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Entries By eric frank


Mongolia: Frank & Team Move to High Camp

Today was unexpectedly a big move day. After climbing yesterday, the team was planning to take a rest day and recoup, but the forecast had different plans for us.
After looking at upcoming weather and counting the days available to us we decided to move up to High Camp and try to utilize the current high pressure window.
Walking up the glacier was rather uneventful and we made it to our camp at 12,000ft in 5.5 hours. When we arrived the wind picked up and clouds started to build. As we eat dinner it is currently hailing outside and we can hear thunder in the distance. So much for utilizing the good weather!!
We’re not sure what to expect tomorrow and the forecast doesn’t seem reliable, so we’re just going to wake up and see how things look.

RMI Guide Eric Frank

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Mongolia: Frank and Team Reach Summit of Malchin Peak

Hello, this is Eric Frank, good afternoon. I’m calling from the summit of Malchin Peak, here in Mongolia 13,200’. It is a perfect day up here, our whole team is sitting on top, beautiful weather, light winds just enjoying the view of all the mountains surrounding us. So this is the first peak of the trip, hopefully not the last. Thank you so much for following along.

RMI Guide Eric Frank


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Mongolia: Frank and Team Arrive at Potaniin Basecamp

Eleven miles is a long way to walk. Today, however, it didn’t feel very far as stunning vista after vista distracted us from the distance and the hours seemed to fly by. Eventually we made our way to 10,000ft here in the edge of the Potaniin Glacier and established a basecamp that will serve as our home for the next few days.
A highlight of the day was only shouldering small day packs with a few jackets and a bottle of water since a troupe of camels carried our duffels and heavy group gear for us. Climbing in places with beasts of burden may spoil our future views on carrying big backpacks.
For now, the team is laying down and trying to get a big night of sleep. The weather forecast looks good for the next few days, so if we wake to clear skies we may go climb one of the local rocky peaks.

RMI Guide Eric Frank

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Mongolia: Frank & Team Fly to Olgii

Today turned into a big game of hurry up and wait for the Mongolia climbing team. We started the morning with a 4am launch from our hotel to make it to the airport for a 5:50am flight. Unfortunately high winds kept us grounded until nearly 11am, so we drank coffee, took turns walking around the terminal and did our best to rest in preparation of the upcoming climbs.
Once we were in the air, the flight was a non-stop glimpse into the varied terrain of Western Mongolia. From turquoise blue lakes to dark green hills of conifers, this place is breathtaking in every regard.
After a quick lunch we boarded a trusty Russian van and made the five-hour drive out to the edge of the Tavan Bogd Park. We sat so much today that everyone feels fully rested and ready for a week of physical movement starting tomorrow!!

RMI Guide Eric Frank

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Mongolia: Frank and Team Tour Ulaanbaatar and Experience Nadaam Festival

After a few delayed flights and minor complications, all members of the Mongolia climbing team have arrived and are getting settled here in Ulaanbataar, Mongolia. 
We are all a bit jet-lagged but this morning after a quick breakfast meeting, we struck out to see the sights and sounds of city. The Sukhbaatar Square, the National History Museum, first Buddhist temple and Russian Friendship Monument filled our morning. After a quick pit stop for lunch, we journeyed outside of the city to witness the Nadaam festival.
Nadaam is the Mongolian celebration of their three main sports: wrestling, archery, and horsemanship. We were treated to front row seats for all three competitions. After the archery competition, they even invited us to try pulling the bows and shooting a few arrows. Suffice to say, they make it look a lot easier then it was for us.
A traditional Mongolian dinner rounded out the day and we are in bed early to prepare for morning flight to Olgii on the other side of the country.

RMI Guide Eric Frank

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WOO HOO!! So proud of you sweet girl! Love you

Posted by: Jami carino on 7/14/2019 at 11:19 am

So proud of you, Em! What an inspiration and testament you are to put in the work & following your dreams! To many more summits in this lifetime! Love ya mountain mama!

Posted by: Emma Patrick on 7/14/2019 at 10:58 am


Mt. Rainier: Eric Frank & Four Day Climb Reach Summit

The Four Day Climb July 4 - 7 reached the summit of Mt. Rainier just before 7 AM today.  RMI Guide Eric Frank reported a beautiful day with clear and sunny skies above 8,000’.

Congratulations to today’s climbers!

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Yeah booooooiiiiiiiii! Get it!

Posted by: Nicole Hertel on 7/7/2019 at 10:51 am

I’m so proud of you guys!  Way to go!!

Posted by: Melinda Lohre on 7/7/2019 at 8:35 am


Mt. Rainier: Four Day Climb Teams Summit on July 3

The Four Day Climb Teams for June 30 - 3 July reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning led by RMI Guides Eric Frank and Jess Matthews.  The teams reported windy conditions and a cloud cap. They began their descent from the crater rim around 8:15 AM.  The teams 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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YAY!! Congrats to my forever best friend for reaching one of your life long dreams!! I am a super proud wife!!

Posted by: Alina Millard on 7/3/2019 at 2:16 pm

Whoo hoo! Guess 3rd time was the charm. :) Congrats to Kyle and the whole team! Love, Diane and Sasha
PS Someone tell Kyle we are headed to Snow and Bench Lakes Trail- will be back at Paradise by 1 PM.

Posted by: Diane on 7/3/2019 at 10:27 am


Mt. Rainier: Four Day Teams Enjoy Perfect Day for Climbing

RMI Guides Eric Frank and Pepper Dee with their Four Day Climb teams reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning a little before 7 AM.  Both guides reported no winds and overall perfect conditions. 

Congratulations to today’s climbers!

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Mt. Rainier: Four Day Teams Turned Backed by Weather

The Four Day Climb June 17 - 20 was unable to reach the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning due to high winds and cold temperatures.  RMI Guides Eric Frank and Pepper Dee and teams made an alpine start for the summit but turned back at approximately 11,900’.  Once back at Camp Muir the teams will continue their descent to Paradise to conclude their trip.

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Can’t wait to hear about the climb! Hoping for good weather on the descent.

Posted by: Rupali on 6/20/2019 at 11:23 am


Mt. Rainier: Four Day Climb Reaches 12,500’

The Four Day Climb led by RMI Guides Eric Frank and Bryan Mazaika reached the Camp Comfort head-wall at 12,500’ and were turned due to weather. Eric reported fresh snow on the route and 15 - 30 mph winds. The team is en route back to Camp Muir.

Congratulations to Today’s Teams!

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Great climb and fantastic views.
Brian, Ross and Abby were real professional guides on the mountain.

Next time I’ll definitely make sure I have more gas in my tank. 
I may have tapped out if we didn’t turn around due to weather, not sure, but each time the slope leveled out I seemed to get a second wind.

Trip was everything expected and then some.

Again, thanks to our guides for a safe trip.

P.S.  I still owe Wesley and Vicky a beer for borrowing the carabiner.

Vicky, if you have the pic you took of me and my son Wes, I’d love to receive that via email, along with other great shots you may have, like the sunrise in the clouds.

Great climbing with you all.

Fred
(the old guy)

 

Posted by: Fred Whiting on 6/11/2019 at 11:00 am

Safe travels on the way down!  Great job guys!

Posted by: Christina Rydbeck on 6/7/2019 at 11:25 am

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