March 2, 2011
March 1, 2011
Every year we get together with a few REI’s in the area and give some Rainier Prep Talks. We’ll cover some of the gear necessary to climb Rainier, discuss some training tips as well as a few of the more popular routes.
Below are our upcoming dates and locations.
|Wednesday, March 2, 2011||7pm||Seattle||George Dunn|
|Wednesday, March 23, 2011||7pm||Southcenter||Tye Chapman|
|Wednesday, March 23, 2011||7pm||Tacoma||Greg Vernovage|
|Tuesday, April 12, 2011||7pm||Issaquah||George Dunn|
|Wednesday, April 13, 2010||7pm||Southcenter||Tye Chapman|
February 24, 2011
IMG Guide Greg Vernovage had the privilege of meeting a Nepalese VIP earlier this week:
“On February 20th, I was honored to meet with His Excellency Shankar Prasad Sharma, the Nepalese Ambassador to the United States.
The event was held by the Nepal Seattle Society to represent the Visit Nepal 2011 promotion. On this special night I spoke with the Ambassador about tourism in Nepal as well as my experiences while climbing in the Himalaya. The night was capped off with a documentary titled: “Sherpas – The True Heroes Of Mount Everest.” Nice people, great footage of Mount Everest and a look at what some of the Sherpa do for everyone who climbs Mount Everest.”
February 23, 2011
Aconcagua season has ended with the return of our 4th successful team. 4 for 4 – we’ll take it. More importantly, everyone’s back with all fingers and toes intact!
This is a tough mountain, particularly when it’s climbed in good style. IMG needs to take a moment and again congratulate all the teams for their amazing efforts. Four strong, independent teams who worked together, shared in all the efforts and were then able to celebrate the rewards that striving together as a team provides. Nicely done, gang. I’ll end this dispatch and this season with a quote from one of the climbers on this 4th and final expedition.
“Just finished the trip a week ago and it was awesome! Couldn’t say enough nice things about Mike, Ty, and Martin. They are all world class guys who worked their asses off and I would not want to do another trip without these guys! IMG was the best on the mountain!”
February 23, 2011
IMG, my partner, Chris Meder and I need to congratulate, again, each of our climbing partners on the recent IMG “Orizaba Only” trip. Comments I’ve already received included:
“Great trip! This will be one I certainly won’t forget. This was simply a great group of people, and I am so happy to have gotten to know everyone.”
“Orizaba now ranks as one of my favorite climbs; it was sufficiently challenging to satisfy my climbing jones, while short enough to not leave me completely wiped out when I got home.”
“Thanks to everyone for a great trip I had a fantastic time with a group of wonderful people. It’s these kinds of experiences that make me keep coming back for more…much to the detriment of my big toe nails.”
“Looking at my photos and those Chris sent around, I’m beginning to comprehend the size and scope of our trip. It was almost too much to absorb while it was happening. What a great group of people. As mentioned, each having such a different background yet able to relate and enjoy one another under a common interest. We had such a great time.”
It’s nice when it all comes together. With the right people involved, it usually does.
February 22, 2011
Over the long weekend the sun came out here in the Pacific Northwest for the first time in quite awhile – and right in time for a big 3-day weekend!
The summit, fresh powder, the long drive, or meeting up with friends are all “human factors” that can contribute poor decision making when traveling in the backcountry in the winter.
Greg and I set out to meet-up with our descending Winter Seminar on Saturday but were happy to call 6000ft. our “high point” on Saturday after seeing the tail end of a small avalanche at Panorama Point; an important reminder to all climbers, skiers or snowshoers inside Mt. Rainier National Park to not let the “human factor” cloud your judgement – at even the lowest of elevations.
More snow coming…
February 22, 2011
Well, we took a long weekend here at IMG too. Why not; we had great success on Kilimanjaro earlier this month, a couple teams on top of Aconcagua in February, Orizaba summits in Mexico and a great training seminar on Rainier last week, not to mention all of our ice climbers in Ouray climbing hard. A pretty good February so far.
What’s next: the next big push will be in the Himalayas. Everest season (March-May) means lots of trekkers and climbers will be heading to Kathmandu and eventually Lukla to begin the trek to Everest Base Camp. Some will stop there, while others will check-in at Base Camp then move back down valley to climb Lobuche. Some will do both en route C2 or C3 or on up to the summit of Lhotse or Everest. We’ve got lots of options in the Khumbu in the Spring… we’ll be back with more on Everest and the Himalayas in the coming weeks.
That’s all for now.
February 18, 2011
Aaron Mainer called in from Camp Muir this morning to report that all is well. The team had a great day of skills training yesterday (cramponing, fixed line, ice axe arrest, etc.) and took a walk up to AAA Gully to check out the conditions – WINDY!
Later in the afternoon, back near Camp Muir, they dug a good sized snowcave. Several of the team members slept in it overnight; a touch cold but otherwise perfect.
Today, they’ll focus on crevasse rescue skills and anchors which they didn’t quite get to yesterday.
Downhill to Paradise tomorrow. Sounds like they’re having a heck of a time up there.
February 17, 2011
Yesterday our Rainier Winter Seminar made their way to Camp Muir, which as you might know, is not a given in the winter. They left their first camp near Panarama Point yesterday morning, and at times waded through some deep snow in sustained 30mph winds before pulling into Camp Muir in the early afternoon. Not an easy day.
After some calories, hot drinks and a good nights sleep they awoke to a beautiful & bright morning with light winds – a perfect day for some anchor training as well as some crevasse rescue training.
Going higher on the mountain in the winter is always a tough call, but the guides will continue to evaluate the terrain and explore any possibilities of checking out the upper mountain later this week.