Posts for North Cascades

Forbidden Peak: Walter and Team At Camp

Posted by: Mike Walter | August 05, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *North Cascades
Elevation: 6,200'

RMI Guide Mike Walter and the Forbidden Peak climb checked in from camp in Boston Basin. The team is enjoying the great weather and beautiful scenery.

Boston Basin in the North Cascades, WA. Photo: RMI Collection

Mt. Shuksan: Jake Beren and Team Summit!

Posted by: Jake Beren, Nick Hunt | August 05, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *North Cascades
Elevation: 9,127'

RMI Guide Jake Beren and 100% of the Team reached the summit of Mt. Shuksan at 10:20am PT today.  Jake reported great climbing conditions and beautiful weather.  The team planned on spending some time on the summit enjoying the views before starting their descent back to camp.

Congratulations Team!

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Forbidden Peak: Walter and Team Arrive in Boston Basin

Posted by: Mike Walter | August 04, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *North Cascades
Elevation: 6,200'

This is the Forbidden Peak - West Ridge team checking in for the day.  We are at camp in Boston Basin enjoying beautiful weather. We will do some technical training this afternoon in preparation for our training climb up Sharkfin Tower tomorrow.

RMI Guide Mike Walter


Mt. Shuksan: Jake Beren & Team Ready to Climb the Sulphide Glacier

Posted by: Jake Beren, Nick Hunt | August 04, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *North Cascades
Elevation: 6,400'

RMI Guide Jake Beren checked in from their 6,400’ camp on Mt. Shuksan where they stayed last night.  The team is planning to do some training today and spend another night at their current camp.  They will be making their summit attempt tomorrow morning via the Sulphide Glacier.

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Shuksan: Fixmer and Team Summit

Posted by: Lindsay Fixmer | July 30, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *North Cascades
Elevation: 9,127'

In the North Cascades, Washington, RMI Guide Lindsay Fixmer and team reached the summit of Mt. Shuksan.  The team climbed via the Sulphide Glacier and reported beautiful weather throughout the climb.

Congratulations Climbers!

The RMI July 27th Mt. Shuksan - Sulphide Glacier team celebrating their summit. Photo: Lindsay Fixmer The RMI July 27th Mt. Shuksan - Sulphide Glacier team on the summit with Mt. Baker in the background. Photo: Lindsay Fixmer

Fisher Chimneys: Walter and Team Summit!

Posted by: Mike Walter | July 25, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *North Cascades
Elevation: 9,127'

July 25, 2014 8:26 am PT

We took advantage of nice weather today and climbed to the top of the Fisher Chimneys. We will turn around here, climb back down thru the Chimneys and hike back to the trail head today…still many hours ahead of us.

July 25, 2014 10:35 am PT

We are back at our camp (lower bivy site below Fisher Chimneys) after successfully climbing up and down the Chimneys this morning. We’re packing up camp right now and will be headed down hill shortly. We should be at the trail head in a few hours.

RMI Guide Mike Walter & Team

Fisher Chimneys team is on top!  Photo: Mike Walter

Fisher Chimneys: Walter and Team Check In

Posted by: Mike Walter | July 23, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *North Cascades
Elevation: 5,700'

Hi Everyone,

Yesterday we hiked past Lake Ann and climbed 3rd and 4th class terrain to our bivy site at 5700’. The weather was generally cooperative, with light to moderate rain showers coming in and out.
The weather today is less accommodating; after a pleasantly dry breakfast we got back in our tents as heavy rain moved in. So, we’re taking advantage of some down time to rest and hopefully we’ll have a crack at climbing tomorrow.
This rain event is very unusual for July in the Cascades, and we’re hopeful that we’ll get back to the standard fare of sunshine.

RMI Guide Mike Walter & Team

Camp on Fisher Chimneys. Photo: Mike Walter

Shuksan: Walter and Team are Rained Out

Posted by: Mike Walter | July 20, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *North Cascades
Elevation: 7,000'

The weather hasn’t cooperated with us the past couple of days, and we’re getting ready to pack up and descend through the Fisher Chimneys, and return to the trailhead. It’s still raining here, and we have a lot of climbing ahead of us just to get back to the approach trail. We’ll enjoy the climbing, but we’re also looking forward to a warm shower!

We’ve done the bulk of the climbing on this route already, and only about 2000’ stand between us and the summit. But there’s no way we can move upwards in these wet conditions.

We’ll touch base when we’re back at the trailhead.

