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Entries By hannah smith

Mt. Rainier: Four Day Climb Team Turns at Cathedral Gap

The Four Day Climb Team led by RMI Guides Hannah Smith and Dustin Whittmier were turned by winter like conditions on their summit attempt of Mt. Raineir this morning. The team reach Cathedral Gap at about 10,700'.  The team has started their descent from Camp Muir and are en rote to Paradise.

Congratulaions to Today's Team! 

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Mt. Rainier: Climbing Team reaches Summit

RMI Guides Eric Frank and Hannah Smith led a team of climbers with the Inspiration4 Team to the summit of Mt. Rainier today.  The teams enjoyed nice conditions on the mountain and a direct route via the Ingraham Direct.

Congratulations to the Inspriation4 Team!

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Mt. Rainier: Expedition Skills Seminar Reaches Summit

The Expedition Skills Seminar - Muir led by RMI Guides Brent Okita, Hannah Smith and Avery Parrinello reached the summit of Mt. Rainier today.  Brent reported a beautiful day with windy conditions and challenges.  The group has spent the last several days training at Camp Muir.  Tonight will be their final night at the 10,000' camp and they will descend to Paradise tomorrow.  We hope the team enjoyed their time on the mountain.  Congratulations on reaching the summit!

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Mt. Rainier: Muir Seminar Teams Reach Summit

The Expedition Skills Seminar - Muir teams led by RMI Guides Pete Van Deventer, Dustin Wittmier, Hannah Smith and Kiira Antenucci reached the summit of Mt. Rainier today under clear skies and moderate winds.  The teams were descending from the crater rim around 7:30 am PT.

The group gathered at Rainier BaseCamp on Monday for a full day orientation to prepare for their program.  On Tuesday morning the group left for Paradise where they donned packs and made the ascent to Camp Muir.  The teams spent the next few days training near Camp Muir, honing their mountaineering skills and preparing to make their summit today.  Today is their final day on the mountain and once they return to Camp Muir, they will repack their gear and continue their descent to Paradise.

Congratulations to today's teams on capping off a great week of training by standing on the summit of Mt. Rainier!

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Aconcagua: Smith & Team Back in Mendoza

A shower never felt so good! We spent the night sleeping under the stars. The sky held more stars than one can imagine. No light pollution makes every star twinkle. No alarms were set, we just woke with the sun and the rustling of the other teams at camp. Breakfast looked like a continental breakfast, bagels, oatmeal, cereal. Of course copious amounts of coffee were consumed as well. Everyone can feel the compounded effects of the last few days. This day held a lot inventive to keep moving. Today we would walk to the end of the Vacas Valley and wrap up our expedition. Today we would enjoy a shower and wash Aconcagua off of us. Today we would sleep in a bed. The team walked in style all the way to the end. They earned their shower and bed. All clean and looking presentable the team took the night to relax. Tomorrow we will do an official closing to the exepedition and maybe some laundry too. Before we sign off for good, we would like to thank everyone for the kind comments on the blogs and endless encouragement.

Thank you all and good night,

RMI Guide Hannah Smith

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Thanks again for writing such awesome posts so we can follow along. I’m sure you’re all delighted to be clean and get some rest. Have safe journeys home!

Posted by: Heather Collins on 1/25/2020 at 7:14 am

Aconcagua: Smith & Team’s Last Night Out Before Mendoza

Just keep walking, walking, walking. We said goodbye to basecamp today. We would begin our walk down through the Relinchos Valley to the Vacas Valley. As we walked, we took in the last views of Aconcagua. Taking in those last views naturally makes you reflect on your journey. What a journey it has been. Our walk down was full of Guanacos sighting. Everyone loves a wildlife sighting. We weaved our way across many stream crossings. The cool water felt magnificent on the feet. It was a long day covering two days worth of walking. The end result was worth it. We were greeted with fresh cut melon and pineapple at Lenas. The dinner was the grand finale, carne asada BBQ. Beef and chicken cooked over a fire by the arreyeros makes all the walking worth it. Instead of pitching a tent, like we have done so many times, we chose to sleep under the stars like the Argentinean cowboys do. Its always a surreal moment, having been so high on a mountain then two days later sleeping in a desert valley floor under the stars. Tomorrow we will finish our walk. Our feet are tired. Our bodies are tired. The incentive though is big to keep walking...a shower in Mendoza. The excitment is high for what tomorrow brings, a shower and a bed. So it is off to bed for us.

Our last night out,
RMI Guide Hannah Smith and team

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Amazing accomplishment everyone. We are excited to talk to you Pops!

