Entries By chris ebeling
January 23, 2019
I am happy to announce the Ecuador Volcanoes team successfully assembled in the hotel lobby this morning. They were all a bit late and I couldn’t scold anyone in particular so I plan to run them all a bit harder on our first acclimating climb tomorrow.
After our team introduction we all loaded the tour bus and headed north out of Quito to the Mitad Del Mundo, or Middle of the World. Otherwise know as the equator! Here at the museum we were taught how the Amazon tribes shrunk actual heads of people, tiny fish can swim up urine streams into parts of the body fish don’t belong and snakes in the jungle can eat full size monkeys. And of course we learned how shadows tell time, the coriolis effect makes the water spin in opposite directions and gravity is possessed by aliens on the actual equatorial line.
The team seemed quite interested in these scientific studies but when we left the museum they were equally as interested to detour from the set itinerary to find some local home brew corn beer called Cheecha that the tour guide said was popular in that area. We did just that, toasting a good trip together with a liquid resembling nothing like we drink back home. At this same restaurant we noticed another local delicacy roasting on a stick. Here it is called Cuy. At home it is widely recognized as guinea pig. Luckily they don’t look as cute once they are cooked.
When the Cheecha ran dry we loaded up and headed into the old town of Quito where we saw great views of the city, a beautiful golden church and some of the oldest buildings in the country. Ecuador has an incredibly rich history and diverse population. Getting to see it up close never gets old.
After the tour we all gathered for espresso and soccer at my favorite place one block from the hotel. Before dinner we will check some gear then team up for our first official team dinner then retire to prepare for our first official climb. Tomorrow we go to 15,400 feet so stay tuned for the report.
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September 22, 2018
Today was a day of weather on Mt. Rainier. Unfortunately, that weather was not cooperating for the summit climb teams and they were turned back at 8,500’. Mountaineering has its weather uncertainties- we take what Mother Nature deals to us. Today was not a day for aces but there will be more days in the mountains.
A great effort by the team today.
September 16, 2018
The Four Day Summit Climb September 13 - 16 led by RMI Guides Christina Dale and Chris Ebeling were unable to reach the summit today. The teams left Camp Muir around 1 AM but poor visibility along with increasing winds and precipitation forced them to turn around at 10,800’. They returned safely to Camp Muir and will begin their descent to Paradise this morning. Their climb with conclude this after once they return to Rainier BaseCamp.
Bummer you all didn’t make it. I was so bummed and upset I had to turn back early. You guys were such a fun group. Hopefully I’ll see you all next year love and we’ll wishes Ryan
Posted by: Ryan Shepeard on 9/16/2018 at 2:58 pm
September 5, 2018
The Four Day Summit Climb August 2 - 5 led by RMI Guides Dave Hahn and Chris Ebeling reached the summit of Mt. Rainier today around 7:30 AM. Dave reported a beautiful day on the mountain. The team will spend some time in the crater and enjoying the views. They will return to Camp Muir and continue their descent to Paradise this afternoon. Their program will conclude with a celebration at Rainier BaseCamp later today.
Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb teams!
What an adventure and what a great team to summit with. Could no have asked for more!
David Hahn, Greyson and Alex are rock solid stars and I was happy to trust my life with their judgement and skills.
Posted by: Sarfraz A Durrani on 9/8/2018 at 2:17 pm
WOW. I am so impressed and proud of you all!! Such an experience and accomplishment I would never dream of. Congratulations
Posted by: Louise Utley on 9/5/2018 at 9:06 am
July 6, 2018
The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guides Mike Walter and Chris Ebeling reached 13,400’ before high winds and a cloud cap forced the team to turn. The team is on their descent and will be returning to Rainier Basecamp early this afternoon.
Congratulations to Today’s Team!
You continue to amaze and inspire!!
Can’t wait to hear about it!
Posted by: David Decker on 7/6/2018 at 1:53 pm
We are all so proud of your hard work and awesome accomplishments. Can’t wait to have you home!
Barb, Michael, Noelle, Lauren, Abi, Conor and MacKenzie
Posted by: Barbara Hume on 7/6/2018 at 1:29 pm
July 1, 2018
Posted by: Chris Ebeling
This morning RMI Guide Chris Ebeling led his Five-Day Summit Climb team to the Mt. Rainier summit. They began their descent at 8:00 a.m. and will be staying at Camp Muir for an additional night before descending tomorrow.
Congratulations! What was the actual windspeed at the top? Weather reports looked pretty tough!
Posted by: Kie on 7/2/2018 at 9:13 am
Big Mac on top!!!
Posted by: Andrew on 7/2/2018 at 5:15 am
June 19, 2018
The Five Day Summit Climb June 15 - 19, 2018 reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning led by RMI Guides Casey Grom and Chris Ebeling. Chris reported good clear weather with no winds. The team will spend return to Camp Muir and then continue their descent to Paradise.
Congratulations to today’s climbers!
Way to go Kari!! We are so proud of you and happy for you. We love you!
Tim, Shannon, and Stone
Posted by: Tim Henry on 6/20/2018 at 1:45 pm
My guys rock! Congratulations Shane and McKay!
Love you two!!!
Posted by: Mama Janet on 6/19/2018 at 4:28 pm
June 12, 2018
The Five Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guides Brent Okita and Chris Ebeling reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning. Brent reported clear skies and light winds of about 20 mph. The team will descent back to camp Muir for their final night on the mountain.
Congratulations to today’s team!
What an amazing accomplishment. Congratulations to the entire team. Way to go Gwen and Elizabeth!
Love from the Mathewson/Niehaus Family
Posted by: Lori Mathewson Niehaus on 6/12/2018 at 10:59 am
Congrats to Brent and his team - You led a trip last year when Andy Renner attempted Rainer and he and your colleagues will try again tomorrow (6/13) and I hope that you (literally!) paved the way for his group to make it all the way. Best wishes
Posted by: Stephanie Renner on 6/12/2018 at 10:03 am
June 6, 2018
RMI Guide Brent Okita radioed at 6:52 am PT as the Four Day Summit Climb teams were approaching the crater rim. Brent reported chilly temps and light winds. They will enjoy some time on the summit before starting their descent. They will return to Camp Muir and then continue to Paradise.
Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb team!
Absolutely amazing climb!!! Can’t say enough about RMI and to all our guides. You guys really set the tone for my passion for mountaineering. Many a climbs to come with you guys!!! Ecuador, Mexico, Denaili and many more to come!!
Congrats to my new climbing friends on the successful summit!!!
Posted by: Tanner Morrison on 6/7/2018 at 1:35 pm
Amazing Heidi!!! We are all impressed back here at zero elevation. Can’t wait to hear all about it. I hope someone is takin pictures.
Stay warm. Love Eloise, Max and Marco
Posted by: Allison on 6/6/2018 at 3:19 pm
June 2, 2018
The Four Day Summit Climb May 30 - 2 June, 2018 reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning. RMI Guide Steve Gately reported consistent 20 mph winds and cloudy conditions.
The team will return to Camp Muir and then continue down to Paradise.
Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb teams!
Congrats team! What an amazing accomplishment!
Posted by: Staci Ikeler on 6/3/2018 at 6:45 pm
Awesome! Wonderful! Best news I’ve had in a long time. Enjoy the descent and the memories of a life time experience together. Thank you for the blog information. It made my day for sure.
Posted by: Helen PicKell on 6/2/2018 at 1:16 pm