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Mexico’s Volcanoes: Frank & Team Summit Ixtaccihuatl!

Good morning everyone, this is Eric Frank and the Mexico’s Volcanoes Expedition checking in from the summit of Ixta. It’s 7:30 a.m., local time here. We had a wonderful climb this morning after a little bit of rain a little bit of snow and some passing thunder storms last night, we actually woke up to starry skies and beautiful blue sky above us at this point with just a few cloud lingering down below. So we’re going to hang out here and enjoy the sunshine and spend some time on top.  Then we will get headed back down and move to Puebla for our rest day tomorrow, that is very well deserved. Thanks for following along. Talk to you soon.

RMI Guide Eric Frank


RMI Guide Eric Frank checks in from the summit of Ixtaccihuatl.

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Congrats to everyone!  We can’t wait to see the pictures.  Thank you to the terrific guides for safely leading the group.

Posted by: Anne Coats on 3/8/2017 at 12:47 pm


Mexico’s Volcanoes: Frank & Team Check In from Ixta’s High Camp

Hello, this is RMI Guide Eric Frank calling in from high camp on Ixta. Unfortunately, we haven’t been able to send out dispatches the last few days. We’ve had some technical difficulties with our satellite modem, so for at least the next few days, will be checking in with voice dispatches like this. All-in-all, the team is doing really well. We had a great day climbing up to our high camp here at 15,100’ on Ixta. The weather is partly cloudy but this morning we had blue skies and am anticipating the same tomorrow for our climb. We’re all settled into our tents and going to nap for the afternoon. We will have an early dinner and then get tucked into bed so we can get up in the middle of the night and climb tomorrow. Wish us luck. Thanks for following along.

RMI Guide Eric Frank


RMI Guide Eric Frank calls in from Ixtaccihuatl High Camp.

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Good luck everyone. Proud of you son

Posted by: Duncan McKinnon on 3/8/2017 at 3:36 am


Mexico’s Volcanoes: Frank & Team Begin their Adventure

Sunday, March 5, 2017
After trickling in from various airports around the US, our team gathered in Mexico City to kick off the trip. We enjoyed our first Mexican meal together and talked about the upcoming climbs. This morning, after a delicious breakfast at Hotel Geneve, the team departed from Mexico City and arrived at La Malinche, an extinct volcano towering over the historical Mexican Olympic training facility. We arrived around noon, and headed out on an acclimatization hike shortly after. Everyone felt great and we were able to climb uphill for over three hours. This was enough to get us above treeline where we could enjoy the beautiful views of the plains below. Once we were back down in camp, we settled into cabins, then enjoyed a dinner of grilled meats and veggies along with fresh guacamole and home tortilla chips! Now we are tucked in bed trying to get a good night’s rest and prepare for our upcoming move to Ixta Base Camp.

Thanks for following along.

RMI Guides Eric Frank and Jenny Konway and the Mexico’s Volcanoes crew

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Fantastic! It looks stunning- what an adventure and what a view.

Posted by: Debi Edy on 3/8/2017 at 10:40 am

Things seem to be going great.  Hope everyone is well rested for the climb to the summit.  The google map indicates that the view should be very special.  Kudos to the guides.

Posted by: Grandma & Grandpa Coats on 3/7/2017 at 12:42 pm


Mt. Shuksan: Fisher Chimneys Team Ready for Summit Bid

Hello, this is Eric Frank checking in from the bivouac below Winnie’s Slide on the Fisher Chimneys Route of Mt. Shuksan. After all the rain of last week, the skies have turned blue and we climbed up the Chimneys under a full sun today. Thanks for following and expect a call from the top tomorrow.

RMI Guide Eric Frank

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Mt. Shuksan: Fisher Chimneys Team Summits!

Hi, this is Eric Frank calling from the summit of Mount Shuksan. We had a cold and windy, but enjoyable, morning climbing up here today. It is gorgeous! We can see into southern Canada, over the city of Vancouver, out at Mount Baker, and even down all the way to Mount Rainier. We feel pretty fortunate to have the views that we have today. We will talk to everyone soon.

