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Entries By mike walter

Ecuador Volcanoes: Walter & Team Scramble Up Rucu Pichincha

We had a great day today as we ventured out of Quito for our first acclimatization hike up Rucu Pichincha (15,696’). The approach for this hike was a scenic gondola ride well above the city, dropping us off at 13,500’. After a few hours of hiking, we climbed into the clouds and finished with a scramble up Rucu Pichincha’s rocky summit. Although summit views were obscured, the weather was very comfortable all day for our hike.
We had a few hours this afternoon to relax and prep our gear for the next days’ adventures: hiking up to the climbers’ hut at the Ilinizas at 15,100’. We will spend two nights there and attempt summits on both the north and south Iliniza peaks. We will be in touch with updates.

RMI Guide Mike Walter

On The Map

Ecuador’s Volcanoes: Walter & Team Explore Quito

Our Ecuador Volcanoes expedition is underway! Everyone (and their luggage) arrived yesterday and the team met for breakfast this morning at our hotel’s café. Today’s agenda involved an informational tour of the historic areas of Quito, Ecuador’s capitol. Angel, our local city tour guide, led us through colonial Quito, and taught us about the history of various churches, the presidential palace, independence plaza, and the large statue of the Virgin of Quito, overlooking the city. The weather was beautiful and we even snuck in partial views of some of our climbing objectives, Cayambe and Rucu Pichincha. Cotopaxi (which is closed to climbing due to recent volcanic activity) also came into view.

Next we jumped in our van and headed north to the equator, or “mitad del mundo”, where we visited an ethnographic museum and learned about various indigenous cultures of Ecuador. We straddled the equator, with one leg in the northern hemisphere and one in the southern, as we watched some demonstrations of Coriolis Effect and our position on the equator.

We’re off now to sample some Ecuadorian cuisine for dinner!

RMI Guide Mike Walter

On The Map

Lookin’ good, folks. Be careful - good hiking, trekking and climbing.

Posted by: George Nimmo on 6/30/2016 at 6:19 pm

Mt. Rainier: Teams Turn at 12,000’ Due to Poor Weather Conditions

The Mt. Rainier Summit Climbs, led by Mike Walter and Walter Hailes, turned around at 12,000 feet due to high winds, low visibility, and snow. The teams began their descent from Camp Muir at 8:45 a.m.  We look forward to greeting them in Ashford this afternoon.

Great job team!  I’m sorry the weather didn’t work out in your favor.  Nonetheless, I’m proud of you all (especially The Amazing Brian Baron and The Outstanding Parker Freedman

Posted by: Piper on 6/24/2016 at 10:39 am

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

The Four Day Summit Climb June 9 - 12 led by RMI Guides Mike Walter and Zeb Blais reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning around 8 am.  Mike reported clear conditions with moderate winds as they were making their ascent above High Break.  The teams were able to enjoy some time on the summit.  They began their descent from the crater rim at 9:20 am. The teams will return to Camp Muir for a short break before continuing down to Paradise. 

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb Teams!

Denali Expedition: Walter & Team Return to Talkeetna

The May 3rd Denali Expedition led by RMI Guides Mike Walter, Billy Haas and Blake Votilla made the difficult decision to end their waiting game at 14,000’ on Denali and start their descent.  On Monday they packed up camp and began heading for Kahiltna Base Camp.  On Tuesday afternoon K2 Aviation was able to land on the glacier and load up the team.  Mike checked in from Talkeetna yesterday afternoon.  We are glad they are back safely and hope they all enjoyed their Denali adventure.

The weather was not with you, but your energy and spirit to summit was.  Well done team! 
Congratulations brother Dave - Love Jules

Posted by: Julie Beckner on 5/26/2016 at 8:18 am

Well Rogan is back home, I’m so sorry that you guys were not able to continue. But what you did,  was not to be sneezed at, so congrats for getting so far up anyway. What a unique experience you all had never to be forgotten. Best wishes, Rogans Mom.

Posted by: Daphne carew on 5/26/2016 at 3:35 am

Denali Expedition: Walter & Team Check in from 14,000 ft Camp

May 22, 2016 - 1:54 pm PT

Once again we’re checking in from 14k on Denali. There is not much new to report here. The winds up high remain strong, and the National Weather Service has issued a special high wind warning for this storm.
We are all comfortable and safe at camp and we’ll just have to see how this one plays out. Today is day 18 on the the mountain for our team, and high winds are forecast through at least Thursday. We’ll keep you up to date with the latest news.

