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Shishapangma: Elias & Team Land in Tibet

Tasi Delek!

Greetings from Tibet. We were delayed on our flight to Lhasa, but managed to land a couple hours before dark. It was a surreal change to leave the chaotic yet controlled scene of Kathmandu, and in less than one hour, experience on the other side of the Himalaya the somewhat quiet and broad Tibet.
Tired from the hurry up and wait, we checked into our hotel, had an amazing dinner, and then settled in to our rooms for the night.
Everyone is really excited to finally start covering the ground towards Shishapangma. Before we start the drive tomorrow, we’ll have time for a quick visit to the Potala. Soon after, we’ll set off for Shigatse. More tomorrow!!!

RMI Guide Elias de Andres Martos

Everyone is looking “stoked” and ready to go!

Posted by: Betty (Art's sister) on 9/8/2016 at 5:10 am

Hi Galina,

Shimmy here, following you guys with great interest. Good luck!

Posted by: Shimmy on 9/7/2016 at 7:25 am

Shishapangma: Elias and Team Explore Kathmandu

What is the best way to maximize your training before an 8,000m peak climb? Well, probably not rock climbing, but it sure is a good one to maximize your time in Kathmandu while waiting to fly to Lhasa. Today we spent the day having some fun, as the pictures show, but also starting to get excited with planning, strategizing and dreaming of the climb of the “Crest above the grassy plains”. Tomorrow we’re flying to Lhasa early in the morning, and the Tibetan adventure will begin… Stay tuned!

RMI Guides Elias, Adam, Robby & Team

Looks like fun! You ROCK Wolf! ;-)

Posted by: Keyana Kobra on 9/6/2016 at 3:30 pm

Stick it Wolf!!

Posted by: meme on 9/6/2016 at 9:01 am

Shishapangma: Elias & Team Begin Their Expedition in Kathmandu


And we have started our Shishapangma Expedition!!! The team is all well in Kathmandu… pretty much uneventful arrivals yesterday, that culminated with the expected jet lag on most of us. A nice welcome dinner put us to bed early. Today, we spent the day visiting the Monkey Temple and acquiring some last minute items we determined appropriate after our gear check. Kathmandu has greeted us with the last rains of the monsoon, which is to depart the Sub-Indian continent soon. We sure hope for the dry weather of the northern Himalayas when we are on our climb! However, that’s a ways away yet, and we have to wait another day in Kathmandu before we fly to Lhasa, Tibet’s capital, on the 6th.

In the meantime, we’re going to continue to relax in hectic Kathmandu (is that an oxymoron?) before setting out for Chinese territory.

That’s it for now; tune in for our blogs as we start our adventure into the Himalayas!!!

RMI Guide Elias de Andres Martos

Enjoy and be safe! Mucha suerte y cuidense todos!

Posted by: Bettina ( Wolf's sister) on 9/6/2016 at 1:36 pm

Galina. Lala and I will be following your travels. Enjoy and be safe.

Posted by: JOHN NEWLAND on 9/6/2016 at 7:45 am

Mt. Rainier: August 22nd Update

The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guide Casey Grom and Robby Young  turned at 13,800’ due to high winds and route conditions.  The team has has started their descent and are en route back to Camp Muir.

Congratulations to today’s team!

What an effort to reach top! Casey, Robby and all others are true heroes to attempt summit under very incremental weather. Hats off!!

Posted by: Ujjal B on 8/24/2016 at 4:24 pm

Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climb Teams on Top!

The Four Day Summit Climb Teams for August 3 - 6, 2016 reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  RMI Guide Pepper Dee reported from the crater that they enjoyed clear skies with a slight breeze and great climbing conditions.  The teams began their descent from the crater rim shortly before 8 am.  Climbers will continue down to Paradise later this afternoon and return to Rainier BaseCamp in Ashford to celebrate their success.

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb Teams!

