Entries By walter hailes
June 24, 2015
Our Four Day Summit Climb Teams led by RMI Guides Peter Whittaker, Ed Viesturs and Tyler Jones reached the summit of Mt. Rainier early this morning. The Teams reported a beautiful day with light winds and great views. The teams have started their descent and are en route back to Camp Muir.
RMI Guide Walter Hailes and the Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons team reached the Summit of Mt. Rainier in the early morning via the Emmons Route. The team returned to Camp Schurman and will spend the remainder of their time on perfecting their mountaineering skills. They will return to Rainier Basecamp on Thursday afternoon.
Congratulations to Today’s teams!
I was so lucky to have great guides and awesome teammates, as well as blessed by good weather on Mount Rainier. Biggest peak of my life so far, and thanks to Tyler, Jess and Josh!
Posted by: Phil Knight on 7/2/2015 at 8:15 am
Wow, so impressed, so relieved, so proud of you Chris, my amazing Daughter in Law. You keep on meeting challenges with determination, grace and grit! Love you very much, Mama Carol
Posted by: Carol Waring on 6/25/2015 at 9:11 am
June 18, 2015
Our Mount Rainier Summit Climb teams, led by Walter Hailes and Pete Van Deventer, were just reaching the summit at 7:10 a.m. Walter reported winds of about 20mph, cool temperatures, and they were just below the clouds hanging right above the summit. Both teams began their descent at 8:15 a.m.
Elias deAndres Martos and the Expedition Skills Seminar - Kautz team checked in and were at 12,600’ working their way to the summit.
Joseph…you never cease to amaze me!Love You, Mom
Posted by: Kathy Dougherty on 6/19/2015 at 7:33 am
May 31, 2015
The Four Day Summit Climb Team led by RMI Guide Elias de Andres Martos & the Five Day Summit Climb Team led by Walter Hailes reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning. The teams climbed well with good conditions. As of 10:30 am PT both teams had descended back to Camp Muir. They will continue down to Paradise and then return to Rainier BaseCamp this afternoon.
Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb Teams!
Congratulations to all of the teams on this climb. Still training for mine either next year or the year after.
Posted by: Kevin Stone on 6/1/2015 at 4:23 pm
May 21, 2015
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.
Congrats everyone, can’t wait till it’s my hubby and I!
Posted by: Carmen on 5/22/2015 at 5:50 pm
January 8, 2015
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
You guys are amazing!
Posted by: Robin on 1/8/2015 at 10:25 pm
You deserve the celebration! Great job!!
Posted by: Sandy on 1/8/2015 at 7:08 pm
January 6, 2015
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.
On The Map
We are excited for your return & to hear all about your adventure! Love you Colin!
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!!
Posted by: Sandy on 1/7/2015 at 5:04 pm
January 5, 2015
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.
[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.
RMI Guide Walter Hailes calls from the Aconcagua summit
On The Map
Hi Sue and team;
Keep up the good work. Following you daily!!!
Safe and fun travel!
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!
Posted by: Morgan Moore on 1/6/2015 at 1:46 pm
January 4, 2015
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!
On The Map
Good luck Viv and the rest of the team. Get up there and come down safe!
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
Good luck, be safe!!!
Posted by: Bob on 1/5/2015 at 3:48 am
January 3, 2015
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.
RMI Guide Walter Hailes
On The Map
I can just hear Colin saying, “I could eat”. So excited for you guys!
Posted by: Alli Jelen on 1/4/2015 at 4:01 pm
Almost there! We’re all excited for you to summit!!
Posted by: Sandy Evans on 1/4/2015 at 10:14 am
January 2, 2015
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.
RMI Guide Walter Hailes & Team
On The Map
Your all doing amazing! I know we are all proud of your success and continued success! Happy New Year!
Posted by: Stevi on 1/3/2015 at 5:43 pm
Good luck on the summit attempt Walt and team!
Posted by: Meredith on 1/3/2015 at 12:26 pm