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Mexico’s Volcanoes: Nelson & Team Safely Return from Ixtaccihuatl Summit

Just wanted to take a moment to share that the team made it down from Ixta safe and sound and are now living the good life down in Puebla at the Hotel Colonial!

We descended in from the summit as the clouds increased, offering a bit of reprieve from the sunshine of the ascent. All in all it was a perfect, albeit taxing, day in the mountains. It’s always so nice to pull up to the summit as a whole group, they really all climbed the mountain in style.

But it’s been a long day and a long climb so everyone is eager for tomorrow’s rest day and a bit of relaxation before heading to Orizaba. I’ll continue to keep you all posted! Here’s a photo of the team at the summit and a view back towards Popo shortly after sunrise on the ascent.

RMI Guide Chase Nelson

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What a great looking team—thanks for the pic.

Posted by: Dale on 2/22/2018 at 7:39 pm

Mexico’s Volcanoes: Nelson & Team Reach the Summit of Ixtaccihuatl

Hey, this is RMI Guide Chase Nelson calling in from the summit of Ixtaccihuatl. We’ve got the whole team up here. It is beautiful and calm, and we’re just taking it all in and we’ll be heading down shortly. We’ll check in when we’re down towards Puebla this evening alright. That’s it for now.

RMI Guide Chase Nelson

RMI Guide Chase Nelson calls from the summit of Ixtaccihuatl.

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Would love to see a picture of the team!!  Be safe everyone.

Posted by: Dale on 2/21/2018 at 6:32 pm

Mexico’s Volcanoes: Nelson & Team Enjoy an Acclimating Hike

Here we are at the Altzimoni hut, checking in after another good day in Mexico. We rose this morning and hit the road from La Malintzi to the town of Amecameca where we picked up some last minute fresh food items for our climb on Ixta. The bus then took us up to the Paso de Cortez, and continued up to the hut here at 13,000 feet.

Upon arriving we grabbed our day packs and went up tomorrow’s trail, towards Ixta high camp, for another acclimatization hike. It’s been a bit cloudy here at the moment but otherwise it’s as beautiful as ever up here in the mountains. The whole team seems to be handling the altitude thus far exceedingly well and I think we’re looking really strong for our trip up to high camp tomorrow.

We fueled up with a nice dinner of carne asada, rice, and fresh tortillas so now it’s time to get some sleep for a day of heavy packs and uphill travel!

RMI Guide Chase Nelson

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Mexico’s Volcanoes: Nelson & Team Arrive in Mexico City, Begin First Hike

Hola from Mexico!

The team met yesterday evening following our flights to Mexico City, and had a nice dinner a short walk from Hotel Geneve. Little did I know that shortly after we sat a mariachi band complete with a singing luchador began to play… what a trip!
This morning we boarded our bus and took the journey to La Malintzi at the foot of a dormant volcano, La Malinche, and spent the day hiking up to nearly 13,500 ft to acclimatize. Our goal today was less summit oriented and more for preparing our bodies for the climbs ahead so we opted out of going all the way to it’s 14,500 ft summit. That being said, the team was strong from start to finish and capped off the hike with a bit of earned relaxation before dinner. Tonight we’ll be sleeping in the cabañas here at La Malintzi at 10,000 feet to keep acclimatizing, all in prep for the next several days on Ixta!

I’ll check in as our climb progresses,

RMI Guide Chase Nelson

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Looking forward to following you on this adventure dad (Richard), can’t wait to hear all about it! Stay safe!

Posted by: Abbie Aspinall on 2/19/2018 at 7:30 pm

Enjoy the climb everyone. What a wonderful experience. Looking forward to hearing all about it Brandon.

Posted by: Terri Travis on 2/19/2018 at 6:45 pm

Mt. Rainier: Okita & Team on The Summit!

RMI Guides Brent Okita, Bryan Mazaik and Lucas Haaland led their Four Day Summit Climb team to the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  The team reached the crater rim shortly after 6:30 with 100% of their crew.  The team enjoyed a beautiful day with clear skies and light wind.  They will descend to Paradise and transfer back to Rainier BaseCamp where they will celebrate their adventure.

Congratulations to today’s climbers!

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Good job!! Can’t wait to see pictures!

