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Entries By jt schmitt

Mexico’s Volcanoes: King & Team Descend Safely & Return to Tlachichuca

We had a great summit day on Orizaba; cold at times, warm at times and lots of new snow on a mountain that desperately needs it. The descent from the summit was warm and straightforward, what else could you ask for? The Team is staying in a turn of the century soap factory turned climbers hostel, packing for their flights tomorrow and enjoying some showers and refreshments to wrap up another great Mexico Volcanoes trip.

RMI Guide Mike King

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Mexico’s Volcanoes: King & Team Reach Summit of Orizaba

Hey, this is Mike with the Mexico volcanoes team. We are standing at 18,491 feet on a clear, windless day on the summit of Pico de Orizaba. We had a cold calm morning to start off with lots of new snow on the route made for great climbing. The team is doing well. We will be descending here momentarily. We will send you a message when we’re back safe down in Tlachichuca. Thanks for following along. Everyone’s doing great.

RMI Guide Mike King

RMI Guide Mike King calls from the summit of Pico de Orizaba.

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Mexico’s Volcanoes: King & Team Enjoy Rest Day, Now Ready for Orizaba

We had a relaxing day in historic Puebla yesterday. The Team spent the day walking around the markets and taking in the beautiful buildings and cathedrals. The city was founded in 1531 and is a busy commercial hub filled with murals, colorful buildings, delicious food and several ornate cathedrals.

Today we are headed East through rolling Mexican farm land to the small village of Tlachichuca near the base of Pico de Orizaba. After we pack our gear, 4x4 trucks drive us up to Piedra Grande hut at 14,000’. From there we will get ready for a summit bid tomorrow.

The weather looks promising and recent snowfall should make for great climbing. Everyone is doing well and looking forward to the main objective, 18,491’ Orizaba.

RMI Guide Mike King

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Mexico’s Volcanoes: King & Team Summit Ixtaccihuatl

We got an early start to our summit day. The first section is a steep scree slope, a big bite to chew when you wake up at midnight. As we gained the ridge we were surprised by the amount of snow, making for efficient climbing. The weather was warm for 15,000’+ and light winds allowed us to wear a few layers and stay comfortable while winding up and down the five false summits of Ixtaccihuatl.

With the city lights glowing in each direction and shooting stars across the horizon the Team kept plugging away until we reached the summit.

So many climbs ascend with the sunrise to thier backs. The unplanned benefit to summiting in the dark was that we descended into the rising sun with stellar views of Orizaba poking through the clouds. Alpineglow on the snow flanked sides of Ixta was a nice reward.

We are back down and headed to Puebla for a day of rest, culture and tacos al pastor. Thanks for following along.
RMI Guide Mike King

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Excellent. Get some rest for Saturday!!

Posted by: Jon & Lynda Jones on 11/7/2018 at 12:38 pm

Mexico’s Volcanoes: King & Team Ascend to High Camp on Ixta

Today we woke to what might be the clearest morning of the Mexican countryside one might ever see. With the massive populations of Mexico City and Puebla the view is usually obscured with smoke, volcanic fog, smog. This morning we could make out high rise buildings and had a crystal clear view of Orizaba.

The Team took four hours to ascend to High Camp, located at 15,500’. We had warm weather and heavy packs. Everyone is relaxing in their tents as afternoon clouds roll through.

We will have some dinner and prepare for our summit bid tomorrow morning. Should be a nice day if the recent weather holds.

RMI Guide Mike King

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Mexico’s Volcanoes: King & Team Arrive Mexico City, Weathered off La Malinche

Hi, this is Mike with the Mexico Volcanoes program. Everyone arrived yesterday with all our bags and we spent the night in Mexico city.  We loaded our vehicle this morning and toward the mountains. We had a nice, casual day today. Lots of rain and thunderstorms kept us from hiking La Malinche. The group is hanging out watching some football and we are going to sleep tonight around 10,000’, the former training center for the Mexican Olympic team. We’ll be heading over to Ixta tomorrow. We will be checking in every day from here on out. Thanks for following along.

RMI Guide Mike King

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Good luck. Hopefully the weather is good for your summits.

Posted by: Jon Jones on 11/4/2018 at 7:54 pm

Mt. Rainier: September 29th Teams reach the Summit!

The Four Day Summit Climbs led by RMI Guides Christina Dale and JT Schmitt reached the summit of Mt. Rainier at 7:15 am PT today.  Christina reported some wind, but a beautiful day on the mountain.

Congratulations team!

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Annie is my hero! Congratulations to all.

Posted by: Crista on 9/30/2018 at 9:56 am

Way to go Kim and our HRM team!!

Posted by: Joan Esau on 9/30/2018 at 9:33 am

Mt. Rainier: Four Day Teams Turned Back Due to High Winds

The Four Day Climb September 21 - 24 made a valiant effort in their summit attempt of Mt. Rainier this morning.  With cold temperatures and clear skies the teams ascended to 14,100’ before being forced to abort their climb due to high winds.  The teams will return to Camp Muir and then continue to Paradise.  We look forward to greeting them at Rainier BaseCamp later this afternoon.

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It was still an adventure of a lifetime and I am sure an experience to always remember.  Jamie and Landrum - if this the team that you are with, I can’t wait to see you both. I am proud of both of you for all the time and preparation that you put into this not to mention your pursuit of a dream.

Posted by: M.Watts on 9/26/2018 at 6:32 am

SOOOOO close!!!! I am sure the views were worth every effort. Glad you guys are keeping safe and not risking it all to get to the top! Can’t wait to see pics.

Posted by: Melissa Passero on 9/24/2018 at 10:19 am

Mt. Rainier: Okita, Schmitt & Teams Reach Columbia Crest

The Four Day Summit Climb September 3 - 6 led by RMI Guides Brent Okita and JT Schmitt were walking up Columbia Crest just before 7 AM PT today.  Brent reported a beautiful day and great climb.  They will enjoy some time in the crater before starting their descent.  Once back at Camp Muir they will repack and continue down to Paradise.  They will end their program with a celebration at Rainier BaseCamp this afternoon.

Congratulations to today’s summit climb teams!

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Congrats to the Teams !

Posted by: Pablo Trevino on 9/6/2018 at 1:33 pm

Excited to hear they made it! Does anybody know when the summit registry gets updated for this trip?

Posted by: Kenny Tucker on 9/6/2018 at 12:53 pm

Mt. Rainier: Five Day Summit Climb Summits!

RMI Guide JT Schmitt led his Five Day Mount Rainier team to the summit this morning.  After spending two nights at Camp Muir, they began their morning with an alpine start working their way to the highest point in Washington.  They are descending back to Camp Muir and then will continue off the mountain this afternoon.

Congratulations to today’s summit climbers!

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Hooray and Congratulations to Mark, Luke, and John!! This is truly an a’macy-ing accomplishment!

Posted by: Jane M Ferris on 8/15/2018 at 4:54 pm

Praise God you had success and a truly amazing view!

Posted by: Lowell and Melodie on 8/15/2018 at 12:49 pm

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