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Mt. Rainier: Nick Hunt & Paradise Seminar Team Reach Summit

The Expedition Skill Seminar - Paradise met in Ashford on Sunday to being their week of training.  After a full day on the grounds of Rainier BaseCamp getting ready for their trip, they left early the following morning to begin their climb.  The weather was beautiful and the team spent their days training on the glacier of Mt. Rainier.  Yesterday the team ascend to Camp Muir where they spent the night.  With an alpine start they left Camp Muir to make their summit attempt.  The team enjoyed the views from the top of Mt. Rainier with clear skies and light winds.  Nick and team will return to Camp Muir to re-pack their gear and make their final descent to Paradise.  Congratulations to the Paradise Seminar Team!

Mt. Rainier: August 11th Summit!

The Four Day Summit Climb led by Nick Hunt reached the summit of Mt. Rainier early this morning. The team had clear skies and light winds.  They have started their descent and are en route to Camp Muir.

Congratulations to today’s Team!

Mt. Rainier: Five Day Summit Climb Team on Top!

RMI Guide Nick Hunt and the Five Day Summit Climb reached the highest point in Washington State, the summit of Mt. Rainier, this morning. Nick’s report from the summit said today was a beautiful day with light winds. The team left the summit to begin their descent just after 7:00 a.m. PDT. The will return to Ashford this afternoon.

Way to climb!

Mt. Rainier: Emmons Seminar Completes Week of Training

RMI Guide Nick Hunt and the Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons team completed their week of training today. Yesterday, the team made a summit attempt via the Emmons Glacier route on Mt. Rainier. The team was forced to call 12,800’ their high point due to poor route conditions. Despite not reaching the summit, the team had a great climb complete with steep alpine climbing. All in all, the team enjoyed a great week of training and climbing on the Emmons Glacier.

Mt. Rainier: Five Day Summit Climb Team on Top!

The Five Day Summit Climb July 7 - 11, 2016 led by RMI Guide Nick Hunt reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  The team reached Camp Muir on Saturday and enjoyed their time on the mountain before making their summit attempt this morning.  Conditions were very nice this morning on the upper mountain.  A cloud deck sits below Camp Muir around 9,000’.  Today’s team will return to Camp Muir and then continue down to Paradise and Rainier BaseCamp where they were complete their program with a team celebration.

Congratulations to today’s climbers!

Yay!! Huge congrats to Gregg, Kacey, Ron, Brad, and Ryan for reaching the summit on your second attempt! Wish I could’ve been with you this time around. So proud of my fellow Portland State U alumni!!

Posted by: Charlotte W. on 7/12/2016 at 2:19 am

Mt. Rainier: Teams Turned Around by New Snow and Cold Temps

The Four Day Summit Climb team led by RMI Guides Seth Waterfall and Nick Hunt were unable to reach the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  The teams turned back at Ingraham Flats this morning. RMI Guide Seth Waterfall called from Camp Muir shortly after 7 am,  reporting 8-10” of fresh snow at the Ingraham Flats and very cold temps. Both Summit Climb teams have begun their descent from Camp Muir to Paradise.

Mt. Rainier: June 6th Summit!

The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guides Seth Waterfall and Nick Hut reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  The team reported clear skies and great climbing conditions. They were able to some time on top enjoying the views before starting their descent.

Congratulations to today’s teams!

Hello to the Hopkins party from Jim & Linda Hopkns!!
So glad to hear you’re on the final leg. Can’t wait to hear about it!!

Posted by: Jim & Linda Hopkins on 6/7/2016 at 6:07 pm

Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climb Teams Enjoy Time on the Summit

The Four Day Summit Climb teams were approaching Mt. Rainier’s crater rim at 7:30 am.  RMI Guide Casey Grom reported clear skies, cold temperatures and very little wind on their summit climb today.  The cloud deck is around 9,500’ and its beautiful above.  The teams left the crater rim just before 9 am to return to Camp Muir.  They will continue down to Paradise later today.

Congratulations to today’s climbing teams!

