Entries By mike king
We woke this morning to a snowy camp, after having a wintery mix start around dinner last night. Salkantay was out all day as we hiked through the snow covered trail to Incachiriaska Pass 16,300’. The Team did well despite the altitude and muddy terrain.
We descended down a wide grassy valley and paused often to take in the scenery and soak in the sun after a cold and cloudy day yesterday.
The Team is resting in Pampachuana camp located at 12,800’ among a high rural farming community. Through the valley is an Incan canal that was constructed to straighten out the glacial stream that provides water to the farmers. Tomorrow we join the ‘Inca Trail’ and our horses will leave us as porters join the team for the remainder of the trip.
We packed up and left Cusco at 6 am and headed for the Salkantay trail head near Soraypampa. The drive took us over some high passes and down a very scenic river valley filled with eucalyptus trees and small subsistence farms.
When you describe to people the quality of food we eat on these Treks you get some doubtful looks, seeing is believing. Our Team feasted on guacamole and bread only to be followed by a pumpkin soup and rounded out with a main course of vegetable and cheese stuffed trout. That was only lunch, who knows what is for dinner.
Bellies full we set out into grey skies with a spectacular view of Cerro Salkantay and Humantay. Gradually the glaciers and snow covered faces disappeared in a light rain as we walked into camp, Ichupata at 14,846’.
Rain is coming down quite heavily now, the team is getting warm in their tents and we will check in tomorrow.
This Is Mike, the RMI Machu Picchu group has all arrived with luggage in tow. We had a nice dinner on the main square in Cusco last night after a team meeting and briefing about the Salkantay Trek. Today we went on a tour of the Urabamba Valley to visit the Pisac Market and the amazing stone work at Ollantaytambo. The weather has been great, the team is adjusting to the altitude and excited about beginning the trek tomorrow morning. We will check in from our camp tomorrow evening.
Glad to see you in good spirits! We hope you have a great trek! Love & miss you dad!
Nina & Mom
Posted by: Nina Guenther on 9/5/2017 at 3:43 pm
August 30, 2017
The Four Day Summit Climb August 27 - 30 led by RMI Guides Geoff Schellens and Mike King were unable to reach the summit of Mt. Rainier today. The teams turned around at 12,700’ due to high winds. The teams have returned safely to Camp Muir. They plan to start their descent to Paradise around 9:30 am PT.
Remember…. it is the trip that is most important…not the destination…per “Zen and The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: an inquiry into values” by Robert M. Pirsig”...from a ‘60s mama…...love and prayers for all…come home safely.
Posted by: Sharen Hart on 8/30/2017 at 7:37 pm
Glad you’re all safe. Even though you weren’t able to reach the summit, I hope the journey was an adventure!
Posted by: Elise Resnick on 8/30/2017 at 5:16 pm
August 24, 2017
RMI Guides Tyler Jones and Mike King led their Four Day Summit Climb August 21 - 24 to the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning. The cloud deck remains below Camp Muir so the team was able to enjoy clear skies during their climb and from the summit crater before starting their descent. Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb teams!
Thanks to all the guides for their hard work over the last few days to re-establish a route above the top of Disappointment Cleaver!
Excellent! Looking forward to hearing all about it—way to go! Love you : )
Posted by: Melissa Mattes on 8/24/2017 at 11:46 am
Chip & Jen Mattes - Congrats on your accomplishment, never any doubt. So proud and excited to hear all about it.
Love you guys!
Posted by: Rhonda Dart on 8/24/2017 at 10:19 am
August 16, 2017
Posted by: Mike King
Thanks to the many hours of route work from dedicated guides on Mt. Rainier over the last few days our Five Day Summit Climb team for August 12 - 16 reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning around 6 am. RMI Guide Mike King and team spent some time on the top before starting their descent. They will return to Camp Muir and then return to Paradise later today.
Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb Team!
Congrats Adam and Hank, so proud of you guys. Can’t wait to hear about it!
Posted by: Ned Gibson on 8/16/2017 at 10:41 am
Congratulations! So excited to hear you summited!
Posted by: Ann Boyd on 8/16/2017 at 10:24 am
August 11, 2017
RMI Guides Geoff Schellens and Mike King lead their teams to the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning. After enjoying some time in the crater they started their descent to Camp Muir. They will take a short rest and then continue down to Paradise.
Congratulations to today’s Summit Climbers!
August 6, 2017
The American Lung Association’s Climb for Clean Air team reached the summit of Mt. Baker today with 100% success! RMI Guide Steve Gately reported a great climb and good route conditions. The views were hard to come by to the smoke lingering over Western Washington, but the team had a great time!
Congratulations to today’s team!
This was an amazing climb for me and much of it due to the patient, clear instruction, leadership and encouragement from our guides. They were professional in their teaching and serious about our safety, while maintainig a sense of levity that made the experience unforgettable. And I learned a ton!
Posted by: Alice Alleman on 8/8/2017 at 3:24 am
July 30, 2017
Posted by: Mike King
Summit! RMI Guide Mike King was on top at 5:00 a.m. this morning. The warm temperatures are making for early alpine starts as the team left Mt. Rainier’s crater rim at 6:00 a.m. They are progressing well on their descent back to Camp Muir.
Hoorah, team! Glad that the vintage crampons got you to the top, Nathaniel. :-)
Posted by: Deb on 7/30/2017 at 2:54 pm
Congratulations Nathaniel. Love You.
Posted by: Dean K-F on 7/30/2017 at 1:03 pm
July 21, 2017
The July 18 - 21 Four Day Summit Climb Teams reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning. RMI Guide Jess Matthews reported 20-25 mph winds and a sunny and beautiful day on the mountain. At 9:30 am the teams were descending from the crater rim on their return to Camp Muir.
We look forward to seeing the teams at Rainier BaseCamp this afternoon.
Congratulations to today’s Summit Climbers!
Well done! Congratulations James!! We are all so excited for you!
Posted by: M LeDuke on 7/21/2017 at 11:04 am
Congratulations! Glad to hear they made it!!
Posted by: Sarah Belter on 7/21/2017 at 9:58 am