RMI Guide Mike Walter

On The Map

Thinking alot about you Blake !!
Love you !!


Posted by: Maria Votilla on 5/24/2016 at 12:58 pm

Team Walter, you guys are already my heroes coming so close to the summit. Respect storm Daryl! No gut or glory stuff! Come home in one piece, Lei. Love you. Hao

Posted by: Hao on 5/23/2016 at 7:31 pm

Denali Expedition: Walter & Team Watching High Winds Blow Above the West Buttress

May 21, 2016 - 7:25 pm PT

We spent another day here at 14k. Today the weather at camp was quite pleasant, with periods of sun and just some light wind. Up above on the West Buttress, where we are hoping to climb, the strong winds persisted today. We’ll see what tomorrow brings, as the weather forecast is still calling for high winds the next few days. We’ll keep you posted.

RMI Guide Mike Walter

On The Map

Denali Expedition: Walter & Team Waiting Out the Weather

May 20, 2016 - 5:36 pm PT

We’re hunkered down in our tents today as a significant storm rages outside. Fortunately the snow walls we constructed are taking the brunt if the winds. It’s been snowing all day, and visibility is near zero.
We’re all safe and relatively comfortable in our camp between our tents and our cook tent. High above our camp you can hear the winds crashing over the West Buttress like waves on a rocky coastline. The winds up at that altitude are forecast to reach 85 mph.
This storm will hopefully start to taper off tomorrow and give us a chance to move up to high camp for a summit bid. We’ll keep you posted, but for now we’re in a holding pattern.

RMI Guide Mike Walter

On The Map

Hi Della, dis rof besig hier met die winter konserte en Kaela was siek met Tonsilites. Ons mis jou baie. Die koppie klimery moet nou klaarkom. Anyway, for those who did not understand. Get to the top in double quick time and get your buds of the mountain. Your family’ s need you..

Posted by: jaco on 5/21/2016 at 1:54 pm

Hey Rob!, So excited to hear from you! Stay strong and stay well.  We are praying for good weather so you and the team can go for the summit. Love to you. Mom, Dad and Katie

Posted by: Robert & Toni Caldwell on 5/21/2016 at 5:27 am

Denali Expedition: Walter & Team Sit Tight at 14,000’

May 19, 2016 - 10:28 pm PT

We hung out around camp again today, as the current weather nor the forecast for Denali are conducive to going higher right now. We spent a large part of the day building snow walls around our camp at 14,000’ to protect against wind.
Our plan for tomorrow is similar to today, as we ride out this storm and hope for better weather in a few days.
We’ll check in again tomorrow.

RMI Guide Mike Walter

On The Map

Denali Expedition: Walter & Team Explore the Edge of the World

May 18, 2016 - 5:07 p.m. PDT

Howdy from 14,200’ Denali! We are lounging in the sun at camp, waiting for the winds up high to decrease so that we can move to our high camp and get in position to take a crack at the summit. We’re comfy here at camp but eager to club higher.

After breakfast this morning, we headed over to the Edge of the World, a viewpoint 15 minutes from camp that looks down some 7,000’ into the Northeast Fork of the Kahiltna Glacier and across to Mt. Foraker. Amazing.

If anyone could pull some strings with the weather deities, that’d be swell. Thanks!

That’s it for now,
RMI Guides Mike Walter, Billy Haas, and Blake Votilla

On The Map

Hi adelle.  Sitting at Fego having a cuppa and watching the water.  It is two in the morning in your valley…sorry ...mountain.  and i suppose you are nice and warm and cosy in your sleeping bag.  NOT…  thinking about you all the time.  Your brother wants to join you when you do Everest.  Then i have two to pray for.  (I wonder if God has a special file labelled Mountaineers? To which he pays special attention)  Hope so….      Well,;enough of my rambling. I will leave you and your group to do some rambling of your own.  Love.  ME.

Posted by: Maureen on 5/20/2016 at 2:14 am

Holy smokes…what a view!  I am so glad you all got to see such beauty!  May the weather be calm, clear and ready for you all to reach the top!  Stay healthy brother Dave.  Love, Jules

Posted by: Julie Beckner on 5/19/2016 at 9:59 am

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