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Entries By mike walter

Cayambe Express: Walter & Team Hike Fuya Fuya

We left Quito early this morning and headed north towards our main objective, Cayambe. Today’s agenda, though, was our second acclimatization climb up Fuya Fuya, an extinct volcano that rises up above 14,000’. Fuya Fuya rises up from the beautiful crater lake, Mojanda. The climb started with a hike up a trail through high altitude grassland that got steeper with every step. Just shy of the summit, the climb got even steeper and involved some fun rock scrambling to get to the top. The weather was good, but cloudy, with intermittent views of the surrounding peaks and valleys. After a steep descent we were back at our vehicle and headed to Guachala, our hacienda for tonight. Tomorrow we will visit the market in Otavalo and then head up to the climbing hut on Cayambe where we’ll spend two nights and hopefully grab a summit.

RMI Guide Mike Walter

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Cayambe Express: Walter & Team Acclimatize on Rucu Pichincha

We set out early this morning for our first acclimatization climb. The day started with a gondola ride from Quito to ~13,500’. Then the fun began. We headed west on a well-defined trail that followed a ridge on the shoulder of Rucu Pichincha. As the hiking continued, the trail got steeper and the air didn’t get any thicker. After a couple hundred feet of rock scrambling we arrived at the summit of Rucu Pichincha (~15,700’). Views were sporadic as clouds moved in and out. When the views were there, though, they were stunning, looking down on Quito almost 7,000’ below. The weather was pleasant and we spent a decent amount of time relaxing up top. Then we retraced our steps and rode the gondola back to town. Now, back at our hotel, we’re cleaning up, resting, and packing for an early departure tomorrow to head north towards the town of Otovalo where we’ll tackle our second acclimatization hike, this time to an ancient volcano called Fuya Fuya.

RMI Guide Mike Walter

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Cayambe Express: Walter & Team Explore Quito

Our Ecuador trip is up and running, and we spent our first day in country visiting the Equator and an ethnographic museum where we learned about the various diverse cultures of the country and were able to simultaneously stand in both the northern and southern hemispheres. Afterwards, we travelled to southern Quito to visit the old town, or colonial area. Here we toured Independence Plaza, the Compania de Jesus church, and walked the streets of old town, learning about Ecuador’s history. After a fun, educational, and jam-packed day, we’ve got some down time before dinner. Tomorrow we’ll get up early and go on our first acclimatization hike up Rucu Pichincha, a 15,700 ft. volcano that towers over Quito.

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Mt. Rainier: Mike Walter & Team Summit!

The Mt. Rainier Summit Climb, led by Mike Walter, reached the summit at 8:20 a.m.  With a cloud deck around 8,500ft, the weather was sunny and no wind for the climb.  The team is working their way down the mountain and we look forward to congratulating them this afternoon!

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What an awesome experience! Thx to Mike, Leah, and Caleb. You guys are awesome. Enjoyed meeting everyone on our climb team.

Posted by: Andy H on 6/14/2017 at 1:22 pm

Denali Expedition: Walter & Team Return to Talkeetna

I just wanted to touch base with everyone that has followed our expedition. We flew off of the mountain yesterday, June 3rd, and we’re working our way back to our normal lives.
We reached the summit on June 1, the first guide service of the season to step on top of Denali! The weather could not have been better, and we took advantage of it by spending nearly an hour on top of the highest point in North America.
We endured lots of weather during our trip, but we endured and got it done. It was a super rewarding summit with dedicated climbers.
We’re already planning our next trip!

RMI Guide Mike Walter

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Denali Expedition: Walter & Team Check in from 17,000’ Camp after Summit Day

June 2, 2017
Hey guys, it’s Mike Walter checking in early Friday morning up at High Camp on Denali. We had a successful summit yesterday in beautiful weather, barely a breath of wind, nott a cloud in the sky, great views. We got to spend nearly an hour on this on top, and everyone returned back to camp safely.  We have the stoves fired and we are going to pack up here shortly and start our movement downward and hopefully be back in town tomorrow. We will be in touch and keep you posted.

RMI Guide Mike Walter

RMI Guide Mike Walter checks in from 17,000 ft Camp after summit bid.

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Congrats Mark! Get down safely and enjoy some town life now!

