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Entries By mark tucker


Mt. Elbrus: Tucker & Team Return to Cheget

July 8, 2017
Here we are back in Cheget! We had a very interesting climb.  We started looking at the weather around midnight and made our plan to leave at 3 am with the help of a snowcat ride.  It was clear above us with a mild breeze at camp and the forecast was calling for moderate winds.  We woke the team at 1:45 am and got ready for our summit attempt.  The wind increased as we ascended but it didn’t turn us back.  We were prepared for a big climb and that is what we experienced.  We took a few photos on the summit of Mt. Elbrus and then started our descent.  We return to the huts where we spent the last few nights, had lunch, packed our gear and then continued down to the thick are of the Baksan Valley. Tommorow we will enjoy a day of rest and touring in Cheget before we head off to St. Petersburg.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

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Mt. Elbrus: Tucker & Team Reach The Summit!

Wow, that’s all I can say! No chance to call from the summit. We are all back down at our base camp and everybody’s doing well.  Toughest climb in my whole history of 20 plus years of climbing here. An Incredible team effort! Unbelievable! We were the first and only team to climb the mountain today, so we are pretty darn proud! I couldn’t be more proud of this group of hard working mountaineers than I am right now. We’ll talk to you later. All is good!


RMI Guide Mark Tucker Calling from Mt. Elbrus 7-8-17

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Glad to hear all is good! Love & Peace from St Louis

Posted by: M Mitan on 7/8/2017 at 7:18 pm


Mt. Elbrus: Tucker & Team Train on the Mountain

Today was our first rest day up on Mt. Elbrus. We managed to sleep in a little bit, usually a rarity in the mountains. After a substantial breakfast, we got a little training in reviewing some essential skills and introducing some techniques specific to the route. In addition to training, a few members of the team got some gambling in during our down time. Playing poker for toothpicks is serious business up here. We just finished dinner, everyone’s gear is organized, and we are ready for an early morning tomorrow! 

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

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Go Tuck and Team! Love from a very warm SOCAL

Posted by: Cioci on 7/7/2017 at 8:47 pm


Mt. Elbrus: Tucker & Team Acclimate and Set Personal Altitude Records

Today was a perfect day in big mountains! After yet another tasty breakfast in our dinning hut we set off for a solid 4-hour training climb. It was cold enough last night that we all put on crampons to help with traction. This was great training for the team, they did their homework and are physically prepared. We turned around just below 15,000’. This was a new altitude record for some of the team. Then we were back to camp for lunch a bit of a rest. Right now, we are waiting for dinner, and watching the colorful sunset on the dramatic huge mountains in all directions. This evening we meet to go over climbing equipment and tactics.

Team is in fine shape and glad to be here!

RMI Guide Mark Tucker & Team

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Mt. Elbrus: Tucker & Team Nestled in at the Garabashi Hut

How was your 4th of July?  We had a great light show last night.  Lots and lots of lightning, raining hard all night but no issues. We stayed warm and dry in the wonderful lodge.
Our day started off with another four-course breakfast. The best news of the day was the lost bag from Poland has arrived.  With all our bags accounted for, a quick transfer to a different set of lift systems put us at the base of Elbrus.  Three gondola lift sections had us here at our basecamp nestled at 12,500ft in some rustic but comfortable huts. A very nice local cook is taking great care of us and life is good.  We did a couple hours of training and climbing after lunch, then more food, more resting, and our team meeting on mountain life and information about plans for tomorrow.  Clouds in and out showed the Elbrus summit every so often; its a great life up here on the big hill.
The team is doing great and we are having a blast.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

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Mount Elbrus Expedition: Tucker & Team Acclimatize in Cheget

July 4, 2017

Happy Independence Day to all of our readers back home in the USA! We couldn’t find any fireworks, so we celebrated with a nice walk around the hills of Cheget instead. Beautiful weather and warm temperatures allowed for a leisurely tone today. We spent around an hour above 10,000 feet, snacking, trading factoids, and testing out some thinner air. Passerby might have called it lounging, but we’re going to call it hard work. Whatever you want to call it, today was a success.

We headed back down toward tree line for lunch in Cheget. The team considered purchasing matching headwear as a sign of solidarity and unity. Ultimately, the potential headpieces proved to be far too itchy. A good idea nonetheless. Now, gear has been sorted, packing has begun, and we are just about ready to move up to the mountain tomorrow morning.

