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Entries By dustin wittmier


Muir Seminar Wraps Up 2021 Mt. Rainier Season

On Friday the Camp Muir Expedition Skills Seminar returned from five days of training on Mount Rainier.  Aspiring climbers learned a variety of movement and technical skills that will further their future mountain experiences.  This wraps up RMI trips on Rainier this season, thank you to everyone who has been following along!

RMI Guide Dustin Wittmier

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Mt. Triumph: Wittmier and Team Reach Summit

The team led by RMI Guides Dustin Wittmier and Matias Francis reached the summit of Mt. Triumph today! The team climbed Triumph's northeast ridge to the summit where they enjoyed views deep into the North Cascades, including Mt. Baker. The team is making the most of their time in the North Cascades and plan to climb Thornton Peak tomorrow before their program concludes later this week.

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Mt. Rainier: August 14th Team Watched the Sunrise at Ingraham Flats

Warm temperatures and overhead hazards on the climbing route prevented today's Four Day Climb from reaching the summit safely.  RMI Guide Dustin Wittmier and team walked to Ingraham Flats to enjoy the sunrise and make the most of their time on the Mountian. They had and early departure from Camp Muir and will be back at Rainier Basecamp this afternoon.

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Mt. Rainier: Four Day Team Reach Summit led by Wittmier & Parrinello

The Four Day Climb August 7 - 10 led by RMI Guides Dustin Wittmier and Avery Parrinello reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning around 6:30 am PT.  The team enjoyed a light breeze and good visibility under an overcast sky. They spent time crossing the crater to reach Columbia Crest, the highest point on Mt. Rainier and in Washington.  After taking all the photos and enjoying the views, the team left the crater rim just after 8 am PT.  They will travel 4.5 miles and 4,500' retracing their steps from early this morning to return to Camp Muir.  Once they have removed their glacier travel gear and repacked their backpacks, they will continue another 4.5 miles and 4,500' back to Paradise.

Nice work today team!  Congratulations!

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Way to go team!  My son Nick was part of this group and everyone is glad they reached the summit safely.
Great work guides!

Posted by: Mike Vovakes on 8/10/2021 at 10:15 am


Forbidden Peak: Wittmier & Team Summit

At noon yesterday the West Ridge - Forbidden Peak team reached the summit.  We started early to beat the heat (and other parties) and were rewarded with shade for much of the ascent. The climb went smoothly, the team was strong and all optional crux pitches were sent!

RMI Guide Dustin Wittmier

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Mt. Rainier: Summit Climb Teams on Top!

Today's Mt. Rainier teams reached the summit at 6:00 a.m.  They reported windy conditions with clear skies.  The teams began their descent back to Camp Muir at 7:08 a.m. where they will pack up the rest of their gear and continue down to Paradise.

Congratulations to the summit teams!

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Mt. Rainier: Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons Summit!

RMI Guide Dustin Wittmier radioed in at 8:45 am to report that the team reached the summit of Mt. Rainier. The team started their summit attempt from Camp Schurman and climbed the Emmons Glacier to reach the top. They have one more night on the mountain where they will continue to develop their alpine mountaineering skills in hopes of tackling bigger peaks like Denali and Aconcagua.

Congratulations Emmons Team!

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So proud of all those old Lobo swimmers! WOOF, WOOF, WOOF!!!!

Posted by: Heidi Heywood on 7/15/2021 at 5:24 pm

Aces on top!  Couldn’t be happier for The Don and the group.  Plant the RFC flag!

Posted by: rvh on 7/15/2021 at 11:43 am


Mt. Rainier: Four Day Climb on the Summit!

The July 8th Four Day Climb team reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning. The team climbed above the heavy marine layer to enjoy clear skies and goregous views fromt the top. RMI Guide JM Gorum checked in by Radio, and reported light winds, clear skies, and a great route for climbing.

The team is on the descent and will be back to Camp Muir later this morning.

Congratulations to today’s team!

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Great job!! A year extra of conditioning due to the pandemic and original date of hike cancellation was not part of the original plan.
Your persistence and dedication to each other is a terrific testimony to your brotherhood. As a father of two on the climb I couldn’t be more proud.  Congratulations to the entire team-mission accomplished!!

Posted by: Peter Allen on 7/9/2021 at 1:25 pm

You guys are awesome!  I can’t wait to hear all about this amazing experience from my husband and brother-in-law who are on this hike!  Congrats to the team for this accomplishment!

Posted by: Kristen Allen on 7/8/2021 at 10:37 am


Denali Expedition: Smith & Team Fly to Talkeetna

Thursday, July 1, 2021 - 2:19 pm PT

Just a walk in the park,

A short nap began our long walk out. A 10pm wake up and a midnight start got us to basecamp an early hour. Heavy sleds and packs were no match for our motivation to shower away 22 days worth of smell. Walking the Kahiltna in the middle of the night (granted its always light out) is peaceful. A great time for reflection. Its been a fun, albeit hard, 22 days on Denali. We had it all, snow, wind, sunshine, all three at once. What we didn't have was any illness or injury and that's the important part. Showered, fed, and full of oxygen-rich air, we are all ready for our journey home. Its been a memorable expedition but now its time for family, friends, and recovery. 

Well done team, well done,

RMI Guide Hannah Smith and team

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Great Job Hannah and Dustin!! It was great following along with you.

Posted by: Dave Kestel on 7/2/2021 at 2:49 am


Denali Expedition: Smith & Team Back to 11K Camp

Wednesday, June 30, 2021 - 8:31 pm PT

Hey-O,

A long day indeed. We woke at 17K Camp and are now resting at 11K Camp. We have changed our focus of going up the mountain to going down the mountain. The focus is always on going higher and higher but the most important part is the downhill. Our trip is coming to an end and we are making our way back to basecamp. These long days walking gives plenty of time to reflect on the trip. It's been a long one, with today marking day 21. Many experiences and memories have been had. We may have not gained the summit but we have gained stories on stories of our time out here. And really the summit is just the cherry on top of an experience of a lifetime. Tomorrow we walk the Kahiltna Glacier with the final bit called Heart Break Hill. Its only a quick nap at 11K before we hit the glacier around midnight. Caffeine is going to be our friend.

Oh how sweet the air is,

RMI Guide Hannah Smith and team

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