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Mt. Rainier: The Winter Seminar Tries for the Summit

Posted by: Brent Okita, Zeb Blais, Ben Liken, Robby Young | April 16, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 10,060'

We left Camp Muir this morning at 4: There was a cap over the summit from the outset of our climb but we were thankful the winds from yesterday evening had abated and hoped the cap would follow suit.45 a.m. in reasonable winds.  The team took to heart the lessons learned at yesterday’s climbing school and climbed strong on the upper mountain in deteriorating conditions.
 
I began the route finding effort up the Ingraham Direct but gave way to RMI Guide Zeb Blais as he led the team up to a break at 12,800’.  As we switchbacked our way up the mountain, we encountered increasing wind speeds and steadily decreasing visibility.  We made the smart and safe choice to call 13,400’ our high point for the day.  On our descent to Camp Muir, clouds would billow up from below causing white out conditions followed by periods of visibility.  This process repeated continually until we returned to Camp Muir.

We’re back at Camp Muir safe and sound.  We are looking forward to a low-key afternoon at camp with a siesta and some easy training on the schedule.

Signing off for now,
RMI Guide Brent Okita

The Mt. Rainier winter seminar's high point today. Photo: Robby Young Winter seminar training with avalanche transceivers. Photo: Brent Okita The winter seminar traversing the Cowlitz Glacier. Photo: Brent Okita
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Thanks for keeping my guys safe and sound!  Think warm thoughts!  Hugs to Mike and Steve

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Posted by: cathy on 4/16/2014 at 6:59 pm

Sounds like an awesome day.  Reading between the lines though, sounds intense.  We’re doing our weather dance down here for all-y’all, hoping for some leniency by Mother Nature. Great update!… read more

Posted by: JK on 4/16/2014 at 5:48 pm


Mt. Rainier: RMI Guide Brent Okita Checks In as the Seminar Ascends to Camp Muir

Posted by: Brent Okita, Zeb Blais, Ben Liken, Robby Young | April 15, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 10,060'

We had a great day for making our way to Camp Muir yesterday. Blue skies and just enough wind to keep us from over heating. Everyone did well! 

Camp Muir will be home through Friday.  The next few days we’ll be training around Camp Muir.  It’s going to be a fantastic week!

RMI Guide Brent Okita

Taking a break on our way up the Muir Snowfield. Photo: Brent Okita Mt. Rainier seminar ascending to Camp Muir. Photo: Brent Okita Beautiful vast views on Mt. Rainier seminar. Photo: Brent Okita
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Thank you for the update.  Great job, y’all!  Just getting to Camp Muir is an accomplishment in and of itself, not to mention while carrying all that weight!! But every… read more

Posted by: JK on 4/15/2014 at 6:39 pm


Mt. Rainier: Expedition Skills Seminar Summit Day!

Posted by: Brent Okita, J.J. Justman | September 19, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Expedition Skills Seminar - Muir September 15 - 19 led by RMI Guides Brent Okita and JJ Justman reached the summit of Mt. Rainier today.  Brent reported a beautiful day with no winds and blue skies all around.  The team will conclude their week on the mountain tomorrow.

We look forward to seeing them at Rainier BaseCamp tomorrow afternoon.

The Expedition Skills Seminar - Muir on the summit of Mt. Rainier.  Photo: Brent Okita The sunrise as the climbers ascend Mt. Rainier on September 19th.  Photo: Brent Okita RMI Climbers taking a rest break after reaching the summit of Mt. Rainier.  Photo: Brent Okita
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Congrats!!  Awesome!

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Posted by: Nissa on 9/20/2013 at 2:15 pm

Great job Sanath! We are very excited for you, can’t wait to hear all about it and have a safe trip back.

Manju

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Posted by: manjula on 9/20/2013 at 11:35 am


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… read more

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… read more

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


Mt. Rainier: August 30, 2013 Update

Posted by: Brent Okita, Zeb Blais | August 30, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 11,200'

Our Four Day Summit Climb teams led by RMI Guides Brent Okita and Zeb Blais waited out weather in the early hours of the morning before starting their summit attempt of Mt. Rainier.  The teams headed out at 4am and reached Ingraham Flats before encountering firm, icy conditions on the route.  They made the decision to enjoy the sunrise at the Flats before heading back down to Camp Muir.  Brent and Zeb both commented on the strength and toughness of their teams and were very proud of their achievements on the mountain.

Congratulations to today’s teams!

Climber at sunrise on Ingraham Flats - RMI Photo Collection

Mt. Rainier: August 24, 2013 SUMMIT!

