Entries By dustin wittmier
July 31, 2023
The Five Day Climb teams reached the summit of Mt. Rainier around 7:45 am today led by RMI Guides Dave Hahn and Dustin Wittmier. Dave reported very pleasant climbing conditions for the morning. After enjoying some time in the crater the teams will descend to Camp Muir for the second and final night on the mountain. Tomorrow they will descend the remaining 4.5 miles to Paradise and conclude their program at Rainier BaseCamp.
Nice work team!
Congratulations to you all! Proud of you and your hard work!!
Posted by: Chrissy M. on 7/31/2023 at 11:36 am
Congratulations!! So proud of the hard work this crew has put in! Incredible grit and dedication, y’all rock!!!
Posted by: Angela Govila on 7/31/2023 at 9:31 am
July 27, 2023
The July 24 - 27 Four Day Climb teams reached the summit of Mt. Rainier around 6:30 am today led by RMI Guides Hannah Smith and Dustin Wittmier. Hannah reported good route conditions and perfect weather. The team enjoyed some time on top, crossing the crater to Columbia Crest. They began their descent from the crater rim just before 8 am. The teams will return to Camp Muir for a quick stop before continuing down to Paradise later this afternoon.
Nice work team! Congratulations on reaching the summit!
July 20, 2023
The American Lung Association Climb for Clean Air team was unable to reach the summit due to route conditions. The team climbed to Ingraham Flats to watch the sunrise before starting their descent. This team spends the year raising funds and supports the mission of the American Lung Association to saving lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease.
July 15, 2023
The Four Day Climb July 12 - 15 led by RMI Guides Dustin Wittmier & Abby Westling reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning. Dustin reported sunny skies and winds from the west at 20 mph, which was less than forecasted. The teams were leaving the crater rim just after 7 am today for their return to Camp Muir. Once at Muir they will have a short rest before continuing 4,500' down to Paradise.
Congratulations to today's climbing teams!
Aislinn and Ali,
Congratulations on your successful climb! Elation at Elevation 14,410.
We are so proud and happy for you❤️❤️❤️
Posted by: Mom/Shane and Dad/Stanford on 7/16/2023 at 10:00 am
July 12, 2023
RMI Guides Brent Okita & Dustin Wittmier led their team of climbers to the summit of Mt. Rainier. The Four Day Climb team July 9 - 12 enjoyed a beautiful morning on the mountain with a nice route and 15 mph winds. The teams were on Columbia Crest at 7:30 am and began their descent from the crater rim just after 8 am. The teams will return to Camp Muir for a short break to repack and refuel before descending the remaining 4,500' to Paradise.
If I had one word to describe the RMI team it would be professional. They really took good care of our team and let us enjoy the experience. A top notch crew I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to anyone considering a Rainier summit in the future. Thank you ALA for all your support as well! Climbing for a purpose (other than bagging a peak) is really special and I’ve been happy to support your cause. Thank you team, you really made it enjoyable and it was a pleasure to be part of this group that is forever connected by this amazing experience!
Posted by: David Lamp on 7/20/2023 at 12:48 pm
Such an awesome experience! Thank you to our guide team and to all of the other climbers who worked hard out there. From the guides to everyone climbing with with ALA, you all made this such a memorable experienced. Climb on y’all!!
Posted by: Jonathan Mack on 7/15/2023 at 9:56 am
July 6, 2023
Elevation: 7300'/ 348'
Wednesday, July 5, 2023 - 11:59 pm PT
Difficult day today, waiting for the weather to clear, then scrambling like crazy in the evening to fly and finally an unintentional split of the team. As some made it in to town and some remained on the mountain for the night.
RMI Guide Dave Hahn
July 5, 2023
Tuesday, July 4, 2023 - 11:57 pm PT
Long day, but it ended with us reaching basecamp safe and sound, so it was a very good day. The start was hard, it was still snowing and blowing as we packed. There was a lot to do since our gear had been buried under a few feet of fresh snow. We set out at 9:40 in a whiteout, working by Braille and GPS. The first three hours were like that, pushing through endless new snow. We started to come out of the storm below ski hill, but conditions were quite mushy. Our snow shoes were sinking in, which made finding crevasses fairly difficult. We trudged on in surreal lighting as the clouds came and went. Heartbreak Hill didn't break any hearts. We were happy to be on the home stretch. We pulled in to basecamp at 6PM. It was all ours for a few minutes. Dominic Cifelli's team pulled in just behind us, but otherwise, camp was empty and gone, closed up for the season. Weather didn't permit a flight so we camped.
Hey Dustin and Dave! Awesome job getting your team back to basecamp! You guys Rock!
Posted by: Dave Kestel on 7/6/2023 at 4:48 am
July 3, 2023
Monday, July 3, 2023 - 12:28 am PT
We battled our way down to 11,000 ft. A big day of work. Lots of packing, lots of dicey climbing down the tricky steps of the West Buttress. This day was supposed to be a nice one, but we could see every sign that the storm was coming in early. We had to fight a little to get around Windy Corner. It snowed on us as we climbed down and as we fought to get a camp up at 11,000'. But we are happy to have made such progress should the storm now come in hard.
RMI Guide Dave Hahn
July 2, 2023
July 2, 2023 - 4:16 am PT
Summit!!! On a fine day. A little bit of a long one though -fifteen hours round trip. We got tangled with a couple of other guided parties. Those other teams were breaking trail, so it is tough to fault them for being slow. We were on top at 8:30 PM and back to 17,000' Camp just after 2 AM. The weather was very nice, but it wasn't the warmest day on top. Most of us had on all the clothing we had.
RMI Guide Dave Hahn
Congratulations Mitch!!! Such an inspiration at, dare I say, 61!
Safe travels back down and thank you to ALL the team for keeping making it happen.
Posted by: Marcelle Flowers on 7/3/2023 at 12:57 pm
Well done team! Cheers to a tremendous accomplishment. Special props to Dustin and Sam for their guidance on Rainier last month. Safe travels my friends!
Posted by: Joseph Mueller on 7/3/2023 at 7:51 am
July 1, 2023
Saturday, July 1, 2023 1:12 AM PDT
Right on schedule, the clouds cleared out and the wind dropped down. First nice day we've had, actually. We used it well. The team made the jump to 17,200' feet. It was tough climbing and the packs got even bigger and heavier when we stopped at 16,200' feet to add yesterday's loads. But we got 'r done. The views were amazing, considering that the team really hadn't seen much of our surroundings yet. We have a forecast of fine weather tomorrow. Perhaps we go up.
RMI Guide Dave Hahn & Team
So exciting for you Mitch & your amazing team. Stay strong & know that we are all praying for you!
Posted by: Pam Cashion on 7/1/2023 at 1:24 pm
A really exciting day for everyone! Thinking about you all and hoping it’s a summit!
Posted by: Leslie Vance on 7/1/2023 at 11:08 am