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Entries By jess matthews

Mt. Rainier: Five Day Climb Reaches the Summit!

After two days spent on the mountain the Five Day Climb reached to summit of Mt. Rainier early today. RMI Guide Jess Matthews called in as the team was on the descent. The team has had great weather while on the mountain, and everyone has climbed strong. They will return to Paradise this afternoon.

Congratulations team!

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Mt. Rainier: Windy Summit for the Four Day Climb

RMI Guides Christina Dale and Jess Matthews and led the Four Day Climb to the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning. Jess reported steady 25 - 30 mph winds from the summit. The teams are making their descent to Camp Muir where they will rest, refuel, and repack before continuing their descent to Paradise. We look forward to seeing them at Rainier BaseCamp in Ashford this afternoon.

Nice work teams!

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Congratulations to all!!  We are looking forward to seeing you at Paradise!

Posted by: Delene gillespie on 8/1/2019 at 8:39 am

Mt. Rainier: A Summit for the Five Day Climb!

RMI Guide Jess Matthews and the Five Day Climb reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning with perfect weather conditions. The team reported warm temperatures and zero wind. After spending some time celebrating on the summit the team began their descent to Camp Muir shortly after 9:00 AM. The team will be back in Ashford this afternoon.

Congratulations climbers!

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Congrats! We left some beer in Ashford for you guys to celebrate with. :)

Posted by: Derek Hertel on 7/8/2019 at 9:29 pm

Congratulations team!!! So excited for you!

Posted by: Kris Ramilo on 7/8/2019 at 7:38 pm

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 Turned Back by Snow Conditions

Today’s Mt. Rainier Four Day Climb teams turned around at 12,600’ today due to avalanche danger.  RMI Guides Tyler Jones and Jess Matthews and their teams enjoyed a beautiful morning on the mountain but conditions just didn’t allow for them to ascend higher.  The teams will be returning to Paradise later this morning and we look forward to seeing them at Rainier BaseCamp this afternoon.

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Super proud of y’all! Enjoy those views! Thankful for the awesome guides!

Posted by: Rachel on 5/27/2019 at 8:39 am

Cotopaxi Express: Whittaker & Team Return to Quito, Depart for Home

Thursday, January 10th, 2019 10:00 pm PT

It always seems to happen so fast. At the beginning of the trip our big objective felt far away, and each day brought anticipation of the new sights and experiences Ecuador would provide. But as soon as we pointed our crampons downhill from the summit, everything seemed to fast forward. Before we knew it we were gathered together in a warm, dry lodge with cold beers in hand at the base of Cotopaxi deliriously recounting the previous (beer-less and not very warm) 12 hours. Refreshed from deep sleep, and with the help of coffee we began to retrace our route back to the city. Cobblestone roads transformed into pavement, and conversation wandered to flight itineraries and last chances to purchase souvenirs. Then just like that we were back in the heart of Quito amidst the sights and sounds of city life wondering if our climb was really just a dream. After arriving, we visited a nearby artisan market and some headed to explore the old town. We gathered one last time tonight for a celebratory team dinner - we couldn’t leave without eating more empanadas! By now we’ve all started making our way home to loved ones armed with stories of adventure and visions of ones to come. Thanks for following along!

RMI Guides Peter Whittaker, Jess Matthews and Team

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Cotopaxi Express: Whittaker & Team Reach Summit of Cotopaxi

La cumbre! We’re happy to report that 100% of our team stood on top of Cotopaxi at 6 am this morning! After two days of downpours, we slung our packs on just after midnight and stepped outside to see the lights of Quito glowing in the distance - the clouds had broken! Alas, it wasn’t long until a chilly wind decided to follow us as we climbed toward 17,000’ and the clouds came rushing back in. Fortunately it was short-lived when we got above the clouds at 19,000’ to see dawn on the horizon and a clear shot to the summit. After 5 hours and 45 minutes of climbing we stepped up onto the crater rim. We didn’t get the spectacular view of the crater we were hoping for (we did get the pungent smell of sulfur, though!), but a lot had gone right for us and we were psyched with our team’s effort to tag 19,348’! Mission accomplished. We said goodbye to our Ecuadorian friends and guides, Nacho and Jaime, this afternoon and will head back to Quito tomorrow morning for a final celebration before hopping on flights back to our hometowns.

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Peter Whittaker, Jess Matthews and Team

On The Map

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Big congratulations to the whole team !!!!

Will the friends in NY WA beieve this adventure ?

Did Steve have the NBBJ flag ?

Posted by: Bob & Jan McConnell on 1/9/2019 at 10:04 pm

Cotopaxi Express: Whittaker & Team Ready for Summit Bid

Today was the day we have all been looking forward to. Hacienda life and acclimatization hikes have been pretty great, but we’re excited to switch gears and get to climbing. We spent the rainy morning double checking gear, packing, and looking outside hoping we’d see a break in the weather. By lunch the rain finally let up and we loaded the van headed for our final objective, Cotopaxi. We arrived at the trailhead at about 15,000’ to a thick fog, no wind, and some light snow on the ground with no views, but we were dry! We’ll take it! The team made quick work of the short hike to the hut at 16,000’. After re-organizing gear and enjoying a hot meal, we are tucked in to our sleeping bags dreaming of clear skies. Our team is strong, feeling good, and fired up to climb this volcano!

RMI Guide Jess Matthews

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Cotopaxi Express: Whittaker & Team Acclimating Day

Our hopes for sunrise photos of Cotopaxi were dashed when we woke to a layer of low clouds blanketing the hillside. The upside was additional sleep and a leisurely start to the day with pancakes and coffee. Our mission for the day was some active rest after sleeping at a new altitude of almost 12,000’. Inspired by our caffeine intake, several of us jumped on the backs of a few horses. Fortunately, no injuries and no feelings hurt. Nacho, our Ecuadorian friend and guide, has been sharing his country with us the past couple days. We went on a cruise in his high country backyard and were introduced to some of his equine friends. Never really taken a rest break before with a small herd of horses. After we banked 1,500’ feet of vertical, tagging almost 13,000’, we once again finished the day with an equatorial downpour.

RMI Guide Jess Matthews

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Cotopaxi Express: Whittaker & Team Take Acclimatization Hike in the Illinizas

Sunday, January 6, 2019 - 7:30 pm PT

Another day, another volcano! We left the hustle and bustle of Quito this morning and eased into the beautiful, lush countryside of Ecuador. After a short drive to the base of Illinizas we parked at 12,800’ and powered up to the hut at 15,100’. Beautiful weather on the ascent, not so much on the descent. Right as we reached the hut clouds began to swallow us up and we tucked inside for snacks and some hot tea. Shortly after, a cold rain gave us some extra motivation to get moving and it chased us downhill back to the trailhead. We wound our way back down the narrow (and bumpy!) cobblestone road along small family farms and pastures full of cows, llamas, horses and the occasional rogue pig. We threw it into park on the other side of the valley at Hacienda El Porvenir where we are tucked in for the night drying our gear in front of a crackling wood stove. Perfect. Hoping for clear skies in the morning and a front row sunrise view of Cotopaxi with coffee in hand. Buenas noches!

RMI Guides Peter Whittaker, Jess Matthews and Team

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