8-day Training Course Checks In

Lead guide Dave Heinbach called in today from Camp Schurman on Mt. Rainier. The team is doing well and  getting lots of skills practice in. Yesterday the group managed in challenging white-out conditions with ice fog and lots of :post-holing through heavy, wet snow. Today guides Paul Koubek and Kajsa Krieger are hiking in to meet the group at Camp Schurman in preparation for a summit attempt tomorrow. The forecast looks favorable and hopefully the next report in is after a successful summit day!

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