Thursday, September 27, 2012
Fun in the sun!
We have all just arrived safely back at camp Muir after a few of us made it to
the summit early today.
This was the last Rainier trip of the season and we had a great trip with
Posted by alpineascents at 1:11 PM Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Tucked in tight at high camp!
We are all doing great, just getting tucked into our sleeping bags and
preparing to get some sleep before our summit bid!
We will be getting up in a few hours to head to the summit. The weather
couldn't be better and we've got a great group.
Ben and the gang.
I spy............Mt. Rainier!
We started out with foggy skies, but as we ascended higher on the flanks of Mt
Rainier we knew we were in for a treat! We are the last trip of the season
here on Rainier for AAI and the weather couldn't be better! Today we will
teach some mountaineering skills and then move up to high camp.
We'll let you know how tonight's summit attempt goes!
Monday, September 24, 2012
Snacks At The Flats!
The weather has improved dramatically, allowing the whole team to reach high
camp in good style. We are currently hanging out, enjoying some snacks, and
preparing for our summit attempt early tomorrow morning.
High winds yesterday blew in a thick layer of smoke from the eastern
Washington wildfires. Despite the smell of campfire and 1 mile visibility,
moral is high and the whole team is preparing to move to high camp!
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Beat the weather
just .10 to the summit. Cold and windy but some great views and a fun group of
climbers. We are all safely back at camp Muir and about to continue our
descent in less than ideal conditions but it is what it is. Stu
Saturday, September 22, 2012
All is well at high camp
Fun fit group. Looking forward to the climb ahead. Stu
Friday, September 21, 2012
Smokey and the Skinny Jean Bandit
We all enjoyed a great summit of Rainier! It was very pleasant and warm but a
bit smokey from all the wildfires. Special props to AAI's own Phil Collins who
wore some hipster blue jeans to the top. Ben and I were sure proud of him.
Headed down to Muir and the Paradise...celebration lunch will top off a great
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Woo hoo! Resting and rehydrating at the flats after a safe and successful
sunset climb, with everyone tagging the to. Photo and burrito credit go to
Lhakpa gelu. - nick
Monday, September 17, 2012
Pleased to report 9 of us summited rainier this morning and we are safely back
to camp Muir . Weather was fantastic. Just about to descend the Muir snowfield
and looking forward to celebrating with burgers and beer in Ashford .stu
Sunday, September 16, 2012
"I was here first"
Have not yet managed to "capture" the exquisite wildlife shots that $eths
group managed but I will see what I can come up with on my last climb next
weekend. Regardless of our lack of the cascadian fox sightings it is my
pleasure to report the whole group is Safely at Ingraham flats and doing
extremely well. Today following a relaxed bacon,eggs and blueberry pancake
breakfast we completed a snow school which equipped us with the skills that
allow us to be safely guided on the upper mountain. For September it does not
get any better ,it is absolutely beautiful and we are all looking forward to
the climb ahead . I will keep you posted of progress. $tu
Saturday, September 15, 2012
The whole team summits Rainier!
We had splitter late season weather the entire trip and folks did great. All
made the summit and more importantly everyone is back @ Club Muir safe and
sound! Headed now for some burgers 'N beer.
Friday, September 14, 2012
Up in Club Muir
We had an awesome trip up the snowfield and a great dinner last night.
Everyone established what their "entrance song" would be while feasting on an
incredible breakfast. The group is currently learning some mountain climbing
skills that will help us ascend Mount Rainier safely and efficiently! We will
check in with everyone tomorrow. -$eth
Thursday, September 13, 2012
11 summit safely and back to high camp
Doing well. Beautiful day and had the upper mountain to ourselves. September
does not get any better. Stu
Saturday, September 8, 2012
All is well at Ingraham flats . Just had a pasta dinner ,summit talk and
getting ready for some rest before starting in the early hours. Ready to rock
and roll and give it our best. Hoping the adverse weather forecast does not
come to fruition. Stu
Friday, September 7, 2012
3-day team successfully summits!
Guide Devin Bishop called in to say the team is heading back down to Paradise
from Camp Muir after a gorgeous, stunning, windless summit! The group will
enjoy a celebration meal on the way back to Seattle this evening.
Congratulations to the successful climbers.
Thursday, September 6, 2012
3-day Rainier all at Muir
The Sept. 5-7 3-day climbers all reached Camp Muir yesterday and enjoyed
beautiful views from 10,000 feet. This morning the team will work on crampon
use, rope-team travel, and self-arrest practice before moving up to Ingraham
Flats. The forecast calls for sunny skies and relatively mild winds on the
upper mountain for the next few days, and we wish the team the best on their
Posted by alpineascents at 8:40 AM Wednesday, September 5, 2012
13-day course checks in
The August 25-Sept.6th 13-day course folks are having a great time and
enjoying beautiful late-summer weather. Michael Horst called to check in
yesterday, and said that they have been 100% successful on everything they've
attempted to climb, including Mt. Shuksan during the early part of the course,
as well as Cutthroat Peak, Liberty Bell, and the South Early Winter Spire. The
group is now spending the remaining days back in the North Cascades, with a
plan to attempt Sahale Peak via the Sahale Arm. Best of luck to the team on
their final objective of the course!
Posted by alpineascents at 11:15 AM Summit!
We had a great summit day yesterday!!
Incredible sunset from 14410 feet. Everyone doing good and headed to the car
park after fuelin' up on coffee at camp Muir.
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Everyone doing good up here at Muir. Stellar late season conditions. Planning
an afternoon summit today!
Friday, August 31, 2012
Eat well to climb well. Guides Nick, Sam, and Dylan prepare a feast of bacon,
eggs, and blueberry pancakes to power the team through snow school and up to
high camp. The weather is terrific and we are excited to move up the mountain.
Aug. 28-30 3-day Climb
The 3-day team had surprisingly fantastic weather, unlike what the weather
forecast predicted! The team enjoyed great views during the training day at
Camp Muir before moving up to Ingraham Flats. Three climbers made the summit,
with lighter winds than expected at the top. All are safely down and headed
back to Seattle.
August 26-28 Rainier Team
The team has successfully moved to high camp with everyone feeling strong and
is currently resting up for a summit bid early tomorrow morning. High winds
are forecasted, but right now, we're enjoying sunny skies and only a light
breeze. We'll see what tomorrow brings!
August 26 Rainier Trip at CampMuir
All our group arrived and had a great burrito meal! Thank you Dylan. We
witnessed a beautiful lenticular cloud as we hiked up which dissipated as we
got up to Camp Muir. It's still a bit breezy up here, but we are looking
forward the move to The Flats, our high camp.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
6-day course enjoying Mt. Shuksan
Eitan Green called in to say he and Matt Nightengale are having a great time
with the group on the Aug. 19-24 6-day course. They are up on Mt. Shuksan
practicing crampon technique, movement on a rope team on glaciated terrain,
crevasse rescue, knots, and other skills that will enable them to safely
attempt Mt. Shuksan before the end of the course.
Aug. 20-22 3DM Summits!
Dave Heinbach just checked in after a successful summit climb on the
Disappointment Cleaver route. He says they had a fun wind event at high camp
last night, but things calmed down and they were able to climb in fairly calm
conditions. The team is heading out and will be back in Seattle this evening.
August 18-20 Muir
Three teams topped out on the summit of Mt. Rainier early this morning. Light
wind, cooler temps and a beautiful sunrise met the climbers.
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