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Entries By will ambler


Mt. Rainier: Bond, Wedel & Five Day Climb Update

The Five Day Climb reached Camp Muir after what we deemed “the spiciest snowfield ascent ever”. We worked together in high winds and low visibility to stay warm and keep climbing. After a night of higher winds, colder temperatures and more snow, we opted to do some training at Camp Muir. We started the morning with some avalanche basics culminating in digging pits to assess snow instability.  The results weren’t promising so as a team we made the safe, but hard, choice not to ascend any higher. The sun came out and we spent the day learning snow anchors, crevasse rescue and taking in the beautiful views from Camp Muir.

We’ll begin our descent to Paradise this morning and conclude our program this afternoon. All in all, this team unified in tough conditions to have an incredible climbing experience. 

RMI Guides Andy Bond and Jess Wedel

PC: Jess Wedel

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Amazing Experience!  Jess, Andy and all the Guides were phenomenal as they kept us safe and maintained High Spirits and PMA throughout a “Ghost Pepper Spicy” day.. Can’t wait to share pics and stay connected!  Couldn’t have picked a better group of people for a truly Epic Adventure!  Thank you RMI !

Posted by: Doug Thompson on 6/18/2024 at 11:24 am

“The summit is what drives us, but the climb itself is what matters.”

Couldn’t have asked for a better team to be with on a trip, summit or no summit. Hootah!!!

Posted by: Raleigh Hobson on 6/17/2024 at 8:21 pm


Mt. Rainier: Burns, Hoffman & Teams Turned at 11,200 ft

The Four Day Climb teams led by RMI Guides Seth Burns and Sam Hoffman reached Ingraham Flats, 11,200', this morning on their summit attempt.  Due to unstable snow conditions the teams decided to call this their high point today and returned safely to Camp Muir.  Climbers are packing up their gear and enjoying a bit more time on the mountain before starting their descent to Paradise. They will return to Rainier BaseCamp this afternoon. 

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I was in Sam’s, George’s and Ray’s group and I am extremely impressed and grateful for their service, professionalism and courtesy. I received more than I could have hoped for in my need for great and safe guidance in this adventure!

Posted by: John McGrath on 6/6/2024 at 2:55 pm


Mt. Rainier: Burns & Emmons Seminar Team Reach Summit

The Expedition Skill Seminar - Emmons May 26 - 31, led by RMI Guide Seth Burns, Mike Bennett, Will Ambler and Thomas Skoog reached the summit of Mt. Rainier today via the Emmons Glacier route.  The team hit the crater rim around 11: 30 am today and due to high winds and big gusts started their descent shortly after.  They returned to Camp Schurman around 2:30 pm and will spend a final night at camp.  They will start their descent tomorrow morning, getting back to the trail in the afternoon.  We look forward to seeing them at Rainier BaseCamp tomorrow afternoon.

Congratulations team!

PC: Tom Skoog and Seth Burns

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Strong work team. Props to Mike & the crew. Hope to see you out there in a month!

Posted by: Joe Mueller on 5/31/2024 at 8:45 am


Mt. Rainier: May 25th Team Turns Due to High Winds

The Four Day Climb led by RMI Guides Casey Grom and Dominic Cifelli reached 12,300' on Mt. Rainier early this morning. The team reached the mid-point of Disappointment Cleaver, but the strong winds of 40 - 50 mph forced the team make the decision to descend safely back to Camp Muir. They will return to Rainier Basecamp in Ashford later this afternoon. 

Congratulations Team! 

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That photo looks like something out of a movie—pretty otherworldly.

Posted by: Some guy from Puyallup on 5/25/2024 at 10:06 pm


Mt. Rainier: Four Day Climb Climbs Halfway up Disappointment Cleaver

The Four Day Climb May 16 - 19 led by RMI Guides Brent Okita and Hannah Smith climbed halfway up Disappointment Cleaver before conditions required them to turn around.  Hannah's team climbed to Ingraham Flats and worked on some ice climbing. The teams descended to Camp Muir and will be packing up and starting their descent to Paradise later this morning.

