Entries By mike walter
May 16, 2018
We are kicking off RMI’s 2018 Denali climbing season. Our team met in Anchorage on Monday afternoon and traveled north to the small town of Talkeetna. Yesterday was a busy day of packing gear and preparing for our expedition, including a trip to the National Park Service to register our group and have a pre-trip orientation.
With our bags packed and weighed for loading onto the glacier planes, we’re all set for our adventure. Currently there is some stormy weather that is not allowing airplanes to access the Alaska Range, so we’re in a holding pattern until we get a clearing. We will keep you up to speed with the team’s status.
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Wishing Dave, Shane, and the rest of the team a fun and safe trip!
Josh and Chance
Posted by: Josh and Chance on 5/19/2018 at 4:46 pm
David and Shane…We wish you all an amazing and safe venture!! Stay safe. We can’t wait to hear all about it!! Love you to pieces.. Ken and Dean
Posted by: Dean and Ken on 5/18/2018 at 7:30 pm
September 3, 2017
Posted by: Mike Walter
RMI Guide Mike Walter led his team reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning! The left the crater rim on their descent at 7:30 a.m. Mike reported sun, smoke from the eastside of Washington and moderate winds.
August 28, 2017
The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guides Mike Walter and Caleb Laude reached 12,500’ on Mt. Rainier this morning. The team spent some time watching the sunrise through the smoky haze at Ingraham Flats before heading back to Camp Muir.
Congratulations to today’s team!
Logan - I was thinking of you as I watched the colorful sunrise from sea level this morning. Looks like it was beautiful at 12,500’! Hawken says he’s proud of you for getting as high as Little Tahoma. Love you! ~ Susie
Posted by: Susie on 8/28/2017 at 1:36 pm
Greg, we have been thinking about you all weekend! Hope it was a wonderful trip and that you felt well during the ascent! So excited and proud of you! Know we love you and can’t wait to hear all about your adventure! Love Mom and Dad
Posted by: Julie Oyan on 8/28/2017 at 8:44 am
August 15, 2017
Posted by: Mike Walter
RMI Guide Mike Walter checked in with us from Mt. Shuksan. He and his team reached the summit via the Southeast Ridge in 3 1/2 hours. They are back at their high camp and will descend Fisher Chimneys tomorrow as they finish their climb.
Congratulations to the team!
August 11, 2017
RMI Guides Mike Walter & Sean Collon lead their team to the summit of Mt. Shuksan this morning. Skies are smoky in the North Cascades but the climbers were above it all.
They will return to camp for a final night in the mountains before completing their program tomorrow.
Congratulations to today’s climbers!
July 25, 2017
The Four Day Summit Climb July 22 - 25, 2017 reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning. RMI Guides Mike Walter, Lydia Johnson and JT Schmitt reported clear skies and calm winds. The team will return to Camp Muir and continue down to Paradise. They will conclude their program with a celebration at Rainier BaseCamp this afternoon.
Congratulations to today’s climbers!
Must have been spectacular up there! Great accomplishment guys!
Posted by: Jennifer on 7/25/2017 at 9:50 am
Well done! Can’t wait to hear about it and see the photos. Amazing day for it!!
Posted by: Carla on 7/25/2017 at 9:36 am
July 21, 2017
The July 18 - 21 Four Day Summit Climb Teams reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning. RMI Guide Jess Matthews reported 20-25 mph winds and a sunny and beautiful day on the mountain. At 9:30 am the teams were descending from the crater rim on their return to Camp Muir.
We look forward to seeing the teams at Rainier BaseCamp this afternoon.
Congratulations to today’s Summit Climbers!
Well done! Congratulations James!! We are all so excited for you!
Posted by: M LeDuke on 7/21/2017 at 11:04 am
Congratulations! Glad to hear they made it!!
Posted by: Sarah Belter on 7/21/2017 at 9:58 am
July 16, 2017
RMI Guides Mike Walter & Mike King led their Four Day Summit Climb teams to the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning, reaching the crater rim around 8:30 am. The team will return to Camp Muir and continue their descent to Paradise. We look forward to seeing them at Rainier BaseCamp later this afternoon.
Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb teams!
SO PROUD OF YOU!!!!!!! And your team And a thanks to your guides :-) :-) :-) :-)!
Posted by: Diana on 7/16/2017 at 11:34 am
Awesome! Congrats, guys!
Posted by: Kate Turk on 7/16/2017 at 9:58 am
July 9, 2017
Congratulations to today’s summit climbers!
WIsh there were more pictures of the climb and summit!
Posted by: Aubrey on 7/14/2017 at 8:32 am
Thanks RMI for getting us to the summit and back down safely. It was a great experience!
Posted by: Kevin on 7/11/2017 at 10:31 am
With a pre-midnight alpine start from the Cayambe climbing hut, we woke to a starry sky and light winds; all systems were go. We had a quick breakfast, got geared up in the hut, and were walking by midnight. The weather was perfect for our climb and so were the mountain conditions, with firm (but not icy) snow for efficient cramponing. The climbing was varied: rock scrambling to reach the glacier, gentle glaciated slopes, a steep 200’, 45° headwall, and a narrow summit ridge. Six hours later we were all standing on top of Cayambe, at 19,000’ that lies directly on the equator. We enjoyed great views of Cotopaxi, the Ilinizas and Antisana to the south, and Cotacachi and Imbabura to the north. We spent a half hour on top, high-fiving, hugging, taking pictures, and even singing.
As we descended, winds increased and clouds were rising from the rain forest to the east. Soon a nasty-looking lenticular cloud formed over the summit. But our timing was perfect; we were well below this by now and smoothly descending back to the climbing hut. In less than an hour after arriving at the hut we were packed up and loaded into four-wheel drive vehicles and headed back to the hacienda Guachala for hot showers, delicious food, and comfy beds. Tomorrow we’ll head back to Quito for the night.