Entries By billy nugent
September 28, 2016
The Expedition Skills Seminar - Muir reached the summit of Mount Rainier this morning. RMI Guides Brent Okita and Billy Nugent with their teams started the day with a glorious sunrise as they ascended the mountain. Weather was crisp with wind speeds around 20 mph. They began their descent to Camp Muir at 9:15 a.m. and will spend the next two days learning additional mountaineering skills to wrap up the week on Mount Rainier.
The seminar is the last RMI Mount Rainier program of the 2016 season. We look forward to May 2017 when the next season begins!
Great job. Look forward to see the photos!
Posted by: Jzk on 9/29/2016 at 11:03 pm
Sean & Leslie,
Congratulations, know your enjoying the spectacular views
Posted by: BJWelch on 9/29/2016 at 12:30 pm
September 22, 2016
The Expedition Skills Seminar - Muir led by RMI Guides Dave Hahn and Billy Nugent attempted to summit Mt. Rainier early this morning, but snow instability forced the teams to turn at the top of Disappointment Cleaver today. The is headed back to Camp Muir and will spend their remainder of their time on the mountain training before descending to back to Rainier Basecamp tomorrow afternoon.
Congratulations to today’s team!
We can’t wait to hear all about your adventure! We decided to combine your names (Fred & Jack) and dub you “Team Frack”..Lol. ....Go Team Frack !!! ~ Your Friends @ Toyota
Posted by: Dawn on 9/24/2016 at 10:11 am
September 15, 2016
Posted by: Billy Nugent
Today RMI Guide Billy Nugent and the Mt. Shuksan team reached the summit! Climbing the Sulphide Glacier Route, the team’s round-trip was eight hours and 40 minutes. The weather was sunny and not a breath of wind. After returning to camp, safe and sound, Billy was able to send us the photo below.
Way to go Mac and Fraser boys!! yahoo!
Posted by: Gary Lamberti on 9/21/2016 at 12:21 pm
WAY TO GO JOSH AND GROUP!! Proud of you big brother!! ❤️❤️
Posted by: Ali Arzt on 9/16/2016 at 12:57 pm
The Four Day Summit Climb September 8 - 11, 2016 were unable to reach the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning due to windy conditions. RMI Guides Billy Nugent and Katrina Bloemsma made the decision to turn their teams around at 13,700’ as the extremely high winds made it unsafe for the groups to continue. They began their descent from their high point at 7:30 am en route to Camp Muir. After they rest and repack they will continue to Paradise and be transferred to Rainier Base Camp.
Many thanks to our guides! Although we didn’t make the summit, it will be an adventure that we will always treasure.
Dave & Lori
Posted by: David Haggist on 9/13/2016 at 11:08 am
Great job guys! Sorry the weather didn’t cooperate, but what an experience! Very proud of you!!
Posted by: Ron and Debbie Hochstein on 9/11/2016 at 5:38 pm
August 24, 2016
RMI Guides Billy Nugent and Ben Like led their Four Day Summit Climb teams to the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning. Billy radioed at 7:30 am as the teams were approaching the crater rim. The report was clear skies and winds 15 mph from the North.
Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb teams!
Posted by: Ron on 8/24/2016 at 4:56 pm
Well, we wrapped up our trip today touring the beautiful city of St. Petersburg complete with visits to cathedrals (of course), art museums, and even a boat tour on the Neva River and smaller canals. Our team had a ton of fun despite a little drizzle and enjoyed one last team dinner in the evening. I can honestly say I’m sad to say goodbye to such a great group. Thanks guys for making this trip and awesome climb and such a fun adventure. I hope to see all of you again someday in the mountains or otherwise. Also, thanks to everyone reading this for following along. Now a groggy 3:30 am ride to the airport is looming…
We had an early rise after our celebratory dinner (and some dancing) in Cheget for our transfer back to Mineralnye Vody. It was a little painful but not too bad as we had a nice, spacious Sprinter van to stretch out in. We caught a flight to Moscow and another to St. Pete’s and then checked into our lovely hotel. Travel days always seem to tire you out even though you’re mostly sitting around all day. Anyway, more sightseeing in the morning before the journey home!
We are down from the heights after a truly amazing day up on Mt. Elbrus. Our summit day started off with a bit of breeze and some chilly temps but after a couple hours of walking turned into one of the most calm and beautiful days in the mountains that I’ve had. Our team was strong and we made short work of the climb, celebrated on top with some hugs, high-5’s, and photos, and had a smooth descent. A few of us even made a side excursion to the summit of the east peak and enjoyed even more sweeping views of the Caucasus range. All in all it was an epic day.
Today we spent relaxing and recovering, shopping for souvenirs, etc. And we ultimately had a great team dinner complete with kebobs and (of course) libations. Good times with great people! Tomorrow we’re off to St. Petersburg for a day of culture before returning home to the states.
On The Map
August 12, 2016
Posted by: Billy Nugent
We are back safely at the Barrels after 100% of our climbers reached the Mt. Elbrus summit! Three of us even summited both peaks. Perfect weather!
RMI Guide Billy Nugent calls in from the Mt. Elbrus summit.
August 11, 2016
Posted by: Billy Nugent
Just checking in from our camp at over 12,000ft in the barrels here on Elbrus. We had a mellow day resting up before our summit attempt tomorrow morning that we used to brush up on some crampon techniques and run through an ice axe arrest refresher. The weather has been funky for the last 24 hours with everything from snow and rain, thunder and lightning, to sunshine and blue sky. The forecast for tomorrow is good so our fingers are crossed. Not much else to report, headed to bed early for our early wake up.
On The Map
Hi Sue & Team!
Hoping for good weather on your climb to the summit tomorrow! Have fun!
Laura & the gang back home!
Posted by: Laura Thompson on 8/11/2016 at 3:34 pm