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Mt. McKinley: Hahn & Team Move to 14,000 Camp

Posted by: Dave Hahn, Seth Waterfall | July 04, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 14,200'

July 4, 2015 1:11 am PST

This was the day.  The weather was a whole lot better than the last few days, but it wasn’t perfect.  A little blustery.  We needed to take advantage though to get out of 11,000’  and up to 14,000’ Camp.  Even having had a handful of teams break trail on the route before we made our effort today, we still anticipated a tough haul with knee deep snow on such steep hills.  Motorcycle took longer than normal, Squirrel took longer, the Polo Fields went on forever, Windy Corner was windy (and it took longer).  It was all pretty tough going until we got around the corner and reached our cache location from the other day.  Finally there was less new snow, less wind and a decent track to follow.  It was still uphill though.  It took us 8.5 hours to cover what should have taken 6 hours, but what a wonderful feeling to roll into 14 Camp after thinking of it so much when we were stuck down below.  We’ve got different and magnificent views now, of Denali, but also of Mount Foraker and Mount Hunter and about a thousand other peaks when the clouds allow.  We did a late dinner after camp was built and then hurried in to the tents for the night.  It is colder up here, and colder still when the sun goes behind the mountain.  Everybody deserves good rest after such a big day. 

Best Regards
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

Climbers on the top of Motorcyle Hill at 11,600 ft on Mt. McKinley.  Photo: RMI Collection

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We’re all rooting for you!! Happy 4th, miss you!! xoxo

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Posted by: Anne Thomas on 7/4/2015 at 5:42 pm

Happy 4th,  had to feel good to move up! just realized my 10 year anniversary, summited Ranier with RMI on July 4, 2005. Keep on keep’in on!

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Posted by: Chris Phillips on 7/4/2015 at 4:34 pm


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

Posted by: Seth Waterfall, Walter Hailes | June 30, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

RMI Guides Seth Waterfall and Walter Hailes led their Four Day Summit Climb Teams to the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  Both teams began their descent from the crater rim shortly after 7 am.  Seth reported clear skies, very little wind and warm temperatures.  Climbers will return to Camp Muir to rest and repack before continuing their descent down the Muir Snowfield and to Paradise later this afternoon.

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climbs team!

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A summit of Rainier, a mountain that seems to taunt me almost daily living in Seattle, has always been a goal. Thanks so much for safely guiding us to the… read more

Posted by: Joshua Trujillo on 7/2/2015 at 4:05 pm

Thank you, Walter, Megan, and Nick for helping me complete my fatherly goal of riding the Seattle to Portland bike ride and climbing Mt. Rainier with each of my three… read more

Posted by: Allen Miller on 7/1/2015 at 5:59 pm


Mt. Rainier: June 26th Summit!

Posted by: Seth Waterfall, Mike Soucy | June 26, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Mount Rainier Four-Day Summit Climb, led by Seth Waterfall and Mike Soucy, reached the summit this morning.  Seth reported a nice day and 10-15 mph winds from the North.  As of 7:38 a.m. the teams began their descent from the crater rim.

Congratulations to today’s summit climbers!

Traversing off Disappointment Cleaver on Mount Rainier. Photo: RMI Collection
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Congratulations to Nick and Leora. We are so proud of you both. What a great experience and accomplishment!!!!

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Posted by: Concetta Youngblood on 6/28/2015 at 9:22 am

Congratulations Danielle, Roost and friends!!  So excited that you were able to summit!  Can’t wait to hear all about it - love ya’ll!
Mama Lowry

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Posted by: Jane Lowry on 6/27/2015 at 6:31 am


Mt. Rainier: June 19th Summit!

Posted by: Seth Waterfall, Ben Liken | June 19, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb, led by Seth Waterfall and Ben Liken, reached the summit of Mt. Rainier today.  Seth reported a fair amount of wind and cool temperatures with clouds hanging around 9,000’.  Both teams began their descent at 7:25 a.m.

An RMI team ascending to the Mount Rainier summit. Photo: Win Whittaker
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Go miki Mcadoo Kirby and Erik I will be watching for you

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Posted by: Janice on 6/21/2015 at 5:28 am

Seth, Bridgette and Blake, Thank you so much for such an incredible experience.  That sunrise was beautiful and finally reaching the summit will always be part of who I am. … read more

Posted by: Peter Hooker on 6/20/2015 at 7:52 pm


Mt. Rainier: June 11th Summit!

Posted by: Seth Waterfall, Sid Pattison | June 11, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

Today’s Mt. Rainier Summit Climbs, led by Seth Waterfall and Sid Pattison, reached the summit early this morning. The weather report was beautiful skies and winds about 35-40 mph from the Northeast.  Both teams began their descent back to Camp Muir at 7:15 am PT.

Congratulations summit teams!

An RMI Mount Rainier summit team standing on the crater rim. Photo: Seth Waterfall
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CONGRADULATIONS.  ALL!!!  Keith your training paid off!!!  Can’t wait to hear the details.

