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Entries By stoney molina

June 12, 2015

Four Day Summit Climb

Mt. Rainier: June 12th Summit!

The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guides Casey Grom and Mike Soucy reached the Summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  The Team reported strong winds, clouds and deteriorating weather.  They have started their descent and are en route back to Camp Muir.

Congratulations to Today’s Team!

May 16, 2015

Four Day Summit Climb

Mt. Rainier: May 16th Summit

RMI Guide Casey Grom and the entire Four Day Summit Climb team stood on the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning! Casey reported chilly temperatures but light wind and lots of sunshine on the summit. The team is beginning their descent back to Camp Muir where they will refuel and pack up before continuing on to Paradise. We look forward to greeting the team in Ashford this afternoon.

Congratulations to today’s climbers!

December 31, 2014


Aconcagua: Hailes & Team Enjoy a Rest Day at Camp 1

Another restful rest day on Aconcagua! We had a leisurely morning breakfast in bed followed by a warm but windy day of lounging, reading, telling stories, and near constant eating.

We also celebrated New Year’s Eve with a toast of fancy glasses (plastic cups) and bubbly (orange Fanta). We all wish you at home a happy new year.

RMI Guide Walter Hailes

Breakfast in bed REALLY!! HiDarrin and all-what an awesome way to start the new year HAPPY NEW YEAR to you all—love ya darrin mom and dad

Posted by: huth's on 1/1/2015 at 2:42 pm

Happy 2015 Vivian & all the team!

Posted by: Andreas on 1/1/2015 at 1:16 pm

December 30, 2014


Aconcagua: Hailes & Team Back to a Windy Camp 1

Hello again!

We are contacting you from a very windy Camp 1 today after we moved supplies up hill to 18,000ft.  The team did well with the weight and altitude as we got our first grand views of the Andes range.  We could see many glaciated peaks to the north and the intimidating Polish Glacier on Aconcagua proper.  Soon after our descent back to camp another cloud cap formed on the upper mountain which made for a chilly evening.  But now we are bundled up in the tents for a solid 13 hours rest before breakfast.  Hope these winds calm down so we can sleep for some of that time!


RMI Guide Walter Hailes

On The Map

Happy New Year to the team. What an exciting way to end 2014 and bring in the new year with a summit ahead of you. Dan, the kids and I love you and are very proud of you. (The B-day boy, Boris) wishes you a successful summit! - cheers!

Posted by: Wendy kolosar on 12/31/2014 at 3:10 pm

Happy New Year Walter! Be safe and enjoy your journey. Hope to run into you again. Thanks for helping me get up Aconcagua…I couldn’t have done it without you!

Posted by: Andy Rodenhiser on 12/31/2014 at 3:09 pm

December 29, 2014


Aconcagua: Hailes & Team Move Up to Camp 1

Well after nearly four days spent at the luxurious Aconcagua Basecamp, it came time to move up high onto the mountain to about 16,200’.  The team traveled efficiently and we made it to camp by 1 pm, even if the scree at the end had us “one step up, half a step back.”

The weather is sunny and breezy with a cloud cap high on the mountain, maybe around 22,000’.  We will spend the rest of the day relaxing so we can be prepared to carry gear to Camp 2 tomorrow, providing the weather continues in our favor. 

Thanks for following,

RMI Guide Ben Liken

On The Map

Colin, haven’t heard anything about you in a long time. I’m excited about your climb. I think it’s great that you are doing this.

Posted by: mike samples on 12/31/2014 at 4:10 pm

So proud of you, Colin (and all of you)!  Hope you continue to have a great climb and the weather stays good.

Posted by: Sandy Evans on 12/30/2014 at 3:41 pm

December 28, 2014


Aconcagua: Hailes & Team Rest Day

Our last rest day at Plaza Argentina brought blue skies and gentle winds. The crew spent a fair bit of time chatting idly over hot drinks, covering topics like:

The Seattle Seahawks
And are Americans actually hated or loved around the globe?

Tomorrow we move to Camp 1. The crew is less than excited for the steep scree we have to ascend, but looking strong and optimistic. We look forward to congratulating the successful descending climb.

RMI Guide Walter Hailes

On The Map

Love seeing the updates & pictures! Go Hawks!

