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Mt. Rainier: Five Day Summit Climbs Reach the Summit!

The Five Day Summit Climb May 8 - 12, 2017 reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  RMI Guides Elias de Andres Martos and Chase Nelson led a small group of climbers to the summit via the Ingraham Direct route.  Elias reported strong winds with clear skies with improving conditions and a nice day. After a windy first night at Camp Muir and poor weather yesterday, we are glad this team was able to make a summit attempt.

Congratulations to today’s climbers!

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Mt. Rainier: Five Day Summit Climbs On Top!

The first program of the 2017 Mt. Rainier season reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning!  RMI Guides Brent Okita and Solveig Waterfall led their Five Day Summit Climb teams from Camp Muir to the summit.  Brent reported clear skies with windy conditions.  Both teams began their descent shortly after 7 am.  They will return to Camp Muir and then continue their descent to Paradise.
We look forward to seeing them at Rainier BaseCamp this afternoon.

Congratulations to the Five Day Summit Climb teams!

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Mt. Rainier: Okita & Team Ready for Morning Summit Bid

Our acclimatization climb to Ingraham Flats went well today with beautiful weather. What a view of the mountain. Our guide training team went to the summit and prepped the route for us, so we should be in good shape for our climb tonight.
Let’s hope the wind and weather hold for us. I think it will.

RMI Guide Brent Okita

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WOW!  Incredible trip, Sheila! You are an inspiration!

Posted by: Peg on 5/9/2017 at 5:51 pm

Shout to Sheila from James here in Clearwater Beach Florida.  One of my favorite mountains seen many of times from a plane or on a clear day when I lived in Seattle.  Looking forward to pics and hearing about your adventure.

Posted by: James Whitstt on 5/9/2017 at 3:47 pm

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

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So proud to have a friend with the strength and motivation for such an adventure! Go Sheila and Alex. Cheering for you!

Posted by: Robin Brennan on 5/8/2017 at 11:16 am

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

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Looks like a lot of fun! Aside from the avy danger, how did conditions look on the Ingraham glacier (assuming you made it to Ingraham Flats)? I’m planning an attempt in the next few weeks ago and I haven’t found much recent beta from any of the routes; weather-wise it’s been a pretty terrible past few months. Thanks!

Posted by: Ian Culhane on 5/3/2017 at 3:58 pm

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

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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

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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!

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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.

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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.

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