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Mt. Rainier: August 28th Update

Posted by: Eric Frank, Solveig Waterfall | August 28, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 10,400'

The Four Day Summit Climb Teams, August 25 - 28, were unable to reach the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning due to high winds and precipitation.  RMI Guide Eric Frank reported that the teams left Camp Muir before 2 am on their summit attempt but were forced to turn around at 10,400’ because of heavy rain and wind.  Visibility at Camp Muir was very low and wind continued with gusts estimated at 40 mph. The teams are expected to start their descent from Camp Muir around 8:30 am PT.

We look forward to seeing the groups at Rainier BaseCamp later this morning.

Updated 4:11pm PST

The Four Day Summit Climbs led by JJ Justman and Billy Nugent have reached Camp Muir.  The guides are making some hot coffee for the crew while they settle in and prepare for their summit attempt tonight.  Check out the video JJ sent on their ascent to Camp Muir today!

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Mt. Rainier: August 24, 2013 SUMMIT!

Posted by: Brent Okita, Solveig Waterfall | August 24, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

Our Four Day Summit Climb Teams led by RMI Guides Brent Okita and Solveig Waterfall reached the summit of Mt. Rainier at 6:45am this morning.  The teams reported 35 mph winds, and good route conditions.  They will spend some time on the summit before starting their descent back to Camp Muir.

Congratulations to today’s teams!

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Mt. Rainier: August 18th Summit!

Posted by: Solveig Waterfall, J.J. Justman | August 18, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guide Solveig Waterfall and the Five Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guide JJ Justman reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  Solveig and JJ both reported moderate, gusty winds; clear skies; and warm temperatures.  The teams began their descent back to Camp Muir around 8:30 am.  The Five Day Summit Climb will return to Camp Muir for their final night on the mountain while the Four Day Summit Climb will rest and refuel before descending to Paradise.  We look forward to greeting the Four Day Summit Climb team in Ashford later today.

Congratulations to today’s climbs!

Sunrise on the upper slopes of Mt. Rainier this morning.  Photo: JJ Justman Climbers on the upper slopes of Mt. Rainier this morning.  Photo: JJ Justman

Mt. Rainier: August 14th - Teams on the Summit!

Posted by: Brent Okita, Solveig Waterfall | August 14, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Five Day Summit Climb August 10 - 14 led by Solveig Waterfall and the Four Day Summit Climb August 11 - 14 led by Brent Okita reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  The teams reported steady winds of 40 mph at the summit and a cloud cap that had descended on the mountain.  The teams began their descent from the crater rim around 7:15 am.  They will return to Camp Muir for a short break and then continue to Paradise this afternoon.  We look forward to seeing them at Rainier BaseCamp later today.

Congratulations to today’s summit climb teams!

The view from Paradise, August 14, 2013.
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Mt. Rainier: August 5th - Teams Reach the Summit!

Posted by: Solveig Waterfall, Zeb Blais | August 05, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Five Day Summit Climb led by RMI Zeb Blais and the Four Day Summit Climb led by Solveig Waterfall reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  At 7:03 am the teams began their descent from the crater rim.  Solveig reported a beautiful, calm and sunny day from the summit of Mt. Rainier.
Both teams will return to Camp Muir for a short break before continuing down to Paradise this afternoon.  We look forward to seeing everyone at Rainier BaseCamp this afternoon.

Congratulations to today’s summit climb teams!

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RMI Guide Solveig Waterfall Recaps Her AMGA Ski Guide Exam

Posted by: Solveig Waterfall | August 01, 2013
Categories: *Guide News

RMI Guide Solveig Waterfall in Alaska during her AMGA Ski Guide Exam.

Valdez, Alaska, is an incredible place to be in April. Long hours of daylight make for excellent opportunities to log massive amounts of vertical in the backcountry. When the skiing is good on Thompson Pass, there is no shortage of dramatic peaks and aesthetic lines.

Taking my AMGA Ski Mountaineering Guides Exam there this spring, I spent a majority of April in the area training with friends and fellow guides becoming familiar with the Alaskan terrain and snowpack.
The days leading up to the exam were filled with anxiety and endless “what-if’s” and “well-maybe’s.” Soon the other exam candidates and I found ourselves in the thick of eight days of late-into-the-night tour planning, strategizing, and pouring over weather forecasts, raw remote data, weather models, avalanche hazard forecasts, and various other slightly cloudy crystal balls. The general idea being to sort through all the data until you find a summary you like. Forecasting for an area as large as Alaska is quite difficult and many times during the week we were reminded that the forecasts were never quite wrong, but that the timing of the forecasts were usually off.

