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Featured IMG News and Media Coverage

  • Wall Street Journal
    April 2014 — The Brotherhood of the Rope: IMG guide Mike Hamill's article on how Sherpas and Western climbers stand united after a disaster on Mt. Everest

  • YouTube Movie Trailer
    November 2013 — "La Montaña Trailer" for the upcoming movie about Everest by IMG climbers Karim Marino Mella and Ivan EG Carrasco from the Dominican Republic

  • YouTube Movie Trailer
    November 2013 — "Everest - Lhotse, Spring 2013 Trailer" for a movie about climbing Everest and Lhotse by IMG climber Paul Niel

  • Wall Street Journal
    October 2013 — Article by one of George Dunn's clients on climbing later in life

  • PDF docNew Yorker Magazine
    June 2013 — Story of the conflict between European climbers and Sherpas on Everest. IMG's Eric Simonson and Mike Hamill are quoted.

  • The Seattle Times
    May 2013 — IMG climber and Mercer Island Air Force pilot reaches Everest summit

  • The Seattle Times
    May 2013 — IMG climber from Bellingham, WA reaches top of Mount Everest

  • YouTube Video
    May 2013 — Congrats to Vanessa O'Brien for her Explorer's Grand Slam. It is a tremendous accomplishment which took a lot of hard work and dedication. We are especially proud because Vanessa is a veteran of many IMG trips (Ouray Ice climbing, Mt. Rainier via the Kautz route, Cho Oyu, Shishapangma, Everest, Elbrus, Vinson, Last Degree to South Pole, Aconcagua). Way to go, Vanessa!

  • Kathmandu Post
    May 2013 — Saudi prince Bandar bin Khalid bin Fahd, who climbed Everest with IMG in 2012, is honored for becoming the first Saudi Arabian to climb the Seven Summits.

  • Weather.com
    Apr 2013 — IMG climber, Vanessa O'Brien, on Wake Up with Al discusses becoming the first woman to achieve the Explorer's Grand Slam (climbing the Seven Summits and reaching both poles) in less than a year.

  • The Boston Globe
    Apr 2013 — Longtime IMG climber, Vanessa O'Brien, who has climbed Everest, Vinson, Aconcagua, Elbrus, Rainier, Cho Oyu, and Shishapangma with IMG, is now setting off for the North Pole. (Also available as a PDF docPDF doc of the article »)

  • Outside Online
    Jan 2013 — IMG's Mt. Rainier Winter Seminar featured in Outside Online's Frozen Bucket List

  • ABC News Video
    December 2012 — IMG Partner (and director of ski patrol for Crystal Mountain) Paul Baugher and his avalanche-trained dog, Newman, save a buried skier.

  • Truck Camper Magazine
    January 2012 — IMG guide Greg Vernovage: From Olympic Gold to Everest to Truck Camper

  • PressConnects.com
    September 2012 — IMG guide Eric Remza profiled in his hometown newspaper in upstate NY.
    Available in PDF form: PDF docPart 1 and PDF docPart 2

  • Tacoma News Tribune
    June 2012 — IMG Guide Mike Hamill writes guide book to climbing the Seven Summits

  • Colorado Daily
    June 2012 — Back in Boulder from Everest — Boulder climbers talk about their Everest experience with IMG

  • Portland Tribune
    June 2012 — "GIANT KILLER" Finds Natural High: Former OSU, NFL player Craig Hanneman climbs Everest with IMG

  • Statesman Journal
    June 2012 — Climb of a lifetime: Former Polk commissioner and OSU football standout Craig Hanneman summited Mount Everest in May with IMG

  • CBC News
    May 2012 — The risks and responsibilities of taking on Mt. Everest

  • MSNBC.com
    May 2012 — IMG partner Eric Simonson comments on the guide service Himalayan Experience's decision to leave Everest mid-season. A Himalayan Experience client discusses the expedition.

