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Entries By elias de andres martos


Torres del Paine: Elias & Team Trek to Lake Dickson

And day two on the trails went by… Greetings from Lake Dickson!

What a pleasant journey we had. Walking along the park boundary, following the Paine River, we had the Argentinean border at a stone’s throw to the right for most of the day. We learned about several local flower and plant species (too bad the orchids were already withered) and experience also some Patagonian weather, with stronger winds and rain as we surmounted the highest point of the day “Paso del Viento”, but that in no means slowed anyone down during the short time it lasted. Upon arrival to camp, the views of the first glaciers popped up from within the mountains and an evening hike along the beach of Lake Dickson, after dinner, brought us the reward of seeing small icebergs afloat its waters as dusk approached. More to come tomorrow, stay tuned and follow along!

RMI Guides Elías de Andres Martos

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Gorgeous! So envious of your adventure! Stay safe & love every moment! We miss you at work but know you are having an amazing time <3 Catherine B.

Posted by: Catherine on 1/27/2017 at 5:57 am

Looks gorgeous!!! Wish I was out hiking with y’all. Relish being emersed in nature while you have it. Going to show this to Grandele this weekend. Love and miss you all the way from Alabama :) xoxo blair

Posted by: Blair on 1/26/2017 at 7:01 pm


Torres del Paine: Elias & Team Enter Torres Del Paine National Park

And Day One on the trails just happened. A cloudy and windy morning in Puerto Natales, gave way to sunny skies at the gate of the Torres Del Paine National Park. The incredible relief of the rock monoliths was a huge contrast with anything around us so far, prompting constant jaw dropping photo opportunities, as curious guanacos (small camel like animals) posed to complete the scene. Our time along the trails was a pleasant warm up of five hours along the foothills of Cerro Paine, where a solid hour of hiking through wild daisy flower meadows was the most iconic. We’re now camped at Seron Camp, where its cook “Pollo” prepared a delicious soup and chicken dish for us.

Stay tuned for more!
RMI Guide Elias de Andres Martos

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The two photos on blog make me so jealous. Know the scene is extraordinary. We all miss you here and wish we were there. Lots of love and stay healthy. Kathryn

Posted by: Kathryn LeBey on 1/26/2017 at 4:09 am

Lucy - we miss you.  Hope the hiking is great.  Cloey is doing well, amazingly she ran from our house past the Matthews house last night on our walk.  All great on the home front.  Pollo made a chicken dish?  Surprising.  I am sure it was great after a full day on the trail.  Love you!

Posted by: Carter & Chris on 1/25/2017 at 6:43 pm


Torres Del Paine: Elias and Team Arrive in Puerto Natales

Greetings from the land of the “big legged ones”, (term used by Magellan to refer to the natives of the Australmost part of the American continent during the Spanish expedition of 1519 trying to reach Asia going west) aka Patagonia.

We are currently in Puerto Natales, resting in our hotel right across from the agitated waters of the “Última Esperanza” (last hope) fjord.
Our bodies are tired from 24 hours of international traveling, but after a quick layover in the southern hub that Punta Arenas is for the region, we drove to the gateway of Torres del Paine National Park.
The views of the salt water meeting the towering mountains are astonishing, and the feel of being in our antipodes’ “last frontier” is very real.
Sheep farms gave way to wilder land populated by foxes and “ñandúes” (ostrich like birds) and the human shelters are getting smaller and further apart.

Everyone is very excited for the adventure we start tomorrow. We will be posting next from the trails of our circuit… in the mean time, sit back and imagine what being in summer, surrounded by friends, good food and better landscape would be right now; well, we’re there!

RMI Guide Elías de Andres Martos

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Hey Mom, your the greatest!!!!!!

Looks like a fun group, and posted pictures are beautiful. We hope your phone stays charged so you can take a lot of pictures. Dad is playing w us a lot but weather not good enough for the park yet, hopefully tomorrow. We miss you and I know Dad does too. Can’t wait to get your next text. Make good choices

Posted by: Max + Brooks on 1/26/2017 at 6:52 am

Looks awesome, are ya’ll gonna have to eat one of those little camels to survive?

Posted by: Charlie Munford on 1/25/2017 at 1:27 pm


Shishapangma: Team Returns to Base Camp

Our team has safely reached Base Camp.  They will spend two nights there before descending to Driver’s Camp on Tuesday, October 4th to meet their vehicles and begin the two day drive back to Lhasa.  From there they will take a flight to Kathmandu. They intend to spend a few days in Kathmandu to honor their friend and fellow climber.  Team members will then depart Kathmandu to make their way back to family and friends.
All of the team members are doing well and are supporting each other.  Our hearts are with them.

The RMI Office Team

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Always thinking of you and praying for all of your safe return.

Posted by: Jane Knoff on 10/3/2016 at 4:58 am

We’re so relieved you all made it back to base camp safely.  We hope you get plenty of rest.  Please extend our deepest condolences to the Sherpa’s family and friends.  We’re looking forward to seeing you soon.

Posted by: Hikari on 10/2/2016 at 10:09 pm


Shishapangma: Team Descends to Depot Camp (ABC)

It has been a difficult few days for our team members.  Today all climbers descended safely to Depot Camp (Advanced Base Camp) where they will spend the night.  They plan to descend to Base Camp tomorrow.

The RMI Office Team

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Is the climb over? Reports done from the mountain?

Posted by: Jeff Olson on 10/4/2016 at 7:22 am

We can not imagine how are you feelling right now.
Just send you all our power.

