Entries from Mount Rainier
June 2, 2018
The Four Day Summit Climb May 30 - 2 June, 2018 reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning. RMI Guide Steve Gately reported consistent 20 mph winds and cloudy conditions.
The team will return to Camp Muir and then continue down to Paradise.
Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb teams!
Congrats team! What an amazing accomplishment!
Posted by: Staci Ikeler on 6/3/2018 at 6:45 pm
Awesome! Wonderful! Best news I’ve had in a long time. Enjoy the descent and the memories of a life time experience together. Thank you for the blog information. It made my day for sure.
Posted by: Helen PicKell on 6/2/2018 at 1:16 pm
May 31, 2018
Today’s mixed bag of weather didn’t dampen anyone’s enthusiasm to train in and around the crevasses near Camp Muir. If anything, we were all smug in the knowledge that we took advantage of fantastic weather when we could to summit and would deal with less than ideal weather for our training.
Even the blisters and sore feet of the climb seemed to go away with our great night of sleep.
I was impressed with how the group really learned the skills to effect a rescue of a partner from a crevasse, then jumped at the chance to get back in the hole to ice climb out. Most even got in seconds on the ice climbs.
Our evening talk in the bunkhouse covered everything from altitude illness, mountain medicine, expedition life, Denali and Everest to things better left unmentioned here. I apologize in advance to all of you if your partners on this seminar come home with ambitions to climb more and bigger mountains in the future.
Tomorrow, sadly, is our last day. However, a morning of training will be followed by excitement to get down off the mountain, have a beer and burger and get back to our loved ones and the comforts of home.
It’s been a great week and we hope to be able to climb together again sometime soon.
Au revoir from Camp Muir.
Welcome back to earth team! Can’t wait to see you Glo! Yep, it’s me again! Glo’s proud mama!
Posted by: Michelle Mom on 6/1/2018 at 1:30 am
May 30, 2018
This morning we awoke just before 2:00am hoping to take advantage of some favorable weather on the mountain. We were rewarded with an incredible morning. Calm winds and clear skies! A full moon and stars everywhere confirmed that we had made the right call to climb. Leaving just a little later than we would on a regular summit climb allowed us minimal exposure to the coldest part of the night, yet still get down before it got too darned hot out. We reached the summit just before 8:00 with no wind and the sun’s rays beginning to warm us up. After an hour on top we started our descent, which our team rocked.
We’re all back at Muir now, relaxing in the sun or catching up on some sleep in the sleeping bags, taking a well deserved rest. But the day’s not over yet. This crew is still psyched to hone their mountain skills, so later on we’ll be learning about anchors, belaying and anything else they are interested in. This will get us ready for our day of crevasse rescue and ice climbing tomorrow.
All for now,
RMI Guides Brent Okita, Jordan Cargill, JT Schmitt, Gloria Roe, and Ross Morgan
Hey guys, it’s Glo’s mom wishing you clear skies and safe passage all over the mountain. Miss you Glo!
Posted by: Michelle Mom on 5/30/2018 at 10:33 pm
May 30, 2018
The Expedition Skills Seminar - Muir reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning around 7:30 AM. RMI Guides Brent Okita and Jordan Cargill chose to make their summit attempt today due to the nice weather. Brent reported no wind and a perfect day on the mountain. The team will return to Camp Muir and continue to their training until Friday when they will descend to Paradise. The top photos are from today’s summit climb, the bottom two photos are from Tuesday’s training above Camp Muir.
Congratulations to the climbers!
Glad you had a beautiful day on the summit! You’ve got chill skills!
Posted by: Michelle Mom on 5/30/2018 at 11:21 am
May 29, 2018
The Expedition Skills Seminar - Muir May 27 - 1 June led by RMI Guides Brent Okita and Jordan Cargill met their team on Sunday for a day of Technical Training at Rainier BaseCamp. They spent their first day reviewing the plan for the week, working on some technical skills and completing a thorough equipment check. With backpacks proficiently packed they ascended to Camp Muir on Monday under blue skies. They will spend the next several days working on mountaineering skills and preparing for their summit attempt later this week.
May 28, 2018
RMI Guides Geoff Schellens and Zeb Blais called down this morning at 7:30 am from the summit of Mt. Rainier. They reported 10 - 15 mph winds, cold conditions, and high team morale. Their plan is to spend about 30 minutes on the summit before beginning their descent back to Camp Muir.
Congratulations! Get down safely!!
Posted by: Chris Kopf on 6/1/2018 at 8:30 am
May 27, 2018
The Mt. Rainier Summit Climb team led by RMI Guides Dave Hahn and Jenny Konway walked into the summit crater at 8:00 am this morning. The team reported wind speeds of about 5 mph, excellent weather, and excellent route conditions. They have begun their descent from the summit and will be back at Camp Muir.
Congratulations Lacey. Way to go.
Jeff and Betsy
Posted by: Jeff Payne on 5/28/2018 at 9:07 pm
Congratulations guys. So glad the weather was ideal. So proud of you both. What a achievement! Can’t wait for the pics. Xx
Posted by: Jean and Ed Lightbody on 5/27/2018 at 2:36 pm
May 26, 2018
The Four Day Summit Climb Team led by RMI Guides Steve Gately and Bryan Mazaika were standing on Columbia Crest, the very top of Mt. Rainier at 7:30 am this morning. The team climbed above the clouds and have clear beautiful skies. They have started their descent and are en route to Camp Muir.
Congratulations to today’s Teams!
Honey, I’m so excited that you made it to the top. It looks absolutely beautiful! I hope it was everything you expected it to be.
Posted by: Trica on 5/26/2018 at 4:57 pm
Outstanding job to the Team! Andrew you never cease to amaze us…
Posted by: Adrianne and Michael on 5/26/2018 at 12:52 pm
May 24, 2018
RMI Guides Adam Knoff and Hannah McGowan led the Expedition Skills Seminar – Muir to the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning. Hannah reported breezy (~20 mph) and chilly conditions on the summit. The only clouds to be found were the ones hugging the low lying valleys thousands of feet below them.
The Expedition Skills Seminar - Muir will return to Camp Muir for one more night on the mountain. The team will descend to Paradise and then to Ashford tomorrow afternoon.
Congratulations to the Seminar Team!
Holy cow, another summit reached! Congratulations! Andy Uhl, you are an inspiration!
Posted by: Carol Nurse on 5/25/2018 at 8:23 am
Way to go guides and mountaineers! Can’t wait to hear about the trip from Andy Uhl! Dad, we are all looking forward to seeing you soon!!
Posted by: Anna Uhl on 5/24/2018 at 12:49 pm
May 21, 2018
RMI Guides Dave Hahn and Christina Dale led their teams to the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning. Dave reported a perfect day on the mountain. Both teams saw 100% of their climbers reach the top today. They will spend some time enjoying the views then begin their descent to Camp Muir and continue down to Paradise.
Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb teams!
Esooooooo!!!!!! Felicidades Kenji, Ronald y Tony!!!!
Mi esposo superheroe, sumamente orgullosa de ti! Mientras mas grande el reto, mas grande te haces!!! TE AMAMOS!! - Gaby, Kensuke y Seina
Posted by: Gabriela on 5/21/2018 at 5:00 pm
Wooohoo!!!! Congrats Maria and Joyce!
Posted by: Robin on 5/21/2018 at 11:22 am