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Entries By jess matthews


Mt. Rainier: Okita, Matthews & Team Turn Due to Weather and Conditions

The Mt. Rainier Summit Climb, led by Brent Okita and Jess Matthews, turned at 12,300’ this morning.  Weather conditions kept them from going higher as they ascended into a cloud cap and increasing winds.  The teams are currently headed back to Camp Muir where they will pack up and continue their descent down the mountain.

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Mt. Rainier: Teams Unable to Summit Due to Stormy Weather

The Mt. Rainier Summit Climb team, led by Brent Okita and Jess Matthews, called from Camp Muir. High winds, blowing snow and poor visibility kept the team at Camp Muir. The team began their descent at 8:45 a.m. and will be back to Rainier Basecamp around 1:00 this afternoon.

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Mt. Rainier: RMI Teams Reach the Summit

RMI Guides Tyler Jones and Jess Matthews led their Four Day Summit Climb September 5-8 to the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  The winds are light but there is a cloud cap near the summit.  The teams began their descent from the crater rim at 7:15 en route to Camp Muir.  They will continue their descent to Paradise later today.

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climbers!

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I man’s reach should exceed his grasp or what’s a mountain for!

Neil, I’m awed by what you are doing, but I won’t be happy till I know you are back on terra firma.
Much love.

Posted by: Marilyn Chapman on 9/9/2017 at 5:58 am

We are proud of you. Want to hear all about it.
Bible Isaiah 55:12 “for you shall go out with joy, and be led out with peace; the mountains and the hills Shall break forth into singing before you.”

Posted by: Larry and Virgie Henry on 9/8/2017 at 10:55 am


Mt. Rainier: August 31st Summit!

The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guide Tyler Jones and Jess Matthews reached the summit of Mt. Rainier early this morning. Tyler reported clear skies and light winds of about 20 mph. The team will spend some time on the summit enjoying the views before heading downhill.

Congratulations to today’s Team!

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Awesome!  Can’t wait to hear about this amazing adventure.  See ya soon.

Posted by: Pete on 8/31/2017 at 6:14 pm

Nice job ladies! I never had a doubt. Can’t wait to hear about the adventure!

Posted by: Dave on 8/31/2017 at 4:10 pm


Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climb Teams Stand on Top!

RMI Guides Brent Okita and Jess Matthews led their Four Day Summit Climb August 15-18 to the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  The teams enjoyed blue skies and cool temperatures. 

Congratulations to today’s climbers!

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This was an epic climb on an amazing and unusual route. Thank you so much to the guides for working so hard to create a viable route to the summit for our team, and special thanks to Jess for guiding us successfully to the summit! I can’t stress how grateful I am to RMI for the brilliant experience and excellence of the team.

Posted by: Andrew Norris on 8/22/2017 at 9:43 am

To Brent:  I’m following you, son !  Take care, be safe, enjoy!  Do send more photos.
Love, mom
ALSO, love to Julie

Posted by: Marjorie Okita Johnson on 8/19/2017 at 10:26 am


Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climb Team on Columbia Crest

The Four Day Summit Climb August 1 - 4, 2017 reached the summit this morning around 6 am.  The team reported clear skies with lots of shooting stars and a view of the Northern Lights.
After enjoying some time on Columbia Crest, the team began their descent.  They will make a stop at Camp Muir to repack and refuel and then continue down to Paradise. 

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb team!

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Way to go on your 2nd trip to the top!  And Happy Birthday to Matt….

Posted by: Lilli Pietromonaco on 8/4/2017 at 9:06 pm

Congratulations Pat & Stephanie on Rainier 2.0!  And, happy 40th Matt!

Posted by: Kathy Roby on 8/4/2017 at 5:24 pm


Mt. Rainier: Five Day Summit Climbs Enjoy Beautiful Day

RMI Guide Jess Matthews and the Five Day Summit Climb team July 27 - 31, 2017 made an early start for the summit and reached the crater rim at 5:30 am.  The team enjoyed blue skies and minimal wind on a beautiful day.  The team spent an hour on top before starting their descent.  The team will return to the trail head at Paradise and then continue to Rainier BaseCamp in Ashford.

