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Entries By erika birkeland


Mt. Rainier: Parrinello & Team Turn at 13,500 on Emmons Route

The Emmons Seminar August 1 - 6, 2021 made their summit attempt today after several days of training and climbing on the mountain.  Leaving Camp Schurman the team climbed to 13,500' before deciding to turn back due to difficult route conditions and fatigue. The team returned to Camp Schurman this afternoon and will spend their final night on the mountain.  Tomorrow they will continue their descent to the trailhead near White River Camp Ground and make the return drive to Ashford.

We hope you enjoyed your week of training and climbing on Mt. Rainier!

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Mt. Rainier: Summit Climb Update

The Mt. Rainier Summit Climb, led by RMI Guides Pete Van Deventer and Grayson Swingle, turned at 13,000' due to an impasse on the route.  The team reported light wind and precipitation earlier this morning.  They are currently descending to Camp Muir where they will pack up their remaining gear and continue onto Paradise.

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Best of Luck and Best of Experience !!

from
Baldev Raj Narang
Rakesh Bala Narang
Varnali Narang

Posted by: Baldev Raj Narang on 7/31/2021 at 8:26 am


Glacier Peak:  Smith & Team Reach the Summit!

The Glacier Peak Climb was on top with 100% of the team!  RMI Guide Hannah Smith reported a beautiful day and good climbing conditions.

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Well done, team! Passed you on our way down Thursday below White Pass! Cheers!

Posted by: Peter on 7/24/2021 at 4:55 pm


Mt. Rainier: Four Day Teams led by Bealer & Hoch Reach Summit

Clear skies and a bit of wind accompanied the Four Day Climb July 15 - 18 teams to the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  RMI Guides James Bealer, Joe Hoch and their climbing teams enjoyed a bit of time on top this morning before starting their descent from the crater rim around 7:20 am.  The teams have returned to Camp Muir and will take a short break to repack and refuel before continuing the remaing 4.5 miles and 4.500' descent to Paradise this afternoon.

Nice work today team!

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Thank you to the entire RMI team for making this trip successful, safe and a huge amount of fun! 

Posted by: Patrick on 7/20/2021 at 4:51 pm


Mt. Rainier: Early Morning Summit!

The Mt. Rainier Climb, led by RMI Guides Mike King and Taylor Bickford, were on the summit at 4:20 am!  The team had good weather with winds at about 10 – 15 mph and blue skies. They are currently descending back to Camp Muir.

Congratulations to today's summit teams!

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Congrats to everyone - what an awesome adventure!!!  So proud of you all!❤️

Posted by: Stephanie on 7/2/2021 at 2:39 pm

Congrats to everyone! Amazing accomplishment.

Posted by: Cara on 7/2/2021 at 8:05 am


Mt. Rainier: The Climb for Clean Air Climbers 100% on Top!

The American Lung Association (ALA) Climb for Clean Air Teams were on the Mt. Rainier summit early this morning….100% success! RMI Guide Win Whittaker called from 13,500’ on the descent  back to Camp Muir.

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THANKS, RMI! What an incredible team of guides (special shout to Erika!). Already pondering the next move…:)

Posted by: John on 6/28/2021 at 2:19 pm

Way to go climbers! And such a gorgeous day!

Posted by: Stephanie on 6/26/2021 at 12:14 pm


Mt. Rainier: Five Day Teams Unable to Climb due to High Winds

RMI Guides Walter Hailes and Avery Parrinello led the Five Day Climb to Ingraham Flats, 11,200', this morning.  High winds overnight at Camp Muir had prevented the teams getting an alpine start and thus they were unable to make a summit attempt.  Winds at Camp Muir averaged between 40 - 80 mph with gusts as high as 93 mph around 9 pm.

Once the winds subsided later in the morning the teams roped up and traveled to Ingraham Flats to check out the conditions and see a bit of the route.  They will return to Camp Muir and descend to Paradise later this morning.

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Mt. Rainier: Five Day Teams Turned Back by New Snow & Avalanche Danger

The Five Day Climb June 5 - 9 ascended to Camp Muir on Monday after their inital orientation and Mountaineering School days.  Yesterday they enjoyed some additional time working as a rope team and walking in crampons as they traveled above Camp Muir to Ingraham Flats.  They were able to explore more of the mountain and see a bit of the route.  Today they left Camp Muir hoping to reach the summit.  They traveled up to Ingraham Flats and then started to ascend the Disappointment Cleaver.  Unfortunately new snow and potential avalanche danger forced them to turn back at around 12,400'.  The teams will return to Camp Muir and then continue to Paradise.  They will conclude their program in Ashford later this afternoon.

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the same thing happened to me in 1969 !!!! That was a long time ago. But over the years, I was successful 4 more times. I will never ever forget those great experiences, so do not give up. Book another climb as soon as possible. bill bussey

Posted by: bill bussey on 8/18/2021 at 11:59 am


Mt. Rainier: Dale, Hoch & Teams Reach Summit

The Four Day Climb May 28 - 31th led by RMI Guides Christina Dale and Joe Hoch led their teams to the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning. It's a beautiful day on the mountain and Joe reported the route was in good shape and would likely be improving with the warm temperatures and stable weather expected.  The teams enjoyed about an hour in the crater and began their descent from the crater rim just before 8 am today. The team will return to Camp Muir and then continue down to Paradise later this afternoon.

Congratulations to today's climbers!

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Yeahhhhh Aunt Sam and Matt!!!!  We are cheering you on the whole way, and can’t wait to hear your summit story!!  Baggin’ peaks and being awesome. ❤️❤️❤️

Posted by: Ellis Bond on 5/31/2021 at 2:54 pm

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