  • National Geographic
    May 2012 — IMG assists with a rescue on Everest

  • Tacoma News Tribune
    Feb 2012 — Winter at Rainier: perilous to some, paradise to others

  • Time.com
    Jan 2012 — The Economics of Everest: the cost breakdown of climbing Mt. Everest

  • MyNorthwest.com
    Jan 2012 — IMG partner, Paul Baugher, who is also the head of ski patrol on Crystal Mountain, discusses the danger that rescuers face when searching for lost climbers on Rainier.

  • Action Asia
    Nov 2011 — Mallory mystery lives on: when a US expedition (IMG's) found the body of legendary Everest-pioneer George Mallory, it was a major moment in climbing history. But it still didn't answer the big question...

  • Tacoma News Tribune
    Sep 2011 — Story about the remote adventure of climbing Carstensz Pyramid in Papua New Guinea where IMG guide Jason Edwards became the 117th person to climb both versions of the Seven Summits

  • Los Altos Town Crier
    Aug 2011 — Story of IMG Climber Jeff Gottfurcht: "Climbing Everest: Despite rheumatoid arthritis, Los Altos resident scales summit"

  • OR VertiCulture
    May 2011 — Spring means the launch of another climbing season on Mt. Rainier!

  • King 5 Local News
    Apr 2011 — IMG Partner and Director of Ski Patrol at Crystal Mountain, WA, Paul Baugher, is featured in this news video about Crystal's aerial approach to avalanche control.

  • Diario Libre
    Mar 2011 — Spanish language news site "Diario Libre" features the 2011 Dominican Everest Expedition which is supported by IMG.

  • Tacoma News Tribune
    Mar 2011 — The cost of Mt. Rainier permits has gone up

  • Outdoor Research VertiCulture
    Mar 2011 — IMG guide Eben Reckord discusses climbing in OR's VertiCulture

  • CNN
    Feb 2011 — Pushing fun to the extreme: High risk sports

  • PDF docHighlander Magazine
    Winter 2011 — Article about father/son Seven Summiters and IMG's 2010 Everest Expedition Climbers, John and Ryan Dahlem

  • AOL Travel News
    December 2010 — Mountain Guiding makes the list of "The World's Most Dangerous Jobs"

  • Tacoma News Tribune
    Dec 5, 2010 — Rainier in Transit: the problem of roadways on a glacial mountain

  • Rock and Ice
    Nov 14, 2010 — IMG partner Phil Ershler speaks at the annual American Alpine Club black tie event, this year honoring Dick Bass

  • US Air Force Website
    November 2010 — The Air Force Seven Summits Team heads to Vinson, Antarctica with Phil Ershler

  • VertiCulture — the OR Blog
    November 2010 — Phil Ershler writes about a mountain guide's fountain of youth

  • The News Tribune
    October 31, 2010 — Yoga helps IMG guide Jason Edwards stay in shape for climbing

  • OR's VertiCulture Blog
    September 2010 — IMG guide Mark Allen writes about his summer IFMGA apprenticeship in the Alps

  • Tacoma News Tribune
    August 15, 2010 — IMG Guide Jason Edwards and climbing partner, Phil Nicoletti, made a one-day climb of Rainier's Liberty Ridge Route... 25 years after his first one-day climb of the route.

  • Outside Magazine Online
    August 12, 2010 — George Dunn's "The Top 10 Climbing Gear Tips"

  • Backpacker Magazine
    August 4, 2010 — George Dunn's 500 Summits

  • Tacoma News Tribune
    August 1, 2010 — George Dunn: Halfway to 1000 Mt. Rainier Summits!

