September 14, 2011
September 14, 2011.
Day one complete! It’s quite the journey from Moshi up to the Machame Gate where the climb begins. Here, the group meets their local team of cooks, servers, tent porters and support staff. After lots of gear shuffling and a great day on the trail, the team has made it to their first camp (10,000′). Eben reports that they are strong and having a great time. They are ready for the big elevation gain tomorrow to their next camp on the Shira Plateau. Everything is ticking along on schedule.
September 13, 2011.
Eben Reckord checked in to let us know that the whole team has arrived safely in Moshi and is resting up from the long flights. After a good rest, they’ll check out the local market, visit with our good friends at the Kilimanjaro Porter’s Assistance Project, and get ready for “The Main Event.” The team is super excited to start the climb. Almost “Go” time!
September 12, 2011
All is well up here. Craig and his team: Steve, Caroline, Shawn, Kumaran, Patrick plus Walter x 3 and sherpas Danuru II, Mingma Tenzing and Mingma Dorje pulled into Camp 1 in good timing and they are all doing well. Five Sherpas carried to Camp 1 more oxygen, tents and some member personal gear: Danuru I (Dawa), Karma Tita, Phinjo Dorje, Ang Karma and Kancha Nuru.
The fixing team has started to fix above Camp 1 this afternoon. Their plan is fix high as they can towards Camp 2 tomorrow and drop back down to ABC.
Our team up at Camp 1 plans to climb high up by the Ice Cliff , on the way to Camp 2 and return to Camp 1. They might decide to spend the third night at Camp 1 before returning to ABC on the 15th.
We have 3 more sherpas: Karma Rita, Phinjo Dorje and Kancha carrying again tomorrow to camp 1. Dawa and Ang Karma will take a rest day tomorrow (they came down with Max’s team yesterday). Max and his team: Lisa, Markus and Dan plans to move up on the 15th.
Ang Jangbu Sherpa
September 10, 2011
Good reports from Tibet from IMG Guides Craig John and Mike Hamill overnight.
Hamill reports that the Shishapangma team is on their second of three rest days at Advanced Base Camp after their Camp 1 Rotation. The Sherpas are higer on the mountain working on the route to Camp 2. After a good rest they’ll make the move to C2.
Over on Cho Oyu Craig John reports that the team is finishing up their C1 rotation and will also make their move to C2 in a couple days.
All good things!
September 9, 2011
The annual Fall Flight went off without a hitch earlier this week on Mt. Rainier. We successfully flew up several cylinders of propane, a new floor to our Weatherport and a few other odds and ends. IMG Partners Phil Ershler and Eric Simonson, who combined have been to Muir over 1000 times, couldn’t be kept away – they were hands on with the installation along with IMG Guide Luke Reilly.
Hard work no doubt, but I think there was more fun had than anything. Give these guys a chance to roll their sleeves up and get after it and they’re as happy as can be. You gotta love it when the owners are first in line to get to work. George will go up this weekend and give their craftsmanship a once over as he heads uphill on his second climb this week. 506…507… Good stuff!
September 8, 2011
Cho Oyu— Members who spent night of the 6th came down to ABC safe and we celebrated Kumaran’s 27th birthday last night. Attached are couple of shots. Depending on weather, we plan to send the sherpa team to do a carry to camp 1 tomorrow.
Shishapangma— I talked to Mike Hamill on the sat phone last night, they were up at camp 1 spending the night. Mike said everyone on his team is doing well. They are headed back down to ABC today.
September 7, 2011
A big thank you to Evann Strathern who put this video together on a recent climb of Mt. Rainier!
September 6, 2011
The long wait is over…our 2012 Rainier dates have been released!
We’re not quite done this year on Mt. Rainer but we’re already looking forward to another great season on Mt. Rainier next year. We’ll have all the classic climbs like the 3.5 Day Disappointment Cleaver, 4.5 Day Emmons and 4 or 5 Day Kautz climbs as well some more technical climbs via the Fuhrer Finger & Liberty Ridge routes. And for those of you looking to learn a bit more, the Glacier Skills Seminar or the New Little Tahoma Mountaineering Seminar should fit your needs.
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