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Entries By geoff schellens


Mt. Shuksan: Seminar Reaches the Summit!

The Mt. Shuksan Seminar, led by RMI Guide Geoff Schellens, reached the summit today.  The wildfire smoke obstructed some of the views but the team had a great time on a spectacular route! Some photos from the team above.

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Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climb Teams Turn Due to High Winds

The Four Day Summit Climb August 27 - 30 led by RMI Guides Geoff Schellens and Mike King were unable to reach the summit of Mt. Rainier today.  The teams turned around at 12,700’ due to high winds.  The teams have returned safely to Camp Muir.  They plan to start their descent to Paradise around 9:30 am PT.

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Remember…. it is the trip that is most important…not the destination…per “Zen and The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: an inquiry into values” by Robert M. Pirsig”...from a ‘60s mama…...love and prayers for all…come home safely.

Posted by: Sharen Hart on 8/30/2017 at 7:37 pm

Glad you’re all safe. Even though you weren’t able to reach the summit, I hope the journey was an adventure!

Posted by: Elise Resnick on 8/30/2017 at 5:16 pm


Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climbs Turn at 13,300’

The Four Day Summit Climb August 12 - 15 led by RMI Guide Geoff Schellens turned around today at 13,300’ due to difficult terrain.  The team reported a nice day with calm winds. The team will return to Camp Muir and continue their descent to Paradise later today.

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Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climbs Reach the Summit!

RMI Guides Geoff Schellens and Mike King lead their teams to the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning. After enjoying some time in the crater they started their descent to Camp Muir.  They will take a short rest and then continue down to Paradise.

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climbers!

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Mt. Rainier: August 6th Summit!

The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guides Geoff Schellens and JM Gorum were walking onto Columbia Crest, the very top of Mt. Rainier at 6:10am this morning. The team reported warm temperatures, calm winds, and clear skies above the smoke layer that is currently covering the lower elevations of Western Washington. 

Congratulations to today’s team!

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Congratulations team!! Proud of you….

Posted by: Rajan on 8/6/2017 at 8:50 am

Awesome job Ben! Oli and I love you!!

Posted by: Rachel on 8/6/2017 at 7:54 am


Alpamayo: Schellens & Team Descent to the Trailhead Return to Huaraz

Amazing to think that just 24 hours ago we were striking our high camp on Alpamayo at 17,500’ in the snow, ice, cold and wind and now we are hiking in T-shirts and shorts past cactus and gorgeous rivers.  Back in Base Camp this morning we had a very civilized breakfast of bacon and eggs with lots of strong coffee, loading donkeys and shortly after 9 AM we hit the trail.  Chased by clouds and propelled by music the 6 hour hike back to Casha Pompa went by quickly and by mid afternoon we were sitting in a courtyard sweaty, dirty, but happy with a beer in hand.  Then a three hour van ride brought us back to Huaraz.  After cleaning ourselves up we met for drinks and dinner at the Andino and realized that we are all still on mountain time.  Most people are starting dinner around the time we are ready for bed.
Because we didn’t use our weather day we have bought ourselves an extra day here in Huaraz, we will most likely sleep in, slowly re enter the “real world” and wander around town tomorrow.  We are all happy to be back.
Thanks for following along

RMI Guide Geoff Schellens and the Alpamayo Team

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Alpamayo: Schellens & Team Descend to Base Camp

Alpamayo team heading down hill.
As we crawled out of our tents this chilly morning we saw clouds whipping around Alpamayo and throughout the range. Very glad we climbed yesterday. We packed up, had coffee and began our descent by mid morning. Three rappels from the col got us back on the glacier and easy walking back to Moraine Camp. The team did great despite being tired form the efforts of yesterday. At Moraine Camp we took a good long break before shouldering our heavy packs again. We picked our way through the rocks and slabs leading back to Base Camp. Ilario, our base camp cook, was waiting and had individual pizzas for us shortly after rolling in. We are all glad to be back in the land of trees and grass, tired but happy. This afternoon we are organizing gear for the donkeys to haul down tomorrow and resting. Tomorrow we will make the walk all the way to Casha Pompa, and catch our shuttle back to Huaraz.

That’s all for now,
RMI Guide Geoff Schellens and the A Team

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Alpamayo: Schellens & Team Reach Summit!

The team summits Alpamayo!
We had a spectacular climb starting this morning just after midnight. A short walk on the glacier slowly became steeper as we approach the massive wall of ice and snow in front of us. Once we crossed the bergschrund we pointed our headlamps up the runnel but our lights were lost in snow ice and darkness above. We began pitching it out, climbing a full rope length before building an anchor and belaying the second climber up. In this fashion we inch-wormed our way up into the steep snow and ice. The climbing was superb, soft enough to accept the pick of an ice tool but firm enough to support a crampon. We climbed nine of the 12 pitches in the dark, but as we closed in on the summit the sun began rising across the Cordillera Blanca. Truly outstanding views as we celebrated on the summit before making our descent back down the face. Seven full length rappels brought us to the glacier below and then on to our High Camp. Extremely tired but also satisfied the team is eating, drinking, and napping for the rest of the day before making our descent to Base Camp tomorrow.
Thanks for all the support and following along on this incredible expedition.

RMI Guide Geoff Schellens and the Alpamayo Team

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Congratulations to all of you!!!  Spectacular photos.

Be safe.

Posted by: Lisa on 7/24/2017 at 3:01 pm


Alpamayo: Schellens & Team Take a Rest Day At High Camp

After a couple hard days of climbing we took a rest day today to acclimatize and rest up for our summit bid tonight. Everyone is doing very well and as we put the final touches on packing and organizing the excitement is palpable. It has been a calm and sunny day with the beautiful south face of Alpamayo hanging above us.
That’s all for now.
More tomorrow after our summit bid

RMI Guide Geoff Schellens and the Alpamayo Team

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Alpamayo: Schellens & Team Ascend to High Camp

After a tough day the team is chilling at high camp, tired but very happy. We woke up early this morning to beat the heat on the glacier, though inevitably it caught us. Slow and steady was the name of the game as we pushed into the 17,000 foot world. After a couple hours on the lower glacier we got the the steep steps leading to the Col. Two pitches of steep ice and snow, with full packs, put us on the Col and looking right at the impressive south face of Alpamayo. Another two minute stroll brought us to our high camp. Once we had tents set up everyone settled in to get out of the sun and catch a few zzz’s before dinner. Despite being tired the team is happy, healthy and excited for our climb. We will take a full rest day tomorrow so we can make our summit bid with all our reserves roped off.
That’s all for now.
Thanks for staying with us throughout this incredible adventure

RMI Guide Geoff Schellens

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Send it guys!

Posted by: Elias on 7/23/2017 at 11:50 am

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