Entries By lucas haaland
February 24, 2018
I’m happy to report that the whole team is back to camp following a successful climb or Orizaba, Mexico’s highest point and North America’s third highest point. The weather today was perfect for a climb and the team made the round trip from camp to summit and back in eight hours. Good job team!
Now we’ll pack up our things and head down for a celebratory dinner in Tlachichuca. It’s a long bumpy journey back but I think I can speak for the team that it is well worth the trip.
Congratulations TEAM!! Very, very impressive.
Posted by: Dale on 2/24/2018 at 8:11 pm
February 23, 2018
It’s been another nice couple of days here in Mexico since my last check in. Yesterday the team enjoyed their rest day in Puebla and spent some time roaming the city and eating good food. We reconvened for a great dinner just a short walk from the hotel which was a nice end to our one day in the city.
At 7am this morning we jumped on the bus for a several hour journey to Tlachichuca where we finalized equipment for our climb up Orizaba. We had a late breakfast, were introduced to Dr. Reyes’ facility at the Servimont headquarters, and and were soon back on the road to head to the south side of Orizaba. It was a long bumpy ride but nonetheless we arrived early in the afternoon with plenty of time to set up our tents and have a siesta. This evening we had a pasta dinner and are all prepped for our climb tomorrow.
It’s time for the grand finale tomorrow, wish us luck and we’ll check in upon our return to Tlachichuca! And in only a few short days we’ll ending the journey and heading back to our friends and loved ones back home.
On The Map
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.
What a great looking team—thanks for the pic.
Posted by: Dale on 2/22/2018 at 7:39 pm
February 21, 2018
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 calls from the summit of Ixtaccihuatl.
On The Map
Would love to see a picture of the team!! Be safe everyone.
Posted by: Dale on 2/21/2018 at 6:32 pm
February 19, 2018
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!
On The Map
February 18, 2018
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,
On The Map
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
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!
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
June 5, 2017
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!
June 2, 2017
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 checks in from 17,000 ft Camp after summit bid.
On The Map
Congrats Mark! Get down safely and enjoy some town life now!
Posted by: Tom on 6/2/2017 at 6:55 pm
June 1, 2017
June 1, 2017 4:18pm PST
We just received news that RMI Guide Mike Walter and Team have reached the Summit of Denali!
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