August 16, 2017
After a brief blip when a bridge high on the mountain collapsed on August 12, causing one IMG climb to miss the summit on August 13, a concerted effort by all three guide services resulted in the reestablishment of the route up Rainier. We are now back in action with the results to show for it. Yesterday’s climb on August 15 summited 7 of 8 climbers. The summit team is pictured here, thanks to Dave Feinleib, a member of the group.
The weather remains clear and calm for the most part, but still cold on summit mornings! We are still requiring that all of our climbers bring everything on the IMG Rainier gear list, it is all used.
Thanks to the guides on yesterday’s climb who helped put this effort together: Sara Cohen, Mike Haft, Kim Haft and Josh McDowell. Thanks also to IMG guides who were working behind the scenes to help put in the route. Jason Edwards and Phil Nicoletti climbed through the night ahead of the team to help shovel and work on the new trail reroute. Justin Merle and Rikki Dunn climbed yesterday afternoon after the climb descended and continued work on the route to create a good solid path all the way to the top.
Thank you, IMG guides! Your efforts are often behind the scenes, but they don’t go unrecognized.