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July 16, 2019
Posted by: Bryan Mazaika
RMI Guide Bryan Mazaika and the Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons July 12 - 17 reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning around 8:20 AM. It’s a beautiful day on the mountain and the team enjoyed some time in the crater rim before starting their descent. The team will return to Camp Schurman for their final night on the mountain. Tomorrow, after some additional training, the team will break camp, return to the trail and make their way back to Rainier BaseCamp in Ashford.
Congratulation to the Emmons Seminar Team!
July 2, 2019
Posted by: Bryan Mazaika
RMI Guide Bryan Mazaika and the Five Day Climb are approaching the crater rim of Mt. Rainier. New snow fell overnight but Bryan reports the weather is currently nice and cold up top. The teams will spend some time on the summit before starting their descent. We look forward to seeing them back in Ashford this afternoon.
Go Jamie! You are a rock star. Super stoked for you as well!!!
Posted by: Ryan O. on 7/2/2019 at 7:53 pm
Congrats, Jamie! What a feat! So stoked for you! Much love!!!!
Posted by: Jason Weisberg on 7/2/2019 at 7:17 pm
June 12, 2019
The Expedition Skill Seminar - Emmons June 8 - 13 team reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning via the Emmons Glacier led by RMI Guide Bryan Mazaika. After two days of training the team drove to White River Camp Ground and started their ascent. The team will return to Camp Schurman for their final night on the mountain. We look forward to seeing them at Rainier BaseCamp tomorrow afternoon for the conclusion of their program.
Congratulations to the Emmons team!
Congrats Rob and team on reaching the summit!! so proud and happy for you!
can’t wait to see pics.
love ya, Ker
Posted by: kerry on 6/13/2019 at 8:45 am
June 7, 2019
The Four Day Climb led by RMI Guides Eric Frank and Bryan Mazaika reached the Camp Comfort head-wall at 12,500’ and were turned due to weather. Eric reported fresh snow on the route and 15 - 30 mph winds. The team is en route back to Camp Muir.
Congratulations to Today’s Teams!
Great climb and fantastic views.
Brian, Ross and Abby were real professional guides on the mountain.
Next time I’ll definitely make sure I have more gas in my tank.
I may have tapped out if we didn’t turn around due to weather, not sure, but each time the slope leveled out I seemed to get a second wind.
Trip was everything expected and then some.
Again, thanks to our guides for a safe trip.
P.S. I still owe Wesley and Vicky a beer for borrowing the carabiner.
Vicky, if you have the pic you took of me and my son Wes, I’d love to receive that via email, along with other great shots you may have, like the sunrise in the clouds.
Great climbing with you all.
(the old guy)
Posted by: Fred Whiting on 6/11/2019 at 11:00 am
Safe travels on the way down! Great job guys!
Posted by: Christina Rydbeck on 6/7/2019 at 11:25 am
May 18, 2019
The Four Day Climb led by RMI Guides Brent Okita and Bryan Mazaika reached 11,200’ on Mt. Rainier today. New snow from the last few days and high avalanche danger kept the team from going any higher on the mountain. The team is back at Camp Muir and will start the descent to Paradise shortly.
Congratulations to today’s team!
Congrats, Hoger (and Team)! Pretty awesome!!
Posted by: K-Man on 5/19/2019 at 9:26 am
May 8, 2019
The Five Day Climb led by RMI Guides Brent Okita and Bryan Mazaika reached the summit of Mt. Rainier early this morning. Brent reported clear skies, but a constant wind of about 35 mph keeping the temperatures cool.
Congratulations to Today’s Team!
Congratulations to all. What an accomplishment. And you all did not have to suffer this heat wave in Seattle.
Posted by: Mac Fletcher on 5/10/2019 at 9:45 pm
Congrats team!! A beautiful start to the climbing season onRainier. Way to go Brent Okita! On his way to 600!! :)
Posted by: Larry Schultz on 5/9/2019 at 8:01 am
May 7, 2019
Our hike up to Camp Muir yesterday was beautiful. The nicest day of the season!
This morning we climbed the first 1,000’ of the route to Ingraham Flats as part of our acclimatization for the climb. Reports from other guides suggest our route is the nicest, most direct route we could ask for. We’re all excited!
We’ll have a meeting to go over preparations for the climb tonight then get to bed before our pre-dawn departure.
Wish us well.
April 29, 2019
What a few days it’s been. After a productive and fun day at our climbing school on Saturday we were excited about the perfect day we had yesterday for our hike up to Camp Muir. At times it was almost too hot as the sun’s radiation backed. But we all persevered and made it to Camp Muir doing well.
Unfortunately, today we received some bad news when the guides kicking in the route discovered a crevasse preventing forward progress up to the higher reaches of the mountain. That, coupled with some not insignificant avalanche hazard from a couple of unexpected evening snow storms has forced us to temper our ambitions for the summit this go around.
While disappointed, the team was understanding and in full agreement that getting down safe and sound was our priority.
While a handful of folks opted to descend to the comforts of life at sea level, the rest of us explored the upper mountain as much as we could and had a great day enjoying the glaciers and crevasses of Mt Rainier. Later, as the now normal afternoon snow storm continues to dump snow at Muir here, we’re passing the afternoon and evening talking about mountains, climbing and the tall tales that take root in such firmament.
We’re planning on an early departure tomorrow morning when we hope the skies will have cleared and the sun will shine on our descent.
See you soon.
RMI Guides Brent Okita, Dustin Wittmier, James Bealer and the team
Words cannot adequately express how proud and excited we are for you and your team on this amazing accomplishment. You even were able to reach the summit!!
God Bless You!
Posted by: Uncle Gary & Aunt Roe on 5/5/2019 at 10:41 am
October 1, 2018
The Four Day Summit Climb Teams led by RMI Guides Brent Okita and Bryan Mazaika spent a stormy night at Camp Muir. They woke very early in the morning to blowing snow and whiteout conditions that forced the team to go back to bed for a few hours. They woke up again for breakfast, and the skies started clearing. The team decided to make the best of the morning and are going for a walk to Ingraham Flats so that they can see the upper mountain. This is the final climb of Mt. Rainier for our 2018 season, they will enjoy this views from the flats before heading back to Paradise.
September 9, 2018
Sunday, September 9, 2018 - 1:20 PM PT
RMI Guide Bryan Mazaika called from the summit of Mt. Baker this afternoon. The team attempted the climb a day early to take advantage of a forecasted lull in the rainy weather. The decision proved wise as the team was able to summit 100% in dry weather! They will make their way downhill to camp where they will pack up and exit the program a day early to beat the coming rain and snow.
Bryan Mazaika checking from Mt. Bakers Coleman Deming Route. September 9, 2018.