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Entries By dustin wittmier

Mt. Rainier: Wittmier & Kautz Seminar Team on the Summit!

The Expedition Skills Seminar - Kautz July 5 - 10 led by RMI Guides Dustin Wittmier, Lacie Smith, Mitch Valaitis and Robert Whyte reached the summit of Mt. Rainier just before 8 am today. Dustin reported a beautiful day and warm temperatures. The team was going to spend a few minutes in the crater before starting their descent.  They will return to their high camp for one more night on the mountain and some additional training.  Tomorrow they will retrace their steps to Paradise and conclude their program at Rainier BaseCamp in the afternoon.

Congratulations to today's Kautz team!

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(Although I am totally jealous. Lol.)

Posted by: Some guy from Puyallup on 7/9/2024 at 12:06 pm

Awesome job, team!!

Posted by: Scott on 7/9/2024 at 9:08 am

Mt. Rainier: Wittmier, Breen and Team Touch the Top!

RMI Guides Dustin Wittmier and Jackson Breen reached the top of Mt. Rainier this morning around 6:20am. They enjoyed the sunrise before starting their descent. 

The team will take a break at Camp Muir before starting their final descent back to Ashford for a celebratory dinner and certificate ceremony. Nice work team!

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Mt. Rainier: Wittmier and Team - 100% on Top!

RMI Guide Dustin Wittmier and team reached the summit of Mt. Rainier via the Emmons! All team members were able to look out on the beautiful skies this morning from 14,000 ft. Nice work team!

They will get up early tomorrow morning, spend sometime practice crevasse rescue before starting their descent and return back to Rainier Basecamp in the afternoon for their celebratory lunch.

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Prayers answered.  So proud of you, Tyler and the rest of your team!  Can’t wait to hear your stories.

Posted by: Lori Higginbotham on 6/26/2024 at 8:42 am

I’m so proud of you all—especially Tyler!

Posted by: Dorsey Higginbotham on 6/25/2024 at 8:58 pm

Denali Expedition: Wittmier & Team on Summit!

Friday May 31, 2024 7:16pm PDT

On Summit!

Saturday, June 1, 2024 12:55am PDT

Returned to 17,000' Camp safely at 10pm and planning to begin descent tomorrow morning.

RMI Guide Dustin Wittmier & Team

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Sharon and Sarah,
Congratulations On quite the accomplishment.  Waiting word from you to come pick you up in Talkeetna.
Hope the descent is going well.

Posted by: John on 6/1/2024 at 5:48 pm

Congratulations Dustin and Team!!
That is Just Awesome!!!!

Posted by: Dave Kestel on 6/1/2024 at 12:43 pm

Denali Expedition: Wittmier & Team Remain at 17,000’ Due to Winds

Wednesday, May 29, 2024 - 4:15 pm PT

Hello again from 17,000' Camp. The views up here have been rewarding.  Our camp is settled above the clouds and other Alaska range peaks. We went to bed early last night with high hopes of getting up for our final summit push. Unfortunately we awoke to less than ideal winds at camp and windy spindrifts on Denali Pass. We started the day with breakfast and hot drinks in our tents to stay out of the elements and have been hunkered down to avoid the cold winds. We’re patient, we’re staying warm and we’re very motivated for another attempt tomorrow!

RMI Guides Lacie, Dustin, Dan and team

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Awesome job, Jordan!! We are so proud of you and praying for a safe return!!! Keep it up!!!

Posted by: Dylan and Kat Hunt on 6/1/2024 at 10:46 am

They did it!!! Huge congratulations to the entire team!!!! Love you Skyler!!!

Posted by: Matt Milford on 5/31/2024 at 8:24 pm

Denali Expedition: Wittmier & Team Move to 17,000ft Camp, Ready to Climb

Tuesday, May 28, 2024 - 9:33 pm PT

We arrived at 17,000' Camp this afternoon and are winding down for the night. Plans to climb tomorrow if winds allow.

RMI Guide Dustin Wittmier

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Hey Dustin and Team!!  Wishing you all the BEST weather for your Summit day!!
PS You all Have an AWESOME guide with Dustin!!!
Climb Strong!!!

Farmer Dave

Posted by: Dave Kestel on 5/29/2024 at 8:22 am

Yay! hope the winds and weather cooperate for your summit tomorrow. Be safe! Can’t wait to see you soon Chris

Posted by: Christine Riley on 5/29/2024 at 7:48 am

Denali Expedition: Wittmier & Team Bring you Denali Bingo

Monday, May 27, 2024 - 7:05 pm PT

The Denali Bingo card formulated by our team.
1. Get uncomfortably close to filling your pee bottle in the middle of the night.
2.Make eye contact with someone from the next camp while pooping.
3. Stand outside your tent for more than 30 minutes because you want to go pee before you get into the tent because once you're in you don't want to come back out.
4. Wear your bootys instead of your boots outside and almost slide to your death (or fall into the kitchen tent)
5. Have more than 5 blisters.
6. Read out loud to your tent mates for entertainment.
7. Read all the books you brought/watch all the shows you downloaded before day 16.
8. Eat 3 servings of breakfast/dinner.
9. Drink your warm food bowl cleaning water (gross)
10. Get very frustrated when you realize that all the music you downloaded on Spotify isn't working.
11. Eat a questionable snack.
12. Get woken up from condensation drops on your face.
13. Dig yourself out of your tent after a storm.
14. Be thankful for all the life choices that brought you here
15. Regret every life choice that brought you here.
16. Taste your last meal in your current meal.
17. Use your pee bottle for warmth.
18. Skip brushing your teeth because it’s cold outside
19. Use pee bottle as spit bottle when brushing teeth.
20. Tent yoga.
21. Finish packing your pack and then fully unpack because your gloves are at the bottom
22. Unusual shaped sunburn
23. Eat a pound of cheese in 3 days.
24. Get blasted by snow in the kitchen tent during an entire dinner
25. Wear the same pair of socks for more than 10 days

Denali bingo brought to you by Sharon and the team. We are all winners in this one!

