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Entries By pepper dee


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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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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Mt. Rainier: Four Day Teams Turned Backed by Weather

The Four Day Climb June 17 - 20 was unable to reach the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning due to high winds and cold temperatures. RMI Guides Eric Frank and Pepper Dee and teams made an alpine start for the summit but turned back at approximately 11,900'. Once back at Camp Muir the teams will continue their descent to Paradise to conclude their trip.
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Can’t wait to hear about the climb! Hoping for good weather on the descent.

Posted by: Rupali on 6/20/2019 at 11:23 am


Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climb Teams on Top!

RMI Guides Brent Okita & Pepper Dee led their Four Day Summit Climb teams to the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning. The enjoyed blue skies and a great climb. They will return to Camp Muir and then continue down to Paradise. Congratulations to today's Summit Climb teams.
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So glad you guys made it. I know a lot of hard work over the last few months was put in. Congratulations so proud of you!

Posted by: Margie De Leon Bell on 8/3/2017 at 6:24 pm

So glad you guys made it. I know a lot of hard work over the last few months was out it. Congratulations so proud of you!

Posted by: Margie De Leon Bell on 8/3/2017 at 6:22 pm


Mt. Rainier: Paradise Seminar Summit Day

The RMI Expedition Skills Seminar - Paradise Glacier, led by RMI Guide Pepper Dee, has had a spectacular week of training. With the many skills they learned, the team topped off their week with a bluebird summit day. Warm temperatures and a light breeze have followed them all week and continues as they descend from the Mt. Rainier summit. Congratulations to the Seminar Team!
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Denali Expedition: Haugen & Team Land In Talkeetna

We are off the mountain! After a 4 am start and a nearly ten mile slog with heavy packs and sleds, we made it to the base camp airstrip with beautiful flying weather. We waited for a short time before the first of the planes came to shuttle us to Talkeetna and civilization. When we arrived in Talkeetna to dark clouds and rain, but we were all just excited to get a hot shower and food that did not need to be rehydrated. We want to thank all of our team members for their incredible attitudes and hard work that this trip successful. Also, thank you to all of our friends and family for your support. Your blog comments kept us entertained as well as focused on the task at hand! RMI Guide Mike Haugen
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