Mt. Rainier: July 4th Update

Posted by: Eric Frank, Tyler Reid, Seth Waterfall | July 04, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 12,600'

The Four Day Summit Climb teams led by RMI Guides Tyler Reid and Eric Frank reached 12,600’ before turning around due to avalanche hazard.  It is a beautiful day on the mountain with light winds and clear skies.  The cold temperatures from overnight are dimenishing with the sunshine.  The team will be making their way back to Camp Muir after the guides spend some time working on the route.  RMI Guide Tyler Reid said it was a difficult decision to turn the climb on such a beautiful day, however, conditions on the mountain were not safe enough for them to continue.

The Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons led by RMI Guide Seth Waterfall reached the summit of Mt. Rainier today!  The team enjoyed a beautiful day on the mountain.  They will return to Camp Schurman for their final night on the mountain.  They may do some additional training tomorrow morning before returning to the trail head.

Congratulations to today’s team and Happy Independence Day!



Congratulations to the entire team.  Paul we are so proud of you!! Stay safe. Love you! 

Posted by: denise heinen on 7/5/2012 at 10:07 am

Woohoo!  Congrats, Joe and Will! At least, I THINK I see you in the group there, somewhere… Hard to tell under the parkas! Nice work- I’m so proud of you both.

I love you, William!

Posted by: Abby Smith on 7/5/2012 at 9:06 am

Congratulations Gentlemen!  Great adventure for a great cause.  It’s nice to see hard work pay off.  Have a safe return and see you soon.

Posted by: Donnie Stephenson on 7/5/2012 at 7:54 am


Congratulations on your summit attempt. I’m so proud of you. Don’t you ever listen to anybody that tells you that you can’t do something. Looking forward to seeing some pictures especially those with the “big flipper”. Have a safe trip home.

Posted by: Win Bishop on 7/4/2012 at 10:29 pm

Love all you boys sooo much and are so proud of you, and you so much more Chris. So proud of you and can’t wait for you to get home. We love you. Sorry the weather was bad but you almost made it to the top…you did in our eyes. Love you, Diana & Billy

Posted by: Diana Stull on 7/4/2012 at 4:36 pm

Gerald, I hope you can turn into Gerrard when you celebrate this accomplishment. Turtle I am glad your big butt made it. I was a little worried. Seriously tho I’m super proud. It’s amazing when you set a goal and accomplish it, especially something for such a great cause. I hope it was fun. Happy independence day!!!

Posted by: JOsh Sitton on 7/4/2012 at 2:51 pm

Congratulations to everyone and so happy the Emmons team was able to summit!!!! 
Safe passage and Happy 4th of July!

Posted by: Mary Beth Barrett on 7/4/2012 at 12:14 pm

A great adventure! Three men of daring purpose and danger! With Respect, Big Dog

Posted by: George W. Atwell on 7/4/2012 at 9:53 am

Happy July 4th guys! You’re the best! We send our love and are awaiting your safe return! God Bless You, Mom,George and Jacqui

Posted by: Cynthia Atwell on 7/4/2012 at 8:29 am

Chris, Gerald & Greg ! Guy’s Don’t be Dismayed, Your Safety is so much more important.  At 12600’ you guys made it threw the crux of the climb, Be Proud!! All Climbers…some day…get turned around, Sorry it had to be now. Just Remember, You just took-on one of the most challenging climbs in the lower 48!! For such a Fanastic cause! Soak up the Beauty and start planning the next one!!
  Daniel H.

Posted by: Daniel Haggard on 7/4/2012 at 8:23 am

Nice job. Be safe first.

Posted by: Vic on 7/4/2012 at 7:23 am

So proud of you guys!!! Now get your butt home to me and coco Jaubert… Love y’all

Posted by: Stephanie Jaubert on 7/4/2012 at 7:15 am

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