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Mt. Rainier: August 18th Update

Posted by: Billy Nugent, Lindsay Fixmer, Mike Walter | August 18, 2014
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Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb led by Billy Nugent and The Five Day Summit Climb led by Lindsay Fixmer reach the summit of Mt. Rainier early this morning.  RMI Guide Billy Nugent reported beautiful weather and great climbing. The team spend some time on the summit enjoying the views and are now en route back to Camp Muir.

RMI Guide Mike Walter and team Checked in from the Expedition Skills Seminar - Kautz. The team had a great day today. We hoisted heavy packs and left the parking lot at Paradise this morning. After about 15 minutes of hiking we left the well beaten path and descended on to the Nisqually Glacier. With crampons on and ice axes in hand, we traversed the Nisqually and gained the Wilson Glacier. The climbing involved some moving over steep rocks with heavy packs, as well as ascending some steep snow slopes. Everyone is doing well and we’re nestled in at our camp at 7600’ at the Sharkfin. It’s a beautiful night, and it’s a real treat to leave the crowds behind and have this wild place to ourselves.

Congratulations to the our Summit Climb Teams!

The Kautz Seminar Team training on the Wilson Glacier on Mt. Rainier. Photo: Mike Walter

Mt. Rainier: Climbs Unable to Summit due to weather

Posted by: Mike Walter, Zeb Blais | August 13, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 11,500'

The Four Day Summit Climb teams led by RMI Guides Mike Walter and Zeb Blais were unable to summit Mt. Rainier this morning, poor weather forced the groups to turn around at the bottom of Disappointment Cleaver.  The teams tried to wait out the weather and left Camp Muir later than normal but the ran and wet snow still forced them to abort their summit attempt of Mt. Rainier.  The teams will begin their descent from Camp Muir around 8:30 am en route to Paradise.

The Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons led by RMI Guide Geoff Schellens was unable to make their summit attempt today due to poor weather conditions.

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so thankful to our guides, who got me to Muir safely through a lightning and thunderstorm, to my sisters for their support, and to my fellow climbers, who were inspiring… read more

Posted by: Linda on 8/15/2014 at 8:19 am

I was one of the climbers and am glad our guides elected to let us go out and “poke our nose in” the inclement weather and actually get a little… read more

Posted by: KB on 8/14/2014 at 8:15 pm


Forbidden Peak: Walter Reflects on Great Climbs

Posted by: Mike Walter | August 09, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *North Cascades

We just wrapped up our 5 day North Cascades Custom Climb in Boston Basin. Dan, Augie, and I took advantage of the excellent weather to get some serious climbing done on Sharkfin Tower, Sahale Mountain, and the West Ridge of Forbidden Peak. Special thanks to Dan and Augie for coming out to the Pacific Northwest to push their comfort zone with real alpine adventures and wild terrain. Let’s do it again next year!

RMI Guide Mike Walter

RMI Climbers ascending Forbidden Peak in the North Cascades, WA. Photo: Mike Walter An RMI Climber looking down from from Forbidden Peak in the North Cascades, WA. Photo: Mike Walter

Forbidden Peak: Walter & Team Reach Summit of Forbidden Peak

Posted by: Mike Walter | August 08, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *North Cascades
Elevation: 8,816'

RMI Guide Mike Walter and Team reached the summit of Forbidden Peak.  The team is leaving the Boston Basin area after a successful week of climbing.

Congratulations Team!


Forbidden Peak: Walter & Team Reach Summit of Sahale Mountain

Posted by: Mike Walter | August 06, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *North Cascades
Elevation: 8,680'

RMI Guide Mike Walter checked in. After a successful summit of Sharkfin Tower yesterday afternoon the team headed over to Sahale Mountain and reached the summit at 10:46am PT this morning.

At 2:02pm PT Mike Walter and Team reported that “All is well” and they are back in camp.

The RMI Team Descending Sahale Mountain. Photo Mike Walter The RMI Team Climbing Sharkfin Tower. Photo Mike Walter

Forbidden Peak: Walter and Team At Camp

Posted by: Mike Walter | August 05, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *North Cascades
Elevation: 6,200'

RMI Guide Mike Walter and the Forbidden Peak climb checked in from camp in Boston Basin. The team is enjoying the great weather and beautiful scenery.

Boston Basin in the North Cascades, WA. Photo: RMI Collection

Forbidden Peak: Walter and Team Arrive in Boston Basin

Posted by: Mike Walter | August 04, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *North Cascades
Elevation: 6,200'

This is the Forbidden Peak - West Ridge team checking in for the day.  We are at camp in Boston Basin enjoying beautiful weather. We will do some technical training this afternoon in preparation for our training climb up Sharkfin Tower tomorrow.

RMI Guide Mike Walter


Mt. Rainier: Teams on the Summit!

Posted by: Leon Davis, Mike Walter | August 01, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guide Mike Walter reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning around 6:30 am. The Expedition Skills Seminar - Paradise led by Leon Davis also made a successful climb to the summit today after several days of training on the mountain.  Both teams began their descent around 7:30 after enjoying the sunrise and views from the crater for almost an hour.
The teams will return to Camp Muir for a short break and to re-pack their gear before continuing the descent to Paradise.  We look forward to seeing both teams in Ashford later today.

Congratulations to today’s climbers!

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Awesome job bro! im so proud! I bet it was amazing! GO JARYD U

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Posted by: Parys Michelle Unangst on 8/1/2014 at 7:50 pm

Congratulations Jaryd & team on this tremendous achievement!! So happy you had the opportunity for this wonderful adventure Rad! Grampy wants to know what peak is next? Can’t wait to… read more

Posted by: C & C Mills on 8/1/2014 at 6:26 pm


Fisher Chimneys: Walter and Team Summit!

Posted by: Mike Walter | July 25, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *North Cascades
Elevation: 9,127'

July 25, 2014 8:26 am PT

We took advantage of nice weather today and climbed to the top of the Fisher Chimneys. We will turn around here, climb back down thru the Chimneys and hike back to the trail head today…still many hours ahead of us.

July 25, 2014 10:35 am PT

We are back at our camp (lower bivy site below Fisher Chimneys) after successfully climbing up and down the Chimneys this morning. We’re packing up camp right now and will be headed down hill shortly. We should be at the trail head in a few hours.

RMI Guide Mike Walter & Team

Fisher Chimneys team is on top!  Photo: Mike Walter

Fisher Chimneys: Walter and Team Check In

Posted by: Mike Walter | July 23, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *North Cascades
Elevation: 5,700'

Hi Everyone,

Yesterday we hiked past Lake Ann and climbed 3rd and 4th class terrain to our bivy site at 5700’. The weather was generally cooperative, with light to moderate rain showers coming in and out.
The weather today is less accommodating; after a pleasantly dry breakfast we got back in our tents as heavy rain moved in. So, we’re taking advantage of some down time to rest and hopefully we’ll have a crack at climbing tomorrow.
This rain event is very unusual for July in the Cascades, and we’re hopeful that we’ll get back to the standard fare of sunshine.

RMI Guide Mike Walter & Team

Camp on Fisher Chimneys. Photo: Mike Walter

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