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Forbidden Peak: Walter Reflects on Great Climbs

Posted by: Mike Walter | August 09, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *North Cascades

We just wrapped up our 5 day North Cascades Custom Climb in Boston Basin. Dan, Augie, and I took advantage of the excellent weather to get some serious climbing done on Sharkfin Tower, Sahale Mountain, and the West Ridge of Forbidden Peak. Special thanks to Dan and Augie for coming out to the Pacific Northwest to push their comfort zone with real alpine adventures and wild terrain. Let’s do it again next year!

RMI Guide Mike Walter

RMI Climbers ascending Forbidden Peak in the North Cascades, WA. Photo: Mike Walter An RMI Climber looking down from from Forbidden Peak in the North Cascades, WA. Photo: Mike Walter

Forbidden Peak: Walter & Team Reach Summit of Forbidden Peak

Posted by: Mike Walter | August 08, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *North Cascades
Elevation: 8,816'

RMI Guide Mike Walter and Team reached the summit of Forbidden Peak.  The team is leaving the Boston Basin area after a successful week of climbing.

Congratulations Team!


Forbidden Peak: Walter & Team Reach Summit of Sahale Mountain

Posted by: Mike Walter | August 06, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *North Cascades
Elevation: 8,680'

RMI Guide Mike Walter checked in. After a successful summit of Sharkfin Tower yesterday afternoon the team headed over to Sahale Mountain and reached the summit at 10:46am PT this morning.

At 2:02pm PT Mike Walter and Team reported that “All is well” and they are back in camp.

The RMI Team Descending Sahale Mountain. Photo Mike Walter The RMI Team Climbing Sharkfin Tower. Photo Mike Walter

Forbidden Peak: Walter and Team At Camp

Posted by: Mike Walter | August 05, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *North Cascades
Elevation: 6,200'

RMI Guide Mike Walter and the Forbidden Peak climb checked in from camp in Boston Basin. The team is enjoying the great weather and beautiful scenery.

Boston Basin in the North Cascades, WA. Photo: RMI Collection

Forbidden Peak: Walter and Team Arrive in Boston Basin

Posted by: Mike Walter | August 04, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *North Cascades
Elevation: 6,200'

This is the Forbidden Peak - West Ridge team checking in for the day.  We are at camp in Boston Basin enjoying beautiful weather. We will do some technical training this afternoon in preparation for our training climb up Sharkfin Tower tomorrow.

RMI Guide Mike Walter


Mt. Rainier: Teams on the Summit!

Posted by: Leon Davis, Mike Walter | August 01, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guide Mike Walter reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning around 6:30 am. The Expedition Skills Seminar - Paradise led by Leon Davis also made a successful climb to the summit today after several days of training on the mountain.  Both teams began their descent around 7:30 after enjoying the sunrise and views from the crater for almost an hour.
The teams will return to Camp Muir for a short break and to re-pack their gear before continuing the descent to Paradise.  We look forward to seeing both teams in Ashford later today.

Congratulations to today’s climbers!

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Fisher Chimneys: Walter and Team Summit!

Posted by: Mike Walter | July 25, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *North Cascades
Elevation: 9,127'

July 25, 2014 8:26 am PT

We took advantage of nice weather today and climbed to the top of the Fisher Chimneys. We will turn around here, climb back down thru the Chimneys and hike back to the trail head today…still many hours ahead of us.

July 25, 2014 10:35 am PT

We are back at our camp (lower bivy site below Fisher Chimneys) after successfully climbing up and down the Chimneys this morning. We’re packing up camp right now and will be headed down hill shortly. We should be at the trail head in a few hours.

RMI Guide Mike Walter & Team

Fisher Chimneys team is on top!  Photo: Mike Walter

Fisher Chimneys: Walter and Team Check In

Posted by: Mike Walter | July 23, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *North Cascades
Elevation: 5,700'

Hi Everyone,

Yesterday we hiked past Lake Ann and climbed 3rd and 4th class terrain to our bivy site at 5700’. The weather was generally cooperative, with light to moderate rain showers coming in and out.
The weather today is less accommodating; after a pleasantly dry breakfast we got back in our tents as heavy rain moved in. So, we’re taking advantage of some down time to rest and hopefully we’ll have a crack at climbing tomorrow.
This rain event is very unusual for July in the Cascades, and we’re hopeful that we’ll get back to the standard fare of sunshine.

RMI Guide Mike Walter & Team

Camp on Fisher Chimneys. Photo: Mike Walter

Shuksan: Walter and Team are Rained Out

Posted by: Mike Walter | July 20, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *North Cascades
Elevation: 7,000'

The weather hasn’t cooperated with us the past couple of days, and we’re getting ready to pack up and descend through the Fisher Chimneys, and return to the trailhead. It’s still raining here, and we have a lot of climbing ahead of us just to get back to the approach trail. We’ll enjoy the climbing, but we’re also looking forward to a warm shower!

We’ve done the bulk of the climbing on this route already, and only about 2000’ stand between us and the summit. But there’s no way we can move upwards in these wet conditions.

We’ll touch base when we’re back at the trailhead.

RMI Guide Mike Walter


Shuksan: Walter & Team Hope for Better Weather

Posted by: Mike Walter | July 19, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *North Cascades
Elevation: 7,000'

After a great day of climbing yesterday, we had high hopes for a summit push today. Unfortunately, the mountain had other plans and the weather kept us in our tents all day as it has been consistently raining and windy. Things are seeming to ease up a bit this evening, and the forecast shows an improving trend. We’ll see how the situation progresses, but right now we are hoping to go for the top early tomorrow morning.
Either way, we’ll be climbing back down through the Fisher Chimneys tomorrow and headed back to the trailhead. Hopefully we’ll get a chance to climb up before we climb back down.

RMI Guide Mike Walter


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