Entries By mike king
September 19, 2018
The Expedition Skills Seminar - Muir September 16 - 21 met in Ashford on a very rainy Sunday for their Technical Training day. With a gear check completed and their backpacks full they left Paradise on Monday with clear skies and sunshine. The team has been at Camp Muir practicing mountaineering skills and enjoying this great weather. Today they got an early alpine start and made their summit attempt. RMI Guide Brent Okita reported a beautiful morning with no wind as they reached the crater rim of Mt. Rainier around 8:30 AM PT. The team will enjoy some time soaking in the views from the summit before starting their descent to Camp Muir. On mountain training will continue for the group until Friday when they will descend to Paradise and return to Rainier BaseCamp.
Congratulations to today’s climbers!
September 8, 2018
The Four Day Summit Climb team led by RMI Guides Mike King and Chase Nelson reached Ingraham Flats today. High winds and a cloud cap kept the team from the summit, but they were able to get a bit of climbing in as they made their to the flats. The team will be starting their descent and be back at Rainier Basecamp in the early afternoon.
September 3, 2018
Posted by: Mike King
RMI Guide Mike King and the Four Day Summit Climb August 31 - 3 September reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning. They spent about 30 minutes in the crater before starting their descent. Mike reported a cold and windy morning on the mountain. Once back at Camp Muir they will pack up and continue to Paradise. They will conclude their program with a celebration at Rainier BaseCamp this afternoon.
Congratulations to today’s climbers!
Congratulations guys! So exciting! So happy for you all and can’t wait to hear about the journey!
Posted by: Holly Smith on 9/3/2018 at 9:45 am
I am so proud of y’all!! Can’t wait to hear all about it. I am sure that words and photos won’t even do it justice. Love you!
Posted by: Ashley Bailes on 9/3/2018 at 8:23 am
August 30, 2018
The Four Day Summit Climb August 27 - 30 were unable to reach the summit today due to high winds and deteriorating weather. RMI Guides Mike King and Gloria Roe led their teams to the top of Disappointment Cleaver before making the decision to turn back as the winds were high and the cloud cap that had formed around the summit began to creep lower on the mountain. The teams returned to Camp Muir and will descend to Paradise this morning.
August 24, 2018
The Mt. Rainier Summit Climb, led by RMI Guides Mike King and Bryan Mazaika, turned this morning at 12,800’. The winds were high on the upper mountain and the team returned safely back to Rainier Basecamp this afternoon.
Incredible adventure. Powerful, intimate bonding time for this “dad” to be given this opportunity to climb with my son’s Kevin and Chase. Unforgettable!
Our guides were amazing!
To Mike, Bryce and Matias
Thank you so much for guiding us safely with your incredible knowledge and experience. However, it was your personal touch you guys poured into us that made the trip an unforgettable memory. The stories you told unfolded into a passion for what you guys do and brought so much life into our trip. All of you were genuinely were interested in who we are as well. Inquiring about our lives and sincerely wanting to know more about us made us feel like companions (Family).
Bryce, thank you. You kept us safe. I owe you a Diet Pepsi, and more
Blessing to you all
Posted by: Ken McGlauflin on 8/25/2018 at 8:08 am
August 19, 2018
Posted by: Mike King
August 19, 2018 7:09 am PST
We are currently on top of Mt Baker. The climb was warm with lots of smoke in the air until we climbed above 90000 feet. With so much smoke, there were no view of the Puget Sound or North Cascades. The Team is doing well and we’ll began our descent soon. After returning to Camp we will rest and then pack up for the hike down to the cars.
Great job!!! Mike, Mario and Justin!!
Posted by: Natalie on 8/19/2018 at 3:18 pm
August 9, 2018
Posted by: Mike King
This is Mike King checking in on the Sahale climb. We are at the campsite after a hot day hiking through the dense lower slopes of Boston Basin. We will check in after our climbing school tomorrow! The group is enjoying the views and looking forward to some dinner and rest.
Hope you’re having a great time, Ryan and Sheena, and the rest of the group!