Posted by: Brent Okita, Solveig Waterfall | August 24, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

Our Four Day Summit Climb Teams led by RMI Guides Brent Okita and Solveig Waterfall reached the summit of Mt. Rainier at 6:45am this morning.  The teams reported 35 mph winds, and good route conditions.  They will spend some time on the summit before starting their descent back to Camp Muir.

Congratulations to today’s teams!

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Congrats to all my fellow climbers who made it the summit.  I enjoyed meeting you all and climbing with you.  Also a big thanks to Brent, Sean and Nick for… read more

Posted by: Andy King on 8/26/2013 at 7:03 am

Was a great time climbing with you all. A special shout out to my rope team members Harry, Kim, and guide Sean on getting to the top. This was an… read more

Posted by: Rick King on 8/25/2013 at 6:21 pm


Mt. Rainier: August 20th Teams on the Summit!

Posted by: Brent Okita, Paul Edgren | August 20, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb August 17 - 20 reached the summit of Mt. Rainier just after 7 am PT this morning.  RMI Guides Brent Okita and Paul Edgren led the teams.  Brent reported a gorgeous day with clear skies and light winds averaging 15 mph.  The teams will spend some time on the summit before beginning their descent to Camp Muir.  After a short rest, the teams will continue to Paradise later this afternoon.

The Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons led by RMI Guide Eric Frank reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning shortly before 8 am PT.  The team will spend time enjoying the views and then return to their high camp for their final night on the mountain.

Congratulations to today’s summit climbers!

Watching the sunrise from Camp Schurman 9,440ft), Mt. Rainier.  Photo: Mike King
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Congratulations to the Emmons team on their Summit!! We are thrilled for our son, Jake!!87

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Posted by: Mary on 8/21/2013 at 4:02 am

Hooray & Congrats!!  Must be awesome!’

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Posted by: Ramona on 8/20/2013 at 11:33 am


Mt. Rainier: August 14th - Teams on the Summit!

Posted by: Brent Okita, Solveig Waterfall | August 14, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Five Day Summit Climb August 10 - 14 led by Solveig Waterfall and the Four Day Summit Climb August 11 - 14 led by Brent Okita reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  The teams reported steady winds of 40 mph at the summit and a cloud cap that had descended on the mountain.  The teams began their descent from the crater rim around 7:15 am.  They will return to Camp Muir for a short break and then continue to Paradise this afternoon.  We look forward to seeing them at Rainier BaseCamp later today.

Congratulations to today’s summit climb teams!

The view from Paradise, August 14, 2013.
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So proud of you Tiffany!  Quite an accomplishment to add to your many.  I’m just happy you are safe and that you had a wonderful experience.

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Posted by: Cyndi on 8/14/2013 at 2:38 pm

Congratulations Ross, Griffin, Jeremy, Scott and Calvin! All your hard work paid off. Party in Puyallup!!

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Posted by: Margie on 8/14/2013 at 12:50 pm


Mt. Rainier: Teams on the Summit - August 10th!

Posted by: Brent Okita | August 10, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

RMI Guide Brent Okita led the Four Day Summit Climb August 7 - 10, 2013 to the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  Due to a lightening storm in the area the team delayed their start for the summit.  Fortunately the weather cleared and they were able to leave Camp Muir en route to the summit.  Brent reported a steady 20 - 25 mph with a cap waiting to form.
The teams will return to Camp Muir later this morning and then continue to Paradise.  We look forward to seeing everyone at Rainier BaseCamp this afternoon.

Congratulations to today’s summit climbers!

The view of Mt. Rainier from the Paradise web cam today, August 10, 2013.

Mt. Rainier: August 1st - Teams on the Summit!

Posted by: Brent Okita, Billy Nugent | August 01, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

Today’s Four Day Summit Climbs led by RMI Guides Brent Okita & Billy Nugent reached the summit crater of Mt. Rainier just before 7 am PT.  Brent reported clear skies, a windless and gorgeous day.  The smoke from the Eastern Washington fires seems to have cleared and the cloud deck is below Paradise at about 5,000’.

The teams will return to Camp Muir in the late morning and then continue their descent to Paradise.  We look forward to seeing the teams at Rainier BaseCamp this afternoon.

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb teams!

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What a birthday present! I’m so proud and happy.

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Posted by: Karen Oldfield on 8/1/2013 at 9:40 am

Congratulations Michael - Knew you could do it!!!
The Buckeye Nation is proud of you.  GO BUCKS!!!!!

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Posted by: Eric And Julia on 8/1/2013 at 8:53 am


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