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Sheesh. Those are some gorgeous shots! Ice climbing also sounds pretty sweet.

Posted by: Some guy from Puyallup on 5/19/2024 at 1:44 pm


Mt. Rainier: Bond, Wedel & Teams Watch Meteors Filling the Sky during their climb

The Four Day Climb August 11 - 14 led by RMI Guides Andy Bond and Jess Wedel reached the summit of Mt. Rainier just before 5 am today.  Andy reported a beautiful morning climbing in base layers with no winds and meteors filling the sky as they climbed toward the summit. 

Congratulations to the team!

 

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Your prep and hard work are blessed with such a spectacular view!  Awesome!

Posted by: Ron on 8/19/2023 at 2:58 pm

Congratulations to the team on your Summit climb today!!

What a awesome accomplishment for each of you!

Posted by: Evans on 8/14/2023 at 7:32 pm


Four Day Climb: Davis, Delaney & Teams Reach Summit

After a few days of unsettled weather on the mountain, the Four Day Climb August 5 - 8 was able to reach the summit of Mt. Rainier led by RMI Guides Alan Davis and Jack Delaney.  The teams reached the crater rim around 6:30 am PT and enjoyed an hour in the crater.  They will return to Camp Muir for a quick stop before continuing down to Paradise this afternoon.  We look forward to seeing the teams back at BaseCamp later today.

Congratulations to today's climbers!

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Congratulations Peter and thanks to RMI guides & staff for a safe and successful climb

Posted by: Chuck Lorenz on 8/9/2023 at 8:34 pm

Congratulations Brett!  Glad to read of the team success.  You’re awesome

Posted by: Olga Walker on 8/9/2023 at 6:51 am


Mt. Rainier: Coppolillo & Paradise Seminar Team on Top

The Expedition Skills Seminar - Paradise July 28 - 2 August led by RMI Guides Henry Coppolillo, Joey Manship and Will Ambler reached the summit of Mt. Rainier today.  The team met last Friday for their first day of training, equipment checks and orientation.  With full packs they ascended to their first camp on Saturday. They have spent the last four nights on the mountain, moving camps expedition style and practicing glacier travel, ice axes arrest, cramponing, crevasse rescue techniques while gradually ascending.  Yesterday they jumped up to Camp Muir and launched their summit attempt with an alpine start today.  After reaching the summit, the team descended to Camp Muir.  Once at Camp they will repack gear and continue down to Paradise.

Congratulations to today's Paradise Seminar crew!

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Mt. Rainier: Four Day Team Summits!

The Four Day Climb led by RMI Guides Alan Davis and Jess Wedel reached the summit of Mt. Rainier early this morning. The route from Camp Muir to the 14,410' summit took the team 6 1/2 hours to climb. It was a windy morning, but otherwise clear.  

Congratulations Team! 

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Congrats team!  Very fun meeting and hiking with you all.  Big thank you to our awesome guides, Alan, Sam and Sam :)

Posted by: Jeffrey Kirk on 7/24/2023 at 8:45 pm


Mt. Rainier: Five Day Climbs Reach Summit!

The Five Day Climb July 13 - 17 led by RMI Guides Nikki Champion and Jess Wedel chose today as their summit day.  The teams reached the crater rim this morning with clear skies but windy conditions.  The teams will return to Camp Muir for a well deserved rest and enjoy another night on the mountain. They will descend tomorrow to Paradise and return to Rainier BaseCamp.

Congratulations to today's climbers!

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Aislinn and Ali,
Congratulations on your successful climb!  Elation at Elevation 14,410”
We are so proud and happy for you❤️❤️❤️

I posted this earlier on the 4 day climb blog

Posted by: Mom/Shane and Dad/Stanford on 7/16/2023 at 5:37 pm

Way to go! Congratulations!

Posted by: Marguerite Riley on 7/16/2023 at 1:49 pm

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