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Mt. Rainier: August 30th Teams Summit!

Posted by: Billy Nugent, Jake Beren | August 30, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Mt. Rainier Four- and Five- Day Summit Climbs, led by Billy Nugent and Jake Beren respectively, reached the summit this morning!  It was a cold day on top with winds steady between 10-15 mph.  The teams are doing well as they descend through a cloud cap hovering on the mountain top.

Congratulations to today’s summit climb teams!

RMI climbers on Mt. Rainier's upper mountain ascending through fog. Photo: Ed Viesturs

Mt. Rainier: Summit Climbs on Top!

Posted by: Casey Grom, Garrett Stevens | August 29, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

RMI Guides Garrett Stevens and Casey Grom led their teams of Four Day Summit Climbers to the summit of Mt. Rainier today.  Garrett reported a thin cloud cap starting to form but a pretty nice day overall.  Winds were very low on the lower portions of the mountain but had increased near the summit.  The teams will spend a bit of time in the crater and then descend back to Camp Muir.  After a short break the teams will continue down to Paradise and conclude their program with a short celebration at Rainier BaseCamp.

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb teams!

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Mt. Rainier: Four Day Teams Reach the Summit!

Posted by: Geoff Schellens, Adam Knoff | August 28, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb teams led by RMI Guides Geoff Schellens and Adam Knoff reached the summit of Mt. Rainier today under sunny skies.  The teams spent a little time on the crater before starting their descent around 7:30 am.  Once at Camp Muir the teams will take a short break and continue down to Paradise.

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb teams!

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Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climb Teams on Top!

Posted by: Brent Okita, Pete Van Deventer | August 27, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb teams led by RMI Guides Brent Okita and Pete Van Deventer reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning at approximately 6:30 am.  The teams reported warm temperatures and a near windless morning.  The teams were able to spend some time on top enjoying the sunshine and views.  They will return to Camp Muir and complete their climb today with their final descent to Paradise.

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb teams!

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

Posted by: JJ Justman, Zeb Blais | August 26, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb August 23 - 26, 2014 Teams led by RMI Guides JJ Justman and Zeb Blais reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  The teams reported sunny skies with some strong wind gusts and a possible cloud cap trying to form above the mountain.  Both teams were able to enjoy some time on the summit before starting their descent.  The teams will return to Camp Muir and then continue their descent to Paradise.  We look forward to seeing them at Rainier BaseCamp in Ashford later this afternoon.

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb teams!

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

Posted by: Elias de Andres Martos, Leon Davis | August 25, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb teams led by RMI Guides Elias de Andres Martos and Leon Davis reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning around 7 am.
Elias reported clear skies and very light wind on the summit.  The from Camp Muir to the summit was covered with 6 - 12 inches of new snow.  The teams will enjoy some time on the summit before beginning their descent.
We look forward to seeing everyone at Rainier BaseCamp this afternoon.

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb teams!

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Mt. Rainier: Summit Climbs Teams on Top!

Posted by: Dave Hahn, Garrett Stevens | August 24, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

RMI Guides Dave Hahn and Garrett Stevens led their Four Day Summit Climb teams to the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  The teams reached the crater rim around 7 am and were able to spend some time on the summit taking photos and enjoying the views.  Both teams began their descent from the crater rim and will return to Camp Muir for a short rest before continuing down the mountain.

We look forward to seeing everyone back at Rainier BaseCamp this afternoon.

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb team.

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Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climb Teams on Columbia Crest!

Posted by: Brent Okita, Mike King | August 23, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

At 6:45 am the Four Day Summit Climb teams led by RMI Guides Brent Okita and Mike King were approaching the summit of Mt. Rainier, Columbia Crest.  Brent reported a beautiful day with a slight cloud ceiling above them.  The teams will enjoy the views from the top and then descent to Camp Muir for a short break before continuing down to Paradise this afternoon.

We look forward to seeing the teams at Rainier BaseCamp later today.

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Mt. Rainier: Teams on the Summit!

Posted by: Billy Nugent, Zeb Blais | August 22, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guide Billy Nugent along with the Expedition Skills Seminar - Paradise led by Zeb Blais reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  The teams reported clear skies with cold temperatures on the summit.  Both teams began their descent from the crater rim around 7:40 am.  The teams will return to Camp Muir for a short break before continuing down to Paradise.

The Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons led by Solveig Waterfall checked in this morning from Glacier Basin.  They will be descend from Glacier Basin back to the trail head and return to Rainier BaseCamp later today.

We look forward to seeing all of the teams back in Ashford later this afternoon.

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb Teams!

