Emmons Glacier Route from Camp Schurman, Mt Rainier summit trail

Descending from Camp Curtis, Mt Rainier

Mount Rainier/Emmons Glacier

Climbing Mt Rainier Summiting via Camp Schurman

As of July 28, 2019, excellent, clear conditions up to the summit.

Little Tahoma and Emmons Glacier from Camp Schurman (photo by Beau Chevassus, BEAU LLC) Descending from Camp Curtis, Mt Rainier The helicopter pad at Camp Schurman, Mt Rainier Camp Schurman Ranger Station

Our team turned around at about 13,000 feet due to feeling nauseous (altitude sickness). This is even despite spending an entire day at Camp Schurman to adjust to the altitude. But it’s just one of those things that you can’t “push through“ without dire consequences.


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Use at your own risk. Conditions change HOURLY on Mt Rainier.

The goal of the trip is not to get to the top of the mountain but back to your car.

“Getting to the top is optional. Getting down is mandatory.“

A few tips:

– The White River Ranger station opens at 7:30 AM. Be there early, especially if you are planning to camp Friday, Saturday, or Sunday night. We were there at 7:25 AM, and there were already 10 people ahead of us in line. Plus there was no internet at the station, so they had to manually call in every single reservation to verify them. There appeared to be very little interest in attempting to fix this issue or find a solution. (ah the efficiency of the federal government… It’s a good thing they’re not responsible for something really important, like our healthcare.)(oh wait)
– Wear/bring trail shoes for the hike in.
– There is a bear box that you can put food in. Absolutely use it. There are mice everywhere throughout the camp, and they will climb in your bag. We even had a team who unzipped their tent and a mouse actually jumped all caps into the tent. It took them quite a bit to get the little guy out.
– Melted glacier water is available at Camp Schurman. No need to melt snow. Just purify it.
– Super windy at night (both nights we were up there). Be sure your tent is stakes down tightly. The wind folded our tent flat, but dang the REI Half Dome is amazing.
– Conditions of the trail up the Emmons glacier are good. Of course there will be collapsed ice bridges, so be sure to have an experienced team who knows who crevasse rescue skills.
– If it’s sunny, snow will get slushy at or before 10am. If you’re still on your way the mountain at 8:30am (our turnaround time), I wouldn’t suggest it. Have a turnaround time and stick with it.
– There are crevasses on inter glacier. No need to rope up, but just watch your step, ESPECIALLY when glissading down. There’s a big enough one to break both your legs if you fall in it.
– Plenty of water along the trail, all the way to inter glacier.
– if you lost a black, lightweight Marmot glove… It’s up there at Schurman, sitting on a rock.
– Rope up on Emmons. Always. Even on the way down. Odds are you won’t feel like it, but just do it.Overall it’s a fantastic route, and probably even safer it than DC considering the experienced climbers on this route and no rock fall being pushed on you from the Cleaver.

Just keep in mind within the next two weeks the route will be dramatically different, especially with all of this sun. Things are opening up and the climbing season for this route is on the downward trajectory in terms of popularity/safety.

Rock on, friends! Hope this helps!

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  • best instant coffee on amazonItalian Roast instant coffee on Amazon. Caffeine is a natural way of decreasing altitude-caused headaches. This instant coffee tastes great and is lightweight. Just drink plenty of water because coffee is also a natural dryadic.
  • Backcountry Access Shaxe Speed Shovel two in one axe shovelBackcountry Access Shaxe Speed Shovel. You’ll need a shovel. You’ll need an ice axe. Why not combine the two? Use the ice axe’s intended shaft, right? This thing is a brilliant way to cut weight.
  • MSR Dragonfly stove. This things just keeps running and running. Case in point: I left the fuel bottle out all night long, sitting in the snow, and yet still it fired right up the next morning. JetBoil? Heck no. I’ve had to sleep with those JetBoil canisters to keep them warm, and even then they only last a few minutes in the cold temps. The Dragonfly stove is amazing. For the 3 day trip, we heated water for a party of 3 using just 1 bottle of white gas fuel. (and even then the bottle wasn’t completely depleted)  Note: If we had to melt the snow, we’d have needed an additional bottle. Melting snow takes forever, but with the fresh supply of melted snow up by the Camp Schurman helicopter pad, there was only the need to heat it up for our freeze dried MSR Dragonfly stove best stove for mountaineeringmeals.

