Entries from Mount Rainier
By three this morning, my team of prospective Kili climbers was all present and accounted for on the fringes of Arusha, Tanzania. Eleven of us spent the day getting ready for a week on the move. As is normal with my groups, the team stifled yawns and feigned great interest as I conducted our introductory meeting after a fine Dik Dik Hotel breakfast. They claimed “jet lag” was the culprit rather than my rambling on. Possibly. We’re a good ten hours removed from some west coast US homes now.
After the briefing, it was time for personal equipment checks and packing for an early departure. This left a good chunk of the afternoon for the gang to relax, to walk the garden-like grounds of the hotel, and to periodically climb the water tower to see if Kilimanjaro was out. She was, by evening… faintly… and floating like a cloud in the distance. As we organized, the local guides and kitchen staff had the much bigger job of packing the food and gear for the trip. It was impressive as always to see lead guide Freddy Kilewo out there making order of the chaos. He has about fifty people to plan for, between porters, camp staff, clients and guides. He makes it all look easy.
We’ll begin walking the Machame route tomorrow and coming to grips with this challenge that many have been dreaming and scheming about for years. But this evening it is time to enjoy a send-off feast and a last night in a bed… even with jet lag, we all know it is a good deal.
Dave Hahn and Team
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Posted by: Solmaz on 8/23/2016 at 5:24 pm
Go Mary!!! What an awesome adventure.
Enjoy the experience & treasure the memories.
Prayers for your safety!
Posted by: Barbara Wiggs on 8/23/2016 at 8:44 am
August 21, 2016
RMI Guide JJ Justman called at 7:05 a.m. The Mt. Rainier Summit Climb teams were beginning their descent from the crater rim! The weather on the summit was a bit windy but clear skies made for nice views in every direction.
Congratulations to today’s summit climbers!
Unbelievable experience! Great job by all the climbers!
Posted by: Scott on 8/22/2016 at 8:14 am
You all rock. Enjoy the view, savor the accomplishment.
Posted by: Ken on 8/21/2016 at 2:58 pm
August 20, 2016
Our Four Day Summit Climb teams for August 17 - 20 reached the summit of Mt. Rainier early this morning. The teams enjoyed beautiful weather with clear skies and a lots of bright moon light. After spending time in the crater, they started their descent. As of 7:00 am PT, RMI Guides Elias de Andres Martos and Mike King reported that they were descending Disappointment Cleaver. We look forward to greeting the teams at BaseCamp this afternoon.
Congratulations to today Summit Climbers!
Great Job Matt H. and the rest of the team!
Posted by: Joe Hackett on 8/20/2016 at 7:39 am
August 19, 2016
Posted by: Nick Hunt
The Expedition Skill Seminar - Paradise met in Ashford on Sunday to being their week of training. After a full day on the grounds of Rainier BaseCamp getting ready for their trip, they left early the following morning to begin their climb. The weather was beautiful and the team spent their days training on the glacier of Mt. Rainier. Yesterday the team ascend to Camp Muir where they spent the night. With an alpine start they left Camp Muir to make their summit attempt. The team enjoyed the views from the top of Mt. Rainier with clear skies and light winds. Nick and team will return to Camp Muir to re-pack their gear and make their final descent to Paradise. Congratulations to the Paradise Seminar Team!
August 17, 2016
Posted by: Geoff Schellens
The Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons Team led by RMI Guide Geoff Schellens reached the summit of Mt. Rainier early this morning. Geoff and team had a great day of climbing with warm temps and clear skies. The team will spend the remaining time on the mountain training before returning to Rainier Basecamp tomorrow afternoon.
Congratulations to today’s team!
Very excited for you! Can’t wait to see pics & hear the tales of your epic journey.
Posted by: Jean Plew on 8/18/2016 at 3:54 am
Congrats CousYs. Cannot wait to hear all about it. XX
Posted by: Michelle on 8/18/2016 at 2:57 am
August 17, 2016
The Four Day Summit Climb Teams August 14 - 17, 2016 enjoyed beautiful weather during their time in Mt. Rainier National Park. Today was no different as the teams got an early start from Camp Muir and were able to enjoy the views from the summit of Mt. Rainier. The teams, led by RMI Guides Mike King & Steve Gately, reported light winds and perfect weather. We look forward to seeing them at Rainier BaseCamp this afternoon.
Congratulations to today’s climbers!
Proud sister, right here! Congrats, all (especially Rich S. & Mike H.)!
Posted by: Kristen on 8/17/2016 at 5:09 pm
CONGRATS MATTHEW! ♥
Posted by: hannah on 8/17/2016 at 2:48 pm
August 16, 2016
Posted by: Mike Walter
The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guide Mike Walter radioed into the RMI Office at 7:15 am to let us know they were leaving the Summit of Mt. Rainier. Mike and team had a successful climb to the summit with bluebird skies.
Congratulations to today’s team!
GREAT JOB TO ALL OF YOU!!! CONGRATULATIONS LOVE, MOM
Posted by: linda kelly on 8/16/2016 at 7:10 pm
Congratulations Ryan, Katie and friends! What an awesome experience. We can’t wait to hear all about it. Love Crystal, Ken, and Dom
Posted by: Crystal on 8/16/2016 at 1:21 pm
August 16, 2016
Posted by: Solveig Waterfall
After their rest and acclimatization day on the mountain yesterday, the Five Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guide Solveig Waterfall reached the Summit of Mt. Rainier Early this morning. The team reported a great day of climbing with clear skies.
Congratulations to today’s team.
Congratulations Katie, Ryan, Molly and Brian! What an amazing adventure this has been for you and what an achievement! Can’t wait to hear the stories and see the photos! Lots of love to all of you!
Posted by: Anne McCooey on 8/16/2016 at 11:58 am
great job. can’t wait to talk to u about it. love dad
Posted by: craig kelly on 8/16/2016 at 11:49 am
August 15, 2016
Posted by: JJ Justman
The Mt. Rainier Summit Climb, led by JJ Justman, successfully reached the summit this morning. With bluebird skies, the team was able to see spectacular views all around. They began their descent from the summit at 7:10 a.m.
Congrats to the Rainier team on their accomplishment. Look forward to seeing photos….
Posted by: Rick Minton on 8/16/2016 at 6:26 am
Very cool. Looking forward to hearing about the adventure and seeing the pics.
Posted by: Mark SV on 8/15/2016 at 3:34 pm
August 14, 2016
RMI Guides Jake Beren and Christina Dale led their teams to the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning. Both teams reported clear skies and warm temperatures with great climbing conditions. The teams began their descent from the crater rim around 7:45 am PT. They will return to Camp Muir and then continue down to Paradise later today.
Congratulations to today’s Summit Climbers!