Just wanted to follow-up on what Paul said above…Nick, Steve, & Eric - You guys were awesome. Thank you for an awesome experience. Same to you as well Casey, Paul, and Walt. I’ve included all six of you in a Dropbox account should you wish to see the pictures from this awesome adventure!

I also want to say thanks to an amazing team…both A and B. I know I didn’t get to know everyone, but I consider myself grateful to have been able to share this experience with all of you. Thanks to each of you for making this trip that much enjoyable. Please upload your photos to the Dropbox! (Let me know if you didn’t receive the invite…check your junk folders) Between all of us, there should be some pretty amazing pics.

Again thanks to each of you, guides and teammates alike! Much love and All the Best!! - Beau Jackson

Posted by: Beau Jackson on 5/23/2016 at 6:53 pm

A huge thanks again to Casey Grom, Paul Rachele, and Walter Hailes for safely guiding our group to the summit and back. Your level of professionalism, knowledge, enthusiasm, and concern for our safety completely blew me away. It was very obvious to me that each of you are extremely passionate about guiding. I learned so much over the past few days and very much appreciate the enormous effort that each of you contributed to make it a fun, educational, and thoroughly enjoyable four days. I look forward to climbing the next peak with you and RMI…... after I recover from this trip of course :-) Paul.

Posted by: Paul Moran on 5/23/2016 at 3:45 pm

Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climb Teams Reach the Summit

The Four Day Summit Climb teams lead by RMI Guides Elias de Andres Martos and Nick Hunt reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning under clear skies and nice conditions. The teams began their descent from the crater rim shortly after 9 am en route to Camp Muir.  The teams will rest and re-pack then start their descent to Paradise.
We look forward to seeing them at Rainier BaseCamp later today.

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb teams!

Congratulations, Kaitlyn!!  Repping for team A! So proud of you ... let’s go again!

Posted by: Steve on 5/17/2016 at 5:45 am

Way to go, McLaughlin brothers.  Your Vermont cousins are so proud!  Yahooo!

Posted by: The Vermont Bangos on 5/16/2016 at 6:04 pm

Ecuador Seminar: Summit Day on Chimborazo

Summit day on Chimborazo. Not only were our bodies still recovering from the two previous big climbs of Cayambe and Antisana, we saved the trickiest and tallest climb for last. Towering over the surrounding landscape at 20,700ft, Chimborazo was our final objective. And boy, did it deliver!

Even in the best conditions, this peak isn’t an easy target. But coupled with uncharacteristically dry season this year, this climb proved to be the most physically and mentally demanding of the trip.

We hiked up yesterday to our High Camp at around 17,500’, made some dinner, and hit the sack. Our climb this morning began with our 11pm alarms waking us from our sleep. After tidying up camp, slamming some calories, and chugging some coffee, we pointed our tired feet uphill towards the summit.

The climb began with about an hour and a half of walking on trail, exposed ridges, and a couple of 5th class climbing moves. As the trail steepened, we cramponed up and prepared to hit the glacier.

Because of the dry spell Ecuador has been experiencing, the glacier was a challenging beast! Steep, firm, icy, exposed. Perfect footwork was required for the entire ascent, but our team delivered! From challenging cramponing to sections of pitched-out steep ice, this team persevered and tackled everything that crossed their paths. After a grueling 7.5 hours, we reached the Veintemilla summit at 20,561’, 30 minutes later we had turned tail and began the descent.

The steep ice and exposure made the descent as difficult as the ascent, but the team kept their heads in the game and we made it safely back to high camp by 2pm. Our porters had already packed up camp for us, making it easy for us to continue on our final descent back to the bus.

The (thoroughly exhausted yet happy) team is now back at Estrella de Chimborazo, enjoying some much earned beverages, and reminiscing about these crazy last two weeks. It’s hard to believe we’re heading back to the big city tomorrow and flying home!

We will have one more update for you guys tomorrow, but we’ll all be home to tell you more stories firsthand before you know it!

Until tomorrow,
RMI Guides Nick Hunt and Adam Knoff

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