Summiting the Emmons Glacier Route, Mt Rainier from Camp Schurman

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Epic new Kickstarter, just launched: Camo Tactical Hair Clips (Tacticlip)

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Tacticlip on Kickstarter

Newest variation: since our last successful Kickstarter (previously the black one, now on Amazon), we have been working hard to implement your ideas. In this new & improved Tacticlip® you’ll find a powder-coated finish with a specialized AU (arid/urban) camouflage pattern. We’ve designed a pattern that utilizes various shades derived from the toughest arid and urban environments on the planet.

Right here on Kickstarter.

The original was featured on Geekologie.



Official specs: 

  • Hair clip
  • Raptor Claw point tip
  • Serrated Edge (does not cut hair)
  • Wick Holder
  • Mini-Screwdriver
  • Wire stripper

2 Steps: How to build a fanbase

My 2 rules for building a fanbase:

  1. Deliver quality content
  2. Deliver it consistently

Follow these two rules and no matter what industry you are in— it doesn’t matter whether it’s nonprofit or real estate—you are absolutely guaranteed to cultivate genuine advocates and supporters.

Just because you work hard doesn’t mean you’ll be successful

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Remember: Just because you work hard doesn’t mean you’ll be successful.

“But she works 60 hours a week among three jobs, and she’s barely making ends meet. She deserves more. The system is not fair.”

Despite what politicians, Nike, and Disney promises you…

Hard work ≠ Success

This is a very difficult lesson. It’s something most adults don’t grasp, even up until their death bed.

Yes “hard work” is important, if not vital, but there are a lot of other factors.

Among many factors that lead to success, there are:

  • construction hard work does not equal successRaw skill/talent
  • Demand/how rare that skill is
  • Experience
  • Consistency/dependability
  • Teachability (my personal favorite)
  • Creativity, ingenuity, & innovativeness
  • Integrity
  • Communication skills
  • Passion
  • Initiative & drive
  • Autonomy & independence
  • Standards (quality of results)
  • Connections
  • Ease-of-replacement
  • Temper
  • Patience, grace, & adaptability
  • Love (both for his work and people)
  • Good hygiene
  • Geographic placement
  • And sometimes just dumb luck. (“Providence” for us Jesus-followers ?)

But ultimately one thing mattersGod himself. Is He opening up doors for you to be “successful” by our culture’s standards?

“So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”
– 1 Corinthians 10:31

Tacticlip – Multi-tool Snap Hair Clip ‘Knife’ for Survivalists – New Gadget

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The Tacticlip® design was inspired when I realized many women don’t have a pocket for a knife. But they still have one place of innovative storage that is readily accessible: their hair.

Thus Tacticlip® was born. After over a year of research, field-testing, and drawing on the best design elements from the most highly rated keychain multi-tools on the market, Tacticlip® was established.

The most common question I get is, “Will Tacticlip cut hair?” Answer: No, Tacticlip does not cut hair.  It is not a “razor edge,” which is why it is not classified as a knife.  It operates just like a conventional hair clip (e.g. Tacticlip® does not snag hair), only there’s a raptor claw tip integrated into the design.

If you want to see how we’re doing on Kickstarter, feel free to: See Tacticlip® on Kickstarter


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?? Top 10 Ways to Succeed as a “Rabbit Cam” – Stunt Videographer / Adventure Race Videography

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"Rabbit Cam" videographer for NBC Sport's Spartan Race

Q: “What is a rabbit cam?”

A: A rabbit camera is a videographer who runs in the event or event. He/she is embedded with the athletes and captures a wildly unique and exciting first-person POV (point of view).

Q: What makes the “rabbit cam” view special? 

A: The rabbit camera video is the most engaging footage because the audience feels like they’re in the race themselves.

My background: I have been hired by NBC Sports on countless occasions to run as a “rabbit cam” in obstacle course races (e.g. Spartan Races, Tough Mudders). I suppose you could say I am a “professional rabbit cam,” which sounds funny but hey… they keep hiring me for a reason! ??

Key Ways to Succeed as a Rabbit Camera

  1. Go with a gimbal. Jittery footage will make-or-break the video. You don’t want to give your audience motion sickness (see Blair Witch Project). Here’s a good example of a rig. Remember: less is more. I’ve seen people with decked-out GoPro rigs, and they lose 90% of the race because they can’t keep up.
    PRO TIP: If you can’t afford a gimbal or you’re swimming (e.g. filming World’s Toughest Mudder) and thus cannot submerge your gimbal, go with a head-mounted camera. The head is the next smoothest object and is infinity more stable than a chest mount or hand-held selfie stick.