Posted by: Stevi on 12/29/2014 at 10:19 am

December 27, 2014


Aconcagua: Hailes & Team Make Carry to Camp 1

We have successfully finished one of the harder days on Aconcagua!
The first trip to Camp 1 is always a surprisingly hard day. It is the first time on the trip that we carry heavy loads in our packs, until now the mules have done all the hard work. It is the first time some people have been above 15,000 ft, and definitely the first time in a long time for the rest us. Most importantly, the terrain on the way to Camp 1 is extremely challenging. The slopes we climb are very loose small rocks and sand. So every step we take up we slide back half way. You can imagine how physically and mentally taxing this can be, happily everyone did great. And we are excited for our second rest day tomorrow.

RMI Guide Walter Hailes

On The Map

Seahawks win it 20 to 6 against Rams! Just thought some of you might want to know.  Happy climbing!

Posted by: Katie Dunn on 12/28/2014 at 5:09 pm

Nice work, Colin and team!  Enjoy some rest before your next leg of the climb!!  Great picture.

Posted by: Sandy Evans on 12/28/2014 at 8:26 am

December 26, 2014


Aconcagua: Hailes & Team Check In from Basecamp

Hey everybody!

Checking in from Aconcagua Basecamp after a wholesome meal of steak, potatoes, and red berries.  Today was spent recovering from our three days of approach and preparing for our carry to Camp 1 tomorrow.  These days can often be long but this one seemed to breeze by due to great conversation with great people.  We spent hours telling stories and joking around, with the laughter alleviating any sign of an altitude-related headache.

Now the sun has set, lighting the clouds to the east in brilliant blues, purples, and pink.  As the stars rise we drift to sleep looking forward to climbing high on this beautiful peak tomorrow.

Thanks for tuning in!

RMI Guide Walter Hailes

On The Map

we so look forward to the daily updates and in a small way sharing you amazing journey—hi darrin and all   mom and dad

Posted by: huth"s on 12/28/2014 at 5:45 am

What a great experience this must be!  Love getting a glimpse through the blog and pictures.  Continued wishes for a safe climb!!

Posted by: Sandy Evans on 12/27/2014 at 11:28 am

December 25, 2014


Aconcagua: Hailes & Team at Plaza Argentina

Christmas Day was a little different for us this year than the usual gift giving and big meal with the family. We moved into our new home for the next several days, Plaza Argentina, our base camp. After a great three-course dinner of soup, lasagna, and rich dessert, we discussed some of our holiday traditions including fondue donuts and chocolate coins.

We miss you all back at home and hope you had as happy a Christmas as we have had.

RMI Guide Walter Hailes

On The Map

Do something today that your future self will thank you for.

Posted by: Chris on 12/26/2014 at 4:14 am

Equipo Hailes we miss you all as well. We observe your accomplishments each day individually (GO VIV!!!!) and as they say in Spanish el equipo, the team. A strong team is what counts both on the mountain and in everyday life.


Posted by: Bob on 12/26/2014 at 3:43 am

December 24, 2014


Aconcagua: Hailes & Team Reach Casa de Piedra

Hey everyone!

Today the team made it to Casa de Piedra, our second camp of the trip.  Everyone did well with the hike up the valley despite being blasted in the face with 25 mph winds!  We even got our first view of the mountain right before we entered camp.  I would guess that we shot well over 100 pictures between all of us.

Now it is dinner time,  I think Walt is whipping up a stew with lots of fresh vegetables.  The winds are calming down so I think we’ll have a few laughs, head to bed, and try to envision sugar plum fairies as we hope for a visit from Santa. 

Happy holidays folks!

RMI Guides Walter Hailes, Ben Liken and Stoney Molina

On The Map

Hey Darrin,
The pics look great!  I’m sure the views real time are crazy….keep hammerin away I wiil all be worth it at the summit!
John Bone

Posted by: John Bone on 12/25/2014 at 6:10 pm

Merry Christmas Colin!  We miss you here, celebrating Christmas with Mom & Michael.  I am following your climb & eager daily to get updates. We love you, Stevi, Curtis & Eboni

Posted by: Stevi on 12/25/2014 at 5:58 pm

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