RMI Guide Eric Frank


RMI Guide Eric Frank calls in from the Mount Shuksan summit.

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Shuksan Seminar: Frank & Team Finish Their Week of Training

Hello to everyone following the Mt. Shuksan Seminar. Tonight we are checking in from the North Cascades logging town of Sedro-Woolley, at the foot of Mt. Shuksan. Today was meant to be our summit attempt, but instead we awoke to pelting rain on our tents, similar to the weather we have been struggling with for the last four days. After having a group meeting and considering the options, we decided as a group to forego our summit bid in favor of descending to focus on training tomorrow. The weather forecast called for improving skies, but that has been the case each day and yet it continued to rain. We opted to find a dry place down here to ensure that we we able to finish all the training, rather then take the gamble on climbing and sit in a tent for another day. A hard decision to make, but one that we feel was right.
Thanks for following along this week.

Best,
RMI Guides Eric Frank, Solveig Waterfall, Jenny Konway and the RMI Shuksan Seminar crew

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Shuksan Seminar: Frank & Team Prepared for Summit Bid in the Morning

Hello, this is RMI Guide Jenny Konway calling in from the low camp on Mount Shuksan here with the Shuksan Seminar. We had a great morning of training today out in the fog. It cleared up a little bit, and we saw some blue sky. This afternoon we attempted to go out and have some additional training, but got some heavy rain so we all retreated to our tents and had a good dinner. We are tucked in for the evening, hoping that the clouds we’ll part in the morning and have a shot at the summit. So we’re keeping our fingers crossed for nice weather. That’s it for now. Thanks for following along. Have a good night.

RMI Guide Jenny Konway


RMI Guide Jenny Konway called in from the Mount Shuksan Seminar.

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Mt. Shuksan: Eric Frank & Team Arrive at Camp

Hey, This is RMI Guide Eric Frank calling from the south side of Mt. Shuksan on a week long skills seminar. Just wanted to let everyone know that we are in our camp for the night had a great first day. We made it up just to the edge of tree line and it started to rain, so we made camp here. Everyone’s doing well.  Tomorrow Weather permitting we’re hoping to go up to the glacier and do a little training for the day. Wish us luck and thanks for following along!


Eric Frank & Team Checking in from Shuksan Seminar.

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North Cascades: Eric Frank and Team Summit Mt. Goode

Good morning!  This is RMI Guide Eric Frank calling from Goat Creek Camp right in the heart of the North Cascades National Park. This is the final day of our climb of Mt. Goode. We couldn’t get a signal to call out last night, so we’re just checking in this morning. Yesterday we actually woke up to a fair bit of snow on the rocks for our final 5 pitches to the top of Mt. Goode. We had a pretty entertaining time climbing up through mid 5th last climbing with snow on it. We were able to rappel off the the opposite side of the mountain drop down and walk about 10 miles out to this camp.  Today we have 20 beautiful miles on the Pacific Crest Trail. We will be out this evening and touch base then.

Take Care!


Eric Frank Calling in from Goat Creek Camp - Mount Goode

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North Cascades: Eric Frank Calls in from Mt. Goode

Hey, this is Eric Frank calling from high up on the Northeast Buttress of Mt. Goode here in the North Cascades. We are just getting ready to lay down for the night. It’s been raining off and on for about the last two hours, but fortunately we’re tucked in on a little ledge about 3,000 feet above the glacier. That puts us maybe 80% of the way up the route. Tomorrow morning, hopefully if it’s not raining too hard, we should be able to climb up and over and begin our descent down. We’re doing well. Had a nice dinner, and we’re just floating around in the cloud up here. Take care. Hope everyone has a good night.

RMI Guide Eric Frank


RMI Guide Eric Frank calls in from Mt. Goode in the North Cascades.

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