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Mt. Rainier: Bond, Schmitt, & Team Get Turned Around Due to Weather

The Four Day Climb teams led by Andy Bond and JT Schmitt heading up to Camp Muir for their climb tomorrow, September 23rd, decided to turn around in the face of bad weather. The team made it to just before the Muir Snowfield where they took a cold and wet break and discussed the realities of their situation. The weather above them was the same but with freezing temperatures and higher winds, making an ascent to Camp Muir too dangerous to continue. The team celebrated their high point and returned to Paradise where they were shuttled back to dry clothes and hot beverages.
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Mt. Rainier: Okita, Schmitt & Teams on Their Descent from Muir

Today's Mt. Rainier summit climb, led by Brent Okita and JT Schmitt, was unable to go beyond Camp Muir due to blizzard conditions. High winds were reported through the night gusting 80 mph. The team is currently on their descent from Camp Muir and will be at Rainier Basecamp early this afternoon.
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Mt. Rainier: August 24th Summit!

The Four Day Climb Teams led by RMI Guides Mike King and JT Schmitt reached the summit of Mt. Rainier early this morning. Mike reported clear skies with wind gusts of 45 mph and sustained winds at 35 mph. The teams have started their descent and are en route back to Camp Muir. Congratulations to today's teams!
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Hope Jeremy Wallace and friend are on this climb. Congrats to all and have a safe descent.

Posted by: Robert Wallace on 8/24/2019 at 11:33 am

Mt. Rainier: Champion & Five Day Team Reach Summit

The Five Day Climb August 15 - 19 reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning led by RMI Guide Nikki Champion. It's a beautiful day on the mountain with moderate winds and cool temperatures. After enjoying two nights on the mountain before their summit climb, the group will return to Camp Muir to pack up and then will continue down to Paradise. Their program will conclude with a celebration at Rainier BaseCamp this afternoon. Congratulations to today's Five Day Climb team!
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Way to go, everyone!
Chandra….FINALLY! 4th time was a charm!
Love you to the mountains & back!

Posted by: Kari on 8/19/2019 at 8:02 am

Mt. Rainier: Emmons Seminar Turned back due to Conditions

The Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons August 10 - 15, 2019 led by RMI Guide JT Schmitt made their summit attempt today after several days of training on and off the mountain. Firm and steep conditions on the route today prevented the team from reaching the summit. The climbers enjoyed testing their climbing skills on challenging terrain. They are now back at Camp Schurman and will continue training. Tomorrow they will break camp and return to the trailhead and back to Rainier BaseCamp.
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Always smarter to stay safe. Now just wasn’t the time. Mountain will always be there.

Ya may not have reached the summit but you all had an experience many will never get a chance to have.

Not to mention the knowledge to pursue future endeavors.

Hi 5 folks.

Its still a damn solid accomplishment. Some folks cant even get off of the couch so I tip my hat to all of ya

All about the journey not the trip.

Posted by: Loco Raindrops on 8/15/2019 at 5:12 am

Sorry to hear this. I know they worked really hard and must be extremely disappointed.

Posted by: Jenni on 8/14/2019 at 7:53 pm

Mt. Rainier: King, Schmitt & Team Reach Summit

The Four Day Climb August 5 - 8 reached the summit around 5:30 AM today. RMI Guides Mike King and JT Schmitt reported a cloud cap near the summit and moderate sustained winds. The teams are returning to Camp Muir and will continue their descent to Paradise later today. Congratulations to today's Summit Climb teams!
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Congratulations, Team!!!  You did it!  You all should be so proud of yourselves on this incredible accomplishment:)  I love you, Owen!

Posted by: Catherine on 8/8/2019 at 12:12 pm

Third times the charm! Way to go Adam! Hope that cloud cap didn’t dim the view! What an accomplishment!

Posted by: Kay on 8/8/2019 at 8:24 am

North Cascades: Wilderness Adventures Team Summits Mt. Baker!

We just got back down to town after a great climb up the Easton Glacier on Mt.Baker with Wilderness Adventures! The weather could not have been better, with calm conditions and warm temperatures abounding all the way to the summit and back down to camp. The group all climbed strong, pushing their physical limits while trying out mountaineering for the first time, all amidst stunning views of the North Cascade mountains. Afterwards we ended up back at beautiful Sandy Camp for a relaxing afternoon of eating, drinking glacier water and napping. All in all a great trip. RMI Guide JT Schmitt
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Huascaran: Elias & Team Enjoying Rest Days in Huaraz

Good evening from Huaraz. The team is spending a couple rest days in town after our acclimatization phase on Yannapacha and Chopicalqui. This phase was, on its own, a legit climbing objective with high and technical peaks where our team stepped it up and proved to be a very fit, mentally tough and a determined one. We sure are now acclimatized and ready for the highest peak on Earth located in between the tropics, Huascaran. Follow along for the second half of our expedition starting tomorrow. RMI Guide Elias de Andres Martos
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Huascaran: Elias and Team Summit Chopicalqui!

Greetings from Chopicalqui High camp! What a day... This mountain is no joke: five 60-degree pitches at 20'000ft, no visibility for the upper half of the mountain on ascent, and no visibility on the entire descent! But we did it! We reached the summit of Chopicalqui! The team needed to put up a fight and they did. Everyone stood on top shortly after 8:00 AM on a seven hour uphill strenuous push. We rolled into our sleeping bags after an early dinner that our porters had ready upon arrival. Tomorrow we're looking forward to town and well earned rest. RMI Guide Elías de Andres Martos and team
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So proud of you guys! Great job!

Posted by: Terry Wisler on 7/15/2019 at 2:07 pm

Yay! Congrats Kim and team!!!

Posted by: Ally on 7/15/2019 at 12:40 pm

Huascaran: Elias & Team Ready for Next Objective

Greetings from base camp! We have enjoyed our time off from climbing today, after our quick and uneventful descent (aside from the astonishing views) from Yanapacha high camp yesterday. We're ready to go for Chopicalqui now, and so, we have spent some time repacking for our move to Camp 1 tomorrow. Everyone's excited, doing well and ready for the next objective! RMI Guide Elías de Andres Martos and team
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Sounds like everything is going great. Nice job! Love following the blog!
JT, did you get a hold of Brad?

Posted by: Ellen Smith Eaton on 7/11/2019 at 3:34 pm

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