RMI Winter Expedition Seminar - Mount Rainier -  April 18 - 23, 2004

First night we made camp at 6,500 feet and got a clear view of the summit



One of our guides, Jeff Ward

Snow walls help stop the wind


Guides dug in our cooking and meal tent

On second day we reached the Camp Muir hut at 10,050 feet were we would live the next 4 days


The first four days of the trip were all stormed out with no visibility


Sun came out briefly while guide Jeff shows us snowpack analysis to predict avalanches



Wednesday afternoon the sun came out. Our home, the hut, in background

Trip leader, Paul Maier, shows us crevasse rescue techniques


Jeff does rope tricks in hut to teach us how to climb out of a crevasse


Our outhouse, next to hut, and it's well worn path



More scenes of Camp Muir. We would climb above the highest large rock, Gibraltar Rock, the next day


Me with a pal

My orange boots kept my feet warm

Above the clouds at camp


5 am on climbing day, Thursday, after no sleep for more than four days


Going up to try for the summit

Getting higher

Climbing scene

We climbed a ridgeline.  Here we had to rappel down a cliff face


Interesting geography along the way

Views kept getting better

When we reached 12,000 feet, this chute was determined to have unstable snow that halted out ascent due to avalanche danger.
This would be the turn back point of the summit attempt.


Trip leader, Paul Maier, talks via radio to climbers higher up, who have assessed the danger as too great




Me at the 12,000 foot level


On the descent, at around 11,500 feet, three of our guys climbed this rock




Good view of the ridge we climbed and the path


Our route up

My rope team leader, Mike Horst, lead me and a buddy up and down the mountain


Our home, the hut, is the tiny square dot in the center