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Entries By mark tucker


Mexico’s Volcanoes: Team at Piedra Grande, High Camp of Orizaba

Buenos tardes!

Today we made the journey to Tlachichuca where the great Sr. Reyes lives. Sr. Reyes runs Servimont, the guide service we use to get to Piedra Grande by 4X4 trucks. The compound to which he runs his operation was once a soap factory. One of the drums used in the process to make the soap came from Philadelphia. But enough with the history lesson and back to the climbing. Once we arrived in Tlachichuca we were down to business, doing yet another gear shuffle. We packed our bags, ate a delicious lunch, and boarded the 4X4 trucks. A two-hour drive up a very bumpy and steep road brought us to Piedra Grande which sits at roughly 14,000’. We were in and out of the clouds while we pitched our tents and got settled in. Before eating dinner we had a refresher course of our skills for the climb. With fully tummies of probably the best rotisserie chicken we had ever had, we are off to get some shut eye before an early alpine start. Hopefully the next time you here from us we will be cal ling in from the summit.

Till then, good night to all,

RMI Guides Mark Tucker, Hannah Smith, and team

Looks awesome! Good luck, stay strong!

Posted by: Paul Lawrence on 11/14/2016 at 7:11 am

Good luck to all! I know you have it in ya dad!

Posted by: Kate denver on 11/12/2016 at 7:27 pm


Mexico’s Volcanoes: Tucker & Team Sightseeing in Puebla

Mole Mole Mole!

Hey all! Our rest day in Puebla was a day of choosing your own adventure. For some it started with a nostalgic breakfast at McDonalds. The team spent their day exploring all that Puebla had to offer from the beautiful and impressive cathedrals to strolling the Mercado el Parian to buying some souvenirs to drooling over climbing gear at Origenes Puebla. Bellies were filled plump full with authentic cuisines, most notably the delicious mole poblano. The team even gave fried crickets a try, to which the consensus was it tasted like popcorn. It has been a fun filled day, but now we are ready and psyched to hop aboard the bus and head to Tlachichuca where we will pack up for Piedre Grande on Orizaba.

Buenos noche,
RMI Guides Mark Tucker, Hannah Smith, and team


Mexico’s Volcanoes: Team Unable to Summit Ixta, Descends to Puebla

Hola mis amigos!

El equipo esta todo marcado…oh sorry wrong language. Hey all! The team is all checked in to the Hotel Colonial Puebla. Today started with an early wake up at 2:30am in hopes to go to the summit of Ixta, but was thwarted by relentless clouds, snow, and wind. After numerous checks out the vestibule for a break in the weather, we settled in for a casual morning of hot drinks and breakfast, followed by a break down of camp. Our hike out was among the clouds but still very beautiful and enjoyable. With a reshuffle of gear and farewells to our local guide Carlos, our two porters Daniel and Jose, and our favorite driver Rogelio, we loaded the bus. One bathroom break, a movie, and many bumps later, we arrived in Puebla. Tonight we will meet for another delicious dinner and tomorrow we will spend our day exploring Puebla and relaxing.

Hasta luego,
RMI Guides Mark Tucker, Hannah Smith, and Team

Sorry about that! Good luck dad!

Posted by: Kate on 11/11/2016 at 7:27 am

Sorry about that! Good luck dad!

Posted by: Kate on 11/11/2016 at 7:27 am


Mexico’s Volcanoes: Tucker and Team at High Camp on Ixta

Hey-
We are checking in from High Camp on Ixtaccihuatl.  We had pretty good conditions coming up and getting our big loads up to camp.  We have been here about four hours acclimatizing at 12,000’. As we pulled in, the weather came in we had a little bit of a lightning event that went over.  It wasn’t a big deal as we already had camp set up.  Then the sun broke through for a little while and we were able to get in a little training to get us ready for tonight.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

On The Map


Mexico’s Volcanoes: Tucker & Team at Altzomoni Hut

Nap time at 13,000+. Team is doing great! Said goodbye to La Malinche this morning and hello to the mountain Ixtaccihuatl (The Sleeping Woman ). A four-hour drive has brought us to a nice hut. Our local staff made us a fantastic dinner so we are well taken care of and fired up for an early morning ascent to our high camp. Loads are reasonable but not light. Weather has been a bit unsettled but not bad. Lots of gear shuffling and we are looking prepared. All is well.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