Peru Seminar: Young & Team Back in Huaraz

This is your ESS-Peru team checking in from our hotel in Huaraz. We awoke early this morning to yet another amazing breakfast of scrambled eggs, garlic toast, and espresso from our cooks Emilio and Franklin. It proved to be just what we needed after a long day climbing to almost 19,000’ yesterday, to make the descent from Pisco Base Camp to the trailhead to catch our bus back to civilization. We’re spending the afternoon here in the hotel cleaning up and prepping for a celebratory dinner, to relive the amazing adventure we’ve had over the past two weeks in the Cordillera Blanca.  It’s been an incredible journey in arguably one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in the world. Tomorrow, we begin the drive back towards the ocean, and onto planes in Lima, back to our loved ones in the States.  Until then, buenos noches.

RMI Guides Robby Young, Eric Frank, Edwin, and your ESS-Peru Team

Peru Seminar: Young & Team Summit Pisco Oeste!

Greetings, RMI blog followers! This is your ESS-Peru team standing on the top of Pisco Oeste at 18,871ft. Beautiful day as always in the Cordillera Blanca. Barely any wind and we are standing in the sun. We’re all super psyched to get up this high in the culmination of our trip. Our crew has a very important message for those folks at home. [Team cheers!] We’re going to enjoy the sunshine on the top for a bit more and then start walking down, then our journey home begins. Thanks for following along.

RMI Guide Robby Young

RMI Guide Robby Young calls in the Pisco Oeste summit!

Peru Seminar: Young & Team Ready to Climb Pisco Oeste

Greetings all! This is the Peru Expedition Skills Seminar team. We are currently sitting at high camp, Moraine Camp, on our last objective of our trip, Pisco Oeste. We’re sitting here at 16,200 feet or so and just enjoyed a nice dinner and a beautiful sunset over some of the highest peaks here in the Cordillera Blanca of Peru. And we’re now in bed getting ready for a climb, which we will wake up for in a couple hours to go to the summit of Pisco Oeste at 18,741 feet. The weather here is beautiful so we’re looking forward to a good day of climbing tomorrow, and we will check in once we get down back to base camp sometime tomorrow afternoon or evening. We will talk to you then. Ciao.

RMI Guide Robby Young

RMI Guide Robby Young checks in from Moraine Camp on Pisco Oeste.

Peru Seminar: Young & Team Reach Pisco Base Camp

Greetings loyal RMI Blog Followers,

Today, our team had the privilege of driving up the Quebrada Llanganuco. It is surely one of the most beautiful places in the world. Laguna (Lake) Llanganuco is the centerpiece, a massive alpine lake right along the road, with the most vibrant turquoise color any of our team members have ever seen.  From one of the switchbacks in the road, we met our donkeys and their drivers, and made quick moves up to 15,400’ to Pisco Base Camp. From here, the highest peaks of the cordillera are on display, including Huascaran, Chopicalqui, Chacraaju, the Huandoy massif, and our objective, Pisco Oeste. Tonight’s dinner of Chifa (Peruvian Chinese dish) nourished our bodies as we prepare for a move to our 16,200’ high camp tomorrow.  Stay tuned for more! Our highest summit attempt of the trip is only 2 days away!

Todo es tranquilo. Buenos Noches,

RMI Guides Robby Young, Eric Frank, and your Peru Seminar Crew

PS - Spanish climbing word of the day is “guantes” which means gloves.

Peru Seminar: Young & Team Return to Huaraz and Prepare for Next Peak

Greetings from Huaraz!

The ESS-Peru team is back in the bustling city of Huaraz after a wonderful week in the Ishinca Valley.  Perfect climbing weather allowed for successful summits of both Nevada Ishinca (18,143’) and Urus Este (17,600’).  After a wonderful breakfast of eggs and bacon (at 14,200’!), we made quick work of our descent out of the valley this morning. Town life brought more great eating, shopping, and resting here at the Hotel Andino, all in preparation for our next objective, Pisco Oeste.  Tomorrow morning we depart Huaraz for the stunning Quebrada Llanganuco (Llanganuco Valley) and make our move to Pisco Base Camp at 15,400’.  Our well acclimatized bodies should take to this altitude well as we set our sights on Pisco, our highest objective of the trip at 18,741’.  We’ll check in again tomorrow evening from our perch in the Llanganuco.  For now, enjoy the “best of” from Robby and Eric’s cellphone photo galleries.

Buenos Noches,

RMI Guides Robby Young, Eric Frank, and the ESS-Peru Team

P.S.  The Spanish climbing term of the day is “tocino”, which means bacon.

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