Posts for North Cascades

Mt. Shuksan: Geoff Schellens & Team Begin Their Denali Prep Course

Posted by: Geoff Schellens | August 25, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *North Cascades

Hi all,
Had a great first day on the Mt. Shuksan 6-day Denali Prep course.  Jim and Joy showed up prepared and ready to go.  After a gear check, and another cup of coffee, we headed out of town to the Shannon Ridge trail head.  We started up the trail with sun on our shoulders, laughing about the 30% chance of rain.  After a couple hours hiking we left the trees behind and enjoyed great views of Mt. Baker.  With these views, however, also came the end of our laughter as we noticed dark clouds approaching.  Though we did get a light rain in the last 1/2 hour before getting to the low bivy camp site, we had a great day.  Jim and Joy are in good spirits and staying dry in there tent, currently discussing dinner options.  We’ll see what the weather gods have in store for us tomorrow.

RMI Guide Geoff Schellens

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. Shuksan: Jake Beren & Team Summit!

Posted by: Jake Beren, Zeb Blais | August 11, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *North Cascades
Elevation: 9,127'

Summit! Jake Beren called in from Mt. Shuksan with an update on his team. They set out yesterday a little later than usual due to stormy weather, but the climb went great. The team is hiking out from their high camp today and will celebrate their success in Sedro Woolley.

Congratulations team!

Sunset from Mt. Shuksan. Photo: RMI Collection

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

North Cascades: Forbidden Peak Teams Summit!

Posted by: Jake Beren, Eric Frank | July 14, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *North Cascades

Both RMI Forbidden Peak teams reached the summit yesterday!  After a leisurely breakfast, they hiked out to the trailhead, sorted gear and bid farewell.  A glorious four-day program in the North Cascades!

RMI Guides Jake Beren and Eric Frank

Rappel on West Ridge - Forbidden Peak. Photo: RMI Collection

North Cascades: Jake Beren Checks in from Boston Basin

Posted by: Jake Beren, Eric Frank | July 12, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *North Cascades
Elevation: 6,200'

Hello everybody. This is Jake calling in from Boston Basin up in the North Cascades checking in after a great day of mountain adventure. Eric Frank wanted to let everybody know that they are working well on Torment-Forbidden Traverse and they were on the top of Torment, I think around noon today. Nice work fellas. Thomas Greene and I are out with James, James and Steve up out on Sharkfin Tower today and heading for the West Ridge tomorrow. So cross your fingers for good weather and we will be checking in tomorrow afternoon. That’s it from the Basin.

RMI Guide Jake Beren

Boston Basin in the North Cascades. Photo: RMI Collection

Jake Beren calls in from the Boston Basin Camp.

Mt. Shuksan Fisher Chimneys

Posted by: Alex Van Steen, Jake Beren | October 05, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *North Cascades
Elevation: 9,127'

The final RMI EXPEDITIONS climb of our North Cascade’s season took place under excellent weather & high spirits. The three of us (RMI Guides Jake Beren and Alex Van Steen, with climber Jim Lumberg) enjoyed late season conditions. The chimneys, gullies and summit pyramid didn’t have an ounce of snow in them, making for absolutely fantastic & fun rock scrambling & climbing. On summit morning, we postponed our bid by an hour or two as rain threatened, but by the time we took off the skies were clearing and we enjoyed an improving day and stellar climbing. 

RMI Guide Alex Van Steen

Jim Lumberg on summit pyramid Photo: Alex Van Steen Summit! Photo Jake Beren Ascending the fun rock toward the summit Photo: Alex Van Steen

Mt. Shuksan: September 26th Summit!

Posted by: Billy Nugent, Mike Walter | September 26, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *North Cascades
Elevation: 9,127'

RMI Guides Mike Walter & Billy Nugent led their team to the summit of Mt. Shuksan today.  The team enjoyed stellar views and a great climb.  They will return to high camp for their final night in the mountains.  They will descend to the trail tomorrow.

Congratulations to the team!

RMI Guide Billy Nugent and team on the summit of Mt. Shuksan.

Mt. Shuksan: August 15th Summit!

Posted by: Billy Nugent | August 15, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *North Cascades
Elevation: Summit

RMI Guide Billy Nugent and Team are currently standing on the summit of Mt. Shuksan.  They reported beautiful weather with hardly a cloud in the sky.  Billy said,  “It doesn’t get much better than this.”  The team is enjoying the view and will head back to their high camp shortly.

Congratulations Billy & Team!

Fisher Chimneys: August 8th Summit!

Posted by: Mike Walter, Eric Frank, Geoff Schellens | August 08, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *North Cascades
Elevation: Summit

Hey gang…all is good here on Shuksan. We’re on top at 9:30 am with 100% success! The weather is perfect, with no clouds above us and barely a breath of wind. We have great views of many northwest peaks from Rainier to Canada.

We’ll be in touch after we return to our camp.


RMI Guide Mike Walter

Team En Route to Summit August 8, 2012  Photo: Mike Walter Team on Summit August 8, 2012  Photo: Mike Walter

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