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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


Ecuador Seminar: Knoff & Team Check in from 17,500’ on Chimborazo

Hey Everyone,

We woke this morning and had a great breakfast.  After we were well nourished we decided to brush up on our crevasse rescue skills.  This afternoon we packed up and headed for the Chimborazo Reserve, from there it was a three hour hike to 17,500’ where camp was set up for us. The team is doing great we had a great dinner and now it’s off to bed, for an alpine start awaits us.  The summit of Chimborazo beckons…Wish us luck!

RMI Guide Adam Knoff & Team

Based on Justin’s SPOT - I see you on the summit of CHIMBORAZO - seems you all have had a fantastic trip with considerable time high in ice and snow (wish I were there)!  Congrats all!!  Greetings especially to Justin and Larry - be safe!

Posted by: Tim on 1/16/2016 at 5:33 am

So your aim is to reach the highest point on earth from the earth’s center!  Now that’s a story to tell.  Sending you hope for good conditions that will permit you to attain your goal.  Regardless… You already have great stories to tell and incredible memories for years to come.  Excited to hear them:-)

Posted by: Sharon Halls on 1/15/2016 at 8:24 pm


Ecuador Seminar: Knoff & Team Recharging at La Estrella de Chimborazo

Today we awoke with the same tired bodies we experienced after climbing Cayambe but this time there was no packing up bags preparing for a walk to the bus.  Here at Guaytala they prepared us a great breakfast, had hot showers and gave us free range over the espresso machine which helped shake out the cob webs more than anything.  At 10:30 Victor arrived and we loaded our luggage once again into the magic bus for our final migration to Ecuador’s tallest mountain, Chimborazo

Six hours after leaving the foot hills of Antisana, we arrived at La Estrella De Chimborazo, “the star of Chimborazo”.  Here we definitely saved the best for last.  It was agreed that no other hotel or hacienda has displayed such forethought in its layout, architecture and decorating.  This place is made for climbers.  With pictures of Chimborazo on almost every wall and a literal museum of climbing photos and old equipment hanging from every rafter, we can’t help but to be inspired to push ourselves one last time into the high alpine in an attempt to make history of our own. 

We are all feeling tired from two big climbs but ready for one final go.  The weather had been great and most other things have gone as planned.  Wish us luck as we move to high camp tomorrow.  Adios for now. 

RMI Guide Adam Knoff

if I look close enough I can almost see you on the map!
Good luck J-man

Posted by: Paul Shepherd on 1/15/2016 at 3:27 pm

Mike R.
Good News, The Grand Jury has chosen not to return an indictment, so it is safe to come home.
Good Luck to Everyone on your Ascent!!
Be safe!
SB & KB.

Posted by: Scott Bush on 1/15/2016 at 2:31 pm

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