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Aconcagua: Hailes & Team at Plaza Argentina

Posted by: Walter Hailes, Ben Liken, Stoney Molina | December 25, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 13,800'

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

The views of Aconcagua while approaching Base Camp. Photo: Linden Mallory

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Aconcagua: Hailes & Team Reach Casa de Piedra

Posted by: Walter Hailes, Ben Liken, Stoney Molina | December 24, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 10,550'

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

Tents at Casa de Piedra. Photo: RMI Collection

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

Posted by: Walter Hailes, Ben Liken, Stoney Molina | December 23, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 9,000'

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

An RMI team starting the trek into Aconcagua, Argentina. Photo: RMI Collection Hailes and team begin their trek into Aconcagua, Argentina. Photo: Walter Hailes

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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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