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Entries By mike king


Mexico’s Volcanoes: Team Arrives in Mexico City

October 15, 2016 - 9 pm PT

This is Mike, the entire RMI Mexico team arrived with all their gear and high spirits! We kicked the program off with a good dinner and meeting. Tomorrow we will head 75 miles east of Mexico City into rolling hills of Tlaxcala to the base La Malinche. This is where we begin our acclimatization program with a day hike and spending the night at 10,000 ft.
Thanks for following along.

RMI Guide Mike King


Mt. Rainier: Unstable Route Conditions Turn Summit Climb Teams

RMI Guides JJ Justman, Mike King with their summit climb teams reached the nose of the Cleaver this morning. Due to route conditions, this was their high point for the climb.  Both teams began their descent from Camp Muir at 8:30 a.m.


Mt. Rainier: Seminar Reaches the Summit!

The Expedition Skills Seminar - Muir reached the crater rim at 7:30 am. RMI Guide Mike King reported no wind, a great route and a beautiful morning!  With such amazing weather, the team stayed on the summit until 9:00 am and will check in once they are back to Camp Muir.  They will stay one more night at Camp Muir and descend from the mountain tomorrow.

Congratulations!  What an awesome accomplishment!  Glad you had great weather and made it back safe.

Posted by: Jenny on 11/6/2016 at 7:57 pm

Congrats everyone!! Really glad you had great weather! Have a safe descent!

Posted by: Kristina Boutilier on 9/15/2016 at 12:41 pm


Mt. Rainier: Expedition Skills Seminar Makes Summit!

The Expedition Skills Seminar - Muir September 4 - 9, 2016 reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning shortly before 9 am.  RMI Guides Brent Okita and Mike King reported favorable conditions with 20 mph winds - increasing as they neared the crater rim, some blowing snow, and clear skies. Mike said they can see clear to Mt. Jefferson.
After enjoying the summit today the teams will return to Camp Muir for two additional days of training.  We look forward to greeting the team when they return to Rainier BaseCamp on Friday. 

Congratulations to today’s climbers!


Mt. Rainier: Avalanche Conditions Keep Team from Summit

The Mt. Rainier Summit Climb, led Pete Van Deventer and Mike King, is back at Camp Muir after turning on the upper mountain due to route and avalanche conditions. They encountered snow up to waist deep, providing poor footing on exposed slopes. The weather reported from Camp Muir is clear, calm, and cold.  The teams will depart for Paradise soon.


Mt. Rainier: Justman, King & Teams on the Summit!

The Four Day Summit Climb teams August 23 - 26 led by RMI Guides JJ Justman and Mike King were approaching the crater rim just before 7 am.  All of the climbers on Mike King’s team were able to reach the summit!.  Nice work team! JJ reported 10 mph winds and cold temps with climbers wearing their parkas.  It’s a beautiful day and a great climb.  The teams will return to Camp Muir and then continue their descent to Paradise.

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb teams!

Congratulations Maahi! All the best for your hike to the summit. Head back safely. Missing you…..
Neil and Sush

Posted by: Susmita Jasti on 8/29/2016 at 7:01 pm

And congratulations on what you achieved ...

Posted by: Jeevan Yarlagadda on 8/29/2016 at 4:40 pm


Mt. Rainier: Teams on the Summit!

Our Four Day Summit Climb teams for August 17 - 20 reached the summit of Mt. Rainier early this morning.  The teams enjoyed beautiful weather with clear skies and a lots of bright moon light.  After spending time in the crater, they started their descent. As of 7:00 am PT, RMI Guides Elias de Andres Martos and Mike King reported that they were descending Disappointment Cleaver.  We look forward to greeting the teams at BaseCamp this afternoon.

Congratulations to today Summit Climbers!

Great Job Matt H. and the rest of the team!

Posted by: Joe Hackett on 8/20/2016 at 7:39 am


Mt. Rainier: Summit Climb Teams Reach the Summit!

The Four Day Summit Climb Teams August 14 - 17, 2016 enjoyed beautiful weather during their time in Mt. Rainier National Park.  Today was no different as the teams got an early start from Camp Muir and were able to enjoy the views from the summit of Mt. Rainier.  The teams, led by RMI Guides Mike King & Steve Gately, reported light winds and perfect weather.  We look forward to seeing them at Rainier BaseCamp this afternoon.

Congratulations to today’s climbers!

Proud sister, right here! Congrats, all (especially Rich S. & Mike H.)!

Posted by: Kristen on 8/17/2016 at 5:09 pm

CONGRATS MATTHEW! ♥

Posted by: hannah on 8/17/2016 at 2:48 pm


Machu Picchu: King & Team Spend the Day in Aquas Calientes

Rain, early bus ride and some sore legs were the deciding factors to hangout this morning in Aquas Calientes instead of heading up to hike Machu Picchu mountain. 
The team will pack up and take a 3:30 train back to Cusco. This will be our final dispatch of what has been an incredible trek through beautiful mountains, culminating in a nice day at Machu Picchu!
Thanks for following along.

RMI Guide Mike King


Machu Picchu: King and Team Reach Machu Picchu

Inside information, while illegal on Wall Street, totally ligit on the Inca Trail. We got up at 2:30am so we would be first in line to enter the trail leading to Machu Picchu when the gates opened at 5:30am. While we waited some Team members slept, relaxed and 4 of us continued a best of four Hearts game on top of a backpack.

With a little under an hour of walking to the site, we cruised through the “Gringo Killer”, a 60 degree 50 Incan step section just prior to the Sun Gate. No Gringos were harmed in the filming of this section. The Team enjoyed an amazing sunrise across the cloud forest and in Machu Picchu.

In total we spent 2 hours walking around the immense complex. Listening to our local interpretive guides, Erick and Winder as they described what we were seeing. The Team was shocked at the shear size of the stone work and numbers of people who had arrived via bus.

While a trip like this can be about the destination, we all agreed the last 5 days on the Salkantay/Inca trail was more about the journey;  consiting of remote valleys, Andean vista’s and a variety of Incan sites.

We are back in Aquas Calientes, showered and resting.  Thanks for following along and we will return to Cusco tomorrow evening for departure flights on Wednesday.

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