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Mt. Rainier: August 13th Update

Posted by: Casey Grom, Mike Walter | August 13, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

Casey Grom and Gabriel Barral led their Mt. Rainier summit climb teams to the summit this morning.  The guides reported light winds and mostly clear skies.  Both teams began their descent from the crater rim at 8:00 a.m.

Mike Walter left this morning for the Five-Day Emmons Climb. Mike and his team will spend four days on the mountain as they summit from the Schurman/Emmons Route.

The Expedition Skills Seminar - Paradise began their climb yesterday.  The team had a great day yesterday adjusting to the heavy loads of multi-day packs. They arrived at Camp One in great shape and did a general mountaineering school before dinner.  We will be moving to Camp Two at 9,000 feet today.  All is well on the Paradise Glacier.

The Expedition Skills Seminar - Paradise camped on Paradise Glacier.  Photo: Mike King Camping on the Paradise Glacier.  Photo: Mike King
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Go, Eric! Love you! Be careful up there. And don’t forget to take a picture!

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Posted by: Tamara on 8/15/2012 at 8:49 am

go dan love you

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Posted by: sheryl dean on 8/13/2012 at 7:09 pm


Mt. Rainier: August 6th Summit!

Posted by: Billy Nugent, J.J. Justman, Win Whittaker | August 06, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

RMI Guide Billy Nugent led the Four Day Summit Climb August 3 - 6 to the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  The teams reached the summit crater around 7:20 a.m. and reported light winds and good conditions.  The Five Day Summit Climb August 2 - 6 led by Gabriel Barral was also on top.  Both teams began their descent just after 8 a.m. 

The Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons will be moving to their high camp (Camp Schurman 9,440’) today.  They will continue their training this afternoon and ready for their summit attempt tomorrow morning. 

Congratulations to today’s summit climb teams!

The ascending Mt. Rainier team today on the Muir Snowfield. Photo: Win Whittaker
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Congratulations!!!  You did it!!!

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Posted by: Kate Miller on 8/7/2012 at 6:48 am

Way to go Hanky!

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Posted by: H miller on 8/6/2012 at 4:03 pm


Mt. Rainier: July 31st Update

Posted by: Mike Haugen, Tyler Reid | July 31, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

Another beautiful day on Mt. Rainier and another summit!  Congratulations to the Four Day Summit Climb!  The team spent some time marveling in the views and great weather before starting their descent at 7:45 a.m. 

RMI Guide Mike Haugen’s Expedition Skills Seminar - Kautz checked in from their camp at 13,000’, atop the Wapowty Cleaver.  They are enjoying a perfect day of Crevasse Rescue Training and hanging out in the sunshine.  Mike received the “best weather report”  and they are planning on heading for Columbia Crest early in the morning and hope to meet the RMI Four & Five Day Summit Climb teams on top of Mt. Rainier.

RMI Guide Tyler Reid and the Expeditions Skills Seminar - Emmons are beginning four days on the northside of Mt. Rainier where they will gain valuable mountaineering skills and try for the summit later in the week. They will make their first camp tonight at 7,500’ on the Inter Glacier.

In the North Cascades, RMI Guide Mike Walter and team reached the summit of Forbidden Peak via the West Ridge.  They described a beautiful and warm day.  The team descended to their camp in Boston Basin and will complete the walk out to the trail head tomorrow morning.

Congratulations to all the team’s that reached the summit today!

An RMI team resting in the Mt. Rainier crater. An RMI team descending from the top of Disappointment Cleaver.
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You’re all Gold Medalist.

Nice job guides.

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Posted by: Bob Johnson on 8/1/2012 at 7:32 am

Congrats bro (DTM)!

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Posted by: Greg Dawson on 7/31/2012 at 9:46 am


Mt. Rainier: July 19th Summits!

Posted by: Billy Nugent, Brent Okita, Eric Frank | July 19, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier *North Cascades
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climbs for July 16 - 19 reached the summit today.  RMI Guides Brent Okita and Gabriel Barral reported clear skies and moderate winds on the summit this morning. 

RMI Guide Billy Nugent led the Expedition Skills Seminar - Kautz to the summit also.  The team will descend back to their high camp for a final night on the mountain.

In the North Cascades, RMI Guide Eric Frank and team reached the summit of Forbidden Peak yesterday.  The team is making their final descending today and returning to the trail head.  Near by, RMI Guide Jake Beren and team reached the summit of Mt. Shuksan via the SE Ridge.

Congratulations to today’s summit teams!

The ALA Climb for Clean Air on their way to Camp Muir. Photo: Win Whittaker
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Congrats to the Davis quad! Any way you can just slide back down - enjoy!

