Posts for North Cascades

Forbidden Peak: Walter Reflects on Great Climbs

Posted by: Mike Walter | August 09, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *North Cascades

We just wrapped up our 5 day North Cascades Custom Climb in Boston Basin. Dan, Augie, and I took advantage of the excellent weather to get some serious climbing done on Sharkfin Tower, Sahale Mountain, and the West Ridge of Forbidden Peak. Special thanks to Dan and Augie for coming out to the Pacific Northwest to push their comfort zone with real alpine adventures and wild terrain. Let’s do it again next year!

RMI Guide Mike Walter

RMI Climbers ascending Forbidden Peak in the North Cascades, WA. Photo: Mike Walter An RMI Climber looking down from from Forbidden Peak in the North Cascades, WA. Photo: Mike Walter

Fisher Chimneys: Beren and Team Summit

Posted by: Jake Beren, Nick Hunt, Ben Liken | August 09, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *North Cascades
Elevation: 9,127'

In the North Cascades of Washington, RMI Guide Jake Beren and team reached the summit of Mt. Shuksan via the Fisher Chimneys this morning.  The team is back at high camp for the night and has been enjoying sunny, warm, and perfect weather.

Congratulations Climbers!

Mt. Baker as seen from high camp on Mt. Shuksan in the North Cascades, WA. Photo: RMI Collection
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Forbidden Peak: Walter & Team Reach Summit of Forbidden Peak

Posted by: Mike Walter | August 08, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *North Cascades
Elevation: 8,816'

RMI Guide Mike Walter and Team reached the summit of Forbidden Peak.  The team is leaving the Boston Basin area after a successful week of climbing.

Congratulations Team!


Forbidden Peak: Walter & Team Reach Summit of Sahale Mountain

Posted by: Mike Walter | August 06, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *North Cascades
Elevation: 8,680'

RMI Guide Mike Walter checked in. After a successful summit of Sharkfin Tower yesterday afternoon the team headed over to Sahale Mountain and reached the summit at 10:46am PT this morning.

At 2:02pm PT Mike Walter and Team reported that “All is well” and they are back in camp.

The RMI Team Descending Sahale Mountain. Photo Mike Walter The RMI Team Climbing Sharkfin Tower. Photo Mike Walter

Forbidden Peak: Walter and Team At Camp

Posted by: Mike Walter | August 05, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *North Cascades
Elevation: 6,200'

RMI Guide Mike Walter and the Forbidden Peak climb checked in from camp in Boston Basin. The team is enjoying the great weather and beautiful scenery.

Boston Basin in the North Cascades, WA. Photo: RMI Collection

Mt. Shuksan: Jake Beren and Team Summit!

Posted by: Jake Beren, Nick Hunt | August 05, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *North Cascades
Elevation: 9,127'

RMI Guide Jake Beren and 100% of the Team reached the summit of Mt. Shuksan at 10:20am PT today.  Jake reported great climbing conditions and beautiful weather.  The team planned on spending some time on the summit enjoying the views before starting their descent back to camp.

Congratulations Team!

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Forbidden Peak: Walter and Team Arrive in Boston Basin

Posted by: Mike Walter | August 04, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *North Cascades
Elevation: 6,200'

This is the Forbidden Peak - West Ridge team checking in for the day.  We are at camp in Boston Basin enjoying beautiful weather. We will do some technical training this afternoon in preparation for our training climb up Sharkfin Tower tomorrow.

RMI Guide Mike Walter


Mt. Shuksan: Jake Beren & Team Ready to Climb the Sulphide Glacier

Posted by: Jake Beren, Nick Hunt | August 04, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *North Cascades
Elevation: 6,400'

RMI Guide Jake Beren checked in from their 6,400’ camp on Mt. Shuksan where they stayed last night.  The team is planning to do some training today and spend another night at their current camp.  They will be making their summit attempt tomorrow morning via the Sulphide Glacier.

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Shuksan: Fixmer and Team Summit

Posted by: Lindsay Fixmer | July 30, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *North Cascades
Elevation: 9,127'

In the North Cascades, Washington, RMI Guide Lindsay Fixmer and team reached the summit of Mt. Shuksan.  The team climbed via the Sulphide Glacier and reported beautiful weather throughout the climb.

Congratulations Climbers!

