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

Posted by: Brent Okita, Geoff Schellens | August 22, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

RMI Guides Brent Okita & Geoff Schellens led their Four Day Summit Climb teams to the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  The teams were able to spend about an hour enjoying the views on the summit.  They began their descent from the crater rim just before 8 am. They will return to Camp Muir to rest and repack before continuing down to Paradise.

Congratulations to today’s teams!


Woohoo!  Great job! You are amazing Janet Hernandez!

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Posted by: Michele on 8/22/2015 at 10:47 pm

Yay Andi!  Congratulations - own your moment!  We love you!

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Posted by: Jodie, Dan, and Elliott on 8/22/2015 at 2:17 pm

Mt. Rainier: August 18th Summit!

Posted by: Steve Gately, Geoff Schellens, Leon Davis | August 18, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climbs led by RMI Guides Steve Gately and Geoff Schellens reached the summit of Mt. Rainier at about 6:45 this morning.  Steve reported winds of about 30mph at the crest, but overall a beautiful day.  The team has started their descent and are en route to Camp Muir.

RMI Guide Leon Davis called at 7:30 AM this morning from the Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons. He and the team are back at camp. They reached 11,600’, then turned due to a large crack. Later today they will take a walk to spend more time training about 500’ above Camp Schurman.

Mt. Rainier: August 12th Update

Posted by: Geoff Schellens, Kel Rossiter, Ben Liken, Eric Frank | August 12, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 12,300'

The Mount Rainier Four and Five Day Summit Climbs, led by Kel Rossiter and Ben Liken, reached about 12,300 feet before thunder and lightning forced the team to turn.  The team is safely back at Camp Muir and began their descent to Paradise at 9:00 a.m.  The skies are currently hazy with a fair amount of smoke in the skies from various wildfires in eastern part of Washington.  Geoff Schellens and the Expedition Skills Seminar - Kautz turned from their summit attempt yesterday at 13,300 feet.  They will finish their day of training and be back at RMI Basecamp later this afternoon.  The RMI Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons, led by Eric Frank, checked in from camp this morning.  Their team is doing well, training today, and preparing for their summit bid in the morning.

View from the Mount Rainier Emmons Seminar Camp. Photo: Eric Frank The ridge below Castle Rocks, Mount Rainier. Photo: Mike Walter The Emmons Shoulder on Mount Rainier. Photo: Peter Whittaker

Alpamayo Expedition: Schellens and Team Return to Huaraz

Posted by: Geoff Schellens | August 02, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Peru
Elevation: 10,000'

This morning we woke up early had breakfast, packed and then waited. We experienced some logistical snafus in communications with our donkey drivers and horse handlers, but only a minor hiccup. We started hiking down valley and in a couple hours came across our animals. While the donkeys continued on to base camp to collect our duffle bags we mounted our horses and began riding down valley. It turns out our team of expert climbers are also amazing rodeo cowboys. We all laughed and hollered riding our horses we named Mr Ed, Alpa- caballo, EFrank, Stumbles, and Chuck.

We arrived to Cashapampa, the trail head, a couple hours before our donkeys and found a beautiful shady porch to rest on and enjoyed a couple cervezas. A three hour van ride had us back to our hotel in Huaraz where we quickly showered and are currently enjoying a delicious dinner.
Thanks for following along on our incredible trip.

We’ll see you all soon,
RMI Guide Geoff Schellens

The streets of Huaraz, Peru.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Glad to hear that you have your heads back out of the clouds and that you found your “asses”!!!! Enjoy your last hours celebrating your success and good times in… read more

Posted by: Patty Stenderup on 8/2/2015 at 9:24 pm

Alpamayo Expedition: Schellens and Team Descent to Base Camp

Posted by: Geoff Schellens | August 01, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Peru
Elevation: 14,270'

We all slept very well after our successful summit climb yesterday and didn’t get up until 8:30 this morning. After casual breakfast and coffee we slowly packed camp all the while looking up at the astounding route we had just climbed. It was impossible to ignore to smiles and feeling of accomplishment throughout the group. Eventually, by about 11:30 we hoisted heavy packs again and began our descent to Base Camp. Late in the afternoon we arrived to popcorn, chips and guacamole, and black corn juice (very tasty). We shuffled gear around a bit and then sat down for dinner and Peruvian wine! Truly a celebration. 

Tomorrow we will finish packing duffel bags for the mules and choose our horses for our ride back to Cashapampa and then on to Huaraz. Though our trip here is almost over everyone is already talking about the next adventure.
Thanks for staying with us throughout this incredible trip.

RMI Guide Geoff Schellens and the Alpamayo Team

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Everyone, congratulations and enjoy the trip down. Please take pics of the farmboy on the horse. John, I hope your horse is nicer than your dad’s pony Tony. Love Tante

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Posted by: Lisa Stenderup on 8/2/2015 at 1:37 pm

Glad to hear you all are safe and enjoyed your expedition. We cant wait to see you home!!! Love Angela,  Liana, Avery, Bella and Buster Brown.

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Posted by: Liana & Avery on 8/2/2015 at 11:41 am

Alpamayo Expedition: Schellens and Team Make the Summit!

Posted by: Geoff Schellens | July 31, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Peru
Elevation: 19,512'

Summit day.

This morning we got up a little after midnight to a starry calm night. We ate breakfast and put the final touches on our packing and just before two o’clock in the morning we marched out of camp. Within 40 minutes we encountered steep snow slopes and began pitching it out. We slowly worked our way up our route climbing close to 2,000 feet of beautiful ice and snow. The whole team did a fantastic job today. We reached the summit of Alpamayo just before 8:00 AM. Tired as we were, everyone stayed focused for our decent and we walked back into camp tired but extremely happy. We will begin our descent to Base Camp tomorrow.
Thanks so much for following along on our climb. It has truly been an honor to climb such a beautiful peak with such a great group.

