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Entries from Mount Rainier

Muir Seminar Wraps Up 2021 Mt. Rainier Season

On Friday the Camp Muir Expedition Skills Seminar returned from five days of training on Mount Rainier.  Aspiring climbers learned a variety of movement and technical skills that will further their future mountain experiences.  This wraps up RMI trips on Rainier this season, thank you to everyone who has been following along!

RMI Guide Dustin Wittmier

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Mt. Rainier: Five Day Climb Enjoys Training at Camp Muir

The Five Day Climb August 30 - 3 September completed their program.  The team met on Monday for their Orientation and Equipment check, then headed out the next day above Paradise for a full day of Mountaineering School.  With their glacier travel training complete the team ascended 4.5 miles to Camp Muir on Tuesday.  They spent two nights at Camp Muir and were able to explore the route up to 11,300', the group was unable to make a summit attempt due to route conditions.  However, they did get in some crevasse rescue training.  Today the group finished up a bit more training before packing up and descending to Paradise.

Congratulations team - we hope you enjoyed your time on the mountain!

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Thanks to the guide team and my fellow hikers for helping to get the most that the mountain would allow.  Hard to beat being on a glacier in a spectacular landscape.  Hike On!

Posted by: Steven McKenna on 9/7/2021 at 10:29 am

Thats so cool to spend so much time on the mountain. Blessed.

Posted by: Bryan Lundgaard on 9/4/2021 at 12:36 am

Mt. Rainier: Four Day Climb Teams Turn due to Route Conditions

The Four Day Climb August 29 - 1 September was unable to reach the summit today due to route conditions.  RMI Guides Pete Van Deventer and Dominic Cifelli lead their teams to Ingraham Flats at 11, 200', they enjoyed the views as the sun came up.  The team is now back at Camp Muir and will begin their descent to Paradise later this morning.

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Mt. Rainier: Team Turns Due to High Winds

From RMI Guide Hannah Smith: The Mt. Rainier summit is not guaranteed but the rising sun is. Gusty winds made for a high point at Ingraham Flats- short of the summit but still challenging.  Our team is packing up and heading downhill shortly.

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Mt. Rainier: Summit Climb Update from Mike King

RMI Guide Mike King called this morning at 7:06 a.m.  The Mt. Rainier Summit Climb team turned at Ingraham Flats due to difficult route conditions.  The teams are planning to begin their descent from Camp Muir between 8:30 - 9:00 a.m.

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Beautiful picture! Hope to go there in a few weeks and praying for good weather.

Posted by: Joseph Huang on 8/31/2021 at 10:09 pm

Proud of you team! Great effort!

Posted by: Rachel Zimmerman on 8/30/2021 at 7:49 am

Mt. Rainier: Hahn, Delaney & Teams Summit!

Mt. Rainier summit!  The teams led by RMI Guides Dave Hahn and Jack Delaney reached the top at 7:13 a.m.  They reported clear skies, a light breeze, and smoke to the East.  After spending some time at the crater rim marveling in the sights from the highest point in Washington, the team began their descent.

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Congrats Dr.Xue!

Posted by: tom on 8/30/2021 at 9:48 am

So exciting, congratulations Galen, Morgan, Paul & Richard!!!!

Posted by: Lori on 8/29/2021 at 9:13 am

Mt. Rainier: Summit Climb Teams on Top!

The Mt. Rainier Summit Climb teams, led be RMI Guides Pete Van Deventer and Matias Francis crested the crater rim at 8:15 a.m.  Although the sun is shining, the skies are a bit hazy.  The team will spend some time on top before starting the descent.

Congratulations to today's summit climbers!

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Its with great humility that I thank Pete and Matias (ma-TE-us, get it right, and sorry for teasing you about it) for taking me, my children (Josh and Molly) and my children’s friends (Dylan, Bri, Brett and Luke) up that morning and congratulations to Josh and Dylan (and the other 4 climbers that morning) for summitting. Also, Special thanks to Josh Hankin for the great instruction, Augi Fleeras for guiding my daughter and Bri down and for Nathan Delmar (sorry about the macramé Joke-I’m sure it gets old and for bringing me down and not dropping me into a crevasse) and David Price (you are just an all around good dude). You guides do something amazing and I’ve seen amazing. Not only do you shoulder the responsibility for taking mostly unprepared climbers up this mountain and protect our lives, but you also trust us tourists to belay you and trust us not to make a lethal mistake and cost you your lives. And you do it every day and not for the money (pizza joke really not that funny). Pete, Matias and Josh especially, you guys are truly the most professional, mature, confident and athletic people I have every known, a special breed of individual who loves and appreciates the beauty of mountaineering so much that you go to extreme lengths to share it with others, many of us who have no business seeing it first hand, yet you do it with confidence and poise knowing that when we fall off or fall in, you can save us. Pete, thank you for recognizing that I needed to turn around and sending me down with Nathan. Also Pete and Matias, thank you for not stopping until Josh and Dylan were at the top in spite of the route conditions. To Peter and Kerri Whittaker, only got to say “hi” momentarily to you but it was both an honor and a pleasure. Thank you for finding guides like Pete, Matias, Josh, Augi, Nathan and David so a kid (old kid) from Kansas who has always dreamed of the mountains could experience Mountaineering first hand.


Chris Banwart

Posted by: Jon Banwart on 8/31/2021 at 7:50 pm

Great job everybody!!!!!

Felicitaciones Nicko!!!!!

Posted by: Jose Fulginiti on 8/28/2021 at 1:13 pm

Mt. Rainier: Paradise Seminar Reaches the Summit

RMI Guide Grayson Swingle topped off the Paradise Seminar week- literally.  They are on the Mt. Rainier summit right now!  The team spent the week on the flanks of Mt. Rainier learning valuable mountaineering skills. Yesterday they moved to Camp Muir where they started their summit bid early this morning.  We look forward to congratulating them this afternoon at Rainier Basecamp.

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Mt. Rainier: August 27th Update

The Mt. Rainier Summit Climb team reached the summit this morning just after 7 am.  The team, led by RMI Guide Jake Beren, experienced beautiful weather with sun above the cloud deck that was settled around 7,500'.

Congratulations to the team!

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Congratulation Jake + Team, Walter

Posted by: Waltero Glover on 8/28/2021 at 3:31 am

Way to go! One day!

Posted by: Bryan Lundgaard on 8/28/2021 at 3:24 am

Mt. Rainier: Four Day Climb Teams on Top!

RMI Four Day Climb August 23 - 26 led by RMI Guides Mike King and Joe Hoch reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this mornnig at 6:30 am.  Mike report a light breeze with a cloud near the summit as they were ascending this morning but once they reached the crater they had good visibility.  The teams were crossing the crater and approaching Columbia Crest just before 7 am.  After enjoying the views and signing the Summit Book, the team will begin their descent from the crater rim.  They will return to Camp Muir for a short break and then continue down to Paradise later today.

Congratulations to today's climbers!

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