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Entries By pepper dee


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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Mother nature was not in your favor today. There is always another day.  Grateful that you are safe back at Muir.  Take it easy on the decent. Love and hugs to Mr and Mrs Gregor. You rock!!!
(((Hugs))) See you soon

Posted by: Cynthia Drake on 7/15/2019 at 8:13 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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Denali Expedition: Haugen & Team Progressing Well Down Hill

July 1, 2017 12:51 a.m. PST

We awoke to wind and snow this morning at our 17,000 ft camp. This did not phase our crew after our successful summit day yesterday. All we wanted to do is head down to warmer, thicker air. We made it all the way down to our old 11,000 ft camp, where we decided to set up tents and nap a bit. This puts us within striking distance of the airstrip at basecamp. We will have to get on the trail around 3:00 or 4:00 to make sure that the lower glacier is still frozen while we make our way to basecamp. We want those crevasse bridges as strong as possible! Wish us good flying weather for tomorrow!

RMI Guide Mike Haugen

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The pictures are amazing !incredible feat!
Safe home!

Posted by: Kevin Murray on 7/2/2017 at 5:04 am


Denali Expedition: Haugen & Team Back to High Camp After Summit

June 30, 2017 2:13 am PST

After a thirteen-hour summit day, the crew is back at high camp safe and sound. The conditions were variable all day from sunny and calm to windy and snowing. We had to break trail both to and from Denali Pass. I am proud of the whole crew and the effort that they put in for a successful summit day!

RMI Guide Mike Haugen

P.S. Gloria says Happy Birthday to her dad!

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Congratulations Mike and team for a successful summit!!!  It must feet amazing!  Glad you made it back safely to High Camp.  Praying for a continued safe trip down and some much needed rest!  God Bless.

Posted by: Vicki Brown on 7/1/2017 at 6:01 am

my heart is beating for you all. Glo’s mom

Posted by: michelle on 6/30/2017 at 10:18 pm

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