Posted by: Terry Wisler on 8/10/2018 at 10:00 am
As climbers we need to travel safely through complex and hazardous terrain to reach the day’s objective and ultimately return to the car so that we can share our mountain experiences. As Guides we have 3 specific expectations of the people we rope up with:
1 Keep the pace of the guide
2 Climb in balance
3 Take care of yourself at breaks
Climbing in balance will help you manage the other two expectations. By climbing in balance you will move through the mountains more efficiently and be less fatigued so that you can re-fuel and manage your layering at the breaks. Balance can be developed and improved through a variety of training regimens, and incorporating agility training is a great way to improve your balance while climbing.
Wikipedia defines agility as the ability to change the body’s position efficiently and requires the integration of isolated movement skills using a combination of balance, coordination, speed, reflexes, strength, and endurance. Agility is the ability to change the direction of the body in an efficient and effective manner and to achieve this requires a combination of:
• balance – the ability to maintain equilibrium when stationary or moving (i.e. not to fall over) through the coordinated actions of our sensory functions
• static balance – the ability to retain the center of mass above the base of support in a stationary position;
• dynamic balance – the ability to maintain balance with body movement; speed - the ability to move all or part of the body quickly; strength - the ability of a muscle or muscle group to overcome a resistance; and lastly,
• co-ordination – the ability to control the movement of the body in co-operation with the body’s sensory functions.
Mt. Rainier’s Disappointment Cleaver route tests a climber’s agility while climbing the rock ridge that divides the Ingraham and Emmons glaciers, aptly called the Disappointment Cleaver. In the spring months the route up the Cleaver is comprised of steep snow and by mid-summer is entirely rock. Regardless of the conditions, this section of the climb is more physically taxing for climbers who haven’t developed solid agility skills, as the Cleaver involves large steps, difficult footwork on loose snow or scree and 1,200 feet of elevation gain, so the ability to climb it in balance and as efficiently as possible is a must.
How to train agility:
Get off the pavement! Much of your balance and agility is achieved by small stabilizer muscles in your feet, ankles, knees, hips, and core. Running over roots, rocks, and uneven terrain will help you develop your agility by causing these muscles to fire more often and in different combinations as they adapt to the terrain changes of each step. Cross-country and alpine skiing, hiking, and yoga can all help to build these same stabilizer muscles and can be a tool if running isn’t possible for you. Off-road activities also help train you to look ahead to anticipate the irregularities of the trail. This will aid you when you climb so that you focus on what is ahead of you and don’t get stuck on what is directly at your feet.
An agility ladder is a great tool for home workouts and will help your dynamic balance and coordination. If you do not want to purchase a ladder, draw one with sidewalk chalk on your driveway. There are a multitude of potential exercises you can use with a ladder, to build quick footwork, reflexes, and agility. Start with these and build your repertoire as you see fit!
Remember, if you’re not having some fun while training then you will likely find an excuse to just go through the motions or not train. Get after it and I look forward to seeing you out in the hills!
Useful agility ladder drills: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxjC-0yuSHM
Mike King is a senior guide with RMI Expeditions and a Wilderness Medicine Instructor for WMI of NOLS. Mike guides around the world for RMI. Some of his favorites are upcoming trips to Machu Picchu, Aconcagua, and Mexico’s Volcanoes.
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August 3, 2018
Posted by: Mike King
While the lower elevations around Mt. Rainier have cloudy skies and a bit of rain this morning, the Four Day Summit Climb July 31 - 3 August enjoyed blue skies and sunshine for their summit climb. The team reached the summit this morning with light winds and were able to spend some time on the crater soaking in the views before beginning their descent around 7 AM PT. The cloud deck remains at around 7,500’ but hopefully it will clear about before the team gets to that elevation this afternoon.
Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb team!
July 28, 2018
The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guides Mike King and Hannah McGowan reached the summit of Mt. Rainier early this morning. The team started their climb in the clouds, but these quickly subsided to provide clear skies and a beautiful views from the top. The team has started their descent and will be returning to Rainier Basecamp early this afternoon.
Congratulations to today’s team!
Congratualtions! So happy you all made it. I’m sure you had the most amazing view this morning. I’m so proud of you, Adam!
Posted by: Sarah May on 7/28/2018 at 9:05 am
Congrats on the memorial climb and summit! I’m really proud of the team and guides. Mike King is a certified badass! Adam and Garth, another notch. Booya!
Posted by: Parker Ayers on 7/28/2018 at 8:37 am