  • Tacoma News Tribune
    July 25, 2010 — Master of the Mountain: George Dunn nears a record-setting 500 summits on Mt. Rainier

  • Tacoma News Tribune
    July 24, 2010 — What They're Saying About George Dunn as he approches a record-setting 500 summits on Mt. Rainier

  • The News Tribune
    June 8, 2010 — Mt. Rainier Camp Muir climbers were warned of avalanche danger on the upper mountain. (See also the Q&A in the IMG Blog on what happened »)

  • The News Tribune
    April 7, 2010 — Phil and Sue Ershler wow audiences in Richland, WA

The Discovery Channel's "Everest: Beyond the Limit" featuring IMG's 2009 Everest Expedition

Now in its third season, the Discovery Channel's Everest: Beyond The Limit is taking a new approach to filming and will feature both International Mountain Guides' 2009 Everest Climb and Himalayan Experience in a five-part series. See full episodes of Everest: Beyond the Limit featuring IMG's 2009 expedition »

  • OnOrbit.com
    January 2010 — IMG climber and NASA astronaut, Scott Parazynski, sends an Everest summit rock to go along with moon rocks to the International Space Station.

  • Seattle's King 5 Evening Magazine
    2009 — Best of 2009: IMG in Top 5 for Best Mountain Climbing

  • Volleyball Magazine
    August 2009 — Olympic coach trades volleyball for... mountain guiding. Story of IMG guide Greg Vernovage.

  • NYU's ScienceLine.org
    IMG's Eric Simonson comments in an article about research on the health effects of high altitude

  • The News Tribune
    March 3, 2009 — The Discovery Channel to follow IMG's 2009 Everest Expedition

  • Eric Simonson Elected to American Alpine Club Board
    February 2009 — IMG partner Eric Simonson was recently elected to the Board of the American Alpine Club. IMG has been an AAC Industry Partner since 2005, and we support the mission of the American Alpine Club, the voice for American climbers for over 100 years. If you are a climber, you should consider joining the AAC! For more info, please visit: americanalpineclub.org

  • IMG Among National Geographic's Best
    February 2009 — IMG again listed in National Geographic's Best Adventure Travel Companies

  • 7 Summits in 11 Months
    November 17th, 2008 — IMG guide Mike Hamill climbs the 7 Summits in 11 months

  • The News Tribune
    September 1, 2008 — Ageless Mountain Men: IMG Director Phil Ershler featured in article about Rainier guides

  • The Seattle Times
    August 12, 2008 — IMG guide Liam O'Sullivan beats the recent Rainier speed ascent record by 3 minutes

  • NWCN.com
    July 30, 2008 — On July 12, IMG client Randall Nordfors biked from the Puget Sound to Paradise, summitted Rainier in under 12 hours and made the round-trip bike ride in under 20 hours.

  • Tacoma News Tribune
    July 12, 2008 — IMG guide Justin Merle completes fastest speed ascent of Mt. Rainier

  • Urban Climber Magazine
    June 2008 — Everest Seeds Arrive Home to Winchester Public School

  • Upper Canada District School Board
    June 2008 — Everest summiting (and potentially world record setting) seeds returned to school kids by Brinks Security

  • Climbing Magazine
    May 29, 2008 — Seeds Make Everest Summit! IMG guide Justin Merle helps school kids achieve a Guinness World Record!

  • The Seattle Times / Associated Press
    May 28, 2008 — IMG guide Dave Hahn sets record with 10th Everest summit

  • Tacoma News Tribune
    May 28, 2008 — IMG guide Dave Hahn sets record with 10th Everest summit

  • Tacoma News Tribune
    May 24, 2008 — Everest record-breakers include IMG guide Justin Merle and his team

  • National Geographic Adventure
    February, 2008 — See a climber's photo gallery of the Ecuador Volcanoes with IMG as the recommended guide service.

  • New York Times
    January 20, 2008 — New York Times account of a Kilimanjaro climb with IMG.

  • Everett Herald
    January 14, 2008 — Retired Tulalip man summits Kilimanjaro with IMG

  • IMG Kilimanjaro Climb Recommended by The New York Times
    December 2007 — Climbing Kilimanjaro with IMG makes The New York Times list of  53 Things To Do In 2008

  • IMG Kilimanjaro Climber in MasterCard's Priceless Picks
    November 2007 — Expedition of a lifetime... a few G's. Enough ziplocks to keep everything dry... $20. Overcoming weather, altitude and self-doubt to spend your birthday on top of Africa... Priceless.

