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Cotopaxi Express: Davis, Grom & Team Settle into Tambopaxi Lodge

Posted by: Casey Grom, Leon Davis | December 03, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Ecuador
Elevation: 16,,000'

Today we inched our way closer to the base of Cotopaxi with a short drive to Tambopaxi and then up the primitive roads to the lower flanks of the mountain.  Our mission today was to get onto the lower glacier for some basic skills review and a little more acclimatization.  Under some very atypical clear skies we hiked the scree fields to the new Refugio at 16,000’ and then a little further to the glacier.  We were joined by our Ecuadorian guides Topo and Joaquin for a brief climbing school and a glimpse of the lower route.  By early afternoon we were relaxing in the Tambopaxi Lodge for some Cribbage and another great team dinner.  Things are going very well for us here and the team is enjoying every minute in a most spectacular mountain arena.  Looking forward to every day here on the Equator!

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The RMI team ascending to Tambopaxi Lodge. Photo: Casey Grom The team on the lower flanks of Cotopaxi. Photo: Casey Grom RMI Guide Leon Davis leads the team in glacier training. Photo: Casey Grom Team dinner at Tambopaxi Lodge on Cotopaxi. Photo: Casey Grom

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Cotopaxi Express:  Team Reaches Saddle of Illiniza’s on Acclimatization Hike

Posted by: Casey Grom, Leon Davis | December 02, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Ecuador
Elevation: 15,000'

December 2, 2014 - 6:08 pm
Today the team said goodbye to the hustle and bustle of Quito and headed south early in the morning. Once outside the city we made our way through the rural countryside and headed for our next acclimatizing hike on the Illiniza’s. They are the remnants of an old volcano that erupted long ago and left two nearly twin peaks. Our goal was not to climb them, but reach the saddle that separates the two beautiful mountains. The team made good time up to the saddle where we took a short break in the climbers hut and had some well deserved hot tea. After our short break we made our way back down the mountain to our waiting bus and quickly headed to the wonderful Chilcabamba hacienda. The team made good use of the hot showers and enjoyed sporting around in the ponchos provided by the hacienda. We wrapped up the evening with a wonderful meal, plenty of good stories, and one amazing view of Cotopaxi.
Everyone is doing great and enjoying the Ecuadorean hospitality.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

Chilcabamba Eco Lodge located just outside of Cotopaxi National Park.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Cotopaxi Express: RMI Guide Leon Davis Checks in after the Team’s Acclimatization Hike

Posted by: Casey Grom, Leon Davis | December 02, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Ecuador
Elevation: 15,696'

The team here in Ecuador got their first taste of altitude today, on the hills that surround Quito.  This morning we rode the teleferico to 13,000 feet and began our trek up Pichincha on the rutted trails that wind up to its rocky 15,000 ft summit.  It was a day to pressure our bodies into absorbing the thin atmosphere and although the typical afternoon clouds obscured our view from the top, we were able to stretch our legs and lungs in the mountains.

This evening our team met with our Ecuadorian guide, Jaime, and he took us to a new Ecuadorian restaurant where we enjoyed a fantastic dinner of local cuisine.  Tonight is our last night in Quito as we depart for the Illinizas early in the morning.

RMI Guide Leon Davis

Quito from Rucu Pichincha, Ecuador. Photo: Mike Walter

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Cotopaxi Express: Casey Grom & Team Begin by Touring Quito and the Equator

Posted by: Casey Grom, Leon Davis | November 30, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Ecuador

Everyone has safely arrived here in Ecuador and are excited for our adventure. We started our day with a team meeting where we did a round of introductions and discuss our upcoming program. Shortly after our meeting we headed out to explore this beautiful old city with our tour guide Juan. He took us to visit the Basilica and the old part of town dating back to the 1600’s. We made a stop atop a hill that overlooks the city called La Panacea, and took in the view of this long and narrow city of over two million.

