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Entries By kel rossiter


Mt. Rainier: Summit Climb Teams On Top

Summit!
At 8:45 am RMI Guide Dave Hahn radioed to say, “We are walking into the Crater Rim.”  The mountain has a cloud cap with some high winds and also some sunny skies.  The teams will spend some time on top before starting their descent.
Congratulations to today’s summit climbers!

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Congratulations, Francesca and Nick! So excited for you! Unbelievably beautiful!

Posted by: Marianne Weaver on 6/5/2018 at 9:47 am


Mt. Baker: Rossiter and Team Summit!

RMI Guide Kel Rossiter and team just called from the summit of Mt. Baker after a successful climb. They reported good weather and softening snow conditions. After a celebration on the summit, the team will begin their over 5,000’ of vertical ski descent off the top. Once back in camp, the team will rest, pack, and hike off of the mountain for a well deserved meal in town.


RMI Guide Kel Rossiter calls in after the team wraps up their Mt. Baker Summit and Ski Descent

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Mt. Baker: Rossiter & Team Prepare for the Summit Bid

Hello, this is day 2 of the Mount Baker Climb & Ski program. Today was an excellent training day. We woke up with a sunrise, had some breakfast, and got out on the glacier for some firm snow ski, uphill travel techniques: ski cramponing, boot cramponing, roped travel, and a variety of other skills. Then we ripped skins and had a delightful 1,300-foot descent back to camp. In the afternoon we covered avalanche rescue techniques and crevasse rescue techniques as well. We rolled into dinner, cooked up some great food, put the finishing touches on our packs and getting set for a successful summit bid on Baker tomorrow or tomorrow morning. Bye. Bye.

RMI Guide Kel Rossiter


RMI Guide Kel Rossiter checks in from Mt. Baker.

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Mt. Rainier: RMI Guide Kel Rossiter & Team Stand Atop Mt. Rainier

The Four Day Summit Climb July 28 - 31 led by RMI Guide Kel Rossiter reached the summit of Mt. Rainier at 5:30 am today.  The team enjoyed the views from the summit with clear skies and light winds.  The team will return to Camp Muir and continue down to Paradise.  Their program will conclude at Rainier BaseCamp today with a celebration of their achievement.

Congratulations to today’s climbers!

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This just confirms my belief in you, Cory. You can achieve Anything if your heart is in it. ❤️❤️❤️

Posted by: Mom on 7/31/2017 at 10:44 am

Way to go Cory! What a great accomplishment!!
Dad

Posted by: Bernie Handfelt on 7/31/2017 at 10:05 am


Mt. Rainier: July 26th SUMMIT!

The Four Day Summit Climb team led by RMI Guide Kel Rossiter reached to summit of Mt. Rainier early this morning. Kel reported a great day of climbing with beautiful clear skies. The team has started their descent and are en route to Camp Muir

Congratioulations to today’s team!

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Congrats Jacob. Way to go.

Posted by: Scotty on 7/26/2017 at 7:42 pm

Dude!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Kyle U. on 7/26/2017 at 5:40 pm


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

RMI Guides Kel Rossiter and Mike Uchal led their Four Day Summit Climb teams for July 19 - 22 to the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning. They reported moderate winds and mostly clear skies.

Congratulations to today’s climbers!

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I did the 4-Day Rainier Climb in 2012 with guides Lindsey Mann and Casey Grom.  They were great guides and provided our team with an enjoyable experience.

This year, I brought eight friends with me to again do the 4-Day Rainier Climb, with RMI Guides Kel Rossiter, Taylor Bickford, and Lucas Haaland.  Again, RMI provided us with 3 more amazing guides.  The climb was awesome and everyone - both guides and clients - had an great time!  It was so much fun!

For those thinking about climbing Rainier, here’s my advice:  use a guide service (RMI has the some of the world’s best climbers as guides, puts a high premium on safety, and is reasonably priced), train & prepare for the climb, listen to your guides, tip your guides well, and have an awesome experience!

Posted by: Kelly Steele on 7/24/2017 at 8:37 pm

Wow. Our guides were out-of-this-world amazing—Mike, Pete and Bryan made sure our group felt comfortable, prepared and were safe throughout the experience. I would, hands down, recommend RMI to ANYONE looking to get into mountaineering.  My family had an incredible experience because of them.  Thank you RMI and a special thank you to Mike, Pete and Bryan for helping us make it to the summit and back!

Posted by: Lindsey Effner on 7/24/2017 at 9:59 am


Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climbs On Summit!

The Four Day Summit Climb Teams for June 25 - 28, 2017 reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning just after 7 am.  RMI Guides Kel Rossiter and Robby Young reported winds higher than expected but clear skies and an excellent route.  The teams spent almost an hour enjoying the views from the summit crater.  They will return to Camp Muir for a short break and then continue to Paradise.

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb teams!