Posted by: Noel Imfeld on 1/24/2020 at 5:15 pm

This is truly a major accomplishment & you are wrapping it up with an Argentinian flare! The sleeping under the stars & the BBQ just sound like perfection. We have so enjoyed your descriptions! Thank you so much!
Judy & Dale

Posted by: Judy collins on 1/24/2020 at 11:40 am

Aconcagua: Smith & Team Descend to Thicker Air of Basecamp

What goes up, must go down! Our uphill travel is over and it is now time for us to make our way downhill. What took us 12 days to get up to, would only take us a handful of hours to get back down. We broke down our camp at 19,600' and began our walk down to the much thicker air at 13,800'. It was a fantastic sight to see the Grajales staff welcome us back to basecamp. They greeted us with yummy snacks and a bottle of sparkling wine to celebrate our achievement. We could not ask for a more friendly group of people. After enjoying sitting in chairs and filling our bellies with fruit and various snacks, we had some chores to do. We sorted our gear and packed our duffles for the mules tomorrow. Our journey and long days are not over yet. Tomorrow we have a long hike to Pampa de Lenas. The promise of a carne asada BBQ will keep the team going and a promise of showers will keep us going the following day. The end is near where we can wash off all the dirt.

Just two more nights in sleeping bags,
RMI Guide Hannah Smith and team


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I am betting there will be several enjoyable showers and a full plate for each of you! What a wonderful adventure! A lifelong memory! ENJOY!

Posted by: Judy & Dale Collins on 1/23/2020 at 6:48 am

Enjoy those well-deserved rewards! The carne asada and showers are probably particularly enticing and will lure you downhill. :) So happy to hear you’ve made it to Base Camp. Safe travels.

Posted by: Heather Collins on 1/22/2020 at 7:10 pm

Aconcagua: Smith & Team Return Safely back to Camp After Summit

What a day, what a day! We woke early in the AM to a star filled sky and only an occasional light breeze. Hot water was served up for oatmeal and coffee before we packed up our summit packs. Several other teams started uphill before us. You could see their headlights shining on the slope. By time we hit first break, we no longer needed lights. We watched the sunrise, showing off its beauty. Although the sun was up, we wouldn't enjoy its warmth for several more hours. The lack of snow on the route created some challenging walking conditions. Scree, sand, loose rocks were our walking surface. We put one foot in front of the other until there was no where left for us to go. The summit was perfect, barely a breeze, sunny, warm. After taking photos and flying a kite (we are wondering if we broke any records flying a kite at 22,800') we made our way back down. Going up is just half the journey. The other half is getting down safely. Safely back at camp, we filled our bellies with Ramen and tried to catch up on hydration. Tomorrow is a big day as we descend 6,000' back to Basecamp. With a big day ahead, its time to get horizontal and let the body rest.

Thank you for all the support,

RMI Guide Hannah Smith and team

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Congrats Sue and team, can’t wait to hear about this amazing adventure.

Have a safe return to civilization .

With love

Sandra E

Posted by: Sandra E on 1/22/2020 at 5:33 pm

Congratulations team!  Excellent job Hannah and Avery!

Posted by: Shannon Smith on 1/22/2020 at 11:03 am

Aconcagua: Smith & Team Reach Summit!

Hello everyone from the highest peak outside the Himalayas!! The team is doing well and sucking air. Its sunny, clear, with a light breeze. We will do another dispatch when we get back to camp.

We go high,

RMI Guide Hannah Smith and team

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Great job Tim and company! Proud of your fortitude to hit that altitude. Very impressive! Now get back home safely so we can get the story of your adventure live :)

Safe travels Pop!


Posted by: Christopher Nicholson on 1/22/2020 at 8:54 pm

Hurray! Congratulations to everyone That is SO high!
Safe travels,

Posted by: David B. Clemmons on 1/22/2020 at 10:23 am

Aconcagua: Smith & Team Move to High Camp

The time is here! We woke today to clear skies, a welcoming sight from yesterday's mean looking clouds. It was time to move up to Aconcagua High Camp and put ourselves in place to go to the summit. With efficiency, we packed up camp. By now the team is seasoned pros at camp disassembly and assembly. Packs loaded, we hit the trail and made our way to 19,600'. There we made camp and got settled in. The rest of the afternoon we took care of ourselves and got ready for summit day tomorrow. Staying hydrated, getting calories on board, resting the body and mind are all important. Its early to bed tonight because we will have an early start tomorrow. All we can do now is try to catch some Zzz's and hope the weather holds for a beautiful summit.

Wish us luck!
RMI Guide Hannah Smith and team

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There in spirit with you as you take the summit today!
Fingers crossed the weather has held, and you have a spectacular view up top!
Looking forward to the next updates.  :)
Miss you!

Posted by: Maggie Riley on 1/21/2020 at 10:44 am

Sounds like the weather is ready for you and the team to have a wonderful summit day!

Posted by: Russ Frederickson on 1/21/2020 at 7:02 am

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