  2. Inov-8 Mudclaw 300 Trail Running ShoeDress for success. Wear a shirt that protects your elbows (you will be crawling) and compression tights that cover your knees (again. crawling.).
    PRO TIP: The shoes are the most important part of your gear. Recommendation: Inov-8 Mudclaw 300 Trail Running Shoe 

  3. Cheer on the athletes. Certainly you can’t give them unfair advantages (e.g. “2nd place is 20 seconds behind you!”) however you are at times in their way, especially if you’re running with them on a single track. So be cool and encourage them. They’re working hard, giving you epic film, so be nice and don’t treat them like a face-less object.

  4. Go minimalist but don’t forget backups. Your gear will die. I sometimes race with an entirely new camera.
    go pro batteriesSee the downside to being a rabbit camera is you’re by yourself (which being autonomous is actually pretty awesome, if you’re Director trusts you). Odds are you are several miles away from base-camp, which means it’s a smart idea to have extra batteries, SD cards, map of the course, ibuprofen or mustard (for muscle cramps), and a lens cleaning cloth.
    PRO TIP: Keep all your gear in a sealed ziplock bag and carried in a running belt like this.
    Because you are carrying extra weight–and still in essence doing exactly what the elite athletes are doing–then that means you have to…

  5. Work out like crazy.  I’ve experimented with going into an event green (no working out) and working hard two weeks prior–and the the latter definitely lends to less injuries.  Take care of yourself. Sure you can push through the pain, but if you want to keep doing this work, you’ll need to train your body to endure it consistently.

  6. If you’re live-streaming your feed, carry a radio. Some races you live-stream your feed, say from an iPhone and basecamp is cutting together your feedback.  1,000s of people are watching you on Facebook (some are cheering you on!). Thus you must be able to communicate with base-camp.  If your video feed suddenly cuts out, they need to let you know. If this is the case, a small running backpack is a good idea to carry the bulky radio. Most of the time you can get away with being a lone-wolf videographer and simply dump the footage wspartan race map washougal 2015hen you get back.

  7. Jog/walk the course the day before. This might be a pain, especially if the course is +15 miles of mountain terrain, but the more knowledge you have of the race, the better your video will be. You might have to cut switch backs or duck under tape if you lose the top 10 racers.  Thus being aware of the course is the only way to know when and where to duck-the-tape and meet up with your racers.
    PRO TIP: Carry a map and make edits and notes as you go. You’ll refer to it more than you’d like on the day-of, but each time it will be a life-saver.
    PRO TIP x2: If you are military you know prior to an engagement you over plan, over plan, over plan… then on the day-of, through the whole thing out the window.

  8. Bring garbage bags in your luggage. And Q-tips. And flip-flops. And a towel and soap. You will be filthy.
    PRO TIP: If you have to catch a plane and you’ve already checked out of your hotel before racing, of course the last thing you want to do is board a plane with mud caked in your eyeballs and ears. Google around for a trucker-stop for a shower-to-rent. They’re usually 15 bucks. Or if you’re a cheap-stake, find a public pool and pay 4 bucks to use their showers.

    Rabbit Camera Tips - Filming Spartan Races

  9. What you should get paid. This is a big question, but let’s be honest: this is a very unique, highly valued skillset. Some athletes will run as a “rabbit cam” for free, just for the fun of it.  It is fun, but it takes incredibly good camera work, experience, stamina, and clear-mindedness under immense pressure.  Rabbit cam work is also wildly different than conventional camera work because you are putting your body on the line. So don’t be afraid to ask to be fairly compensated. Payment for a rabbit cam can be anywhere from $300 to $2,000 per race.  It really depends on the length of the race, location, if the camera crew provides their own camera gear for you, and many other factors.
    PRO TIP: Every production crew I’ve worked with is very cool, so I don’t push the negotiating. Just a reminder they are already paying for flights, hotels, and food for you, so keep in mind the production’s tight budget isn’t just paying your salary. Be cool, and they’ll be cool back… and keep asking for your rabbit cam services.fire jump chicago spartan race beau chevassus video pov

  10. Run the race. When you’re done filming your rabbit cam, and have successfully transferred all of your footage… run the entire race. Yes, the entire thing. I’ve run nearly every single race after filming, and while your pace is going to be painfully slow (I mean you just ran it–maybe two times already, right?), use this as an opportunity to cheer on other racers and get a free t-shirt at the end of the race.  I mean you’re already there, right? Might as well do the entire thing, straight through.