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What a feat!!!
So amazed at your fortitude and strength.
Congrats to Larry and Zack on your valiant efforts. So very proud of you.
Can’t wait to hear about your experience.
Safe journey home.
Lots of love, Shelley, Saul and the gang

Posted by: Shelley on 6/29/2017 at 5:08 am

Congratulations Emma Le Du!  well done!

Posted by: Margarita Medina on 6/28/2017 at 8:08 pm


Mt. Rainier: Expedition Skills Seminar - Kautz Summit!

The Expedition Skills Seminar - Kautz team led by RMI Guide Kel Rossiter climbed to the summit of Mt. Rainier via the Kautz route this morning.  The team has spent the week on the mountain training in various alpine climbing techniques. They will continue their training tomorrow before descending to Paradise in the late afternoon.

Congratulations to the Kautz team!

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Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climb Teams Reach the Summit

RMI Guides Casey Grom and Kel Rossiter led their Four Day Summit Climb Teams May 31- 3 June to the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  The team reported it was a windy day on top but they were doing well.  They will return to Camp Muir for a short break and to pack their gear before descending to Paradise this afternoon.

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb teams!

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Advanced Ski Guide Course: Reflections from RMI Guide Kel Rossiter

Mountaineering and music have much in common to share. When we consider music, we often think of pleasant noises combined together to make song—but it is precisely the silence between those bits of noise that make music more than simply a frantic crashing of sound. So too, it is with mountaineering: much focus is given to the getting up the mountain, but it is the descent that gives it meaning. You can no more have a successful climb without a descent than you can have a front without a back. And adding the mode of skiing to that descent provides an additional aesthetic beauty to that project. 

During early-April I had the opportunity to explore and expand my understanding of the ski mountaineering aesthetic through the American Mountain Guides Association’s Advanced Ski Guide Course. This ten-day course is the follow-up to the twelve-day, introductory Ski Guide Course (which I’d completed in 2015) and is the precursor to an eight-day Ski Exam. With the benefit of RMI’s commitment to the professional development of its guides, I was able to attend the Advanced Ski Guide Course in Thompson Pass, Alaska.

Thompson Pass in Alaska's Chugach Range contains mountains beyond mountains.

Thompson Pass is part of the storied Chugach Range, the setting for more extreme skiing videos than perhaps anywhere else on the planet. Jagged, flat-iron peaks are flanked with row upon rows of steep and deep powder couloirs that spill into massive glacial basins, with easy access provided by the Richardson Highway running through it, connecting the port town of Valdez with the rest of The Last Frontier. This makes it the perfect place for the Advanced course. Whereas the introductory Ski Guides Course focuses on safely moving groups through backcountry avalanche terrain and finding the best skiing along the way, the Advanced Ski Guide Course brings in the components of safe travel on glaciers (e.g., navigating in white out conditions, avoiding crevasses, dealing with crevasse rescue, etc) and managing skiers in technical mountain terrain (e.g., roped travel through steep rock and snow, belayed entry into steep terrain, effective group management in narrow couloirs, etc). 

The training covered a variety of techniques for safe skiing in steep terrain including belayed skiing.

But there’s more to it than just the technical aspects—because, after all, in ski mountaineering the focus of climbing a peak goes beyond just the joy of standing on the summit—there is the consideration of finding the most enjoyable line to ski on the way down. Having completed AMGA certifications in Rock and Alpine Guiding, I’m versed in the technique and mindset needed to successfully climb large objectives, and that mindset could be generally summed up with the word “efficiency”. Moving into the world of ski mountaineering has been an exciting shift of paradigms, working to also incorporate in the concepts of “aesthetics” and “enjoyment”. In the world of alpine climbing, enjoyment is often seen as what you experience upon completing the goal, standing on the summit and coming back down safely. In the world of ski mountaineering, standing on the summit is a necessary pleasure before the true pleasure of ski descent can be attained. A greater focus on both product and process that I’m finding increasingly attractive.

The training covered a variety of techniques for safe skiing in steep terrain including crevasse rescue.

I’m not the only one finding this product and process increasingly attractive: backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering is among the fastest growing segments of the outdoor world. And RMI is at the forefront in developing programs to help its audience enjoy the sport. RMI Guide Tyler Reid leads ski descents of Europe’s highest peak, Mt. Elbrus, and explores Chile’s renowned skiing with RMI Guide Solveig Waterfall. In 2018, I’ll be doing a Mt. Baker Climb/Ski as well as a custom ski/climb program. RMI, long at the lead in helping climbers reach their summit goals, now has a range of excellent ski options to ensure that the descent is both safe and extremely rewarding.

For a look at some of my other experiences with backcountry skiing, ski mountaineering, and the AMGA Ski Guide program, check out these links:
Mammut Athlete Team Blog about my ski experiences in the Alps prior to the Ski Guides Course.
RMI Blog post about my experiences in learning snow science during the American Avalanche Institute’s Level 3 Avalanche Course.

RMI Guide Kel Rossiter

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