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Mt. Rainier: July 28th Summit!

Posted by: Tyler Reid, Mike Walter | July 28, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guide Tyler Reid reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning. While on the summit, the team enjoyed pretty nice weather including moderate winds from the North and warming temperatures. The team has started their descent back to Camp Muir where they will rest and repack before continuing down to Paradise. We look forward to seeing back at BaseCamp in Ashford later this afternoon.

On the Emmons Glacier route of Mt. Rainier, RMI Guide Mike Walter led the Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons to the summit as well. Mike and the team will spend their final night on the mountain at Camp Schurman before descending and returning to Ashford tomorrow.

Congratulations!


Mt. Rainier: July 22nd Summit!

Posted by: Billy Nugent, Solveig Waterfall, Mike Walter | July 22, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four and Five Day Summit climb teams led by RMI Guides Mike Walter and Solveig Waterfall reached the summit of Mt. Rainier early this morning via the Disappointment Cleaver route.  Mike reported great climbing, light winds and mild temperatures with a few clouds at around 6,500’.

RMI Guide Billy Nugent and his Expedition Skills Seminar - Kautz team climbed via the Kautz route and successfully reached the summit of Mt. Rainier in time to watch the sunset. The team will be finishing up their training today and be back at RMI Basecamp later this afternoon.

Congratulations to today’s teams!

The Lower Castle on the Kautz Route. RMI Photo Collection
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Way to go Dad!  We’re proud of you.

Jackson and Griffin

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Posted by: Jackson and Griffin on 7/22/2015 at 7:48 pm

Go Lily go.  We are proud of you.

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Mt. Rainier: July 17th Update

Posted by: Mike Walter, Leon Davis | July 17, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Mount Rainier Summit Climb, led by Mike Walter, and the Expedition Skills Seminar – Paradise, led by Leon Davis, crested the crater rim at 7:06 a.m.  The teams reported a beautiful day with 10 mph winds.  After spending over an hour on the summit, they began their descent.

Congratulations to today’s teams!

Ascending Mount Rainier at sunrise.. Photo: RMI Collection
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So grateful to have had the chance to meet, climb, sweat, overcome and summit with these characters. Big shout out for my rope team…40/50 is the new 18.

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Posted by: Jamie Moon on 7/18/2015 at 5:19 pm

Way to go Gabe! So proud of you and thrilled you were able to experience such an awesome adventure. Your hard work paid off. Thanking God, saints and angels for… read more

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Ecuador’s Volcanoes: Walter & Team Summit Cotopaxi

Posted by: Mike Walter | July 09, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Ecuador
Elevation: 19,348'

When I woke up to check the weather at 11 pm I could hear that the wind would not be an issue. I went outside to check the sky; it was perfectly clear and full of stars. I woke our team up immediately and reported the good news. We ate “breakfast” and packed our summit kits and were out the door by 12:15 am. The route on Cotopaxi is in great condition, with a well-worn trail in the snow for most of the climb.

Some clouds moved in and out, but the weather remained good for our summit push. Our team climbed well, and efficiently negotiated the steeper slopes near the summit. We topped out at 6:30 am, snapped a few photos and began our descent. By 9 am we were back at the climbing hut. It was an awesome climb to close out an incredible week of climbing Ecuador’s Volcanoes.

Now we’re in back in Quito and it’s time for a shower and a nap before we meet for our team’s final dinner together in Ecuador.

RMI Guide Mike Walter

The view of the upper slopes of Cotopaxi this morning. Photo: Mike Walter

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Ecuador’s Volcanoes: Walter & Team Enjoy a Rest Day

Posted by: Mike Walter | July 08, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Ecuador
Elevation: 11,400'

After an enjoyable and well-deserved rest day at Hacienda Chilcabamba, we are headed up to the Jose Ribas Refugio on Cotopaxi today. We’ve had some good views of Cotopaxi from Chilcabamba, and the weather forecast looks favorable for the next few days. Our plan is to relax in the hut this afternoon, eat an early dinner, and hit the sleeping bags in preparation for an alpine start (likely around midnight) for our summit bid.

