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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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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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