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“Make eye contact with someone from the next camp while pooping.”

Yikes, lol.

Posted by: Some guy from Puyallup on 5/28/2024 at 6:34 am

Denali Expedition: Wittmier and Team Settle In to 14,000’ Camp

After a long and heavy day, the team made it all the way to 14,000' Camp with a warm greeting from some fellow RMI teams. We’ve settled into camp, retrieving our gear from below during our back carry. Now being fully set up at 14,000', we are taking advantage of the bluebird skies to rest, practice fixed line travel and walk to the Edge of the World for the beautiful views and photo ops.

Life may be colder up at 14,000' as opposed to 11,000', but no one here seems to be complaining. Life is good.

RMI Guides Dustin, Lacie, Dan, and Team

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Sarah:  What a view!  What an adventurous niece!  Talked to your Dad this evening and caught up
on his adventurous family.  Beautiful weather down here for one day.  Wishing you the very best.

Posted by: Coreen on 5/26/2024 at 8:43 pm

Sarah. Of course the summit is the ultimate goal, but the real goal is to enjoy the climb.
We are. Hope you are too. Bob and Pat

Posted by: Bob Brandt on 5/26/2024 at 9:32 am

Denali Expedition: Wittmier & Team Weather Storms at 11,000ft Camp

Thursday, May 23, 2024 - 8:05 am PT

Being on Denali often requires an exercise in patience. After working hard to set ourselves up for success, moving to 11,000' Camp and carrying to just below 14,000' Camp, we’ve spent the last few days weathering the inevitable storms the Alaska range brings. Eating good, resting and sharing laughs has carried us through the weather days, with the hope of soon shouldering our heavy packs and moving further up the mountain to establish camp at 14,000'. Until then we will see what the mountain has to offer us and continue to settle into our life on Denali. Tune in next time.

RMI Guide Dan May

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I understand Will has joined this team for the rest of the climb. Hope you have great weather for the rest of your expedition. I can only imagine the views. We will be following your progress.

Posted by: Bill Lefler on 5/25/2024 at 2:14 pm

Hey Dustin and Team! Hopefully Denali is just showing you Mother Nature is in charge , just for the experience , then Perfect weather to move up hill!!!
Farmer Dave

Posted by: Dave Kestel on 5/24/2024 at 3:20 am

Denali Expedition: Wittmier & Team Take a Rest Day at 11,000ft Camp

Sunday, May 19, 2024 - 8:56 pm PT

Of Hypoxic Dreams, Luxury Items, and the Suspension of Olfactory Senses I was sitting at dinner, sipping a glass of aged Saperavi wine with a perfectly-cooked ribeye steak, describing to my friends an expedition up Denali. One of my friends then asked "so what happened after Camp 2?" I stared down into my glass and a panic set in: why couldn't I remember anything else of the trip? I shot awake, back to the reality of where I was: in a Trango 4 tent, at 11,000 feet, in the middle of the sunny night, cold, with my tent mates Chris & Ilya. There are still weeks to go. Our tent, tent 2, as it were (we have no idea which ones are 1 and 3, but we're in the middle, so we'll call it number 2), has been affectionately (or derogatorily?) referred to as the "manferno" and "the pile." And it was beginning to smell, as you might imagine after 6 days without showers, but the mind has a way of shutting out the involuntary gag reflex when confronted with fermenting sleeping bags, excessive sunscreen, and jambalaya in a confined space, heated by the nearly all-day sun.

Today was a rest day for the team, apart from a crampon refresher, to recuperate from the last few days of dragging sleds uphill, and to acclimate. A day to eat, and relax. In tent 2 today, we prepared a charcuterie board with various cheeses, meats, olives, chocolates, hot sauces, and crackers. The olives in particular added the missing ingredient in our mountaineering potpourri. With the aforementioned lack of breathable oxygen, you might even say that tent 2 is the perfect place to prepare for higher altitudes. Each of us finds solace with some small item to still feel human on days like today: a pillow, a paper book, or, in my case, an electric razor to avoid looking like a grizzly mountain hermit–at least from a distance, the smell would surely give it away up close.

Off we go tomorrow, crampons beating against the ice, sleds pulling on our backs, on to cache gear higher up to build the next pile.

RMI Climber Skyler Parkhurst

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This team always seems to have the most creative posts. (Definitely have been getting a kick out of reading these every day.)

Posted by: Some guy from Puyallup on 5/20/2024 at 1:45 pm

A new literary classic is born- “The Manferno” by Skyler Parkhurst!

Love you, great job so far, and keep up the pace! Go team!

Posted by: Matt Milford on 5/20/2024 at 10:09 am

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