Entries By mike uchal
August 3, 2017
It takes a bit to navigate the process of Russian airports: checking in, going to a different counter to pay for baggage, back to the first to retrieve boarding passes, and then on to security. That meant an early morning for us in order to catch a 9.40 flight to Mineralnye Vody. Our driver did his best Ricky Bobby impression on the way, which got us there with plenty of time to spare.
The wave of heat that hit as we disembarked was impressive. Kislovodsk is hot, and everyone, including our local guide, is anxious to escape to the relative comfort of the mountain. We got a bit of food shopping done this afternoon, double checked our gear, and are ready for the 4wd trip to base camp tomorrow morning. Our next contact should be from the mountain as we really get this climb underway!
RMI Guides Pete Van Deventer and Mike Uchal
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Best expedition ever Pete + crew…Safety and Summit amid fav weather…Waltero…Godspeed…Great book on Amazon “Mount Elbrus and Mount Kosciuszko” by me of course!
Posted by: Walter Glover on 8/4/2017 at 5:54 am
Praying for great weather, safety, and fun! “Tamp it to the max!”
Posted by: Chase on 8/3/2017 at 9:45 pm
August 2, 2017
Though we haven’t been in Moscow for long, we did our best to see everything we could today. We matched the fast pace of our tour guide (she looked at us and said “you are supposed to be sportsmen”), and checked out sites that seem hard to believe for anyone who was alive during the Cold War. We wandered through Red Square, silently filed through Lenin’s Tomb, where Russia spends $200,000 a year to keep his body in perfect condition, and crossed through the front gate of the Kremlin to get a tour inside and see several of the cathedrals that exist within. Each had a dedicated purpose and patron, the Cathedral of the Assumption being used for Coronations and things involving the Russian Czars, while Archangel Michael’s Cathedral was used as a burial place for Czars and Czarinnas, including the family of Ivan the Terrible.
Unfortunately, St. Basil’s Cathedral was closed today due to a national holiday commemorating paratroopers in WWII, but we strolled through the GUM, the former Soviet State Department Store, and now a high end shopping mall, stopping to ease the heat with ice cream, before a delicious lunch at a Ukrainian Restaurant around the corner. We had the afternoon free to explore or take naps, before we headed to a nice rooftop restaurant overlooking the Moscow River for dinner. Tomorrow starts early, 5.30 am, as we head back to the airport to fly to the Caucasus and refocus on our climbing objective. Tomorrow will be a travel day, but before we know it, we’ll be at base camp, staring up at the twin summits of Mt. Elbrus and beginning our climb. We’ll check in soon.
RMI Guide Pete Van Deventer
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Hi Kelly and Josh, hope you’re having a great time! Each day we pray for the safety of you and your team members! Take care and enjoy yourselves!
Darcy and Jon
Posted by: Darcy and Jon Schwanke on 8/6/2017 at 12:01 pm
Wish the team good luck. We pray for good weather and safe return of all team members!
Posted by: Smriti on 8/3/2017 at 8:48 am
July 28, 2017
The Four Day Summit Climb teams, led by Dave Hahn and Mike Uchal, were on top of Mt. Rainier by 7:30 AM this morning. The team had clear skies and moderate winds, a perfect day to be on the highest point in Washington.
Congratulations to today’s summit climbers!
To infinity and beyond. Way to go Mick and Matt!
Posted by: Brett on 7/28/2017 at 2:33 pm
July 22, 2017
Congratulations to today’s climbers!
I did the 4-Day Rainier Climb in 2012 with guides Lindsey Mann and Casey Grom. They were great guides and provided our team with an enjoyable experience.
This year, I brought eight friends with me to again do the 4-Day Rainier Climb, with RMI Guides Kel Rossiter, Taylor Bickford, and Lucas Haaland. Again, RMI provided us with 3 more amazing guides. The climb was awesome and everyone - both guides and clients - had an great time! It was so much fun!
For those thinking about climbing Rainier, here’s my advice: use a guide service (RMI has the some of the world’s best climbers as guides, puts a high premium on safety, and is reasonably priced), train & prepare for the climb, listen to your guides, tip your guides well, and have an awesome experience!
Posted by: Kelly Steele on 7/24/2017 at 8:37 pm
Wow. Our guides were out-of-this-world amazing—Mike, Pete and Bryan made sure our group felt comfortable, prepared and were safe throughout the experience. I would, hands down, recommend RMI to ANYONE looking to get into mountaineering. My family had an incredible experience because of them. Thank you RMI and a special thank you to Mike, Pete and Bryan for helping us make it to the summit and back!
