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Machu Picchu: King & Team Hike to Ollantaytambo

Today the group toured the Urubamba River Valley that was and continues to be a fertile farming area for the local people of Cusco. With large varieties of corn and potatoes being grown, we could see terraces that the Inca used reaching well above 12,000 ft.

We had several stops on our way to Ollantaytambo, a wonderful Incan site featuring farming terraces, ceremonial stone work and intact buildings used for storing food. Our impromptu stop to sample chicha, a fermented corn drink that locals enjoy while playing a fun coin toss style yard game also yielded two cute puppies sleeping by a fire and a guinea pig farm. Cuy, or guinea pig, is a common form of protein consumed by locals and tourists alike.

We wrapped the day finalizing our packs for an early departure. Tomorrow morning we begin our Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu, the entire group is excited to leave Cusco.

RMI Guide Mike King

Not there yet?? Steve, I thought you’d have run all the way up on the first day ;P Sounds like you are having lots of fun on the way!!  Hope the weather holds out for you all and you have enjoyable travels back down.

Posted by: Audrey on 8/8/2016 at 7:43 am

Sounds exciting, wish we were young enough to join your excursions.

Posted by: Uncle John Aunt Jan on 8/3/2016 at 7:26 pm

Machu Picchu: Mike King and Team Arrive in Cusco

This is RMI Guide Mike King checking in from Cusco. Our team has arrived with high spirits and all luggage accounted for. We spent the day touring 3 Inca sites and admiring the phenomenal rock work and immense size of the what the Inca accomplished without iron and wheels in just 80ish years. Cusco sitting at 11,400ft elevation requires the Team to acclimate before we reach 16,010 ft on our second day trekking. Tomorrow we will tour the Sacred Valley along the Urubamba river.

We will check in tomorrow, thanks for following along!

Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climb Teams Reach the Summit!

The Four Day Summit Climb July 20 - 23, 2016 led by RMI Guides Mike King and Kel Rossiter reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning with clear skies and winds around 15 mph.  The team began their descent from the crater rim just before 8 am.

We look forward to seeing them at Rainier BaseCamp later this afternoon.

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb teams!

awesome job brooke! can’t wait to hear about it and see pics!

Posted by: scott on 7/25/2016 at 12:56 pm

Congrats Mike!  That should be your 50th summit right?

Thanks again for all you did on the seminar.


Posted by: Matt Voswinkel on 7/24/2016 at 1:11 pm

Mt. Rainier: Paradise Seminar Team Summits

The Expedition Skills Seminar - Paradise led by RMI Guide Mike King wrapped up their week of mountaineering training with a successful summit of Mt. Rainier. The team will descend off the mountain and be back in Ashford this afternoon to celebrate.


Congratulations on a successful expedition!

Posted by: Bart Couture on 7/15/2016 at 6:01 pm

Congratulations guys!  Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Jill Wachter on 7/15/2016 at 12:57 pm

Mt. Rainier: July 6th Summit on Emmons Route!

The Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons team led by RMI Guide Mike King reached the summit of Mt. Rainier via the Emmons Route early this morning.  Mike reported clear skies an great climbing. The team will be descending back to Camp Schurman and spend the remainder of the week training before returning to Rainier Basecamp Thursday afternoon.

Congratulations to the Emmons Team!

Wow folks!! Great job!!!  Happy that it was a successful climb, and all are set for a safe return!!  Rebecca, so proud of you for reaching your goals!!!  Whoot Whoot!!!

Posted by: Kim Dean on 7/6/2016 at 6:08 pm

Way to go everyone! Special shout out to Rebecca! So proud of you!!!!

Posted by: Mary Louzan on 7/6/2016 at 4:45 pm

Mt. Rainier: King & Team Summit via the Emmons Route

The Five Day Emmons Climb led by RMI Guide Mike King reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning via the Emmons Glacier Route.  It’s a beatiful day with little wind and clear skies.  After spending some time on the summit the team started their descent around 6:30 am PT, they will return to high camp for their final night on the mountain.


Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climb & Emmons Team on the Summit

We have teams on the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning!  RMI Guide Walter Hailes led his Four Day Summit climb to the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  Walter was approaching the crater rim just before 7 am and reported a beautiful day with light winds.

Congratulations to today’s climbers!

Your amazing Billy
I was thinking of you the whole time just waiting for your call or text to say your down safe
Congrats to the team ⛏

Posted by: Nancy Moses on 6/29/2016 at 6:09 pm

Mt. Rainier: Five Day Summit Climb Reaches Summit

RMI Guide Mike King and the Five Day Summit Climb completed their two nights on Mt. Rainier with a successful summit this morning. The team spent a little time on the summit before beginning their descent around 7:15 a.m. PDT. We look forward to seeing the team in Ashford later today and hearing about their time on the mountain.

Congratulations climbers!

Mt. Rainier: Summit Climbs Call Disappointment Cleaver Their High Point

The Mt. Rainier Four Day Summit Climb teams led by RMI Guides Pete Van Deventer and Mike King turned at the top of Disappointment Cleaver this morning. The team made the prudent decision to call Disappointment Cleaver their high point after assessing the snow pack determined the avalanche danger to be high. The team will descend back to Camp Muir before continuing their descent to Paradise later today.

Hey Team,
Well I was supposed to climb with you guys June 12-15, but I accepted a job and I ended up moving from Washington state to Texas and June 13 was my first day at the new job.  I had to forfeit my position to climb, just a few weeks ago.
I know the feeling of training for months and then not getting to summit - it’s a bummer.  This would have been my 4th time climbing with RMI on Rainier.  I hope my message can reach someone new to RMI and mountaineering.  Every climb is different and you learn something new each climb.  It’s okay to be bummed for now, but don’t hangup your boots. 
RMI is a class act and the more guides you meet, the more you will be inspired to keep climbing. 
So, if you have that feeling of disappointment or being upset, know that it is normal and you can still tell your friends with pride, you are a mountaineer and that you will be back on Rainier soon.  Happy trails.  Matt

Posted by: Matt Stone on 6/16/2016 at 6:00 pm

Mt. Rainier: Teams Abort Summit Bid Due to Blowing Snow Conditions

The Mt. Rainier Summit Climb teams, led by Mike Haugen and Mike King, turned at Ingraham Flats this morning after a rough night of snow and high winds. The guides reported an ominous cap over the mountain after checking in from Camp Muir. Shortly after 8:00 a.m., both teams began their descent to Paradise.

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