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Entries By mike king


Mexico’s Volcanoes: King & Team Descend Safely & Return to Tlachichuca

We had a great summit day on Orizaba; cold at times, warm at times and lots of new snow on a mountain that desperately needs it. The descent from the summit was warm and straightforward, what else could you ask for? The Team is staying in a turn of the century soap factory turned climbers hostel, packing for their flights tomorrow and enjoying some showers and refreshments to wrap up another great Mexico Volcanoes trip.

RMI Guide Mike King

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Mexico’s Volcanoes: King & Team Reach Summit of Orizaba

Hey, this is Mike with the Mexico volcanoes team. We are standing at 18,491 feet on a clear, windless day on the summit of Pico de Orizaba. We had a cold calm morning to start off with lots of new snow on the route made for great climbing. The team is doing well. We will be descending here momentarily. We will send you a message when we’re back safe down in Tlachichuca. Thanks for following along. Everyone’s doing great.

RMI Guide Mike King


RMI Guide Mike King calls from the summit of Pico de Orizaba.

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Mexico’s Volcanoes: King & Team Enjoy Rest Day, Now Ready for Orizaba

We had a relaxing day in historic Puebla yesterday. The Team spent the day walking around the markets and taking in the beautiful buildings and cathedrals. The city was founded in 1531 and is a busy commercial hub filled with murals, colorful buildings, delicious food and several ornate cathedrals.

Today we are headed East through rolling Mexican farm land to the small village of Tlachichuca near the base of Pico de Orizaba. After we pack our gear, 4x4 trucks drive us up to Piedra Grande hut at 14,000’. From there we will get ready for a summit bid tomorrow.

The weather looks promising and recent snowfall should make for great climbing. Everyone is doing well and looking forward to the main objective, 18,491’ Orizaba.

RMI Guide Mike King

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Mexico’s Volcanoes: King & Team Summit Ixtaccihuatl

We got an early start to our summit day. The first section is a steep scree slope, a big bite to chew when you wake up at midnight. As we gained the ridge we were surprised by the amount of snow, making for efficient climbing. The weather was warm for 15,000’+ and light winds allowed us to wear a few layers and stay comfortable while winding up and down the five false summits of Ixtaccihuatl.

With the city lights glowing in each direction and shooting stars across the horizon the Team kept plugging away until we reached the summit.

So many climbs ascend with the sunrise to thier backs. The unplanned benefit to summiting in the dark was that we descended into the rising sun with stellar views of Orizaba poking through the clouds. Alpineglow on the snow flanked sides of Ixta was a nice reward.

We are back down and headed to Puebla for a day of rest, culture and tacos al pastor. Thanks for following along.
RMI Guide Mike King

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Excellent. Get some rest for Saturday!!

Posted by: Jon & Lynda Jones on 11/7/2018 at 12:38 pm


Mexico’s Volcanoes: King & Team Ascend to High Camp on Ixta

Today we woke to what might be the clearest morning of the Mexican countryside one might ever see. With the massive populations of Mexico City and Puebla the view is usually obscured with smoke, volcanic fog, smog. This morning we could make out high rise buildings and had a crystal clear view of Orizaba.

The Team took four hours to ascend to High Camp, located at 15,500’. We had warm weather and heavy packs. Everyone is relaxing in their tents as afternoon clouds roll through.

We will have some dinner and prepare for our summit bid tomorrow morning. Should be a nice day if the recent weather holds.

RMI Guide Mike King

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Mexico’s Volcanoes: King & Team Arrive at Ixta, Prepare for Climb

This is Mike checking in from the lower flanks of Ixta. Today we had a casual breakfast and a two plus hour drive to the National Park where our first climbing objective is. We are at a hut looking out on the snow covered peaks of Ixta and Popo. There has been lots of rain this week which means good climbing conditions. The Team has been taking in the scenic countryside in between some short walks to acclimate. We have our gear checked and are getting ready for a delicious dinner before turning in for the night. Tomorrow we head to High Camp to get ready for a summit bid. Fingers crossed for good weather and calm winds.

RMI Guide Mike King

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Wishing for good weather for the team. Good luck for your summit on Wednesday!!

Posted by: Jon & Lynda Jones on 11/5/2018 at 9:43 pm


Mexico’s Volcanoes: King & Team Arrive Mexico City, Weathered off La Malinche

Hi, this is Mike with the Mexico Volcanoes program. Everyone arrived yesterday with all our bags and we spent the night in Mexico city.  We loaded our vehicle this morning and toward the mountains. We had a nice, casual day today. Lots of rain and thunderstorms kept us from hiking La Malinche. The group is hanging out watching some football and we are going to sleep tonight around 10,000’, the former training center for the Mexican Olympic team. We’ll be heading over to Ixta tomorrow. We will be checking in every day from here on out. Thanks for following along.

RMI Guide Mike King

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Good luck. Hopefully the weather is good for your summits.

Posted by: Jon Jones on 11/4/2018 at 7:54 pm


Mt. Rainier: Okita, King & Seminar Teams Summit on Beautiful Day

The Expedition Skills Seminar - Muir September 16 - 21 met in Ashford on a very rainy Sunday for their Technical Training day. With a gear check completed and their backpacks full they left Paradise on Monday with clear skies and sunshine.  The team has been at Camp Muir practicing mountaineering skills and enjoying this great weather.  Today they got an early alpine start and made their summit attempt.  RMI Guide Brent Okita reported a beautiful morning with no wind as they reached the crater rim of Mt. Rainier around 8:30 AM PT.  The team will enjoy some time soaking in the views from the summit before starting their descent to Camp Muir.  On mountain training will continue for the group until Friday when they will descend to Paradise and return to Rainier BaseCamp.

Congratulations to today’s climbers!

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Mt. Rainier: September 8th Team Reached 11,200’

The Four Day Summit Climb team led by RMI Guides Mike King and Chase Nelson reached Ingraham Flats today.  High winds and a cloud cap kept the team from the summit, but they were able to get a bit of climbing in as they made their to the flats. The team will be starting their descent and be back at Rainier Basecamp in the early afternoon.

Congratulations Team!

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Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climb Reaches Summit

RMI Guide Mike King and the Four Day Summit Climb August 31 - 3 September reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  They spent about 30 minutes in the crater before starting their descent.  Mike reported a cold and windy morning on the mountain.  Once back at Camp Muir they will pack up and continue to Paradise.  They will conclude their program with a celebration at Rainier BaseCamp this afternoon.

Congratulations to today’s climbers!

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Congratulations guys!  So exciting!  So happy for you all and can’t wait to hear about the journey!

Posted by: Holly Smith on 9/3/2018 at 9:45 am

I am so proud of y’all!! Can’t wait to hear all about it. I am sure that words and photos won’t even do it justice. Love you!

Posted by: Ashley Bailes on 9/3/2018 at 8:23 am

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