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Mt. Rainier: The Winter Seminar Reaches 13,000’

The Winter Seminar aborted their summit attempt this morning.  At 13,000’ the team came upon a crevasse making that elevation their high point. RMI Guide Brent Okita reported that winds were about 30-35 mph and some blue skies were peeking through cloud layers above and below them on the mountain.
The guides said everyone on the team did an amazing job and all are safely back at Camp Muir enjoying some hot drinks. Once the team refuels, they are going to do some more training before calling it a day.

RMI Guides Brent Okita and Elias de Andres Martos

Way to go Jason!

Posted by: Brian on 4/15/2016 at 8:22 am

I’m so proud of you JoshuaBlu! I can’t wait to hear all about this trip!

Posted by: Melinda on 4/15/2016 at 7:54 am

Mt. Rainier: The Winter Seminar Enjoy Spectacular Views to Camp Muir

The April 10th Winter Seminar had a beautiful day on the Muir Snowfield. The strong crew made their way up to Camp Muir taking in the Cascades and surrounding views. The team, being led by RMI Guides Brent Okita and Elias de Andres Martos, checked in this morning. The winds during the night at Camp Muir had some strong gusts but are currently tapering off. The team checked in via radio while having breakfast and getting ready for a day of training.

WoW !!!! What an amazing landscape !!!! Hope you’ll be able to climb up to the summit :)

Posted by: Marika, Philipe, Rémy & Mayla on 4/13/2016 at 3:23 pm

Mt. Rainier: The Winter Seminar Trains at Camp Muir in Between Winter Storms

The first Expedition Skill Seminar - Winter gathered in Ashford on Sunday for a day of technical training and gear checks.  With large packs and a daunting weather forecast the team headed for Paradise as soon as the park gate opened.  The team camped above Paradise for their first night out with better than expected weather.  After breakfast the following morning the team broke camp and made the ascent to Camp Muir. They have spent the remaining days training at 10,000’.  Unfortunately the weather forecast did become accurate and the team experienced a full winter storm on Mt. Rainier which prevented them from climbing higher than Camp Muir.

The seminar wraps up tomorrow. We look forward to seeing them at Rainier BaseCamp tomorrow afternoon.

I’m sure the storm was pretty wild because the wind was whipping in Royal City and the pass was getting pretty heavy snow!  So the other day I went flying around the mountain to see how much snow she got.  She was getting getting wind whipped pretty had and has a pretty good pack.  Let me know if you want to see pictures!

Posted by: Paul Davies on 3/18/2016 at 7:33 am

Mt. Rainier: September 27th Summit!

The Five Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guides Brent Okita and JJ Justman reached the summit of Mt. Rainier early this morning.  Brent reported a beautiful day with clear skies and great climbing.  The team will spend some time on the summit enjoying the views before starting their descent. 

Congratulations to today’s team, what a great way to finish the 2015 Mt. Rainier climbing season!

I couldn’t have done it without the support of everyone and especially Caleb and Brent. True professionals in every sense. Thank you for the unforgettable experience.

Posted by: Jed on 9/29/2015 at 11:43 pm

Congratulations Kevin, a major accomplishment. I’m sure the view from the “top of the world was worth the climb”! Safe travels back home to you family. I hope to see you soon to hear all about it.

Posted by: Scott L. Robik on 9/28/2015 at 11:20 am

Mt. Rainier: Muir Seminar Wraps Up Week on the Mountain

The final Expedition Skills Seminar - Muir of the 2015 climbing season is wrapping up their final day on Mt. Rainier. Yesterday, the Seminar led by RMI Guides Casey Grom and Billy Nugent made a summit attempt. The teams reached 13,300’ before increasing winds and deteriorating weather conditions prompted their descent. Today the teams are descending from Camp Muir to wrap up their week of climbing and training. We look forward to welcoming all of the climbers at Rainier BaseCamp in Ashford this afternoon.

Sorry you did not make it to the Summit.  We hope the experience was still worth the challenge!
Good job to all the climbers!

Posted by: Beth n Tyler on 9/26/2015 at 7:23 pm

An amazing feat, inspiring and beautiful.  Congratulations on your ambitious drive!

Posted by: E J FIsher on 9/26/2015 at 8:37 am

Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climb Turn at Disappointment Cleaver

The Four Day Summit Climbs led by RMI Guides JJ Justman and Nick Hunt were turned around at the top of Disappointment Cleaver this morning due to route conditions.  The teams descended to Paradise and will be returning to Rainier BaseCamp this afternoon.

Boy, Disappointment Cleaver is sure living up to its moniker this month! Still, a great experience. Safe trek back down everyone.

Posted by: Everett Moran on 9/22/2015 at 8:48 am

Mt. Rainier: September 20th Update

The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guide Leon Davis reached the top of Disappointment Cleaver on Mt. Rainier before route conditions forced the team to descend. Leon and the team descended back to Camp Muir to rest and pack up. At 8:45 am the team left Camp Muir to begin their descent to Paradise. We look forward to seeing them in Ashford this afternoon.

I am so disappointed for you. Sorry after all the hard work and attempts that you were not able to stand on the top.

Posted by: Rick on 9/20/2015 at 12:59 pm

Mt. Rainier: September 19th Teams Reach 12,700’

The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guide Brent Okita and the Five Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guide Ben Liken were unable to reach the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning due to challenging route conditions. The teams called Camp Comfort at 12,700’ their high point. The teams will return to Ashford this afternoon.

Mt. Rainier: The Expedition Skills Seminar - Muir on the Summit!

The Expedition Skills Seminar - Muir, led by Casey Grom and Elias de Andres Martos, reached the summit of Mount Rainier!  The guides reported overnight snow of a couple of inches in places but mostly a dusting.  The precipitation did stop for their summit bid.  They also reported no winds and a cloud deck of 12,000 feet.  After spending some time on the top, the teams will begin their descent back to Camp Muir.

Congratulations to the team!

Congratulations guys what a team effort to get to the summit. Training right now for my summit bid either in 2016 or in 2017.

Posted by: Kevin Stone on 9/18/2015 at 7:30 am

Congratulations guys what a team effort to get to the summit. Training right now for my summit bid either in 2016 or in 2017. 

Posted by: Kevin Stone on 9/18/2015 at 7:29 am

Kilimanjaro: Dave Hahn Wraps up the Kilimanjaro Climb & Safari

Our last couple of Safari days were chock full of wildlife, natural beauty and exploring.  Tarangire National Park certainly delivered.  We saw hundreds of elephants dotting the landscape in family groups of fifteen to twenty.  We saw thousands and thousands of zebra and wildebeest.  Beautiful and exotic birds were everywhere.  We saw several great sleeping lions and we looked in every acacia tree for more big cats.  Despite the best efforts of our two dueling sharp-eyed naturalists; Driver Joseph and Climber Chris, we never did see the leopards and cheetahs although we were pretty sure they were watching us.  Something left for next safari.  None of us will soon forget this one though, and the peaceful night we spent out in Kikoti Camp overlooking Tarangire.  We watched a troupe of baboons climb a sheer rock face that final evening for no other reason than to watch the sunset from the top of the rock.  We’ll keep their example in mind -it is often worth going out of one’s way to see the wonders of this planet. 
Today we are flying back around this gigantic planet toward home.  Thanks for following along on our climb and safari.

Best Regards
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

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