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Mt. Rainier: July 14th Teams Summit

Posted by: Walter Hailes, Zeb Blais | July 14, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guide Walter Hails and the Five Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guide Zeb Blais reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning. The teams enjoyed warm, sunny skies on the summit before beginning their descent around 7:30 am. We look forward to seeing the teams back in Ashford this afternoon.

Congratulations climbers!

RMI climbers on the crater rim of Mt. Rainier. Photo: Dave Hahn

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

Posted by: Walter Hailes, JJ Justman | July 04, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

Our Four Day Summit Climb teams reached the summit of Mt. Rainier early today.  Both teams were beginning their descent from the crater rim around 6:30 am.  RMI Guide JJ Justman reported clear skies and warm temperatures. They will make a short stop at Camp Muir before continuing down to Paradise.  We look forward to seeing them at Rainier BaseCamp this afternoon.

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climbs teams!  Happy Independence Day!

Climbers approaching the summit of Mt. Rainier.  Photo: Seth Waterfall

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 24th Summit!

Posted by: Peter Whittaker, Ed Viesturs, Tyler Jones, Walter Hailes | June 24, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

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!

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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… read more

Posted by: Phil Knight on 7/2/2015 at 7:15 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… read more

Posted by: Carol Waring on 6/25/2015 at 8:11 am


Mt. Rainier: June 18th Update

Posted by: Walter Hailes, Pete Van Deventer, Elias de Andres Martos | June 18, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

Our Mount Rainier Summit Climb teams, led by Walter Hailes and Pete Van Deventer, were just reaching the summit at 7:10 a.m.  Walter reported winds of about 20mph, cool temperatures, and they were just below the clouds hanging right above the summit.  Both teams began their descent at 8:15 a.m.

Elias deAndres Martos and the Expedition Skills Seminar - Kautz team checked in and were at 12,600’ working their way to the summit.

An RMI team ascending Mount Rainier as the sun rises. Photo: Win Whittaker
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Joseph…you never cease to amaze me!Love You, Mom

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Posted by: Kathy Dougherty on 6/19/2015 at 6:33 am


Mt. Rainier: Four & Five Day Summit Climbs Reach the Summit!

Posted by: Elias de Andres Martos, Walter Hailes | May 31, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb Team led by RMI Guide Elias de Andres Martos & the Five Day Summit Climb Team led by Walter Hailes reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning. The teams climbed well with good conditions.  As of 10:30 am PT both teams had descended back to Camp Muir.  They will continue down to Paradise and then return to Rainier BaseCamp this afternoon.

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb Teams!

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Congratulations to all of the teams on this climb.  Still training for mine either next year or the year after. 

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Posted by: Kevin Stone on 6/1/2015 at 3:23 pm


Mt. Rainier: Expeditions Skills Seminar - Muir Reaches Summit

Posted by: Walter Hailes, Casey Grom | May 21, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

At 8:30 am the Expedition Skills Seminar – Muir led by RMI Guides Casey Grom and Walter Hailes crested the summit crater of Mt. Rainier. The team will spend about an hour on the summit enjoying light winds and mild temperatures before beginning their descent to Camp Muir. The team will spend one more night at Camp Muir before returning to Ashford on Friday. We look forward to hearing of their training and climbing adventures.

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Congrats everyone, can’t wait till it’s my hubby and I!

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Posted by: Carmen on 5/22/2015 at 4:50 pm


Aconcagua: Hailes & Team Celebrate Their Success

Posted by: Walter Hailes, Ben Liken | January 08, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 9,000'

We successfully made it down from base camp back to Pampa de Lenas. Our celebration asado was an enormous success and went late into the night which may make our final walk to the road a little slower than normal but no one would have it any other way.

RMI Guide Walter Hailes & Team

Asada being cooked by an Arrearo on an RMI Aconcagua Expedition.  Photo: Pete Van Deventer

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You guys are amazing!

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Posted by: Robin on 1/8/2015 at 10:25 pm

You deserve the celebration!  Great job!!

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Posted by: Sandy on 1/8/2015 at 7:08 pm


Aconcagua: Hailes & Team Back to Basecamp

Posted by: Walter Hailes, Ben Liken | January 06, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 13,800'

We started our downhill progress this morning and it looks like we made it out just in time. We seemed to stay about 30 minutes in front of the clouds, wind, and snow on the descent and quietly enjoyed watching teams move up into the weather as we moved out of it.

While the snow did fall in Basecamp, we stayed warm in our group tent, sitting in chairs around a table while snacks and a delicious dinner were brought to us…it’s the small stuff.

We are all hopeful for a warm valley as we walk out tomorrow.

RMI Guide Walter Hailes

Descending back to Aconcagua Basecamp. Photo: RMI Collection

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We are excited for your return & to hear all about your adventure! Love you Colin!

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Posted by: Stevi on 1/7/2015 at 5:34 pm

Glad you’re back at basecamp!  We’re all anxious for your return home!!

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Posted by: Sandy on 1/7/2015 at 5:04 pm


Aconcagua: Hailes & Team Summit!

Posted by: Walter Hailes, Ben Liken | January 05, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 22,841'

Update January 5th at 3:30 pm PT
This is the day that all the hard work, both at home and on the mountain, are for and it is always the hardest day of the trip. Thankfully, we made it to the summit and back to camp safely and in great style. With an early dinner in our bellies we will all sleep well tonight.

Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers for our safety.

RMI Guide Walter Hailes

[Call from the summit audio transcription]
Hello, this is Walter from the summit of Aconcagua with our team. It’s a beautiful day up here, blue skies, a little breezy- probably about 20 (mph) on the top. We did go through some pretty heavy wind down below, maybe constant 40 to 50 in some of the little saddles, but we made it! We’re happy and it’s sunshiny. Everybody’s tired, so we’re looking forward to the downhill. We’ll call or send a dispatch out when we get there so you know that we arrived safely. Over and out from Aconcagua.

Aconcagua's Canaleta Couloir. Photo: RMI Collection Looking towards Basecamp from near the summit of Aconcagua. Photo: RMI Collection


RMI Guide Walter Hailes calls from the Aconcagua summit

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Hi Sue and team;
Keep up the good work. Following you daily!!!
Safe and fun travel!
Patty

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Posted by: patty on 1/8/2015 at 9:41 am

Way to go Colin! That is unbelievable! I can’t wait to hear all about your adventure!

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Posted by: Morgan Moore on 1/6/2015 at 1:46 pm


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