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Mt. Rainier: Expedition Skills Seminar Reaches the SUMMIT!

Posted by: Mike Walter, Jake Beren | September 12, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

Our Expedition Skills Seminar - Muir led by RMI Guides Mike Walter and Jake Beren reached the summit of Mt. Rainier early this morning.  The team reported great route conditions, warm temperatures and clear skies. The team is now en route to Camp Muir and will spend the spend the rest of their time at Camp Muir training before returning to RMI Basecamp tomorrow.

Congratulations to today’s team!

Crater Rim at Sunrise - Photo: Bryan Hendrick 9/12/13 - Ladder on the Disappointment Cleaver Route. Photo: Katrina Bloemsma
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Job well done!!!! Not too many people can say they did this.  Congratulations…. from the other Eileen & Ty

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Posted by: Eieen on 9/16/2013 at 5:29 am

YEAH! Great News Thrilling…  what an accomplishment.

Love Mom, Ty ( Bluefin Tuna Fishing on Cape Cod) and Kate!!!

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Posted by: meg on 9/12/2013 at 5:12 pm


Mt. Rainier: Expedition Skills Seminar Training At Camp Muir

Posted by: Jake Beren, Mike Walter | September 11, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 10,080'

The Expedition Skills Seminar - Muir September 9 - 13 led by RMI Guides Jake Beren and Mike Walter continue their training at Camp Muir.  The teams ascended on Monday from Paradise to Camp Muir.  They have been working on their mountaineering skills including cramponing, rope travel, running belays and ice axe arrest.  The teams have been enjoying beautiful weather and spending time on the mountain.  They plan to make their summit attempt this evening.

We wish them luck!

RMI Guide Mike King gives instruction on running belays during the Expedition Skills Seminar - Muir, Mt. Rainier.  Photo: Lindsay Mann
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bet you don’t miss the I-phone… gr8 job.

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Posted by: emerold on 9/15/2013 at 5:22 am

Eric -  Awesome accomplishment!!  Wishing you continued good weather on your descent.  Be safe!

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Posted by: Susan and jim on 9/13/2013 at 5:11 am


Mt. Shuksan: Walter & Team Climb Well, But Weather Holds The Cards

Posted by: Mike Walter | September 05, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *North Cascades
Elevation: 5,700'

We had a mixed bag of weather this trip: some sunshine, some rain, some thunder, some lightning. A strong low pressure system moving in from the south has been causing heavy rain and flash flooding in Oregon and Washington, but we were able to squeak in an enjoyable climb today. We climbed from our bivy sight at 5,700’ on Mt. Shuksan, climbed up through the Fisher Chimneys, on to the White Salmon Glacier, up Winnie’s Slide, onto the Upper Curtis Glacier, up Hell’s Highway, and onto the Sulphide Glacier before weather forced our hand and we headed back down to camp. We had a full day of climbing, and almost got to the top. Now we’re back in our tents, safe, dry, and content, listening to the rain. The squirrelly weather did provide us with this beautiful sunset last night though!

RMI Guide Mike Walter

Mt. Baker at sunset from Fisher Chimney's high camp. Photo: Mike Walter

Mt. Shuksan: Mike Walter’s Team Summit Via Fisher Chimneys!

Posted by: Mike Walter | September 01, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *North Cascades
Elevation: 9,127'

Jeff and I had a great day yesterday. We climbed from Lake Ann up through the Fisher Chimneys and established camp at the edge of the Upper Curtis. After a nice long lunch, we packed our light summit packs and headed out. We reached the summit via the Southeast ridge at about 4:50pm, and had it all to ourselves. We arrived back at camp at around 7:25 last night. Today we’ll likely do some ice climbing this morning before packing up camp and heading back down through the Chimneys. But first, it’s coffee time!

RMI Guide Mike Walter

Mt. Shuksan summit via the Fisher Chimneys Route. Photo: Mike Walter

Mt. Rainier: August 27th Update

Posted by: Mike Walter, Paul Edgren | August 27, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 10,080'

The Four Day Summit Climbs August 24 - 27 led by RMI Guides Mike Walter & Paul Edgren were unable to reach the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning due to poor weather on the mountain.  The teams reported wind, snow and rain at Camp Muir over night.  This morning the teams will begin their descent to Paradise.

We look forward to seeing them at Rainier Base Camp this afternoon.

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I’m sorry the weather did not cooperate with your summit attempt.

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Posted by: Bob on 8/27/2013 at 8:36 am

Praying for a safe journey back down to the base camp.

