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

Posted by: Walter Hailes, Ben Liken, Stoney Molina | December 22, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua

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

An RMI team loading gear in Mendoza, Argentina. Photo: RMI Collection The Road to Penitentes, Argentina. Photo: RMI Collection

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

Posted by: Ben Liken, Stoney Molina, Walter Hailes | December 21, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua

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

RMI Expeditions December 20th Aconcagua Team Assembles in Mendoza.  Photo: Walter Hailes

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Mt. Rainier: August 7th Update

Posted by: Brent Okita, Garrett Stevens, Walter Hailes | August 07, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

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!

View of Mt. Adams from high break on Mt. Rainier. Photo: Brent Okita
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Mt. Rainier: August 2nd Update

Posted by: Walter Hailes, Solveig Waterfall | August 02, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

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.

The Cowlitz Glacier towards Cathedral Ridge and Lil Tahoma, Mt. Rainier. Photo: RMI Collection
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Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climbs Team on the Summit!

Posted by: Pete Van Deventer, Walter Hailes | July 29, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

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!

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Mt. Rainier: July 10th Summit!

Posted by: Jake Beren, Zeb Blais, Walter Hailes | July 10, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

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!

A RMI Team practicing rope travel on Mt. Rainier.  Photo: Win Whittaker Snow School on Mt. Rainier in July. Photo: Win Whittaker Learning basic mountaineering techniques on Mt. Rainier in July. Photo: Win Whittaker The view of Mt. Rainier and the Emmons Glacier from Sunrise. Photo: Mt. Rainier Web Cam
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Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climbs on top!

Posted by: Brent Okita, Walter Hailes | July 04, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

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!

Climbers approaching the summit of Mt. Rainier.  Photo: Seth Waterfall
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Mt. Rainier: June 19th Update

Posted by: Seth Waterfall, Walter Hailes, Solveig Waterfall | June 19, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall and the Four Day Summit Climb teams were approaching the crater rim at 7:29 a.m. PT.  They reported very cold and very windy conditions on the Disappointment Cleaver Route.  The teams will be starting their descent soon after reaching the summit.

RMI Guide Solveig Waterfall and the Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons aborted their summit bid at 13,200’ due to high winds and blowing snow. They are descending back to Camp Schurman.

An RMI team on top of Mt. Rainier. Photo: RMI Collection
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Mt. Rainier: June 15th Update

Posted by: Walter Hailes, Alex Barber, Bridget Belliveau | June 15, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb led by Walter Hailes reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning around 7:40 am.  The team spent an hour on the summit with clear skies around them.  Walter reported a cloud deck at approximately 8,500’ and decreasing winds.  The team began their descent just before 9 a.m.

Happy Father’s Day!

An RMI team taking a break at Ingraham Flats on Mt. Rainier. Photo: Seth Waterfall

Aconcagua: Nugent and Team back in Mendoza

Posted by: Walter Hailes, Katrina Bloemsma, Billy Nugent | January 22, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua

Thanks to everyone that have followed along… The team is back in Mendoza and enjoying some of the finer things in life: food, wine, sunshine, hanging by the pool, etc. We had a great team dinner last night and are now hanging out and lazing around while we wait for our flights back to the states and Canada. Despite not getting the summit we had a ton of fun and a hell of an adventure. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the group for being fun, hard-working, and determined.

‘til next year,

RMI Guides Billy Nugent, Walter Hailes and Katrina Bolemsma

Aconcagua. RMI Photo Collection

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