We then made our way north to visit the equator which gives Ecuador it’s name. There’s a small museum there with a few interactive displays that amused us. But most importantly we stood on the equator itself!

After our brief visit we made our way back to our hotel in downtown Quito where we took a break before heading to dinner. The team opted for a place called the Magic Bean that’s know for its tasty food and fresh juices.

Everyone is doing well and looking forward to getting a little exercise tomorrow.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

The RMI team overlooking Quito, Ecuador. Photo: Casey Grom The RMI team at La Panacea, an overlook spot that sits above Quito. Photo: Casey Grom Team dinner in Quito, Ecuador. Photo: Casey Grom The team visiting the equator in Ecuador. Photo: Casey Grom

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Mt. Rainier: September 27th Summit!

Posted by: Brent Okita, Leon Davis | September 27, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14, 410'

The Four Day Summit Climb Teams led by RMI Guides Brent Okita and Leon Davis reached the summit of Mt. Rainier today.  The team climbed in fresh snow deposited by the most recent storm, and enjoyed clear skies and light winds.  The team has started their descent and are en-route back to Camp Muir.

Congratulations to Today’s Team!

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

Posted by: Leon Davis, Zeb Blais | September 15, 2014
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Elevation: 14,410'

RMI Guides Zeb Blais and Leon Davis reported beautiful conditions for their climb to the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  Two groups of climbers on the Four Day Summit Climb September 12 - 15 reached the summit around 7:30 am and were able to enjoy some time on top with clear skies and a light breeze.  The teams will return to Camp Muir for a short rest and to repack before continuing down to Paradise this afternoon.

Congratulations to today’s Four Day Summit Climb teams!


Mount Shuksan: Sulphide Glacier Team Summit!

Posted by: Solveig Waterfall, Leon Davis | September 01, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *North Cascades
Elevation: 9,127'

RMI Guides Solveig Waterfall, Leon Davis and team reached the Mount Shuksan summit!  The summit was a nice reward after weathering a storm that dumped 4” of rain on them at the beginning of their climb.  Today, no precipitation as they made their way to the top.  The team is currently on the descent back to camp and will hike the rest of the way out tomorrow morning.

Congratulations!

RMI Guide Leon Davis and the Mount Shuksan Sulphide Glacier team on the summit! Photo: Solveig Waterfall

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

Posted by: Elias de Andres Martos, Leon Davis | August 25, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb teams led by RMI Guides Elias de Andres Martos and Leon Davis reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning around 7 am.
Elias reported clear skies and very light wind on the summit.  The from Camp Muir to the summit was covered with 6 - 12 inches of new snow.  The teams will enjoy some time on the summit before beginning their descent.
We look forward to seeing everyone at Rainier BaseCamp this afternoon.

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb teams!

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Mt. Rainier: August 16th Summit!

Posted by: Ben Liken, Brent Okita, Leon Davis | August 16, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

With the freezing level at 13,500’, the Mount Rainier summit climb teams reached the top just after 6:00 a.m.  RMI Guide Ben Liken reported light winds and sunny with a cloud deck below Camp Muir. They spent over an hour on the summit taking in the views and crossing through the crater to Columbia Crest, the highest point in Washington.  By 7:45 a.m. both teams had crested back over the crater rim and began their descent to Camp Muir.

Congratulations to today’s summit climbers!

An RMI team on the upper section of Mount Rainier. Photo: RMI Collection
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Mt. Rainier: Four & Five Day Summit Climbs Reach the Summit!

Posted by: JJ Justman, Leon Davis | August 06, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb team led by RMI Guide JJ Justman and the Five Day Summit Climb team led by RMI Guide Leon Davis reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  The teams reported clear skies with 15-20 mph winds.  The teams will descend to Camp Muir and take a short break before continuing their descent to Paradise.
We look forward to seeing the teams back at Rainier BaseCamp this afternoon.

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb teams!

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