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Mt. Rainier: Summit Climb Teams on Top!

Posted by: Ed Viesturs, Peter Whittaker, Solveig Waterfall | June 25, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

RMI Guide Peter Whittaker along with Ed Viesturs led a team of eight climbers to the summit of Mt. Rainier today.  Peter reported light wind, great climbing conditions and a beautiful day on Mt. Rainier.  All eight climbers in the party reached the summit.

The Five Day Summit Climb led by Solveig Waterfall also topped out this morning with 100% of her team on the summit as well.  Both teams were beginning their descent from the crater rim around 7:20 am.  The teams will return to Camp Muir for a short break before descending down to Paradise and then to Rainier BaseCamp this afternoon.

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climbers!

Climbers on the Five Day Summit Climb enjoy the sunshine on Mt. Rainier.  Photo: Solveig Waterfall
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Awesome job Matt; I am so happy for you!  It looks like you had perfect conditions too.  I look forward to hearing about it when you get back.

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Posted by: John Boyce on 6/26/2014 at 6:54 am

Well done Dave,Mike and team! Thanks Ed and Peter for keeping them safe:)

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Posted by: Nat Turner on 6/26/2014 at 2:20 am


Mt. Rainier: July 25th, 2013 SUMMIT!

Posted by: Ed Viesturs, Peter Whittaker, JJ Justman | July 25, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb Teams led by RMI Guides Peter Whittaker, Ed Viesturs, and JJ Justman reached the summit of Mt. Rainier under clear skies, a bright moon, and great route conditions.  The teams have started their descent and are en route back to Camp Muir.

Congratulations to today’s teams!

Ed Viesturs and Peter Whittaker on the Summit of Mt. Rainier. RMI Photo Collection
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Congratulations!! Can’t wait to hear more about it! :)

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Posted by: Meg on 7/25/2013 at 7:48 am


Mt. Rainier: June 27th Update

Posted by: Ed Viesturs, Peter Whittaker, Andres Marin | June 27, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 10,080'

The Four Day Summit Climb led by Andres Marin and the Viesturs/Whittaker Climb led by Ed Viesturs & Peter Whittaker were unable to summit Mt. Rainier today due to high winds and poor visibility.
The teams began their descent from Camp Muir around 7:30 a.m. 

The Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons led by RMI Guide Billy Nugent will be returning to Rainier BaseCamp this afternoon. Weather and route conditions prevented the team from reaching the summit yesterday. Their team spent four days on the mountain expedition style climbing and learning new skills. 

We look forward to meeting the groups in Ashford later this morning.

A blustery day at Camp Muir, June 27, 2013.  Photo: Peter Whittaker Peter Whittaker and Ed Viesturs climb descending the Muir Snowfield, June 27, 2013. Photo: Peter Whittaker
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Not sure if this is the team with our fearless leader CPK. We are all here back at home base, “ST Francis” in CT rooting you all on!! Be safe!… read more

Posted by: Michelle Carrier on 6/28/2013 at 6:31 pm

Good luck on your summit. Go Dave, Mark, Sam, and Carl!!

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Posted by: Eric Olson on 6/28/2013 at 6:47 am


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. McKinley: Viesturs & Waterfall Team - Day 8

Posted by: Ed Viesturs, Seth Waterfall | May 11, 2011
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 14,200'

This is Ed and Seth checking in from 14,200 feet on Denali.  Today we dropped 750 vertical feet back down the route to pick up our cache of food and fuel.  It took us an hour and a half round trip.  The weather has been great all day.  We are now well positioned to begin climbing on the upper mountain.

RMI Guides Ed Viesturs and Seth Waterfall

On The Map

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Looks as though you are making great progress. Hoping and praying all goes well. Love to you, Mom

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Posted by: Mom on 5/14/2011 at 12:16 pm

Just reaching out to my good buddy, Mark Duffy, hope all is well my friend and be safe.  Have a great time and I’ll see you in a few weeks. … read more

Posted by: Bob Petty on 5/14/2011 at 5:54 am


Vinson:  Climbing Team still waiting

Posted by: Ed Viesturs | January 15, 2011
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Vinson Massif
Elevation: 2.600'

We had high hopes of being able to fly today.  After several days of protests and road blocks in Punta Arenas the crew was ready to load the plane with gear, food and more expedition members and fly to Union Glacier.  Unfortunately, that didn’t happen due to a broken fuel pump.  It may be a few days before it can be fixed and the jet is back in the air.
The food and accommodations here are great and we are all doing well.
Best,
RMI Guide Ed Viesturs


Vinson:  Ed Viesturs and team waiting at Union Glacier

Posted by: Ed Viesturs | January 14, 2011
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Vinson Massif
Elevation: 2,600'

After the climb David, Cindy, Ben and I said goodbye to our climbing teammates and boarded the Twin Otter at Vinson Basecamp.  We flew to Union Glacier, the hub of ALE’s antarctic expeditions, we had only spent a few hours here on our way into Vinson Basecamp due to the great flying weather.  Unfortunately, that hasn’t been the case on our return.  The weather is good for flying but a strike in Punta Arenas, Chile, our next destination, is preventing the Ilyushin jet from making it’s way to pick us up.  We aren’t alone.. several teams are sitting in Punta Arenas waiting to start their Antarctic adventures and just as many teams are here waiting to return. 
Hopefully we will be in the air soon.
RMI Guide Ed Viesturs


Vinson: Move to High Camp

Posted by: Ed Viesturs, Peter Whittaker | January 09, 2011
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Vinson Massif
Elevation: 12,400'

Good morning, good morning. It is January 9th, and this is Peter checking in, we’re just finishing up a great breakfast of Cream-of-Wheat and a hot drink. The sun just hit our camp, and we’re packing up and getting ready to make the move up to high camp. It was cold last night, cold this morning, but we have a little bit of sun right now. Weather looks good. And I’m gonna walk out and let my tentmate say a few words, Ed Viesturs.

Morning everybody, it’s beautiful day. We are loading up the camp here and we’re gonna make that ascent back up to high camp another 3,500 feet higher, and weather looks good and the forecast is pretty descent and we hope to go to the summit of Vinson tomorrow, Monday the 10th so be sure to check in tomorrow, follow the progress and we hope to be hootin’ and hollerin’ from the top of the bottom of the world. Ed Viesturs and Peter Whittaker signing out.

Vinson Massif route View from near High Camp yesterday.


Peter Whittaker and Ed Viesturs talk about their move to high camp