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July 11, 2016
Posted by: Tyler Reid
RMI Guide Tyler Reid and the Four Day Summit Climb Team was approaching Mt. Rainier’s crater rim shortly before 7:00 am this morning. Tyler reported great conditions with a cloud deck below them around 9,000’ feet.
We hope they are enjoying the views!
Way to make it to the summit, Oregon 5!!
Posted by: Becky Condon on 7/12/2016 at 10:02 am
July 7, 2016
The Four Day Summit Climb Team led by RMI Guides Tyler Reid and Zeb Blais reached the summit of Mt. Rainier early this morning. The team climbed in and out of the clouds this morning and were able to spend a short time on top. They have started their descent and will be back at Rainier Basecamp in Ashford early this afternoon.
Congratulations to today’s teams!
Great ascend fantastic experience responsible safe and enjoyable climb to the top, unsurprisingly spectacular crevice formations just below the summit, memorable experience Thank you Zeb, Tyler , JT Schmitt, Chris, Jordan, Steve for all fabulous work!
Posted by: Lauro Urbina on 7/9/2016 at 10:45 am
Congrats. I hope it was amazing.
Posted by: Mark Steranka on 7/8/2016 at 8:06 am
It was worth the wait - the weather this morning was absolutely perfect and our whole team was able to ski from the true summit of Mt. Elbrus!
We woke up to brilliant stars and an impressive Big Dipper, and soon found ourselves being propelled uphill by snowcat to our starting point for the climb. Snow conditions on our ascent were a bit too frozen for skinning, so we put on boot crampons and threw our skis on our packs, moving efficiently up the well established climbing route. A long, ascending traverse brought us to the col between the east and west summits, a nice flat spot for a break.
Above the col we broke through the shadow line into the sun, and after a couple more hours, onto the summit plateau. 15 minutes later we were on top, enjoying spectacular views deep into the Republic of Georgia, and the impressive surrounding Caucasus Mountains. And then came the best part. A never-ending-feeling 6000’ descent back to our camp. We had the full range of snow conditions on the way down; the last 2000’ or so was pure hero snow - incredibly smooth, predictable, perfectly sun softened corn. Of all the teams climbing this morning we were the only skiers! Such an efficient way to travel in the mountains. Our team was back at camp hours before any other team.
After a few gondola rides down into the lush lowlands and a nice lunch, we’re back in the village of Azau for a well earned celebration.
June 26, 2016 - 12:13 am PT
Hey, this is Tyler Reid with the Elbrus Ski Team checking in from summit. We had an absolutely perfect morning, weather is incredible, temperatures are nice and warm, there is not a cloud in the sky and almost zero wind. So the sun is nicely softening our snow surface and we are actually going to be able to ski right off the summit which is not always possible on this mountain. So we are super psyched for our decent here the best part is yet to come and we’ll check in when we get back to our camp safe and sound.
Alright, talk soon.
RMI Guide Tyler Reid calls in from the summit of Mt. Elbrus.
On The Map
It’s not quite like skiing at Bogus!!
Posted by: Sus on 6/26/2016 at 7:58 am
Yes! Congratulations! Enjoy the trip down.
Posted by: Wendy Serbonich on 6/26/2016 at 7:49 am
Just a quick update from the Elbrus Ski Crew. We got all packed up and ready for our summit attempt tomorrow, but after another close look at the latest weather models, it looks like Sunday is going to be a better weather day. So instead of waking up at 2am tomorrow, we’re going to take another rest day with some possible light skiing activity, and hold out for Sunday. Everyone is doing great and psych levels are high…
Posted by: Sus Helpenstell on 6/24/2016 at 8:45 pm
Our timing with the weather was perfect today - as I write this, there’s a high intensity hail storm making a lot of clatter on the metal roof of our hut. This morning was beautiful. We ascended up to 15,500’, a little beyond Pastukhova Rocks, building on our acclimatization. We were treated to some very nice turns on our 3,000’ descent back to the huts, and we got a few jealous looks from climbers walking down on foot. Another great day on Mt. Elbrus. Tomorrow is focused on rest, and the next day we’ll see if we can ski from the top!
Greetings from Mt. Elbrus!
We’re nicely settled into our rustic huts here at around 12,600’. This morning we did the gondola shuffle - loading all of our duffle bags and skis onto a moving gondola, and then unloading all of that stuff from a moving gondola…multiplied by three gondolas! We were pros by the last one. This afternoon we went out for an acclimatization ski tour and reviewed some of the skills we’ll need for our summit attempt. It’s great to be here on the mountain!
On The Map
WAY TO GO TEAM!! VERY IMPRESSIVE! This beats last tracks at McCall!
Posted by: Jeanne Mack on 6/26/2016 at 9:35 am
Looks like fun. Pictures, please!
Posted by: Wendy Serbonich on 6/24/2016 at 1:57 pm
Today we rode the chairlift up the lower flanks of Cheget, a little ski area adjacent to Mt. Elbrus, and were treated to our first views of the mountain. As skiers, we were pleased to see some fresh snow up high. Above the chairlifts we had a beautiful alpine walk up to 11,400’ - a good start to the acclimatization process. We spent the afternoon going through our equipment and making final preparations to head up the mountain tomorrow to our camp. All is great with us…
RMI Guide Tyler Reid and the Elbrus Ski Crew
There’s a saying I’ve always liked to believe, that your abilities in the mountains are inversely proportional to your abilities in the city. Whether or not this is true, I was more than happy to hand over the reigns to Svetlana this morning, our Russian tour guide. She took us on a very interesting and informative journey through Moscow, with emphasis on the Kremlin and Red Square (she speaks perfect English). A sensory overload of history, beautiful architecture, and tourists concluded with a delicious lunch at a traditional Georgian restaurant - an unmarked hidden gem down a side street, through a parking lot, around a corner, and down a staircase.
Tomorrow we fly to Mineralnye Vody, and head for the mountains! We’re ready…
RMI Guide Tyler Reid & Team
Our whole team is here in Moscow and we just finished up a nice first dinner together. Everyone did great overcoming our first challenge - walking back to the hotel in a severely down-pouring lightning storm. With jet lag. Everyone passed the test with flying colors. And flashes of light.
We’re looking forward to a great trip!
RMI Guide Tyler Reid and Team