Entries By steve gately
September 2, 2017
The Mt. Rainier Summit Climb teams, led by Elias de Andres Martos and Steve Gately, reached the summit this morning! On the ascent the winds had picked up but now on the descent, it is calm, sunny and warm.
Congratulations to today’s summit climbers!
Great adventure with both guides. Both were very professional and focused on everyone’s safety first. My first climb and would come climb with RMI again in a heart beat. Steve was our rope team’s guide - very knowledgeable and answered all of our many questions. Cousin Joe made it to the top with the help of Steve and others. Thanks again for the memorable adventure!
Posted by: Eric Haake on 9/3/2017 at 8:54 pm
August 23, 2017
Posted by: Steve Gately
RMI Guide Steve Gately and his team checked in from the summit of Mt. Shuksan. The team ascended via the Sulphide Glacier and is back to high camp. The team will descend off the mountain tomorrow morning. Above are photos from their training yesterday.
Congratulations to the team!
August 17, 2017
Posted by: Steve Gately
RMI Guide Steve Gately led the Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons team to the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning. The team topped out at 8:15 a.m. and enjoyed breezy conditions on the summit. The Emmons Seminar descended to Camp Schurman where they will spend their last night on the mountain. We look forward to seeing them in Ashford tomorrow afternoon.
August 6, 2017
The American Lung Association’s Climb for Clean Air team reached the summit of Mt. Baker today with 100% success! RMI Guide Steve Gately reported a great climb and good route conditions. The views were hard to come by to the smoke lingering over Western Washington, but the team had a great time!
Congratulations to today’s team!
This was an amazing climb for me and much of it due to the patient, clear instruction, leadership and encouragement from our guides. They were professional in their teaching and serious about our safety, while maintainig a sense of levity that made the experience unforgettable. And I learned a ton!
Posted by: Alice Alleman on 8/8/2017 at 3:24 am
July 27, 2017
The Wilderness Adventures Team reached the summit of Mt. Baker via the Coleman - Deming route in the early hours Wednesday, July 26th lead by RMI Guide Solveig Waterfall and Steve Gately. The team had a great climb and beautiful weather.
During this program, the teens learned various techniques which meet the challenges set forth by Mt. Baker. Including basic mountaineering skills; efficient mountain travel (rest-stepping and pressure breathing), various safety practices including use of helmets, harnesses, and avalanche transceivers, climbing in balance, proper use of our ice axe, self and team arrest, and moderate cramponing.
RMI Guide Steve Gately called from the summit of Mt. Shuksan this afternoon. The team delayed their start this morning due to rain and poor visibility. Once the rain dissipated they left camp in hopes the visibility would improve. Their patience was rewarded and they were able to reach the summit via the Fisher’s Chimney route. The team will return to camp today for a final night on the mountain. Tomorrow they will descend to the trail head and conclude their program.
Congratulations to today’s Mt. Shuksan climbers!
July 15, 2017
It’s an evening for celebration! Our Expedition Skills Seminar - Peru team made it back down safely from Copa Base Camp to the bustling city of Huaraz after a successful climb of Nevada Copa yesterday. Tonight, we’re winding down our program after an incredible two weeks here in the Cordillera Blanca. We’ve done a whole lot of moving through the mountains during that time, learned a ton about what it takes to climb in this great range, and successfully stood on top of three incredible summits.
This afternoon, we bid farewell to Coronel and Pablo, our incredible cook staff, who took excellent care of us over the last two weeks. Tonight, our dinner plates included a wild and wide range of local eats, including the classic Cuy (Guinea Pig), a Peruvian delicacy. With some local cervezas in accompaniment, we shared some stories, enjoyed each other’s company for one more dinner, and reflected on our time here in this wonderful country. Tomorrow, it’s back to sea level, where most of us will say goodbye to friends, new and old, and start the journey home to our families.
Thanks for following along for the last two weeks! Until next time!
Robby, Steve and everyone in Peru and US who helped to make this adventure such an incredible success THANK YOU on behalf of Hilda’s family
Posted by: Martina Kalusova on 7/15/2017 at 8:46 am
July 13, 2017
Greetings, loyal RMI blog fanatics. Your ESS-Peru just returned from the summit of Nevado Copa, which is about 20,300 feet high above sea level. Great climb and we had great weather. Just a little bit of cold wind up there, but nothing at all of our layers couldn’t defend against. We’re all back at high camp now at 12:45 in the afternoon, proud of our accomplishments and enjoying the sunshine here for just a little while before we make the casual escape back down to the lower elevations of our base camp and our cook staff. We will probably get out of here in an hour or so. We’ll touch base tomorrow when we make our return to Urus and conclude this incredible two-week program that we had here in the Cordillera Blanca. Until then, talk to you soon. Bye.
RMI Guide Robby Young calls in post Nevado Copa summit.
Congratulations Jon and the entire climbing team!
Looking forward to hearing about your adventure.
Hugs Mom and the Crabbies
Posted by: faye on 7/14/2017 at 10:21 am
Congratulations to you and the entire team Jason. What an incredible trip!
Posted by: Steve Gehrke on 7/14/2017 at 3:34 am
July 12, 2017
Hola amigos! It is Robby and Steve and your ESS-Peru team. We are here at High Camp on Nevado Copa and about 16,500 feet and just enjoyed the beautiful sunset up here. Just ate some dinner, now we are brushing our teeth, bedding now and getting ready for tonight’s climb, which will come very shortly. We’re waking up in the middle of the night, sometime tonight to attempt to summit Nevado Copa, which is just over 20,000 feet high. We certainly have our work cut out for us, but the team is strong and ready. We’re having a great time here in Peru in the Cordillera Blanca. We will touch base hopefully from the summit of Nevado Copa tomorrow sometime in the late morning. Until then, hasta luego.
RMI Guide Robby Young calls in from Nevado Copa High Camp.
This is Hilda’d Dad wishing the entire team a successful climb.
Posted by: Dennis Buss on 7/12/2017 at 7:02 pm
July 11, 2017
The city life is nice, but it’s back to the mountains for your ESS-Peru champions. We’re back at it again, climbing from 10,500’ to 15,000’ on our approach to Copa Base Camp. The views here at camp are otherworldly. The looming south face of Copa dominates our view up the hill, fluted with spines of snow and ice as the western glacier spills over the summit plateau into space. Our views back down to the valley are just beginning to glow red and pink as the sun begins its descent on our day. We’re going to get a great night of sleep tonight, planning to sleep in to best prepare ourselves for our move to high camp at 16,400’ tomorrow afternoon. We can’t contain our excitement. We’ll keep you informed. Keep following along and send us good vibes for the biggest climbing of our trip.
RMI Guides Robby, Steve, William, and your ESS-Peru team
I am jealous! What an incredible experience! Collectively, we are keeping fingers crossed for the team to reach the ambitious 6,000+ m peak goal! Stay strong! You can do it!
Hilda, the one that “EATS MOUNTAINS FOR BREAKFAST” will be having a big feast tomorrow morning!
Posted by: Martina Kalusova on 7/12/2017 at 7:53 am