August 7, 2022
IMG’s Chief Guide Justin Merle just made his 200th successful summit of Mt Rainier on our recent 3.5 day Camp Muir climb via Disappointment Cleaver, joining a very small number of climbers who have reached that milestone. Justin has been climbing for IMG since the early 2000’s and has logged dozens of guided ascents around the world including 9 summits on Everest, 4 on Vinson, and 3 each on Denali and Aconcagua. Closer to home, Justin directs our ice climbing programs during the winter in Ouray, Colorado, leads climbs in the North Cascades of Washington, and mentors our young guides at Mt Rainier. Justin and his wife Alison Gillespie live in Seattle. Thanks, Justin, for 20 great years of climbing with IMG!