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August 9, 2017
Posted by: Christina Dale
The Emmons Seminar team, led by RMI Guide Christina Dale, summitted Mt. Rainier this morning. At 12:20 pm the team was back at Camp Schurman where they will stay for the night and descend tomorrow. Christina reported that 100% of the team reached the top! Congratulations!!!
Steven & Alec how did it feel to be on top the world☺ We are glad everyone from your group is safe.
Love You!! Mom Hartje
Posted by: Mary Hartje on 8/10/2017 at 12:36 pm
Congrats Colin! Can’t wait to hear about it when you get back
Posted by: Michael on 8/10/2017 at 7:35 am
August 2, 2017
Posted by: Christina Dale
On Sunday, the Five Day Summit Climb team hiked out of Paradise to the training area to learn the necessary skills to summit Mt. Rainier. The following day the team hike to Camp Muir for their first night on the mountain. They spent time yesterday gaining more experience cramponing and working as a rope team then return to Camp Muir to prepare for their summit attempt. All of their training paid off and the team enjoyed the views from the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning, reaching the crater rim around 5:30 am. After celebrating their accomplishment and taking photos, they will descend to Camp Muir to rest and repack before continuing their descent to Paradise. They will end their program with a celebration at Rainier BaseCamp this afternoon.
Congratulations to today’s Five Day Summit Climb Team!
July 27, 2017
The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guides Eric Frank and Christina Dale reached the summit of Mt. Rainier early this morning. Christina reported beautiful clear skies and great route conditions.
Congratulations to today’s teams!
July 19, 2017
At 7:45 this morning, RMI Guide Dave Hahn radioed as he and his team crested the Mt. Rainier crater rim. He reported a 10 mph breeze from the Southwest and a great day to be on Washington’s highest point. His team as well as RMI Guide Christina Dale’s team began their descent to Camp Muir at 9:00 a.m.
We knew they could do it!
Posted by: MaryAnn on 7/19/2017 at 6:22 pm
Can hardly wait to give hugs and hear all about it!!!! So proud of my boys Andrew & Brent!!!!
Posted by: TARA Heinz on 7/19/2017 at 4:51 pm
July 8, 2017
Posted by: Christina Dale
After a week on honing their alpine mountaineering and expedition skills on the Paradise Glacier, RMI Guide Christina Dale and the Expedition Skills Seminar - Paradise team successfully reached the summit of Mt. Rainier early this morning. Christina reported clear skies, warm temperatures, and light winds on the summit. The team started their descent and will be back at Ashford Basecamp later today.
Congratulations to today’s team!
June 30, 2017
RMI Guide Brent Okita called from the Mt. Rainier crater rim with the news, “We are on the summit on a Bluebird Day!” Clear skies, no wind, and views for miles- can’t beat a summit like that. The teams spent an hour on top before starting their descent at 7:00 a.m.
Congratulations to Chris Paskoff and the rest of the expeditioners on reaching the summit! What an experience and what a view!!
Posted by: Scott Paskoff on 6/30/2017 at 8:38 am
June 24, 2017
The Mt. Rainier Summit Climb teams, led by Christina Dale & Robby Young, reached the summit at 5:50 a.m. The guides reported calm winds and warm temperatures. After spending an hour on the summit and crossing the crater rim, the teams began their descent at 6:50 a.m.
Congratulations to today’s summit climbers!
Awesome & challenging experience — standing at the summit was pretty amazing. RMI is extremely organized, experienced, & disciplined. Jenny & Robby were awesome guides — and I’d recommend them to anyone who’s thinking about doing Rainier!
Posted by: Charlie Wärendh on 6/26/2017 at 3:48 pm
Awesome experience. Really appreciate you guys leading us up and down safely. The team was great—Thanks to everyone who made this is a great journey.
Posted by: Edward Asher on 6/26/2017 at 10:50 am
June 19, 2017
RMI Guide Christina Dale led the Five Day Summit Climb June 15-19 on Mt. Rainier. The team ascended to Camp Muir on Saturday and spent the following day training at Camp Muir. This morning they made their summit attempt but due to new snow over the last few days the conditions today did not allow their team to summit. They have safely returned to Camp Muir. They will repack their gear and continue their descent to Paradise later today.
