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Mt. Rainier: Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons Team Reaches Summit!

The Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons July 28 - 2 August, 2017 reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning around 7 am.  RMI Guide Andy Bond and the team headed to the White River Camp Ground on Sunday after two days of training at Rainier BaseCamp.  They started on the route on Sunday and ascended to Camp Schurman yesterday.  They made an alpine start this morning and were pleased to report great weather and route conditions and that 100% of their team reached the summit today.  The team will return to camp today for their final night on the mountain.  Following some additional training the team will descend to the trail head and return to Rainier BaseCamp tomorrow.

Congratulations to the Emmons Seminar Team!

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Mt. Rainier: Okita & Team on The Summit!

RMI Guides Brent Okita, Bryan Mazaik and Lucas Haaland led their Four Day Summit Climb team to the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  The team reached the crater rim shortly after 6:30 with 100% of their crew.  The team enjoyed a beautiful day with clear skies and light wind.  They will descend to Paradise and transfer back to Rainier BaseCamp where they will celebrate their adventure.

Congratulations to today’s climbers!

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Good job!! Can’t wait to see pictures!

Posted by: Dusty Leigh on 7/12/2017 at 5:02 pm

Emily and Phil, you are awesome, congratulations on the summit!  Love you both, I am sure you are enjoying the views!

Posted by: Chris Bolton on 7/12/2017 at 11:52 am

Mt. Rainier: Five Day Summit Climb Enjoys Views from the Summit

The Five Day Summit Climb July 6 - 10, 2017 enjoyed beautiful weather during their time on Mt. Rainier.  Their five day program concludes today with them reaching the summit of Mt. Rainier.  They will return to Rainier BaseCamp this afternoon for a bit of celebration.

Congratulations to the Five Day Summit Climb team!

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Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climb on the Top!

RMI Guide Brent Okita led the Four Day Summit Climb July 1 - 4, 2017 to the summit of Mt. Rainier today.  Brent reported clear skies with moderate winds and nice climbing conditions. The team spent some time on the summit enjoying the views and celebrating the 520th summit of Mt. Rainier for Brent Okita.  The team will return to Camp Muir and continue their descent to Paradise later this afternoon.

Congratuions to today’s Summit Climb Team and to RMI Guide Brent Okita!

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Denali Expedition: Jones & Team on Their Descent to the Airstrip

June 17, 2017 1:26 am PST

Hi, everyone. This is Tyler Jones and the Denali team. We moved out of High Camp and we’re back at 11 Camp. We are hoping to go to the air strip sometime tomorrow. Hope all is well. Everything’s good here. Talk to you all soon. Bye.

RMI Guide Tyler Jones

RMI Guide Tyler Jones checks in from 11K Camp.

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I’m so sorry that the mountain and the weather didn’t cooperate with you guys, but I am sure it was still an amazing adventure. The girls are talking about climbing Whitney this year.. .are you up for it?  Well, maybe after you rest for a couple of days :)
You are still amazing in every way!  Still my hero, my knight in shining armor!  I love you so very much and I can’t wait to see you!!!!

xoxo MO

Posted by: Amanda Gunn on 6/17/2017 at 9:47 am

Tym, Tyler, and Team,

You may be too close to home to even get this.  So sorry the weather did not cooperate. There were reports of snow, snow, and more snow. I know how hard everyone worked and wanted this to happen.  I am confident you made strong, life-long bonds with your team who share your love of climbing. And for you Tym, three’s a charm…so maybe next year!  Best wishes for a safe trip home.

Love, Mom and Zeppelin

Posted by: Kristi Kennelly on 6/17/2017 at 8:54 am

Denali Expedition: Jones & Team Have Big Decision

June 15, 2017
Well the mountain is doing it’s own thing at the moment. The winds are well more than forecast and the temperatures are chilly. The team is hanging in there and tomorrow will see us to the top or we will start our descent. We’re hopeful on our efforts and time spent waiting that we will be rewarded with a trip to the summit of Denali tomorrow!

RMI Guide Tyler Jones

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Thinking of you and sending good karma. Great accomplishment given all the challenges. Admire you immensely. Cheering for greater heights!

Ann Marie and Bruce

Posted by: Ann Marie and Bruce on 6/17/2017 at 4:48 pm

Awaiting news!

