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Entries By calvin jiricko


Mt. Rainier: Hailes & Kautz Seminar Team Reach Summit

After several days of training and climbing, the Expedition Skills Seminar - Kautz July 14 - 19 team, led by RMI Guides Walter Hailes, Calvin Jiricko, Bailey Servais and Mitch Valaitis, put it all together and made their climb to the summit of Mt. Rainier. Walter reported a beautiful day with light winds and good climbing conditions.  The team started their descent from the crater rim around 7:30 am.  They will return to their High Camp for their final night on the mountain. Tomorrow they will finish up any training, descend to the trailhead and return to Rainier BaseCamp to conclude their adventure.

Congratulations to the team!

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Forbidden Peak - West Ridge: Summit!

RMI Guides Seth Burns and Calvin Jiricko reached the summit of Forbidden Peak yesterday afternoon. The team had a beautiful day climbing in the North Cascades Range! The route to the summit of Forbidden Peak consists of climbing a small glacier below the South Face and then low 5th class rock and 40- to 50- degree snow and ice in the West Ridge Couloir. At the top of the couloir the team cached their glacier gear and don rock shoes for the enjoyable 5.0 to 5.6 rock climbing along the exposed crest to the summit.

The West Ridge of Forbidden is a true alpinist's classic. Congratulations Team! 

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Reminds me of Tuckerman Ravine in NH especially in early to mid May. Good job!

Posted by: John Buckett on 7/7/2024 at 6:07 pm

Congratulations on achieving another adventure!

Posted by: granny jay on 7/6/2024 at 11:07 am


Mt. Rainier: Four Day Climb led by Okita and McDowell Reach the Summit

The Four Day Climb June 24 - 27 reached the summit of Mt. Rainier today led by RMI Guides Brent Okita and Josh McDowell.  The team enjoyed clear skies above Camp Muir during their climb while the lower elevations were covered with low clouds and precipitation.  The climbers reached the crater rim around 7 am today and enjoyed some time on top before starting their descent.  The climbers have returned to Camp Muir where they will pack gear and continue another 4.5 miles back to Paradise later this afternoon.

Congratulations to today's climbers!

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Amazing!!! Jealous!

Posted by: Renae Grady on 6/27/2024 at 3:17 pm

Amazing team!!!

Posted by: Katie Hernandez on 6/27/2024 at 2:44 pm


Mt. Rainier: Four Day Team Reached 13,200’

The Four Day Climb led by RMI Guides Joe Hoch and Drew O'Brien reached 13,200' before route conditions forced the team to turn. The team is back at Camp Muir and will be returning to Rainier Basecamp in Ashford, WA this afternoon.

Congratulations Team! 

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Appreciate you looking after the public climbers’ safety as well.

Thank you!

Posted by: Bob Lindskov on 6/24/2024 at 7:59 am

Thank you Joe, Felipe, Stella, and Calvin, for the amazing experience on Rainier.  The mountain was beautiful, the guides, were inspiring, and the group was full of wonderful people.  The experience with rope teams and glacier travel was cool, and watching the guides and route setters make decisions on weather and carve out routes was eye opening.  Hope to see everyone in the mountains again.

Posted by: Ajay Perumbeti on 6/23/2024 at 7:13 pm


Mt. Rainier: Haugen & Kautz Seminar Team Reach Summit

The Expedition Skill Seminar - Kautz June 14 - 19 led by RMI Guides Mike Haugen, Jackson Breen, Mike Bennett and Calivin Jiricko, reached the summit of Mt. Rainier yesterday via the Kautz Glacier. After several days of training and climbing, this team put it all together and ascended the Kautz ice chute, to Point Success and to the summit of Mt. Rainier. It was a long day and the team returned to camp in the early evening.  This morning they have started their descent to Paradise, leaving early to enjoy the nice snow conditions on the Wilson Glacier while the temperatures as still low. The team will return to Rainier BaseCamp this afternoon to celebrate their adventure and conclude their program.

Nice work team!

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Mt. Rainier: High Winds Prevent Five Day Teams from Ascending

The Five Day Climb led by RMI Guides Andy Bond and Ben Luedtke reached 11,200' today and watched the sunrise from Ingraham Flats.  High winds with higher gusts kept the teams from ascending any higher.  The climbers returned safely to Camp Muir and began their descent to Paradise around 9 am.  They will conclude their program this afternoon.

PC: Arianna Drechsler

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Congrats on your adventure.  Can’t wait to hear the stories.

Posted by: Patrick VDH on 6/11/2024 at 2:53 pm


Mt. Rainier: Bealer, Whatford & Five Day Climb Turned by Weather

June 3: The team started their descent from Camp Muir at 7:30 AM PT today.  We expect them to arrive at Paradise around 10 am.

The Five Day Climb May 30 - 3 June led by RMI Guides James Bealer & Tatum Whatford reached the top of Disappointment Cleaver, 12,300', today before deteriorating weather forced them to descend.  The team is enroute to Camp Muir. They will spend the night at Camp Muir tonight and descend tomorrow. 

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Great effort for the team in spite of the awful weather conditions this weekend. Don’t give up hope on a future summit attempt. Took me 3 times before summiting.

Posted by: Neil Schweitzer on 6/2/2024 at 12:11 pm


Mt. Rainier: Cloud Cap Turns Climb Around

The Mt. Rainier Four-Day climb led by RMI Guides Dave Hahn and Sam Hoffman turned around at 11,500 this morning due to deteriorating weather. They are currently enjoying a sunny Camp Muir morning. They will recollect themselves at Camp Muir before their descent back to Basecamp in Ashford this afternoon. Nice work team!

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Mt. Rainier: Four Day Teams Climb to Ingraham Flats

The Four Day Climb May 9 - 12 led by RMI Guides Steve Gately & Avery Parrinello reached Ingraham Flats, 11,200', today before poor route conditions forced them to turn around.  The teams enjoyed a beautiful morning on the mountain and did a bit of training, then returned safely to Camp Muir.  As of 9 am they had begun their descent from Camp Muir to Paradise. We expect to see them back at BaseCamp in the early afternoon.

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Mt. Rainier: Four Day Climb Teams Turned Back by Winds

The Four Day Climb August 7 - 10 led by RMI Guides Andy Bond & Jess Wedel did not reach the summit today due to gusty winds.  The teams left Camp Muir on their alpine start but turned around at Ingraham Flats due to wind.  The teams returned to Camp Muir and climbed Muir peak to enjoy the sunrise. Photos above are from RMI Guide Calvin Jiricko.

The teams plan to descend from Camp Muir after 9 am today.  We expect them to return to Rainier BaseCamp in the early afternoon.

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