Entries By elias de andres martos
September 8, 2016
Good evening from Tingri.
We had a long day of driving on the road through the Tibetan Plateau… but it all was done in great spirits, as the grassy plains started to become rolling hills, and finally, snow capped mountains. We left Shigatse in the morning with rain, and the day became sunnier as we were devouring the kilometers that were also bringing us high. Entering the Chomolougma National Park (Everest) or reaching 17,000ft were only some of the exciting occurrences, alongside spotting the Turquoise Goddess (Cho Oyu) sneak from the clouds. A hike around the town of Tingri, where we’re spending the night at an elevation similar to the one of Mt. Rainier, culminated the day. Tomorrow we’ll be covering the last three-car hours of our Shishapangma approach, and we’ll be at driver’s camp, reuniting with our Sherpa team and cooks. Game is on!!!
RMI Guide Elías de Andres Martos and team
Thank you for your stories and pictures - los seguimos de cerca con mente y corazón from Argentina & Germany.
Good Luck to all of you!
Posted by: Bettina ( Wolf's sister) on 9/9/2016 at 11:03 am
Love reading about your adventure so far. Keep the pictures and stories coming. Shout out to Adam Knoff from Aunt Ginni.
Posted by: Virginia Fennema on 9/8/2016 at 11:00 am
September 8, 2016
September 7, 2016
This morning we woke up in Lhasa, the spiritual and political capital of Tibet. This city sits over 12,000 feet so it is fair to say there were a couple restless nights and throbbing heads as we adjusted to our new altitude and instant coffee downgrade. After breakfast we took an incredible tour of the Potala Palace. This is without question the most famous landmark in all of Tibet. Built in 1645 as a winter home for the Dali Lama, the sheer size, engineering and magnificence of this palace inspires anyone lucky enough just to lay eyes on it. So we felt privileged to have a three hour tour arranged for us beginning right after breakfast.
Once on the streets of Lhasa, this preconceived idea of a beautiful, traditional Buddhist city got zapped straight out of our brains with blaring horns, massive buildings and what one person called the Times Square of Tibet directly in front of the palace’s gate. Neon lights, swanky fashion shops, fancy cars, Lhasa has it all.
After our brief culture shock we found ourselves deep in the heart of the Potala Palace, sanctuary to over a dozen Dali Lamas in the past 375 years. It is difficult to describe how spectacular this place is. From Dali Lama tombs to prayer rooms to sculptures cast in gold. This place is truly remarkable.
After the Palace tour our next excursion began. The 180 mile drive from Lhasa to Shigatse. With both cities holding populations greater than a half million, we simply could not believe the infrastructure projects connecting these two metropolises. Paved highways, massive tunnels through giant mountains, apartment buildings ready to house thousands more Chinese coming to this high mountain desert.
Beyond all of the cultural collisions, we made it to Shigatse in just over 7 hours. If you do the math that is an average speed of 26 miles per hour. We drove so slow at times the team thought we would get rear ended by a cow pulling a cart. Ounce finally settled we had a fantastic dinner and can hardly contain our excitement for tomorrow’s repeat of snail crawling our way closer to Shishapangma. We are all in great spirits and will touch base tomorrow.
Wonderfully written commentary. Keep them coming along with photos.
Posted by: Betty (Art's sister) on 9/8/2016 at 2:23 pm
September 6, 2016
Greetings from Tibet. We were delayed on our flight to Lhasa, but managed to land a couple hours before dark. It was a surreal change to leave the chaotic yet controlled scene of Kathmandu, and in less than one hour, experience on the other side of the Himalaya the somewhat quiet and broad Tibet.
Tired from the hurry up and wait, we checked into our hotel, had an amazing dinner, and then settled in to our rooms for the night.
Everyone is really excited to finally start covering the ground towards Shishapangma. Before we start the drive tomorrow, we’ll have time for a quick visit to the Potala. Soon after, we’ll set off for Shigatse. More tomorrow!!!
Everyone is looking “stoked” and ready to go!
Posted by: Betty (Art's sister) on 9/8/2016 at 5:10 am
Shimmy here, following you guys with great interest. Good luck!
Posted by: Shimmy on 9/7/2016 at 7:25 am
September 5, 2016
What is the best way to maximize your training before an 8,000m peak climb? Well, probably not rock climbing, but it sure is a good one to maximize your time in Kathmandu while waiting to fly to Lhasa. Today we spent the day having some fun, as the pictures show, but also starting to get excited with planning, strategizing and dreaming of the climb of the “Crest above the grassy plains”. Tomorrow we’re flying to Lhasa early in the morning, and the Tibetan adventure will begin… Stay tuned!
RMI Guides Elias, Adam, Robby & Team
Looks like fun! You ROCK Wolf! ;-)
Posted by: Keyana Kobra on 9/6/2016 at 3:30 pm
Stick it Wolf!!
