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R A I N I E R M O U N TA I N E E R I N G , I N C .

RMI EXPEDITIONS

WORLDWIDE ADVENTURES

& Exceptional Mountain Experiences

COME CLIMB WITH US!


RMI Guides have been guiding and climbing on all seven continents, pursuing great mountaineering adventures. Our programs represent our collection of favorites and we offer something for everyone: from treks to high altitude climbs and from week-long adventures to multi-month expeditions. RMI Guide Dave Hahn at sunrise on Mt. Kilimanjaro. Linden Mallory


Alaska Range North Cascades Mt. Rainier Ice Climbing Mexico’s Volcanoes

Mt. Elbrus Mt. Everest Everest Base Camp Trek Shishapangma

Ecuador’s Volcanoes Kilimanjaro Machu Picchu Aconcagua

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THE RMI DIFFERENCE Our expeditions are led by RMI’s top guides who bring years of climbing experience on mountains all around the world - from the Andes, the Alaska Range, and the Himalaya - to your adventure. As you reach higher elevations and test your limits, the value of an accomplished, highly trained RMI guide held to our standards cannot be understated. Over the years we have developed relationships with fantastic partners all over the world. These close partnerships offer our expeditions the support needed to ensure a seamless experience and are a major factor behind the success of our trips. RMI’s adventures are thoroughly comprehensive, from the expedition organization, personal support, and team preparation beforehand to the leadership of each trip’s professional Western guides. We are fully committed to serving as your guides throughout your adventures.

SAFETY Safety is RMI’s top priority and we strive to create the safest mountain experience possible. RMI’s experienced team of guides are certified in wilderness medicine and emergency response and focus on leading a fun and successful climb built around safety. Careful planning, precise ascent profiles, flexibility in our itineraries, daily weather forecasts, and diligent attention to detail define our programs as we venture to high altitudes. Comprehensive medical kits, rescue equipment, and radio and communication equipment are carried with teams throughout the climbs.

RESPONSIBLE CLIMBING RMI is committed to climbing responsibly. We serve as ambassadors to the wild and rugged landscapes through which we journey while introducing fellow climbers to spectacular new lands, mountains, and peoples. We follow strict and progressive Leave No Trace practices and ensure that our trips are properly equipped and educated to leave minimal impact. From the use of recycled materials in our home office, to working closely with local organizations to promote educational and medical support for local communities where we climb, we keenly feel the responsibility to care for these places through environmental concern and social outreach. Learn More About RMI’s Responsible Climbing at www.rmiguides.com

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Jake Norton / FA RMI Guides Seth Waterfall and David Hahn trek near Everest Base Camp.


MT. RAINIER

WASHINGTON • 14,410’

Sunrise on Mt. Rainier. RMI Collection


Mt. Rainier, the most extensively glaciated mountain in the contiguous United States, rises 14,410 feet above the nearby Pacific and offers limitless mountaineering possibilities. The combination of high altitude and unpredictable Northwest weather make climbing Mt. Rainier a true mountaineering experience. With a history of over forty years of professional guiding, we offer a variety of program and route choices for climbers of all abilities, from climbs of the mountain’s classic routes, to expedition skills seminars, to specialized skills clinics.

CLIMBS

RMI offers climbs of Rainier’s classic routes, including the Disappointment Cleaver, Ingraham Direct, Kautz Glacier, Emmons Glacier, and Liberty Ridge. Our Rainier climbs include mountaineering training and two to four days on the mountain.

SEMINARS

RMI’s Expedition Skills Seminars provide foundational mountaineering skills and techniques and have equipped generations of aspiring mountaineers with the skills and experience to venture into the mountains. We offer six-day seminar programs on the Disappointment Cleaver, Paradise Glacier, Emmons Glacier, and Kautz Glacier routes.

SCHOOLS

RMI’s Mountaineering Day Schools and Crevasse Rescue Schools are one-day skill intensive programs providing basic mountaineering and crevasse rescue instruction.

SKI

Huge vertical relief, record snowfalls, and a wide variety of terrain provide us with one of the world’s premier locations for our introductory backcountry skiing and advanced ski mountaineering programs. Jon Mancuso RMI Collection Jon Mancuso Jon Mancuso Jon Mancuso Jake Beren

“The simple fact is there are any number of guide services that can get you to the top of Mt. Rainier. But if you really want to have the experience of a lifetime, then choose RMI. Their entire staff, from support to guides, were nothing less than outstanding. They were the difference between a nice trip and a super one that I won’t ever forget.” - Eric B.

Seasons: May - Sept. / Jan. - Apr.


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Our twenty four-day expedition to the tallest peak on earth outside of the Himalaya approaches the mountain’s eastern flanks via the Vacas and Relinchos valleys. A spectacular traverse leads us to Aconcagua’s north ridge and the summit. Although the terrain is non-technical, Aconcagua is a challenging endeavor and a stepping stone to the other great mountains of the world.

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Season: Dec. - Feb.