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Mt. Rainier: Mike Walter Recounts Their Week on the Kautz

Posted by: Mike Walter | August 21, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier

Our Kautz Expedition Skills Seminar team arrived back to RMI Basecamp in Ashford, Washington, yesterday evening. We enjoyed excellent weather during the six day program, and we took advantage of it to spend lots of time climbing and training in the mountains.
We trained on a variety of skills, including various knots and hitches, anchors, crevasse rescue, and ice climbing.
On our climb, we moved camps up the mountain and went for our summit push. The Kautz Route was in a very challenging condition, and our climbers did a great job of managing the terrain. The Kautz Ice Chute was at least eight pitches (150’ rope lengths) long, with some additional steep climbing above it. The ice presented challenging climbing at high altitude, and pushed our limits. Due to the challenging nature of the ascent and a technical descent ahead of us, we opted to turn our climb around at ~13,000’, at the top of the Wapowety Cleaver. It had taken us ten hours to get to this point and only a couple of hours of glacier travel stood between us and the summit of Mount Rainier. But, we knew we had our work cut out for us to safely descend the Ice Chute and return back to camp. Everything went smoothly and it still took us ten hours to descend.
A huge 20-hour day in the mountains is very challenging, and I’m proud of our climbers for staying strong throughout the entire journey. I hope everyone has enjoyed a shower, cold beer, and flip flops…

RMI Guide Mike Walter

The Kautz Seminar practicing crevasse school on Mount Rainier. Photo: Mike Walter The ridge below Castle Rocks, Mount Rainier. Photo: Mike Walter Sunset on the Kautz Seminar, Mount Rainier. Photo: Mike Walter
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Recent Images From Mount Rainier

  • Seminar Climbers en route to Camp Muir on May 25.  Photo: Brent Okita
  • The Expeditions Skills Seminar - Muir team on the summit of Mt. Rainier May 28th.  Photo: Brent Okita
  • Enjoying the sunrise from Camp Muir during the Seminar.  Photo: Brent Okita
  • The Mt. Rainier summit crater. Photo: Linden Mallory
  • RMI climbers ascending the upper slopes of Mt. Rainier in poor visibility. Photo: Ed Viesturs
  • The May 17th RMI Team ascending the Emmons Shoulder at 13,000 ft en route to the summit.  Photo: Zeb Blais
  • The RMI Four Day Summit Climb Team on the summit of Mt. Rainier May 17th.  Photo: Brent Okita
  • An RMI team ascending the upper slopes of Mt. Rainier. Photo: Brent Okita
  • An RMI team ascending Mount Rainier just after daybreak. Photo: JJ Justman
  • The RMI Mt. Rainier May 13th team crossing a crevasse on the upper mountain. Photo: Brent Okita
  • The Mt. Rainier May 13th team descending from Disappointment Cleaver. Photo: Brent Okita
  • The RMI Mt. Rainier May 13th team take a rest break at Ingraham Flats on their descent. Photo: Brent Okita
  • The Winter Seminar team enjoys the sunrise on the upper slopes of Mt. Rainier. Photo: Brent Okita
  • Sunrise on Mt. Rainier with Little Tahoma. Photo: Brent Okita
  • The Winter Seminar Team taking a rest break on Mt. Rainier. Photo: Brent Okita
  • The view of Mt. Rainier after the storm earlier this week. Photo: Brent Okita
  • Rainier Intro to Ski course- Beautiful day heading up hill. Photo: Seth Waterfall
  • Great conditions for the Mt. Rainier Intro to Ski course. Photo: Seth Waterfall
  • The view from Paradise September 28, 2014.  Photo: NPS Camera
  • Sunrise on Mount Rainier. Photo: RMI Collection
  • RMI Guide and team ascending Mount Rainier just after daybreak. Photo: JJ Justman
  • A cloud cap begins to form on Mount Rainier. Photo: Mount Rainier webcam
  • Early Morning at Camp Muir on Mt. Rainier. Photo: Brent Okita
  • Expeditions Skills Seminar - Muir team members training earlier this week on Mt. Rainier.  Photo: Casey Grom
  • The entire Expeditions Skills Seminar - Muir on the summit of Mt. Rainier, September 11, 2014.  Photo: Casey Grom
  • Ascending to Cathedral Gap on Mount Rainier. Photo: Casey Grom
  • The Four Day Summit Climb taking a rest break on Mt. Rainier during their summit attempt on September 4th.  Photo: JJ Justman
  • Mount Rainier summit climb above the clouds at sunrise. Photo: JJ Justman
  • View of Mt. Adams from high break on Mt. Rainier. Photo: Brent Okita
  • Sunrise on Mount Rainier. Photo: RMI Collection
  • Mt. Rainier's crater rim. Photo: Bryan Hendrick