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Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climb Teams Turned Back by Weather

The Four Day Summit Climb teams led by RMI Guides Dave Hahn and Ben Liken made their summit attempt this morning but turned back after reaching 12,500’ due to increased winds and cold temperatures.  The teams have returned to Camp Muir were they will have a short break before continuing to Paradise.

We look forward to seeing the teams at Rainier BaseCamp this afternoon.  Good work teams!

Congratulations to the team!  Climbing to 12,500 ft in those conditions is quite an accomplishment.  Thanks to the guides for keeping everyone safe.  We look forward to giving hugs and kisses to Team Medley.

Love you guys,

Lilly, Maddie and the moms

Posted by: Nancy Connolly on 6/9/2016 at 1:04 pm


Mt. Rainier: June 5th Summit!

The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guides Leon Davis and Ben Liken reached the summit of Mt. Rainier early this morning.  The team reported clear skies, a light breeze and comfortable climbing conditions.The team has started their descent and are en route back to Camp Muir.

Congratulations to today’s teams!

Congratulations to the team! Another victory for Amherst hockey! Glad everyone had a safe climb.

Posted by: Martha and Denis Moher on 6/5/2016 at 2:39 pm

Congratulations Boys!  What is the next challenge? 

Love,
The English Family


P.S.  Kevin, Grace and Glory say way to go!!!

Posted by: Kevin English on 6/5/2016 at 9:53 am


Mt. Rainier: Muir Seminar Summits!

RMI Guides Elias de Andres Martos and Ben Liken led the Expedition Skills Seminar - Muir to the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning. The teams reached the crater shortly before 8:00 a.m. Elias reported beautiful weather, a cloud deck at 7,500’, chilly temperatures, and a light breeze. The team will spend a little time on the summit before beginning their descent to Camp Muir. The Seminar will spend tonight at Camp Muir and descend back to Ashford tomorrow.

Congratulations to this week’s seminar team!

To the Zmolek men:

Have a safe and fun climb.  Love to you both.  Judy, Natasha and Desmond

Posted by: Judy Zmolek on 5/27/2016 at 3:49 pm

عيد ميلاد سعي Sandra

Posted by: Harab Mukabik on 5/27/2016 at 8:57 am


Mt Rainier: May 15th Update

The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guides Tyler Jones and Ben Liken reached the top of Disappointment Cleaver before winds and weather forced them to turn. Tyler reported several inches of fresh snow on the upper mountain. The team is back at Camp Muir and will be starting their descent to Paradise shortly.

Congratulations to today’s Team!


Mt. Rainier: September 19th Teams Reach 12,700’

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.


Mt. Shuksan: Nugent and Team Settle In On the Sulphide Glacier

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.


Mt. Rainier: August 27th Summit!

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


Mt. Rainier: August 21st Summit

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.

Congratulations Climbers!

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


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.
Congratulations!

Posted by: mom and Dad on 7/31/2015 at 9:47 pm

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