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Mt. Rainier: Brent Okita & Team Summit!

This morning RMI Guide Brent Okita led his team to the Mt. Rainier summit.  With a forecasted freezing level over 15,000’ and sunny skies, the team began their ascent from Camp Muir in the early morning hours. After spending some time on the top, the team began their descent at 6:40 a.m. 

Congratulations to Brent and his team!

Fantastic life rewards! Best wishes Brent! Your friend Spud

Posted by: James Spodobalski on 12/15/2016 at 10:16 pm

Congratulations!!!  That is awesome.  It’s must have been beautiful at the top.  Such a thrill!

Posted by: Dana Coletti on 7/25/2016 at 4:48 pm

Mt. Rainier: July 21st Summit!

The Four Day Summit Climb Led by RMI Guides Brent Okita and Zeb Blais reached the summit of Mt. Rainier Early this morning.  The team climbed into a cap with 30 mph winds. They spent a brief time on the top before starting their descent.

Congratulations to today’s team!

Way to go, Jim!! Can’t wait to hear all about it!! Love You, Myra, Darby & Aidan

Posted by: Myra, Darby & Aidan on 7/21/2016 at 10:18 am

Mt. Rainier: July 13th Summit!

Climbers on the Four Day Summit Climb teams led by RMI Guides Brent Okita and Mike Uchal reached the summit crater of Mt. Rainier at 6:45 a.m. PDT. Brent and Mike reported chilly and breezy conditions on the summit. The teams will spend some time on top before beginning their descent. We look forward to welcoming the climbers back to Ashford this afternoon.


Brent, see you on the hiil!

Posted by: James Spodobalski on 9/26/2016 at 10:54 pm

Awesome and beyond (Brent) &team;, blessed to have run Gates on Gold Hill coin-op,&  bringing around with Alan,Wheels,steveie ray vaugh!! Especially when you. Team 911,,let me race gates under chair 4,,&& will never forget wheels/ yelled-(Spud Did It For The Team!!  You & Julie invited to have super hot cocoa @ that time Up on Gold Hill! Always thankful met Julie & You Thanks



Posted by: James Spodobalski on 9/26/2016 at 10:40 pm

Mt. Rainier: July 9th Update

Due to avalanche hazard, the summit climb teams, led by Brent Okita and Mike Uchal, were unable to summit Mt. Rainier this morning. Both teams topped out at 12,800,’ and are headed back down to Camp Muir. 

We look forward to seeing the teams back in Ashford this afternoon.

Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climbs Reach the Summit

RMI Guide Steve Gately radioed in from the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  The teams enjoyed a beautiful morning with light winds. At 7:00 am PT both Four Day Summit Climb teams June 28 - 1 July, 2016 were beginning their descent from the crater rim.

Mt. Rainier: RMI Guides Lead Their Teams to the Summit!

The Mt. Rainier Summit Climb teams, led by RMI Guides Brent Okita and Zeb Blais, reached the top this morning.  Winds were in the 10-15 mph range and beautiful, sunny skies.  After spending some time on the summit, the teams began their descent at 7:00 a.m.

I’m so proud of you guys, and I can’t wait to hear all about how you conquered the mountain!

Posted by: Addie on 6/28/2016 at 10:09 am

Well done Herndons!  Congrats to you and everyone who made it ... this is truly fantastic. And I’m glad you’re back down off the mountain safely.

Posted by: Elisabeth on 6/27/2016 at 9:05 pm

Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climb Reaches Summit

RMI Guide Brent Okita led the Four Day Summit Climb to the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning. Brent reported increasing winds speeds from light winds on their ascent to windy conditions on the summit. The team started their descent shortly before 8:30 a.m. We look forward to greeting the team in Ashford later this afternoon.

Congratulations climbers!

Way to go everyone!  I’m so happy for you Jon Eastlake!!  Congrats!!

Posted by: Lynnette Eastlake on 6/21/2016 at 9:13 am

Mt. Rainier: RMI Guide Brent Okita & Teams Summit!

The summit climb teams, led by Brent Okita and JJ Justman, tagged the top of Mt. Rainier at 7:35am this morning. They reported winds about 25 mph, a bit chilly, and a cloud cap forming.  Both teams began their descent at 8:20 a.m.

Congratulations to today’s teams!

Congratulations Mark, Soleil, & Cabrina!!  I’m so excited for you and can’t wait to hear all about it.

Posted by: Janine on 6/17/2016 at 9:20 am


I don’t know you but everyone seems pretty pumped for you. Nice work, bud!

