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Entries By zeb blais


Peru Seminar: Blais & Team Move to Ishinca Basecamp

Ahh how nice it is to finally be settled into a camp in the mountains. The lowlands have treated us well but this is what we came here for! This morning we boarded a bus and said goodbye to Huaraz and began our hike into the Ishinca Valley. Mule assistance kept our packs light and views of the Cordillera Blanca inspired our trek all the way to basecamp.

We built camp in a grassy meadow at 14,300 ft. flanked by our climbing objectives for the coming days.  We’re enjoying a bit of relaxation and adjusting to our new altitude at camp, before the real training starts tomorrow!

RMI Guides Zeb Blais and Chase Nelson


Peru Seminar: Blais & Team Acclimatization Swim

Today was the most fun I’ve ever had acclimatizing. The team was feeling good and moving well as we made our way up to the crystal clear waters of Laguna Churup.

The lake sits at 14,600’ and is a perfect day hike to get some altitude in before we move to our base camp in the Ishinca Valley. When we arrived we couldn’t resist the glacial-fed emerald pool. Within a few minutes most of the team was fully submerged and paddling as hard as they could to get back on shore.  The water temperature was… Refreshing.

Pictured here from left to right are Chase, John, Sarah and Steve.

This inspired group of adventurers is back in Huaraz, packed up and ready to head into base camp tomorrow. Can’t wait to get climbing!

Until then,
RMI Guide Zeb Blais and team

What a beautiful color the water is! Nothing better than taking a cold plunge to get more oxygen. Sending blessings to all as you get started on this adventure.  Looking forward to the updates as this story is created.

Posted by: Debbie Z. on 8/9/2016 at 7:18 am

Well done all!  Looks like great conditions.  Enjoy the cold water and the big adventure.

Posted by: Dan Foster on 8/9/2016 at 4:11 am


Mt. Rainier: Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons Team Summits!

The Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons Team Reached the Summit of Mt. Rainier via the Emmons route early this morning. RMI Guide Zeb Blais reported that the team had a great climb with absolutely beautiful weather.  The team is back at Camp Schumann and will spend the evening finishing up their training.  They return to Rainier Basecamp tomorrow afternoon.

Congratulations to the Emmons Team!


Mt. Rainier: July 21st Summit!

The Four Day Summit Climb Led by RMI Guides Brent Okita and Zeb Blais reached the summit of Mt. Rainier Early this morning.  The team climbed into a cap with 30 mph winds. They spent a brief time on the top before starting their descent.

Congratulations to today’s team!

Way to go, Jim!! Can’t wait to hear all about it!! Love You, Myra, Darby & Aidan

Posted by: Myra, Darby & Aidan on 7/21/2016 at 10:18 am


Mt. Rainier: Emmons Seminar Summits!

RMI Guide Zeb Blais led the Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons to the summit of Mt. Rainier yesterday morning. The team enjoyed sunny breezy conditions during their climb. After celebrating on the summit, the team descended to Camp Schurman for their final night on the mountain.

Today the team will spend some time training as their descend to the White River Campground from Camp Schurman. We are excited to welcome them back to Ashford this afternoon.

Congratulations!

Congrats team Texas!

Posted by: Josh H on 7/15/2016 at 9:18 am


Mt. Rainier: July 7th Summit!

The Four Day Summit Climb Team led by RMI Guides Tyler Reid and Zeb Blais reached the summit of Mt. Rainier early this morning.  The team climbed in and out of the clouds this morning and were able to spend a short time on top. They have started their descent and will be back at Rainier Basecamp in Ashford early this afternoon.
Congratulations to today’s teams!

Great ascend fantastic experience responsible safe and enjoyable climb to the top, unsurprisingly spectacular crevice formations just below the summit, memorable experience Thank you Zeb, Tyler , JT Schmitt, Chris, Jordan, Steve for all fabulous work!

Posted by: Lauro Urbina on 7/9/2016 at 10:45 am

Congrats. I hope it was amazing.

Posted by: Mark Steranka on 7/8/2016 at 8:06 am


Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climbs Reach the Summit

RMI Guide Steve Gately radioed in from the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  The teams enjoyed a beautiful morning with light winds. At 7:00 am PT both Four Day Summit Climb teams June 28 - 1 July, 2016 were beginning their descent from the crater rim.


Mt. Rainier: RMI Guides Lead Their Teams to the Summit!

The Mt. Rainier Summit Climb teams, led by RMI Guides Brent Okita and Zeb Blais, reached the top this morning.  Winds were in the 10-15 mph range and beautiful, sunny skies.  After spending some time on the summit, the teams began their descent at 7:00 a.m.

I’m so proud of you guys, and I can’t wait to hear all about how you conquered the mountain!

Posted by: Addie on 6/28/2016 at 10:09 am

Well done Herndons!  Congrats to you and everyone who made it ... this is truly fantastic. And I’m glad you’re back down off the mountain safely.

Posted by: Elisabeth on 6/27/2016 at 9:05 pm


Mt. Rainier: Five-Day Climb Unable to Summit Due to Avalanche Conditions

The Five Day Muir Summit Climb, led by Zeb Blais, was unable to summit today due to the avalanche danger on Mt. Rainier’s upper mountain.  The team ascended to 12,300’ when the guides assessed it was no longer to safely continue upward. Everyone is back at Camp Muir, packing up, to begin their descent to Paradise.

What an absolutely priceless adventure! Thank you and the team Zeb for an unforgetable experience!! It was truly life changing! Cheers!

Posted by: Joseph Lewis on 6/21/2016 at 6:20 pm


Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climb Teams Reach the Summit

The Four Day Summit Climb June 9 - 12 led by RMI Guides Mike Walter and Zeb Blais reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning around 8 am.  Mike reported clear conditions with moderate winds as they were making their ascent above High Break.  The teams were able to enjoy some time on the summit.  They began their descent from the crater rim at 9:20 am. The teams will return to Camp Muir for a short break before continuing down to Paradise. 

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb Teams!

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