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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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Mt. Rainier: August 21st Summit!

Posted by: Casey Grom, Lindsay Mann | August 21, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Mount Rainier Summit Climbs led by Casey Grom and Lindsay Mann are on the summit!  They reported clear skies above, cloud deck at 7,000’, and light winds. Since they just crested the crater rim at 7:00 a.m., they are enjoying the views and crossing over to the true summit, Columbia Crest, before beginning their descent.

Sunrise on Mt. Rainier's Disappointment Cleaver Route. Photo: Pete Van Deventer
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Mount Rainier: Summit Climb Teams Reach the Top!

Posted by: JJ Justman, Elias de Andres Martos | August 20, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The RMI Four- and Five-Day Mount Rainier summit climbs reached the summit this morning by 7:30 a.m.  The weather was surprisingly cold, moderate winds and a cloud deck at 8,000’.  At 8:35 a.m. the teams began their descent from the crater rim and will make their way to Camp Muir, Paradise and then their celebration awaits at Rainier Basecamp.

RMI Guides JJ Justman and Elias de Andres Martos

RMI Guide Zach Lovell and team ascending Mount Rainier just after daybreak. Photo: JJ Justman
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Mt. Rainier: August 19th Update

Posted by: Jake Beren | August 19, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

RMI Guide Jake Beren and the Mount Rainier summit climb began their descent from the crater rim at 7:55 a.m. They spent over an hour on the summit in beautiful and crisp weather.

Congratulations to today’s summit climbers!

RMI climbers on the approach to the Mt. Rainier summit. Photo: Seth Waterfall
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Mt. Rainier: August 17th Update

Posted by: Dave Hahn | August 17, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

Summit! RMI Guide Dave Hahn reached the Mount Rainier summit at 7:45 this morning. With beautiful blue skies and 10-15 mph winds, the team enjoyed the summit views for over an hour before beginning their descent at 9:00 a.m.

An RMI team ascending to the Mt. Rainier summit. Photo: Win Whittaker

Mt. Rainier: August 16th Summit!

Posted by: Ben Liken, Brent Okita, Leon Davis | August 16, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

With the freezing level at 13,500’, the Mount Rainier summit climb teams reached the top just after 6:00 a.m.  RMI Guide Ben Liken reported light winds and sunny with a cloud deck below Camp Muir. They spent over an hour on the summit taking in the views and crossing through the crater to Columbia Crest, the highest point in Washington.  By 7:45 a.m. both teams had crested back over the crater rim and began their descent to Camp Muir.

Congratulations to today’s summit climbers!

An RMI team on the upper section of Mount Rainier. Photo: RMI Collection
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Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climb Team on the Summit

Posted by: JJ Justman, Lindsay Mann | August 15, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb team led by RMI Guide JJ Justman along with the All Women’s Team led by Lindsay Mann reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  The teams delayed their departure from Camp Muir due to rain but once the rain dissipated they began their summit attempt.  They were rewarded with great route conditions, light winds and clear skies above.  The teams will spend some time on the summit before starting their descent to Camp Muir and then continuing down to Paradise later this afternoon.

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb teams!

The Four Day Summit Climb August 12 - 15 led by JJ Justman ascends to Camp Muir on August 14th, Mt. Rainier, Washington.  Photo: JJ Justman Four Day Summit Climb August 12 - 15, 2014 on the upper slopes of Mt. Rainier.  Photo: JJ Justman
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Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climb Teams Reach the Summit!

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

The Four Day Summit Climb Teams led by RMI Guides Casey Grom and Elias de Andres Martos reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  Casey radioed that the team had a long hard day getting to the summit with several inches of new snow on the mountain requiring them to break trail.  The teams reached the crater rim around 8:30 am and was going to spend a short amount of time on top before starting their descent.  They will return to Camp Muir for a short break before continuing down to Paradise.

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb Teams!

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Mt. Rainier: Climbs Unable to Summit due to weather

Posted by: Mike Walter, Zeb Blais | August 13, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 11,500'

The Four Day Summit Climb teams led by RMI Guides Mike Walter and Zeb Blais were unable to summit Mt. Rainier this morning, poor weather forced the groups to turn around at the bottom of Disappointment Cleaver.  The teams tried to wait out the weather and left Camp Muir later than normal but the ran and wet snow still forced them to abort their summit attempt of Mt. Rainier.  The teams will begin their descent from Camp Muir around 8:30 am en route to Paradise.

The Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons led by RMI Guide Geoff Schellens was unable to make their summit attempt today due to poor weather conditions.

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Mt. Rainier: Four & Five Day Summit Climbs Reach Summit

Posted by: Eric Frank, Brent Okita | August 12, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

RMI Teams reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  RMI Guide Brent Okita led the Four Day Summit Climb and Eric Frank led the Five Day Summit Climb team.  The teams began their descent from the crater rim at 7 am and reported light winds and a bit of a cloud cap.  The teams will return to Camp Muir and then continue down to Paradise.  We look forward to seeing them back at Rainier BaseCamp later today.

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb Teams!

An RMI Team descending from the summit of Mt.Rainier in early August.  Photo: Mike Walter
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