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Mt. Shuksan: Bealer, Dee & Team Reach Summit via Fisher Chimneys route

RMI Guides James Bealer & Pepper Dee led the Mt. Shuksan Fisher Chimneys July 26 - 28 to the summit of Mt. Shuksan today.  James reported it has been a really fun day with stellar steep climbing.  The team was taking a break on the summit before starting their descent back to camp.  They will spend tonight on the mountain and conclude their adventure tomorrow with a walk out to the trail head.

Nice job team!  Enjoy your final night on the mountain!

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Mt. Baker: Dee & Bealer Summit with All Team Members

RMI Guides Pepper Dee & James Bealer led their teams of Mt. Baker - Easton Glacier climbers to the summit this morning. All team members climbed strong and reached the summit! The teams will return to camp for their final night on the mountain.  Tomorrow they will descend to the trail head and conclude their Mt. Baker adventure.

Way to go team!

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Right on, looking forward to doing this climb next year.

Posted by: Andre on 7/25/2021 at 11:06 am

Mt. Rainier: Expedition Skills Seminar Kautz Team Reaches the Summit

After a week of technical alpine mountaineering training on the upper slopes of Mt. Rainier the Expedition Skills Seminar - Kautz team reached the Summit! The team climbed through the Kautz Ice Chute, a well-known, and classic route on the mountain.  The team spent time on the summit and are now descending on the Disappointment Cleaver route and will pass through Camp Muir on their way down.

Congratulations to the Kautz Team!

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Mt. Baker - Easton Glacier: Summit

100% on Top! The Mt. Baker - Easton Glacier team led by RMI Guides Andy Bond and Pepper Dee reached the summit of Mt. Baker early today. The team had a great day of climbing with beautiful route and incredible views the entire climb. They settled back in camp at 6,800' where they will re-fuel, rest for the night. Tomorrow they get an early start, pack up camp and descend to the trailhead.

Congratulations team! 

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Mt. Rainier: Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons Turned at 11,300’

The Expedition Skills Seminar – Emmons left Camp Schurman early this morning heading out for their summit attempt on Mt. Rainer. Due to unstable snow, the team turned at 11,300’ feet.  They are heading back to camp where they will spend the remainder of their time on the mountain practicing the alpine mountaineering skills they have been learning all week. The team will descend from Camp Schurman tomorrow afternoon.  

Congratulations team!

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Mt. Rainier: Five Day Teams Turned Back by New Snow & Avalanche Danger

The Five Day Climb June 5 - 9 ascended to Camp Muir on Monday after their inital orientation and Mountaineering School days.  Yesterday they enjoyed some additional time working as a rope team and walking in crampons as they traveled above Camp Muir to Ingraham Flats.  They were able to explore more of the mountain and see a bit of the route.  Today they left Camp Muir hoping to reach the summit.  They traveled up to Ingraham Flats and then started to ascend the Disappointment Cleaver.  Unfortunately new snow and potential avalanche danger forced them to turn back at around 12,400'.  The teams will return to Camp Muir and then continue to Paradise.  They will conclude their program in Ashford later this afternoon.

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the same thing happened to me in 1969 !!!! That was a long time ago. But over the years, I was successful 4 more times. I will never ever forget those great experiences, so do not give up. Book another climb as soon as possible. bill bussey

Posted by: bill bussey on 8/18/2021 at 11:59 am

Mt. Rainier: Five Day Climb Unable to Summit

The Five Day Climb July 11 - 15 was unable to reach the summit today. RMI Guide Pepper Dee and team climbed to 13,400' before turning back due to weather. Once back at Camp Muir they will rest and repack before continuing on to Paradise.
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Pepper may man!  Hate to see you didn’t summit on this one, but safety is why RMI is the best.  Pepper, if you ever guide on anything in Europe, please let me know with lead time for training.  I would love to rope up with you again.

Posted by: Barry Reese on 5/21/2021 at 3:44 am

Pepper!  hey man.  better luck next time.  I am getting the itch.  Thinking I might plan another climb.  I am thinking Europe this time since I now live in Munich.  Hit me up man.  I would love to hear your thoughts.

Posted by: Barry D. Reese on 1/25/2020 at 11:22 am

Bringing safety to the complexity of Eldorado Canyon: Pepper Dee on his AMGA Rock Guide Course

When I moved to Boulder, Colorado in the fall of 2017, Eldorado Canyon was a place that I treated with a high degree of respect. Known for its delicate route-finding, variable rock quality, and stiff, old-school grading, Eldo is a humbling place to climb. Rock guiding in Eldo has always struck me as particularly impressive--the variability of the terrain in the canyon necessitates a familiarity with a wide range of guiding techniques in order to stay safe with a group of newer climbers. This is one of the main reasons why I chose this venue for my Rock Guide Course. My second mock lead on the course tackled an aesthetic, rambling three pitch climb on the Wind Tower. I had done the climb before, but had never been responsible for three other mock-climbers. I found myself doing nearly everything differently with my mock-climbers in tow--positioning my climbers out of the way of loose rock, breaking pitches up into shorter, up-and-down sections, and rigging lowers down exposed, short steps that I had always simply down-climbed. All told, a climb that had taken a mere hour and a half climbing independently took me three quite involved hours to guide. To me, that is the part of guiding that I will always love the most--the challenge of using every trick in your toolbox to make a section of terrain as safe as you can for your climbers. My Rock Guide Course endowed me with plenty of tricks, from terrain belays to rigging rappels to rope management systems. The real excitement of the course, though, was getting experience applying these tricks in one of the most complex rock climbing areas in the country.
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Mt. Rainier: 100% On Summit for the Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons!

All of the climbers and guides on the Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons led by RMI Guide Pepper Dee reached the summit of Mt. Rainier via the Emmons Glacier route around 1:00 PM PT. Pepper reports 20 mph winds and clear skies on the summit. The team will descend to Camp Schurman where they will spend the night. Tomorrow the team will finish their descent and will return to Ashford. We look forward to celebrating with the team tomorrow. Way to go, climbers!
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Chris and Bill - You guys are truly inspirational.  Be safe and watch out for those crevasses (and the crevices).

Your ERPi Family

Posted by: Greg on 7/9/2019 at 4:32 am

Praying for good weather and safe climbing.

Posted by: Chris on 7/7/2019 at 11:44 am

Mt. Rainier: Four Day Teams Enjoy Perfect Day for Climbing

RMI Guides Eric Frank and Pepper Dee with their Four Day Climb teams reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning a little before 7 AM. Both guides reported no winds and overall perfect conditions. Congratulations to today's climbers!
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