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

Posted by: Tyler Reid, Pete Van Deventer | August 24, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

RMI Guides Pete Van Deventer & Tyler Reid radioed from the crater rim of Mt. Rainier at 7:04 am.  Their Four Day Summit Climb Teams were going to start their descent shortly after.  Tyler reported nice weather with winds from the SW and a cloud deck at approximately 8,000’. The teams will return to Camp Muir and then continue their descent to Paradise.

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climbers!


Great job everyone!

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Posted by: Troy Harrington on 8/25/2015 at 4:46 pm

Congratulation Pete + team…How many Rainier summits now - Gadzillion !...Regards from cornfields of IN amigo…Waltero

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Posted by: Waltero Glover on 8/25/2015 at 12:37 am

Mt. Rainier: August 20th Teams Summit

Posted by: Tyler Reid, Pete Van Deventer | August 20, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guides Tyler Reid and Pete Van Deventer reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning. Pete reported clear skies, a light breeze, and warm temps. The teams began their descent from the summit at 8:25 am. We look forward to welcoming them in Ashford this afternoon.


RMI Climbers crossing the summit crater of Mt. Rainier. Photo: Bryan Hendrick

Janet and Bett you are both amazing! I can’t wait to hear your stories!

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Posted by: Mary on 8/21/2015 at 5:28 pm

Way to gooooo!!!Congratulations!

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Posted by: Patti Thomas on 8/21/2015 at 1:20 pm

Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climb Enjoys Views from the Top!

Posted by: Tyler Reid | August 04, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

RMI Guide Tyler Reid and the Four Day Summit Climb August 1 - 4, 2015 reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  Tyler reported light winds from the North and a beautiful day to be on the mountain.  The team began their descent from the crater rim at 7:25 am PST.  They will return to Camp Muir for a quick break and to repack gear before continuing down to Paradise.  We look forward to seeing them at Rainier BaseCamp later today.

Congratulations to the team!


WOW!!  Impressive!  Congratulations Michael and to all the team.

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Posted by: christine on 8/4/2015 at 8:19 pm

Mt. Rainier: July 28th Summit!

Posted by: Tyler Reid, Mike Walter | July 28, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guide Tyler Reid reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning. While on the summit, the team enjoyed pretty nice weather including moderate winds from the North and warming temperatures. The team has started their descent back to Camp Muir where they will rest and repack before continuing down to Paradise. We look forward to seeing back at BaseCamp in Ashford later this afternoon.

On the Emmons Glacier route of Mt. Rainier, RMI Guide Mike Walter led the Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons to the summit as well. Mike and the team will spend their final night on the mountain at Camp Schurman before descending and returning to Ashford tomorrow.


Mt. Rainier: July 24th Update

Posted by: Dave Hahn, Tyler Reid, Mike King | July 24, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'


The Mount Rainier Summit Climb teams, led by Dave Hahn and Tyler Reid, were leaving the crater rim at 7:30 this morning. Dave reported great conditions: clear and sunny, with light winds.

Mike King and the Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons are returning to Base Camp today after a successful summit via the Emmons Glacier.

Sunrise from Camp Schurman, Mount Rainier. Photo: Mike King

it was a real priviledge to get to know, sweat, hike, and rope together.  Thank you Emmons team and expecially guides for making it worth it!  allen   (contact me… read more

Posted by: allen musil on 7/26/2015 at 10:10 am

Congratulations!!!  Must have been an awesome sight at the top of the mountain!

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Posted by: Wanda Ritter on 7/24/2015 at 9:40 am

Mt. Rainier: June 17th Summit!

Posted by: Solveig Waterfall, Tyler Reid | June 17, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

RMI Guide Solveig Waterfall and the Five-Day Mount Rainier Summit Climb, along with Tyler Reid and the Four-Day Summit Climb reached the summit this morning.  They enjoyed light winds and clear skies.  The teams spent some time celebrating and enjoying the views before starting their descent at 8:10 a.m.

Today marks Solveig’s 100th summit of Mount Rainier!  Congratulations!

RMI Guide Solveig Waterfall at Camp Muir after her 100th Mt. Rainier summit! Photo: Peter Whittaker An RMI team taking a break in the crater after reaching the Mount Rainier summit. Photo: Solveig Waterfall

Hey, Robin and Phil and all… Hurrah!!

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Posted by: Bill Decker on 6/18/2015 at 7:50 am

Congrats Solveig on your 100th Rainier summit, in addition to your successful Denali expedition this year.
Tim Mason, 6/9/2013 Rainier Team

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Posted by: Tim Mason on 6/18/2015 at 4:04 am

Mt. Rainier: June 13th Update

Posted by: Tyler Reid, Pete Van Deventer | June 13, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Mount Rainier Summit Climb, led by Ty Reid and Pete Van Deventer, is currently on the summit.  The weather report from the summit is sunny skies and moderate/steady winds.  An update will be posted when the teams begin their descent.

Congratulations summit climbers!

An RMI team on top of Mt. Rainier, Washington. Photo: RMI Collection

Congratulations NYSCF team - JAMES TEAGUE, RICH RUNDLE, MARK MCCAULEY and DIETER EGLI !!!!!  and to think you had ALREADY peaked when you surpassed your fundraising goal and raised $26,565… read more

Posted by: Jessie Teague on 6/13/2015 at 10:05 am

Way to go Stephanie and Pat!!

