Entries By ben liken
September 19, 2015
The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guide Brent Okita and the Five Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guide Ben Liken were unable to reach the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning due to challenging route conditions. The teams called Camp Comfort at 12,700’ their high point. The teams will return to Ashford this afternoon.
September 8, 2015
Hey! It’s Billy here checking in from the Sulphide Glacier on Mt. Shuksan where the most recent storm cycle actually left us with a nice coating of new snow. Things are exceptionally beautiful here right now but the fog’s kind of moving in and out. And our team has built camp and settled on in and we just enjoyed some dinner. And we’re gonna rack out and hit the hay pretty soon here to get us ready for a big day training tomorrow.
Weird stuff definitely today on the lower glacier. We actually saw multiple frogs on the glacier so the team hasn’t decided whether or not that’s a good omen or bad omen but we’re hoping that it’s a good one. And we’re hoping to get an awesome week of learning and climbing. So, that’s all for now. We’ll check in again tomorrow, and let you know how the day went.
RMI Guide Billy Nugent and Team
RMI Guide Billy Nugent checks in from the Sulphide Glacier on Mt. Shuksan.
August 27, 2015
Our Four Day Summit Climbs led by Nick Hunt and Ben Liken reached the top of Mt. Rainier this morning at around 7:06 am. RMI Guide Ben Liken reported sunny skies and light to moderate winds. The team will spend some time on the summit before starting their descent.
Congratulations to today’s teams!
That’s so great, awesome job team! What a beautiful day for a summit! Can’t wait to do the same some day! Any difficult sections or close calls?
Posted by: Eric Muñoz on 8/27/2015 at 11:15 pm
The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guide Casey Grom and the Expedition Skills Seminar Paradise led by RMI Guide Ben Liken reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning. Ben reported sunny skies and a lot of wind on the summit. The teams began their descent around 9 am. We look forward to greeting them in Ashford this afternoon.
Bett, you are inspiring. Congratulations on reaching your goal. Such determination. Can’t wait to hear about it.
Posted by: Peggy Meyer on 8/22/2015 at 8:21 am
Keep climbing Janet and Bet!! Thinking of you!
Posted by: Di on 8/22/2015 at 8:19 am
August 12, 2015
The Mount Rainier Four and Five Day Summit Climbs, led by Kel Rossiter and Ben Liken, reached about 12,300 feet before thunder and lightning forced the team to turn. The team is safely back at Camp Muir and began their descent to Paradise at 9:00 a.m. The skies are currently hazy with a fair amount of smoke in the skies from various wildfires in eastern part of Washington. Geoff Schellens and the Expedition Skills Seminar - Kautz turned from their summit attempt yesterday at 13,300 feet. They will finish their day of training and be back at RMI Basecamp later this afternoon. The RMI Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons, led by Eric Frank, checked in from camp this morning. Their team is doing well, training today, and preparing for their summit bid in the morning.
July 31, 2015
The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guide Lindsay Mann called from the crater rim at 7:30 am as they were ready to begin their descent. Lindsay reported a beautiful day with a light breeze. The ESS-Paradise led by Ben Liken was also leaving the summit to return to Camp Muir. Both teams will continue their descent to Paradise this afternoon.
Congratulations to today’s climbers!
Congratulations Summer and the entire team! Incredible accomplishment! Prayers and positive thoughts sent your way today. Carol Wyble
Posted by: Carol Wyble on 7/31/2015 at 11:33 pm
Rebecca, No surprise. You are a special force. We are so proud for you.
Posted by: mom and Dad on 7/31/2015 at 9:47 pm
June 19, 2015
The Four Day Summit Climb, led by Seth Waterfall and Ben Liken, reached the summit of Mt. Rainier today. Seth reported a fair amount of wind and cool temperatures with clouds hanging around 9,000’. Both teams began their descent at 7:25 a.m.
Go miki Mcadoo Kirby and Erik I will be watching for you
Posted by: Janice on 6/21/2015 at 6:28 am
Seth, Bridgette and Blake, Thank you so much for such an incredible experience. That sunrise was beautiful and finally reaching the summit will always be part of who I am. Thank you for your professionalism, camaraderie and humor. I’ll be taking some ibuprofen now and sleeping for the next 12 hours. All the best to you all and Bridgette, it was an ice sculpture! Cheers, Peter
Posted by: Peter Hooker on 6/20/2015 at 8:52 pm
June 9, 2015
Our Four Day Summit Climb teams led by RMI Guides Elías de Andrés Martos and Ben Liken reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning and were beginning their descent from the summit around 7AM. It’s a beautiful day with clear skies and warm temperatures, the guides did report some strong winds on the upper mountain. Both climbing teams will return to Camp Muir and then continue their descent to Paradise. The teams will return to Rainier BaseCamp in Ashford this afternoon.
On the Kautz Glacier route, RMI Guide Leon Davis led the Expedition Skills Seminar - Kautz team to the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning. The team will descend back to camp for their final night on the mountain. Tomorrow, they will descend to Paradise before returning to Ashford in the afternoon.
Congratulations Summit Climb and Seminar Climbers!
Good luck Dad!! stay safe! I love you❤️
Posted by: Maranda Sears on 6/24/2015 at 7:41 pm
Congrats to John Stout and team. It sounds like it was a great trek except for wind. Safe travels down to Paradise!
Posted by: Teena McDonald on 6/9/2015 at 8:23 pm
June 1, 2015
The Four Day Summit Climb Teams led by RMI Guides Casey Grom and Ben Liken reached the top of Mt. Rainier today. Casey reported a touch and go summit as the team had climbed into a cloud cap and a bit of poor weather with some new snow and a bit of wind. The Team is en route to Camp Muir and we expect them to be celebrating back at Rainier Basecamp later this afternoon!
Great job Chris !!!!!!! Sounds like a lot of wild weather!
Posted by: Robin on 6/1/2015 at 2:40 pm
Add: You’re the man, Brian!!
Posted by: Judy and Alan on 6/1/2015 at 10:53 am
May 17, 2015
Our Four and Five Day Summit Climb Teams Led by RMI Guides Brent Okita and Ben Liken reached the summit of Mt. Rainier early this morning. Brent reported clear skies, nice weather and great route conditions. The teams were able to spend so time on the summit before starting their descent back to Camp Muir.
Congratulations to today’s teams!