We’re excited for the climb, and hopefully our next dispatch will be with news of summit success!

RMI Guide Mike Walter

The Chilcabamba Eco Lodge in Ecuador. Photo: RMI Collection Cotopaxi peeking through the clouds in Ecuador. Photo: Mike Walter The Jose Ribas Refugio on Cotopaxi, Ecuador. Photo: RMI Collection

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Best of luck Dad! -Madison

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Posted by: Madison Mason on 7/9/2015 at 8:52 am

Good luck today, Dad and Dennis!

Love,
Linds, Daniel, & Wyatt

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Posted by: Lindsay on 7/9/2015 at 7:34 am


Ecuador Volcanoes: Walter & Team Summit Cayambe!

Posted by: Mike Walter | July 07, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Ecuador
Elevation: 18.997'

We had a very long and successful day in Ecuador yesterday. It actually started the night before, with an eleven o’clock wake up call for an alpine start on our summit bid of Cayambe. The weather had improved dramatically, with a starry sky, no wind, and warm temperatures. We set out from the climbers’ hut a bit after midnight and the team topped out on the summit after nearly eight hours of climbing. Challenging climbing conditions were encountered, including steep slopes and large neve penitentes.

Everyone descended safely to the climbers’ hut and soon we were bumping down the four-wheel drive road back to town. Our drive south to our current hacienda, Chilcabamba, was delayed as roads were closed for hours for the entrance of the Pope into Quito. The Pope’s visit to Ecuador is obviously an important event, and heightened security is expected. Unfortunately for us, the timing meant we could not travel from the north of Quito to the south of Quito for hours. Our group of weary climbers finally arrived at our hacienda 22 hours after waking up to go climbing. A hot shower was about all we could muster up before hitting the sack.

After a great (but long) day yesterday, now we’re enjoying a peaceful rest day at the hacienda. Tomorrow we’re off to the Cotopaxi climbers’ hut for another climbing adventure. We’ll be in touch…

RMI Guide Mike Walter

Sunrise on Cayambe, Ecuador. Photo: Mike Walter Snow formations on Cayambe, Ecuador. Photo: Mike Walter Meandering crevasse on Cayambe, Ecuador. Photo: Mike Walter

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Impressive Chuck!  Tell the Pope hello!

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Posted by: Jeremy Bates on 7/7/2015 at 12:54 pm

Proud of you, Chuck H.!

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Posted by: Jeremy Morton on 7/7/2015 at 12:24 pm


Ecuador’s Volcanoes: Walter & Team Visit the Otavalo Market

Posted by: Mike Walter | July 04, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Ecuador
Elevation: 15,300'

After a relaxing evening at Casa Sol, this morning finds us in the indigenous center of Otavalo. We’re spending a few hours strolling the streets and exploring the bustling Saturday market. Saturdays here are a sensory overload of sights, smells, and sounds, as the market is loaded with handmade crafts, jewelry, woven goods, art, and more. Delicious aromas from all of the restaurants and food vendors fill the air.

After lunch we’ll head up to the Cayambe Climbers’ Hut, where we’ll spend the next two nights. It will be our first stint at sleeping up high, above 15,000’.

The plan is to go out to the toe of the glacier tomorrow to review climbing techniques, such as cramponing and self arrest with the ice axe. We’ll retire early tomorrow night in preparation for our alpine start and summit attempt of Cayambe, Ecuador’s third highest mountain at nearly 19,000’.

Thanks for following our adventures. We’ll touch base again tomorrow from up at the hut.