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Posted by: Lilli Pietromonaco on 6/13/2015 at 7:37 am

Chile Ski: Reid & Team’s Volcan Llaima Adventure

Posted by: Tyler Reid | September 30, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Chile

We launched for the north side of Volcan Llaima with overnight gear, optimism, and our fuel tanks filled to the brim with carne. Our send off from Malalcahuello was the asado of all asados: Chilean grass fed beef, homemade sausages, and lamb slow cooked over a wood fired grill masterfully by Sergio (our Chilean outfitter and owner of the lodge in Malalcahuello).

The wind was steady and the views nonexistent as we toured up an expansive lava field that just five years ago was flowing red. Above the monkey puzzle trees the wind was whipping, and feeling energetic we opted for the storm camping experience. We carved tent platforms into the leeward side of a small rock outcrop and proceeded to build Alaska style wind walls around our camp.

The next morning was frigid. The sun came out and as we packed up our gear for the summit ascent, we had the feeling that everything was lining up. Almost. The nice springlike snow surface we’d skinned up the day before was now a skating rink. Our ski crampons, even under full body weight, were not biting into the ice. This was not the type of frozen snow that softens throughout the day.

About 600 vertical feet above camp it became apparent that the snow wasn’t getting any better. Getting on the face above us - which Katy and I had learned the year before is deceptively enormous and quite steep at the top, was out of the question. Just climbing the 3,700’ would require pitching out full rope lengths and building 40+ anchors.

We ripped our skins and skied east coast style “packed powder” (very loud turns) 1,000’ down to a small sub peak to the east. Views across the way of Sierra Nevada rising above the beautiful Lago Conguillio (a huge lake) began to the open up. We cramponed to the summit of our mini peak, skied down, and as we contoured back to camp, the decision not to go higher on Llaima was further reinforced. The winds ramped up, and visibility dropped to ping-pong ball status. We packed up camp and skied down out of the clouds.

El Niño has had some influence on every one of our ski outings on this trip, whether providing powder turns in September, a deep snowpack and fantastic coverage… or a moist wind that turns a big beautiful face into a sheet of ice. We’ve had a blast every day of this trip, whether standing on summits, or touring in stormy weather.

Overused statement of the trip, uttered multiple times at the end of every ski day: “Well that was an adventure.”

This is a truly amazing place to have skis on your feet.

RMI Guide Tyler Reid

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CHILE SKI: Reid and Team enjoy their last tour of the trip.

Posted by: Tyler Reid | September 29, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Peru
Elevation: 10,253'

Hey, This is Tyler with the Chilean Volcanoes crew.  We are calling from the base of Volcán Llaima.  We have had an interesting couple of days on the mountain, yesterday we camped above treeline. It was pretty windy and getting up there, but we were able to build a bomb proof camp.  We woke up this morning to sunshine and potentially clearing skies which was a little bit of a tease.  We got up the big face that we wanted to ski from the summit and it was pretty much a sheet of ice, which made it a no-go, and then the weather also closed in to sort of seal the deal that it wasn’t happening.  We were able to ski nearby sub peak on the north peak, and now we are almost back to the trailhead.

We will head back to Temuco tonight and have our final night of the trip.  We look forward to seeing everyone back home and we will send one more dispatch before the trip is over. 

We will talk to you all soon, best from all of us.

RMI Guide Tyler Reid & Team.

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Chile Ski: Reid & Team Enjoy Endless Views on Sierra Nevada

Posted by: Tyler Reid | September 27, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Chile

We didn’t take Sergio seriously when he said “I have a snowcat”. We were discussing the approach to Sierra Nevada, which would typically involve four-wheel drive pickups to get to where the snow starts.  As our Chilean outfitter and local guru, Sergio has been with us the whole trip, and here in Malalcahuello we are staying at his ideally positioned lodge, the SuizAndina.

It turns out Sergio has two mini snowcat-like vehicles he recently acquired, and he was psyched to give one of them a try in getting us to Sierra Nevada. If all went well, it seemed possible that we’d found a loophole in the “No Shortcuts to the Top” argument. The mini snowcat would deliver us to treeline, we could spend more time touring in the alpine, and maybe get a few bonus turns at the end of the day.

Apparently the universe is on Ed Viesturs’ side. Before we even hit the snow, the mini snowcat had lost one of its tracks. These are the moments where us skiers start to panic internally. Will we make it to the snow? Will we ski today?

With one track down and Sergio at the helm, the mini snowcat still performed amazingly well in getting us up the gnarly road. When we hit the snow, it was time to earn our turns.

We ascended through mysterious Araucaria forest (monkey puzzle trees) and out on to a long alpine ridge. Cornice on one side, rocks on the other. The terrain became particularly interesting on the upper mountain, with a series of intersecting ridges, alpine bowls, and mushroomy ice features. The weather was perfect, the views endless, and we were able to ski from the highest point beneath the summit (the last 50’ was steep rime ice).

Sierra Nevada is one of those descents that just goes on forever. Photos tell the story better than words.

Chilean ski adventure to the max.

RMI Guide Tyler Reid

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