Posted by: meme on 9/6/2016 at 9:01 am
September 4, 2016
And we have started our Shishapangma Expedition!!! The team is all well in Kathmandu… pretty much uneventful arrivals yesterday, that culminated with the expected jet lag on most of us. A nice welcome dinner put us to bed early. Today, we spent the day visiting the Monkey Temple and acquiring some last minute items we determined appropriate after our gear check. Kathmandu has greeted us with the last rains of the monsoon, which is to depart the Sub-Indian continent soon. We sure hope for the dry weather of the northern Himalayas when we are on our climb! However, that’s a ways away yet, and we have to wait another day in Kathmandu before we fly to Lhasa, Tibet’s capital, on the 6th.
In the meantime, we’re going to continue to relax in hectic Kathmandu (is that an oxymoron?) before setting out for Chinese territory.
That’s it for now; tune in for our blogs as we start our adventure into the Himalayas!!!
Enjoy and be safe! Mucha suerte y cuidense todos!
Posted by: Bettina ( Wolf's sister) on 9/6/2016 at 1:36 pm
Galina. Lala and I will be following your travels. Enjoy and be safe.
Posted by: JOHN NEWLAND on 9/6/2016 at 7:45 am
August 25, 2016
The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guides Elias deAndres Martos and Leon Davis reached the Summit of Mt. Rainier early this morning. Elias reported beautiful clear skies, but very cold temperatures.
Congratulations to today’s team!
Yay!!! Stephen Roberts!!! I’m pretty sure this is YOUR team….so YAY…..YOU DID IT!
Congratulations to all of you! So proud of this achievement!
Posted by: Diane Roberts on 8/25/2016 at 12:04 pm
Wonderful achievement, Andrew Williams! I’m sure it was a memorable, but exhausting, experience.
Posted by: David on 8/25/2016 at 8:20 am
August 20, 2016
Our Four Day Summit Climb teams for August 17 - 20 reached the summit of Mt. Rainier early this morning. The teams enjoyed beautiful weather with clear skies and a lots of bright moon light. After spending time in the crater, they started their descent. As of 7:00 am PT, RMI Guides Elias de Andres Martos and Mike King reported that they were descending Disappointment Cleaver. We look forward to greeting the teams at BaseCamp this afternoon.
Congratulations to today Summit Climbers!
Great Job Matt H. and the rest of the team!
Posted by: Joe Hackett on 8/20/2016 at 7:39 am
August 9, 2016
Hello, this is the Artesonraju team calling from Moraine Camp, (high camp). Unfortunately we cannot celebrate a summit, but we were short of it today. We had to bail 150 meters prior to the summit, that’s roughly 450 feet, given the bad snow and ice conditions that we had on the head wall, but we did put up a fight on a challenging climb. Everybody’s doing great here. Looking forward to getting down to basecamp and eventually to Vaqueria tomorrow. So stay tuned for our full report on the trip in a couple days. Hopefully all are doing well at home. Thanks for following. Bye.
RMI Guide Elias de Andres Martos calls from Moraine Camp.
Welcome down, safe & sound!! Kim, you (and the team) are amazing adventurers! I try to imagine that amount of effort for that many days in that frigid cold and wind, and needless to say, it’s impossible. Great job on all fronts and congratulations on this tough climb!!! XXX Trish
Posted by: Trish on 8/12/2016 at 4:01 pm
Hi Kim , We are very proud of you & the entire team!!! It must have been a very exciting climb! We look forward to hearing all about this expedition & of course seeing the amazing photos!! Travel safe & stay well!! Love, Dad
Posted by: SHEL on 8/10/2016 at 7:47 am
August 7, 2016
Good evening from Artesonraju Base Camp. Today was a well deserved rest day here at Hauripampa after yesterday’s summit on Paria. We’re eager to start our final move towards our objective.
RMI Guides Elias de Andres Martos and Eric Frank
August 6, 2016
Hello - This is Elias and Eric. We are on the summit of Paria North at 5,500 meters roughly 18,500’ and it’s a beautiful day up here. We can see a lot of the cool summits of the Cordillera Blanca. We just wanted to let you know that we are are starting our descent. We will let you know what happens in the next few days on the blog. That is all for now everybody’s good and we are enjoying ourselves.
RMI Guide Elias de Andres Martos
RMI Guide Elias de Andres Martos call from the summit of Paria North.
Cheers to Roland from his fans in Atlanta!
Posted by: Meg Schlachter on 8/9/2016 at 6:43 pm
Wonderful! Sounds like everything is on schedule! Played trivia last week - one of the questions was “what sport uses an ice pick?” Yea! we knew! Love, momma
Posted by: Jane Lubow on 8/8/2016 at 8:08 am