Posted by: Martín de Andrés on 10/2/2016 at 8:05 am


Shishapangma: Update from the Team

Hello Everyone,
We received very sad news earlier today. One of the Sherpa team members was caught in an avalanche this morning and has died. The rest of the team are safe. All team members are spending the night at Camp 2 and will be descending in the morning. The accident occurred below Camp 3 as a Sherpa team was moving up. This is all the information we have at this time. We will provide updates as we get information from the team.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Sherpas, climbers and their families.

The RMI Office Team

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Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Robert and Lisa Hohn

Posted by: Robert Hohn on 10/1/2016 at 8:36 am

Thoughts and prayers are with you all. Wishing you a safe return home to your family and friends…...and sending blessings to the lost sherpa and his loved ones.

Posted by: Sandy Bradbury on 10/1/2016 at 7:40 am


Shishapangma: Team Waiting out the Winds at Camp 1

And the heavy winds kept us bounded at Camp 1 today, folks. We woke up to clear skies that soon turned cloudy, but the if we had some hopes to move up early on, the everlasting winds killed it for today. We did what what we had to, and was rest, re-hydrate, eat, and fortify the wall we made around camp. Our forecast gives us hopes to move to Camp 2 tomorrow, so we’re ultra motivated for that. In the meantime, we know that the extra night here will be beneficial for overcoming the thin air that awaits above. We’re armed with plenty of food and desire to continue this fight, so stay toned for more. Everyone is healthy and eager to climb!

RMI Guide Elías de Martos and team.

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Hey Gary, Looks amazing. Hope you are enjoying the view and there is plenty of coffee. Good luck and hope to see picture from the summit.

-Jeff

Posted by: Jeff Resnick on 9/30/2016 at 7:40 am

Building a wall certainly sounds interesting. No doubt many or most of you are experts at that having made snow forts as kids! (Or adults). Good luck everyone.

Posted by: Betty (Art's sister) on 9/30/2016 at 5:32 am


Shishapangma: Team Ascends to Camp 1

Good evening from Camp 1 on Shishapangma. Good day of climbing we had to here today, without a doubt, the most efficient given the stage of the climb in which we are. We’re a little concerned about the weather though, as a non-forecasted storm evolved us as we approached the last few hundred meters to camp. With our Sherpa team ahead at Camp 2, we only hope for better weather to continue our upward progress, and wish for not too much new snow. Everyone did a terrific job today, and all rest and sleep comfortably in their tent. Stoves are being shut off as we speak with water melted for the morning. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s outcome!!!

RMI Guide Elías de Andres Martos and team.

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Colin - I’m sure you don’t need any extra motivation, but I thought I might need some when I did my sailing trip.  Here is something I had posted on the inside of the boat:
“We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.”  John F. Kennedy
Good luck.  Speak soon.
Bruce
PS - things are going along smoothly in Vancouver

Posted by: Bruce on 9/29/2016 at 2:15 am

Еще чуток, Галина!

Горячий привет и все самые самые позитивные мысли и пожеланию шлю тебе на гору! Ты самая умная, самая лучшая. УМНИЦА!

Posted by: Zhanar on 9/28/2016 at 7:59 pm


Shishapangma: Team Climbs to Advanced Base Camp on Summit Push

Namaste from Depot Camp (ABC) at 6,000m!!!

2,000 to go… we’re on the move! Day 1 of summit push brought us on the late afternoon to a frigid moraine camp which prompted the funny scene of everyone gathering for dinner in down suits over the rocky platforms of our tents… like an army of teletubbies. Much more talented, though, we didn’t let the cold get to us and ventured early to the comfort of our tents, knowing that our move to Camp 1 tomorrow will be a bit more demanding than our hike today, basically a strategic move to shorten the distance between Base Camp and Camp 1 (by the way, these guys are ditching 1.20h from what it was taking on our first trip!) Despite having a strong team of Sherpa support, we decided to endure a one night of alpine style camping…. with our bags at Camp 1, we chose to all sleep in our down suits to avoid carrying our base camp bag, and have lighter move.
At the moment, we’re (at the guides’ tent) listening to Liam Knoff’s playlist, waiting for the early Tibetan night of the fall, to go into full sleepy time. Stay tuned for our progress uphill tomorrow.

RMI Guides Elías, Adam, Robby and the RMI Shishapangma team!!!

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Colin, feel excited for you. Nice photo looks like you guys in Mars or the moon with snow

Posted by: Janet on 9/28/2016 at 1:02 am

Namaste!!!!!!

Posted by: Carlos de Andres on 9/27/2016 at 11:38 pm


Shishapangma: The Team is Ready to Launch Their Summit Push

On to the roofs of the world!!!! This morning we set our sights to the summit of Shishapangma. Spent the morning packing bags and double checking our equipment. #allthewayup. After 26 days of preparation, we’re ready to launch our summit attempt. Excited to reach new heights and goals. Weather forecast says we’re set for the 1st. Ramen will toughen us up! We feel strong with the force, and confident on the climb to come. We thank you all for the blog comments, which strengthen our spirits.

*This blog was written around the breakfast table, one sentence per member. May the force be with us!!!!

The RMI Shishapangma team

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Godspeed Elias and crew, be safe and have an amazing time. SWEET!

Posted by: Ben Pucci on 9/27/2016 at 11:55 am

Totally stoked for the team! Can’t wait to read about your progress! Climb safe and stay strong!

Posted by: Mark Leininger on 9/27/2016 at 10:01 am

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