Congratulations to today’s Five Day Summit Climb team!

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Ross - Good Job brother. Sd. ATA Team!

Posted by: Vasu on 8/1/2017 at 1:03 pm

Congratulations! So proud of you Samantha! You rock girl. ❤

Posted by: Kamini on 8/1/2017 at 8:09 am


Mt. Rainier: Schellens & Team on Summit!

RMI Guide Geoff Schellens and the Four Day Summit Climb July 7 - 10 team reached the summit of Mt. Rainier today.  The team enjoyed clear skies and moderate winds.
They will return to Paradise later this afternoon.

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb team!

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Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Turned by High Winds

RMI Guide Ben Liken and the Four Day Summit Climb team June 17 - 21, 2017 made their summit attempt of Mt. Rainier this morning but were forced to turn around at 13,800’ due to high winds and icy conditions. The team is making their way back to Camp Muir where they will take a short break and re-pack their gear before continuing their descent to Paradise.  We look forward to seeing them at Rainier BaseCamp this afternoon.

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Denali Expedition: Van Deventer & Team Trip Conclusion

We last gave a shout from 7,600’ at the base of Ski Hill on our descent. It was a long day, beginning with the sun hitting 17 Camp, where we packed up all of our belongings, and headed back down the West Buttress. Conditions couldn’t have been better, and before long we were shedding layers as quickly as we could as we walked into the heat of 14 Camp. An hour of repacking and grabbing more of our gear that we had cached there as well as visiting with RMI Guide Tyler Jones’ team had us ready to move out again. By 11, the air felt thick and the temps were even warmer. RMI Guide Jake Beren and team had been nice enough to dig up our cache, so once more we repacked, adjusted our sleds, traded crampons for snowshoes, and kept beat footing our way down the mountain. We rolled into 7,600 at 10 pm, and though there was a lot of discussion of just continuing on to Base Camp, we decided to throw up the tents for a few hours. We were rewarded with spectacular light as the sun dipped behind the surrounding peaks, and it was a special last night on the glacier. By 4 am we were up and walking again. The few hours of sleep had added some spring to everyones’ step and we flew down glacier, reaching Base Camp in 2.5 hours. We parked next to the runway just as the sun hit. At 9 am on the dot, our good friends from K2 Aviation showed up in three Otters to pick up ourselves and Mike Walter’s team, and by 10 we were in flip-flops back in Talkeetna. Everyone enjoyed the ensuing leisurely day of sorting gear, showers, ice cream, coffee, a celebratory dinner, and a few hours in the classic Fairview Inn. Everyone has split now, finishing plane journey’s back home to loved ones.

Thanks so much to our team. They climbed in great style, were equal to the task when things got difficult, put up with a lot of tent time and waiting, and ultimately were able to power through a move to 17 and a summit day without having carried there. We summited an hour or so after Mike Walter’s group (the first guide service summit of the year), on the first viable summit day that had presented itself during our entire stint on the mountain. We were rewarded with incredibly clear views, warm temps, and an overall fantastic day. The views on the way out were pretty stunning as well. Thanks also to all of you for following along. Sore feet and legs are fading away but folks are already talking of their next climbs to come. We look forward to it!

Best,

RMI Guides Pete, Jess, and Jenny.

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Congrats for making it to the summit Rachel ! :) Pallavi.

Posted by: Pallavi Chahal on 6/8/2017 at 12:46 am

Congratulations Rachel Calvert, Pete and team! Have been following the blog and was so pleased to hear all made the summit safely and saw the beautiful Alaska range on a clear sunny day.
Rachel - will have to catch up with you and see your photos when you are back in Australia.
Renee Duvoisin (2015 summit team)

Posted by: Renee Duvoisin on 6/6/2017 at 4:18 pm

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