Entries By andy bond
September 21, 2017
The Expedition Skills Seminar - Muir led by RMI Guides Andy Bond and Mike King made their summit attempt today. After spending several days training at Camp Muir, the Seminar Team left Camp Muir en route to the summit. The recent storm left several feet of snow in places. The guides broke trail and continually assessed the route and weather conditions. After reaching 12,600’ the team decided to turn around and head back Camp Muir due to deteriorating weather. They will spend their last night at Camp Muir. Tomorrow, they will complete their program and return to Rainier BaseCamp in Ashford.
How can we track our kids while they’re climbing MT Rainier? Our 2 daughters - Shauna and Kerry Manion are with John Marquart and Tiffany Marquart as part of a group of 12 people guided with Sherpa’s. They told us there was a link to follow them on the trip. They arrived on 9/21 but I think they were in training today and starting the climb tomorrow on 9/23. Can you give me any information? Are they on one of your expeditions?
Posted by: Joanne Manion on 9/22/2017 at 4:57 pm
September 16, 2017
Our Four Day Summit Climb September 13 - 16 reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning. RMI Guides Brent Okita and Andy Bond led their teams to the crater on a clear and windless day. The teams will enjoy the views from the top before returning to Camp Muir and then continuing their descent to Paradise.
Congratulations to today’s climbers!
Andy, Alan and Joe were great! They worked hard to ensure the safety our group and went above and beyond at every level to make this a memorable experience. Being my first time climbing a mountain I had very high expectations of the experience. Amazingly, the actual event wildly exceeded those expectations. This had a lot to do with the professionalism, experience and competency level of our guide team, led by Andy. They made this an exceptional learning experience and can’t wait to get back up to the mountain with them. Thanks to our guides and RMI!
Posted by: Jesse Hutton on 9/18/2017 at 10:38 am
Andy and Brent…and the entire RMI team were fantastic in bringing a group to the top who came down with great memories and many new friends. Memories for a lifetime. Thanks guys.
Posted by: Eric Muller on 9/17/2017 at 11:42 am
September 10, 2017
The Four Day Summit Climb Team led by RMI Guides Pete VanDeventer and Andy Bond reached the summit of Mt. Rainier early this morning. Pete reported winds of about 40 mph, but clear skies as they climbed above the marine layer. The team has started their descent and are en-route to Camp Muir.
Congratulations to today’s team!
Awesome job! Can’t wait to see the pictures.
Posted by: Melissa & Scott on 9/10/2017 at 3:10 pm
We look forward to hearing all about your adventure. Glad you made it
Posted by: Ann Sharp on 9/10/2017 at 9:56 am
August 19, 2017
Posted by: Andy Bond
The Expedition Skills Seminar - Paradise, led by RMI Guide Andy Bond, was on the Mt. Rainier summit just before 7:00 a.m. They are enjoying the Cascades Mountain views above a sea of clouds. The team has been on the mountain since Monday learning many mountaineering skills to prepare for bigger mountain objectives, such as Denali in Alaska. We look forward to hearing about their week of adventure this afternoon.
August 12, 2017
The Four Day Summit Climb teams August 9-12, were unable to reach the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning due to route conditions. The teams will return to Camp Muir and repack before continuing down to Paradise later today.
I am sure it has to be such an amazing adventure!!!
So very proud of you for making the effort. Proud of the leaders and all team members.
There’s always another day!!!
Look forward to hearing all about it!
Mom and dad
Posted by: Pam on 8/13/2017 at 2:26 pm
Congratulations Erika and company! WOW! This is an amazing accomplishment. I know it is not the top but the journey to get where you have gotten is something to be proud of. It is always good to work with mother nature and appreciate her messages. I am glad you all listen to that, to climb another day.
To future journeys.
Posted by: Darcy on 8/12/2017 at 5:49 pm
August 5, 2017
Congratulations to today’s summit climb teams!
Wow!! Looks amazing, Scott. You are my hero!!
Posted by: Sandy Isham on 8/5/2017 at 10:54 am
Congratulations to Scott and the rest of team!! So proud of you Scott!!
Posted by: Laurie on 8/5/2017 at 10:48 am
August 1, 2017
The Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons July 28 - 2 August, 2017 reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning around 7 am. RMI Guide Andy Bond and the team headed to the White River Camp Ground on Sunday after two days of training at Rainier BaseCamp. They started on the route on Sunday and ascended to Camp Schurman yesterday. They made an alpine start this morning and were pleased to report great weather and route conditions and that 100% of their team reached the summit today. The team will return to camp today for their final night on the mountain. Following some additional training the team will descend to the trail head and return to Rainier BaseCamp tomorrow.
Congratulations to the Emmons Seminar Team!
July 24, 2017
RMI Guide Andy Bond and the Five Day Summit Climb July 20 - 24 reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning around 6:30 am. Andy reported warm temperatures and sunny skies. The teams will return to Camp Muir and continue their descent to Paradise.
Congratulations to today’s Five Day Summit Climb team!
So glad to see the team reached the summit today. Special congrats to son Dave Skofstad. What a way to celebrate your birthday tomorrow! The kids just left and made something for you.
Posted by: Charlotte Skofstad on 7/24/2017 at 4:27 pm
So proud of my big brother Randy DeBoer. I am over 10 years younger and with my back and knees struggle to hike to the mailbox! You are a stud big brother!
Posted by: Roger DeBoer on 7/24/2017 at 11:19 am
July 12, 2017
Congratulations to today’s Five Day Summit Climb Team July 8-12, 2017 who reached the summit of Mt. Rainier at 7 am this morning with 100% of their team. The climbers enjoyed an hour on the summit of Mt. Rainier under blue skies and moderate winds. The will descend to Camp Muir and continue down to Paradise this afternoon to conclude their program.
I am glad our group completed the summit together. Thanks to Andy, Mike and Peter for their expertise and patience. I had a great time and will use the confidence from this successful climb to complete any other difficult task that I might face in the future.
Posted by: Chad Miller on 7/17/2017 at 10:36 am
Congratulations to the entire team!
Garrett, I’m so proud of you for doing this. I so glad you have developed such a love for the beauty nature gives us and for your sense of adventure!!!
Posted by: Maria (Garretts mom) on 7/12/2017 at 6:46 pm
July 5, 2017
Posted by: Andy Bond
The Five Day Summit Climb July 1 - 5, 2017 team reached the summit of Mt. Rainier today. RMI Guide Andy Bond said the route is in great shape. The team will spend some time at Camp Muir before descending to Paradise.
Congratulations to today’s Five Day Summit Climb Team!
Greta job from the Guides and the team. All of us reached the summit.
Posted by: Sastry Dhara on 7/7/2017 at 10:51 am