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Entries By walter hailes

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

December 23, 2014


Aconcagua: Hailes & Team Start the Trail into the Vacas Valley

First day on the Aconcagua trail and even though it was hot, we had a nice breeze blowing most of the day. We were all very thankful to have that wind. We moved well on the trail enjoying the rigid high desert beauty. We also continued to tell stories of loved ones at home and a few misadventures.

RMI Guide Walter Hailes

Love following your adventure each day…..be safe and enjoy

Posted by: Jean P on 12/24/2014 at 3:29 pm

Looking good Viv, enjoy every minute!!! Happy Holidays to the whole team!!!!


Posted by: Anna on 12/24/2014 at 8:21 am

December 22, 2014


Aconcagua: Hailes & Team are Packed and Ready for the Trail

This is always a big day, permits, buying last minute supplies, traveling to Penitentes, gear checking, and packing. Luckily it went as smooth as possible. Our one hiccup was accidentally ordering everyone the same special at lunch which was made for two people. So each of us ate a two-pound steak, papas Freitas, salad, and two empanadas. Or as much as we could handle of the giant meal.

Well it’s off to bed for our final night in a bed for several days… I can’t wait

RMI Guide Walter Hailes

Merry Christmas everyone! We wish all of you an awesome trip and look forward to seeing all the updates and pictures!

Posted by: Wendy kolosar on 12/24/2014 at 7:08 pm

December 21, 2014


Aconcagua: December 20th -Walter Hailes & Team Arrive Mendoza

The first step of having a great mountaineering trip is having a complete team with all our bags and I am happy to report that both our team members and all our bags arrived today in great shape. Once in town we were all able to buy last minute items here in Mendoza while enjoying an unseasonable cool but sunny day. Great summer weather. After a quick meet and greet we talked about what will happen over the next few weeks both on and off the mountain then headed out to one of the great eateries close to our hotel. We all shared the first, of what I am sure will be many funny, stories with each other and with bellies full of Argentina beef we all crashed at the hotel ready for another great day tomorrow.

RMI Guides Walter Hailes, Ben Liken & Stoney Molina

merry Christmas Darrin…be safe and enjoy yourself…Lutey

Posted by: shawn lutey on 12/25/2014 at 11:27 am

looks so exciting!
enjoy and take in each moment safely darrin!

Posted by: lil-meshell on 12/24/2014 at 8:39 pm

August 7, 2014

Expedition Skills Seminar - Kautz

Mt. Rainier: August 7th Update

The Mt. Rainier Summit Climb teams, led by Brent Okita and Walter Hailes, reached the summit at 7:00 a.m.  The winds were 20-25 mph and a clear day.  They are currently descending to Camp Muir.

The Expedition Skills Seminar - Kautz, led by Garrett Stevens, is currently on the summit reaching the top via the Kautz Glacier Route.

Congratulations to today’s teams!

Congrats Shane!!! I am so proud of you and your
dedication. I can’t wait to hear all about it. Love-
Misty, Nathan, Ayden, and Brinley

Posted by: Misty on 8/8/2014 at 1:49 pm

I want to thank Brent again for all of his assistance and support on the climb.  I couldn’t have done it otherwise.

Posted by: Jerry Thomas on 8/8/2014 at 8:11 am

August 2, 2014

Four Day Summit Climb

Mt. Rainier: August 2nd Update

The Mt. Rainier summit climbs, led by Walter Hailes and Solveig Waterfall, reached the summit this morning.  They reported 15-20 mph winds and were descending through a light cap over the mountain.  The teams began their descent at 7:30 a.m.

Congrats on attaining the summit, guys!

Posted by: Rick L. on 8/3/2014 at 6:36 am

Brad, Tommy, Mark and Tanner - Hope all is well. Cant wait to see the pics.

Posted by: cheryl on 8/2/2014 at 5:48 pm

July 29, 2014

Four Day Summit Climb

Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climbs Team on the Summit!

The Four Day Summit Climb teams July 26 - 29, 2014 led by RMI Guides Pete Van Deventer and Walter Hailes reached the summit of Mt. Rainier at 6:45 a.m with climbers from Wilderness Ventures.  The teams reported light winds and great route conditions.  They started their descent from the crater rim around 7:45 am.  The teams will return to Camp Muir and then continue to Paradise later this afternoon.

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb Teams!

Catherine,  So proud of you and your taking on this wonderful adventure.  Can’t wait to hear more about it. 
Love, Poppy & Grandma

Posted by: Bill & Barbara Rack on 7/30/2014 at 8:06 pm

So proud of you!!  6:45am???  What’s up with that??  I miss you lots and can’t wait to see you so you can give me all the scoop on the trip.  I love you!!

Posted by: Aunt Tina on 7/30/2014 at 9:10 am

July 10, 2014

Four Day Summit Climb

Mt. Rainier: July 10th Summit!

The RMI Four Day Summit Climbs led by RMI Guides Jake Beren and Zeb Blais reached the top of Mt. Rainier early this morning.  At 7:15 the teams were descending Disappointment Cleaver en route back to Camp Muir.  The teams are doing well and enjoying the blue skies and calm weather.

The Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons led by RMI Guide Walter Hailes reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning via the Emmons Glacier route.  The team has descended to Camp Schurman where they will spend the night before returning to Ashford tomorrow.

Congratulations to Today’s Teams!

Way to go Jason (and team).  You set a goal, worked hard, and stood at the summit.  Thanks for letting us be a part of the experience!

Posted by: Kathy and Denny Meyers on 7/13/2014 at 3:47 pm

Way to go KH. You’re not so old after all!  How about Denali at 59?

Posted by: Beth Parmley on 7/11/2014 at 8:11 pm

July 4, 2014

Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climbs on top!

The Four Day Summit Climbs led by RMI Guides Brent Okita and Walter Hailes reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  Brent reported clear and warm conditions.  The teams are enjoying some time on the summit.  They will return to Camp Muir later this morning and then continue their descent to Paradise.  We look forward to seeing them at Rainier BaseCamp this afternoon.

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb Teams!

Happy Independence Day!

Congratulations !!!
I knew you could make it.
We are so proud of you & love you

Posted by: Sookie on 7/4/2014 at 3:51 pm

CONGRATS, Jeff & team!! Amazing feat - I’m so proud of you, hon! What a way to celebrate the 4th!

Posted by: Grace Roh on 7/4/2014 at 9:13 am

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