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Entries By dave hahn

Vinson Massif: Hahn & Team Getting Down to Business

It may have been a holiday in North America, but down here at the lower end of South America, it was a big work day.  Meeting after breakfast in our hotel, the team got to know one another a little better and then got right into the details and mechanics of how the trip might proceed.  We discussed the protocols for arranging gear for the ride down to the ice… the peculiarities of dressing in summer on one continent to take off, and of then landing in perpetual winter in the middle of another continent.  We talked over how it might just go smoothly and right on schedule from one flight to another culminating in Vinson Basecamp... and of how it might get weird if bad weather delays flights at some point along the way.  We reviewed the necessity for checking our gear and clothing for dirt and vegetation that has no business being transported to Antarctica.  And then the team endured a series of nosy and tedious equipment checks by the leader.  The afternoon then got easier with lunches and strolls about town.  We got together for another fine dinner and then a good walk up the shoreline of Magellan’s Straight, checking out old shipwrecks and even an odd dinosaur or two along the way.  The endless twilight and the Patagonian wind sculpted clouds kept us mesmerized for our return to town..
The gear needs to be packed and ready by tomorrow morning.  It will get stowed in the big plane and things will start to get real.

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

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Vinson Massif: Dave Hahn & Team Arrive in Punta Arenas

Our attempt on the highest mountain in Antarctica is coming together.  We’ve got our entire team -four climbers and one guide- pulled together in Patagonia to kick this thing off.  The “normal” air travel is finished… we even got all of our baggage through the system.  We celebrated by walking about the town of Punta Arenas, Chile in unseasonably warm and comfy weather.  The team fought off jet lag long enough to enjoy a great meal together.  We’ve got to get to work in the morning to prep for a Saturday morning departure for the Ice, but now it is time to sleep hard and recover from overexposure to those evil airline seats.

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

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Love to follow your climb thru your dispatches!
Wishing you great climbing weather .

Posted by: Jayne Edgington on 11/24/2016 at 5:23 am

Mt. Rainier: Expedition Skills Seminar - Muir Reaches the Top of the Cleaver

The Expedition Skills Seminar - Muir led by RMI Guides Dave Hahn and Billy Nugent attempted to summit Mt. Rainier early this morning, but snow instability forced the teams to turn at the top of Disappointment Cleaver today. The is headed back to Camp Muir and will spend their remainder of their time on the mountain training before descending to back to Rainier Basecamp tomorrow afternoon.

Congratulations to today’s team!

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We can’t wait to hear all about your adventure! We decided to combine your names (Fred & Jack) and dub you “Team Frack”..Lol. ....Go Team Frack !!! ~ Your Friends @ Toyota

Posted by: Dawn on 9/24/2016 at 10:11 am

Mt. Rainier: Teams Reach the Summit!

The Mt. Rainier Summit Climb, led by RMI Guides Dave Hahn and Nick Hunt, made a successful summit at around 7:30 this morning. Dave reported cold conditions with 10mph winds blowing from the north. With favorable weather, the teams were able to spend an hour on the summit prior to starting their descent. 
This week’s Expedition Skills Seminar - Muir headed up the snowfield this morning. They will spend the week learning many expedition skills and finishing with a summit bid later in the week.

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How many climbers in the hut 10,060?

Posted by: Pat on 9/14/2016 at 11:54 pm

So proud of you Jennamarie. You are literally the coolest.

