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Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climb Teams Reach Summit!

Posted by: Lindsay Fixmer, Zeb Blais | July 19, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climbs led by RMI Guides Zeb Blais and Lindsay Fixmer reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  The teams experienced very high winds upon approaching the crater rim.  The team enjoyed some time on top before starting their descent around 7 am.  The teams will return to Camp Muir for a short break before continuing down to Paradise.  We look forward to seeing them at Rainier BaseCamp this afternoon.

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb teams!

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I’m not sure we entirely “Enjoyed some time on top”... but at least we made it.

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Posted by: Christian Bruhn on 7/21/2014 at 6:29 am

Is this Bruhn/Garth/Andrews et al? If so, nice job! If not, congrats to whomever.

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Posted by: Drew on 7/19/2014 at 8:33 am


Mt. Rainier: July 10th Summit!

Posted by: Jake Beren, Zeb Blais, Walter Hailes | July 10, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The RMI Four Day Summit Climbs led by RMI Guides Jake Beren and Zeb Blais reached the top of Mt. Rainier early this morning.  At 7:15 the teams were descending Disappointment Cleaver en route back to Camp Muir.  The teams are doing well and enjoying the blue skies and calm weather.

The Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons led by RMI Guide Walter Hailes reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning via the Emmons Glacier route.  The team has descended to Camp Schurman where they will spend the night before returning to Ashford tomorrow.

Congratulations to Today’s Teams!

A RMI Team practicing rope travel on Mt. Rainier.  Photo: Win Whittaker Snow School on Mt. Rainier in July. Photo: Win Whittaker Learning basic mountaineering techniques on Mt. Rainier in July. Photo: Win Whittaker The view of Mt. Rainier and the Emmons Glacier from Sunrise. Photo: Mt. Rainier Web Cam
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Way to go Jason (and team).  You set a goal, worked hard, and stood at the summit.  Thanks for letting us be a part of the experience!

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Posted by: Kathy and Denny Meyers on 7/13/2014 at 2:47 pm

Way to go KH. You’re not so old after all!  How about Denali at 59?

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Posted by: Beth Parmley on 7/11/2014 at 7:11 pm


Mt. Rainier: July 5th Summit!

Posted by: Jake Beren, Zeb Blais | July 05, 2014
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Elevation: 14,410'

Today’s Mt. Rainier Summit Climb teams, led by Jake Beren and Zeb Blais, reached the top around 6 a.m.  The guides reported steady winds at 15 mph and overcast skies.  Both teams are back at Camp Muir and will continue their descent shortly.

Congratulations to the summit climbers!

Mt. Rainier climbers at sunrise. Photo: RMI Collection

Mt. Rainier: June 26th Summit

Posted by: Mike Soucy, Zeb Blais, JJ Justman | June 26, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb of Mt. Rainier led by RMI Guides JJ Justman and Mike Soucy stood on top of Columbia Crest this morning.  JJ reported that the teams were in and out of a cloud cap all morning but enjoyed light winds and pleasant conditions on the summit.  The teams will descend to Camp Muir where they will pack up and refuel before making their way to Paradise.  We look forward to seeing them in Ashford this afternoon.

The Expedition Skills Seminar - Kautz led by RMI Guide Zeb Blais also reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  They enjoyed a light breeze while on the summit.  The team will descend back to high camp for the night and will return to Ashford tomorrow.

Congratulations to today’s climbers!

An RMI rope team on their ascent of Mt. Rainier, WA this morning.  Photo: JJ Justman RMI climbers on their descent of Mt. Rainier, WA this morning. Photo: JJ Justman
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Congratulations everyone.  Great reward for all
the training and hard work.  So proud of you, Paul!!
A special thank you to the guides.

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Posted by: Vicki on 6/26/2014 at 8:59 pm

WAY TO GO JIM AND KATHERINE !!!!!  Congratulations to all.  Truly an experience.  Love you :)

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Posted by: Mary Kruse on 6/26/2014 at 4:48 pm


Mt. Rainier: June 21st Update

Posted by: Kel Rossiter, Zeb Blais | June 21, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

At 7:20 a.m. PT the Mount Rainier Four Day Summit Climbs led by Kel Rossiter and Zeb Blais were just about to crest the crater rim. They reported 10 mph winds from the north and perfectly blue skies. 

Congratulations to today’s summit climb teams!

RMI Guide Kel Rossiter cresting the Mt. Rainier crater rim. Photo: RMI Collection
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Just want to acknowledge the great experience we had with our RMI guides. Zeb, Christina and Nick were absolute aces guiding us to the top. They were spot on from… read more

Posted by: Tom on 7/1/2014 at 4:08 pm

Yay, Daddy!  Did you have fun?
Love, Lilia and Nina

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Posted by: Nina and Lilia on 6/21/2014 at 9:25 am


Mt. Rainier: Four & Five Day Summit Climbs Reach the Summit!