Posted by: SoCal Gunns on 6/16/2017 at 7:34 pm

Denali Expedition: Jones & Team Move to High Camp

June 12, 2017
Hello from our new camp at 17,000 ft on Denali! The team had an early start pack up camp and departed around 7 am. The winds picked up on the West Buttress as we neared the first break. The team had some amazing dance moves as we waited an hour or so for the morning winds to subside. The team climbed strong all the way to high camp in optimal weather. We worked for a few more hours to build camp. The climbers crawled in to have a rest as the guides worked to melt snow and tidy camp. We are now eating big bowls of Annie’s Mac and cheese with bacon and soup. The hydration and eating up here never stops. Tomorrow with high hopes of good weather and light wind the team will shoot to stand on top of North America. Send us good vibes! 

RMI Guide Tyler Jones

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Matt - Hoping to hear news of a summit soon! Stay safe. Sending love and good vibes for fair weather!! Daisy and I are trying to be patient waiting for you to get back. We miss you so much!!

Love, Colleen

Posted by: Colleen on 6/15/2017 at 6:32 pm

@ John Gunn and team,

you got this!!! hope it all goes well getting to the tippy top! stay safe and hopeful!!! you’ll be down here sitting around the table telling all your stories and eating a home cooked meal from momma in no time!

love you!


Posted by: Alyssa Gunn on 6/15/2017 at 3:40 pm

Denali Expedition: Jones & Team Prepared to Move to 17K Camp

The team was on standby this morning to potentially move up to 17K camp. But the early morning “now forecast” looking out of the tent wasn’t as good as we were hoping for with snow and building clouds that ended up developing all day. We once again got to spend the day at 14K camp preparing the rest of our gear to go up to 17 and stretching our legs. Tomorrow morning we hope to move up and that the forecast holds true for a summit bid in the next few days! Stay tuned!

RMI Guide Tyler Jones

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praying for a safe summit tomorrow! can’t wait for you to be home and tell all your stories.

-Alyssa Gunn

Posted by: Alyssa Gunn on 6/13/2017 at 9:48 pm

Tym, Tyler, and Team,

You all get an award for patience and persistence!  My fingers are crossed for you for 48 hours of good weather.  Best wishes, and thinking of all of you. GO TEAM GO!!

I hope you paid your kitty sitter until you return,Tym, or you will have two very hungry felines.

And Tym…Satoshi says, $2779.00

Love Mom and Zeppelin

Posted by: Kristi Kennelly on 6/13/2017 at 6:57 pm

Denali Expedition: Jones & Team See Sunshine in the Forecast

June 11, 2017
Today has been a good one. We have been treated to some sun here at 14,000’ Camp. This has allowed us to prep and dry all our gear. There are sunny days on the horizon, we are just waiting to see how strong the winds will be. We are drinking and eating well in hopes of moving up tomorrow or on Tuesday. Fingers crossed! That’s all for now!

RMI Guide Tyler Jones

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Tym, Tyler, and Team,

Looks like some well-deserved sun will end your wait and hopefully allow you to safely reach your goal. Best wishes as you move ahead for this highly anticipated day.  I think I am as excited as you are!  Anxious for your success and for your return to sea level. Thanks for the great pictures and daily updates.

Warriors took the championship tonight with a win over the Cavs. And Satoshi says, $2664.00. 

Love Mom and Zeppelin

Posted by: Kristi Kennelly on 6/12/2017 at 9:03 pm


Great news that the sun is out!  Hope that means you will be able to move forward.  Keeping my fingers and my toes crossed for you and the team!!!  Miss you and love you so much!!! 


Posted by: Amanda Gunn on 6/12/2017 at 9:41 am

Denali Expedition: Jones & Team Stretch Their Legs and Lungs

June 10, 2017

Hello from 14 Camp. We had a mix of bagels, cheese and Cheerios with a side of bacon for breakfast. Then we suited up for a walk in calmer and warmer weather than what we have be experiencing lately. Our team climbed to the base of the fixed ropes to clear our minds from tent time. We also were glad to stretch the legs and lungs! Our vibe is lifted for the future. The forecast for tomorrow is looking like new strong wind with snow. The weather could turn the corner early next week. The team is doing every well and poised to go higher soon. 

RMI Guide Tyler Jones & Team

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Hello Tym, Tyler, and Team,

I am ever-hopeful that you get that well-deserved break in the weather, ASAP!!  This delay in your journey has to be difficult. Hang in there!!  Hugs to all.  And…Satoshi says $2998.34.

Love Mom and Zeppelin

Posted by: Kristi Kennelly on 6/11/2017 at 7:37 pm

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