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Mt. Rainier: Okita & Team Finish Their Week of Training

Our final morning has been perfect. Warm, sunny weather just right for a last morning of training. Fixed rope work with ascenders, then an informative session learning about snow pits has topped off a wonderful week with a great team.
Now, for a pleasant descent to Paradise then on to the luxuries of living at sea level.
Though some have mentioned wanting to stay here another few days, I think we’re all ready for a shower and some real food.
It’s been fun!

RMI Guide Brent Okita

Mt. Rainier: Winter Seminar Training Above Camp Muir

An attempt at the summit was not to be had given the avalanche conditions up high. So, instead we learned how to evaluate these conditions and deal with an avalanche rescue.
In the afternoon we worked on some ice climbing skills, lowering folks into a large crevasse so they could claw and fight their way out. Everyone did great, and nobody was left in the hole.
When we got back to Camp Muir, the team was still excited to do more, so we worked on advanced cramponing technique and belaying. I think everyone was psyched with how the weather has finally settled out and granted us some blue sky and mild winds.
Tomorrow we address a few more skills, then head down to Basecamp in Ashford, and perhaps a beer and burger to celebrate a great week, and a fantastic crew.

RMI Guide Brent Okita

Mt. Rainier: Winter Seminar Climbs Up to Ingraham Flats

After learning the fundamentals of glacier travel and snow and ice climbing, we put our newly honed skills to good use as we climbed to 11,000’ to check out the upper mountain.
Unfortunately, the weather came in fast and we had to beat a hasty retreat back to Camp Muir. What a fun day!

RMI Guide Brent Okita

Mt. Rainier: Winter Seminar Team Check In From Camp Muir

Our seminar started out on Sunday with some rainy weather, but that sure didn’t get in the way of a great day of technical training at our facilities in Ashford. We got all prepared to make our way to Camp Muir the following day.
On Monday we had to wait for the road to be plowed up to Paradise, but once we donned snowshoes at the trailhead it was all systems ‘go’. Breaking trail through the new snow slowed our ascent some, but a windless day made the seven-hour hike bearable. The clouds even parted for the last half hour offering us a gorgeous view of the summit.
Folks were all pretty happy when we finally got horizontal, and were still in that position when I woke them up eleven hours later.
This morning we’ve been gifted a beautiful, sunny day with no wind. A rare thing at 10,000’ on Mt. Rainier in April. Everyone is psyched and doing well, ready for an exciting day of training.
This afternoon we plan on climbing to Ingraham Flats to explore the mountain some and get our feet wet on the lower flanks on our climbing route.
All for now from Camp Muir.

RMI Guide Brent Okita

Mt. Rainier: Seminar Team Reaches The Top!

The Expedition Skills Seminar - Muir reached the summit of Mount Rainier this morning.  RMI Guides Brent Okita and Billy Nugent with their teams started the day with a glorious sunrise as they ascended the mountain.  Weather was crisp with wind speeds around 20 mph.  They began their descent to Camp Muir at 9:15 a.m. and will spend the next two days learning additional mountaineering skills to wrap up the week on Mount Rainier.
The seminar is the last RMI Mount Rainier program of the 2016 season.  We look forward to May 2017 when the next season begins!

Great job. Look forward to see the photos!

Posted by: Jzk on 9/29/2016 at 11:03 pm

Sean & Leslie,

Congratulations, know your enjoying the spectacular views

Posted by: BJWelch on 9/29/2016 at 12:30 pm

Mt. Rainier: Unstable Route Conditions Turn Summit Climb Teams

RMI Guides JJ Justman, Mike King with their summit climb teams reached the nose of the Cleaver this morning. Due to route conditions, this was their high point for the climb.  Both teams began their descent from Camp Muir at 8:30 a.m.

Mt. Rainier: Avalanche Assessment Keeps Teams from the Summit

The Mt. Rainier Summit Climbs, led by Casey Grom and Nick Hunt, watched the sunrise from Ingraham Flats this morning before heading back to Camp Muir.  The guides assessed unfavorable avalanche conditions, which kept them from the upper mountain.  Both teams are back at Rainier Basecamp, safe and sound.

Mt. Rainier: Expedition Skills Seminar - Muir Reaches the Top of the Cleaver

The Expedition Skills Seminar - Muir led by RMI Guides Dave Hahn and Billy Nugent attempted to summit Mt. Rainier early this morning, but snow instability forced the teams to turn at the top of Disappointment Cleaver today. The is headed back to Camp Muir and will spend their remainder of their time on the mountain training before descending to back to Rainier Basecamp tomorrow afternoon.

Congratulations to today’s team!

We can’t wait to hear all about your adventure! We decided to combine your names (Fred & Jack) and dub you “Team Frack”..Lol. ....Go Team Frack !!! ~ Your Friends @ Toyota

Posted by: Dawn on 9/24/2016 at 10:11 am

Mt. Rainier: Teams Turn Due to Weather and Route Conditions

The Mt. Rainier Summit Climb teams turned due to avalanche conditions, deteriorating weather and winds.  A fair amount of new snow has occurred on the mountain with drifts up to one meter.  RMI Guides Casey Grom and Nick Hunt are currently descending from Camp Muir back to Paradise.

Better Weatherluck Next Time!

Posted by: Stan Mikol on 9/22/2016 at 1:47 am

We both would like to thank the entire RMI team for your help throughout the climb in the challenging conditions and we feel that we have learned more from those few days with you than any other experience. We also loved hearing about your various climbs.

We had a great time meeting the rest of the climbers and sharing stories. Best of luck in their next endeavors!

We hope to be back next summer with better conditions and even more prepared. It’s defnitely not to be underestimated.

Thanks again
Kelly & Kieran

Posted by: Kelly and Kieran on 9/20/2016 at 10:17 am

Mt. Rainier: Teams Unable to Summit Due to Weather

RMI Guides Brent Okita and Paul Rachelle were unable to make a summit attempt with their Four Day Summit Climb September 14 - 17 teams due to poor weather.  A large system moved into the area last night bringing heavy rains.  The teams are safe and dry at Camp Muir but will be starting down to Paradise later this morning.

We look forward to seeing them at Rainier BaseCamp today and we hope they enjoy participating in the events of the Rainier Mountain Festival.

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