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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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Mt. Rainier: July 29th Update

Posted by: Brent Okita, Pete Van Deventer | July 29, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

Summit! The Five Day Summit Climb led by Pete Van Deventer and the Four Day Summit Climb led by Brent Okita reached the top of Mt. Rainier early this morning.  At 6:40 a.m. Brent radioed Camp Muir to say they were descending out of the summit crater.  He reported great weather for the climb.  We look forward to congratulating them in Ashford this afternoon!

Sunrise on Mt. Rainier. Photo: Win Whittaker
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Mt. Rainier: July 17th Update

Posted by: Brent Okita, Lindsay Mann, Mike Haugen, Garrett Stevens | July 17, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 11,200'

The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guides Brent Okita & Lindsay Mann were unable to summit this morning due to a lightning storm.  The teams headed out of Camp Muir on two separate occasions but both times retreated to Camp Muir because of the weather.  They will descend from Camp Muir around 9 a.m.  We look forward to seeing the groups at Rainier BaseCamp this afternoon.

The Expedition Skills Seminar - Kautz led by RMI Guide Mike Haugen reached the summit yesterday morning and returned to their high camp for a final night on the mountain.  This morning they are descending to Paradise and will return to Rainier BaseCamp.

RMI Guide Garrett Stevens and the Expedition Skills Seminar - Paradise weathered the storm on the mountain last night in tents.  They will be drying out today and doing more training near their camp.  Tomorrow they will ascend to Camp Muir and get ready for their summit attempt.

Calm before the storm. Double rainbow over the Paradise Glacier. Photo: Garrett Stevens

Mt. Rainier: July 11th - Summit!

Posted by: Brent Okita, Paul Edgren | July 11, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

RMI Guides Brent Okita & Paul Edgren led their Four Day Summit Climb teams to the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  Brent radioed from the summit shortly after 7 am as the teams were crossing the crater.  They reported cold temperatures with moderate winds and clear skies.  The teams began their descent from the crater rim around 7:40 am.  They will return to Camp Muir for a short break and then continue down to Paradise later this afternoon.

Congratulations to today’s climbers!

7/11/2013- Mt. Adams from Ingraham Flats at Sunrise. Photo: Lindsay Mann
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Mt. Rainier: Summit Climb on Top July 7th!

Posted by: Brent Okita, Alex Barber, Lance Colley | July 07, 2013
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 this morning with 100% of their team members.  Brent reported perfect conditions with light winds and clear skies.
They started their descent from the crater rim shortly after 7 a.m. and will return to Camp Muir for a short break before continuing down to Paradise.

we look forward to seeing the group at Rainier BaseCamp this afternoon.

Congratulations to the entire Four Day Summit Climb June 4 - 7, 2013 Team!

An RMI Team approaching the summit of Mt. Rainier.  Photo: Seth Waterfall
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Mt. Rainier: July 2nd Summit!

Posted by: Brent Okita | July 02, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

RMI Guide Brent Okita radioed from the summit of Mt. Rainier, Columbia Crest, at 7 am PT with the Four Day Summit Climb.  He reported winds around 30 mph, clear skies and not super cold, it’s a “pretty nice day”.  The Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons led by Solveig Waterfall has also reached the summit.

The teams will enjoy some time on top today before starting their descent.  The Four Day Summit Climb will return to Camp Muir, repack and continue down to Paradise.  The Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons will return to their high camp for a final night on the mountain.

Congratulations to today’s teams!

RMI Guide Win Whittaker is ascending with his team to Camp Muir today.  It was a bluebird day on their hike to Camp Muir.  See the team’s photo below.

Win Whittaker's team going to Camp Muir, July 2, 2013. Photo: Win Whittaker
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Mt. Rainier: June 28th Update

Posted by: Brent Okita, Kel Rossiter | June 28, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 12,700'

The Four Day Summit Climbs led by RMI Guide Brent Okita & Kel Rossiter were forced to turn this morning due to avalanche danger.  The teams reached 12,700’ on Mt. Rainier before turning around.

