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Entries By mike bennett

Mt. Shuksan: Breen & Team Summit with 100% of Team

RMI Guides Jackson Breen and Mike Bennett lead their Mt. Shuksan - Fisher Chimneys July 14 - 16 team to the summit with 100% of their team.  They climbed the SE ridge to the summit on Monday and plan to descend via the Fisher Chimneys route today.

Nice work team!

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Mt. Rainier: Climb calls Flats their High Point

The Mt. Rainier Four Day Climb led by RMI Guide Dave Hahn and Joe Hoch enjoyed a beautiful morning from Ingraham Flats this morning. While route conditions prevented the team from climbing higher, they spent time at 11,200' watching the sunrise. Nice work team!

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Hey Andy! Hope you’re on Top of The World! Don’t fall!

Posted by: Bob Ashburn on 7/13/2024 at 6:30 am

Mt. Rainier: Four Day Team on Top!

The Four Day Climb with Drew O’Brien and Mike Bennett reached the summit of Mt. Rainier at 5 am PDT today. The team left Camp Muir and climbed for 6 hours to reach the top. They enjoyed clear skies and great views in every direction.

Congratulations Team! 

PC: Drew O'Brien & George Hedreen

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Thanks again for pushing us to reach the summit. Up against high winds and odds not to reach summit Team RMI delivered a life long dream of mine to be on top of that mountain. Cheers.

Posted by: David Eldred on 7/7/2024 at 7:04 pm

Was a privilege and honor to climb with this wonderful group of guides and climbers! A memory for a lifetime, thanks RMI!

Posted by: Heath Scheibmeir on 7/6/2024 at 10:51 pm

Mt. Rainier: Haugen & Kautz Seminar Team Reach Summit

The Expedition Skill Seminar - Kautz June 14 - 19 led by RMI Guides Mike Haugen, Jackson Breen, Mike Bennett and Calivin Jiricko, reached the summit of Mt. Rainier yesterday via the Kautz Glacier. After several days of training and climbing, this team put it all together and ascended the Kautz ice chute, to Point Success and to the summit of Mt. Rainier. It was a long day and the team returned to camp in the early evening.  This morning they have started their descent to Paradise, leaving early to enjoy the nice snow conditions on the Wilson Glacier while the temperatures as still low. The team will return to Rainier BaseCamp this afternoon to celebrate their adventure and conclude their program.

Nice work team!

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Mt. Rainier: Bennett, Hailes & Four Day Climb Teams Reach Summit

The Four Day Climb June 9 - 12 led by RMI Guides Mike Bennett and Walter Hailes reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  The weather was fairly calm and winds were decreasing. The climbers enjoyed some time in the summit crater before starting their descent from the crater rim around 8:40 am. They are now heading back to Camp Muir. Once packed up they will continue down to Paradise.

Congratulations to today's climbing teams!

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Mt. Rainier: June 8th Team reaches 11,200’

The Four Day Climb led by RMI Guides Casey Grom and Drew O’Brien reached Ingraham Flats on Mt. Rainier this morning. New snow from recent storms, avalanches, and route concerns kept the team from continuing up hill.

The team enjoyed a beautiful sunrise and started their descent from Camp Muir. 

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Mt. Rainier: Burns & Emmons Seminar Team Reach Summit

The Expedition Skill Seminar - Emmons May 26 - 31, led by RMI Guide Seth Burns, Mike Bennett, Will Ambler and Thomas Skoog reached the summit of Mt. Rainier today via the Emmons Glacier route.  The team hit the crater rim around 11: 30 am today and due to high winds and big gusts started their descent shortly after.  They returned to Camp Schurman around 2:30 pm and will spend a final night at camp.  They will start their descent tomorrow morning, getting back to the trail in the afternoon.  We look forward to seeing them at Rainier BaseCamp tomorrow afternoon.

Congratulations team!

PC: Tom Skoog and Seth Burns

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Strong work team. Props to Mike & the crew. Hope to see you out there in a month!

Posted by: Joe Mueller on 5/31/2024 at 8:45 am

Mt. Rainier: Five Day Climb Turns at 13,200’

The Five Day Climb led by Andy Bond reached 13,200' on Mt. Rainier. The team turned around due to route conditions. They are back at Camp Muir and will be descending to Paradase later today.

Congratulations Team! 

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Mt. Rainier: 2024 Rainier Season Begins!

The first trip of the Mt. Rainier season is always a special one and just like that, it has come and gone. We spent the week learning skills like crevasse rescue, rappelling, glacier travel, the basics of snow safety, and even some fixed line travel. It was a busy week!  We didn’t make the summit and in mountaineering, that’s part of the game. Sometimes the mountain, no matter how much we want it, just says no to going up high. It’s a tough pill, but a worthwhile one to take in stride and with conviction that the decision was the right one.  We’ll take home the skills, the memories, and the bug to come back and try again another day. 

The weather is becoming wetter and windier and looks to be trending that way for our descent tomorrow. The hot food, showers, and beds in town will be that much sweeter. 

Cheers to a great week and a great start to the season,  Team!

RMI Guide Dominic Cifelli

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Ecuador Volcanoes: Wittmier & Team Turned Back on Antisana

Today was eventful. We have now all been up for 24 hours and are feeling the effects. Our day actually started last night with a 10pm wakeup to attempt Antisana. By 11pm the team was on the move, although lightning in the relatively short distance and clouds in the vicinity were worth keeping an eye on. As we climbed higher, intermittent clouds were upon us, with even a light drizzle from time to time. Looking in all directions, clouds surrounded the mountain and gave an eerie sense. Compounding these difficulties was also the very dry condition of the glacier. Navigating the dry glacier at night required the utmost attention to efficient footwork. In the end, there were too many factors working against us and we made the decision to turn around just above 17000'.

Every member of the team began the climb and made a valiant effort. While it is disappointing to turn around, the more we climb the more we understand that it is all part of the experience. By now, we have a team that truly enjoys spending time together and works together as a unit in the mountains. That means as much to me as standing on any summit could. To celebrate our new friendships and an overall successful time in Ecuador, we went to a nice group dinner. Jaime, our lead Ecuadorian guide, joined and we all enjoyed recounting freshly minted memories from this journey. As we depart, it is bitter sweet. It may be some time before any of us cross paths again, but we are all excited to reunite with family back home in the coming days (except me - follow the Ecuador Seminar blog!).

RMI Guide Dustin Wittmier

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Summit or no summit, those are some pretty sweet night/low light shots!

Posted by: Some guy from Puyallup on 2/2/2024 at 8:20 am

Bummer you couldn’t summit! But You know better than anyone Dustin, Its about the experience!!
Farmer Dave

Posted by: Dave Kestel on 2/2/2024 at 3:32 am

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