Entries From McKinley 6-4-13

Mt. McKinley: June 4th Team Beren - Ready in Talkeenta

Posted by: Jake Beren, Josh Maggard, Leon Davis | June 06, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 358'

Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Hello,
This is the RMI Mt. McKinley June 4th Expedition. The whole team is here in Talkeetna, Alaska, packed and ready to rock. Today we packed up, checked our gear and sat in on a National Park Service orientation to preview a bit of the upcoming adventure. The team is excited and ready to launch. So far the flying weather hasn’t let many folks land these days, but it appears to be stabilizing just in time for us to storm the SE fork of the Kahiltna. With any luck we’ll fly out tomorrow morning, so we better get some rest tonight.

RMI Guide Jake Beren

Sunset from Talkeetna, Alaska.  Photo: Linden Mallory Mt. McKinley, 20,320 ft.  Photo: Washburn

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Have fun & be safe - big props from Seattle!

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Posted by: Stacey Guerrero on 6/8/2013 at 7:49 pm

Zurich wishes all the best and good luck for the whole team.

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Posted by: Tom&Jerry;$ on 6/6/2013 at 11:06 am


Mt. McKinley: Beren & Team Fly On To the Kahiltna

Posted by: Jake Beren | June 06, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 7,300'

Thursday, June 6, 2013
Greetings from the Kahiltna Glacier!  Our team flew from Talkeetna onto the mountain this morning and we’ve been busy setting up shop, pitching tents and dialing in camp. Our sleds are ready and it’s an “early to bed, early to rise” type of morning in our future, provided the weather stays workable. Tomorrow we ride for the base of Ski Hill and start climbing.

RMI Guide Jake Beren

The K2 Aviation planes shuttle climbers to the mountains.  Photo: RMI Collection

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All reports sound good for the recent summits.  Safe journey to all of you as you begin the climb.  Our prayer flags are hung in the backyard for your summit… read more

Posted by: Bonny Rogers on 6/7/2013 at 11:01 am

Good luck Everyone!
Love,
Your LA Fans

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Posted by: S Brownie on 6/6/2013 at 9:57 pm


Mt. McKinley Expedition: Beren & Team Camp at Ski Hill

Posted by: Jake Beren | June 07, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 7,800'

Friday, June 7, 2013
Happy 100 Year Anniversary of the first ascent of Denali to all our friends in the lowlands!  We celebrated the occasion by leaving Basecamp for our first camp at the base of Ski Hill. On our way we ran into RMI Team 3 with Brent, Leah and Logan, fresh (generous term) from the summit. A big congratulations for a job well done.
  We travelled early this morning, making use of the cooler temps to stay on the surface of the snow instead of post holing our way into utter frustration. Our way to camp was smooth and we can only hope the melting snow doesn’t disappear too fast so that we can make our way out of here in a few weeks. I’m sure it will work out just fine.
  We plan on calling it early tonight and carrying higher early tomorrow morning while it’s still cold and then we can soak up the heat in the afternoon. The team is off to a great start, climbing strong and happy to be on the mountain.

RMI Guide Jake Beren & Team

An RMI Team leaving Base Camp en route to Camp One on Mt. McKinley.  Photo: Chris Villar

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Bill “degrees of greatness”
Another great adventure….
Love the pictures
Sacramento, ca temperature108

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Posted by: Bill&Cathy; on 6/9/2013 at 10:22 pm

great job, miss you and proud of you Barbara your amazing! All of you are amazing! Kalispell Montana

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Posted by: jay rocha on 6/8/2013 at 6:22 am


Mt. McKinley: Beren & Team Carry Higher

Posted by: Jake Beren | June 08, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 9,800'

Saturday, June 8, 2013
Waking early this morning we shouldered out packs and made a bid to move some supplies higher on the mountain. Mild but cold enough temps kept the walking comfortable and we were able to cache at 11,000’ camp before the sun came out in force. The team did great, and we made it back to our camp at the base of Ski Hill before the heat really turned on.
Now we are hiding in whatever shade we can find before an early dinner and bed. If the weather holds or at least remains workable, we will fire for 11 Camp in the wee hours tomorrow. Wish us luck!