Brent radioed in at 6:44 am as the teams were taking a rest break at the top of Disappointment Cleaver in white out conditions.  They will continue to Camp Muir to repack and rest before continuing their descent to Paradise later this morning.

An RMI Team taking a break on Mt. Rainier.  Photo: Seth Waterfall

Mt. Rainier: June 22, 2013 Summit!

Posted by: Brent Okita, Walter Hailes, J.J. Justman, Win Whittaker | June 22, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb Teams Led by RMI Guides Brent Okita and Walter Hailes called as they reached the Summit of Mt. Rainier at 6:59am this morning.  The teams have clear weather with light winds, but cold temperatures.  They spent some time on the summit before starting their descent back to Camp Muir.

Congratulations to today’s teams!

RMI Guide JJ Justman’s team was awarded with a beautiful day of climbing up to Camp Muir. The team is keeping their fingers crossed for good weather tomorrow morning!

Climbing School. Photo: Win Whittaker Today's ascending summit climb headed to Camp Muir. Photo: JJ Justman
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Mt. McKinley:  Okita & Team Fly Off the Mountain

Posted by: Brent Okita, Leah Fisher | June 07, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 358'

Friday, June 7, 2013
Yes, we’re back in Talkeetna after an incredible walk back to Base camp in the early morning hours. I think most of us are relaxing now after a much needed shower. In a short while we’ll be back together for a great dinner not prepared by the guides and perhaps accompanied by an adult beverage ...and certainly including dessert.  We’ve had a great run!

I for one will miss the company of a stellar group of individuals I can now call friends.
Perhaps you’ll excuse their absence from your lives again sometime as we pursue our passion for the mountains. Of course, you’ll always be close to them through these dispatches.
This will be our last, and I appreciate all your support and interest. The people you’ve been following are incredible individuals. We are fortunate to call them friends.

Bye for now,

RMI Guide Brent Okita

The RMI Mt. McKinley May 21st Team back at Basecamp after reaching the summit.  Photo: Brent Okita

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Mt. McKinley: Okita & Team Descend to 11,200’

Posted by: Brent Okita, Leah Fisher | June 07, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 11,200'

Thursday, June 6, 2013
If our good luck holds out, this is our last night on Denali. It’s just a little bitter sweet. This place has been on our thoughts and in our dreams for so long, and has given us an experience that will forever hold a special place in our hearts.
But now our thoughts turn to home, family and loved ones. Oh, and perhaps to a great meal and beer too.
To get to where we are now, back at our 11,200’ camp, we’ve just descended 6000’ feet of steep terrain with heavy loads. Everyone did well getting down the technical part of the Buttress and fixed ropes, then came time to tether the sleds and load up the stuff we cached at 14,200’ camp.
And now, finally, we’re back at 11,200’ camp. A hastily set up camp followed by a quick dinner and we’re horizontal. The chores have all been done and even the guides are in bed by 10:00pm. And just as well because we’ll be up at 1:30am to get on a night time schedule to travel on snow that’s hard and frozen, thereby insuring us safe travels over the crevassed glacier of the lower Kahiltna that warm and melt incredibly fast in the Alaskan summer.
But the best part of the trip is yet to come. Walking down the Kahiltna while the sun is just below the horizon has given me some of the most beautiful vistas I’ve ever witnessed, with the rosy tint of dawn hitting these hugely majestic Alaskan peaks all around us.
We’re hoping to get to the airstrip by mid morning, so with luck we’ll be back in Takkeetna tomorrow.
A little closer to you, but a world away from the mountain that has been our focus and challenge for the past couple of weeks. We’ll miss her, but will carry with us a treasure of fond memories of our life spent here.

Your guides,

RMI Guides Brent, Logan and Leah

An RMI Team camped at 11,200 ft on Mt. McKinley.  Photo: RMI Collection

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