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Mt. Rainier: Expeditions Skills Seminar - Muir Reaches Summit

Posted by: Walter Hailes, Casey Grom | May 21, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

At 8:30 am the Expedition Skills Seminar – Muir led by RMI Guides Casey Grom and Walter Hailes crested the summit crater of Mt. Rainier. The team will spend about an hour on the summit enjoying light winds and mild temperatures before beginning their descent to Camp Muir. The team will spend one more night at Camp Muir before returning to Ashford on Friday. We look forward to hearing of their training and climbing adventures.

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Congrats everyone, can’t wait till it’s my hubby and I!

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Posted by: Carmen on 5/22/2015 at 4:50 pm


Aconcagua: Hailes & Team Celebrate Their Success

Posted by: Walter Hailes, Ben Liken | January 08, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 9,000'

We successfully made it down from base camp back to Pampa de Lenas. Our celebration asado was an enormous success and went late into the night which may make our final walk to the road a little slower than normal but no one would have it any other way.

RMI Guide Walter Hailes & Team

Asada being cooked by an Arrearo on an RMI Aconcagua Expedition.  Photo: Pete Van Deventer

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You guys are amazing!

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Posted by: Robin on 1/8/2015 at 10:25 pm

You deserve the celebration!  Great job!!

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Posted by: Sandy on 1/8/2015 at 7:08 pm


Aconcagua: Hailes & Team Back to Basecamp

Posted by: Walter Hailes, Ben Liken | January 06, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 13,800'

We started our downhill progress this morning and it looks like we made it out just in time. We seemed to stay about 30 minutes in front of the clouds, wind, and snow on the descent and quietly enjoyed watching teams move up into the weather as we moved out of it.

While the snow did fall in Basecamp, we stayed warm in our group tent, sitting in chairs around a table while snacks and a delicious dinner were brought to us…it’s the small stuff.

We are all hopeful for a warm valley as we walk out tomorrow.

RMI Guide Walter Hailes

Descending back to Aconcagua Basecamp. Photo: RMI Collection

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We are excited for your return & to hear all about your adventure! Love you Colin!

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Posted by: Stevi on 1/7/2015 at 5:34 pm

Glad you’re back at basecamp!  We’re all anxious for your return home!!

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Posted by: Sandy on 1/7/2015 at 5:04 pm


Aconcagua: Hailes & Team Summit!

Posted by: Walter Hailes, Ben Liken | January 05, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 22,841'

Update January 5th at 3:30 pm PT
This is the day that all the hard work, both at home and on the mountain, are for and it is always the hardest day of the trip. Thankfully, we made it to the summit and back to camp safely and in great style. With an early dinner in our bellies we will all sleep well tonight.

Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers for our safety.

RMI Guide Walter Hailes

[Call from the summit audio transcription]
Hello, this is Walter from the summit of Aconcagua with our team. It’s a beautiful day up here, blue skies, a little breezy- probably about 20 (mph) on the top. We did go through some pretty heavy wind down below, maybe constant 40 to 50 in some of the little saddles, but we made it! We’re happy and it’s sunshiny. Everybody’s tired, so we’re looking forward to the downhill. We’ll call or send a dispatch out when we get there so you know that we arrived safely. Over and out from Aconcagua.

Aconcagua's Canaleta Couloir. Photo: RMI Collection Looking towards Basecamp from near the summit of Aconcagua. Photo: RMI Collection


RMI Guide Walter Hailes calls from the Aconcagua summit

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Hi Sue and team;
Keep up the good work. Following you daily!!!
Safe and fun travel!
Patty

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Posted by: patty on 1/8/2015 at 9:41 am

Way to go Colin! That is unbelievable! I can’t wait to hear all about your adventure!

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Posted by: Morgan Moore on 1/6/2015 at 1:46 pm


Aconcagua: Hailes & Team Ready for Summit Push

Posted by: Walter Hailes, Ben Liken | January 04, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 19,600'

Hey everybody!

We have made it to our high camp and we are all ready to try for a summit push tomorrow.  If the weather holds, we will be up early for a big climb to the top of South America!

Everyone up here is feeling strong and ready for the challenge.  We got a taste of what’s to come watching today’s teams return- tired, hungry, and satisfied.  Now we are tucked away in our bags trying to get some Zzzzzzs before the big day.

Wish us luck!

RMI Guide Ben Liken

Views of the Andes while approaching High Camp on Aconcagua. Photo: RMI Collection

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Good luck Viv and the rest of the team. Get up there and come down safe!

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Posted by: Andrew on 1/5/2015 at 7:41 am

Good luck team Hailes!!

The best team on the mountain can and will do it!!

Please give us a shout out from the top of South America

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Posted by: Bob on 1/5/2015 at 3:48 am


Aconcagua: Hailes & Team Prepping for Summit Day

Posted by: Walter Hailes, Ben Liken | January 03, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 18,000'

We had our best rest day yet on Aconcagua. We were away from the bustle of base camp, the wind was calm, the sun was shining, and we spent a lot of the day relaxing outside listening to the melting snowfield surrounded by views of the Central Andes.

We did do a little work in preparation for summit day. Double checking our crampons and discussions of how to stay warm, what and how much to eat, and what to expect as we move toward the summit.

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High Camp beneath the Polish Glacier. Photo: RMI Collection

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I can just hear Colin saying, “I could eat”. So excited for you guys!

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Posted by: Alli Jelen on 1/4/2015 at 4:01 pm

Almost there! We’re all excited for you to summit!!

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Posted by: Sandy Evans on 1/4/2015 at 10:14 am


Aconcagua: Hailes & Team Move to Guanacos Camp

Posted by: Walter Hailes, Ben Liken | January 02, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 18,000'

We had a near perfect day to move up to Guanacos camp. It was a little cool as we started but turned out to be a sunny, calm day at camp. Everyone climbed strong to camp but I realized something much more important today. Our team is the best team on this mountain. Everyone in our group watches out for each other and not only pulls their own weight but is eager to do extra work for the team. There is nothing better than climbing with a group of great people.

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Climbers en route to Guanacos Camp, Aconcagua, Argentina.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Your all doing amazing! I know we are all proud of your success and continued success! Happy New Year!

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Posted by: Stevi on 1/3/2015 at 5:43 pm

Good luck on the summit attempt Walt and team!

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Posted by: Meredith on 1/3/2015 at 12:26 pm


Aconcagua: Hailes And Team Sit Tight At Camp 1

Posted by: Walter Hailes, Ben Liken | January 01, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 16,200'

We are still hanging out at Camp 1 waiting for the weather to improve high on the mountain. While sleeping through the gales is a little tough overall conditions are not bad. It’s hard to complain when you get to lay around all day and relax, read, play cards, and nap? So yeah, we all would have been excited to move higher today, but this alternative isn’t too bad.

RMI Guide Walter Hailes

Enjoying the views from Camp 1, Aconcagua, Argentina.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Team Hailes keep up the good work.

Viv as you always do “hang tough” remember this is easier than IACUC

Regards Bob and team ICAHN

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Posted by: Bob on 1/2/2015 at 4:31 am


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

Posted by: Walter Hailes, Ben Liken, Stoney Molina | December 31, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 16,200'

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

Aconcagua Camp 1 view. Photo: RMI Collection

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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

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

Happy 2015 Vivian & all the team!

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


Aconcagua: Hailes & Team Back to a Windy Camp 1

Posted by: Walter Hailes, Ben Liken, Stoney Molina | December 30, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 16,200'

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!

Oye!

RMI Guide Walter Hailes

Enjoying the views from Aconcagua Camp 1. Photo: RMI Collection

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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… read more

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!

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


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