RMI Guide Mike Walter


Shuksan: Walter & Team Hope for Better Weather

Posted by: Mike Walter | July 19, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *North Cascades
Elevation: 7,000'

After a great day of climbing yesterday, we had high hopes for a summit push today. Unfortunately, the mountain had other plans and the weather kept us in our tents all day as it has been consistently raining and windy. Things are seeming to ease up a bit this evening, and the forecast shows an improving trend. We’ll see how the situation progresses, but right now we are hoping to go for the top early tomorrow morning.
Either way, we’ll be climbing back down through the Fisher Chimneys tomorrow and headed back to the trailhead. Hopefully we’ll get a chance to climb up before we climb back down.

RMI Guide Mike Walter


Mt. Shuksan: Walter and team arrive at high camp

Posted by: Mike Walter | July 18, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *North Cascades
Elevation: 7,000

We had a great day of climbing today on Mt. Shuksan. We started at the Lake Ann trail head (4700’) and climbed up through the Fisher Chimneys, which consisted of a couple thousand feet of 3rd and 4th class rock climbing. The weather and climbing conditions were perfect for us, and we climbed at a leisurely pace, making it to high camp in a little over 6 hours. Our spectacular camp is at just below 7000’, on a rock ridge nestled in between the Upper Curtis Glacier and the White Salmon Glacier. We’ve got views southwest to Mt. Baker and north into Canada; it is truly a stunning alpine setting.
We’re hoping the weather cooperates with us (the forecast is calling for some rain) and let’s us climb to the summit tomorrow. We’ll be in touch tomorrow to let you know how it goes.

RMI Guide Mike Walter

Fisher Chimneys camp just below 7000', on a rock ridge in between the Upper Curtis Glacier and the White Salmon Glacier. Photo: Mike Walter
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Recent Images From North Cascades

  • Mixed Rock & Glacier Climbing in the North Cascades. Photo: Mike Walter
  • The August 23rd Shuksan Seminar team enjoying a rest break in the North Cascades. Photo: Mike Walter
  • The August 23rd Shuksan Seminar team ascending the summit pyramid of Mt. Shuksan in the North Cascades. Photo: Mike Walter
  • Climbing Mt. Shuksan Sulphide Glacier. Photo: Mike Walter
  • Steep Climbing on Mt. Shuksan Sulphide Glacier. Photo: Mike Walter
  • Sulphide Glacier on Mt. Shuksan in the North Cascades. Photo: Mike Walter
  • Roped up on the Sulphide Glacier, North Cascades. Photo: Mike Walter
  • Steep ice pitches on the Upper Curtis Glacier. Photo: Mike Walter
  • The view of camp on the Sulphide Glacier for the Mt. Shuksan Seminar team. Photo: Mike Walter
  • An RMI Mt. Shuksan Seminar climber practicing ice axe arrest. Photo: Mike Walter
  • An RMI team descending from Sahale Peak to Boston Basin in the North Cascades. Photo: Mike Walter
  • RMI Climbers ascending Forbidden Peak in the North Cascades, WA. Photo: Mike Walter
  • An RMI Climber looking down from from Forbidden Peak in the North Cascades, WA. Photo: Mike Walter
  • Mt. Baker as seen from high camp on Mt. Shuksan in the North Cascades, WA. Photo: RMI Collection
  • The RMI Team Descending Sahale Mountain. Photo Mike Walter
  • The RMI Team Climbing Sharkfin Tower. Photo Mike Walter
  • Boston Basin in the North Cascades, WA. Photo: RMI Collection
  • The RMI July 27th Mt. Shuksan - Sulphide Glacier team celebrating their summit. Photo: Lindsay Fixmer
  • The RMI July 27th Mt. Shuksan - Sulphide Glacier team on the summit with Mt. Baker in the background. Photo: Lindsay Fixmer
  • Fisher Chimneys team is on top!  Photo: Mike Walter
  • Camp on Fisher Chimneys. Photo: Mike Walter
  • Fisher Chimneys camp just below 7000', on a rock ridge in between the Upper Curtis Glacier and the White Salmon Glacier. Photo: Mike Walter
  • Johannesburg from Boston Basin. Photo: Kristina Weller
  • Boston Basin in the North Cascades. Photo: RMI Collection
  • An RMI climber ascending the West Ridge of Forbidden Peak in the North Cascades, Washington. Photo: Lindsay Fixmer
  • An RMI team on the summit of Forbidden Peak in the North Cascades, Washington. Photo: Lindsay Fixmer
  • Rope Work on Shuksan. Photo: Geoff Schellens
  • Mt. Baker at sunset from Fisher Chimney's high camp. Photo: Mike Walter
  • Kirk, Harry and Geoff on the summit of Shuksan - Photo Geoff Schellens