Posted by: Ash on 9/12/2016 at 4:58 pm

Kilimanjaro: Hahn & Team Homeward Bound

Busy day.  The team had coffee and tea brought around to Kikoti’s tent cabins a little before sunrise.  Fortified with a great breakfast, we got right back into cruising the rough but beautiful roads of Tarangire National Park.  Highlights were the family of head-tossing, trunk-swinging, ear-flapping elephants we encountered.  Curiously, they were more animated and energized than any of the many families we saw.  And we finished our tour on a highlight too, getting to watch up close as five lions followed an alpha female around as she decided what she might be hungry for.  We could see her changing her mind from wildebeest to zebra to Impala to warthog.  It all looked yummy to her.  We left her and the pride undecided and hungry as we hit the road for Arusha and our return to the Dik Dik Hotel. 
We got back through Arusha’s rush hour and road construction traffic at four.  This left time for repacking and freshening up before one final excellent meal in the dining room.  Then we said goodbye to the staff who’d taken exceptional care of us, and to our teammate Kathleen.  She is staying on a week to do good works up by Lake Victoria.  The rest of the gang got on board the bus for a ride out to the airport.  We’re flying now… Dar Es Salaam…. Amsterdam…and onward.  We’re all excited to be moving on, of course, but also a little reluctant to let go of this morning’s vision of a lion cub telling his mom to hurry up with the food shopping.  It has been an incredible few weeks in Africa.  Thanks for following. 

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

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Dave, thanks so much for making us all a part of this incredible journey. We’re getting Mary back in the states soon and we’re so excited to hear about her journey, and we are so greatfull to you and the guides for getting her here safe and sound. We also thank you for all the pictures you painted with your eloquent words. I’m sure it’s not easy to hike a mountain “hearding cats” so to speak, with all those people in tow, and still have the energy to sit down at the end of the day and find the amazing words to give those of us at home a chance to live vicariously through our family members. A genuine thanks to you and the RMI staff for hosting this site/blog for all of us back home!!
A pleasant journey home to all of the hikers. our daughter, Mary, I’m sure, will take a piece of all of you with her home in the form of memories that will last a lifetime.

With much appreciation and congratulations to all,
Bill and Kathy Harshbarger

Posted by: Bill and Kathy Harshbarger (Mary's Parents) on 9/3/2016 at 5:50 am

What an absolutely amazing journey for all of you.  Thank you for taking care of each other and much appreciation to Dave for posting wonderfully detailed blogs that allowed the rest of us to cheer and follow from afar.

Jason—we’re so thrilled for you and anxious for your return.  Safe travels.  Love you.

Posted by: Jen (Jason's sister) on 9/2/2016 at 9:12 pm

Kilimanjaro: Hahn & Team Finish the Big Five at Tarangire

Judging by the conversation over our evening campfire at Kikoti Safari Camp, this was a great day.  The team recalled a fine night at the Plantation Lodge and a great start to the day there.  We then drove a couple of hours to reach Tarangire National Park.  We’d only been in the park boundaries for a few minutes when we got to watch a beautiful lioness clear a waterhole of a hundred zebras and wildebeest.  She only had to take a step in their direction to get the herds running frantically and kicking up dust.  She did this in a few directions, seemingly just to buy herself some space.  We left her in charge and then went exploring, over Tarangire’s great savannah expanses, through forests of Boabab trees, across rivers and alongside vast swampland.  We saw herd after herd of wildebeest and zebra.  There were waterbucks and impalas and elan.  There were elephants and giraffes and more lions.  There were Cape buffalo and birds of great variety.  There were Dik Diks and mongoose.  And just when we thought we’d seen everything the park intended to show us for the day, Joseph -our driver and guide- made a typically astounding discovery of a beautiful leopard.  None of us could understand how he’d seen her at the distance that he did.  She was on a red-dirt termite mound next to the road and she permitted us to get fairly close, which was thrilling.  When she moved off the mound, it turned out that she was minding a leopard cub.  This final treat of the day made for a sensational finish.  The “big five” completed at 5:50 PM.  Sunset was at about 6:30 and not at all dull and boring either.  We pulled into friendly and tranquil Kikoti Camp then and discovered yet another place we’d all like to spend more time in.  Such things are on our minds now, of course, because we are running out of time.  Tomorrow evening we’ll be jetting back to the world.  But first, we’ll wake out in this wilderness and see just what we can find in a final morning on Safari.

Best Regards
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

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Another awesome safari day and I’m thrilled you got to complete the Big 5 goal.  Thank you for sharing your day with us.

Posted by: Jen (Jason's sister) on 9/2/2016 at 12:07 am

Never a dull moment with you, Dave! I have thoroughly enjoyed reading about your adventures on your climb and safari. Glad you got to add the last of the Big 5 to your list before the end of the trip!

