Entries By jess matthews
August 18, 2017
Congratulations to today’s climbers!
August 4, 2017
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!
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
July 31, 2017
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!
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
July 10, 2017
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!
June 21, 2017
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.
June 5, 2017
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!
RMI Guides Pete, Jess, and Jenny.
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
June 3, 2017
June 2, 2017
This is Pete Van Deventer calling from Denali. It’s been a long day, we have been on the move for a while. We left 17,000’ Camp at about 10:50 this morning and have been on the move ever since. We went down through from the thin air up there to 14,000’ Camp and saw Brent Okita and Tyler Jones there and then through 11,000’ Camp and saw Jake Beren there. Now we are down in the thick, warm air of 9,600 feet the Base of Ski Hill. So we’re going to stop here for the evening and eat some dinner and throw the tents up for a little bit and sleep for a few hours. Then we’ll get back on the trail and get back to Base Camp for what we hope to be early morning flight 8 or 9 o’clock Saturday morning. With any luck will be back in Talkeetna before we know it. Everybody’s been hanging in there really well, it’s a lot of walking but the further we go down the better we all feel as they air gets thicker and temps warmer. The cold on the way in feels pretty balmy at this point after sitting what we have sat through and being as high as we have been. We’re looking up at the sunshine on the summit of Denali and still lighting up the Orient Express and the Messnar Couloir some of the classic faces of the upper mountain above 14,000’ and really couldn’t imagine a more perfect setting than where we are right now. So, we will enjoy one more night on the Kahiltna Glacier and look forward to being in town soon.
RMI Guide Pete Van Deventer
RMI Guide Pete Van Deventer checks in from 9,600 ft on their descent.
On The Map
Congratulation Pete and team.
# 100 for you amigo ? ! :)
Posted by: Walter Glover on 6/4/2017 at 6:25 am
June 1, 2017
May 31, 2017
Hey, this is Pete Van Deventer. The wait is finally over we left 14,000’ Camp this morning perfect guys one of the nicest mornings we have woken up to yet. We got out early before this sun hit 14 Camp and beat the rest of camp out too. Along with Mike Walter’s Team we made the track up to fix lines along the West Buttress and up to our 17,000’ Camp. It’s a beautiful day, we are looking way down the Kahiltna Glacier with super clear skies. We really couldn’t ask for much more it is warm and calm. We are all really excited and it looks like it’s going to hold tomorrow. So the plan in the morning is to get up and head for the summit. We will let everybody know how that goes. The forecast looks good and conditions here look good, and the route as we can see it looks good. So everything is working in our favor at the moment. We look forward to talking to everybody tomorrow. Bye.
RMI Guide Pete Van Deventer checks in from 17,000 ft Camp on Denali.
On The Map
Good luck guys.
Hope you have a speedy ascent and clear skies.
Enjoy the moment Mark and Rach.
Posted by: James on 6/1/2017 at 4:55 pm
Gutted I’m not with you all. I wish each and every one of you a safe and successful summit attempt. Take care, Andy from Scotland.
Posted by: Andy mcronald on 6/1/2017 at 3:04 pm
May 31, 2017
May 30, 2017
We woke up to an unexpected foot of fresh snow this morning and unable to see the Buttress above us, let alone many of our camp neighbors. Our initial plans to head uphill became questionable at best, but we crawled out of our warm tents for some breakfast burritos and hoped for a change in the weather. The skies eventually cleared and the sun began to warm the basin, but the winds persisted up high long enough to set our sights on tomorrow.
Anxious to stretch our legs, we took advantage of the warm afternoon with a short walk to the “Edge of the World” for some spectacular views of the Alaska Range. The sun brightened spirits and kept folks lingering outside their tents all afternoon to soak it up before dinner. It was a much needed lift to prepare us for our uphill push tomorrow to 17 camp and on to the highest point in North America.
RMI Guides Jess Matthews, Jenny Konway, Pete Van Deventer and team
On The Map
May 29, 2017
May 29, 2017
There isn’t a whole lot new to report today. The winds started to dissipate late last night into this morning. There were still some gusty bursts that swirled snow into the air, enveloping those unlucky enough to be caught out in them. But as the morning progressed, the air calmed down, and the sun started to break though. Our brief respite of sunshine was short lived, as a 20,000’ wall of cloud crept slowly towards us, finally enveloping us and triggering peaceful snowfall. It has snowed lightly for much of the day, but the wind seems to have relented for now, and the forecast seems to show our window appearing in the next couple of days. We’ll be excited when it does!
RMI Guides Pete, Jess, Jenny and team
On The Map
Made it down to base camp Tuesday morning at about 12:05 AM. You may have heard we endured some unexpected weather on the way down. But it looks like everything is starting to change. Sunny skies at Base this morning after almost 2-weeks of less than optimal conditions. Beautiful flight out. I’m rooting for you all!!!. Stay strong and get this done!!!
Posted by: Joel on 5/30/2017 at 10:43 pm
Thinking of everyone, especially our nephew, Peter Bilodeau. Prayers for safety & success!
Aunt Ann & Uncle Dave
Posted by: Ann Douglas on 5/30/2017 at 1:22 pm