Category Archives: Expeditions

Destination: Mt. Rainier

July 23-29, 2016

In August of 2014, we were forced to abandon our attempt to climb Mt. Rainier (14,410′/4,394m) when two of our team were struck with a savage stomach flu at Camp Muir.  It was bitterly disappointing to have to bail and we swore that we’d be back one day…

We’ve waited long enough…

It’s time for a rematch!

Mt. Rainier comes first on National Geographic‘s list of “10 Classic American Dream Adventures“.

“Rainier is one of my favorite mountains in the world,” Melissa Arnot says. “It’s a long endurance climb that weaves through crevasses, over rock fins, and across beautiful open glacier slopes. It gives you every opportunity to challenge yourself and experience what mountaineering is all about. It offers all the challenge and requires all the skill you will need to climb similar peaks in the Andes, Himalaya, or really anywhere in the world.”

Here’s a video of our adventure… 

And here’s some high resolution still photos…

Note 1:  Click on any photo below to start a full-screen slide show carousel with captions.
Note 2: There are some additional videos included below the photo gallery.

Destination: Kilimanjaro

July 28 – August 3, 2013

After a grueling five day approach trek in the thin air of extreme altitude, Scout Simon (14) left the comfort of his warm sleeping bag at 10:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 1, 2013, and an hour later headed out into the sub-zero dark of night (-10°C to -15°C) – with only half the oxygen to breathe than at sea level – to begin his climb to the summit of the highest mountain in Africa – 19,341 feet/5,895 metres above Tanzania and Kenya – the highest free-standing mountain in the world – one of the legendary “Seven Summits” – Kilimanjaro!

Here’s a video photo-diary of his journey:


More photos:


And here’s a video photo-diary from his travels in Africa after his climb:


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