Mt. Rainier: August 16th Summit!

Posted by: Ben Liken, Brent Okita, Leon Davis | August 16, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

With the freezing level at 13,500’, the Mount Rainier summit climb teams reached the top just after 6:00 a.m.  RMI Guide Ben Liken reported light winds and sunny with a cloud deck below Camp Muir. They spent over an hour on the summit taking in the views and crossing through the crater to Columbia Crest, the highest point in Washington.  By 7:45 a.m. both teams had crested back over the crater rim and began their descent to Camp Muir.

Congratulations to today’s summit climbers!

An RMI team on the upper section of Mount Rainier. Photo: RMI Collection



That was the strongest experience of my life. I was overflown by emotions of so many kinds. Special and the hugest THANK YOU go to Brent, Ben, and Pepper - our guides who kept planting confidence and motivation in the team along all of these 4 days. It’s inspiring and uplifting to work with so passionate and professional people, I took quite a few learnings from you guys back to my normal life. Another thank you goes to the whole team – it’s amazing to experience how completely strangers become a tag team and overcome difficulties with the right leadership.

Posted by: Alik Levin on 8/17/2014 at 8:38 am

Just a note to express a heartfelt “THANK YOU!” to our awesome guides: Ben, Brent and Pepper.  What an amazing climb!  Ben, Brent, Pepper, you were so dedicated, patient and professional throughout our experience, I have no words to express how much I learned and how much I admire you.

Thank you so much!

Posted by: Christian Molnar on 8/16/2014 at 8:40 pm

Congratulations to all the team members. We love our crazy son and are proud of him.

Posted by: Dad and mom on 8/16/2014 at 3:26 pm

You guys rock! Congratulations to the whole team!
Hugs and kisses to my beloved summit rocket Sergey!
The highest in Cascades is a great accomplishment. And you did it.
I. Am. So. Proud. Of. You. Really proud of you and your team. Special thanks to the guides Ben, Brent and Leon.
Descend safely, please! :-)
Can’t wait to all the pictures and the stories from this climb! See you home pretty soon.

Posted by: Irene on 8/16/2014 at 11:30 am

We are so proud of you Babi Saro!!!  We miss you and love you a ton!  Thank you team!

Posted by: Shant and Sareen Armenian on 8/16/2014 at 9:52 am


Posted by: Wendy Murphy on 8/16/2014 at 9:32 am

Very cool!!!! Congrats!!!!

Posted by: Jay Mason on 8/16/2014 at 9:01 am

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