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9/25 3-Day Climb: Summit Success!

AAI Lead Guide Stuart Robertson just checked in from Pebble Creek after a successful trip to the summit.  While the route wasn’t easy, the team made it to the top of Rainier.   It was also Craig Van Hoy’s 446 summit of Rainier, giving him the 3rd most summits of ALL TIME!   Congrats team and a big congratulations to Craig!

9/21 3-Day Muir: Turned by Weather and Route Conditions

Our 9/21 3-Day Muir Climb turned at the top of the Cleaver due to route conditions and deteriorating weather. Even though the team didn’t make it to the summit, they had a great climb regardless!

9/19 3-Day Muir Climb: Winter Continues!

Our 9/19 3-Day Muir climb didn’t make it past Camp Muir due to very wintery conditions on the mountain.  Unstable, wind-loaded snow halted their upward progress.  Even though they didn’t reach the summit, the team still had a great time and hiked up to Camp Muir in style.

9/17 3-Day Muir Climb: Snow, Snow, SNOW

Our 9/17 3-Day Muir climb was foiled by very wintery weather on Mount Rainier.  A dumping of snow coupled with moderate winds made for unstable snow conditions. While the climb didn’t make it past Camp Muir, they still had a great time working on skills and catching up on sleep and hot chocolate consumption.

9/15 3-Day Muir Climb: Summit Success!

Despite an unfavorable forecast for summit day, our 9/15 3-Day Muir climb made it to the top!   Luckily, the weather held for the entire descent to Ingraham Flats and only started deteriorating as the team arrived at Camp Muir.  The victorious team battled wind, snow, and eventually rain down to Paradise.  Strong work team!

Just a quick note to tell you what a wonderful time I had on the Mexican Volcanoes Expedition. The program was excellent throughout, and exceeded my expectations. Willi is a fine guide and leader, and I would not hesitate to climb with him again.


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