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Entries By jess matthews


Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climb Teams on the Summit!

The Four Day Summit Climb teams reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning led by RMI Guides Pete Van Deventer and Jess Matthews.  The teams spent time in the crater before starting their descent.  Once back at Camp Muir they will repack and continue to Paradise.  We look forward to seeing them at Rainier BaseCamp later today.

Congratulations to today’s climbers.

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Rainier: August 16th Teams Summit!

The Four Day Summit Climb Teams led by RMI Guides Casey Grom and Jess Matthews reached the summit of Mt. Rainier today. Jess reported moderate winds and clear skies on the upper mountain. The teams left the crater rim at 7:36 am and are making their way back to Camp Muir.

Congratulations to today’s teams!

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Awesome! Congrats to my family making memories of a lifetime!

Posted by: Donna Burkeen on 8/17/2018 at 3:23 am

So proud of you both. What an adventure and an achievement!

Posted by: Carol Kelsey on 8/16/2018 at 12:00 pm


Mt. Baker: Matthews & Team Summit Via the Easton Glacier

RMI Guide Jess Matthews and team reached the Mt. Baker summit and are safely back at camp.  The team ascended and descended the Easton Glacier Route.

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Mt. Baker: Matthews & Team Abandon Summit Attempt Due to Route Conditions

Monday, August 6 - 9:00 AM PT

Jess Matthews checked in this morning on the Coleman-Deming route to report that the team turned around at 8,500’ due to an newly opened and impassable crevasse. They made their descent safely back to camp and back to the parking lot where they will head into town for fresh food and hot showers.

RMI Guide Jess Matthews

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Mt. Baker: Matthews & Team Train for Summit Day

Today was another beautiful day on the lower slopes of Mt. Baker. We started with a leisurely breakfast and then packed our gear for a short walk above camp to reach the snow and our training site. After a good day of training, we’re relaxing in our tents before dinner and then off to bed before we gear up again early in the morning for the real thing. The team is looking forward to heading uphill to put our new skills to use with the summit in our sights!

RMI Guides Jess Matthews, Jessie Poquerusse, Dustin Wittmier and Team.

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Mt. Baker: Matthews & Team Settle Into Camp After First Day On Mountain

We had a beautiful walk into camp today. Temps were cool, the bugs left us alone, and we made smooth work with heavy packs. We were greeted by a blanket of wildflowers and the sound of waterfalls as we made our way above the tree line into camp at the edge of the Coleman Glacier. Everyone is feeling good and settling in to camp life here at 5,900’. We’ll take advantage of a full night of sleep before beginning our training tomorrow on the slopes around camp in preparation for our summit climb.

RMI Guides Jess Matthews, Jessie Poquerusse, Dustin Wittmier and Team.

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Mt. Rainier: Matthews & Five Day Summit Climb Team Enjoy the Views

The Five Day Summit Climb July 21 - 25 enjoyed two nights on the mountain before making their summit attempt today.  RMI Guide Jess Matthews and team reached the summit this morning under clear skies and warm temperatures.  The team will return to Camp Muir, pack up their camp and continue their descent to Paradise.

Congratulations Climbers!

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Congrats Kent, your climbing team and the guides. Awesome pics. Enjoy your birthday on the.mountain as this is a once in a lifetime way to spend it.

Posted by: Kent's Dad on 8/1/2018 at 7:53 pm


Mt. Rainier: July 18th Five Day Team Summits!

The Five Day Summit Climb Team led by RMI Guide Jess Matthews reached the summit of Mt. Rainier at about 6:30 AM PST today.  The Five Day team spends and extra day on the mountain using this day for rest and acclimatization. Today the woke early, retraced their steps from yesterday up to Ingraham Flats and climbed beyond to reach Columbia Crest.  The team is on the descent en route back to Camp Muir. They will return to Paradise this afternoon.

Congratulations Team!

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Yvonne, I hope your experience was everything you hoped it would be!  I can’t wait to hear all about it!  See you on Friday!!!

Posted by: Mary Ann on 7/18/2018 at 11:50 am


Denali Expedition: Van Deventer & Team Descend

Saturday, June 9, 2018 - 11:13 PM PT

After a late night making dinner and filling water bottles, we were content to sleep in a bit until the sun hit the tents and made things a bit warmer. With packs full, we rallied back along the West Buttress, beating the oncoming traffic to the fixed lines. We rendezvoused with Tyler Jones’s team at 14,000’, where they were so kind as to hook us up with water and high fives, then we kept the train rolling down to 11, where Mike King’s team let us use their kitchen tent and had already dug up our cache for us. We’re going to sleep a few hours here, then wake up in the (not) dark (it’s Alaska in the summer time) to walk the last piece to base camp, aiming to be there for first flights in the morning. Keeping our fingers crossed for flyable weather and a cold IPA before noon!

RMI Guide Pete Van Deventer

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So looking forward to seeing you!  And hearing all the stories! Save journey down and off to Talkeetna! I’m in dunker training all Monday, so I’ll see you in in evening! Love you!

Posted by: Kathy on 6/10/2018 at 11:37 am

So happy to hear your news of the day! Looking forward to hearing you are down safely!

Posted by: Ken and Beckie Ruggles on 6/10/2018 at 9:16 am


Denali Expedition: Van Deventer & Team Summit!

Saturday, June 9, 2018 1:04 AM

The couple weeks of hauling massive loads, sitting through snow storms, sunburns, and eating way too much bacon culminated in that fleeting joy of standing on the summit of Denali this afternoon! Our forecasts have been a bit vague, and sometimes less than confidence inspiring, but we woke up this morning to stellar conditions. It was clear, calm as a koala with a full belly of eucalyptus, and the sun promised to warm things from the forecasted overnight temp of -25. We made our way across the autobahn, glad to see the sun part way across. We ticked off the stretches: zebra rocks, arch deacons tower, the football field, pig hill, and the iconic summit ridge. After 8.5 hours of climbing, we were standing on the summit! It was a warm, beautiful day, with an intense sky of clouds that had built at all levels, making surrounding Alaska incredibly dramatic. After our photos and some time, it was time to head home.
We are safely back in camp working on a late dinner. Tomorrow we hope to descend to the land of oxygen and warmer temps, hopefully 11,000’ or 7600’ camp.

RMI Guides Pete, Jess, Taylor, and Team

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Way to go Henry and Caleb!  Awesome achievement.  Look forward to hearing details when you get back.

Posted by: Charles Platt on 6/11/2018 at 1:53 pm

MANY congratulations to the whole TEAM!! That’s an awesome effort by one and all - look forward to hearing details from Henry and Caleb and seeing lots of pictures. Thank you to the guides!!
Gran/Mom

Posted by: Jennifer Huntington on 6/11/2018 at 1:30 pm

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