Posted by: Casey Grom, Zeb Blais | June 16, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb Team led by Casey Grom and the Five Day Summit Climb Team led by Zeb Blais reached the summit of Mt. Rainier at 8:00 am PT.  The teams reported clear skies and good climbing conditions with some chilly temperatures.  They were able to enjoy some time on top today and began their descent around 9:20 am.  The teams will return to Camp Muir for a short break before continuing down to Paradise.  We look forward to seeing them at Rainier BaseCamp later today.

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb Teams!

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Congratulations to my brother Bob and his friends - you guys rocked it!

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Posted by: Ed Sanborn on 7/4/2014 at 12:51 pm

I am so very very proud and excited for my brother Bob.

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Posted by: Mary Sanborn on 6/17/2014 at 6:41 am


Mt. Rainier: Winter Seminar Wrap-up a Great Week of Training

Posted by: Brent Okita, Zeb Blais, Ben Liken, Robby Young | April 18, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 10,060'

RMI Guides Brent Okita, Zeb Blais and the Expedition Skills Seminar - Winter Team finished up a great week of training.  The team has started their descent and will be back at Rainier Basecamp this afternoon.

Congratulations Team!

Last rest break on the mountain. Photo: Brent Okita Group photo near Paradise. Photo: Brent Okita

Mt. Rainier: Winter Seminar Train in Some Tough Weather

Posted by: Brent Okita, Zeb Blais, Ben Liken, Robby Young | April 17, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 10,060'

A little wind and snow couldn’t keep this intrepid group of aspiring alpinists from training on our last full day of the seminar. What most impressed the guides was the 100% participation of the group given the 50 mph winds and heavy snowfall.

We look forward to a last evening together going over a couple more topics and sharing a war story or two.

RMI Guide Brent Okita

The winter seminar training in tough conditions at Camp Muir. Photo: Brent Okita
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Hot meal and warm, cozy bed awaits…so proud of you!!

Jk

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Posted by: JK on 4/17/2014 at 9:39 pm


Mt. Rainier: The Winter Seminar Tries for the Summit

Posted by: Brent Okita, Zeb Blais, Ben Liken, Robby Young | April 16, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 10,060'

We left Camp Muir this morning at 4: There was a cap over the summit from the outset of our climb but we were thankful the winds from yesterday evening had abated and hoped the cap would follow suit.45 a.m. in reasonable winds.  The team took to heart the lessons learned at yesterday’s climbing school and climbed strong on the upper mountain in deteriorating conditions.
 
I began the route finding effort up the Ingraham Direct but gave way to RMI Guide Zeb Blais as he led the team up to a break at 12,800’.  As we switchbacked our way up the mountain, we encountered increasing wind speeds and steadily decreasing visibility.  We made the smart and safe choice to call 13,400’ our high point for the day.  On our descent to Camp Muir, clouds would billow up from below causing white out conditions followed by periods of visibility.  This process repeated continually until we returned to Camp Muir.

We’re back at Camp Muir safe and sound.  We are looking forward to a low-key afternoon at camp with a siesta and some easy training on the schedule.

Signing off for now,
RMI Guide Brent Okita

The Mt. Rainier winter seminar's high point today. Photo: Robby Young Winter seminar training with avalanche transceivers. Photo: Brent Okita The winter seminar traversing the Cowlitz Glacier. Photo: Brent Okita
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Zeb led the way for Mariana and I out of Camp Muir on June 20, 2010.  He got us up to Ingraham Glacier before returning with climbers.  Mariana and I… read more

Posted by: Josephine Johnson on 4/17/2014 at 8:58 pm

Thanks for keeping my guys safe and sound!  Think warm thoughts!  Hugs to Mike and Steve

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Posted by: cathy on 4/16/2014 at 6:59 pm


Mt. Rainier: RMI Guide Brent Okita Checks In as the Seminar Ascends to Camp Muir

Posted by: Brent Okita, Zeb Blais, Ben Liken, Robby Young | April 15, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 10,060'

We had a great day for making our way to Camp Muir yesterday. Blue skies and just enough wind to keep us from over heating. Everyone did well! 

Camp Muir will be home through Friday.  The next few days we’ll be training around Camp Muir.  It’s going to be a fantastic week!

RMI Guide Brent Okita

Taking a break on our way up the Muir Snowfield. Photo: Brent Okita Mt. Rainier seminar ascending to Camp Muir. Photo: Brent Okita Beautiful vast views on Mt. Rainier seminar. Photo: Brent Okita
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Thank you for the update.  Great job, y’all!  Just getting to Camp Muir is an accomplishment in and of itself, not to mention while carrying all that weight!! But every… read more

Posted by: JK on 4/15/2014 at 6:39 pm


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