.

Congratulations to today’s teams!

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Congrats team!!!  You did it! Looking forward to hearing from you once you make it down! You are all Rock Stars!!!

Love,
Nick and Lisa

Posted by: Nick and Lisa Fohl on 9/4/2016 at 7:11 pm


Peru Seminar: Blais & 100% of Team Summit Pisco Oeste

We are safely back at base camp after our entire team made the summit of our final peak of the trip,  Pisco Oeste.  Pisco was the third summit of the trip and the team is feeling accomplished with everyone making summits on Ishinca and Urus as well.  It was a great effort for the team and the camaraderie put forth to make it a successful trip for everyone was incredible.

While we’re all smiles now, this morning was a different story. We woke to thick clouds and light snow falling on our 16,000’ high camp. We shrugged it off and began our breakfast routine. By the time we were packed and ready to climb the snow had abated and the clouds showed signs if parting. An hour into the climb and we were staring at beautiful stars and moonlit mountain faces.

For a couple hours we had nothing but blue skies. Then as we neared the top, winds picked up and clouds began to build on the summit. We climbed on bundled up in puffy jackets. On top we were in and out of clouds, the weather parting for summit photos and glimpses of the famous peaks of the Cordillera Blanca, Alpamayo and Artesonraju.

It was an absolutely phenomenal climb and the way down was fast and smooth. 

We’re grateful for the help of our local guide William, our porters and our astonishing cook Helario, who makes masterpieces out of anything.  It’s been a great ride and I can’t wait for my next opportunity to come back to the ‘Blanca!

Cheers!

RMI Guide Zeb Blais

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Well Done to the entire team!

Posted by: Richard Bergey/Bonnie Bergey on 8/18/2016 at 5:38 pm

So glad the clouds parted for the team, blessed!  The food sounds fantastic, lucky you are working off the calories.  Safe journey back home, can’t wait to hear the stories.

Posted by: Debbie Z on 8/18/2016 at 5:14 pm


Peru Seminar: Blais Calls In From Pisco Oeste

This is Zeb Blais and team checking in from 16,000-foot, Moraine Camp on Pisco Oeste. We had a great day today moving up to camp- pretty leisurely. We are now tucked in, fueled up and ready to make a charge on Pisco Oeste early in the morning. So we’ll check in when we get back. Until then.

RMI Guide Zeb Blais


RMI Guide Zeb Blais checking in from Pisco Oeste, Peru.

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Zeb, hope you and the team are enjoying yourselves - safe climbing and looking forward to hearing about this one when you are back!

Posted by: C. Riordan on 8/18/2016 at 7:11 am

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