Posted by: Tom on 6/2/2017 at 6:55 pm

Denali Expedition: Walter & Team Reach the Summit!

June 1, 2017 4:18pm PST

We just received news that RMI Guide Mike Walter and Team have reached the Summit of Denali!

Congratulations Team!

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Your patience paid off! Congratulations!

Posted by: David Clemmons on 6/2/2017 at 9:12 am

Congrats guys! It is the time to drink from the base camp to town of Talkeetna.

Posted by: Lei W on 6/2/2017 at 5:42 am

Denali Expedition: Walter & Team Move to Camp High Camp Ready for Summit Attempt

May 31, 2017
Hi, it’s Mike Walter calling on Wednesday May 31st. We had a beautiful day today, and we moved up to the High Camp on Denali’s West Buttress, 17200 feet. We got here a little bit after 1pm today and have been setting up camp and resting. Everyone is resting and the weather looks good for tomorrow. So hopefully we’ll be able to take a shot at the summit. Everyone is doing well.  Hopefully we will be giving you a call from the summit and let you know how it goes. Alright.

RMI Guide Mike Walter

RMI Guide Mike Walter checks in from High Camp at 17,200 ft on Denali.

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SO happy for you David and team!  You remain in our thoughts and prayers.  Cheers to a summit today!  Safe travels down…
AK and Mom

Posted by: Ann Kathryn Scott on 6/1/2017 at 9:43 am

Waiting with bated breath for that phone call from the summit…namaste!

Posted by: Nancy Hines on 6/1/2017 at 5:53 am

Denali Expedition: Walter & Team Enjoying Sunshine at 14,000’ Camp

May 30, 2017
Greetings RMI Denali followers, this is Robby Young with the May 3rd Denali Expedition calling you from Day 26.  We are sitting in the sunshine here at 14,000’ Camp.  We awoke this morning to some cloudy skies, some high winds and snow which delayed our progress uphill just one more day.  It looks like the weather is going to be beautiful tomorrow and the next few days giving us our opportunity to finally climb higher on the mountain. We are looking forward to a move to 17,000’ Camp tomorrow morning if the weather does in fact allow.  Until then, we will talk to you soon.

RMI Guide Robby Young

RMI Guide Robby Young calls from 14,000 ft on Denali.

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The bet was that the Eagles Greatest Hits sold more than 29 million, which it did…I agreed that Thriller sold more.


Also, amazing that you guys summited! Nicely done dudes.

- Mark

Posted by: Mark on 6/7/2017 at 11:54 am

Pretty sure it still isn’t close to Thriller at #1 all time. You can mail me the $50 or send it PayPal. Glad you guaranteed the Eagles was the highest selling all time.

Posted by: Todd on 6/5/2017 at 1:21 pm

Denali Expedition: Walter & Team Hope For Break in Weather

May 29, 2017

Greetings all - this is Robbie Young and Mike Walter with the RMI Denali Team. Today was another day of waiting out some weather here at 14,000’ Camp. We had snow and some winds this morning and it’s just now starting to improve this afternoon. We’re on Day 25 and we are looking forward to hopefully a break in this weather over the next few days to give us an opportunity to summit or at least make an attempt if the weather holds out. If not, we’re probably looking at coming down at the same time in the next few days here. Looking forward to our opportunity and look forward to checking in again tomorrow, hopefully in 17000’ Camp.

Thanks. Ciao.

RMI Guide Robbie Young

RMI Guide Robby Young checks in from 14,000ft Camp on Denali.

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Hi Mark - I have been following your expedition on the blog, and thinking of you and the others up on the mountain.  Those are remarkable photographs and incredible descriptions of the severe weather conditions.  You and the team are pretty damn impressive.  I sure hope the weather finally cooperates, but whatever happens you have accomplished something mighty.  I will look forward to seeing you upon your return.      —Geordie Vining (from Crossfit)

Posted by: Geordie Vining on 5/31/2017 at 5:28 am

Hey Mark, Kev sends me to the blog about every other day to check on your summit progress…for some reason he can manage an RX Murph (we missed you!) but can’t navigate the blog ;) Hoping the weather cooperates for y’all. Catch you on the flip side, H + K

Posted by: heidi + kevin murphy on 5/30/2017 at 8:20 pm

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