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Posted by: Deborah on 7/19/2012 at 7:00 pm

Congratulations Erik, Bob, and Chadd!  Which mountain is next?!

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Posted by: Lolo and Lola on 7/19/2012 at 2:27 pm


Mt. Rainier: July 15th Summit!

Posted by: Elias de Andres Martos | July 15, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The American Lung Association Summit Climb reached the summit this morning with lead guides Gabriel Barral and Elias de Andres Martos.  They endured wind gusts and cold temperatures on their ascent but the weather calmed down some as they began the descent from the summit.  We expect the teams to be leaving Camp Muir early afternoon.

Congratulations!

An ALA team with their summit flag
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I wondered who those people in the picture were, and why the banner said 2003, now I know… Wonder what happened to our picture?  What a great trip!!!

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Posted by: Jen on 7/20/2012 at 11:49 am

Congrats to you all!!
The image from 2003 brings back some fond memories

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Posted by: Stu Allen on 7/16/2012 at 8:21 pm


Mt. Rainier: July 7th Summit!

Posted by: Mike Haugen, Kel Rossiter | July 07, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The summit climb teams reported 100% to the top today!  They climbed into a cap with 25 – 30 mph winds, but otherwise conditions were not too bad according to Lead Guide Mike Haugen. The teams will spend a bit of time on the summit today and head back down to Camp Muir shortly.

Congratulations to today’s teams!

Climbers at Ingraham Flats RMI Guide Kel Rossiter reaching the summit crater

Mt. Rainier: July 2nd Summit

Posted by: Brent Okita | July 02, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb June 29 - 2 July led by RMI Guides Brent Okita, Gabriel Barral and Erik Nelson reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning shortly after 7 am (PT).  The team reported cold temperatures, winds and a high overcast sky.

The climbers spent 30 minutes on top before beginning their descent toward Camp Muir.  The team will re-pack and re-fuel before at Camp Muir before continuing their descent to Paradise and on to Rainier Base Camp. 

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb team!

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Congratulations Jason, What an accomplishment! Have a safe journey home! All of us are looking forward to your stories on Thursday!

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Posted by: Diane Young on 7/3/2012 at 8:50 am

Way to go Wendell and Jason! You definately earned your wellness points today. Congratulations from all of the Elmhurst employees!

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Posted by: Diane Young on 7/3/2012 at 7:25 am


Mt. Rainier: June 30th Summit!

Posted by: Mike Haugen | June 30, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: Summit

Our Four Day Summit Climb Teams Led by RMI Guides Mike Haugen and Gabriel Barral reached the top of Mt. Rainier today.  The teams reported light winds, and favorable weather.  The teams were able to spend some time on the summit and are now en route to Camp Muir.

Congratulations to today’s teams!

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Congrats Kelly, Brian, (and possibly Jen)! :)


(Btw, the category of this blog should be changed to Mt. Rainier)

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Posted by: -shae- on 6/30/2012 at 2:33 pm

Boo-Yah!  Happy Birthday, LB!  Hope everyone on the team made it and the trip back is gravy!  Congrats to everybody!

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Posted by: tyre on 6/30/2012 at 1:55 pm


Mt. Rainier: June 25th Update

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | June 25, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 11,000'

The Four Day Summit Climb led by Seth Waterfall and the Five Day Summit climb led by Gabriel Barral were forced to turn around at 11,000’ due to storm conditions and high avalanche hazards.  There is a large cap on the mountain that was descending to almost 10,000’.  The team began their descent from Camp Muir.  We look forward to meeting them at Rainier Base Camp later this morning.

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Hey Seth,
Thanks for the opportunity to summit. You made the right decision! We will see you soon for another attempt. BTW, can you e-mail that picture you took… read more

Posted by: Jim and Karin Block on 6/26/2012 at 12:23 pm

Thanks Gabby for a very special summit attempt. I hope soon to join you and shoot for the summit. Jake

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Posted by: Jacob lehn on 6/25/2012 at 8:23 pm


Mt. Rainier: June 18th Update

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | June 18, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 12,500'

Due to winter like conditions on Mt. Rainier this morning both the Four Day Summit Climb Team led by Seth Waterfall and the Five Day Summit Climb Team Led by Gabriel Barral were forced to turn near Disappointment Cleaver.  The teams are safely back at Camp Muir and we expect a early afternoon return to Ashford Basecamp today.

Team at Break. Photo Seth Waterfall
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Glad to hear your safe and sound RiRi!!  Come see us in Boston again soon! :)

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Posted by: Eryn on 6/19/2012 at 6:05 am

Nige, sorry the weather was against you :-( really thought you were in with a chance after them making it on Sunday .. safe trip home, see you Friday

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Posted by: Zoe on 6/18/2012 at 11:47 pm


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