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Alaska Alpine Seminar: Marin & Team Help Prepare the Runway and Train at Basecamp

Posted by: Andres Marin, Kel Rossiter, Levi Kepsel | May 04, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley

Our trip just keeps getting better and better.

Today we woke up with a crispy couple of new inches of snow in one of the most beautiful places in Earth, Alaska.  We enjoyed breakfast with our teammates and got ready to learn about snow anchors, belay systems and other technical systems.  The weather is little stormy so we decided to stay around camp to train today.

After lunch we helped pack the bush plane runway and got to move our legs and exercise for a bit.  The group is doing great and enjoy each other’s company.  Tomorrow we are hoping for a good window of weather to go climb.

All best from RMI Guide Andres Marin &the Alaska Alpine seminar

Kahiltna Base Airport. Photo: RMI Collection K2 lands at Kahiltna Base. Photo: Katy Reid

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Alaska Alpine Seminar: The Team Sets Up Camp at Kahiltna Base

Posted by: Andres Marin, Kel Rossiter, Levi Kepsel | May 02, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 7,300'

Hello from the RMI Alaska Mountaineering Seminar – Alpine Team! The weather cooperated yesterday and we had the opportunity to fly into Basecamp.  Everybody was impressed by the great views. Flying into the Alaska Range is remarkable.

Once in Basecamp we got busy setting up our camp, making dinner, and finally crawling into our tents after a long day.

Today we will be staying relatively close to camp doing some technical training.  Its going to be a fun day!!!!

RMI Guide Andres Marin

Kahiltna Basecamp in the Alaska Range. Photo: RMI Collection

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Alaska Alpine Seminar: Andres Marin & Team Kick Off the Alaska Season!

Posted by: Andres Marin, Kel Rossiter, Levi Kepsel | May 01, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley

The Alaska season has begun!

We all met yesterday at the airport and drove through Wasilla to pick up some food items to take on our seminar.  After a great night in Talkeetna, we ate breakfast, and began organizing our equipment in preparation of flying on the glacier.

I’m glad we were so prepared.  After a pretty wintry day in Talkeetna, we received news that we are clear for takeoff!  We are loading the plane now.  There is always the possibility that the weather may turn and we’ll be headed back to Talkeetna but for now, all systems are clear.  Stay tuned…

All best,
RMI Guide Andres Marin and the Alaska Alpine Seminar.

Views of the Cassin Ridge on Mt. McKinley as the team flies into Kahiltna Base. Photo: Dave Hahn

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Mt Rainier: August 14th Summit!

Posted by: Andres Marin, Brent Okita | August 14, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climbs August 11 - 14, 2012 reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  The teams reported a beautiful day with 25-30 mph winds and clear skies.  RMI Guides Brent Okita, Tim Hardin and Andres Marin started down from the crater rim with their teams around 7:30 a.m.  They will return to Camp Muir and then continue their descent to Paradise later this afternoon.

The Expedition Skills Seminar - Paradise crew moved to 9,000’ on Monday and set up camp where they will remain until Wednesday morning.  They watched a beautiful sunset last night.  Today the team practiced fixed line travel on a 60 degree slope and are currently hanging out in crevasses.

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb teams!

The Expedition Skills Seminar - Paradise working on their crevasse rescue techniques.  Photo: Mike King Technical training day on the Paradise Glacier, Mt. Rainier.  Photo: Mike King
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Mt. Rainier: August 10th Summit!

Posted by: Brent Okita, Andres Marin, J.J. Justman | August 10, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb August 7 - 10, 2012 led by RMI Guides Brent Okita and Andres Marin radioed from the Columbia Crest at 7:02 a.m.  The teams were enjoying clear skies, cool temperatures and a very light breeze on the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  They began their descent from the crater rim just before 8 am.  The teams will return to Camp Muir for a bit before continuing to Paradise this afternoon.  We look forward to seeing them at Rainier BaseCamp later today.

Congratulations to today’s teams!

Team Summit for Someone is having a great day training. Photo: JJ Justman Team Summit for Someone Practicing Rope Travel. Photo: JJ Justman
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Mt. Rainier: July 26th Summit!

Posted by: Casey Grom, Lindsay Mann, Ed Viesturs, Peter Whittaker, Andres Marin | July 26, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier *North Cascades
Elevation: 14,410'

RMI Guides Peter Whittaker and Ed Viesturs led a team of climbers to the summit of Mt. Rainier morning. The Four Day Summit Climb July 23 - 26 led by RMI Guides Casey Grom and Lindsey Mann also reached the top today.

Both teams reported light winds and a beautiful day.  The climbers will descend to Camp Muir and then continue down to Paradise later this afternoon.

In the North Cascades, RMI Guides Andres Marin, Eric Frank and Geoff Schellens led their team to the summit of Forbidden Peak.  All team members reached the summit yesterday.  They will break camp and descend to the trail head today.

Congratulations to the summit teams!

Summit Climb July 25 - 28 team learning their skills today. Photo: Win Whittaker RMI Guides Ed Viesturs and Peter Whittaker on the summit of Mt. Rainier July 26th.  Photo: Peter Whittaker

Mt. Rainier: July 13th Summit!

Posted by: Andres Marin, Geoff Schellens | July 13, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb July 10 - 13 led by RMI Guides Andres Marin and Geoff Schellens reached the summit of Mt. Rainier.  The teams reported clear skies, light winds and beautiful day.  Both teams began their descent from the crater rim shortly after 7 am PT.  They will return to Camp Muir for a brief stop before continuing to Paradise later this afternoon.

Congratulations to today’s teams!

Ascending Mt. Rainier.  Photo:: J.J. Justman Today's Summit Climb Almost to Muir. Photo: Win Whittaker
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Mt. Rainier: July 8th Summit!

Posted by: Brent Okita, Andres Marin | July 08, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb teams led by Brent Okita and Andres Marin reached the summit this morning in beautiful skies… and strong winds.  Brent said, “It’s windy but best day of the year so far.”  Clouds started to form on the summit as the teams began their descent to Camp Muir.

Check out the Mt. Rainier live webcams on our website.

Mt. Rainier Live Webcam image 7/8/12 9:00 a.m.
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Mt. Rainier: July 3rd Update

Posted by: Andres Marin, Pete Van Deventer | July 03, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 10,060'

Today’s teams were unable to reach the summit due to high winds and new snow.  The Four Day Summit Climb led by Andres Marin and the Five Day Summit Climb led by Pete Van Deventer reported consistent winds with stronger gusts and two new inches of snow overnight.  At 8:00 a.m. PT the teams began their descent from Camp Muir.

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Mt. Rainier: June 28th Update

Posted by: Brent Okita, Andres Marin | June 28, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: Summit

Our Four Day Summit Climb Led by RMI Guide Brent Okita reached the summit of Mt. Rainier today.  The team experienced clear weather, but strong winds.  They were able to spend a short amount of time on top and are now descending back to Camp Muir.

RMI Guide Andres Marin and the Expedition Skills Seminar – Kautz Team made a summit attempt this morning, but experienced much different conditions on the Kautz route and were forced to turn back due to strong winds. The team will spend the rest of their time on the mountain honing their mountaineering skills.

Congratulations to today’s teams!

Ascending team headed to Camp Muir
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