Entries By brent okita
June 17, 2018
The Four Day Summit Climb June 14 - 17 Teams were turned back by poor weather this morning. RMI Guide Brent Okita reported that the teams climbed to 11,000’ feet before high winds, snow and poor visibility forced them to retreat to Camp Muir. The teams will descend to Paradise and then Rainier BaseCamp later this morning.
To the Harts, Sorry to hear that you had to turn back. Better luck on the next one. Lol. .Mom & Dad
Posted by: David & Jonne' on 6/17/2018 at 1:44 pm
Oh Gosh Joe and Sandhya. So sorry to hear this but glad you are staying safe!
Posted by: Patricia Huff on 6/17/2018 at 11:20 am
June 12, 2018
The Five Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guides Brent Okita and Chris Ebeling reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning. Brent reported clear skies and light winds of about 20 mph. The team will descent back to camp Muir for their final night on the mountain.
Congratulations to today’s team!
What an amazing accomplishment. Congratulations to the entire team. Way to go Gwen and Elizabeth!
Love from the Mathewson/Niehaus Family
Posted by: Lori Mathewson Niehaus on 6/12/2018 at 10:59 am
Congrats to Brent and his team - You led a trip last year when Andy Renner attempted Rainer and he and your colleagues will try again tomorrow (6/13) and I hope that you (literally!) paved the way for his group to make it all the way. Best wishes
Posted by: Stephanie Renner on 6/12/2018 at 10:03 am
June 6, 2018
RMI Guide Brent Okita radioed at 6:52 am PT as the Four Day Summit Climb teams were approaching the crater rim. Brent reported chilly temps and light winds. They will enjoy some time on the summit before starting their descent. They will return to Camp Muir and then continue to Paradise.
Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb team!
Absolutely amazing climb!!! Can’t say enough about RMI and to all our guides. You guys really set the tone for my passion for mountaineering. Many a climbs to come with you guys!!! Ecuador, Mexico, Denaili and many more to come!!
Congrats to my new climbing friends on the successful summit!!!
Posted by: Tanner Morrison on 6/7/2018 at 1:35 pm
Amazing Heidi!!! We are all impressed back here at zero elevation. Can’t wait to hear all about it. I hope someone is takin pictures.
Stay warm. Love Eloise, Max and Marco
Posted by: Allison on 6/6/2018 at 3:19 pm
May 31, 2018
Today’s mixed bag of weather didn’t dampen anyone’s enthusiasm to train in and around the crevasses near Camp Muir. If anything, we were all smug in the knowledge that we took advantage of fantastic weather when we could to summit and would deal with less than ideal weather for our training.
Even the blisters and sore feet of the climb seemed to go away with our great night of sleep.
I was impressed with how the group really learned the skills to effect a rescue of a partner from a crevasse, then jumped at the chance to get back in the hole to ice climb out. Most even got in seconds on the ice climbs.
Our evening talk in the bunkhouse covered everything from altitude illness, mountain medicine, expedition life, Denali and Everest to things better left unmentioned here. I apologize in advance to all of you if your partners on this seminar come home with ambitions to climb more and bigger mountains in the future.
Tomorrow, sadly, is our last day. However, a morning of training will be followed by excitement to get down off the mountain, have a beer and burger and get back to our loved ones and the comforts of home.
It’s been a great week and we hope to be able to climb together again sometime soon.
Au revoir from Camp Muir.
Welcome back to earth team! Can’t wait to see you Glo! Yep, it’s me again! Glo’s proud mama!
Posted by: Michelle Mom on 6/1/2018 at 1:30 am
May 30, 2018
This morning we awoke just before 2:00am hoping to take advantage of some favorable weather on the mountain. We were rewarded with an incredible morning. Calm winds and clear skies! A full moon and stars everywhere confirmed that we had made the right call to climb. Leaving just a little later than we would on a regular summit climb allowed us minimal exposure to the coldest part of the night, yet still get down before it got too darned hot out. We reached the summit just before 8:00 with no wind and the sun’s rays beginning to warm us up. After an hour on top we started our descent, which our team rocked.
