Entries By chase nelson
June 8, 2017
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!
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Have fun Elias and Chase!
Posted by: Meredith on 6/8/2017 at 11:05 pm
May 28, 2017
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!
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
May 19, 2017
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!
Great and Awesome. Walking along in thought and prayer.
High Fives to all!!
Mom and Dad
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
May 12, 2017
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!
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!
Congrats team!!! You did it! Looking forward to hearing from you once you make it down! You are all Rock Stars!!!
Nick and Lisa
Posted by: Nick and Lisa Fohl on 9/4/2016 at 7:11 pm
August 18, 2016
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!
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
August 17, 2016
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 checking in from Pisco Oeste, Peru.
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
August 16, 2016
After a brief layover in Huaraz to shower, shave and eat a few meals at low elevation we’re back at it. Today we moved up to 15,300’ Pisco Oeste Base Camp.
While we waited for our burros and arrieros to deliver our gear, we took a short detour to Refugio Peru just above our camp. By the time we had finished off some cappuccino and chocolate cake, our burros had arrived and it was time to set camp.
Our camp lies in a beautiful alpine meadow surrounded by the massive peaks of Huandoy, Huascaran, Yanapaccha and our objective, Pisco Oeste. We’re primed to pack up tomorrow and move to our high camp before our summit attempt the following day. The team is doing great and we’re fired up for our next summit bid.
August 15, 2016
We packed up camp and left the beauties of the Ishinca Valley this morning. Our thoughts temporarily shifted from climbing peaks to hot showers and real beds. Don’t get me wrong, we’re not getting soft here. We still have an almost 19,000’ mountain to climb. But the creature comforts of Huaraz are certainly welcome for a day before we head back to the hills.
Or next target is Pisco Oeste in the Llanganuco valley. We’re feeling strong and we’re ready for the challenge.
These are a few photos from the last few days in Ishinca. Photos by Zeb Blais. Enjoy.
RMI Guides Zeb Blais, Chase Nelson and team
Hello to Steve Odom and the rest of the team! Hope the trip is going well!!!
Posted by: Sayuri Jinadasa on 8/17/2016 at 6:10 am
In awe of you all as I follow this incredible journey! Enjoy the respite…the next climb awaits!
Posted by: Judy Mileto on 8/16/2016 at 9:25 am
Our team wasn’t feeling 100% when we woke at 3:30 this morning, but our team couldn’t be held down. At 10 am our entire team was sitting on the summit of Nevado Urus. Zero wind, full sun, incredible views all around.
This team has shown great strength and has supported one another through the entire journey. It was a tough day, but we pushed ourselves and ended up with a spectacular experience and one of the most beautiful summits we’ve seen.
Tomorrow we will be packing early and heading back to Huaraz.
RMI Guides Zeb Blais, Chase Nelson and team
Congratulations on making it to the summit of Nevado Uris. It’s encouraging to hear that, although the team wasn’t feeling 100% early in the morning, you showed great support for one another and were rewarded with an amazing experience! We feel proud and have great confidence in all of you.
Bonnie & Rick
Posted by: Bonnie & Rick on 8/15/2016 at 6:46 am
Thinking of you every day..have a great climb team be safe.
Posted by: Mary Lou keran on 8/15/2016 at 4:53 am