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Mt. McKinley: Walter & Team Fly on the Glacier

Posted by: Billy Haas, Solveig Waterfall, Mike Walter | May 11, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 7,800'

May 11, 2015 12:51 am PT

Hi everyone!
We finally had a break in the weather and were able to fly on to the glacier this morning. After days of waiting in Talkeetna, we were all eagerly anticipating our flight this morning.  We took off just after 9 am, and once on the glacier we packed and organized our gear quickly in order to make the most of the day. 
We are now snug in our tents at the base of Ski Hill (7800’) after a long but satisfying day covering the relatively flat lower glacier.
Our group climbed strong, and tomorrow we’re looking forward to moving camp farther uphill.
It’s nearly midnight and we’ve all had a big day, so we’re going to get some rest and we’ll check in again tomorrow!
RMI Guide Solveig Waterfall and the team

An RMI Team camped at 7,800 on the Kahiltna Glacier.  Photo: Brent Okita

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Mt. McKinley: Walter & Team Review Climbing Skills in Talkeetna

Posted by: Mike Walter, Solveig Waterfall, Billy Haas | May 08, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley

Well the weather gods have not changed their disposition yet, and we’re still in Talkeetna waiting for the weather to improve so that we can fly in to Base Camp on the Kahiltna Glacier.
In the mean time, we took advantage of ample free time to review anchors and crevasse rescue systems in the K2 Aviation hangar.
We’ll keep you up to date…

RMI Guide Mike Walter

The May 5th McKinley team reviewing climbing skills in the K2 Hangar. Photo: Mike Walter

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Mt. McKinley: Mike Walter & Team Assemble in Talkeetna

Posted by: Mike Walter, Solveig Waterfall, Billy Haas | May 07, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 348'

RMI’s 2015 Denali climbing season has started. Our team is assembled in Talkeetna and is preparing for our expedition. Yesterday we started with our National Park Service orientation, and then spent the bulk of the day packing…double and triple checking every last detail of equipment for our trip.
Now that we are packed and ready, we are hoping to fly in to Base Camp on the Kahiltna Glacier today. We are about to head down to K2 Aviation to load out gear onto the single propeller airplanes that will fly us into the Alaska Range. We will keep you updated on our expedition’s status.

RMI Guide Mike Walter

Welcome to Talkeetna, Alaska! Photo: RMI Collection

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Mt. Rainier: Seth & Solveig Waterfall Led the First 2015 Ski Program

Posted by: Solveig Waterfall, Seth Waterfall | April 03, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 6,400'

Hi this is Seth. Solveig Waterfall and I just wrapped up the first RMI ski trip of the Spring season here on Rainier. We had a great five-day trip with a really fun group. We based out of the Paradise area for our days on the mountain and were treated to some of the best ski conditions of the season. this was our ‘Intro to Ski Touring’ course and as the name implies we spent the majority of the time focusing on the necessary skills to plan and execute several days of backcountry skiing.

We had a clear day to establish our camp followed by two days of precipitation with steadily cooling temperatures. This resulted in fantastic powder-skiing conditions with really good snow stability. The final day was cool but the skies were mostly clear and we were able to get break our camp and some more good skiing. The team was great, the laughs and smiles were non-stop and the days flew by.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

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Mexico: Waterfall & Team Celebrating Their Successful Expedition

Posted by: Solveig Waterfall, Chase Nelson | February 21, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico

A big thanks to everyone back home! All your wishes for good climbing weather were answered! We woke up at midnight after a deafening storm of rain and hail to perfectly clear skies and calm winds.

The ascent took us just over eight hours and we spent over 45 minutes on the summit enjoying some of the warmest, calmest, conditions I’ve experienced at 18,600’! After taking photos and celebrating, we descended in just over three hours.  We are all now safely back in town enjoying showers, cervesas, and awaiting a delicious dinner at the Reyes Compound.

Tonight we are looking forward to a well deserved rest and then heading home tomorrow!

