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Mt. Rainier: July 21st Update

Posted by: Brent Okita | July 21, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

At 7:05 a.m. RMI Guide Brent Okita and his summit climb team were five minutes from Mt. Rainier’s crater rim.  The route work, completed yesterday, was great and well wanded.  Brent also reported great weather.

Congratulations to the team!

An RMI Team led by Brent Okita crossing the Mt. Rainier crater. Photo: Brent Okita

Mt. Rainier: Summit Climbs and Seminar Teams Reach Summit!

Posted by: Brent Okita, Billy Nugent | July 17, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb teams led by RMI Guides Brent Okita and Billy Nugent reached the summit of Mt. Rainier early this morning.  Brent reported a gorgeous day with clear skies and winds 25-30 mph on the summit but 15 - 20 mph throughout the climb. The teams began their descent from the crater rim around 7 am and will return to Cam Muir before continuing down to Paradise.

The Expeditions Skills Seminar - Kautz led by Jake Beren also reached the summit this morning.  At 8:30 am they began their descent and will return to their camp where they will spend another night on the mountain.

Congratulations to today’s climbers!


Mt. Rainier: July 8th - SUMMIT!

Posted by: Brent Okita, Mike King, Andrew Kiefer | July 08, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guide Brent Okita reached the summit of Mt. Rainier at about 6:40am today.  Brent reported a beautiful morning with clear skies and calm winds of 10 – 15 mph.  The team is doing well and have started their descent to Camp Muir.

Tyler Jones and the Expedition Skills Seminar - Kautz Team also reached the summit of Mt. Rainier later in the morning.  The team had a great climb and have started their descent back to their high camp on the Wilson Glacier.


Congratulations Teams!

July 8th Team at High Crack on Mt. Rainier. Photo: Brent Okita Climbers crossing ladder at High Crack on Mt. Rainier. Photo: Brent Okita
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Well done Charlie.

You won’t soon forget this experience.

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Posted by: Art Muir on 7/15/2014 at 7:52 pm

Well done team!  Looks absolutely amazing.

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Posted by: Clara Arnold on 7/10/2014 at 5:28 am


Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climbs on top!

Posted by: Brent Okita, Walter Hailes | July 04, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climbs led by RMI Guides Brent Okita and Walter Hailes reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  Brent reported clear and warm conditions.  The teams are enjoying some time on the summit.  They will return to Camp Muir later this morning and then continue their descent to Paradise.  We look forward to seeing them at Rainier BaseCamp this afternoon.

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb Teams!

Happy Independence Day!

Climbers approaching the summit of Mt. Rainier.  Photo: Seth Waterfall
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Congratulations !!!
I knew you could make it.
We are so proud of you & love you

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Posted by: Sookie on 7/4/2014 at 2:51 pm

CONGRATS, Jeff & team!! Amazing feat - I’m so proud of you, hon! What a way to celebrate the 4th!

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Posted by: Grace Roh on 7/4/2014 at 8:13 am


Mt. Rainier: June 29th Summit!

Posted by: Brent Okita, Leon Davis | June 29, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Mt. Rainier Summit Climbs led by Brent Okita and Leon Davis crested the crater rim at 7:35 a.m.  Brent reported 25 mph winds and the cloud deck was at 9,500’.  The teams spent some time on the summit before beginning their descent at 8:40 a.m.

Congratulations to today’s summit climbers!

Mt. Rainier's Disappointment Cleaver Route. Photo: Brent Okita
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Good jobs guys! That is so cool. Glad to
hear you had good conditions. Can’t wait
to see some pictures.

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Posted by: Harvey Kruckenberg on 6/29/2014 at 10:52 am

Way to go guys!  Can’t wait to hear about it!

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Posted by: Dawn Kruckenberg on 6/29/2014 at 10:31 am


Mt. Rainier: June 24th SUMMIT!

Posted by: Brent Okita, Mike Uchal, Christina von Mertens, Seth Waterfall, Mike King, Alex Barber, Robby Young | June 24, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

Early this morning the Four Day Summit Climb led by Brent Okita reached the summit of Mt. Rainier.  Brent reported clouds above and winds 20 mph, and some new snow on the mountain.  The team has started their descent and are now en route back to Camp Muir.

The Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons Team led by Seth Waterfall reached the summit via the Emmons route at 11:50am this morning.  The will spend a bit of time on the summit before starting their descent.

Congratulations to Today’s Teams!

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Good job NS fellas! Hope you have some good snaps to show us - looking forward to you coming home :)

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Posted by: Megan on 6/24/2014 at 5:53 pm

Well done Andrew and crew. Suggest you take the elevator on the way back down. I guess you are the next guy to climb the mast.

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Posted by: Herbie on 6/24/2014 at 4:48 pm


Mt. Rainier: June 20th SUMMIT!

