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Mt. Rainier: Expeditions Skills Seminar - Muir Reaches Summit!

Posted by: Casey Grom, Elias de Andres Martos | September 11, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Expeditions Skills Seminar - Muir has spent the week training at Camp Muir and this morning were able to reach the summit of Mt. Rainier.  Due to high winds throughout the night, they delayed their departure from Camp Muir.  The conditions were firm and the conditions cold but with clear skies and decreasing winds the team was able to spend some time on the summit.  All of the team members participating in this week’s program reached the summit along with RMI Guides Casey Grom, Elias de Andres Martos, Andy Hildebrand, Andrew Kiefer and Mike King.  The team will return to Camp Muir to spend their final night on the mountain.  Tomorrow they may do a bit of training before starting their descent to Paradise.

Congratulations to the Expedition Skills Seminar - Muir team members!

Expeditions Skills Seminar - Muir team members training earlier this week on Mt. Rainier.  Photo: Casey Grom The entire Expeditions Skills Seminar - Muir on the summit of Mt. Rainier, September 11, 2014.  Photo: Casey Grom
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Mt. Rainier: September 6th SUMMIT!

Posted by: Brent Okita, Elias de Andres Martos | September 06, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb team led by RMI Guides Brent Okita and Elias de Andres Martos reached the summit of Mt. Rainier Early this morning.  Brent Okita reported that it was the most beautiful day of the year, with zero wind.  A great day for climbing!

Congratulations to Today’s Team!

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Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climb Teams Reach the Summit!

Posted by: Elias de Andres Martos, Leon Davis | August 25, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb teams led by RMI Guides Elias de Andres Martos and Leon Davis reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning around 7 am.
Elias reported clear skies and very light wind on the summit.  The from Camp Muir to the summit was covered with 6 - 12 inches of new snow.  The teams will enjoy some time on the summit before beginning their descent.
We look forward to seeing everyone at Rainier BaseCamp this afternoon.

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb teams!

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Mount Rainier: Summit Climb Teams Reach the Top!

Posted by: JJ Justman, Elias de Andres Martos | August 20, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The RMI Four- and Five-Day Mount Rainier summit climbs reached the summit this morning by 7:30 a.m.  The weather was surprisingly cold, moderate winds and a cloud deck at 8,000’.  At 8:35 a.m. the teams began their descent from the crater rim and will make their way to Camp Muir, Paradise and then their celebration awaits at Rainier Basecamp.

RMI Guides JJ Justman and Elias de Andres Martos

RMI Guide Zach Lovell and team ascending Mount Rainier just after daybreak. Photo: JJ Justman
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Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climb Teams Reach the Summit!

Posted by: Elias de Andres Martos, Casey Grom | August 14, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb Teams led by RMI Guides Casey Grom and Elias de Andres Martos reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  Casey radioed that the team had a long hard day getting to the summit with several inches of new snow on the mountain requiring them to break trail.  The teams reached the crater rim around 8:30 am and was going to spend a short amount of time on top before starting their descent.  They will return to Camp Muir for a short break before continuing down to Paradise.

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb Teams!

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Machu Picchu: Elias and Team reach Machu Picchu!

Posted by: Elias de Andres Martos | August 06, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Peru
Elevation: 7,972'

Hello from Aguas Calientes,

We arrived to Macchu Picchu this morning!! After a super early 3:30am wake up call, and 4:30 start, we hiked the last couple miles to this one of the world’s seven wonders of architecture. Light rain and plenty of clouds greeted us at Intipunku (Sun Gate), perched on the hills of Macchu Picchu mountain. But upon descent to the citadel itself, the ceiling of vaporized water cleared up and we could admire, as a reward for the last week of intense hiking through the Andes, the mysticism of this “lost City of the Incas” as well as its dramatic mountain cliffs surrounding us.

We are now resting at our hotel, equally excited about tomorrow’s hike to Huayna Picchu, above Macchu Picchu. Stay tuned for the last report and pictures.

Regards,
RMI Guide Elías de Andres Martos and the Team.

PS: photo attached from Puyupatamarca, Inca site on our descent to Macchu Picchu yesterday

View of Machu Picchu. Photo: RMI Collection

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Machu Picchu: Elias and Team At Winaywayna

Posted by: Elias de Andres Martos | August 05, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Peru
Elevation: 8,700'

Hello, this is Elias and the Machu Picchu trekking team. We are at Winaywayna and we are having a wonderful time on our awesome trek. Tomorrow we will wake up very, very early to [broken] two hours [broken] that will lead us into Machu Picchu where [broken]. Tomorrow we descend to beautiful [broken]. We will be checking in tomorrow from Machu Picchu. [broken]

RMI Guide Elias de Andres Martos


RMI Guide Elias de Andres Martos checks in from the Machu Picchu trek.

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Machu Picchu: Elias & Team Merged onto the Inca Trail

Posted by: Elias de Andres Martos | August 03, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Peru
Elevation: 12,620'

Hello, this is Elías and the Machu Picchu trekking team. First of all, we want to apologize for the lack of communication yesterday, but we were in such a narrow valley that our satellite phone wouldn’t pick up the signal. However, we had an awesome day crossing the Continental Divide, from the Pacific side to the Atlantic and dropping to an amazing valley, where we saw herds of llamas moving around. And we had awesome views of Nevado Salkantay, a 6,000+ meter peak, and amazing glaciers. Today we merged with the classic Inca Trail, where we are today. We are just camped here, perched on a terrace right above treeline, and it’s been an amazing day! We went from the dry Andean landscape to the rainforest we have just crossed, and we’re having an awesome time discovering this amazing land of the Inca. We’ll keep you posted tomorrow, as we have our second journey into the classic Inca Trail, and again, we have left behind the three days of incredible hiking up mountain passes in the Andes. That’s all for now! We’ll check in again tomorrow. Bye.

RMI Guide Elias de Andres Martos


Elias de Andres Martos calls in from Machu Picchu.

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Machu Picchu: Elias & Team Begin Their Trek

Posted by: Elias de Andres Martos | August 02, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Peru
Elevation: 12,460'

Hello this is Elias with the Machu Picchu Trek. We are at our camp right below Nevado Salkantay under the impressive north face. We had a really good first day of hiking. We are in the vicinity of 13,000 feet. Everybody did really well. We are about to enjoy a nice dinner cooked by our amazing cook, Alejandro. Tomorrow we will visit Incan ruins and the Inca Calendar. and will keep you posted when we get to the next camp.

RMI Guide Elias de Andres Martos


Elias de Andres Martos calling in from the Machu Picchu Trek.

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Machu Picchu:  Elias and Team Visit the Sacred Valley of the Incas

Posted by: Elias de Andres Martos | July 31, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Peru
Elevation: 10,850'

Good evening!

We’re writing from our hotel in Cuzco after a full day of visits along the Sacred Valley of the Incas. With the city of Ollantaytambo as the pinnacle of the day, we also had the time to pet the llamas and alpacas of a South American Cammel’s zoo we visited. The walking we did among the different Inca ruins we visited along the Urubamba river, between elevations of 9,000 and 12,000 ft, continued to help us acclimate to the altitude.
Tomorrow, an early departure (4am) will bring us to the trail head to start our trek towards Machu Picchu… a week filled with great trail hiking awaits!

Our next post will be from the trails.

Best regards,

RMI Guide Elías and the team

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