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Mexico Volcanoes: Blais & Team Choose Their Adventures in Puebla

Posted by: Zeb Blais, Robby Young | November 13, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico

Checking in after a nice breakfast at Hotel Colonial in downtown Puebla.

Last night we arrived in Puebla tuckered out from a long day of climbing. We celebrated the exciting climb with a nice meal at La Compania and a full night of sleep- Woot woot!

Today is a ‘choose your own adventure’ day for the team, with many people exploring the Great Pyramid of Cholula and historic Puebla.

Tomorrow we’ll be back on the road headed for Pico de Orizaba.

Cheers from a well rested team~

RMI Guides Zeb Blais, Robby Young & company

In Puebla, Mexico- Team celebration dinner after successful Ixta summit! Photo: Robby Young Beautiful architecture and parks in Puebla, Mexico. Photo: Zeb Blais Marveling in the architecture in Puebla, Mexico. Photo: Zeb Blais

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Mexico Volcanoes: Blais & Team Summit Ixta!

Posted by: Zeb Blais, Robby Young | November 12, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico
Elevation: 17,340'

Our team woke to less than ideal conditions at our high camp on Ixta this morning. Dense clouds, wind and light precipitation looked like it might thwart our summit bid. We waited as long as we could with the time we had for the summit, then it was decision time. The precipitation had stopped but wind and thick clouds remained.

The guide team made the call to begin the climb and see how the weather would pan out. The wind and cloud remained, but our team tougher it out and the weather didn’t get worse .

After a hard fought summit, our team is on our way to a well deserved rest day in Puebla.

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RMI Guide Zeb Blais and his team on the Ixta summit! Photo: Robby Young

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Mexico Volcanoes: Clear Blue Skies as the Team Departs for Ixtaccihuatl

Posted by: Zeb Blais, Robby Young | November 11, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico

A sunny morning greeted us on our way to high camp on Ixta today. We have our fingers crossed that the weather holds for our summit bid tomorrow morning .

The team is packed up and fired up to climb - Wish us luck!

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Winding roads lead the RMI team to Ixtaccihuatl, Mexico. Photo: Zeb Blais Beautiful skies greet the RMI team as they depart for Ixta, Mexico. Photo: Zeb Blais

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Mexico Volcanoes: Blais & Team at Altzimoni Hut

Posted by: Zeb Blais, Robby Young | November 10, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico
Elevation: 12,000'

Greetings all!

Following our massive breakfast buffet feast in Tlaxcala this morning, our team began the drive towards Ixta.  After a quick food and water refuel in the town of Amecameca, followed by a National Park check in at Paseo de Cortez, we found ourselves at the 12,000’ Altzimoni Hut, our home for the evening in preparation of our upcoming two-day climb of Ixta.

In order to continue our process of acclimatization, the team set out for an afternoon hike on the lower slopes of Ixta. After a quick climb to 14,000’, we were rewarded with some amazing views of the sunset on Popocat├ępetl, an active volcano neighboring closely to the south.

The team is winding down for the evening and preparing for a high-altitude taco feast. We’re looking forward to the coming climb and physical test on Ixta over the next two days. Thanks for following!!

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The RMI team acclimating on Ixtaccihuatl, Mexico. Photo: Zeb Blais Viewing the sunset over Popocatepetl, Mexico. Photo: Zeb Blais

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Mexico Volcanoes: RMI Guide Zeb Blais & Team Acclimate on La Malinche

Posted by: Zeb Blais, Robby Young | November 10, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico
Elevation: 14,636'

Our crew is on our way to a big buffet breakfast and Ixtaccihuatl after our first day in the mountains.

Yesterday’s acclimatization hike on La Malinche was a tough introduction to altitude. Dark clouds had gathered at the top as we started and we watched them closely as we pushed up into thinner air.  With a short summit window, our entire group pushed hard and worked together to make the top. The weather gods smiled on us and clouds cleared briefly as we scrambled up the last bit of rock to the top.

After a few photos, it was time to get ourselves down to thick air and a warm dinner. La Cabana restaurant set out a generous spread for us and we ended our day with great food and full bellies.

We’ll be checking in soon from Ixta.

Cheers from RMI Guides Zeb Blais, Robby Young and the crew!

Views from the La Malinche trail in Mexico. Photo: Zeb Blais The RMI team on the summit of La Malinche, Mexico. Photo: Zeb Blais

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Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climb Teams on the Summit!

Posted by: Leon Davis, Zeb Blais | September 15, 2014
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Elevation: 14,410'

RMI Guides Zeb Blais and Leon Davis reported beautiful conditions for their climb to the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  Two groups of climbers on the Four Day Summit Climb September 12 - 15 reached the summit around 7:30 am and were able to enjoy some time on top with clear skies and a light breeze.  The teams will return to Camp Muir for a short rest and to repack before continuing down to Paradise this afternoon.

Congratulations to today’s Four Day Summit Climb teams!


Mt. Rainier: September 8th Summit!

Posted by: JJ Justman, Zeb Blais | September 08, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Mount Rainier Summit Climbs teams, led by RMI Guides JJ Justman and Zeb Blais, reached the crater rim at at 7:00 a.m.  JJ reported strong winds with 40-50 mph gusts and cold temperatures.  Both teams began their descent to Camp Muir at 8:00 a.m.

The Expedition Skills Seminar - Muir is currently ascending to Camp Muir to spend the week training and topping their week off with a summit bid.

Ascending to Cathedral Gap on Mount Rainier. Photo: Casey Grom
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Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climb Teams Enjoying Views from the Summit

Posted by: JJ Justman, Zeb Blais | September 04, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

RMI’s Four Day Summit Climb teams September 1 - 4, 2014 reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning around 7:30 am.  RMI Guide JJ Justman reported great views from the summit with calm winds and a very nice day.  The teams were able to spend some time on the summit enjoying the views and crossing the crater to Columbia Crest.  The teams began their descent around 8:30 and will return to Camp Muir before continuing down to Paradise.

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb teams!

The Four Day Summit Climb taking a rest break on Mt. Rainier during their summit attempt on September 4th.  Photo: JJ Justman
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Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climb Teams Reach the Summit!

Posted by: JJ Justman, Zeb Blais | August 26, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb August 23 - 26, 2014 Teams led by RMI Guides JJ Justman and Zeb Blais reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  The teams reported sunny skies with some strong wind gusts and a possible cloud cap trying to form above the mountain.  Both teams were able to enjoy some time on the summit before starting their descent.  The teams will return to Camp Muir and then continue their descent to Paradise.  We look forward to seeing them at Rainier BaseCamp in Ashford later this afternoon.

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb teams!

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Mt. Rainier: Teams on the Summit!

Posted by: Billy Nugent, Zeb Blais | August 22, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guide Billy Nugent along with the Expedition Skills Seminar - Paradise led by Zeb Blais reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  The teams reported clear skies with cold temperatures on the summit.  Both teams began their descent from the crater rim around 7:40 am.  The teams will return to Camp Muir for a short break before continuing down to Paradise.

The Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons led by Solveig Waterfall checked in this morning from Glacier Basin.  They will be descend from Glacier Basin back to the trail head and return to Rainier BaseCamp later today.

We look forward to seeing all of the teams back in Ashford later this afternoon.

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb Teams!

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