Entries From ESS-Shuksan 8-23-14

Mt. Shuksan: The Seminar Team Wraps up the Week

Posted by: Mike Walter | August 28, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *North Cascades

Well, we’re all safely out of the mountains after a great week of climbing and training on Mount Shuksan’s Sulphide glacier. Our climbing team gained proficiency moving in diverse terrain in the mountains, including crevassed glaciers, steep snow and ice, and 4th & 5th class rock. We also practiced lots of knots and hitches and crevasse rescue systems.

We packed a lot into the past week, and the weather was perfect throughout. Our team was strong and cohesive and we all reached the summit Mount Shuksan in good style. It was a pleasure to climb with everyone. Nice work team!

RMI Guide Mike Walter

Mixed Rock & Glacier Climbing in the North Cascades. Photo: Mike Walter

Mt. Shuksan: Seminar Team Reaches Summit

Posted by: Mike Walter | August 27, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *North Cascades
Elevation: 9,127'

Another excellent day on Mount Shuksan in the North Cascades…this time we woke up before dawn and cramponed up the Sulphide Glacier to the base of the summit pyramid, where we ditched the crampons and ice axes and climbed 4th and 5th class rock for 800 vertical feet to the summit!

Our entire team reached the summit in good style. The weather was perfect so we hung out on the summit for over an hour before descending. We were back in camp around 2 p.m. for a round trip of a little over eight hours. The training over the past week really paid off and nobody struggled with the technical terrain at all. Congrats team!

RMI Guide 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

Mt. Shuksan: The Seminar Team Perfects Mountaineering Skills

Posted by: Mike Walter | August 27, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *North Cascades

8/26/14 8:30 pm PST

We had another great day of training today here on Shuksan’s Sulphide Glacier. We spent the bulk of the day ice climbing in a crevasse and practicing crevasse rescue with mechanical advantage systems.

There was barely a cloud in the sky all day, and the forecast looks similar for tomorrow. That’s good news for us, as we’re planning to make our summit attempt tomorrow. We’ll let you know how it goes!

RMI Guide 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

Mt. Shuksan: The Seminar Enjoys Beautiful Weather While Training

Posted by: Mike Walter | August 25, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *North Cascades

We had another great day of training today on Mount Shuksan. We ascended the Sulphide Glacier and then stepped onto the Upper Curtis Glacier where we spent much of the day running laps on the steep ice pitches known as Hell’s Highway.
Afterwards we practiced some 4th class rock scrambling on the ridge just west of the Sulphide Glacier.
The weather has treated us well so far, and the forecast looks favorable for the rest of out week here. Everyone is doing well and enjoying the beauty of the North Cascades.

RMI Guide Mike Walter

Roped up on the Sulphide Glacier, North Cascades. Photo: Mike Walter Steep ice pitches on the Upper Curtis Glacier. Photo: Mike Walter

Mt. Shuksan: Walter and Seminar Team Focus on Training

Posted by: Mike Walter, Lindsay Fixmer, Steve Gately | August 24, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *North Cascades
Elevation: 6,200'

Our Expedition Skills Seminar - Shuksan team is enjoying nice weather here in the North Cascades. Our camp is tucked in at 6,200’ amongst stunning alpine scenery on the flanks of the Sulphide Glacier. We have unobstructed views on Shuksan’s summit pyramid to the north, and the northern Picket Range to the south. Baker Lake winds its way south through the valley bottom, far below us.

We just returned back to camp after a morning out on the glacier practicing various climbing skills such as ice axe arrest and cramponing. This afternoon we’ll work on some technical skills starting with knots and hitches.

Everyone is doing well and enjoying the alpine air.

Cheers,
RMI Guide Mike Walter and Team

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
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What a spectacular adventure!!! Thanks you Seth and the entire team for helping us reach the summit in record time! Contratulations to the Team!!!

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Posted by: Seth Casden on 8/25/2014 at 5:10 am