  • National Geographic Ranks IMG as the Best
    November 2007 — National Geographic Adventure ranks International Mountain Guides as the Best Mountaineering Outfitter

  • Ama Dablam Summits
    October 2007 — IMG Autumn 2007 team summits Ama Dablam

  • IMG Guide Justin Merle Achieves 100th Summit on Mt. Rainier
    July 2007 — Justin Merle is IMG's newest member of the Mt. Rainier Century Club, with his 100th successful summit. Justin has been guiding for 9 years and has led many IMG trips in Alaska, South America, Antarctica, and the Himalayas. It is great to see him back guiding on Rainier this summer. Way to go, Justin!

  • The News Tribune
    June 21, 2007 — Guiding rights: Three services share Muir Route on Rainier for first time

  • The Seattle Times
    June 20, 2007 — Together on Top of the World: Tale of first couple of summits. Book review of Phil and Susan Ershlers book.

  • The London Times
    May 25, 2007 — The story of the difficult rescue IMG guides Hahn, Grom, Haugen and Phinjo Sherpa executed on their descent from the summit of Everest.

  • IMG sets record with 37 Everest Summits
    May 2007 — IMG's 2007 Everest expedition saw and all time high of 37 summiters climb and descend Mount Everest safely.

  • IMG Cho Oyu Summits
    May 2007 — Climbers summit on IMG's 2007 Spring Expedition

  • The News Tribune
    March 1, 2007 — Crystal backcountry enticing, deadly (article featuring IMG Director and Crystal's ski patrol director Paul Baugher.)

  • The Seattle Times
    January 13, 2007 — Everest climbers encounter life/death ethical questions

  • The Seattle Times
    January 13, 2007 — IMG Director Paul Baugher researches hidden dangers to skiers and snowboarders

  • The News Tribune
    January 5, 2007 — IMG's new Rainier concession among top recreation stories of 2006

  • The News Tribune
    December 28, 2006 — IMG guide Jason Edwards in "Heroes and legends: South Sound adventurers make history in 2006"

  • IMG Cho Oyu Expedition Summits
    October 2006 — 15 summits on IMG's 2006 Expedition

  • Gurla Mandhata Team SUMMITS
    October 2006 — Jake Norton leads a unique, IMG organized expedition up this rarely climbed Himalayan peak

  • The News Tribune
    October 19, 2006 — Changing of the guides should be good thing for Rainier

  • Seattle PI
    October 11, 2006 — Mount Rainier adds two climbing services

  • IMG Awarded Rainier Concession
    October 2006 — National Park Service awards IMG new concession contract on Mt. Rainier

  • The Great Outdoors
    October 6, 2006 — Mount Rainier Guide Monopoly to End

  • Travel & Leisure
    September 2006 — IMG recommended by "Travel and Leisure" in: Climb a Mountain. Elevate your spirit by reaching new heights—literally—with a trek up one of the world's tallest peaks

  • 2006 IMG Team SUMMITS Carstensz
    September 2006 — Putting the adventure into adventure travel...

  • The News Tribune
    July 13, 2006 — 300 trips to Mount Rainier's summit put climber in rare air: IMG Guide Jason Edwards becomes 6th person to summit Rainier for 300th time. IMG Directors George Dunn and Phil Ershler hold over 400 summits each.

  • "Talk to America" Looks at the Challenge and Exhilaration of Scaling Mount Everest
    June 28, 2006 — Eric Simonson participated in a worldwide broadcast and took calls from prospective Everest climbers around the world.

  • The News Tribune
    May 25, 2006 — "In one of the most successful expeditions in Everest history, IMG put 30 of 40 members of its expedition on the summit and made history along the way..."

  • 30 Everest Summits for IMG's 2006 Season
    May 2006 — In another safe and successful Himalayan expedition, IMG puts an all-time high of 30 climbers on the summit of Mount Everest.

