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Mt. Rainier: Five Day Climb Enjoys Lovely Day of Climbing

RMI Guides Avery Parrinello and Alex Halliday lead the Five Day Climb June 8 - 12 to the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  Alex reported a lovely day with a light breeze.  The teams reached the summit crater between 6:30 and 6:45 am PT.  The teams enjoyed some time in the crater before starting their descent just before 8 am.  Once back to Camp Muir they will take a short break to refuel and repack before descending the remaining 4.5 miles to Paradise.

Congratulations to today's Five Day Climb team members!

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Mt. Rainier: Halliday & Emmons Seminar Team Reach Summit

The Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons May 27 - 1 June, led by RMI Guide Alex Halliday reached the summit of Mt. Rainier today!  Alex reported cold and windy conditions from the summit so the team did not spend much time on top. They will return to Camp Schurman for their third and final night on the mountain.  The team will continue their descent to the trail head tomorrow and return to Rainier BaseCamp tomorrow afternoon. 

Congratulations to the Emmons Seminar Team!

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Mt. Rainier: Thunderstorms Keep Four Day Climb at Camp Muir

The Four Day Climb led by RMI Guides Andy Bond and Alex Halliday stayed at Camp Muir last night. The upper mountain was covered in a heavy cap with significant thunderstorms. Currently the weather at Camp Muir is sunny with the cap still hanging over the upper mountain and a marine layer sitting at about 5,000’. The team will enjoy the calm morning before starting their descent to Paradise. 

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Mt. Rainier: May 12 - 14 Four Day Climb Teams Reach Summit

RMI Guides Steve Gately and Alex Halliday led the Four Day Climb May 12 - 15 to the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  The team reported a really great route with good weather.  The winds died down partly through their climb and they enjoyed a pleasant morning on the mountain.  The teams began their descent from the crater rim around 8:20 am.  They will return to Camp Muir for a short break to re-pack and re-fuel.  They will then continue the final descent to Paradise.

Congratulations to today's climbers!

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Well done!!!

Posted by: Antonia on 5/15/2023 at 9:41 pm

OUTSTANDING NEWS! Giant hugs to Zoe and Rachel and BRAVO to this fabulous group of climbers! Can’t wait to hear the stories and see pics. Love you guys!

Posted by: Jeanie Iida on 5/15/2023 at 1:14 pm


Mt. Rainier: Four Day Teams Reach Crater Rim at 7 am

RMI Guide Tatum Whatford radioed at 7 am that the first rope teams of the Four Day Climb August 22 - 25 were reaching the crater rim.  The remaining teams were 10 minutes out. Tatum reported a beautiful morning on the mountain with no wind and a very good route. Once they spend a bit of time on the summit, Tatum along with RMI Guide Alex Halliday will lead their climbers back to Camp Muir where they will have a quick break to re-organize and pack for their remaining descent to Paradise.  The teams will conclude their program this afternoon with a celebration at Rainier BaseCamp.

Way to go teams!

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Mt. Rainier: Teams Turn due to Wind and Precipitation

The Four-Day climb led by Pete Van Deventer and Alex Halliday turned around at 12,300’ this morning. The teams were facing 45 mph gusts as a wet cloud cap descended on them. They reported that the weather at Camp Muir was far more favorable with a light breeze to welcome them.

The teams are on their descent back to Basecamp, with warm showers and good food in their sights.

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Been following the blog all summer, making my own attempt on 8/29.  Curious if that picture is from
Today and where is it on the route? 

Bummer about the wind but congrats on getting that high!

Posted by: Matt Neal on 8/11/2022 at 10:53 am


Mt. Rainier: Windy Summit for Four Day Climbs

The Four Day Climb led by RMI Guides Pete Van Deventer and Alex Halliday reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning. Alex reported windy conditions on top. The teams will descend and return to Ashford later today.

Congratulations climbers!

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Mt. Rainier: Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons Team Summits!

The Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons Team with RMI Guide Mike King reached the summit of Mt. Rainier via the Emmons Glacier Route, the team had a great view and a great route.

This team has spent four days on the mountain learning and practicing various mountaineering skills such as crevasse rescue, anchor placement, ice climbing, fixed line travel, and self-rescue techniques. In the evenings they enjoyed lectures in camp included discussion on mountain weather, medicine for mountaineering, altitude wellness, and equipment. 

Congratulations Team!

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Kautz Seminar: Weather deters climb from Summit, Turn at 12,200’

RMI Guide Alex Halliday called from Cmap this afternoon. The team turned at 12,200', at the top of the Ice Chute, due to deteriorating weather. He reported cloudy condition, some snow but an overall nice day of climbing. Alex mentioned that despite the team turning, that everyone was stoked after their ascent of the Ice Chute.

Their plan is to walk back to Paradise tomorrow and retun to Basecamp in the early afternoon.

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Lia & Chris:  Congratulations on making the climb.  Can’t wait to hear from both you about the adventure!  Very proud of both of you

Posted by: Marcella and Bill on 7/6/2022 at 7:34 am

To the most badass climbers Lia and Chris, we are so proud of you! At 12200 ft, we’re sure there was plenty cu-see cu-see cu-see. Can’t wait to hear all about your incredible adventure

Posted by: Ana & Yukichi on 7/5/2022 at 11:34 pm


Mt. Rainier: High Winds Keep Five Day Climb from Making Summit Attempt

The Five Day Climb June 24 - 28 was unable to make a summit attempt due to high winds at Camp Muir overnight.  RMI Guides Casey Grom and Alex Halliday reported that the wind picked up around 8 pm last night averaging 60 mphs at Camp Muir with gusts over 90 mph.  The wind continues to blow this morning which will prevent the teams from ascending above Camp Muir.  The Five Days Teams will be descending to Paradise later this morning and returning to Rainier BaseCamp.

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