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Mt. Baker: Grom & Team Summit

RMI Guides Casey Grom and Chase Nelson and team reached the summit of Mt. Baker via the North Ridge. Casey checked-in from the summit reporting a great route, strong team, and beautiful weather with a steady breeze.


Forbidden Peak: Davis & Team Reach Summit

Update - June 27th 3:24 pm

RMI Guide Leon Davis and team are back at camp in Boston Basin. They will spend the night before descending to the trailhead in the morning.

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In the North Cascades of Washington, RMI Guide Leon Davis and team reached the summit of Forbidden Peak via the West Ridge this morning. Leon reported perfect weather for climbing today.

Way to go climbers!

Mt. Baker: Davis and Team Reach Summit

In the North Cascades, RMI Guides Leon Davis and Chase Nelson led their team to the summit of Mt. Baker via the North Ridge today. Leon reported a great day of “full on climbing” with beautiful weather.

This marks RMI’s first Mt. Baker summit of the season. Congratulations climbers!

Mt. Shuksan: Billy Nugent & Seminar Team Summit!

4:50 pm PT Update: Billy called in after the team returned safely to camp. A bit breezy but beautiful views on the summit. Billy’s photos below.

Call from the summit:
Hey it’s Billy here. I’m checking in from the summit of Mount Shuksan!. We are on top with seven climbers and three guides, enjoying perfect weather. Not a cloud in the sky. Views all the way down to Mount Rainier, out to the Olympic Range and the Puget Sound. We can see Vancouver, up into the Coast Range and over into the thickets of the deep North Cascades. Just spectacular today. We’ll give you guys a shout when we are back in camp, safe-and-sound. All for now.

RMI Guide Billy Nugent

RMI Guide Billy Nugent calls from the Mt. Shuksan summit!

Awesome!! So relieved to read the update. Congrats Justin and the rest of the team!

Posted by: Patrice on 9/12/2014 at 3:29 pm

Mt. Shuksan: Solveig Waterfall & Team Summit!

Hi!  This is Solveig checking in after a successful summit day on Mt. Shuksan.  We left camp just before 5 AM this morning and enjoyed perfect weather all the way to the summit.  The team climbed strong and we made it round trip in a little over eight hours, with a nice rest on the summit.  Our plan is to relax in the sun here in camp and begin our descent early tomorrow morning.

Thanks for following along!

RMI Guide Solveig Waterfall

Mt. Shuksan: Solveig Waterfall & Team Check in From High Camp

September 5th, 2014 - 4:10 pm PT

Hi Everyone!
This is Solveig checking in from our camp here on Mt. Shuksan. We arrived in camp yesterday evening and enjoyed the sunset over dinner and hot drinks before crawling into the tents for a well-deserved rest. It took us the majority of the day to climb the 3,700’ to camp and everyone did great carrying big packs and working hard in the heat.

We awoke this morning to warm temperatures and clear skies, and even clearer views of the surrounding Cascade Range. After we reached sufficient levels of nutrition and caffeination, we set off up the Sulphide Glacier to begin our day of technical training. Our morning was spent revisiting basic mountaineering techniques and by early afternoon, we transitioned to practicing moment skills on rock and and belayed climbing and rappelling.

Back in camp our team is relaxing and rehydrating in preparation for our summit bid early tomorrow morning.  Wish us luck and we’ll check in again after we return to camp tomorrow!

RMI Guides Solveig Waterfall, Leon Davis, Garrett Stevens, and team

Way to go boys!  What’s next?

Posted by: Jeanne on 9/7/2014 at 4:43 pm

Good Luck and Congratulations for all you have accomplished so far!!!!  Looks GREAT!!

Posted by: Anne and Mike on 9/6/2014 at 12:30 pm

Mount Shuksan: Sulphide Glacier Team Summit!

RMI Guides Solveig Waterfall, Leon Davis and team reached the Mount Shuksan summit!  The summit was a nice reward after weathering a storm that dumped 4” of rain on them at the beginning of their climb.  Today, no precipitation as they made their way to the top.  The team is currently on the descent back to camp and will hike the rest of the way out tomorrow morning.


Mt. Shuksan: The Seminar Team Wraps up the Week

Well, we’re all safely out of the mountains after a great week of climbing and training on Mount Shuksan’s Sulphide glacier. Our climbing team gained proficiency moving in diverse terrain in the mountains, including crevassed glaciers, steep snow and ice, and 4th & 5th class rock. We also practiced lots of knots and hitches and crevasse rescue systems.

We packed a lot into the past week, and the weather was perfect throughout. Our team was strong and cohesive and we all reached the summit Mount Shuksan in good style. It was a pleasure to climb with everyone. Nice work team!

RMI Guide Mike Walter

Mt. Shuksan: Seminar Team Reaches Summit

Another excellent day on Mount Shuksan in the North Cascades…this time we woke up before dawn and cramponed up the Sulphide Glacier to the base of the summit pyramid, where we ditched the crampons and ice axes and climbed 4th and 5th class rock for 800 vertical feet to the summit!

Our entire team reached the summit in good style. The weather was perfect so we hung out on the summit for over an hour before descending. We were back in camp around 2 p.m. for a round trip of a little over eight hours. The training over the past week really paid off and nobody struggled with the technical terrain at all. Congrats team!

RMI Guide Mike Walter

Mt. Shuksan: The Seminar Team Perfects Mountaineering Skills

8/26/14 8:30 pm PST

We had another great day of training today here on Shuksan’s Sulphide Glacier. We spent the bulk of the day ice climbing in a crevasse and practicing crevasse rescue with mechanical advantage systems.

There was barely a cloud in the sky all day, and the forecast looks similar for tomorrow. That’s good news for us, as we’re planning to make our summit attempt tomorrow. We’ll let you know how it goes!

RMI Guide Mike Walter

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