We’re all back at Muir now, relaxing in the sun or catching up on some sleep in the sleeping bags, taking a well deserved rest. But the day’s not over yet. This crew is still psyched to hone their mountain skills, so later on we’ll be learning about anchors, belaying and anything else they are interested in. This will get us ready for our day of crevasse rescue and ice climbing tomorrow.
All for now,
RMI Guides Brent Okita, Jordan Cargill, JT Schmitt, Gloria Roe, and Ross Morgan
Hey guys, it’s Glo’s mom wishing you clear skies and safe passage all over the mountain. Miss you Glo!
Posted by: Michelle Mom on 5/30/2018 at 10:33 pm
May 30, 2018
The Expedition Skills Seminar - Muir reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning around 7:30 AM. RMI Guides Brent Okita and Jordan Cargill chose to make their summit attempt today due to the nice weather. Brent reported no wind and a perfect day on the mountain. The team will return to Camp Muir and continue to their training until Friday when they will descend to Paradise. The top photos are from today’s summit climb, the bottom two photos are from Tuesday’s training above Camp Muir.
Congratulations to the climbers!
Glad you had a beautiful day on the summit! You’ve got chill skills!
Posted by: Michelle Mom on 5/30/2018 at 11:21 am
May 29, 2018
The Expedition Skills Seminar - Muir May 27 - 1 June led by RMI Guides Brent Okita and Jordan Cargill met their team on Sunday for a day of Technical Training at Rainier BaseCamp. They spent their first day reviewing the plan for the week, working on some technical skills and completing a thorough equipment check. With backpacks proficiently packed they ascended to Camp Muir on Monday under blue skies. They will spend the next several days working on mountaineering skills and preparing for their summit attempt later this week.
May 20, 2018
The Four Day Summit Climb teams led by RMI Guides Brent Okita and Bryan Mazaika reached the summit just before 7:30 am. Brent reported 10-15 mph winds and partly sunny conditions on the summit. The teams spent an hour on the summit before starting their descent. We look forward to seeing them back in Ashford this afternoon.
Proud of the entire team for making it to the summit! One of the hardest physical and mental challenges but had a blast! Thanks, Bryan, for successfully leading us to the top!
Posted by: Matt Keller on 5/25/2018 at 12:05 pm
Way to climb , Justin, so glad you had this amazing experience! Can hardly wait to see your photos and see you on level ground. Love, grandpa and grandpa
Posted by: John and jeri simonson on 5/24/2018 at 10:39 am
May 11, 2018
The Five Day Summit Climb Team led by RMI Guides Brent Okita and Bryan Mazaika reached 11,000’ on their summit attempt of Mt. Rainier this morning before poor weather and visibility forced the team to turn at Ingraham Flats. Brent reported cold and windy temperatures with some blowing snow. The team is back at Camp Muir and will start their descent at 9 am. They will be back at Rainier Basecamp in the early afternoon.
Congratulations to today’s Team!
Climbing mountains has never entered my mind in the past as a challenging activity in which I would want to participate. However, since my son, Frank in this week’s climb, began his quest to reach the summit of each of the 50 states, I have begun to look more closely at the challenges faced by such intrepid climbers. I have found this RMI web site has some of the best information on many of the desirable mountains. I was disappointed, though, not to find any information about Britton Hill “:-)” included.
Seriously, I pray for the success of this week’s climb and the safety of all the members. May God go with you all.
Posted by: Fred Wendt on 5/12/2018 at 9:31 am
September 27, 2017
RMI Guide Brent Okita just called in from the Mt. Rainier summit! The last of the teams are coiling in at the crater rim and enjoying magnificent views with just a breath of wind. They will be on the summit for about an hour and radio us when they begin their descent back to Camp Muir.
Congratulations seminar team!
Enjoy the beauty and wonder of the world. Take in every precious moment. Even though we are not there, we are always with you in heart, supporting every step of your journey.
Jane & Zorba
Posted by: Jane Ccaihuari and Zorba on 9/28/2017 at 8:19 am
Enjoy the adventure Layton!! Proud of you, be safe, can’t wait to hear the stories and see pictures.
Posted by: Sondra and Harry on 9/28/2017 at 7:57 am