RMI Guides JM Gorum and Mark Tucker, and the Elbrus Crew


July 3, 2017

Dobryy vecher!!! That’s good evening, to all of you at home. We are writing from the wonderful hamlet of Cheget after another full travel day. We left our hotel this morning at 5:40, packed our 24 duffels and 12 bodies into a van, shuffled through airport security, and departed for Mineralnye Vody. We all made it, and so did our bags. Excellent news!

The sun and heat of our more southerly locale had people changing into shorts and flip flops as soon as possible. After checking in to the hotel, the team enjoyed a walk around town, some locale cuisine, wonderful views of Elbrus, and maybe even a nap or two. More relaxing is on the schedule before our first acclimatization hike tomorrow. We will check in again tomorrow.

Thanks for following along-
RMI Guides Mark Tucker and JM Gorum, and the Elbrus Crew.

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Thanks for the updates Mark and JM!

Go Dori Go!

Good luck to everyone on the way up… hope the wind blows away that Cardinals hat though :)

Posted by: Rhina on 7/5/2017 at 9:27 am


Mount Elbrus Expedition: Mark Tucker and Team Arrive in Moscow

We’ve had a great day in Moscow.  The weather was perfect for the whole tour day around Red Square and the Kremlin. It is amazing to see these wonders of mankind in person. We finished the evening at one of the nicest restaurants in Moscow, if you like borsch we know the place!  We have a 5 am wake up call for the next part of the journey off to the mountains.  A couple hour flight and a few hour drive and we will be staring up at the big hills of the Caucasus range.  The mountains are our playground for the next several days, we have a lot to look forward to.

Stay tuned,

RMI Guide Mark Tucker & Team

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Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Descend from the Mountain

Down and clear as we say in the ski patrol world when everybody is off the mountain. We are now showered and rested. What a climb it was. It is such an amazing experience in so many ways. Climbing Kilimanjaro is a great challenge both physically and mentally. The skills you learn, the people you meet along the way, the one word that comes to mind is enrichment. A big thanks to Barking Zebra and its mountain staff, a job well done men - you all are top of the heap. We start our journey back home tomorrow but the team’s flight isn’t till the evening so our team is going to visit the local game park at the base of Mount Meru. It takes 19,000’ to slow these guys down. They have the right attitude ....Get Out While You Can!

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

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way to go guys!

Mark thanks for taking such good care of our wonderful guys. know they will be talking about climb and you for a long time.and we will all be listening attentively for every detail.

Congratulations to all!

xxoo

Mimi

Posted by: Mimi on 6/19/2017 at 11:03 am


Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Call from Summit, Check in from Mweka Camp

June 18, 2017
Thick air and mild temps surround the team at this moment. A different story just a few hours ago when we were standing on the summit of Kilimanjaro. We are all settled in here at the 10,000’ Mweka camp the last stop before we leave Kilimanjaro National Park tomorrow. We started the climb around midnight under clear skies and a mild breeze . It was pretty cold the last couple of stretches and a few of the team climbed with their down parkas on which we usually put on at our breaks and take off when climbing. Seven hours later we were on the summit of Kilimanjaro, the Roof of Africa, with beautiful weather and a very elated team. It’s a big climb and a long descend.  We didn’t arrive to this camp till after 3 pm with a tired team. Everyone did great and the stories are already starting to fly. I am going to roust the napping guys soon so we can all enjoy another great meal which is currently getting set up in the dining tent. All is well on the hill.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

Please listen to the audio link below from the team calling from the summit of Kilimanjaro.


RMI Guide Mark Tucker and team call from the summit of Kilimanjaro with Father's day greetings.

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AWESOME GUYS!! So proud of you for making it to roof top of Africa!!
Wish we were there!
XOXO
teri and Mike

Posted by: teri Steichen on 6/18/2017 at 7:52 pm

way to go all of you. Happy Father’s Day ! have a safe descend and come home soon. love to you all!

Mom and Dad Free

Mimi and Granddad

Posted by: Mom and Dad Free on 6/18/2017 at 1:15 pm


Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team at Barafu Hut Readying for Summit Bid

The clouds disappeared last night and stars were out in full force. We left the Karanga Camp a bit after 9 and landed here at high camp right at noon. Lunch went well at 15,000ft and we have been busy preparing for the summit push tonight. Preparations, which seem to be a long time ago back in the states, are paying off here with the team in fine shape along with a great attitude. Some down time in the tents for now before an early dinner then a good nap right into early wake up call around midnight. Weather is nice- fingers crossed. I will try and give a call from the summit tomorrow.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

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So proud of you all. please stay well and safe.

xxoo

Posted by: Mimi on 6/17/2017 at 11:24 am

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