  • GreatOutdoors.com
    March-May, 2006 — IMG Guide Dave Hahn, then 7-time Everest summiter, reports from the 2006 IMG Everest Expedition

  • Outside Magazine
    January 2006 — Story by Ed Viesturs recommending IMG as the guides to go with for Everest and Cho Oyu

  • PDF docWashington National Park Fund Newsletter (in PDF format)
    Fall 2005 — IMG's George Dunn, Eric Simonson and Anne Keller donate their time to lead a group of executives up Rainier. The climb raised over $25,000 for the National Park Fund.

  • The New York Times
    June 18, 2005 — At Home at the Top of the World

  • The Seattle Times
    April 21, 2005 — Parks to divvy up guided climbs on Mount Rainier

  • The Seattle PI
    April 21, 2005 — Mount Rainier guide services to be put out for bid; RMI's near monopoly to be broken

  • The News Tribune
    April 21, 2005 — Out to be kings of the mountain

  • The Yakima Herald-Republic
    April 21, 2005 — A choice to the top

  • The Seattle Times
    September 8, 2004 — Mountain guide climbs into Rainier record book: IMG Director George Dunn holds the record for Mount Rainier summits.

  • Men's Journal
    April 2004 — The 100 Best Trips on the Planet (featureing IMG's Everest and Cho Oyu Expeditions)

  • Sherpa Climbing School
    February 2004 — IMG sponsors the first climbing school to train Sherpas in safety and technique

  • PDF docBoy's Life (article in PDF format)
    December 2002 — My Life's Work: Master of the Mountain

  • New Schools in Nepal
    IMG's Cho Oyu climbers help build two new schools in Nepal

  • First Couple to Climb Seven Summits
    May 2002 — IMG's 2002 Everest season put ten climbers on the summit including IMG Director Phil Ershler and his wife Susan who become the first couple to climb all seven summits.

  • Heroism Award for IMG Guides
    February 2002 — IMG guides receive the David A. Sowles Memorial Award for their rescue near the summit of Everest

  • The Salt Lake Tribune
    October 23, 2001 — Mountaineer Rescuers Make a Point by Sacrificing Summit of Everest

  • High Altitude Brewing
    Summer 1996 — With a little help from the brew masters of Forty Below and their multi-purpose mountaineering gear, an IMG Cho Oyu team experiments with brewing up some High Altitude Ale.

  • PDF docIMGer's First Everest Expedition
    Read Jim Wickwire's 1983 American Alpine Journal story of IMG directors Eric Simonson, Phil Ershler and George Dunn's first Everest expedition.

  • PDF docSimonson's First Himalayan Expedition
    Read Eric Simonson's American Alpine Journal story of his first Himalayan expedition — a 1979 epic on Annapurna.

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Pick a big peak and bag it, be it Everest, Kili, or Rainier...
~ National Geographic Adventure Magazine
National Geographic Ranks IMG the Best »
Kili a MasterCard Priceless Pick

Expedition of a lifetime... a few G's. Enough ziplocks to keep everything dry... $20. Overcoming weather, altitude and self-doubt to spend your birthday on top of Africa... Priceless »

International Mountain Guides Mount Rainier stalwarts Eric Simonson, Phil Ershler, and George Dunn have collectively climbed virtually every noteworthy mountain in the world — and can lead you up any of them. Safety is paramount...
~Men's Journal
High Altitude Brewing
The IMG 1996 Cho Oyu team tries a little home brewing at 15,000 feet
With a little help from the brew masters of Forty Below and their multi-purpose mountaineering gear, an IMG Cho Oyu team experiments with brewing up some High Altitude Ale »
In one of the most successful expeditions in Everest history, IMG put 30 of 40 members of its expedition on the summit and made history along the way...
~The News Tribune
Tie a Climbing Knot
Learn to tie a climbing knot
Learn to tie a one-handed Bowline or one of the other classic climbing knots »
The rescue — the highest ever on the Northeast Ridge — destroyed the established belief that climbers couldn't be saved at such altitudes unless they could walk on their own...
~Salt Lake Tribune
 
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