Mt. Rainier: September 3rd - Teams Turned Around at 12, 300’

Posted by: Brent Okita, Zeb Blais | September 03, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 12,300'

The Four Day Summit Climbs August 31 - 3 September were unable to reach the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  RMI Guides Brent Okita & Zeb Blais reported poor visibility and increased winds and precipitation as the teams reached the top of Disappointment Cleaver (12,300’).  The teams made the decision to turn around at that point and return to Camp Muir.  The teams were able to relax at Camp Muir before starting their descent to Paradise.  We look forward to meeting the groups at Rainier BaseCamp later this morning.

The ascending climb gets briefed by RMI Guide Andy Hildebrand before the final stretch to Camp Muir on September 2.  Photo: Katrina Bloemsma

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Turn around point very appropriate…Disappointment Ridge!
I know it is disappointing to not be able to attain your ultimate goal, but don’t discount the level of accomplishment you did achieve!
Congratulations to the team for all your dedication to the endeavor, and most especially to you Doug. You have pursued your dream and made us all exceedingly proud.  Luv U and anxious to see you and hear all about it!
Mom Griz

Posted by: Nancy Crane on 9/5/2013 at 5:57 am

Dear Dan
Wow! What an adventure. You, the elements, and the mountain. Ain’t she magnificent?  Even in the dark. Life will never be the same.  Congratulations!to both of you!!
Love,
Kay

Posted by: Kay on 9/3/2013 at 4:44 pm

Damien (and Matt too0 - Nice work! You’ll get em next year. 12,3 is a HUGE accomplishment. #proudwife
Love ya,
Kt and Miles

Posted by: KT on 9/3/2013 at 1:08 pm

So proud of all of you….so very, very proud.

Posted by: Tom Hoerr on 9/3/2013 at 10:34 am

Sorry you didn’t get to make it to the summit. Still looks beautiful though! Hope you enjoy it. Can’t wait to see you Ross.

Posted by: Kelly Agnello on 9/3/2013 at 10:09 am

Olya.  12,300! I know it isn’t the summit but that’s still awesome!  You are amazing!!!
- Scott

Posted by: Scott on 9/3/2013 at 8:18 am

Mark, Ross and Pat - So bummed you weren’t able to reach the summit.  Remember, you still completed the ultimate CrossFit WOD!  Can’t wait to see you guys back in MN.

Meggie

Posted by: Meggie Terry on 9/3/2013 at 7:34 am

Congratulations, Dan and Zach!  I know you wanted to get to the summit, but it was still a grand adventure, and we’re proud of you!  We’ll see you back in Seattle - can’t wait to hear about the trip.  Mom and Dad

Posted by: Joyce Mork-O'Brien on 9/3/2013 at 7:27 am

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