Posted by: Dusty Leigh on 7/12/2017 at 5:02 pm

Emily and Phil, you are awesome, congratulations on the summit!  Love you both, I am sure you are enjoying the views!

Posted by: Chris Bolton on 7/12/2017 at 11:52 am

Denali Expedition: Walter & Team Return to Talkeetna

I just wanted to touch base with everyone that has followed our expedition. We flew off of the mountain yesterday, June 3rd, and we’re working our way back to our normal lives.
We reached the summit on June 1, the first guide service of the season to step on top of Denali! The weather could not have been better, and we took advantage of it by spending nearly an hour on top of the highest point in North America.
We endured lots of weather during our trip, but we endured and got it done. It was a super rewarding summit with dedicated climbers.
We’re already planning our next trip!

RMI Guide Mike Walter

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Denali Expedition: Walter & Team Check in from 17,000’ Camp after Summit Day

June 2, 2017
Hey guys, it’s Mike Walter checking in early Friday morning up at High Camp on Denali. We had a successful summit yesterday in beautiful weather, barely a breath of wind, nott a cloud in the sky, great views. We got to spend nearly an hour on this on top, and everyone returned back to camp safely.  We have the stoves fired and we are going to pack up here shortly and start our movement downward and hopefully be back in town tomorrow. We will be in touch and keep you posted.

RMI Guide Mike Walter

RMI Guide Mike Walter checks in from 17,000 ft Camp after summit bid.

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Congrats Mark! Get down safely and enjoy some town life now!

Posted by: Tom on 6/2/2017 at 6:55 pm

Denali Expedition: Walter & Team Reach the Summit!

June 1, 2017 4:18pm PST

We just received news that RMI Guide Mike Walter and Team have reached the Summit of Denali!

Congratulations Team!

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Your patience paid off! Congratulations!

Posted by: David Clemmons on 6/2/2017 at 9:12 am

Congrats guys! It is the time to drink from the base camp to town of Talkeetna.

Posted by: Lei W on 6/2/2017 at 5:42 am

Denali Expedition: Walter & Team Move to Camp High Camp Ready for Summit Attempt

May 31, 2017
Hi, it’s Mike Walter calling on Wednesday May 31st. We had a beautiful day today, and we moved up to the High Camp on Denali’s West Buttress, 17200 feet. We got here a little bit after 1pm today and have been setting up camp and resting. Everyone is resting and the weather looks good for tomorrow. So hopefully we’ll be able to take a shot at the summit. Everyone is doing well.  Hopefully we will be giving you a call from the summit and let you know how it goes. Alright.

RMI Guide Mike Walter

RMI Guide Mike Walter checks in from High Camp at 17,200 ft on Denali.

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SO happy for you David and team!  You remain in our thoughts and prayers.  Cheers to a summit today!  Safe travels down…
AK and Mom

Posted by: Ann Kathryn Scott on 6/1/2017 at 9:43 am

Waiting with bated breath for that phone call from the summit…namaste!

Posted by: Nancy Hines on 6/1/2017 at 5:53 am

Denali Expedition: Walter & Team Enjoying Sunshine at 14,000’ Camp

May 30, 2017
Greetings RMI Denali followers, this is Robby Young with the May 3rd Denali Expedition calling you from Day 26.  We are sitting in the sunshine here at 14,000’ Camp.  We awoke this morning to some cloudy skies, some high winds and snow which delayed our progress uphill just one more day.  It looks like the weather is going to be beautiful tomorrow and the next few days giving us our opportunity to finally climb higher on the mountain. We are looking forward to a move to 17,000’ Camp tomorrow morning if the weather does in fact allow.  Until then, we will talk to you soon.

RMI Guide Robby Young

RMI Guide Robby Young calls from 14,000 ft on Denali.

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The bet was that the Eagles Greatest Hits sold more than 29 million, which it did…I agreed that Thriller sold more.


Also, amazing that you guys summited! Nicely done dudes.

- Mark

Posted by: Mark on 6/7/2017 at 11:54 am

Pretty sure it still isn’t close to Thriller at #1 all time. You can mail me the $50 or send it PayPal. Glad you guaranteed the Eagles was the highest selling all time.

Posted by: Todd on 6/5/2017 at 1:21 pm

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