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Entries By mitch valaitis


Mt. Rainier: June 15th Team Update

The Four Day Climb with RMI Guides Joe Hoch and Ben Ammon spent the night at Camp Muir in a blizzard. The weather broke a bit before dawn, so the team was able to walk to Cathedral Gap before heading back to Muir. They plan on departing Camp Muir at 9 am.

Congratulations Team! 

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Mt. Rainier: Five Day Climb Reached Ingraham Flats

The Five Day Climb led by RMI Guide Joe Hoch spent two days on the mountain. The team climbed to Ingraham Flats where they were able to spend the day learning crevasse rescue skills. The team had a great couple of days on the upper slopes of Mt. Rainier.

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Four Day Climb: Davis, Delaney & Teams Reach Summit

After a few days of unsettled weather on the mountain, the Four Day Climb August 5 - 8 was able to reach the summit of Mt. Rainier led by RMI Guides Alan Davis and Jack Delaney.  The teams reached the crater rim around 6:30 am PT and enjoyed an hour in the crater.  They will return to Camp Muir for a quick stop before continuing down to Paradise this afternoon.  We look forward to seeing the teams back at BaseCamp later today.

Congratulations to today's climbers!

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Congratulations Peter and thanks to RMI guides & staff for a safe and successful climb

Posted by: Chuck Lorenz on 8/9/2023 at 8:34 pm

Congratulations Brett!  Glad to read of the team success.  You’re awesome

Posted by: Olga Walker on 8/9/2023 at 6:51 am


Mt. Rainier: August 5th Team on Top!

The Four Day Climb led by RMI Guides Casey Grom and Ben Luedtke reached the summit of Mt. Rainier and were greeted with Snow!  A summer storm with clouds, snow, and low visability kept the team from spending too much time on the summit. The team is on the descent, and in route to Camp Muir where the weather is currently a mix of rain and sleet.

Congratulations Team!

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Mt. Rainier: Five Day Climb Teams Reach Summit Crater

The Five Day Climb teams reached the summit of Mt. Rainier around 7:45 am today led by RMI Guides Dave Hahn and Dustin Wittmier.  Dave reported very pleasant climbing conditions for the morning.  After enjoying some time in the crater the teams will descend to Camp Muir for the second and final night on the mountain. Tomorrow they will descend the remaining 4.5 miles to Paradise and conclude their program at Rainier BaseCamp.

Nice work team!

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Congratulations to you all!  Proud of you and your hard work!!

Posted by: Chrissy M. on 7/31/2023 at 11:36 am

Congratulations!! So proud of the hard work this crew has put in! Incredible grit and dedication, y’all rock!!!

Posted by: Angela Govila on 7/31/2023 at 9:31 am


Mt. Rainier: Walter & Emmons Seminar team reaches summit

The Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons led by RMI Guide Mike Walter reached the summit of Mt. Rainier yesterday. High winds delayed their summit alpine start but the team was still able to make a summit attempt and all of the team memebers were able to stand on top. The team returned to Camp Schurman for their final night on the mountain.  Today they intend to do a bit of training before descending to the trail head and transferring back to Rainier BaseCamp. We look forward to seeing them later this afternoon at the conclusion of their program.

Congratulations everyone!

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Hats off to a super professional team at RMI. Great work navigating some tricky weather Mike. I wasn’t sure we were going to make it. The next time I’m taking a flight over the Andes, I know who I want on my plane!

Posted by: James Coley on 7/27/2023 at 6:36 pm


Mt. Rainier: Footprints of Fight Team Summit!

The Footprints of Fight team reached the summit of Mt. Rainier early this morning. RMI Guide Brent Okita reported clear skies and a breezy morning on the summit. 

These climbers have trained to climb Mt. Rainier for a year while raising funds to support their mission. Footprints of Fight is a organization that is dedicated to providing services for the family and patient of pediatric cancer in Washington while going through the treatment process. The purpose of these services is to reduce the family's stress of everyday life through which increased levels of courage, optimism, strength, and resiliency will form to help the family conquer cancer in present and future.

Congratulations Team for your efforts on and off the mountain! 

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Mt. Rainier: Four Day Climb Teams on Columbia Crest!

RMI Guides Brent Okita & Dustin Wittmier led their team of climbers to the summit of Mt. Rainier.  The Four Day Climb team July 9 - 12 enjoyed a beautiful morning on the mountain with a nice route and 15 mph winds.  The teams were on Columbia Crest at 7:30 am and began their descent from the crater rim just after 8 am.  The teams will return to Camp Muir for a short break to repack and refuel before descending the remaining 4,500' to Paradise.

Congratulations team!

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If I had one word to describe the RMI team it would be professional.  They really took good care of our team and let us enjoy the experience.  A top notch crew I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to anyone considering a Rainier summit in the future.  Thank you ALA for all your support as well!  Climbing for a purpose (other than bagging a peak) is really special and I’ve been happy to support your cause.  Thank you team, you really made it enjoyable and it was a pleasure to be part of this group that is forever connected by this amazing experience!

Posted by: David Lamp on 7/20/2023 at 12:48 pm

Such an awesome experience!  Thank you to our guide team and to all of the other climbers who worked hard out there.  From the guides to everyone climbing with with ALA, you all made this such a memorable experienced. Climb on y’all!!

Posted by: Jonathan Mack on 7/15/2023 at 9:56 am


Mt. Rainier: Five Day Team Led by Gately & Lyddan Summit

After enjoying a day of training at Ingraham Flats, 11,200ft, yesterday, the Five Day Climb June 29 - 3 July led by RMI Guides Steve Gately and Emma Lyddan put their training to good use. The teams climbed 4,500' from Camp Muir to the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  Steve reported a pleasant day on the mountain with a bit of a breeze towards the summit.  The teams began their descent from the crater rim just before 7:30 am en route to Camp Muir.  Once back at camp they will have a short break to repack before continuing the remaining 4,500' to Paradise.

Congratulations to today's climbing teams!

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Mt. Rainier: Four Day Climb Summits!

The Four Day Climb led by RMI Guides Walt Hailes and Taylor Bickford were on the 14,410' summit of Mt. Rainier early this morning. Walt reported that is was a nice day of climbing on the Disappointment Cleaver Route. The team started their descent at 8:25 am and are making their way back to Camp Muir.

Congratulations Team! 

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Congrats Cindy!!! Can’t wait to hear all about your Washington adventure. Xx Jill

Posted by: Jill Arvai Acker on 6/27/2023 at 7:51 pm

Congratulations to all esp. C, D & P. You’re “rock”stars!

Posted by: Sarah Thompson on 6/24/2023 at 10:39 am

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