RMI Guide Mike Walter

An art vendor at the Otavalo Market in Ecuador. Photo: Mike Walter A produce stall at the Otavalo Market in Ecuador. Photo: Mike Walter Locals perusing stalls at the Otavalo Market in Ecuador. Photo: Mike Walter

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Ecuador’s Volcanoes: Walter & Team Enjoy the Views Atop Fuya Fuya

Posted by: Mike Walter | July 03, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Ecuador
Elevation: 13,986'

We packed our bags and left the hustle and bustle of Quito behind this morning, driving north towards the town of Otavalo for our next acclimatization climb. Along the way we had great views of Cotopaxi and Cayambe, the second and third highest peaks in Ecuador, respectively, and our major climbing objectives on this trip.

As for our objective for today, we climbed the ancient volcano Fuya Fuya. The weather couldn’t have been nicer as we summited the 14,000’ peak in t-shirts. On top we had great views of Cayambe, Cotopaxi, and even the top of the ever elusive Antisana, the fourth highest peak in Ecuador.

Our team did great on the climb today, negotiating steep terrain and a little rock scramble. Now we’re at our hacienda, Casa Sol, for the night where a shower, dinner, and a cerveza are on our to do list. After a good night’s rest tonight we’ll head to the famous Otavalo Market in the morning and then up to the climbers hut in the afternoon.

I’ll check in again mañana.
RMI Guide Mike Walter

The RMI Ecuador Volcanoes team ascending Fuya Fuya with Cayambe in the distance. Photo: Mike Walter The RMI Ecuador Volcanoes team ascending a 3rd class ridge on Fuya Fuya. Photo: Mike Walter Cayambe as seen from the summit of Fuya Fuya. Photo: Mike Walter The RMI Ecuador Volcanoes team on the summit of Fuya Fuya. Photo: Mike Walter

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Ecuador’s Volcanoes: Walter & Team Acclimate on Rucu Pichincha

Posted by: Mike Walter | July 02, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Ecuador
Elevation: 15,696'

We had a successful day today, with everyone climbing strong to reach the summit of Rucu Pichincha (~15,700 ft) on our first acclimatization climb in country. We had great weather with perfect temperatures for climbing, and good views throughout the day.

After a quick cab ride from our hotel, we rode the gondola to ~13,500 ft and then began climbing up the flanks of Rucu. The well graded trail eventually gave way to some steeper switchbacks and then some 3rd class scrambling to the summit.

It was a high altitude record for many of our climbers. We hope to keep breaking those records over the next few days once we get onto Cayambe and Cotopaxi.

Tomorrow morning we’ll pack up and leave Quito, heading north for another acclimatization climb up the ancient volcano Fuya Fuya.

Thanks for checking in. We’ll keep you up to date.
RMI Guide Mike Walter

The RMI Ecuador Volcanoes team ascending Rucu Pichincha. Photo: Mike Walter The RMI Ecuador Volcanoes team on the summit of Rucu Pichincha. Photo: Mike Walter

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Ecuador Volcanoes:  Mike Walter and Team Arrive in Quito

Posted by: Mike Walter | July 01, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Ecuador

Our Ecuador Volcanoes team has all arrived in Ecuador without complications. We started our first morning in country with a team breakfast and then departed on a city tour of the historic, colonial are of Quito and a trip to Mitad del Mundo (literally the middle of the world), or the Equator.

We had good views of our climbing objectives, Cotopaxi and Cayambe, from El Panecillo, a hill in southern Quito that looks out over the city. From there we toured around “old town” Quito, visiting churches, parks, and the presidential palace, all while learning about the rich cultural history of Ecuador.

The last stop on our trip was to the equator, where we visited an ethnographic museum. In addition to information and exhibits about the many different cultures of Ecuador, we stood on the equatorial line, with one foot in the northern hemisphere and one in the southern.

We’re headed out for a team dinner before getting some rest in preparation for our first acclimatization hike of the volcano Rucu Pichincha, which sits on the flanks of Quito. We’ll check in tomorrow to let you know how our first venture into very high altitude goes. Thanks for checking in!

RMI Guide Mike Walter and Team

Mike Walter and Team checking out the Equator. Photo: Mike Walter

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