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Mexico’s Volcanoes: Team Recaps Summit Day on Ixta

Well, what a day.  We went to bed last night to cold temps and high winds and by the time we woke this morning at 2 am the winds had calmed and the temps were on the rise.  The climbing was tough right out of camp today, mixed snow and rock conditions up the Knees Route made for some challenging conditions.  However, once we crested the “Knees” the roller coaster ridge line of Ixta made for some great climbing.  Conditons for the rest of the climb were ideal and we enjoyed a great summit and descent.  We really snuck the climb in today because on the way down from High Camp conditions began to deteriorate.  We are all currently on a bus to Puebla, where we will be resting and sightseeing tomorrow before gearing up for our climb of Pico de Orizaba.


RMI Guide Billy Haas

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Mexico’s Volcanoes: Solveig & Team Ready for Ixta Summit Bid

Hi everyone. This is Solveig calling in from high camp on Ixta. We’re doing wonderful. Everybody just enjoyed a nice high camp meal and we are all tucked in getting ready for our summit bid tomorrow. We’ll check in from the top. Ciao.

RMI Guide Solveig Waterfall

RMI Guide Solveig Waterfall calls in from Ixta High Camp.

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Mexico’s Volcanoes: Solveig & Team Check In from Altzomoni Hut

Good evening from the Altzomoni Hut!
After a long drive, multiple vehicle transfers due to muddy washed out roads, and a little bit of extra walking, we are all getting some rest in preparation for heading up to high camp tomorrow.
It was a beautiful day with excellent views. We even had the good fortune of catching a glimpse of Popo erupting this morning on our drive!  Everyone is feeling strong and excited to hit the trail in the morning.
We’ll check in from camp tomorrow night!
Buenos noches!

RMI Guide Solveig Waterfall

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Happy to see everyone smiling and doing great! Good luck to you all…especially Tara and Karl ;)

Adios from Texas,

Posted by: Erin on 1/19/2016 at 6:49 pm

Mexico’s Volcanoes: Waterfall & Team Hike La Malinche

Hello from the La Malitzi Resort! We are snug in our beds nestled on the flanks of La Malinche, a 14,636’ extinct volcanic remnant. We spent the day in this Parque de Nacional stretching our legs and lungs for the first time since we all gathered in the city. We were treated to perfect weather and excellent hiking temperatures. However, as is often the case driving in Mexico, we were delayed by an enormous traffic jam.  A bottleneck not in the city this time, but instead shortly before arriving at the mountain. Mexico City was recently hit by a large storm that deposited snow at relatively low elevations.  Since this is quite a rare occurrence, the local news outlets have been broadcasting a continuous cycle of footage of families up playing in the snow; some touching it for the first time! 
With all the media attention, there were hundreds of cars trying to access the La Malinche trailhead and things quickly slowed to a halt. 
After waiting as long as we could, we left our overnight bags with the driver to sit in traffic, and began the journey through the literally thousands of local hikers towards our goal of reaching the upper slopes of the mountain.  Given our time frame, we had no chance of reaching the top, but we hiked for 3 hours amidst a herd of parents, grandparents, children and dogs running past us and often stopping to inquire where we were from and if we were going to look for the snow, as well.
When we reached our high point, we bundled up and rested for a half an hour or so, allowing our bodies to recover while enjoying the expansive views from 13,300’.
Upon our arrival back at 10,000’ our driver had finally reached the resort, checked us in, and most importantly made sure the propane water heaters were warming up for a well deserved shower.  It was nearly dark as we got settled and we were all anxiously awaiting the fantastic dinner that Rogelio (our transportation coordinator) promised.
It did not disappoint! We feasted on steaks, chorizo, tortillas, beans, guacamole, and grilled vegetables resting on small charcoal grills on our table.
Everyone is now off to bed for a solid 8 hours of rest, and then tomorrow we begin our journey toward our first objective, climbing Ixta!
Well check in tomorrow from the Altizomoni Hut!

RMI Guides Solveig Waterfall, Billy Haas and the team

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Mexico’s Volcanoes: Team Gathers in Mexico City

Hello from Mexico City!
Our team arrived throughout the day, and by 7pm we were all gathered on the rooftop patio of the hotel for an equipment review and logistics breakdown of the days to come.
We are all looking forward to leaving the hustle and bustle of urban life and heading into the hills for our first acclimatization hike.
We’ll check in again from the La Malitzi Resort.
Thanks for following!

RMI Guides Solveig Waterfall and Billy Haas

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Mt. Rainier: September 7th Update

The Four Day Summit Climb teams led by RMI Guides JJ Justman and Solveig Waterfall were unable to reach the summit of Mt. Rainier due to unstable snow conditions.  The Teams turned at 11,654’ on Disappointment Cleaver and are now safely back at Camp Muir.  They will start their descent and be back to Rainier Basecamp in the early afternoon.

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Just spoke with a team member and learned of the incredible experience he had inspite of not making it to the summit. This grateful mom is thankful for the guides sound decision making! Congrats to all!

Posted by: Beth on 9/7/2015 at 2:43 pm

Way to go guys. Sorry the conditions weren’t better for you. Can’t wait to hear all the details of your great adventure.

Posted by: RAYMOND LABARBERA on 9/7/2015 at 12:58 pm

Mt. Rainier: August 25th Teams Summit!

The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guides Casey Grom and Solveig Waterfall reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning shortly after 7 am. Casey reported clear skies, light wind, and chilly—but not too cold—temperatures. The teams will spend some time on the summit before beginning their descent. We look forward to seeing them in Ashford this afternoon.


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I just want to say thanks to everybody on the team. It was so cool to see my daughter Sarah so happy about her accomplishment! Thanks to you all! Hopefully we will meet again somewhere.

Posted by: Duane Sanders on 8/29/2015 at 2:41 pm

Congratulations to Jim, Eric, and Kevin!  I’m very proud of you guys.  I can’t wait to hear all about the trip.  Have a safe trip down!

Posted by: Sara on 8/26/2015 at 7:08 am

Mt. Rainier: August 17th Summit

RMI Guide Billy Nugent radioed at 7:23 am as his Four Day Summit Climb team and the Five Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guide Solveig Waterfall reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning, and were starting their descent from the crater rim. Billy reported it was very windy with winds from the NW.

Congratulations to today’s team!

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You guys are amazing!  So happy you got to summit!  Love you!

Posted by: Melissa on 8/17/2015 at 4:54 pm

Congratulations to my two favorite men!
Love Katrina

Posted by: Katrina on 8/17/2015 at 4:38 pm

Mt. Rainier: August 1st Summit

RMI Guides Dave Hahn and Solveig Waterfall led their Four Day Summit Climb teams to the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning. Dave reported perfect weather on the summit - clear, calm, and sunny. The teams began their descent to Camp Muir just after 7:30 am. They will continue their descent to Paradise this afternoon.

Congratulations climbers!

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Peter….Wow! Congrats to you for such an accomplishment!  We are proud of you…hope to toast to you sometime soon.

Posted by: zoppetti - fischbachs on 8/1/2015 at 1:48 pm

Jeff, we are sure the sights make all the training worthwhile.  Hayden was sure she saw you on the mountain last night when we viewed it from the Wallmart Parking Lot and Indi recognized your green eyes in the photo.


Posted by: Jacquie on 8/1/2015 at 12:06 pm

Mt. Rainier: July 22nd Summit!

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!

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Way to go Dad!  We’re proud of you.

Jackson and Griffin

Posted by: Jackson and Griffin on 7/22/2015 at 8:48 pm

Go Lily go.  We are proud of you.

Posted by: john krass on 7/22/2015 at 7:48 pm

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