Entries From ESS - Winter 4-7-13

Mt. Rainier: The Winter Seminar Heads Uphill From Paradise

Posted by: Brent Okita, J.J. Justman, Katie Bono | April 08, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier

We are in Mount Rainier National Park and on the mountain! The weather has been finicky this past week with a good accumulation of snow. So much snow that we were worried that the park wouldn’t have the road to Paradise open.

At 11 AM the park opened the gates and we made it up. With all the fresh snow it was slow going but the team trudged on and we are busy making camp…Denali style! We are definitely having the true feel of what the mountains can dish out. It’s currently snowing hard and we are working fast on the kitchen and dining tent.

I need a hot drink!

RMI Guide JJ Justman

The Mt. Rainier winter seminar heading uphill. Photo: JJ Justman
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Glad to hear that they opened the gates.  Hope you guys are having a great time.  I can’t wait to read more about your week.  Have a great time Denali… read more

Posted by: Richelle Pullis on 4/9/2013 at 4:40 am

Good to hear you two are back on the mountain! I was up there 2 weeks ago, 1st one in the parking lot and on the route! Broke the trail… read more

Posted by: Larry Schultz on 4/8/2013 at 8:58 pm


Mt. Rainier: Winter Seminar On Their Way to Camp Muir

Posted by: Brent Okita, J.J. Justman, Katie Bono | April 09, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier

The day begins with blue skies and cold temperatures. We are up and at ‘em, with the stoves firing and the team sorting out the most important thing we will do today…breakfast!

Our plan is to move up to Camp Muir at 10,000 feet. Will we make it? Stay tuned.

RMI Guide JJ Justman

Winter seminar's view of Mt. Rainier this morning. Photo: JJ Justman Views of the Tatoosh Range from above Paradise. Photo: JJ Justman
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JJ…Think that scene will hold until I get there for the 5 day climb in June :)...Enjoy…Godspeed…Waltero (Aconcagua Jan 12)

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Posted by: waltero glover on 4/10/2013 at 5:18 am

Now that is the way to ascend to Muir! This picture makes me wish I was up there and not at work this week!! Have a great climb!

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Posted by: Larry Schultz on 4/9/2013 at 9:01 pm


Mt. Rainier: Winter Seminar Experiencing Some Weather and Training at Camp Muir

Posted by: Brent Okita, J.J. Justman, Katie Bono | April 10, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 10,000'

With 80 mph winds and a blinding snowstorm at Camp Muir, it is a perfect day to conduct training inside. Our bunkhouse serves a cozy atmosphere in the storm allowing us to learn essential expedition skills. If we were in tents all we would be doing is hanging on!

Our team is in great spirits and we are waiting out the storm until we venture outside. In the meantime, we’re going to continue to sip coffee, lecture and do some rope work.

Stay tuned!

RMI Guide JJ Justman

The winter seminar team training in the Camp Muir hut. Photo: JJ Justman JJ Justman at Camp Muir in the elements. Photo: JJ Justman

Mt. Rainier: Winter Seminar Team Trains and Reaches Top of Muir Peak

Posted by: Brent Okita, J.J. Justman, Katie Bono | April 11, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 10,000'

Update 5:27 p.m.: What a day! What a day! The team made it high up on the mountain and we finished the training with a Muir Peak rappel. After a full day it’s time to relax, unwind and tell some stories!

8:33 a.m.: We made the summit!! Of Muir Peak. Yesterday the weather cleared and the team got out to play in the snow. While practicing cramponing we made the top of Muir Peak just above 10,000 feet. It is always a beautiful view looking down on the Mount Rainier glaciers below.

Today we have another beautiful day to continue our expedition skills training. While we go through crevasse rescue, Brent and Katie are going to check out the conditions higher on the mountain. If all is good we will venture up the mountain later this afternoon.

RMI Guide JJ Justman

The Mt. Rainier team members on Muir Peak. Photo: JJ Justman The winter seminar rappelling from Muir Peak. Photo: JJ Justman The winter seminar with Little Tahoma in the background. Photo: JJ Justman
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Congrats!  I can’t tell whos-who in the picture but I sure am hoping two of those people are Troy and Carl!

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Posted by: Dean Lundblad on 4/11/2013 at 9:46 pm


Mt. Rainier: Winter Seminar Completes Week of Training

Posted by: Brent Okita, J.J. Justman, Katie Bono | April 12, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 5,400'

The last RMI winter seminar of the season is almost complete. The team is getting close to the Paradise parking lot and we can smell the cheeseburgers already. We had a great week of training and climbing. Thanks for following along everyone.

RMI Guides Brent Okita, JJ Justman, Katie Bono & Thomas Greene

The RMI team descends from Camp Muir to Paradise on the final day of the Expedition Skills Seminar.  Photo: JJ Justman