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Entries By peter whittaker

Mt. Rainier: August 5th Summit!

7:05 a.m. PT
Peter Whittaker, Ed Viesturs, and Zeb Blais called in after their successful Mount Rainier summit!  The teams ascended the Disappointment Cleaver Route in chilly temperatures, winds about 30 mph, and clear skies. Their ascent took 5 ½ hours. 

Congratulations to today’s summit climbers!

Update 10:33 a.m. PT
Pete Van Deventer called from the Mount Rainier summit!  At 10:20 a.m. the Expedition Skills Seminar team reached the top via the Emmons Glacier Route.  They will spend some time taking in the summit views before descending back to Camp Schurman.  We look forward to congratulating them in person tomorrow when they descend off the mountain.

Great work, team!  Can’t wait to hear more and see some photos.


Posted by: Vanessa Fry on 8/5/2015 at 3:27 pm

Congratulations guys! Sure it was awesome :)

Posted by: Kathy Rubio on 8/5/2015 at 9:00 am

Mt. Rainier: July 23rd Summit!

Our Four Day Summit Climb teams led by RMI Guides Peter Whittaker and Mike Uchal reached the summit of Mt. Rainier early this morning.  The teams reported a perfect day of climbing with light winds and sunny skies.

RMI Guide Mike King and his Expeditions Skills Seminar team also reached the summit of Mt. Rainier via the Emmons Route this morning. They will descend back to Camp Schurman and spend some more time training on the mountain before returning to Rainier Basecamp tomorrow.

Congratulations to today’s teams!

My son Ira & I summited with Mike Uchal & Steve on the 23rd! It was a great day, great experience and we had 9 great members of our team along with Mike & Steve.
James was in our training class, all 3, true professionals! First attempt & made it at 60 years young!

Posted by: John Ford on 7/24/2015 at 8:25 pm

Awesome.  Cant wait to hear from Lily!


Posted by: john on 7/24/2015 at 8:42 am

Mt. Rainier: June 24th Summit!

Our Four Day Summit Climb Teams led by RMI Guides Peter Whittaker, Ed Viesturs and Tyler Jones reached the summit of Mt. Rainier early this morning.  The Teams reported a beautiful day with light winds and great views.  The teams have started their descent and are en route back to Camp Muir.

RMI Guide Walter Hailes and the Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons team reached the Summit of Mt. Rainier in the early morning via the Emmons Route.  The team returned to Camp Schurman and will spend the remainder of their time on perfecting their mountaineering skills.  They will return to Rainier Basecamp on Thursday afternoon.

Congratulations to Today’s teams!

I was so lucky to have great guides and awesome teammates, as well as blessed by good weather on Mount Rainier. Biggest peak of my life so far, and thanks to Tyler, Jess and Josh!

Posted by: Phil Knight on 7/2/2015 at 8:15 am

Wow, so impressed, so relieved, so proud of you Chris, my amazing Daughter in Law.  You keep on meeting challenges with determination, grace and grit!  Love you very much, Mama Carol

Posted by: Carol Waring on 6/25/2015 at 9:11 am

Mt. Rainier: July 15th Teams Summit

RMI Guide Peter Whittaker and the Four Day Summit Climb team reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning around 5:20 am.  The team is making their descent back to Camp Muir and enjoying a light wind.  We look forward to seeing them in Ashford this afternoon.

The Expedition Skills Seminar – Emmons led by RMI Guide Pete Van Deventer reached the summit of Mt. Rainier around 7:00 am.  Pete reports clear skies on the summit and 15 mph winds.  He says it is fairly warm and a really nice day to climb. The team is enjoying some time at Columbia Crest and will begin their descent to Camp Schurman around 8:00 am.

Congratulations to today’s climbers!

We ARE SO PROUD and HAPPY that you reached The Summit John! Can’t wait to see that photo!! Safe return during the descent!!! See you soon! Love, AM and Biscuit

Posted by: Mary Ann and Carter Boicourt on 7/16/2014 at 6:02 am

Way to go Jimmie D.

This Rainier summit business is getting to be old hat to you.

