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Mt. Rainier: Expedition Skills Seminar Paradise Summit!

After a week of Denali Prep Training on the Paradise Glacier RMI Guide Tatum Whatford and the Expedition Skills Seminar - Paradise Team made their way to Camp Muir for their summit attempt of Mt. Rainier. The team climbed under clear skies and a light breeze to successfully reach the Summit of Mt. Rainer at 7:30 am Today!  The team has started their descent and are looking forward to cold drinks and a celebration at the Basecamp Bar and Grill. 

Congratulations Team! 

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So proud of you Andrew and John!! Stay safe!! Enjoy!!!

Aunt Judy and Uncle Brian!!

Posted by: Judy Eisentrout on 8/19/2022 at 7:45 pm

Very proud of the old man on the team! Just sad I didn’t remind him to pack sunscreen. Great job KAK!!!

Posted by: Nina Kahloon on 8/16/2022 at 1:29 pm

Mt. Rainier: Five Day Teams led by Hahn, Van Deventer Reach Summit

The Five Day Climb July 23 - 27 reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  RMI Guides Dave Hahn and Pete Van Deventer and teams reached the summit around 6:30 am under calm winds and warm temperatures.  The teams will return to Camp Muir where they spend the afternoon to relax and recover after their efforts today.  The teams will descend the remaining 4,500' to Paradise tomorrow morning.

Congratulations to today's climbers!

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Courtney & Kyle,
Congratulations! Awesome work. What are going to do tomorrow?

Posted by: Cole Fricke on 7/28/2022 at 7:34 am

Woohoo!!  Congrats to Amy, Celine and the rest of the team!  Enjoy the rest of your adventure!

Posted by: Mary Petersen on 7/26/2022 at 10:44 am

Mt. Baker: King and Team Stand on Top

RMI Guide Mike King reported clear, calm, and beautiful views from the summit of Mt. Baker this morning. Congrats to the team for their summit of a classic climb of the Cascades!

The team will spend tonight at camp basking in their success before descending back to the trailhead tomorrow.

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Mt. Baker: King & Team Reach Summit via Coleman Deming Route

RMI Guide Mike King and the Mt. Baker Coleman - Deming July 16 - 18 reached the summit of Mt. Baker just before 9 am today.  Mike reported cloudy skies below 8,000' but it was clear above as they made their way to the top. All the big peaks were visible as "islands" coming through the marine layer clouds. The team will return to camp for a final night on the mountain.  Tomorrow they will break camp, descend to the trailhead and complete their program.

Nice work team!

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Congratulations so glad all are safe.

Posted by: Donna C. Cameron on 7/17/2022 at 9:36 pm

Congratulations to the climbers and to the guides for reaching the top. Kuddos to you and your determination and perseverance.
Shout out to Ana and Rathan for taking up the challenge. Waiting to hear about the climb

Posted by: Shilpa on 7/17/2022 at 3:27 pm

Mt. Rainier: Four Day Teams on the Summit!

The Four Day Climb June 27 - 30 reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning led by RMI Guides JT Schmitt and Christina Dale. Christina reported great route conditions and clear skies.  The teams were on their descent at Camp Comfort around 7:30 am making their way back to Camp Muir.  The teams will continue their descent to Paradise and then be transferred to Rainier BaseCamp.

Congratulations to today's climbers!

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Congratulations everyone! You must be so proud of yourself! We can’t wait to have to full story of your adventure! ❤️

Posted by: My-Lien on 6/30/2022 at 12:58 pm

Congratulations, you did it!!!!

Posted by: Carole on 6/30/2022 at 9:08 am

Mt. Rainier: Haugen & Kautz Seminar Team Climb and Train, Reach 11,000’

RMI Guide Mike Haugen and the Expedition Skills Seminar - Kautz team have returned from the mountain.  The team spent three nights on the mountain and were able to do a lot of great training.  The reached 11,000' before deciding to turn around due to poor route conditions and high avalanche danger. The team descended to Paradise and is back at Rainier BaseCamp to celebrate their accomplishment and close down their program.

