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Entries By walter hailes


Mt. Rainier: Hailes & Four Day Climb Team Turned Back Due to High Winds

The July 20 - 23 Four Day Climb Team was turned around by high winds today. RMI Guide Walter Hailes and team reached approximately 13,400' before making the decision to abort their summit attempt and return to Camp Muir. The teams will continue their descent to Paradise later this morning.
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Mt. Rainier: A Late Start Leads to a Summit for the Four Day Climbs

The Four Day Climbs led by RMI Guides Walter Hailes and Josh McDowell got a late start out of Camp Muir this morning as the teams waited out some poor weather. The late start coupled with some patience paid off for the teams as they reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning! Walter and Josh reported sunny skies and breezy conditions on the upper mountain. The teams are on their descent and will return to Ashford later today. Congratulations climbers!
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Congrats, Autumn, to you and your team!  Best wishes on your next adventure (whatever it may be).

Posted by: Mike Rathbun on 7/12/2019 at 7:32 am

Great job everyone!
Congrats AE from all the Turner Girls!

Posted by: JillT on 7/11/2019 at 8:20 pm


Mt. Rainier: Four Day Climbs Reach the Summit

RMI Guides Walter Hailes and Chris Ebeling and the Four Day Climbs reached the summit of Mt. Rainier around 7:30 AM. The teams climbed through the clouds before the sun broke through shortly before the summit. Walter reported 15 mph winds and cold temps. The teams will spend some time on the summit celebrating before beginning their descent to Camp Muir. We look forward to seeing them back at BaseCamp in Ashford this afternoon. Congratulations Climbers!
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Nice job! Can’t wait to hear all about it!

Posted by: Hilary Gehman & Matt Smith on 7/1/2019 at 6:50 pm

Congratulations!  We’re happy you have this experience and we’re looking forward to your stories.

Posted by: Wayne and Louise Gehman on 7/1/2019 at 5:28 am


Mt. Rainier: Five Day Climb on Top!

The Five Day Climb June 22 - 26 reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning led by RMI Guides Walter Hailes and Josh McDowell. The teams made a short stop on the crater due to cold temperatures and a cloud cap. The teams will return to Camp Muir and continue their descent to Paradise. Congratulations to today's climbers!
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Congratulations Shep and Jared!

Posted by: Phil Gore on 6/26/2019 at 6:52 pm

Way to go Jared and Shep!

Posted by: Robin on 6/26/2019 at 6:18 pm


Mt. Rainier: June 18th Summit!

The Five Day Summit climb led by RMI Guides Walter Hailes and Josh McDowell took advantage of the weather and reached the summit of Mt. Rainier at 9:30 am today. Josh reported warm temperature with winds of about 35 mph. The team will descend to Camp Muir where they will spend another day on the mountain and descend to Paradise tomorrow. Congratulations to today's team!
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Congratulations Tony B on your 1st climb and reaching the summit!  So proud of you and happy for you!

Posted by: Dianne Davis on 6/19/2019 at 8:16 am

Lewis… Congratulations on an awesome accomplishment!  I hope you enjoyed the Dr. Pepper!  Looking forward to hearing all about it

Posted by: Dan on 6/18/2019 at 5:43 pm


Mt. Rainier: June 14th Summit!

The Four Day Climb Led by RMI Guides Walter Hailes and Josh McDowell reached the summit of Mt. Rainier early this morning. The team reported clear skies above the heavy marine layer sitting at 7000'. and very calm winds. Congratulations to today's team!
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Congratulations, Dave and Friends!  Can’t wait to see the pictures and hear all about your adventure!

Posted by: Brenda Zamzow on 6/14/2019 at 7:09 pm

Congratulations and hello to Greg & Medina Bill’s, if they were on this team!!!

Posted by: Sylvia Pedley on 6/14/2019 at 11:07 am


Mt. Rainier: Hailes & Emmons Glacier Team Turned backed by Winds

The Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons May 31 - 5 June checked in from Camp Schurman this morning. RMI Guide Walt Hailes and team returned to camp after making their summit attempt. The team reached 13,200' before high winds forced their decision to turn around. They plan to do some additional training today and spend their last night on the mountain. Tomorrow they return to the trailhead and then back to Rainier BaseCamp.
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Mt. Rainier: The Muir Seminar Finishes Their Training Week

RMI Guide Walter Hailes checked in this morning from Camp Muir. The Muir Seminar team is back from their summit bid. Due to unstable snow conditions, the teams turned after Ingraham Flats. The team had a mix of weather during their week-long seminar- some spectacular views and also some stormy weather of high winds and blowing snow. They learned a lot of mountaineering skills to take home with them after a week on Mount Rainier.
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Mt. Rainier: Expedition Skills Seminar - Muir had a Successful Week of Training

The Expedition Skills Seminar - Muir Team along with RMI Guides Adam Knoff and Walter Hailes had a successful week of training on Mt. Rainier. The team spent the week learning crevasse rescue, setting snow and ice anchors, route finding, avalance training, and many other alpine climbing techniques. The team was able to take several walks above Camp Muir, but the winter like weather kept the from the summit. The team is on the descent and will be back at Ashford Basecamp in the early afternoon today. Congratulations to today's team!
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Summiteers made a good call today, live to climb another day.

Posted by: Willy on 5/17/2019 at 5:02 pm


Denali Expedition: Hailes and Team Check In from High Camp

Sat 6/9/2018 9:42 AM Hello friends and family, We are slowly getting moving this morning after yesterday's 13 hour summit day. It was long but everyone moved with confidence up and down. We celebrated with a midnight mountain house dinner back at camp and went straight to bed. Today's goal is to descend back to 11,000 ft camp. The only down side to a smooth, quick trip is that we will have to pick up and carry out all our extra food, but I would pick that over a long trip with bad weather everyday. If the weather continues to cooperate, we will fly off the mountain first thing tomorrow and the next time you will hear from us will be from the sunny street of Talkeetna. Thanks for following along with our Denali adventure Alden, Brett, Chip, Tyler, JM, and Walt. Safe travels, RMI Guide Walt Hailes & Team

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I can’t wait to hear the stories. What a great adventure.

Posted by: Tom Pattinson on 6/21/2018 at 2:27 pm

Congratulations Alden and the team!  Unbelievable. Now rest up (and get warm).

Posted by: Carolyn Monaco on 6/11/2018 at 5:46 pm

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