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Mt. Rainier: August 12th Update

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.

Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climb & Expedition Skills Seminars on Top!

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

Mt. Rainier: June 19th Summit!

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

Mt.Rainier: June 9th Teams on Top!

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

Mt. Rainier: June 1st Summit!

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!

Congratulations Team!

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

Mt. Rainier: May 17th Summit

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!

Mt. Rainier: Winter Seminar Reaches 12,300’

The Expedition Skills Seminar - Winter reached 12,300 feet on Mt. Rainier before being dead-ended by a crevasse. Despite the crevasse, the team has been enjoying excellent weather on the upper mountain. The team will descend back to Camp Muir for the night where they will continue their skills training.

good luck Doni n Pepi
gunna b wet n cold
b safe
have fun

Posted by: Donato Arguelles on 5/10/2015 at 9:55 am

Mt. Rainier: Winter Seminar Enjoying Post Storm Sun

The Expedition Skills Seminar - Winter led by RMI Guides Brent Okita and Seth Waterfall spent yesterday training on the lower slopes of Mt. Rainier. The team experienced stormy conditions with 5 - 6 inches of new snow overnight and some mild wind.

Today, the team is breaking camp and making their way uphill towards Camp Muir where they will continue their technical training. While breaking camp, the team enjoyed bluebird skies and beautiful mountain views.

I hope you guys are well and wish you the best of luck.  I hope to climb this mountain sometime in the next year or so and I am training for it right now. 

Posted by: Kevin Stone on 4/28/2015 at 7:38 am

Enjoy the climb. I was there on the same type climb with Brent and Elias in April of 2012. Lots to learn. Have fun. I am headed to the Alaska Expedition Skills Seminar next month with RMI. I hope to get to Denali in 2016.

Posted by: John Newland on 4/16/2015 at 10:35 am

Ecuador Seminar: Grom & Team Summit Cotopaxi!

The Ecuador Seminar team, led by Casey Grom and Ben Liken reached the Cotopaxi summit this morning!  Check out the photos Casey sent us this morning from their summit bid.

Congratulations team!

On The Map

Congrats Luke and rest of team. Look forward to hearing details. Damn I’m jealous.

Posted by: Jim hill on 2/15/2015 at 10:39 pm

Great accomplishment - all down safe and sound?

Posted by: sally on 2/15/2015 at 7:08 pm

Ecuador Seminar: Grom & Team at Hacienda Tambopaxi

Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone,

We spent the day relaxing here at Hacienda Tambopaxi that sits just at the base of the beautiful volcano Cotopaxi. It’s one of the highest active volcanoes in the world and we’ve been told that Cotopaxi is a pre-inca name meaning “neck of the moon”. The area surrounding the volcano is mostly high plateau grasslands and is home to a thousands of wild horses, which we could easily see just outside of the hacienda.

The team is doing great and everyone is well rested and excited for our last big climb. We’ll be waking up at 10pm and hopefully hitting the road shortly after breakfast and if all goes well, standing at 19,347ft above sea level right after sunrise.

We will check in tomorrow when we are safely back down.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

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