    -Beau “Rabbit 1” Chevassus
    Pro Rabbit Cam


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When Planning a Wedding, What Not to Do: Top 10 Things

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I just finished probably my 50th wedding (I honestly don’t know, I have lost count) and my bestest humble advice to give to couples who are about to tie the knot is the following:

– All of these are observations from weddings that I have photographed or videoed –
  1. annoying photographerNot a time for noobs: Don’t have a person who has never shot a wedding do your wedding. Even if they’re friends with a fancy DSLR doing it as a gift. Your photos will be bad.
  2. Seasoned can suck: This may seem counterintuitive, but don’t hire the seasoned photographer with 25 years shooting weddings under his/her belt. Why? All your guests will see is a photographer floating around, passing out orders (albeit in a friendly way), and posing everyone. Trust me: Your photos will look phenomenal, but it will seem the entire wedding is about taking photos of models… Not celebrating a couple and their commitment.
  3. wedding party drinkingTell your bridesmaids and groomsmen to go easy on the booze: I cannot stress this enough. Do NOT get buzzed before the ceremony. I know everyone is nervous, and there’s always that friend who thinks that the perfect solution to nerves is screaming “Wooo! Fireball shots!”, but you all will look (and feel) like fools. Tell your wedding party that hundreds of people need them on their A-game. Their job is to throw a celebration for others—not themselves—and pick up the inevitable pieces that slip through the cracks. Ultimately their job is to get two people married. If everyone must party, do it after the “I do’s.”
  4. It’s a Toast not a Roast. When giving a toast: don’t say “you remember when?” It’s a blessing. Not a bunch of inside jokes strungannoying toast wedding together. Remind your wedding party about this before they write their speeches.
  5. Someone MUST tell your guests to explore around: once seated, guests will NOT leave their seats except for food. It’s weird. Very few will wander and explore. They need crystal clear direction. So all of those crafts and things to do around the venue MUST be pointed out to guests. Either the DJ or officiant can do this.
  6. PNW outdoor weddings are an insane gamble: if you insist on having an outdoor wedding, that’s wonderful, but at bare minimum have a canvas rained out weddingtent over the audience. Immediately assume (and prepare) that it will rain, be too windy, and then blazingly hot. All in 15 minutes. Or just avoid the stress and have the ceremony indoors.
  7. Do. A. Mic. Check. When first touring the venue, I guarantee that everything will look like a dream and you can picture it all. Very few couples actually consider the technical side. Kindly insist on having a test demonstration of the microphones, including the lav mic that the officiant will wear. And if it’s outdoors? Those mics will pick up rumbling wind, and only 50% of your guests will be able to hear what’s going on.
  8. Wear comfortable shoes. You’ll be standing all day. If your feet suffer, you suffer.
  9. wedding lasting too longBuild in quiet, alone-time into your schedule. Don’t even have the photographer there. Just the couple, after the ceremony.
  10. Don’t draw out the reception: Finish the wedding early. You will feel like celebrating all night, but put a very strict limit on the songs. If you insist on having the wedding end at 10 PM (I know it seems early, huh?), be prepared for only 25% of your guests to be there. (And they are just there to clean up) Yes it’s your day, but simply based off of my observations, the absolute best, most memorable weddings are the ones that are quick, end early, with 100% of the guests waving farewell to the newlyweds.
Its a celebration, not a performance.

When all is said and done, if by the end of the day you are married then the day was a success.

“He’s in a Better Place.” …oh rly?

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– My friend says all his life, “Yeah I don’t really care for Albuquerque.”
– When he turns up missing someday… I will not insist that he’s in Albuquerque.

Ever hear the gut response to someone dying is declaring that the person is “in a better place?”

It’s positive, and anything positive, regardless of how cliché it might be, offers even just a spritz of welcomed comfort.  But feel strongly I can love and grieve using far more meaningful condolences, especially without commenting on the person’s eternal state.

In case you haven’t noticed, I’m not the almighty God. I have limited insight into the soul of a stranger. Therefore my commentary on the person’s eternal state may in fact be out of line. Certainly if I intimately know the person, that’s a different story.  But consider this: In the same way I shouldn’t say, “I didn’t know him, but he’s in a better place,” I similarly would never declare, “I didn’t know him… but he’s probably in hell.”  My personal goal is I will never critique and decide—whether for good or bad—where a stranger’s heart is.

That’s where some people stop.  But is there a time and place where we can guess people’s hearts? Absolutely. 

Reading through what Jesus said, we find this answer. But of course in love, respect, tenderness, and a desire to improve people. 

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My point is it’s okay to take the person at his word; if I’ve heard the man say, “I don’t like Albuquerque,” and his choices (“fruits”) consistently prove it, naturally I am inclined to believe him. I’ll take him at his word.  

Judging people we didn’t really know—whether insisting they’re in heaven or hell—is still considered judging, which Christ expressly warned us about. 

Of course we should all speak kindly and respectfully about all people, but let’s not make up stuff about people we don’t know … even positive things.

So next time someone dies, don’t immediately promise, “they’re in a better place,” unless you really know the person.