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Posted by: Bill Thomas on 6/11/2015 at 10:39 am

Congratulations, Everyone.  Keith Miller . . . I’m sure you were there on the top doing the happy dance.  I hope so.  I made it to the top of Rainier… read more

Posted by: Josephine Johnson on 6/11/2015 at 10:23 am


Mt. Rainier: Muir Seminar Reaches Summit

Posted by: Seth Waterfall, Mike King | June 04, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Expedition Skills Seminar – Muir led by RMI Guides Seth Waterfall and Mike King reached the crater rim of Mt. Rainier around 7 am PDT. Seth reported crystal clear skies and light wind. From the summit the teams can see down to 6,000’ where the cloud deck begins. The teams will spend a little time on the summit before beginning their descent back to Camp Muir for their final night on the mountain. We look forward to seeing them in Ashford tomorrow afternoon.

Congratulations climbers!

RMI Climbers approaching the crater rim of Mt. Rainier, WA. Photo: Seth Waterfall
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Congratulations from Katie, Claudia, and the rest of OPT!!

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Posted by: Claudia Daghofer on 6/4/2015 at 12:51 pm

Congratulations, George Nimmo, for reaching the summit and glad you had a good day, despite the undercast. See you in a couple of days.

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Posted by: George Nimmo on 6/4/2015 at 12:36 pm


Mt. Rainier: May 18th Teams Summit!

Posted by: Seth Waterfall, Kel Rossiter | May 18, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

RMI Guides Seth Waterfall and Kel Rossiter and the Four Day Summit Climb teams stood on the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning. The teams have been in and out of clouds this morning with a trace of new snow falling and calm winds. After spending some time on the summit, the teams are making their way back to Camp Muir before beginning their descent to Paradise.

Congratulations climbers!

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Congratulations.  Look forward to my summit attempt sometime in 2017 or late 2016.

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Posted by: Kevin Stone on 5/20/2015 at 7:34 am

Congrats Liz!!!!!

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Posted by: Sara on 5/18/2015 at 7:37 pm


Mt. Rainier: Winter Seminar Reaches 12,300’

Posted by: Brent Okita, Seth Waterfall, Elias de Andres Martos, Ben Liken | April 16, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 12,300'

The Expedition Skills Seminar - Winter reached 12,300 feet on Mt. Rainier before being dead-ended by a crevasse. Despite the crevasse, the team has been enjoying excellent weather on the upper mountain. The team will descend back to Camp Muir for the night where they will continue their skills training.

The Winter Seminar team enjoys the sunrise on the upper slopes of Mt. Rainier. Photo: Brent Okita Sunrise on Mt. Rainier with Little Tahoma. Photo: Brent Okita The Winter Seminar Team taking a rest break on Mt. Rainier. Photo: Brent Okita
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good luck Doni n Pepi
gunna b wet n cold
b safe
have fun

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Posted by: Donato Arguelles on 5/10/2015 at 8:55 am


Mt. Rainier: Winter Seminar Enjoying Post Storm Sun

Posted by: Brent Okita, Seth Waterfall, Elias de Andres Martos, Ben Liken | April 15, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 6,200'

The Expedition Skills Seminar - Winter led by RMI Guides Brent Okita and Seth Waterfall spent yesterday training on the lower slopes of Mt. Rainier. The team experienced stormy conditions with 5 - 6 inches of new snow overnight and some mild wind.

Today, the team is breaking camp and making their way uphill towards Camp Muir where they will continue their technical training. While breaking camp, the team enjoyed bluebird skies and beautiful mountain views.

The view of Mt. Rainier after the storm earlier this week. Photo: Brent Okita
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I hope you guys are well and wish you the best of luck.  I hope to climb this mountain sometime in the next year or so and I am training… read more

Posted by: Kevin Stone on 4/28/2015 at 6:38 am

Enjoy the climb. I was there on the same type climb with Brent and Elias in April of 2012. Lots to learn. Have fun. I am headed to the Alaska… read more

Posted by: John Newland on 4/16/2015 at 9:35 am


Mt. Rainier: Seth & Solveig Waterfall Led the First 2015 Ski Program

Posted by: Solveig Waterfall, Seth Waterfall | April 03, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 6,400'

Hi this is Seth. Solveig Waterfall and I just wrapped up the first RMI ski trip of the Spring season here on Rainier. We had a great five-day trip with a really fun group. We based out of the Paradise area for our days on the mountain and were treated to some of the best ski conditions of the season. this was our ‘Intro to Ski Touring’ course and as the name implies we spent the majority of the time focusing on the necessary skills to plan and execute several days of backcountry skiing.

We had a clear day to establish our camp followed by two days of precipitation with steadily cooling temperatures. This resulted in fantastic powder-skiing conditions with really good snow stability. The final day was cool but the skies were mostly clear and we were able to get break our camp and some more good skiing. The team was great, the laughs and smiles were non-stop and the days flew by.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

Rainier Intro to Ski course- Beautiful day heading up hill. Photo: Seth Waterfall Great conditions for the Mt. Rainier Intro to Ski course. Photo: Seth Waterfall
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solveig and seth are great leaders; awesome time
great snow and memories

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Posted by: jmac on 4/12/2015 at 3:59 am

Seth & Solveig,
Great story about your backcountry course. Good luck with more of those and good on you both.

Cheers, Joe & Dianne

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Posted by: joe Griffith on 4/4/2015 at 10:45 am


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