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Mt. Rainier: Four Day Climb Unable to Climb Due to High Winds

The Four Day Climb June 5 - 8 was unable to make their summit attempt.  Strong winds overnight at Camp Muir kept the climbers safely inside the hut.  RMI Guides Mike Haugen and Josh McDowell reported sustained winds of 50 mph with gusts in the 60's.  The winds have decreased enough to allow the climbers to ascend above Camp Muir to check things out.  After their walk, they will return to Camp Muir and then make their descent to Paradise.  We look forward to seeing the climbers at Rainier BaseCamp later this afternoon.

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Mike/Jess & Team-
Great climb, thanks so much for taking us!  The views were amazing, I learned a ton, and you guys made it really fun, and safe!  Good luck with the Kautz Route Seminar later this week!

Posted by: Y on 6/8/2022 at 10:59 pm

Mt. Rainier: Expedition Skills Seminar Wraps up a Stormy Week at Camp Muir

Hello world, it’s us the Camp Muir Seminar!

Yesterday, we awoke early, donned our technical gear and launched towards the Ingraham flats to train before the next storm system hit in the mid afternoon. Sadly the storm had other plans and hit Camp Muir around 9am. We retreated in a white out with winds averaging 58mph during our time on the Cowlitz glacier. The storm has been impressive in its power and consistency. It is not snowing so much as it is launching ice pellets at us with high velocity. Moral stayed high as we continued to practice various technical skills in the bunkhouse. The team took brief forays into the violent snow globe that was the outside world to shovel out the bathroom. We were highly motivated to maintain our access to the facilities.

We are excited to find a lull in the weather to head down hill, dry out and enjoy some pizza and beer at the Basecamp Bar and Grill. 

All is well - The Muir Seminar Team

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Mt. Rainier: Expedition Skills Seminar Team Training at Muir

There we were, finished up with our day of training, enjoying the amenities of the Gombu Hut. A screeching howl ripped across Camp Muir - the wind was here. We spent the rest of the evening discussing altitude illness and taking bets on the high score for strongest gust. Ends up we were all wrong, so so wrong. The darkness fell and our winds averaged 70mph with gusts in the 90mph. Things were knocking, shelters were rocking, and we hunkered down. This morning we awoke to thick solid ice rime covering the surface of our world. We affixed Everest style hand lines to the bathroom. Full battle gear mandatory. Today we will practice the most important mountain skill, entertaining ourselves while the storm rages.

RMI Guide Jack Delaney and the Muir Seminar signing off, till tomorrow...

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Mt. Rainier: Okita, Cifelli & Teams Enjoy Great Training Before Change in Weather

What a difference a day makes. 40mph snow and wind at Camp Muir. A perfect day to train inside. 

After a cloudy walk up the Muir Snowfield on Monday we enjoyed two gorgeous, sunny days of training on Tuesday and Wednesday, learning the basics of snow and ice climbing, glacier travel, crevasse rescue and ice climbing. 

This morning the weather has changed! Blowing snow all night and day has us thankful for the shelter of the bunkhouse at Camp Muir where we're learning about avalanches - how to avoid them, use the tools of the trade and perform a rescue.

We'll continue with other topics of interest and get out for some hands on training if and when we can do it safely outside. 

Everyone is doing great and happy we got so much training in even though our summit aspirations are no longer realistic after finding serious signs of avalanche hazard on the slopes leading to the summit.

We'll be headed down tomorrow morning after some training and packing up in the morning. 

RMI Guide Brent Okita

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Thank you for all of the updates for those of us at lower elevations here in the Twin Cities and others! I am sorry to hear you won’t be able to summit but am glad you all are taking precautions. Enjoy the views from up there, it’s something not everyone gets to experience in their lifetimes. Good work team!!

Posted by: April Londo on 5/13/2022 at 4:34 pm

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