Posted by: Brent Okita, Solveig Waterfall, Mike Soucy | June 20, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guides Brent Okita and Mike Soucy was 30 minutes from the crater rim at 7:40 am as reported by Camp Muir.  Camp Muir reported calm winds, and clear skies. The team will spend a bit of time on the summit before starting their descent.

The Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons spent a misty afternoon practicing crevasse rescue and ice climbing skills on the Emmons Glacier near Camp Schurman The spent the evening in camp, having dinner, relaxing, and celebrating an exciting, strenuous and very windy climb to 13,200’ yesterday. The team is descending from their camp this morning and will return to Ashford this afternoon around 3:30 pm.

Congratulations to Today’s Teams!

The Emmons - Expedition Skills Seminar Team practicing crevasse rescue. Photo: Solveig Waterfall
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Looking good guys!!!

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Posted by: Sarah on 6/22/2014 at 1:48 am

GO TEAM!!

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Posted by: Jan Hejl on 6/20/2014 at 10:08 pm


Mt. McKinley: Okita & Team Grounded

Posted by: Brent Okita, Leah Fisher, Nick Hunt | June 07, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley

June 7, 2014 - 7:23 pm PT

The past day and a half have been a whirlwind. Awakening early at 14,200’ the skies had cleared spectacularly, a very nice change from the snowy weather we had getting to camp. With new snow on the ground climbing back down to 11,200’ camp was easy.

We picked up our cache and visited with friends and some fellow guides before heading down glacier to Basecamp. Because the glacier was in great shape we could travel during the day without needing to get on to a nighttime schedule to walk when the snow is cold and crevasse bridges stronger and safer.

Six hours later we were at the airstrip on the southeast fork of the Kahiltna Glacier. An hour later the great pilots at K2 had landed and were whisking us back to civilization. It was a rush to get in a shower before the restaurants closed.

But we made it and gorged on some wonderful food and cold beverages.  A visit to the infamous Fairview Inn to celebrate our trip led some to hydrate to excess into the wee hours of the morning, but incredibly all made it to breakfast at 8:00.

And now we’ve split up and are going our own ways. Part of the team are going fishing and enjoying this great state some more, while the rest of us are flying home.

Leah, Nick and I are among those going home, opting out of fishing this time so we can see our loved ones, and take a well deserved rest.

Thanks for following along on our great adventure. See you next year!

RMI Guides Brent Okita, Leah Fisher and Nick Hunt

Photos on the Mt. McKinley summit. Photo: RMI Collection

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Mt. McKinley: Okita & Team Down from 17,200’

Posted by: Brent Okita, Leah Fisher, Nick Hunt | June 06, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 14,200'

June 5, 2014 - 11:00 pm PT

We broke camp early today given our usual plan for getting down towards Basecamp and hopefully off the mountain in another day or so, but today not all went to plan. Some equipment malfunctions and mostly general fatigue has us camped again at 14,200’, getting recharged for our walk back to the airstrip and closer to a burger, beer, and you.

The forecast looks good for walking down the Kahiltna so we’re all hopeful.

Hope to see you all soon.

RMI Guides Brent, Leah and Nick

An RMI team's 14K camp on Mt. McKinley. Photo: RMI Collection

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So excited that mission Denali is almost completed. Great Team and great Guides!!! Hope tonight will be your last night in the snow. Love to Daniel and the entire Team.

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Posted by: Lena Akerman on 6/6/2014 at 8:57 pm

Sitting between the dogs, drinking a martini while Blair cooks. We are very excited for you and the group! Take care and be safe.
Debbie and Blair

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Posted by: Debbie Okita on 6/6/2014 at 3:01 pm


Mt. McKinley: Okita & Team Back in Camp

Posted by: Brent Okita, Leah Fisher, Nick Hunt | June 05, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 17,200'

June 5, 2014 - 1:44 am PT

We’re all safely back in camp, horizontal and happy at 17,200’ on Mt. McKinley. And to no small degree exhausted.
It was a perfect day: sunny and calm with never more than a 5-10 mph wind. But mostly calm. A lot of other climbers were taking advantage of the good weather too, but traffic was nicely spread out.
Tomorrow is another big day as we descend to 11,200’ camp to retrieve our cache and get on to a night time schedule.
All for now. It’s cold and I too am ready to get horizontal.

Goodnight from RMI Guide Brent Okita

An RMI Team securely protected at 17,200 ft Camp on Mt. McKinley.  Photo: Linden Mallory

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Hey Rick Popp!
Fantastic my friend!!  I buy the beer and you tell me all about the summit.  I talked to Dan on Wednesday and he was watching you… read more

Posted by: Scott DeWaard on 6/6/2014 at 5:49 am

Yay Steve!!! and team - congrats - Now come home and climb!!

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Posted by: Team Fairway on 6/6/2014 at 4:55 am


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