The RMI July 27th Mt. Shuksan - Sulphide Glacier team celebrating their summit. Photo: Lindsay Fixmer The RMI July 27th Mt. Shuksan - Sulphide Glacier team on the summit with Mt. Baker in the background. Photo: Lindsay Fixmer

Fisher Chimneys: Walter and Team Summit!

Posted by: Mike Walter | July 25, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *North Cascades
Elevation: 9,127'

July 25, 2014 8:26 am PT

We took advantage of nice weather today and climbed to the top of the Fisher Chimneys. We will turn around here, climb back down thru the Chimneys and hike back to the trail head today…still many hours ahead of us.

July 25, 2014 10:35 am PT

We are back at our camp (lower bivy site below Fisher Chimneys) after successfully climbing up and down the Chimneys this morning. We’re packing up camp right now and will be headed down hill shortly. We should be at the trail head in a few hours.

RMI Guide Mike Walter & Team

Fisher Chimneys team is on top!  Photo: Mike Walter

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Recent Images From North Cascades

  • The team practicing roped travel on Mt. Shuksan. Photo: Billy Nugent
  • Training on the Sulphide Glacier, Mt. Shuksan. Photo: Billy Nugent
  • Beautiful summit views on Mt. Shuksan. Photo: Billy Nugent
  • RMI team on the Mt. Shuksan summit! Photo: Solveig Waterfall
  • From the Mt. Shuksan summit to Mt. Rainier, spectacular Cascade Mountains! Photo: Solveig Waterfall
  • High Camp on Mt. Shuksan, North Cascades. Photo: Solveig Waterfall
  • Panoramic view of Mt. Shuksan High Camp, North Cascades. Photo: Solveig Waterfall
  • Beautiful training day on Mt. Shuksan. Photo: Solveig Waterfall
  • RMI Guide Leon Davis and the Mount Shuksan Sulphide Glacier team on the summit! Photo: Solveig Waterfall
  • Mixed Rock & Glacier Climbing in the North Cascades. Photo: Mike Walter
  • The August 23rd Shuksan Seminar team enjoying a rest break in the North Cascades. Photo: Mike Walter
  • The August 23rd Shuksan Seminar team ascending the summit pyramid of Mt. Shuksan in the North Cascades. Photo: Mike Walter
  • Climbing Mt. Shuksan Sulphide Glacier. Photo: Mike Walter
  • Steep Climbing on Mt. Shuksan Sulphide Glacier. Photo: Mike Walter
  • Sulphide Glacier on Mt. Shuksan in the North Cascades. Photo: Mike Walter
  • Roped up on the Sulphide Glacier, North Cascades. Photo: Mike Walter
  • Steep ice pitches on the Upper Curtis Glacier. Photo: Mike Walter
  • The view of camp on the Sulphide Glacier for the Mt. Shuksan Seminar team. Photo: Mike Walter
  • An RMI Mt. Shuksan Seminar climber practicing ice axe arrest. Photo: Mike Walter
  • An RMI team descending from Sahale Peak to Boston Basin in the North Cascades. Photo: Mike Walter
  • RMI Climbers ascending Forbidden Peak in the North Cascades, WA. Photo: Mike Walter
  • An RMI Climber looking down from from Forbidden Peak in the North Cascades, WA. Photo: Mike Walter
  • Mt. Baker as seen from high camp on Mt. Shuksan in the North Cascades, WA. Photo: RMI Collection
  • The RMI Team Descending Sahale Mountain. Photo Mike Walter
  • The RMI Team Climbing Sharkfin Tower. Photo Mike Walter
  • Boston Basin in the North Cascades, WA. Photo: RMI Collection
  • The RMI July 27th Mt. Shuksan - Sulphide Glacier team celebrating their summit. Photo: Lindsay Fixmer
  • The RMI July 27th Mt. Shuksan - Sulphide Glacier team on the summit with Mt. Baker in the background. Photo: Lindsay Fixmer
  • Fisher Chimneys team is on top!  Photo: Mike Walter
  • Camp on Fisher Chimneys. Photo: Mike Walter
  • Fisher Chimneys camp just below 7000', on a rock ridge in between the Upper Curtis Glacier and the White Salmon Glacier. Photo: Mike Walter
  • Johannesburg from Boston Basin. Photo: Kristina Weller
  • Boston Basin in the North Cascades. Photo: RMI Collection