Entries By andy bond
July 19, 2018
At the end of this past April, eleven RMI guides came together in Washington to take the AMGA Alpine Skills Course, a prerequisite for the Alpine Guide Course, and a great continuing education opportunity for all of us to remain at the forefront of current guiding techniques. After a winter of far-flung adventures, Dave Hahn, Andy Bond, Mike King, Jenny Konway, Grayson Swingle, Hannah Smith, Gloria Roe, Nick Scott, JT Schmitt, Alan Davis, and myself converged on Ashford. These courses are an important chance for us to refresh our skillset and learn some new tricks from our peers and the instructors from the AMGA.
Over the course of 5 days at Paradise in Mt. Rainier National Park, and on Mt. Erie, outside Anacortes, WA, we reviewed snow anchor construction and multi-pitch techniques for snowy environments, belaying and lowering techniques, short roping and short pitching, and anchor station management. Success in our guiding often lies in not only being able to utilize a number of techniques to manage risk, but in being able to maintain efficiency and timeliness at the same time. As we worked through different transitions, techniques, and scenarios with our peers, we all walked away with a few new tools in our bag and I’m convinced will be better guides for it.
This was a fantastic event for the eleven of us, and many thanks go out to RMI and the AMGA for putting it on. Congrats to Dave Hahn, Andy Bond, Mike King, Jenny Konway, Grayson Swingle, Hannah Smith, Gloria Roe, Nick Scott, JT Schmitt, and Alan Davis for completing the course!
July 12, 2018
RMI Guide Mike Haugen radioed from Columbia Crest at 7:10AM to report that the Four Day Summit Climb July 9 - 12 was on the summit of Mt. Rainier. Mike reported a beautiful day with lights winds which increased at the crater. The teams enjoyed the clear skies and beautiful views before starting their descent from the crater rim.
Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb teams!
Congrats Mike and team!!! Glad to hear it was a beautiful day and a successful summit!!!
Posted by: Vicki Brown on 7/12/2018 at 10:46 pm
RMI Guides Brent Okita & Andy Bond radioed from Columbia Crest this morning with the Four Day Summit Climb teams July 5 - 8. Brent reported a fantastic day with very little wind and great route conditions. Both Summit Climb teams saw 100% of their team members standing on the summit today!
The teams will return to Camp Muir for a quick break to repack before continuing down to Paradise.
Congratulations to all Summit Climb team members!
July 3, 2018
Posted by: Andy Bond
RMI Guide Andy Bond and the Four Day Summit Climb June 30 - 3 July team were reaching the summit of Mt. Rainier just before 7 AM today with 100% of their team. Andy reported clear skies and steady winds around 25 mph as they reached the crater rim.
Bagged Rainier!!! Great Job!!!
Posted by: Ferdinand Lansangan on 7/3/2018 at 9:38 am
Woo hoo! Way to go team!!!
Posted by: Gage Christine Bock on 7/3/2018 at 9:15 am
June 28, 2018
RMI Guides Win Whittaker and Andy Bond led their ALA Climbing Teams to the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning. Win reported cold and windy conditions which means the teams won’t stay on the summit for long. They will be returning to Camp Muir for a quick stop before continuing their descent to Camp Muir.
Congratulations to today’s ALA Climbers!
Still so happy for you, Frosty! I hope the afterglow of a safe and successful summit is still lingering for you.
Posted by: Sarah Brown on 6/29/2018 at 5:01 pm
Amy and team YOU DID IT!!!!
Cheers, from Duluth, MN
(We toasted you at Bent Paddle tonight at the REI Women and the Outdoors event in Duluth)
Posted by: Deanna on 6/28/2018 at 6:04 pm
June 20, 2018
The Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons June 16 - 21, 2018 led by RMI Guides Andy Bond, Alan Davis, Bryce Foster and Jenny Konway reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning via the Emmons Glacier route. Andy reported a beautiful day with low winds. They will return to Camp Schurman for a final night on the mountain.
Congratulations to the Emmons Seminar team!
Congratulations Barry- you did it!!!! SO exciting!! You’re an inspiration to so many! -xK
Posted by: Kathryn McRitchie on 6/21/2018 at 8:31 am
Congratulations Noah! This is absolutely amazing. What an accomplishment! I’m inspired!
Posted by: Noah on 6/20/2018 at 1:35 pm
June 14, 2018
On a calm and cold morning, RMI Guides Eric Frank and Andy Bond led their teams to the summit of Mt. Rainier. They are above the clouds enjoying the sun on their descent.
Congratulations to today’s summit climbers!
Congratulations to all! Quite an accomplishment.
Posted by: Ann Hernick on 6/15/2018 at 10:50 am
This message is from the “other Stephanie Renner”. I’m so happy for Chris and Andy Renner! What an accomplishment!
Posted by: Stephanie Renner on 6/14/2018 at 5:17 pm
June 8, 2018
Friday, June 8, 2018 - 1:00 PM PT
Hard rain overnight added to our adventure this morning as we loaded up in our land cruisers and navigated the Bolivian country side. At one point a bridge had washed out and we were forced to navigate a river bed. Much like scouting a rapid on a river, we were forced to send scouts with radios ahead to find our way. But don’t worry we’re all safely in La Paz enjoying the comforts of a shower, internet and even street side shoe cleaners to clean off our dirty shoes.
We’ll enjoy one last group dinner tonight with the whole group. This trip would not have been possible without the help our amazing Bolivian staff. They’ve become like family to us and it’ll be our honor to treat them tonight for one final celebration!
June 7, 2018
Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 2:21 PM PT
We awoke to a little bit of new snow at Illimani Base Camp, which further reinforced our decision to make our high point yesterday. We quickly packed our gear and headed out to our land cruisers in which an adventure ensued. Driving around the high country side we enjoyed splendid views as well as picking up dinner from road side vegetable farmers. Ultimately we find ourselves camping at a low elevation of 8000’ on the side of river at a retired police officers house. Surrounded by tropical fruit trees we’re looking forward to having a fire, sipping on some beers and reminiscing about the last two weeks!
Great Job and congrats to team Eric and Andy
Enjoy your beautiful night in Bolivia
Safe trip home to all
Stephen and Julie - love to you both
Hope to see you soon
Posted by: Tina and John Zabinski on 6/7/2018 at 6:33 pm
Sounds like a perfect way to end the trip! Hope you all have safe travels home.
Posted by: Dani Munzing on 6/7/2018 at 4:47 pm
June 6, 2018
Hello there. It’s Eric Frank calling in from Bolivia. It’s about 1:30 in the afternoon (BOT Time) and I’m at 17,400ft here on Illimani. Unfortunately, we decided this will be our high point for the climb. It’s a combination of recent storm snow, and the forecast, which has made us decide to head down hill. So at this point we’re going to move back to our base camp and spend our last night in the mountains. Tomorrow we will pack up, head back to La Paz, and in two short days, be back at the airport. We look forward to seeing all of you soon. Bye.
We are very proud of you guys especially our guy Chris! Amazing accomplishments this trip. We can’t wait to see your face.
Anna, Shelby and Sammie.
Posted by: Anna Baldwin on 6/6/2018 at 2:11 pm
Still a great accomplishment and a wise decision to trust the weather forcast
You know what they say “don’t mess with Mother Nature”
Be proud team Team Eric and Andy
Special shout out to Julie
Posted by: Tina and John on 6/6/2018 at 1:20 pm