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Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climb Teams Unable to Summit

Posted by: Mike Walter, Mike King | August 28, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 10,060'

The Four Day Summit Climb teams led by RMI Guides Mike Walter and Mike King were unable to reach the summit of Mt. Rainier today.  Last night the teams left from Camp Muir but decided to turn back at Cathedral Gap due to high winds.  The teams returned to Camp Muir and will begin their descent to Paradise around 8:30 am


Mt. Rainier: August 19th Team Summits!

Posted by: Mike Walter, Mike King | August 19, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climbs led by RMI Guides Mike Walter and Mike King reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning and were leaving the crater rim at 7:09 am. Mike King reported light winds and overall a beautiful day. The teams will be back in Ashford later today.

Congratulations climbers!

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Hey, Its Nathanael Dr.Steiner hope you had a good climb and hope to see you soon.

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Posted by: Nathanael Dukeshire on 8/19/2015 at 6:13 pm


Mt. Rainier: August 13th Teams Reach Summit

Posted by: Mike Walter, Leon Davis | August 13, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guides Mike Walter and Leon Davis stood on the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning. Mike reported great weather with no clouds and light winds. The teams began their descent at 7:45 am. We look forward to seeing everyone back in Ashford this afternoon.

Congratulations Climbers!

RMI Climbers on the summit of Mt. Rainier. Photo: Seth Waterfall

Mt. Rainier: August 9th Summit!

Posted by: Mike Walter | August 09, 2015
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 today.  Mike reported broken clouds in the valley and clear skies above Paradise with light winds from the southwest. The team has started their descent and are now en route back to Camp Muir.

Congratulations to today’s team!

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What an accomplishment! Congratulations!!!

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Posted by: Paula N Walters on 8/9/2015 at 10:44 am


Mt. Rainier: July 28th Summit!

Posted by: Tyler Reid, Mike Walter | July 28, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guide Tyler Reid reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning. While on the summit, the team enjoyed pretty nice weather including moderate winds from the North and warming temperatures. The team has started their descent back to Camp Muir where they will rest and repack before continuing down to Paradise. We look forward to seeing back at BaseCamp in Ashford later this afternoon.

On the Emmons Glacier route of Mt. Rainier, RMI Guide Mike Walter led the Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons to the summit as well. Mike and the team will spend their final night on the mountain at Camp Schurman before descending and returning to Ashford tomorrow.

Congratulations!


Mt. Rainier: July 22nd Summit!

Posted by: Billy Nugent, Solveig Waterfall, Mike Walter | July 22, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four and Five Day Summit climb teams led by RMI Guides Mike Walter and Solveig Waterfall reached the summit of Mt. Rainier early this morning via the Disappointment Cleaver route.  Mike reported great climbing, light winds and mild temperatures with a few clouds at around 6,500’.

RMI Guide Billy Nugent and his Expedition Skills Seminar - Kautz team climbed via the Kautz route and successfully reached the summit of Mt. Rainier in time to watch the sunset. The team will be finishing up their training today and be back at RMI Basecamp later this afternoon.

Congratulations to today’s teams!

The Lower Castle on the Kautz Route. RMI Photo Collection
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Way to go Dad!  We’re proud of you.

Jackson and Griffin

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Posted by: Jackson and Griffin on 7/22/2015 at 7:48 pm

Go Lily go.  We are proud of you.

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Posted by: john krass on 7/22/2015 at 6:48 pm


Mt. Rainier: July 17th Update

Posted by: Mike Walter, Leon Davis | July 17, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Mount Rainier Summit Climb, led by Mike Walter, and the Expedition Skills Seminar – Paradise, led by Leon Davis, crested the crater rim at 7:06 a.m.  The teams reported a beautiful day with 10 mph winds.  After spending over an hour on the summit, they began their descent.

Congratulations to today’s teams!

Ascending Mount Rainier at sunrise.. Photo: RMI Collection
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So grateful to have had the chance to meet, climb, sweat, overcome and summit with these characters. Big shout out for my rope team…40/50 is the new 18.