June 12, 2017
A leisurely, big breakfast of eggs, bacon and hash browns was had after sleeping in fairly late yesterday. When we finally got out of the posh we were surprised to find that planes might be flying soon. Yes, we were keeping an eye on the weather, but it wasn’t really that good yet. At first we couldn’t really believe it and the team indulged in some leg wrestling antics (which the women handily won).Then we heard the words, “RMI Okita, two Otters are in the air for you”.So we went from slow mo to go go as we tore our tents down and packed in a matter of about twenty minutes! I think some folks were motivated to leave. As we brought the last of our stuff the fifty yards to the glacier landing strip we saw the planes come into view. By 1:00 we were in town, unpacking group gear and trying to dry stuff that was soaked from the unseasonably warm temps and rain. We’ll not discuss our evening affair in much detail except that the food was good and the libations rather excessive.
We’re on our way to the airport now, twenty three days after flying on to the mountain. No summit to boast of this time. But looking back on it all, it’s the people we climb with and share adventures with that inspires me to live the life of my dreams. Summits may be nice but are somewhat ephemeral. Friendships formed while climbing mountains last a lifetime. Thanks to the wonderful group of climbers with whom I’ve shared the past three weeks. You’re the best!
And now they are on their way back to you, with stories to tell and memories to share. Indulge their eccentricities. Should they reach for their pee bottle in the middle of the night or ask for a “swirl” after dinner, don’t worry. They’ll recover from these mountain habits in time.
Thanks for joining us these past three weeks!
RMI Guides Brent, Christina and JT
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It looks like you guys are patient and strong enough, it is true JT, Summits are ephemeral, the mountain still there, JT I’m sure the smile is still there and the fight for adventure grown, great to hear team is back and rested :)
Posted by: Lauro Urbina on 6/17/2017 at 1:39 pm
June 11, 2017
June 10, 2017
The sleep of the dead finally hit me this morning just after my last post. An hour later JT asks, “Should we get up? It’s 1:04 am and the alarm on my phone hasn’t gone off!”
The night hadn’t brought the hoped for cooling, but it was time to leave and make that trip to Base Camp. Breakfast and hots were served in the remains of our old Posh site, sans the actual Posh, then we were off. As we turned the corner at 10,000’ heading down the Kahiltna we were treated to the amazing view down glacier of the jewels ad the Alaska Range. Hunter, Foraker, Crosson and other peaks were starkly defined in shades of black and white, along with some other hue that seemed hard to place. Unusually dark clouds prevented the pinks and reds we often see at 3:30-4:00 am, but this view I’ve never seen before, and may have been even more spectacular. 6+ hours of hard walking finally brought us back to Base Camp. Reflective of the poor snow year in the Alaskan mountains this year, there were a number of sketchy crevasse crossing to be negotiated. Then white out conditions kept us from seeing the landmarks that would otherwise tell us exactly where we were, but the track in the snow of others gave us something to follow. Then, low and behold, the tents of Base Camp popped into view and we knew we were done. Unfortunately, these same clouds have prevented planes from flying and landing here, so we are again captive of the weather gods and just waiting to be released from Denali to return to civilization where we might wash the twenty one days of toil off us and sit in chairs at a table and eat food that requires more than just a spoon.
I just hope that, when we do get to that restaurant, some social graces return to folks and we don’t see them licking their bowls clean in anticipation of the next course.
I’ll of course advise everyone to bring a pee bottle to their hotel room, and perhaps even a CMC (clean mountain can), because some habits might just be too difficult to break after these twenty one days.
Goodnight from 7200’ camp, where I hear the snow hitting the tent walls in increasing intensity. Oh well, at least we need walk no more, for now.
RMI Guides Brent, Christina, JT & Team
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What an Awesome adventure, Summit or not…An Awesome Adventure! Congrats to everyone!
Posted by: Dave Kestel on 6/12/2017 at 4:36 am
It sounds like quite an adventure to 17K. From what Ive read everyone’s bailed off 17 Camp in the last few days. Quite a year for crevasse falls too. Glad you guys made it safely back to camp! Now to chill out and sip some Alaskan brews until the ride shows up. Have an Ice Axe for me when you get back to TK!
Posted by: Keith Gates on 6/12/2017 at 12:28 am