RMI Guide Geoff Schellens

Summit day on Alpamayo, Peru.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Congratulations to the team! Well done! It seems as if we crossed paths just yesterday. Happy trails out.

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Posted by: Wolf Riehle on 8/1/2015 at 6:11 pm

Excitement and “Vivas” !!!
Congrats and pat on the back for each of you… GREAT JOB!!
A huge hug from your family, Jesse
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Posted by: Luz on 8/1/2015 at 4:41 pm

Alpamayo: Schellens & Team Rest Day at High Camp

Posted by: Geoff Schellens | July 30, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Peru
Elevation: 17,880'

Today was a rest day at high camp and the team took full advantage. Most of us have been napping, stretching, hydrating, and getting strong. A few of us, including myself, had a little bit of a rumbling gut last night and this morning but everyone seems to recovering quickly today.

Excitement is very high is we look up at the beautiful summit face with its steep ice runnels. Like a siren it is calling to us and with calm winds and blue skies it is impossible to ignore. Our forecast for tomorrow looks perfect as well so for now, we wait.

Thanks for following us on this fantastic climb.

RMI Guide Geoff Schellens and the Alpamayo Team

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Brother, you really are Superman! Go Jesse!
When y’all are done with this one is Mt. Everest next on the list?
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Posted by: Virginia Rosales on 7/31/2015 at 10:34 am

Good luck to everyone today! Geoff, you keep those rogues in check - no funny business at 70 degrees! Sending my love.

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Posted by: Dana Cori on 7/31/2015 at 9:30 am

Alpamayo: Schellens & Team at High Camp

Posted by: Geoff Schellens | July 29, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Peru
Elevation: 17,880'

Hello from High Camp. Today we woke up with the sun hitting our tents at Moraine Camp and not a cloud in sight. We had breakfast and coffee and packed up. This was our first time with crampons and ice tools of the trip. It took a stretch or two but we all fell into a good cadence. Soon we found ourselves nearing the Col but a few steep steps of snow and ice separated us from camp. Though it was difficult with heavy backpacks we all climbed very well up to the Col. Here we finally got our first view of the southwest face of Alpamayo that we will climb. It is perhaps one of the most beautiful mountains I have ever seen and our line is striking and direct. Everyone is very excited for the ascent.
The team did very well today and everyone is happy and healthy. Most likely we will take a rest day tomorrow and climb on Friday.

Thanks for following along with us.
RMI Guide Geoff Schellens and the Alpamayo Team!

Alpamayo from Col Camp (17,880'). Photo: Elias de Andres Martos

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Wow!!! That is QUITE A MOUNTAIN!!!!!  I appreciate the nightly reports so we can follow along with you.  The blue skies DO make the mountain look magnificent….ONWARD AND UPWARD!!!  Happy… read more

Posted by: Patty Stenderup on 7/30/2015 at 8:51 pm

Go Geoff and team!!! Cheering for you all from Ashford. Go guys!

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Posted by: elias on 7/29/2015 at 9:38 pm

Alpamayo Expedition: Schellens and Team Move to Moraine Camp

Posted by: Geoff Schellens | July 28, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Peru
Elevation: 16,240'

This morning we woke to coffee in bed and blue skies above. We had a leisurely morning, after breakfast we napped in the sun and slowly packed our bags. At mid day we had a delicious lunch and spent some more time packing and digesting before hoisting our packs and heading up to Moraine Camp. Everyone did a fantastic job getting up here. Shortly after we moved into the tents our porters arrived with tea and dinner, these guys are amazing!  We are now enjoying the alpine glow on some of the surrounding peaks of the Cordillera Blanca before turning in for the night.
The team is doing great and very excited to be making up hill progress again.
Thanks for following along with us.

RMI Guide Geoff Schellens and the Alpamayo team

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So far the “hike” sounds like one of those glamping vacations. Step it up guys! John-I hope you enjoyed the glacier bathing.  I once jumped into a glacier lake near… read more

Posted by: Lisa Stenderup on 7/28/2015 at 8:09 pm

Alpamayo: Schellens & Team Enjoy Adventure Filled Rest Day

Posted by: Geoff Schellens | July 27, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Peru
Elevation: 14,270'

Today’s blog is brought to you by the team:

July 27, 2015: Peru, South America with a group of Americans…

Our rest day today proved to bring out the restlessness in these children (yes, us). Promptly following coffee in bed and a two course breakfast, the team took to sun bathing. Once the Vitamin D production quotas were met for the day, the team selected their bathing suits and headed for the lake! A quick 20 minute hike led us to the alpine lake and picturesque view. Testosterone quickly kicked in when the team hit the rocky beach and noticed the glacier that was feeding ice into the lake. It took mere minutes for the team to jump in. Robert took a little convincing but peer pressure won the day. After an unforgettable day of bonding, we all feel blessed to have each other’s company and grateful to be sharing this experience in such a majestic place. What happens on the mountain…gets posted to the blog.

Oh yea, almost forgot, we rode icebergs in a glacial lake! Who else can say they did that in July?!

RMI Guide Geoff Schellens and Team

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Did someone say iceberg lettuce? Sorry, I couldn’t resist the produce pun John. Sounds like an amazing place and a truly memorable experience. Continue to enjoy and be safe! -… read more

Posted by: Kim Reddin on 7/28/2015 at 4:23 pm

Stenderup!!!  What did you do with the WG Market update?  I can’t find it!!! ... just kidding .. :)
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Posted by: Luke Gowdy on 7/28/2015 at 2:47 pm

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