Thanks for following along,

RMI Guide Solveig Waterfall

February 21, 2015- RMI team on the Orizaba summit. Photo: Solveig Waterfall

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Mexico: Waterfall & Team Summit Orizaba!

Posted by: Solveig Waterfall, Chase Nelson | February 21, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico
Elevation: 18,701'

Summit!

Solveig called from the top of El Pico de Orizaba. It was just after 9:00 am Mexico time. The weather was nice with calm winds.

They were going to head back down to Piedra Grande Hut and will check after their descent.

RMI Guide Solveig Waterfall

The shadow cast by Pico de Orizaba at sunrise. Photo: Solveig Waterfall The Mexico Team making the final steps to the summit of Orizaba. Photo: Solveig Waterfall Chase Nelson and his rope team cresting the Orizaba summit. Photo: Solveig Waterfall

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Mexico Volcanoes: Solveig & Team at Piedra Grande Hut

Posted by: Solveig Waterfall, Chase Nelson | February 20, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico
Elevation: 14,000'

Good Evening!

We are all doing great here at the Piedra Grande Hut at the base of El Pico de Orizaba. After a bumpy and dusty 4x4 drive, we arrived today around 3:30.  Up next was setting up tents and getting our gear together so we could all settle in and enjoy a delicious pasta and garlic bread dinner before tucking in for the night.

It’s cold here at 14,000’, and everyone is settled in for the night. We had beautiful weather on our climb of Ixta and also on our rest day, but here at camp we are in the clouds and we’ve been receiving mixed precipitation types of rain, snow, graupel, and hail. Cross your fingers this system moves out and allows us a shot at the summit!

RMI Guide Solveig Waterfall and the Team

Approaching the foot of Pico de Orizaba, Mexico. Photo: RMI Collection Orizaba on the drive to Piedra Grande Hut. Photo: RMI Collection

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Mexico Volcanoes: Solveig & Team Relax in Puebla

Posted by: Solveig Waterfall, Chase Nelson | February 19, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico

After yesterday’s hard work and success, today was spent as a well-deserved rest day for the team in Puebla! We kicked things off with a full night of sleep and a casual start, and folks were free to spend the day exploring what the town has to offer. It was a very relaxing day for everyone, and a few members of the team even went for massages!

We gathered in the evening for a nice dinner at el Mural de los Poblanos, a short walk from the hotel. There we shared photos and reminisced about the days adventures and the climb. Spirits are high, and tomorrow we leave the city for Orizaba.

RMI Guide Chase Nelson

Orizaba view from Puebla, Mexico. Photo: Chase Nelson

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Mexico’s Volcanoes: Team Reaches Summit of Ixtaccihuatl!

Posted by: Chase Nelson, Solveig Waterfall | February 18, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico
Elevation: 17,340'

We wanted to let you know that our team reached the summit of Ixtaccihuatl today!  Six of our climbers reached the summit.  We had good weather today, although it was a little windy up high.
We have arrived in Puebla and it’s been a long day.  We are looking forward to a good night’s sleep and a day of rest and exploration of this great town.

RMI Guides Solveig Waterfall & Chase Nelson

February 18, 2015- Mexico team on the Ixta summit! Photo: Solveig Waterfall A climber on the ridge of Ixtaccihuatl en route to the summit.  Photo: RMI Collection Sunrise on Ixtaccihuatl, Mexico.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Mexicos Volcanoes: Team Moves to Ixta High Camp

Posted by: Chase Nelson, Solveig Waterfall | February 17, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico

After waking up to a nice breakfast of huevos Mexicanos at the Altzomoni Hut, we loaded up our packs and departed for our Ixta high camp! We hiked under mostly cloudy skies and chilly weather but were greeted by some sun breaks in the afternoon. Great views all day of Ixta’s actively erupting neighbor Popo, as well as the cities surrounding the mountain. We made it to the Refugio with plenty of time for some last minute prep and an early evening. The team is looking good and acclimatized for a summit bid tomorrow, it should be an exciting day!

RMI Guide Chase Nelson

An RMI Team at High Camp on Ixtaccihuatl.  Photo: RMI Collection

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