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Entries By robby young

Expedition Skills Seminar - Peru: Young & Team Hike to Lake Churup


Another beautiful day here in Huaraz City! We woke up early this morning with one final acclimatization day scheduled here in town. We took it up a notch, however, and we shuttled up to the Lake Churup Trailhead at the foot of some of the higher peaks outside of Huaraz. A couple hours later, we were relaxing lakeside at one of the most beautiful lakes in the Range. Words don’t do it justice, so we sent pics!

This afternoon, we were back in town putting the finishing touches on our packing and our normal lives before we head into the mountains for a week. First stop, the Ishinca Valley. We have some training planned, as well as a couple climbs…not to mention some delicious eating from our cooks up there!  We’ll keep you posted.

RMI Guide Robby Young and Team ‘No Swimming’ 

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Expedition Skills Seminar - Peru: Young & Team Enjoy Huaraz and take Acclimatization Hike

Hello all,

Life is great here in Huaraz! Hotel Andino is one the my all time favorite places to wake up due to the incredible sunrise views and the delicious breakfast buffet, both of which our team indulged in this morning.

After our leisurely start, we spent some time checking over our climbing gear in advance of our upcoming trips into the mountains. We also took the opportunity in the afternoon to stimulate some acclimatization by going for a hike above town to ‘Puca Ventana’, or Red Window. The views of Huaraz from this high plateau are spectacular! And after two days of sedentary travel, getting outside and working the legs and lungs was just what this team needed. Cafe Andino did the trick for a big post-hike lunch and we were off to enjoy the city for the rest of our afternoon. Living our best lives down here in Huaraz.

Tomorrow, we’ll take our hiking legs a little bit higher to Lake Churup at an altitude over 14,000’. We’ll send pics!

RMI Guide Robby Young and Team Porch Life

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Expedition Skills Seminar - Peru: Young & Team Arrive Lima, Travel to Huaraz

Greetings all,

The gangs all here and our adventure in Peru is officially underway! The first hurdle of the trip has passed; which is to make it to Peru with all of our climbers and all of their bags.  We even made it out of the big chaotic city of Lima in excellent time yesterday morning and set our sites on the beautiful town of Huaraz. It took us about 8 hours to get here, but the ocean views, and then the mountain views keep us entertained for the long bus ride. As soon as we crest Conococha Pass at 12,600’, we’re treated to some incredible views of the glaciated peaks of the southern Cordillera Blanca as well as the Cordillera Huayhuash. What a site to get us pumped for some climbing!

We’re now in Huaraz at my absolute favorite hotel in the world, Hotel Andino. We enjoyed a wonderful dinner here last night and got a great nights sleep. Today, it’s all about gear, an acclimatization hike above town, and some good eating. We’ll tell you all about it later. Thanks for checking in.

RMI Guide Robby Young and Team Alpaca Steaks

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Mt. Rainier: Four Day Team Unable to Climb due to Weather

The Four Day Climb July 7 - 10 was unable to climb today due to weather.  RMI Guide Robby Young reported rain and high winds prevented the group from leaving Camp Muir to make their summit attempt.  Winds continued to blow this morning at Camp Muir.  The team plans to descent this morning to Paradise.

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Beth - Given the rain and wind this morning, today was not the day for a climb .... maybe another day.  Camp Muir’s shelter beats a tent to hunker down and watch the storm.  The mountain will still be there waiting for you when you come back.  See you next week.

Posted by: Dick and Rosie on 7/10/2019 at 10:04 am

So sorry you couldn’t make the climb. The weather forecaster said only experts would have a chance.  Was looking forward to hearing about it.  Mom

Posted by: Barbara Basbagill on 7/10/2019 at 8:24 am

Denali Expedition: Young & Team Homeward Bound

Saturday, June 15, 2019 - 9:17 AM PT

Greetings all,

And just like that, we’re back in civilization. Just two days ago, we were standing on top of North America, at 20,310’, after a long and demanding effort over the course of two weeks. And now, green grass, crowded Talkeetna streets and restaurants, and the comforts (and burdens) of modern technology and bustling civilization. It’s quite a shock to the system. But here we are, tired after finishing our walk out to Base Camp Friday morning, celebrating our expedition and our success here in Talkeetna. We enjoyed a wonderful celebratory dinner at the Wildflower Cafe with fresh seafood as the fare of choice, and reminisced about all the experiences we’ve shared over the last few weeks. It’s been an incredible couple weeks, and all the Team should be incredibly proud of their accomplishment! We’re headed back to Anchorage this morning to put the final steps of a great adventure in place, and head back to our friends and family. Thanks for following along all these weeks!

RMI Guides Robby Young, Nick Scott, Joe Hoch and Team Homeward Bound

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Denali Expedition: Young & Team Descend to 11K Camp

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 9:32 PM PT

We’re back down here in the thick air of 11,000’! We were so excited to wake up to another beautiful day at 17 Camp this morning, and we were still ecstatic from a fantastic summit day yesterday. Despite some crunchy, achy bodies this morning, we were up and attem as early as reasonable to start making our way back down to the airstrip, and eventually home. We’ve paused our descent for just a few hours here at 11 Camp to get some rest and recovery, and we’ll then continue our way to the airstrip tonight around midnight, when the lower Kahiltna Glacier is firmed up overnight. Hopefully the weather allows for a flight off the glacier first thing in the morning. Wish us luck, and hopefully see all you friends and family soon!