Posted by: Hayden on 6/17/2016 at 8:59 am

RMI Guide Brent Okita Summits Mt. Rainier for the 500th Time

On Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at 2:02 p.m. PDT, RMI Guide Brent Okita reached the summit of Mt. Rainier for the 500th time, becoming only the second person to reach this exclusive milestone.

Brent; along with RMI Guides Leah Fisher and Christina Dale, Peter Dale and Aaron Mainer; ascended Mt. Rainier via the Disappointment Cleaver route. It was a windy day on the summit but the team took time to celebrate at Columbia Crest. After many hugs and photos were exchanged, they traversed to Liberty Cap for their ski descent of the Edmunds Headwall. Brent described his 500th summit and ski descent as “one of the coolest days of my life!”

To put this in perspective, Brent has logged over 9,000,000 vertical feet on Mt. Rainier throughout his 30-year career. “Brent is a mentor, leader, and above all an inspiration to all mountaineers,” said Peter Whittaker, owner of RMI. “The fact that Brent has challenged himself on this mountain for 30 years and successfully summited Rainier 500 times is extraordinary. Even more amazing, Brent continues to climb at the pace of a 20-year-old guide and will likely climb Rainier another 20 times this summer…his endurance and fitness are unmatched.”

Brent, 55, has worked at RMI since 1986 as a professional climbing instructor and guide, leading teams of climbers on ascents of Mt. Rainier. In that time, he has also reached the summit of Mt. Everest (via the North Side) and led over two dozen RMI guided parties up 20,310’ Denali in Alaska, the highest mountain in North America. Other ascents to his credit include Vinson Massif (Antarctica), and several expeditions to the French, Swiss, and Italian Alps (Mont Blanc, Matterhorn, Monte Rosa, Jungfrau).

Setting records is not Brent’s motivation; his 500 summits of Mt. Rainier are a natural consequence of his tenure with RMI and dedication to the sport of mountaineering. With no thoughts of retirement, Brent plans to continue guiding climbers on Mt Rainier and Denali for the foreseeable future. In the winter months he pursues his love of skiing, working for Crystal Mountain Ski Patrol. He and wife, Julie, make their home in Enumclaw, WA, where they enjoy bicycling and hiking.

Congratulations Brent!

Well done, Big Bro!! The family is all proud of you ... again!

Posted by: Brad Okita on 6/15/2016 at 8:57 pm

Awesome Brent, I remember when you first started guiding for RMI. Congratulations on your alpine achievements, I wish I was there to ski the Edmunds with you, snow is going fast in the Tetons so will head to the Winds on days off. Peace and much Love, Bill Moe/ former Paradise/ Muir Ranger/ Teton Helitack USFS, Jackson Wyoming

Posted by: Bill Moe on 6/10/2016 at 10:26 am

Denali - West Buttress Expedition: Okita and Team Celebrate

We’re off the mountain and diving to the Anchorage airport. Obviously, we flew off the glacier last night, just before dinner.  After some thankless chores of sorting out gear that the team did without complaint, it was off to the Talkeetna Motel where we had to wait again as the owner cleaned out rooms. But still no complaints from one of the nicest groups of folks I’ve had the pleasure of climbing with.  Dinner then drinks and merriment at the Fairview Inn. What went on in that fine establishment I’ll leave unsaid. Just know that the two block walk back to the hotel seemed manageable and safe for all. That only half the group made it to breakfast at 9:00 might tell of the fun had that night.

It’s been a tremendous trip with people I’d love to climb with or at least see again. I hope you’ve enjoyed sharing the trip in this way with us. Maybe next time you’ll be part of our group - it’s an amazing experience in an amazing world. It will change your life and be with you forever.

From Alaska this last time, so long.

RMI Guide Brent Okita & Team

Great to hear that everyone made it back to sea level safe! What an amazing trip you all must have had. Along with Joe, I cannot wait to hear the stories you must have! Great job Dawn, so proud of you!
All the best to all team members and keep on climbing those mountains for no one will remember those extra days you spent in the office!!

Cheers from Calgary,


Posted by: Darcy on 6/8/2016 at 7:55 am

Congrats Team! Thanks for keeping us updated Brent; it was a blast (and much needed distraction) following you all up the mountain whilst day-dreaming of alpine starts and fresh Alaskan air from my office here in the gloomy SF!  So stoked and proud of you Dawn, looking forward to reconnecting with you and the Rainier team soon and hearing all about your Denali adventure.


Posted by: Joseph Walker on 6/6/2016 at 9:36 am

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