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June 13, 2017
Posted by: Solveig Waterfall
RMI Guide Solveig Waterfall and the Expedition Skills Seminar - Kautz turned this morning at 12,400ft. After several days of training they made their summit attempt this morning. Unfortunately, climbing conditions were difficult due to deep snow and the team decided to turn around after a strong effort. The team is descending the Kautz Ice Chute and will check in this evening. They will continue some training before descending from the mountain tomorrow.
I experienced Everything on Rainier which I never have before on any mountain
Team spirit was So high
Leadership was Stellar and kind and Patient and helpful, absolutely, but especially talented and tenacious…
The Route was So Terminally Beautiful it was like a volcanic eruption of Emotion, your heart racing, thoughts swimming in stimulation… a virtual BASE JUMP into Euphoria
The guides resource reservoir was vast and the way they adapted to the challenges our team encountered along the way, Masterful… instinctively executing adaptation not uncertainty to emerging obstacles in varied forms while maintaining cohesion to Team, to route, to Goal and to True Success
This alone would have been Epic to be a part of… what Elevates this trip for Myself and my teammates beyond Epic is the Catalyst into Transformation we launched with the intensive training fused together by the “real Mountain” Kautz Expedition Challenge which demands Focus on practice of lessons which opens the window into the stratosphere of what is possible for EACH ONE of us to develop into as Mountaineers of the highest caliber!
This Team… held by This Mountain during This Moment has been evolved into an Eternal Artwork as our recollections and our stories will testify…
We have Successfully Summited our Destiny and now we enjoy the opportunity our ascension has created to continue beyond…
Ken Tessier, a Believer
Posted by: Ken Tessier on 6/14/2017 at 9:54 pm
June 4, 2017
The Four Day Summit Climb teams led by RMI Guides Elías de Andrés Martos and Solveig Waterfall topped out on Mt. Rainier early this morning with winds around 50-60 mph. As of 7:18AM, they were at 13,600’ on their descent. It was a very cold, windy climb for them.
Congratulations to today’s team!
Congrats to Mike G. and the rest of the team on the climb!
Posted by: Jack on 6/4/2017 at 4:34 pm
Congrats guys great achievement looking forward to y’all getting back home.
Posted by: Jay Murray on 6/4/2017 at 12:31 pm
May 29, 2017
Today’s Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guides Elias de Andres Martos and Solveig Waterfall reached the summit of Mt. Rainier early this morning. Elias reported colder and windier temperatures than expected on their ascent. The team enjoyed some time on the summit before beginning their descent to Camp Muir.
Congratulations to today’s climbers!
May 22, 2017
RMI Guides Kel Rossiter and Solveig Waterfall led their Four Day Summit Climb May 19 - 22, 2017 to the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning. Kel reported mostly clear skies with very lights winds. The teams began their descent from the crater rim around 7:20 am and will return to Camp Muir and then continue to Paradise. They will end their day with a celebration of their accomplishment at Rainier BaseCamp.
Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb teams!
May 15, 2017
The Four Day Summit Climb May 12 - 15 reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning. RMI Guides Brent Okita and Solveig Waterfall led their teams on a cold but clear day. The teams will descend to Muir and then return to Paradise. We look forward to seeing them at Rainier BaseCamp this afternoon.
Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb teams!
May 10, 2017
The first program of the 2017 Mt. Rainier season reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning! RMI Guides Brent Okita and Solveig Waterfall led their Five Day Summit Climb teams from Camp Muir to the summit. Brent reported clear skies with windy conditions. Both teams began their descent shortly after 7 am. They will return to Camp Muir and then continue their descent to Paradise.
We look forward to seeing them at Rainier BaseCamp this afternoon.
Congratulations to the Five Day Summit Climb teams!
May 9, 2017
Our acclimatization climb to Ingraham Flats went well today with beautiful weather. What a view of the mountain. Our guide training team went to the summit and prepped the route for us, so we should be in good shape for our climb tonight.
Let’s hope the wind and weather hold for us. I think it will.
WOW! Incredible trip, Sheila! You are an inspiration!
Posted by: Peg on 5/9/2017 at 5:51 pm
Shout to Sheila from James here in Clearwater Beach Florida. One of my favorite mountains seen many of times from a plane or on a clear day when I lived in Seattle. Looking forward to pics and hearing about your adventure.
Posted by: James Whitstt on 5/9/2017 at 3:47 pm
April 28, 2017
Our final morning has been perfect. Warm, sunny weather just right for a last morning of training. Fixed rope work with ascenders, then an informative session learning about snow pits has topped off a wonderful week with a great team.
Now, for a pleasant descent to Paradise then on to the luxuries of living at sea level.
Though some have mentioned wanting to stay here another few days, I think we’re all ready for a shower and some real food.
It’s been fun!
So proud to have a friend with the strength and motivation for such an adventure! Go Sheila and Alex. Cheering for you!
Posted by: Robin Brennan on 5/8/2017 at 11:16 am
April 27, 2017
An attempt at the summit was not to be had given the avalanche conditions up high. So, instead we learned how to evaluate these conditions and deal with an avalanche rescue.
In the afternoon we worked on some ice climbing skills, lowering folks into a large crevasse so they could claw and fight their way out. Everyone did great, and nobody was left in the hole.
When we got back to Camp Muir, the team was still excited to do more, so we worked on advanced cramponing technique and belaying. I think everyone was psyched with how the weather has finally settled out and granted us some blue sky and mild winds.
Tomorrow we address a few more skills, then head down to Basecamp in Ashford, and perhaps a beer and burger to celebrate a great week, and a fantastic crew.
Looks like a lot of fun! Aside from the avy danger, how did conditions look on the Ingraham glacier (assuming you made it to Ingraham Flats)? I’m planning an attempt in the next few weeks ago and I haven’t found much recent beta from any of the routes; weather-wise it’s been a pretty terrible past few months. Thanks!
Posted by: Ian Culhane on 5/3/2017 at 3:58 pm
April 25, 2017
After learning the fundamentals of glacier travel and snow and ice climbing, we put our newly honed skills to good use as we climbed to 11,000’ to check out the upper mountain.
Unfortunately, the weather came in fast and we had to beat a hasty retreat back to Camp Muir. What a fun day!