RMI Guides Robby Young, Joe Hoch, Nick Scott and Team Homeward Bound

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Steve we are so thrilled for you and your entire team!!!! Safe travels home!

Posted by: Pat and Mike Lurakis on 6/15/2019 at 11:00 am

Congrats to the whole team!!!!

Posted by: Janet LaRue Romig on 6/14/2019 at 7:14 pm

Denali Expedition: Young & Team Summit North America’s Highest Peak

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 10:00 PM PT

Greetings Loyal RMI Blog Followers!

Today, at approximately 2:20pm, our entire team stood on top of North America! This team put in a heck of an effort and were rewarded with an amazing summit day! We wanted to call from the summit, but the only wind we had all day was the top 20’ of this climb. Despite the cold, the team spent a good joyful 20 minutes on top before making our descent back to 17,000’ Camp. I couldn’t be more proud of this team today, digging deep and climbing hard! Tomorrow, we begin our long descent back to civilization. Ideally, we’ll be sleeping at 11,000’ camp tomorrow night in the thick air we miss so dearly. The weather looks like it may cooperate for the next couple days so wish us luck!

RMI Guides Robby, Nick, Joe, and Team Summit!

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Well done Robby and team!! Proud of you!!

Posted by: Jarah Stroh on 6/14/2019 at 11:39 am

Way to go, Joe!  What an achievement. You’ve been on our minds and in our hearts every day.  Sooo very proud of you. Enjoy your amazing accomplishment and be safe on the way down. Can’t wait to see you. Love you! Mom and Dad xxoo

Posted by: Jim and Carol Hoch on 6/14/2019 at 9:25 am

Denali Expedition: Young & Team Move to 17,000’ Camp

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - 9:47 PM PT

Greetings from 17,000’ Camp!

We made great time during a beautiful sunny day moving from 14,200’ to our High Camp here at 17,200’.  The team did exceptionally well, and made quick work of building camp in the old confines of JM’s Denali Team. Some afternoon rest was had and some dehydrated high mountain food was tolerated. We’ve got a decent forecast for tomorrow…but we know that this mountain will have the final say tomorrow when we wake up. We’re hopeful for some calm winds and hopeful to make an honest go at the summit tomorrow. The team has put a ton of work into this expedition thus far, and we’re all ecstatic to be in the position we are here at 17 Camp. We’ll let you know how it goes!

RMI Guides Robby, Nick, Joe, and Team Prepped’n Ready

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Hi z your almost there….so excited….safe climbing :)

Posted by: Jennifer Graham on 6/12/2019 at 5:32 pm

Hey Steve. Pulling for you all the way. Be safe and I hope you get to enjoy that summit view! 

Posted by: Keith hoelker on 6/12/2019 at 12:27 pm

Denali Expedition: Young & Team Rest and Enjoy Views from Edge of of the World

Monday, June 10, 2019 - 9:38 PM PT

On the thirteenth day, Team ‘No Leftovers’ rested. And boy did we enjoy it. It was another beautiful day here at 14,000’ Camp. We’ve been in a cycle of morning sun and afternoon clouds for the last few days, so we planned accordingly. We woke in the shade for some early morning coffee, and then made our way to the Edge of the World for some unbelievable morning views of the Alaska Range. This perch is located at the edge of Genet Basin and looks down approximately 6,000’ below onto the Kahiltna Glacier. We followed that up with a big brunch of eggs and hash brown burritos that stretched us until 1pm. Naps and packing took the rest of our day before another delicious veggie curry dinner. Needless to say, no leftovers were had. This team is now batting 1.000 when it comes to finishing every bit of every meal. A truly impressive feat on any expedition. We’re tucked in now, turning all that food into fuel, ready for a move to 17,200’, if the mother mountain Denali allows, of course. We’ll let you know. Wish us luck and good weather vibes!

RMI Guides Robby, Nick, Joe and Team ‘No Leftovers’

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Sounds like a gourmet food trip
So far so good
Hope this continues
Prayers and good wishes for all
Steve we will make eggplant parmigiana when u get home
On our way to Graces bday party
Can’t wait until you get home

Posted by: John Zabinski on 6/12/2019 at 2:55 pm

Woohoo!  Good luck!  God speed! Good vibes!  And all that jazz!  Safe travels to 17!

Posted by: Annie Kawasaki on 6/11/2019 at 10:48 pm

Denali Expedition: Young & Team Climb to 16,700’ Prepare to Move to High Camp

Greetings all!

Onward and upward! We had an absolute beautiful day on the mountain today. Sunny skies and warm temps allowed to get up and attem early for a 9am departure from 14,000’ Camp. We made it all the way to the base of the Washburn Thumb at 16,700’, where we cached some food, fuel, and gear for our future move to 17,000’. It was great to stretch the legs and set some new altitude records for some of our team members. The views from that height were exceptional today…a true highlight of the trip for some. We could see all the way down the Kahiltna Glacier and the neighboring Mt. Foraker and Mt. Hunter in all their glory. A truly great day to go climbing in the Alaska Range. We’re planning a rest day for tomorrow so maybe some views from ‘Edge of the World’ are in order. We’ll let you know how it looks! Until then, night y’all.

RMI Guides Robby, Nick, Joe and Team Feast

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Nick Scott, My best to you and your team for a successful summit. I love you! Dad

Posted by: John Scott on 6/11/2019 at 11:40 am

Hey Rahim,

Suki and I are sending lots of positive energy. Kick some butt!! We miss you!!

Posted by: Anisha on 6/11/2019 at 8:01 am

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