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Rising above the rainforests on the island of New Guinea stands Carstensz Pyramid, the tallest peak in Oceania and one of the world’s Seven Summits. Our twenty three-day journey takes us from the beaches of Bali through the Papuan jungles to reach Carstensz’s rocky summit. The climb, while mostly rock scrambling and fixed line travel, entails moderate climbing up to 5.6 in difficulty on spectacularly airy faces and arétes.


ALASKA PROGRAMS

Mt. McKinley, the highest mountain in North America. RMI Collection


RMI’s guides have been climbing and guiding in the Alaska Range for over half a century. Lou Whittaker first climbed Mt. McKinley in 1960, making the twelfth ascent of the mountain. In 1975, Joe Horiskey led RMI’s first guided ascent of Mt. McKinley and since then RMI has led over three hundred expeditions to Denali. With more than thirty five years of history on the mountain, RMI is the longest running active guide service on Mt. McKinley.

20,320’ MT. McKINLEY Mt. McKinley, also known as Denali, is the highest mountain in North America, one of the world’s Seven Summits, and an unforgettable mountaineering endeavor. Our McKinley expeditions are led by RMI’s experienced guides and are structured for your success with no pre-determined end dates and guide-to-climber ratios that provide the support warranted by Alaska’s rugged conditions. RMI offers multiple expeditions every season, including a special custom expedition led by RMI Guide Dave Hahn.

ALASKA SEMINARS Alaska Expedition Skills Seminar Our comprehensive mountaineering seminar uses the Kahiltna Glacier’s superb terrain, in the heart of the Alaska Range, to teach the skills and techniques of expedition climbing. The course prepares climbers for future big mountain expeditions such as Denali and other great peaks of the world. Alaska Alpine Skills Seminar Basing out of Kahiltna Base Camp at the foot of Mt. McKinley, RMI’s alpine seminar is a comprehensive course in alpine climbing skills and techniques and the perfect training for the fast and lightweight style demanded by alpine climbing adventures.

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“In every sense, my experience on this RMI trip was fantastic. Your guides, logistics, meals, equipment, planning, and support combined to make this trip better than I ever expected. Indeed, it seemed, even the weather was perfectly planned by RMI!” - Chris N.

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ECUADOR

COTOPAXI 19,348’ • CAYAMBE 18,997’ • ANTISANA 18,891’

The greatest concentration of volcanoes in the world rises above Ecuador’s coastal beaches and rainforests. The spectacular glaciated peaks of Cotopaxi, Cayambe, and Antisana offer exciting, accessible, and challenging high altitude mountaineering. RMI leads multiple trips in Ecuador, from nine-day ascents to fourteen-day skills seminars, that combine Ecuadorian culture and climbing into one unforgettable adventure.

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Ecuador’s Cotopaxi at sunrise. RMI Collection

Seasons: June - July Nov. - Feb.


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Mt. Elbrus is a stunning volcanic peak located in Russia’s Caucasus Mountains and is Europe’s highest mountain and one of the world’s Seven Summits. RMI offers two different climbs of Mt. Elbrus: a thirteen-day Southside Climb on the classic route and a seventeen-day Northside Expedition on the remote northern side of the mountain. Both programs visit Moscow and St. Petersburg.


NORTH CASCADES

WASHINGTON

Forbidden Peak rising above the North Cascades’ Boston Basin. RMI Collection


The North Cascades of Washington, affectionately known as the “American Alps,” offer a wide range of climbs for the beginner and expert alike. The North Cascades truly have it all: long alpine rock climbs, complex glaciated peaks, cascading waterfalls, and breathtaking alpine basins with numerous classic routes. RMI offers beginning, intermediate, and custom climbs in the North Cascades. These climbs are the perfect way to gain skills and confidence in alpine terrain on some of the Northwest’s classic peaks.

MT. SHUKSAN 9,127’ Sulphide Glacier Mt. Shuksan’s Sulphide Glacier, on the mountain’s eastern side, is ideal for climbers new to alpine mountaineering or seeking an approachable and enjoyable four-day climb. Fisher Chimneys The three-day Fisher Chimneys route on Mt. Shuksan is an adventurous and engaging climb with moderate rock and glacier climbing. The route’s longer and more advanced climbing is ideal for those already familiar with basic climbing techniques.

QUIEN SABE GLACIER • 8,680’ SAHALE MOUNTAIN The Quien Sabe Glacier is a four-day glacier climb capped off with three hundred feet of easy fourth class rock that is well suited for the beginning climber who wants to learn basic climbing skills and stand atop one of the most scenic summits in all of Washington.

WEST RIDGE • 8,630’ FORBIDDEN PEAK Renown for its exciting and classic alpine terrain, the West Ridge of Forbidden is a tremendously Paul Maier Paul Junker RMI Collection Paul Maier Paul Maier Eli Berko

rewarding climb that has earned its place as one of the “Fifty Classic Climbs in North America.” The four-day climb reaches Boston Basin and ascends a small glacier below the South Face to follow an exposed ridge of 5.0 to 5.6 rock climbing to the summit.

Season: July - Sept.