Posted by: Lindsey Effner on 7/24/2017 at 9:59 am
July 18, 2017
Posted by: Mike Uchal
Today’s Five Day Mount Rainier Climb, led by RMI Guide Mike Uchal, reached the summit in cold, clear, and windy conditions. The views were spectacular and the team is currently on their descent back to Camp Muir. We look forward to congratulating them back at Rainier Basecamp later this afternoon.
Congrats to the whole team! I felt lucky to have great guides, and I’m coming back next year in July. July is my favorite month.
Posted by: Yvonne Young on 7/20/2017 at 8:01 pm
I was blown away - literally and figuratively - by this experience. Thank you everyone for your words of encouragement. Our entire team pulled together - all 9 climbers and 3 guides - to make this an event of a lifetime for everyone on the hill. I feel a special closeness to each and every one of them. Who wants to do it again?!? Sign me up!
Posted by: Mary Ann Peterson on 7/20/2017 at 9:00 am
July 12, 2017
Congratulations to today’s Five Day Summit Climb Team July 8-12, 2017 who reached the summit of Mt. Rainier at 7 am this morning with 100% of their team. The climbers enjoyed an hour on the summit of Mt. Rainier under blue skies and moderate winds. The will descend to Camp Muir and continue down to Paradise this afternoon to conclude their program.
I am glad our group completed the summit together. Thanks to Andy, Mike and Peter for their expertise and patience. I had a great time and will use the confidence from this successful climb to complete any other difficult task that I might face in the future.
Posted by: Chad Miller on 7/17/2017 at 10:36 am
Congratulations to the entire team!
Garrett, I’m so proud of you for doing this. I so glad you have developed such a love for the beauty nature gives us and for your sense of adventure!!!
Posted by: Maria (Garretts mom) on 7/12/2017 at 6:46 pm
July 7, 2017
RMI Guides Tyler Jones and Mike Uchal lead their Four Day Summit Climb July 4 - 7, 2017 teams to the summit of Mt. Rainier today. They began their descent from the crater rim around 7 am PT. Tyler reported strong winds on the summit but decreasing winds as they were descending. The sky is mostly clear with a few high clouds. The team will descend to Paradise today and return to Rainier BaseCamp this afternoon.
Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb teams!
congratulations on tackling the mountain. We knew you could do it. Have a great rest of the trip. love you
nice job on getting to the peak! Hope it was a great experience, can’t wait tohear all about it. love you
Congratulations Paul and team! Sending love and hugs!xoxo
Posted by: Kim Hexter on 7/7/2017 at 9:31 am
Well done Dad!!!!! Love Harry x (Thomas, Oliver and mum)
Posted by: Harry on 7/7/2017 at 8:16 am
July 13, 2016
Climbers on the Four Day Summit Climb teams led by RMI Guides Brent Okita and Mike Uchal reached the summit crater of Mt. Rainier at 6:45 a.m. PDT. Brent and Mike reported chilly and breezy conditions on the summit. The teams will spend some time on top before beginning their descent. We look forward to welcoming the climbers back to Ashford this afternoon.
Brent, see you on the hiil!
Posted by: James Spodobalski on 9/26/2016 at 10:54 pm
Awesome and beyond (Brent) &team;, blessed to have run Gates on Gold Hill coin-op,& bringing around with Alan,Wheels,steveie ray vaugh!! Especially when you. Team 911,,let me race gates under chair 4,,&& will never forget wheels/ yelled-(Spud Did It For The Team!! You & Julie invited to have super hot cocoa @ that time Up on Gold Hill! Always thankful met Julie & You Thanks
Posted by: James Spodobalski on 9/26/2016 at 10:40 pm
July 9, 2016
Due to avalanche hazard, the summit climb teams, led by Brent Okita and Mike Uchal, were unable to summit Mt. Rainier this morning. Both teams topped out at 12,800,’ and are headed back down to Camp Muir.
We look forward to seeing the teams back in Ashford this afternoon.
July 3, 2016
The Four Day Summit Climb Teams led by RMI Guides Tyler Jones and Mike Uchal reached the summit of Mt. Rainier Early this morning. Tyler reported Breezy, but clear skies above 7800’. They started their descent at about 7:10 am.
Congratulations to today’s teams!
Congratulations Shannon and climbing crew, well done!!
Posted by: Sarah McQ on 7/5/2016 at 10:59 pm
Congratulations team, so very proud of you all!!! xoxo
Posted by: Roxanne Ventus on 7/3/2016 at 11:03 am