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Mt. Rainier: Summit Climb Teams Reach the Summit!

The Four Day Summit Climb Teams August 14 - 17, 2016 enjoyed beautiful weather during their time in Mt. Rainier National Park.  Today was no different as the teams got an early start from Camp Muir and were able to enjoy the views from the summit of Mt. Rainier.  The teams, led by RMI Guides Mike King & Steve Gately, reported light winds and perfect weather.  We look forward to seeing them at Rainier BaseCamp this afternoon.

Congratulations to today’s climbers!

Proud sister, right here! Congrats, all (especially Rich S. & Mike H.)!

Posted by: Kristen on 8/17/2016 at 5:09 pm


Posted by: hannah on 8/17/2016 at 2:48 pm

Mt. Rainier: Summit Climb Update

Summit! The Mt. Rainier Summit Climb teams, led by Mike Walter and Steve Gately, began their descent at 8:00 a.m.  With such nice weather, the teams were able to spend over an hour on the summit, crossing the crater and enjoying the views with no clouds in sight.  This afternoon we look forward to congratulating the teams this afternoon here in Ashford at Rainier Basecamp!

Congratulations Vanessa & Charity!

Posted by: Heather Kimling on 8/12/2016 at 5:06 pm

Vanessa and Charity - what amazing ladies! All the hard work pays off and you have memories for life. Congratulations!!!

Posted by: Barbara Libner on 8/12/2016 at 10:15 am

Mt. Shuksan: Fisher Chimneys Team Unable To Summit Despite Impressive Effort

Day one on a Mt. Shuksan Fisher Chimneys trip is a big day, maybe the biggest day of the climb. Most guided parties take eight hours to reach high camp perched at the edge of the Price Glacier above the Chimneys. So when the team drove to the trail head in a heavy wet cloud we needed to make a decision about hiking in those conditions. We stood in the parking lot in our gore-tex, gathering large beads of water that collected from simply standing in the cloud. We drove back down the mountain hoping the forecast for better afternoon weather would prove true. It did not and we decided to try again in the morning.

The following day, as clouds started to pass over the area, we began the approach in a drier cloud and took every bit of the eight hours to climb the Chimneys to high camp. The plan was to set up camp, rest for a few hours and continue towards the summit unburdened by heavy packs. At 4:30 p.m. we began the journey upward, traversing the Price, climbing the steep Hell’s Highway and cresting onto the upper Sulphide Glacier. A cloud followed us up the Sulphide, hiding the summit pyramid but we were able to climb on instruments towards its base. At 7:00 p.m. the clouds parted long enough to show us the pyramid and in what condition it lay.  A steep snow traverse gained the lower rock band where it usually is a low angle scramble and we spotted a few teams descending in the early evening light. So far, we had been moving for 12 hours and now we were looking at summiting around dark and descending complicated terrain under headlamp. We made the conservative call to turn around and made our high point the base of the pyramid, just 600 vertical feet shy of the very top. Disappointing sure, but the team put in an extraordinary effort to climb all day and we were satisfied with the decision to leave the summit for another day.

RMI Guide Leon Davis

Mt. Rainier: July 27th Update

RMI Guides Katrina Bloemsma and Steve Gately led their teams to the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  The weather report from the top was calm, sunny, and warming up quickly.  At 7:15 a.m. they began their descent from the crater rim.

Congratulations to the teams!

Mt. Rainier: July 18th Five Day Summit Climb Summit!

The Five Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guide Steve Gately reached the summit of Mt. Rainier early this morning.  Because of weather the team did a “touch and go” summit.  They have started their descent and are en route back to Camp Muir.

Congratulations to today’s team!

Congratulations team! Thanks for the update, safe travels down the mountain!

Posted by: Liz McFarland on 7/18/2016 at 10:42 am

Fantastic! Congratulations to my AWESOME daughter, Schuyler, and to the entire team!!


Posted by: Betty Gilmore on 7/18/2016 at 9:33 am

Mt. Rainier: Expedition Skills Seminar - Kautz Reaches Summit

RMI Guide Jake Beren and the Expedition Skills Seminar - Kautz team reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning via the Kautz route. Jake reported clear skies on the summit. The team will spend some time on the summit before making their descent. The team will spend one more night on the mountain before descending off the mountain tomorrow.

Way to climb!

Congrats on your climb and reaching the summit! Special kiddos to Chad and Tom for completing their first big climb!!

Posted by: Carrie Paben on 7/12/2016 at 5:57 pm

Congratulations on your climb.  Special congrats to Tom and Chad on their first big mountain climb.  Very proud of you!

Posted by: Trudy Colvin on 7/12/2016 at 3:37 pm

Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climbs Reach the Summit

RMI Guide Steve Gately radioed in from the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  The teams enjoyed a beautiful morning with light winds. At 7:00 am PT both Four Day Summit Climb teams June 28 - 1 July, 2016 were beginning their descent from the crater rim.

Denali Expedition: Upper West Rib Team Returns to Talkeetna to Celebrate

June 18, 2016 - 7:51 pm PT

We woke up this morning at 3:00 AM to a wet snow fall on the lower Kahiltna Glacier. I personally stayed up all morning waiting for it to taper off. Finally at 6 we decided to push to the runway and see if we could get a flight out today. After a couple hours of walking we turned the corner and started up the Southeast Fork, aka Heartbreak Hill. At this point we heard some planes began landing and with the shear excitement of beer and burgers we made our way up to the landing strip. The weather was in and out so we didn’t all get flights out immediately but throughout the early afternoon we all got off the glacier and flew back to Talkeetna. We are currently having dinner at the West Rib and preparing for a big night of celebration.

RMI Guide Geoff Schellens

Denali Expedition: Upper West Rib Team Flies off Mountain

RMI Guide Geoff Schellens and Team called at 2:25 pm PST to let us know they have flown off of the mountain and expect to land in Talkeetna shortly.

Congratulations Team!

Denali Expedition: Upper West Rib Team Descends to 7,800’

June 18, 2016 - 12:40 am PT

Hi all, sorry there hasn’t been a dispatch since we summited, we’ve been busy and on the move a lot. The team did a fantastic job climbing the Upper Rib yesterday and we all made the summit just after 7:00 PM. After some hugs, photos, and congratulations we began our descent down to 17 Camp on the West Buttress. Thirteen hours after we started climbing we were crawling into our tents, exhausted but very satisfied with our accomplishment. This morning we woke up early to get low on the mountain before the 50 mph forecasted winds rolled in this afternoon. I am truly amazed at how strong this team is, even after a big summit day everyone climbed very well as we made our way down the Buttress and fixed lines to 14 Camp. Here we took about an hour to retrieve our cache and re pack before we hit the trail to 11 Camp. I thought for sure folks would be tired at 11 camp, but no. We dug up our cache here rigged for traveling with sleds and kept descending. We are currently at the base of Ski Hilll, 7800’, getting a little rest and waiting for the cold of the night before we walk the lower Kahiltna Glacier back to the landing strip. Weather permitting we will be on board an airplane first thing in the morning.
Thanks so much for following along throughout our expedition

RMI Guide Geoff Schellens and the Upper West Rib Team

On The Map

WOW! I just finished reading all the posts and looking at the beautiful pics & I am in awe of all you (collectively) have accomplished! I guess to say u feel “on top of the world” would likely be an understatement! Safe journey to all on ur decent! Can’t wait to hear the stories!

Posted by: Sara & James on 6/18/2016 at 7:08 am

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