Posted by: Susie Lambert on 9/1/2016 at 1:03 pm

Kilimanjaro: Hahn and Team Visit the Ngorongoro Crater

The safari gets better and better.  Today we were up early -before sunrise- for our visit to the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area.  It was cloudy and cool as we entered the gates and began the drive up to the crater rim.  That rim was cloudier and colder still at 9000 ft above sea level.  We stopped in to a Masai village where we got to watch (and join in) as the residents performed traditional songs and dances, made fire and showed us into their simple homes (made of sticks, dung and ash).  The Masai are just one of Tanzania’s many distinct tribes, but they are prominent because they’ve held on to so many of their own customs and have largely stayed away from modern conveniences.  We were impressed that the herdsmen protect themselves, their families and cattle herds with nothing more than spears.  We were even more impressed a half hour after leaving the village when we got to see ten big lions down in the crater.  Six females and four males, walking wherever they pleased… apparently without any worries or fears.  The zebras and wildebeests wandering around them reacted sharply and obviously upon discovering so many kings and queens of the crater in one place.  They seemed to be guarding a kill in the shrubs, driving off the odd hyena who came sniffing around.  We were amazed at the vastness of the caldera floor and at the size of the herds of zebra, wildebeest, antelope and Cape buffalo that wandered about.  Before long, we’d seen four of the “big five” (lion, elephant, rhino, Cape buffalo) and were looking hard for leopards to complete the set.  No luck there today, but that didn’t phase anyone.  We were enchanted with the setting for our picnic lunch, on the edge of a lake full of hippos, with a big bull elephant casually walking through without paying any attention to all of the Land Cruisers and tourists in the designated lunch spot.

The clouds cleared completely by mid-afternoon and things finally warmed up.  That made the ride back up to the crater rim all the more memorable as we could then see the entire amazing valley.
We enjoyed an easy evening ride back to the Plantation Lodge.  Cocktails out on the veranda were accompanied by lots of show and tell of the excellent pics taken today.  Then it was time for a fine buffet dinner and some birthday cake in honor of both Tom and Tim.

The team is excited to move on to Tarrangire National Park tomorrow.

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn & Team

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Love hearing about your adventures.  What memories you’ll have!

Posted by: Sue Rentschler(Jason's aunt) on 9/1/2016 at 4:53 am

What an amazing day all of you had!  A combination of generosity from the tribe and generosity from the wildlife - both contributing to what must be (for all of you) great, memorable moments.
All so well deserved…enjoy, take tons of pictures (can’t wait to see/hear) and know how proud we are of you.

Posted by: Kathy and Denny Meyers (Jason's Mom and Dad) on 8/31/2016 at 3:35 pm

Kilimanjaro: Hahn & Team Visit Lake Manyara

Switching gears… We walked hard every day for the last week.  Today we rode around like royalty.  We pulled out of the Dik Dik hotel by 9 AM and cruised in two modified Toyota Landcruisers through the outskirts of Arusha.  Traffic thinned as we pushed westward toward Lake Manyara National Park.  We spent a great afternoon seeing hippos, baboons, monkeys, flamingos, storks, giraffes, Cape buffalo and elephants… And of course a pair of Dik Diks… The smallest of the antelope family.  Most thought the elephants were the highlight of the day, but they were nearly upstaged by whatever it was that we didn’t see.  At one point, the monkeys were sounding alarms, the elephants were trumpeting and charging and we found fresh big cat tracks in the road.  But we didn’t see the leopard or lion causing all the commotion.  We looked, but were catless for safari day one.  Beautiful day in a Tanzanian National Park though, and a fine evening relaxing at the luxurious Plantation Lodge.  We already seem worlds away from our grubby Kili climbing days. 

Best Regards
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

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What an exciting day for you and the animals!  Here’s to seeing a “Big Cat” tomorrow.  Loving the pics and blogs.