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Posted by: Stacy on 8/27/2013 at 8:32 am


North Cascades: Sahale and Shuksan Update

Posted by: Geoff Schellens, Mike Walter | August 18, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *North Cascades

The Sahale Mountain - Quien Sabe Glacier climb led by RMI Guide Geoff Schellens was unable to summit yesterday due to a combination of poor route conditions and poor weather.  The team spent last night at their camp in Boston Basin and are hiking back to the trailhead this morning.

The Mt. Shuksan - Fisher Chimneys team led by Mike Walter was also unable to summit.  Mike reported wet, foggy conditions on the Fisher Chimneys route.  The team team spent last night at their camp on the White Salmon Glacier and are making the four mile hike back to the trailhead this morning.


Mt. Rainier: August 11th Summit!

Posted by: Mike Walter, Paul Edgren | August 11, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guide Mike Walter and the Five Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guide Paul Edgren reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  Mike and Paul reported moderate winds and cloudy conditions.  The teams were departing the summit around 7:30 a.m. and are returning to Camp Muir to refuel before continuing downhill to Paradise.  We’ll see them back in Ashford this afternoon.

Congratulations to today’s teams!

RMI Climbers ascending the upper mountain in the clouds.  Photo: Ed Viesturs
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Congrats Jim! This story won’t even need the usual Jim spin on reality to be super impressive! Can’t wait to hear all about it! Super proud of you!

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Posted by: Robyn on 8/12/2013 at 5:42 pm

Congratulations Jimmy! Can’t wait to hear about the climb.

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Posted by: Paul on 8/12/2013 at 4:27 pm


Mt. Shuksan: Mike Walter & Team Summit!

Posted by: Mike Walter, Elias de Andres Martos | August 04, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *North Cascades
Elevation: 9,127'

Waiting out a rain delay was a good decision at the start of our program.  A 6 1/2-hour hike yesterday brought us to camp in warm and dry weather.  This morning 100% of our team reached the summit of Mt. Shuksan via the southeast ridge of the summit pyramid!  After a short rest at camp, our crew climbed down through the Fisher Chimneys, back to the Lake Ann Trail and to the trailhead.

Congratulations to the Mt. Shuksan - Fisher Chimneys team!

RMI Guide Mike Walter

The hike into the Fisher Chimney's camp. Photo: Kristina Weller Mt. Shuksan Fisher Chimneys camp. Photo: Mike Walter RMI Climbers silhouetted on Mt. Shuksan. Photo: Kristina Weller

Mt. Rainier: July 24th - Teams on the Summit!

Posted by: Melissa Arnot, Mike Walter | July 24, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Five Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guides Mike Walter and the Four Day – All Women’s Climb led by Melissa Arnot reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  Today’s climb marked Melissa’s 100th summit of Mt. Rainier!
The teams began their descent from the crater rim just before 7 am.  Clear skies and beautiful sunshine.  They will return to Camp Muir for a short break and then continue to Paradise this afternoon.

Congratulations to today’s summit climbers!

The Four Day Summit Climb July 21 - 24 approaching the top of Disappointment Cleaver on their descent.  Photo: Mike Walter RMI Guide Melissa Arnot descending from the summit after 100th climb of Mt. Rainier.  Photo: Mike Walter Melissa Arnot on the summit for the 100th time. Photo: Katrina Bloemsma
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Yeah!  Hope it was a blast - we’re proud of you!

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Posted by: Lila Blandford on 7/24/2013 at 6:51 am


Ecuador: Walter & Team Ready for Chimborazo Summit Bid

Posted by: Mike Walter | July 14, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Ecuador

Mike Walter called today at 11:15am PST. The nearby volcano Tungurahua erupted yesterday. They are OK and received some spectacular views from the event. Tungurahua is on the opposite side of Chimborazo relative to the groups camp. While there was a lot of ash wrapping Chimborazo yesterday it is all below them in the clouds today. Mike and team are preparing for their summit attempt later tonight/early tomorrow morning. Mike said he will do his best to call from the summit. Wish them luck!

RMI Guide Mike Walter

Chimborazo in Ecuador. Photo: RMI Collection

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Anna, I heard that only two of the team summited. Did not hear which two. It was a very long ascent, 10hrs and another 9 to get back down. All… read more

Posted by: Paula Hall on 7/16/2013 at 5:38 am

It has been 48 hours since i last heard about our climbing team. Are there any family members who have heard from them? I would appreciate an update,
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Posted by: Anna Satterfield on 7/16/2013 at 4:44 am


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