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Mt. Rainier: Muir Seminar Teams Reaches Summit

The Expedition Skills Seminar - Muir September 9 - 14 made their summit attempt today.  The teams led by RMI Guides Robby Young and Andy Bond reached the summit around 9:30 AM PT.
The teams spent almost an hour in the crater and enjoying the views.  Andy reported cold temperatures and new snow on the route.  The team arrived at Camp Muir on Monday and has been training and preparing for the climb.  Tonight will be their final night on the mountain.  Tomorrow they will return to Paradise and continue to Rainier BaseCamp.

Congratulations to today’s climbers!

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Melissa fantastic accomplishment. We look forward to your return.

Posted by: Christopher on 9/13/2018 at 8:45 pm

Go KATE!!!

Posted by: Cindy Arbogast on 9/13/2018 at 2:04 pm


Mt. Shuksan: Seminar Team Reaches the Summit

RMI Guide Andy Bond and his Shuksan Seminar team all reached the summit!  Andy reported great weather with a little smoke south of them.  The team arrived back to camp in the afternoon.  They will be training tomorrow and ending their seminar on Friday.

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Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climb Teams Turned Around due to Winds

The Four Day Summit Climb teams for August 24 - 27 led by RMI Guides Dave Hahn & Andy Bond were unable to reach the summit today.  Upon reaching the top of Disappointment Cleaver, high winds forced the teams to turn back to Camp Muir.  The team is planning to descend from Camp Muir around 9:30 AM and we look forward to seeing them at Rainier BaseCamp this afternoon.

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Mt. Rainier: Okita, Bond & Four Day Teams on Summit

The Four Day Summit Climb August 19 - 22 led by RMI Guides Brent Okita and Andy Bond reached the summit of Mt. Rainier right around 7 AM today.  Brent reported a nice day overall with 5-10 mph winds but very smokey skies.  The teams will spend a bit of time on the summit before starting their descent.  Once back at Camp Muir they will repack and then continue down to Paradise.

Congratulations to today’s climbers!

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Mt. Rainier: Bond and Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons Team Summit

The Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons team led by RMI Guide Andy Bond reached the summit of Mt. Rainier today. Andy and team worked their way up the to the summit via the Emmons Glacier and were standing on Columbia crest. The team will enjoy the views from the top before starting their descent. They will spend more time training at Camp Schurman and return to Ashford Basecamp tomorrow!

Congratulations to the Emmons Team!

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Congratulations on your accomplishment- great work!

Posted by: Carol Brown on 8/14/2018 at 5:15 pm


Mt. Rainier: Expedition Skills Seminar - Kautz Reach the Summit!

The Expedition Skills Seminar - Kautz led by RMI Guide Andy Bond worked their way through the Kautz Ice Chute early this morning to reach the summit of Mt. Rainier. The team was 100% to the summit! Andy reported warm weather climbing conditions and a tricky route. The team will camp and train one more night on the mountain before descending to Paradise.

Congratulations team!

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Mt. Rainier: July 27th Summit!

The Four Day Summit Climb Teams led by RMI Guides Casey Grom and Andy Bond reached the summit of Mt. Rainier early this morning. Casey reported clear skies with very light winds and a fantastic climbing route. The team has started their descent and are en-route to Camp Muir.

Congratulations to today’s team!

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Big congrats to the team and Colin, Hunter , Russell and Brian !

Posted by: Tom Fraser on 7/27/2018 at 3:05 pm

Congratulations!! So excited that weather was good and you all made it! Beer waiting for you in Hawaii

Posted by: Gabi on 7/27/2018 at 10:40 am


Mt. Rainier: Bond & Five Day Summit Climb Reach Top

The Five Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guide Andy Bond tagged the summit bright and early this morning. Andy radioed in 7:10 AM PT reporting clear skies, warm weather and team stoke level of 14,410’. The team will return to Camp Muir and continue to Paradise.  We look forward to seeing them this afternoon at Rainier BaseCamp.

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb team!

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Congratulations to Darin/Dad from Debbie and Lauren, Andrew and Lindsay. We are so proud of you!

Posted by: Debbie on 7/23/2018 at 3:37 pm

Way to go! Special shout-out to first time trekker Steve K.! What an achievement. Andy is still cheering you on from his dog bed.

Posted by: Ali on 7/23/2018 at 10:32 am


Eleven RMI Guides complete the AMGA Alpine Skills Course

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.

Snow anchor construction
Lowering and rappelling practice

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.

Short roping practice
Belay station management
Evening celebrations

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!

Alex Halliday

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Mt. Rainier: Haugen, Bond & Teams Radio from Columbia Crest

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!

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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

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