Well done.


Posted by: Art Muir on 7/15/2014 at 8:42 pm

Mt. Rainier: Summit Climb Teams on Top!

RMI Guide Peter Whittaker along with Ed Viesturs led a team of eight climbers to the summit of Mt. Rainier today.  Peter reported light wind, great climbing conditions and a beautiful day on Mt. Rainier.  All eight climbers in the party reached the summit.

The Five Day Summit Climb led by Solveig Waterfall also topped out this morning with 100% of her team on the summit as well.  Both teams were beginning their descent from the crater rim around 7:20 am.  The teams will return to Camp Muir for a short break before descending down to Paradise and then to Rainier BaseCamp this afternoon.

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climbers!

Awesome job Matt; I am so happy for you!  It looks like you had perfect conditions too.  I look forward to hearing about it when you get back.

Posted by: John Boyce on 6/26/2014 at 7:54 am

Well done Dave,Mike and team! Thanks Ed and Peter for keeping them safe:)

Posted by: Nat Turner on 6/26/2014 at 3:20 am

Kilimanjaro: The Family Climb Spends the Day in The Garden of the Elephants

It’s another great day on safari!  Right now we’re in Tarangire National Park and the animals are out in full force.  There have been tons of elephants of course as this is ‘the garden of the elephants’.  In addition to the animals there are tons if really cool Baobab trees.  We’re all having a blast on the penultimate day of our trip.

RMI Guides Seth Waterfall and Peter Whittaker

Kilimanjaro: Enjoying The Safari at Ngorongoro Crater

This is Seth checking in from Ngorongoro Crater.  We’ve been having a spectacular day of game viewing.  The main event was getting to see two lions, one male, one female, right next to the road.  We have also seen tons of other stuff.  Tonight we’re staying at the Plantation Lodge and tomorrow we will visit Tarangire National Park.

RMI Guides Seth Waterfall and Peter Whittaker

Hi Guys! It’s Samantha’s class! We just wanted to congratulate you all on your amazing climb! Have fun on your safari!

-Mrs.Dunne’s Class

Posted by: PAT DUNNE on 10/17/2013 at 5:09 am

Kilimanjaro: The Kilimanjaro Family Climb Begins Their Safari

Jambo from Lake Manyara!  We’ve just finished a great afternoon game drive.  The elephants were out in full force today.  We got extremely close to several of the amazon creatures.  Another highlight of the day was seeing several baboon and monkey babies.  All in all it was a great first day on safari.

RMI Guides Peter Whittaker and Seth Waterfall

Now you can all relax and really enjoy yourself! Must be beautiful actually seeing the animals in their natural habitat. Sam take lots of pictures of those giraffes.

Posted by: Terrianne Riga on 10/15/2013 at 1:05 pm

Kilimanjaro: The Kilimanjaro Family Climb Returns From The Mountain

Hello from the Dik Dik.  This is Seth with a quick check in letting you know this we are all off the mountain safe and sound.  We had a nice walk down from our last camp this morning and we’re back at the hotel before 1pm.  After some well deserved showers we had a great celebratory dinner.  Now were all psyched up for our safari.  That’s starts tomorrow with a visit to Lake Manyara.  We’ll check in after our game drive.

- RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

Kilimanjaro: The Kilimanjaro Family Climb Reaches The Summit!

The Kilimanjaro Family Climb reached Uhuru Peak this morning, the summit of Kilimanjaro and the highest point in Africa! Watch their video dispatch from today’s climb:

On The Map

Congratulations team Kilimanjaro Family Climb!!!  It was very fun watching your progress on facebook.  I especially enjoyed the caption contest and winning the trekking poles-thank you!  My new poles will be going along on my hiking and climbing adventures!!!  Wonderful memories for both dads and daughters, as I have when I hiked and climbed with my father many years ago!!!

Posted by: Lynette Alber on 11/4/2013 at 2:30 pm

You’ve conquered Kilimanjaro!!! Everest next??? Congratulations to the team especially the Golden ones!

Posted by: Lori Derr on 10/14/2013 at 7:59 am

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