Posted by: Jen (Jason's sister) on 8/30/2016 at 6:39 pm

Deborah Beggan and whole team,
Congratulations on your thrilling, bad ass climb!!! I am awed by your adventure!!!!! Enjoy a very Happy Anniversary and Safari with Tom!!
Love, Aunt Ginny

Posted by: Ginny Shaller on 8/30/2016 at 5:49 pm

Kilimanjaro: Hahn & Team Celebrate at the Dik Dik

While it wasn’t a summit day, this one seemed just as valuable for us… Coming to the end of the trail -safe and sound. 

We woke in Mweka Camp under -or perhaps in- the sea of clouds we’d been noticing so far below all week long.  All were impressed with the quality of a 10,000 ft night of sleep.  Breakfast involved a fair bit of laughter… all of the tension and worry over making the top is gone.  We emerged to a couple of great and friendly songs by our 47 man staff, complete with dancing.  We each then shook hands with every porter, cook, tent-builder, guide, and waiter and passed on well-earned gratuities to all.  Then we got packs on again and rambled down the trail.  At first it was easy walking… But eventually it was steep and slick and we went “pole pole” (slow) to avoid getting down in the dirt.  Meanwhile, a constant stream of porters (ours and many from other teams) came screaming down the trail with forty-four pound loads balanced on their heads.  When they hit the slick spots, they just went faster, yelling “jambo” as they passed.  We transitioned quickly from heather to trees, to giant camphor trees to jungle.  By midday we’d reached the Mweka Gate where we happily boarded the truck/bus and got rolling down the road.  Halfway back along the highway, we stopped for a typically wonderful Dik Dik catered lunch.  All were quite relaxed and content by then… But quite filthy.  This was remedied soon after we got back to our hotel.  The team was unrecognizable -in a good way- when we got back together for a victory dinner.  We made toasts to a great climb and to the upcoming safari.  Desert was occasion for celebrating Tom and Deborah’s wedding anniversary.  Onward. 

Best Regards,

RMI Guide Dave Hahn

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GROUSE job Brian!! I was following the blog, the photos look so good! Hope you got to play spades with your tent mates haha :)
Enjoy the rest of your trip.
Love from down under. Renee.

Posted by: Renee (Australia) on 8/29/2016 at 3:27 pm

What a well deserved celebration for all staffers, guides, and climbers!  Enjoy your meals, showers, beds, and the upcoming safari.

Posted by: Jen Potter (Jason's Sister) on 8/29/2016 at 2:59 pm

Kilimanjaro: Hahn & Team Summit!

Summit Day!  We had flat-out perfect weather for it, which is only what we would have expected after the past five splendid days.  The pattern held… Sea of clouds far below, nothing whatsoever up high. 
We were up at 11:30 and on the trail by 12:50 AM.  By about 4 AM, we were wearing nearly everything we had.  Although it was calm and clear, it was also COLD.  Those of the team that looked up saw a snake of headlights working up Kibo, a fair number of shooting stars, the International Space Station, constellations and a crescent moon forming a smile on the horizon.  Those that looked down saw a whole lot of trudging steps for the seven hours and ten minutes it took us to hit Uhuru… the highest point of Kibo, of Kilimanjaro, and of Africa.  Sunrise caught us just before we reached the crater rim and was welcome for its beauty, but even more for its warmth.  We spent about 25 happy minutes on top and got moving downward just before 8:30.  The mountain was busy -as always- but we had no trouble with traffic jams on either the climb or descent.  We were back to Barafu by 11:05 AM and sitting at the lunch table soon afterward.  Then, much as we’d have enjoyed a good nap, it was time to pack and get out of Barafu.  The team made good time on tricky trails and reached Mweka Camp by 4:15PM, having gotten rid of another 5,000 vertical feet in the process.  We are back in tall heather after a couple of days in the alpine zone.  All are figuring they’ve got a good chance of overcoming jet lag and altitude tonight to get a full night of well-earned sleep. 

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

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How much time do your clients spend getting used to the altitude, before they can handle 20,000’?

Posted by: harold hahn on 8/29/2016 at 2:10 pm

Bravo pour cette belle expédition, l’atteinte du sommet et le plaisir de le faire. Nous avons bien hâte d’entendre le récit de vive voix

Posted by: Roger Brosseau on 8/29/2016 at 10:19 am

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