On The Map


Mexico’s Volcanoes: Tucker & Team Acclimatize on La Malinche

Sunday, November 6, 2016 - 7:15 pm PT

Hola -
We are checking in from La Malinche, a beautiful park located a couple hours from Mexico City. After a beautiful hike thru the forest we broke out to amazing views and wild clouds in the start of the alpine environment. Our goal for the day was to stretch the legs, starting from our nice cabin at 10,000’ we did just that. Some review of climbing technique, familiarizing ourselves with some new gear and dusting off some of the old made for a nice five hour jaunt in the hills. Great to see the team in good shape with no issues for the first foray of this expedition. A nice restaurant in the compound took good care of food needs and has us happy and fueled for a beautiful night in the mountains.

RMI Guides Mark Tucker & Hannah Smith

On The Map

Miss you all already! Loved meeting everyone - have fun!  Pam

Posted by: Pam on 11/7/2016 at 11:28 am

Following the climb - have a great time and climb safely!

Posted by: George on 11/7/2016 at 10:14 am


Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Enjoy Last Day on Safari & Depart Tanzania

We enjoyed more fine game viewing as we exited the park and our Safari guides continued to impress spotting out cats all over the place this morning. Things went as smooth as you could expect even on 4 wheel drive roads. Our great drivers and local support assisted us as we continued focusing on some of the things we do best, eating and shopping. After a quick stop at the Dik Dik Hotel to gather our climbing gear and have a quick dinner, it was off to the airport.  We said our good byes happy to be heading home but still smiling from our grand adventure. 
Happy October, it’s time to come up with my Halloween costume.
Until the next adventure.

Cheers,
RMI Guide Mark Tucker


Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Explore Tarangire National Park

Safari just doesn’t get any better than this. We cruised out if the Plantation Lodge well fed and ready to go. Of course shopping and a visit to a Maasai village were on the agenda today. Both of which are always interesting and amusing. We couldn’t spend too much time on either, for the call of the wild was a big priority for this team. As usual, Tarangire National Park impressed even the most veteran of game viewers. It is always amazing to see survival in its purest form. We were all glad the wildebeest (and not us) was the meal for that pride of lions we viewed tearing it apart.  We had just entered the park gate when we encountered them on their lunch break.  We rolled our way through the park and exited the other side to the remote and tented Kikoti Camp. This place is nothing like the camps on Kilimanjaro, believe me, it would be very easy to spend a lot of nights here. Luxury is the word that comes to mind. We enjoyed a great dinner and are thrilled to be spending our last night in Tanzania in this awesome location. Like I said, it’s tough to match this one.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker


Kilimanjaro: Tucker, Team and a Lot of Wild Animals

A very nice day on Safari. We descended into the crater some 1,800 plus feet to get below the clouds surrounding the rim. Interesting forest of flat-topped Acacia trees surround the drop from the top. We as guests felt welcomed to this community of over 30,000 animals. Such a unique experience to be part of the tribe of the crater. The animals sense no threat so to be able to observe these creatures interaction in such a pure form is truly amazing. You can really think you understand their train of thought and why they are behaving a certain way. Probably not even close to the reason behind the action but fun to think I may be a wild animal whisperer. Great food and drink of course as we continue to enjoy the friendly local hospitality. The team continues to impress with their ability to persevere through the challenges of the day like what picture to take. Life is good, all is well, get out while you can.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker


Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Begin their Safari Adventure

Greetings from the lovely Plantation Lodge about 75 miles east of the town of Arusha, loocated at the top of the eastern great Rift Valley escarpment. Our morning once again fueled by unlimited quantities of local fruits and anything else your heart desired, gave the team the energy to game view with the pros. That is exactly who we have as our support team. Once again the Dik Dik Lodge has provided us with incredible staff. Our driver Joseph and his side kick Zachery are the best, their ability to see these animals among perfect camouflage is no easy task. So fun to hear the comments of amazement from our team. It’s crazy that after about 300 of these game drives I can still enjoy them so much. The terrain in itself is overwhelming let alone the hundreds of animals, it is pretty darn cool. Tomorrow we move into the 1,000s of animals at the 8th wonder of the world, Ngorongoro Crater. Life is very good here in Africa and all is well.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

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