June 20, 2015 One of the many requirements of guides at IMG, is that they acquire and maintain certification as a Wilderness First Responder (or WFR). Every guide goes through a 72 hour course, which covers a wide range of medical issues that could arise in the backcountry. In a WFR course, trainees practice backcountry […]
June 2, 2015 The Rainier season is off to a great start! Over the past three weeks, the mountain has been mostly clear, and the winds have been low. It has been mid-summer weather, in the middle of May. What does that mean for our Rainier climbs? SUMMITS! Aside from actually standing on top, one […]
March 5, 2015 Every year “the boot questions” come up and every year we write a blog article hoping to answer more questions than we create. Below is this year’s fun, but relevant, crack at some oft asked boot questions. Question #0: What are single boots and what are double plastic boots? Answers Single boots […]
January 29, 2015 On Sunday my wife got a call from Chris, a videographer friend of hers. He was doing a promo piece for ESPN and the Seattle Seahawks. Since the mountain (Rainier) was out, he wanted to track down a guide (who was a Seahawks fan) to stand in front of Rainier to talk […]
November 25, 2014 Winter has arrived! A few IMG guides kicked off the skiing/riding season with two days of powder skiing in the Crystal Mountain Backcountry. Guides Peter Dale, Mike Haft, and Justin Merle reported 2-3ft of new snow this past weekend, lending to great storm skiing on Sunday with plenty of leftovers on […]
November 10, 2014 Elizabeth Hawley, Nepal’s iconic reporter, sets the record straight on the most tumultuous decades in Nepal’s political history. Ask any accomplished Himalayan mountaineer, “Who is the preeminent keeper of summit facts?” and they will answer, “Elizabeth Hawley”. Since the early 1960s, Hawley has filed detailed reports on some 80,000 ascents – a […]
October 22, 2014 Looking for a great deal on gear for your upcoming climbs? We’re blowing-out our stock of used Petzl Crampons and OR Softshell Jackets from our Rainier rental fleet. Check out the all the new and used gear on the IMG Online Store. Hurry…our stock will go fast!