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Posted by: Jamie Moon on 7/18/2015 at 5:19 pm

Way to go Gabe! So proud of you and thrilled you were able to experience such an awesome adventure. Your hard work paid off. Thanking God, saints and angels for… read more

Posted by: Judith Apple on 7/17/2015 at 3:01 pm


Ecuador’s Volcanoes: Walter & Team Summit Cotopaxi

Posted by: Mike Walter | July 09, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Ecuador
Elevation: 19,348'

When I woke up to check the weather at 11 pm I could hear that the wind would not be an issue. I went outside to check the sky; it was perfectly clear and full of stars. I woke our team up immediately and reported the good news. We ate “breakfast” and packed our summit kits and were out the door by 12:15 am. The route on Cotopaxi is in great condition, with a well-worn trail in the snow for most of the climb.

Some clouds moved in and out, but the weather remained good for our summit push. Our team climbed well, and efficiently negotiated the steeper slopes near the summit. We topped out at 6:30 am, snapped a few photos and began our descent. By 9 am we were back at the climbing hut. It was an awesome climb to close out an incredible week of climbing Ecuador’s Volcanoes.

Now we’re in back in Quito and it’s time for a shower and a nap before we meet for our team’s final dinner together in Ecuador.

RMI Guide Mike Walter

The view of the upper slopes of Cotopaxi this morning. Photo: Mike Walter

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Ecuador’s Volcanoes: Walter & Team Enjoy a Rest Day

Posted by: Mike Walter | July 08, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Ecuador
Elevation: 11,400'

After an enjoyable and well-deserved rest day at Hacienda Chilcabamba, we are headed up to the Jose Ribas Refugio on Cotopaxi today. We’ve had some good views of Cotopaxi from Chilcabamba, and the weather forecast looks favorable for the next few days. Our plan is to relax in the hut this afternoon, eat an early dinner, and hit the sleeping bags in preparation for an alpine start (likely around midnight) for our summit bid.

We’re excited for the climb, and hopefully our next dispatch will be with news of summit success!

RMI Guide Mike Walter

The Chilcabamba Eco Lodge in Ecuador. Photo: RMI Collection Cotopaxi peeking through the clouds in Ecuador. Photo: Mike Walter The Jose Ribas Refugio on Cotopaxi, Ecuador. Photo: RMI Collection

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Best of luck Dad! -Madison

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Posted by: Madison Mason on 7/9/2015 at 8:52 am

Good luck today, Dad and Dennis!

Love,
Linds, Daniel, & Wyatt

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Posted by: Lindsay on 7/9/2015 at 7:34 am


Ecuador Volcanoes: Walter & Team Summit Cayambe!

Posted by: Mike Walter | July 07, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Ecuador
Elevation: 18.997'

We had a very long and successful day in Ecuador yesterday. It actually started the night before, with an eleven o’clock wake up call for an alpine start on our summit bid of Cayambe. The weather had improved dramatically, with a starry sky, no wind, and warm temperatures. We set out from the climbers’ hut a bit after midnight and the team topped out on the summit after nearly eight hours of climbing. Challenging climbing conditions were encountered, including steep slopes and large neve penitentes.

Everyone descended safely to the climbers’ hut and soon we were bumping down the four-wheel drive road back to town. Our drive south to our current hacienda, Chilcabamba, was delayed as roads were closed for hours for the entrance of the Pope into Quito. The Pope’s visit to Ecuador is obviously an important event, and heightened security is expected. Unfortunately for us, the timing meant we could not travel from the north of Quito to the south of Quito for hours. Our group of weary climbers finally arrived at our hacienda 22 hours after waking up to go climbing. A hot shower was about all we could muster up before hitting the sack.

After a great (but long) day yesterday, now we’re enjoying a peaceful rest day at the hacienda. Tomorrow we’re off to the Cotopaxi climbers’ hut for another climbing adventure. We’ll be in touch…

RMI Guide Mike Walter

Sunrise on Cayambe, Ecuador. Photo: Mike Walter Snow formations on Cayambe, Ecuador. Photo: Mike Walter Meandering crevasse on Cayambe, Ecuador. Photo: Mike Walter

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Impressive Chuck!  Tell the Pope hello!

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Posted by: Jeremy Bates on 7/7/2015 at 12:54 pm

Proud of you, Chuck H.!

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Posted by: Jeremy Morton on 7/7/2015 at 12:24 pm


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