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Mt. Rainier: July 22nd Update

The Mt. Rainier Summit Climb teams, led by Seth Waterfall and Ben Liken, reached the summit at 6:45 a.m.  With some wind and snow falling, the teams began their descent shortly after tagging the top.  As of 7:50 a.m. they had descended to 12,500’ and are moving well back to Camp Muir.

Congratulations to today’s summit climbers!

I threw out my back hours after snow school and had to withdraw from the expedition. So happy for the teams summit!

Posted by: Alex on 7/22/2016 at 8:35 pm

Way to go Christy and Brian! So happy the weather was good. Have a safe trip home :)

Posted by: Krissy on 7/22/2016 at 3:49 pm

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

The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guides Seth Waterfall, Christina Dale, and Katrina Bloemsma reached the summit of Mt. Rainier just before 7:00 a.m. PDT. Katrina reported clear, breezy skies above Disappointment Cleaver. The teams will spend some time celebrating on the summit before beginning their descent. We look forward to seeing them in Ashford this afternoon.

Congratulations climbers!

Very exciting news…  congrats everyone!  Tell Casey I’ll have a nice dinner waiting for him tonight.


Posted by: Andrea Cerretani on 7/12/2016 at 7:44 am

Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climb Unable to Reach Summit

The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guides Seth Waterfall and Katrina Bloemsma was unable to reach the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning. Due to overnight rain the team was unable to leave Camp Muir for their summit attempt. The weather improved enough this morning for the team to climb up to Ingraham Flats at 11,200’ to climb a bit and experience the upper slopes of Mt. Rainier. The team left Camp Muir at 10:45 a.m. to make their descent back to Paradise. We look forward to seeing them in Ashford early this afternoon.

Mt. Elbrus: Waterfall & Team Enjoying Their Night in Azau

Hello from Azau. The team is down to five as two left yesterday evening. The remaining teammates are having our last dinner together as I type this message.
Today the guys went for a horseback ride in the morning and then we all went to a ‘catch your own’ trout lunch. There may or may not have been beer drinking involved as well.
It has been a total blast of a trip and today was hilarious. We are all catching flights tomorrow and beginning our journeys back home.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

Mt. Elbrus: Waterfall & Team Reach the Summit!

We did it! 100% to the top of Mt. Elbrus. We basically squeaked in the summit right between a couple of storms. We hopped out of bed at 11:45 PM last night and were loaded up in a snowcat by 1 AM. After a 45 minute ride we started our climb under starry skies.
The whole crew stayed together as we made our way up the ever steepening slopes to the summit. Good footwork and breathing techniques were mandatory as the trail was pretty much non existent due to the recent snow. We made great time to the summit and the views of the Caucasus were amazing. We were also the first group of the day so we had the summit all to ourselves. Bonus!
No less than 10 minutes after we began our descent it began snowing and the visibility decreased considerably. Our timing was perfect and that was primarily due to our excellent Russian guide Yuri. Thanks partner!
We are packing now and we’ll hop on the gondolas when we are all set. Hotel rooms and kebabs for us tonight.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

On The Map

Way to go gentlemen! I hope Seth didn’t mind short-roping Alden.  Smirnoff all around!

Posted by: Tom Power on 7/1/2016 at 9:22 am

Bravo Gordy and Team!  Well done!  Ill let Sunnyside know asap.

Posted by: Ron Bobman on 6/30/2016 at 7:43 am

Mt. Elbrus: Waterfall & Team Prepare for Summit Attempt

Hi from High Camp on Mt. Elbrus. The weather forecast is looking pretty good for a summit bid tonight! We’ll be up around midnight, shooting for a 1:00 AM departure.
Today was pretty relaxing with a late breakfast followed by some avalanche transceiver training. Once that was complete we went for a short hike before lunch. After lunch we took a break and then prepped our gear for the summit push.
If everything goes as planned we should be on the summit between 6 and 7 AM our time. Hopefully I’ll be calling from the top for my next check in.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

On The Map

Good luck Seth.  Hope you and the boys from Barcelona get good enough conditions for a shot at the top. 

Posted by: Art Muir on 6/29/2016 at 12:04 pm

Mt. Elbrus: Waterfall & Team Train on the Mountain

Its a storm day for Team Elbrus. We actually had good weather this morning and got out to do some more practice with the ice axe and crampons. We then moved into self arrest practice. By the time we finished that it had started to snow and then that turned to rain for a minute. The wind really kicked up for a few hours after that and we had a real storm for a while
We all hid from the weather and watched a movie this afternoon. Thanks to Brett for supplying the iPad. It’s about 5:30PM now and there’s not much wind and some sun at camp. The upper mountain is covered in a large cloud and it looks like there are more clouds moving our way. Because of that we have decided to stick to our original plan and go for the summit either tomorrow night or the next.
I’ll check in again tomorrow.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

On The Map

You guys are great!! Its so much fun to watch your progress…..Cant wait till I get the news that you’ve reached the summit and are on your way down!  I wonder how long it takes to get down???Carol

Posted by: carol Latz on 6/29/2016 at 7:22 am

go john go

Posted by: Jill on 6/28/2016 at 12:41 pm

Mt. Elbrus: Waterfall & Team Move Into Garabashi Hut

Privet! We are up on the mountain and everyone is doing great. The seven of us are bunked in an 8’x8’x20’ container at 12,500’ elevation. We started the morning with coffee at the hotel along with the Elbrus Ski Team who are on their way to St. Petersburg today.
After breakfast we drove to the base of the big ski area here and loaded ask our duffels on three consecutive gondolas. Garabashi Hut is right at the top of the last gondola so we were able to drop duffels, grab lunch and head out for an acclimatization hike.
Yuri, the local guide, and I decided to try and shoot for a climb up 15,000’ to speed up our acclimatization schedule as the weather forecast isn’t looking great after tomorrow. Everyone did really well and we made great time up and down from 15k.
Tomorrow we are going to make a plan after checking the weather. We will ideally go over some ice axe safety techniques and go on another hike, but we will just have to see.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall and Team Elbrus

On The Map

Way to go boys!  Sounds like you’re doing great.  If you have some down-time, have Keagy lead you in a few stanzas of “Lotties”.  I know a guy whose name is Keagy…........

Best of luck on the summit and stay safe.  Wish I could be there with you.


Posted by: Tom Power on 6/27/2016 at 9:33 am

Mt. Elbrus: Waterfall & Team Hike to 11,500’

We are in Azau again for the night. Today we took an acclimatization hike up to about 11,500 ft. To gain that much elevation we hopped on a couple of chairlifts and hiked for just under two hours. The weather was perfect all day and we had amazing views of Mt Elbrus and the rest of the Caucasus. Tomorrow we are moving up on the mountain itself and we’ll begin our summit preparations.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

On The Map

Looks AWESOME!! I will tell you all what I tell my children everyday - wear sunscreen and make good choices!

Posted by: Patrick Jensen on 6/27/2016 at 7:47 am

Mt. Elbrus: Waterfall & Team Arrive in Azau at the Base of Mt. Elbrus

Hello from the tiny mountain village of Azau. Today was our transfer day so we’ve been up and on the move since before 5:30am. We rolled out of Moscow just as the hard core partiers were finishing up their night and it was funny to see people dressed up for going out mingling with other people starting their Saturday morning.
The traffic was light, the check-in and security lines were smooth and the flight was just under two hours. The only major events of the day had to do with our spirited Russian driver and cows in the road.
Tomorrow we’ll get some hiking in and I think the whole team is looking forward to some exercise and fresh air.
That’s it for now,

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

On The Map

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