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Mt. Rainier: August 1st Summit!

Posted by: Brent Okita, Eric Frank, Mike Haugen | August 01, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

“By far the best of the year” was RMI Guide Brent Okita’s description of today’s weather on the summit of Mt. Rainier.  Brent led the Four Day Summit Climb July 29 - 1 August to the top this morning.  RMI Guide Eric Frank led the Five Day Summit Climb July 28 - 1 August to Rainier’s summit with 100% of his team.  Both teams reported warm temperatures with just a whisper of wind.  They began their descent from the crater rim just before 8 am.  The teams will return to Camp Muir and then continue their descent to Paradise.

RMI Guide Mike Haugen led the Expedition Skills Seminar on the Kautz Glacier.  The team spent the week training at Rainier BaseCamp and on the mountain.  This morning they packed up their camp at 13,000’ atop Wapowty Cleaver and reached the summit of Mt. Rainier.  The team will descend via the Disappointment Cleaver Route. This marks the 100th summit of Mt. Rainier for RMI Guide Mike Haugen.  Congratulations Mike!

RMI Guide Jake Beren called to check-in from Mt. Shuksan.  The team is back at camp after being 100% on top today.  Jake reported that the route is “near perfect” with an amazing sunrise, views of Mt. Baker and the surrounding Cascades.  They ascended the central gulleys of the summit pyramid and stood on top with windless, sunny conditions.  The team had a great descent, rolling in to camp at the same time as the fog.  They are back at camp hydrating and resting before hiking out tomorrow. 

We look forward to seeing all the groups at Rainier BaseCamp this afternoon.  Congratulations to today’s teams!

An RMI Team ascending Mt. Rainier via the Kautz Glacier. RMI Guide Mike Haugen reached the summit of Mt. Rainier for the 100th time on August 1, 2012.
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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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Mt. Rainier: July 24th Summit!

Posted by: Dave Hahn, Mike Haugen | July 24, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: Summit

Our Four Day Summit Climb led by Dave Hahn and our Five Day Summit Climb led by Mike Haugen reached the summit of Mt. Rainier today.  The teams reported clear skies with lots of sunshine and very little wind.  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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Mt. Rainier: July 17th Update

Posted by: Mike Haugen, Jason Thompson | July 17, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

RMI Guide Mike Haugen led his team to the Mt. Rainier summit via the Disappointment Cleaver Route this morning with beautiful weather and a slight breeze.  The team began their descent at 10:00 a.m.

RMI Guide Jason Thompson was leading his team on the Emmons Route on the northside of Mt. Rainier. Due to firm conditions and a cloud cap developing on the mountain, the team had to make the tough, but more importantly, safe decision to turn at 12,500’.  They will stay at Camp Schurman tonight and descend the mountain tomorrow.

An RMI team enjoying a break at 13,500' on Mt. Rainier An RMI Guide in the Mt. Rainier crater
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Mt. Rainier: July 11th Summit!

Posted by: Eric Frank, Mike Haugen | July 11, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

It is a beautiful day on Mt. Rainier.  The Five Day Summit Climb July 7 - 11 led by Eric Frank and the Four Day Summit Climb July 8 - 11 led by Mike Haugen reached the summit of Mt. Rainier today.  The teams reached the crater rim around 7:30 a.m.  They reported clear skies, great conditions and winds ranging from 0 to none. 

The Five Day Kautz Climb is descending to Paradise this morning.  Their entire team reached the summit of Mt. Rainier yesterday morning.

Congratulations to today’s summit teams!

An RMI Team ascending Mt. Rainier via the Disappointment Cleaver Route.  Photo: RMI Collection RMI Climbers at Camp Muir on July 11th.  Photo:  Jon Mancuso
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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: 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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Mt. Rainier June 26th SUMMIT!

Posted by: Mike Haugen | June 26, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: Summit

Mike Haugen and our Four Day Summit Climb Team reached the top of Mt. Rainier today.  The team had light winds and precipitation with limited visibility so they were not going to spend very much time on top. They have started their descent to Camp Muir and we expect the team back at Ashford Basecamp this afternoon.

Congratulations to today’s team!

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Mt. Rainier: June 19th Summit!

Posted by: Mike Haugen, Mark Falender, Solveig Waterfall | June 19, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: Summit

Our Four Day Summit Climb Teams led by Mark Falender and Solveig Waterfall reached the summit of Mt. Rainier today.  The teams reported light winds, few clouds, and very pleasant weather with the sun peaking through every now and then.  The teams are now en route back to RMI Basecamp in Ashford.

Mike Haugen and the Expedition Skills Seminar team also reached the summit of Mt. Rainier via the Kautz Route and reported similar conditions. They are headed back to their high camp at 10,800’ feet and will finish their week of training on the mountain and return to RMI Basecamp tomorrow afternoon.

Congratulations to today’s teams!

Four Day Summit Climb Team in the Crater June 19, 2012. Photo Solveig Waterfall
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Mt. Rainier: SUMMIT!

Posted by: Mike Haugen, Paul Maier, Josh Gautreau, Anne Gilbert Chase | June 14, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410

SUMMIT!

Our Four Day Summit Climb Teams led by Paul Maier and Mike Haugen made it to the summit of Mt. Rainier today.  The teams were able to spend a moment on top before heading downhill and are now en route to Camp Muir.

Congratulations to today’s teams!

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