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June 25, 2016
Posted by: Seth Waterfall
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,
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Hello from Moscow! It’s about seven o’clock in the evening here and we are all about to meet up for dinner. We have had a great day seeing the sights in the city. We met our city tour guide, Svetlana, this morning and she took us out to the Kremlin and Red Square. She indulged all of our questions about life and politics in Russia now versus back in the Communist period. It was all fascinating stuff. After the tour we had lunch in an authentic Georgian restaurant.
Tomorrow we are shifting gears with an early morning flight. We’ll fly about 900 miles south to the Caucasus Mountains. We will have Mt. Elbrus in sight and begin our acclimatization process. I’ll check in again when we reach our destination.
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Looking good in Red Square!
Just want to urge you guys to keep your eyes on the prize, and not to worry about the post-Brexit market swoon. I saw Jill and Jennifer at Pinhan last night. They had managed to get Alison and Danielle on a conference Skype, and after their third round of G&Ts; the four of them opened a margin account on E-trade, and in honor of your Russian expedition they were buying random puts and calls on the MICEX and RTS exchanges. When I left the cafe after dark, they we’re making spirited plays on some investment app called “Catch a Falling Knife.”
So relax, and enjoy your ascent! We’ll keep the home fires burning till your return.
Posted by: Josh Horwitz on 6/25/2016 at 7:18 am
Dear Team, as a life long friend and admirer of Gordy’s, I wanted to prepare you for the pronounced behavioral tendencies that would manifest themselves as the air thinned, thighs burned, packs grew heavier, and menu choices shrank. You see, there are quite a few elements to Gordy that are not easily communicated on an outward bound application. I am also assuming the files from his extended stay at Sunnyside Mental Wellness have not been provided following the leather party he had with the 7 nurses (mostly female). This may be a long note so I hope you are not charged for roaming data while in Russia. Gordy’s issues principally arise from his love of and respect for all mankind. Firstly, this may not be easily evident to you until that repelling safety rope is tied on as I suspect Gordy will then insist on showing off his extensive knowledge of ropes and knots. He may claim this is rooted in his time as a small stock boy out in Omaha department store warehouse. However, at Sunnyside it was diagnosed that this passion arose from his time as a stock boy and salesman at the Carlton Shops in Philadelphia. Secondly, his respect for mankind will surely be “presented” in the hotel tonight and tents thereafter as he goes NRA topless in order to show off his “guns and pecs”. Gordy is a complicated fellow so I beg of you to be caring and supportive and to bring him home safe as he is a gem that none of his friends would want any other way. Sincerely, Ron (also on behalf of Nadav, Scot, Schless, Dave and Will)
Posted by: Ron Bobman on 6/25/2016 at 4:06 am
June 18, 2016
The Four Day Summit Climb June 15 - 18, 2016 was unable to reach the summit of Mt. Rainier today due to avalanche danger. RMI Guides Seth Waterfall and Mike Uchal led their teams to Ingraham Flats before making the decision to turn back. All climbers are back at Camp Muir where they will rest and repack before beginning their descent to Paradise later this morning.
June 10, 2016
The Four Day Summit Climb team led by RMI Guides Seth Waterfall and Nick Hunt were unable to reach the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning. The teams turned back at Ingraham Flats this morning. RMI Guide Seth Waterfall called from Camp Muir shortly after 7 am, reporting 8-10” of fresh snow at the Ingraham Flats and very cold temps. Both Summit Climb teams have begun their descent from Camp Muir to Paradise.
June 6, 2016
The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guides Seth Waterfall and Nick Hut reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning. The team reported clear skies and great climbing conditions. They were able to some time on top enjoying the views before starting their descent.
Congratulations to today’s teams!
Hello to the Hopkins party from Jim & Linda Hopkns!!
So glad to hear you’re on the final leg. Can’t wait to hear about it!!
Posted by: Jim & Linda Hopkins on 6/7/2016 at 6:07 pm
May 20, 2016
The May 15 - 20 Expedition Skills Seminar - Muir teams finished up their training at Camp Muir this morning. With a successful summit climb on Wednesday the teams spent yesterday working on crevasse rescue training. Today they packed up and left Camp Muir shortly before 11 am headed for Paradise.
We look forward to seeing them later today.
Congratulations to the Seminar Teams!
Good luck on the summit today. Make us proud.
Posted by: Josh Wall on 5/21/2016 at 9:39 am
Dave and Shane? Are you with this group? Good luck and much stamina for today!
Posted by: George Head on 5/21/2016 at 9:27 am
May 18, 2016
We made it to the summit! It was a long day involving a lot of new route finding and high winds. The team did great! We are resting and refueling at Camp Muir and will be finishing up the remaining training tomorrow and Friday!
RMI Guides Seth Waterfall, Walter Hailes and Team!
Congratulations to all on your successful summit! Way to go!
Posted by: Janice Jones on 5/18/2016 at 3:22 pm
Congratulations on reaching the summit!
Posted by: judy mcCrary on 5/18/2016 at 3:16 pm
May 17, 2016
The Expedition Skills Seminar - Muir is enjoying wonderful weather on Mt. Rainier today. The team is spending the day training at Ingraham Flats at 11,200’. Ingraham Flats is a relatively flat section (hence the name) of the Ingraham Glacier that climbing parties often use for a camp when climbing Mt. Rainier. The team will head back to Camp Muir for their second night on the mountain.
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Posted by: butterfly twists on 6/2/2016 at 9:24 pm
May 16, 2016
The RMI Expedition Skills Seminar - Muir led by RMI Guides Seth Waterfall and Walter Hailes checked in on their way to Camp Muir today. After climbing through the cloud deck, the team enjoyed blue skies the rest of the way to camp. The seminar teams will spend the rest of the week training at Camp Muir and will make a summit attempt from Camp Muir later in the week.
Can you post more team pictures? Sending awesome thoughts your way!!
Posted by: Sharyn B on 5/18/2016 at 9:59 am
Safety and success in your climb! Go Bobby!
Posted by: Judy McCrary on 5/17/2016 at 1:35 pm
May 13, 2016
RMI Guides Brent Okita & Seth Waterfall led their teams to the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning. Brent radioed in at 7 am from Columbia Crest reporting great conditions and a beautiful day for the first summit of the 2016 season. Both teams left the crater rim around 7:30 am en route to Camp Muir. They will repack and continue their descent to Paradise this afternoon. We look forward to seeing them at Rainier BaseCamp later today.
Congratulations to today’s Five Day Summit Climb Teams!
I just taught Jess how to watch your progress! We are cheering you guys on, Scott! love Pfab
Posted by: Pfab on 5/13/2016 at 12:45 pm