SHISHAPANGMA

TIBET • 26,289’

Rising high above the Tibetan Plateau, Shishapangma is the fourteenth highest mountain in the world and one of the most accessible of the world’s 8,000 meter peaks. RMI’s expert leadership, small teams, comprehensive support, and direct route choice of the mountain’s Northwest Ridge make Shishapangma an ideal first venture in the realm of high altitude Himalayan mountaineering.

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Full moon rising over the ridge line of Shishapangma. Geoff Schellens

Season: Aug. - Oct.


VINSON MASSIF ANTARCTICA • 16,067’

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Located only a few hundred miles from the South Pole, the Vinson Massif is the highest peak in Antarctica. Reaching Vinson involves flying from the tip of South America deep into the Antarctic interior. The climb is strikingly spectacular, visiting a landscape virtually untouched by humans. RMI’s Vinson Massif climbs are led by Dave Hahn, who has more Vinson summits than any other person on earth.


KILIMANJARO AFRICA • 19,340’

Elephants graze at the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro. RMI Collection


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Climbing Tanzania’s Mt. Kilimanjaro, from the low rainforests to the glacier-capped “Roof of Africa,” is an unforgettable experience. RMI equips climbers for success with seven days ascending the Machame Route, taking advantage of a carefully planned acclimatization schedule while traversing the southern side of the mountain in preparation for summit day. Our guides provide expert leadership and RMI’s phenomenal local staff ensure that our teams benefit from fresh food, comfortable camps, and carry only light day packs throughout the climb. A luxury safari through Tanzania’s greatest wildlife preserves completes our adventure.

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EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK NEPAL • 17,575’

Trek through Nepal’s rugged Khumbu Valley to stand at the foot of Mt. Everest! RMI’s Everest Base Camp Trek is a complete lodge-to-lodge journey through the heart of the Himalaya in one of the most legendary landscapes on earth. We lead three-week treks during the spring and fall seasons, taking advantage of proven periods of best weather in the region.

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RMI Guides Seth Waterfall and Melissa Arnot trek through the Khumbu Valley. Jake Norton / FA

Seasons: March - Apr. Oct. - Nov.


MACHU PICCHU

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Season: July - Aug.

RMI Collection Machu Picchu at sunrise.

PERU • 7,972’

Journey from the streets of Cuzco, along ancient winding Incan footpaths, to the legendary city of Machu Picchu perched high in the rugged Peruvian Andes. Following the Salkatany Trek route, a remote and beautiful alternative to the more crowded Inca Trail, RMI’s thirteen-day trek is the perfect blend of Peruvian cultural experience and mountain adventure.


MT. EVEREST

NEPAL • 29,035’

The full moon rises over Mt. Everest. RMI Collection


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Mt. Everest, soaring almost five and a half miles into the sky, pierces the jet stream with its iconic summit. Climbing Mt. Everest is a demanding and challenging endeavor and deserves the backing of the best guides in the world. We intentionally keep our team small to provide our climbers the best support possible on the world’s tallest mountain, climbing with a three-to-one climber-to-guide ratio and one-toone Sherpa support. This individual attention provides flexibility in tailoring climbing schedules and enhances the experience of taking part in a major Himalayan expedition. Our Everest expedition is led by tenured RMI Guide and renowned Everest veteran Dave Hahn.

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MEXICO

PICO DE ORIZABA 18,701’ IXTACCIHUATL 17,340’

Above Mexico’s central valleys stand several of the highest summits in North America: El Pico de Orizaba, the third highest at 18,701’, and its neighbor Ixtaccihuatl, the seventh highest at 17,340’. RMI’s nine-day Mexico’s Volcanoes climb travels through colorful towns to its glaciercapped peaks and is ideal for climbers looking to venture to high altitudes on a short climbing trip.

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Mexico’s Pico de Orizaba.

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Season: Oct. - March


ICE CLIMBING

The San Juan Range of southwestern Colorado contains some of the best ice climbing terrain in North America. From long, all-day ice climbs deep in the mountains to the dedicated “Ice Park” outside of Ouray, we lead multiple ice climbing programs for all abilities throughout the winter months.

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Season: Jan. - Feb.

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RMI Collection Ice climbing in Colorado’s San Juan Mountains.


RMI CLIMBER TESTIMONIALS

“You can’t go wrong with RMI when they utilize some of the world’s best climbers as their guides!” - Kelly S. “Not sure any other organization can compete with the level of expertise and support offered at RMI.” - Thomas B. “RMI has the BEST reputation, which I can now confirm from my experience.” - Pete W. “If you’ve ever dreamed of climbing a mountain, check out the folks at RMI Expeditions. They will not only take you to the greatest places on earth, but they will show you what you are truly made of. Great company - exceptional people!” - Brent W. “RMI does a great job of giving the climbers the information they need to succeed. Thanks for another great experience!” - Dan J. “The trip as a whole was great. The weather was perfect and the route was enjoyable. I had no technical climbing background prior to the climb, but the guides were able to make me feel safe throughout the trip which allowed me to enjoy the climb.” - Tyler M. Read More Testimonials from RMI’s Climbers at www.rmiguides.com RMI Climbers on Mt. Rainier.

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RMI Collection Climbers in the North Cascades.

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