Conditions varied from thigh-deep powder in the east facing couloirs of the Iguana Backs zone, to some of the stiffest, carvable wind-board I’ve ever skied on the Berlin Wall and Odyssey.

The last few days of the exam we had great weather and flyable conditions. We employed the mechanical advantage of Valdez Heli-Skiing to get a ride into the Hoodoo glacier area for an overnight ski tour. We started with a descent of Acapulco Peak in the sunshine and finished with a long ski out of the Worthington Glacier in whiteout conditions.

Going through the process of being examined by your peers, learning from other exam candidates, and dealing with the stress of guiding new terrain and on-the-fly tour planning has been invaluable in helping me excel in all other facets of my guiding and personal endeavors.

Passing the exam and becoming one of only a handful of certified women in the U.S. is a huge honor and I am proud to represent RMI Expeditions.

- RMI Guide Solveig Waterfall

AMGA Ski Guide Exam participants touring in Alaska during their course.

 

 

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Mt. Rainier: July 30th, 2013 Summit!

Posted by: Solveig Waterfall, Paul Edgren, Zeb Blais | July 30, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

Our Four Day Summit Climb Teams led by RMI Guide Solveig Waterfall and Paul Edgren reached the summit of Mt. Rainier early this morning. The cloud covering made for a beautiful sunrise today. The teams have started their descent and are en route back to Camp Muir.

RMI Guide Zeb Blais and the Expedition Skills Seminar – Emmons team also reached the summit of Mt. Rainier via the Emmons Route.  The team will descend the route back to Camp Schurman, spend another day training and will return to Rainier Basecamp tomorrow.

Congratulations to today’s teams.

Sunrise on Mt. Rainier. Photo: Katrina Bloemsma
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Mt. Rainier: July 26th Update

Posted by: Adam Knoff, Solveig Waterfall, Mike Haugen, Win Whittaker | July 26, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb teams led by RMI Guides Adam Knoff and Solveig Waterfall reached the summit of Mt. Rainier early this morning. The teams reported warm temperatures with winds at about 15 mph.  They spent over an hour on the summit enjoying the views before beginning their descent back to Camp Muir.

After a week of Denali Prep training, Mike Haugen and the Expedition Skills Seminar – Kautz team also reached the summit of Mt. Rainier early this morning with 100% of their team. They have started their descent and will be back at Rainier Basecamp this afternoon.

The American Lung Association Climb for Clean Air is ascending to Camp Muir today with Win Whittaker as their lead guide.  He sent us a photo of the team’s climbing school from yesterday.  What beautiful weather the teams have been climbing in!

The ALA climb enjoying a beautiful day at Paradise yesterday. Photo: Win Whittaker 7/26/2013 - View of Mt. Rainier from Paradise. Photo: Mt. Rainier NP Webcam
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Mt. Rainier: July 15th Summit!

Posted by: Billy Nugent, Solveig Waterfall | July 15, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb led by Billy Nugent and the Five Day Summit Climb led by Solveig Waterfall reached the summit of Mt. Rainier just after 7 am today.
The teams reported clear skies, calm winds and pleasant temperatures.  They spent over an hour on the summit before starting their descent to Camp Muir.  The teams will take a short break at Camp Muir to rest and repack before continuing down to Paradise.

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climbers!

July 15, 2013 - RMI team taking a break in the summit crater this morning. Photo: Solveig Waterfall Father & Daughter Team on the Summit Climb. Photo: Solveig Waterfall Descending lower on Mt. Rainier. Photo: Solveig Waterfall
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Mt. Rainier: July 8th Update

Posted by: Eric Frank, Solveig Waterfall | July 08, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four and Five Day Mt. Rainier Summit Climbs led by Eric Frank and Solveig Waterfall, respectively, reached the summit this morning. Eric reported beautiful weather, no wind and the cloud deck below Paradise.  The teams ventured to Columbia Crest and enjoyed the summit views before they began their descent at 8 a.m.

RMI Guides Eric Frank and Solveig Waterfall

Evening clouds from Camp Muir, July 7th, 2013. Photo: Solveig Waterfall July 8th, 2013 - Rest break on Mt. Rainier's upper slopes overlooking Mt. Adams and Mt. St. Helens.
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