RMI Guide Jake Beren & Team

An RMI Team pulling sleds up Ski Hill.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Wow! The team is making great progress!
I love seeing pictures of the group!
We’re all rooting for you!
-S Brownie
P.S. All of the LA… read more

Posted by: S Brownie on 6/9/2013 at 8:56 pm

Great job guys good luck and always thinking of you all. Kalispell Montana

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Posted by: Jay Rocha on 6/9/2013 at 6:12 am


Mt. McKinley: Beren & Team Arrive to 11,000 Camp

Posted by: Jake Beren, Leon Davis, Josh Maggard | June 10, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 11,200'

Sunday, June 9, 2013
Tonight we will sleep well after three big days on the lower Kahiltna. We arrived to 11,000’ camp in the early warmth of a new day and made camp easily. A strong performance by the team gives us great confidence in our abilities the higher we move and with a full day of rest tomorrow, we should only grow stronger. 

The rest day won’t be entirely lounging about. We are going to review some tricks of the trade for motion on the upper mountain and ready loads for our carry towards our 14,000’ Camp.

So with a light snow falling onto our tents and the sound of other teams passing through camp, we say goodnight to our friends and family.

RMI Guides Jake Beren, Leon Davis & Josh Maggard

An RMI Team moving toward the 11,000 ft Camp on Mt. McKinley.  Photo: Lindsay Mann Looking up toward the summit of Mt. McKinley from the 11,000 ft. Camp.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Looking good, Thanks for the wonderful updates and photos. B Safe and have fun! Kalispell Montana

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Posted by: Jay Rocha on 6/10/2013 at 11:06 am

Getting tremendous vicarious enjoyment from your trip!  Keep up the fantastic work!!

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Posted by: Nina Baj on 6/10/2013 at 10:43 am


Mt. McKinley: Team Beren Enjoys Rest Day

Posted by: Jake Beren, Josh Maggard, Leon Davis | June 10, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 11,200'

Monday, June 10, 2013
It did snow a little bit last night and the cold wind this morning made a camp day a welcome change of pace for this team. We are climbing very well so far, and I’m sure everyone would’ve done just fine continuing higher this morning. Patience on the big mountain is key, and the recovery day will only make us stronger for the future as we acclimatize and settle in to camp life.

After a big breakfast we reviewed some cramponing techniques and ice axe usage. After our mid-morning relaxation session we are going to have a potluck lunch and move to a little rope work and cache digging before dinner. Tomorrow if the weather is workable we will carry towards 14,000’ Camp and get a little taste of some real altitude. Everyone sends their best to family and friends back home.

Over and out,
RMI Guide Jake Beren

Teams camped at 11,200 ft on Mt. McKinley.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Team Caraccio is thinking of you Mike. You are an inspiration to us all. Love Lori

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Posted by: Lori on 6/11/2013 at 3:15 pm

Thinking of you Michael. I love you and miss you!
Vien

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Posted by: Vien Vail on 6/11/2013 at 10:13 am


Mt. McKinley: Beren & Team Carry to 13,500’

Posted by: Jake Beren, Josh Maggard, Leon Davis | June 11, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 11,200'

Tuesday, June 11, 2013
All these early mornings are sure getting us dialed on working in the cold and will surely pay off up high. Today we led the way out of 11,000 ft camp by a few hours and reaped the reward of hitting the sun at a not-so Windy Corner and putting in our cache at 13,500 ft in still, warm weather. The team did a great job and collectively we avoided baking in the afternoon sun. Now back at camp, the team is relaxing and recovering so that if Mother Nature allows, we can bump camps to 14,000’ tomorrow. All we can do now is rest up and hope that Windy Corner lets us through one more time.

RMI Guides Jake Beren, Leon Davis & Josh Maggard

Mt. McKinley, Windy Corner.  Photo: RMI Collection An RMI Team ascending above 11,000 ft on Mt. McKinley.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Thinking of Galen and the rest of the team and hoping that Windy Corner is not too windy for your ascent, and that the weather lets you enjoy the mountain… read more

Posted by: Kathleen and Bill on 6/12/2013 at 5:59 pm

James and Others:

It sounds like “Miss McKinley” is making sure you appreciate what you have courageous chosen to pursue (and in due time achieve).  Knowing you ... you are… read more

Posted by: Fred Klingbeil on 6/12/2013 at 11:23 am


Mt. McKinley: Beren & Team Move to 14,000’

Posted by: Jake Beren, Leon Davis, Josh Maggard | June 13, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 14,200'

Wednesday, June 12, 2013
A fine day for a move presented itself to us this morning and we certainly made the most of it. Leaving our 11,000’ Camp in the early morning cold is great training for the chill of higher altitude and we made a solid bid before the sun came out in force. It’s nearly always hot coming into 14 and today was no exception. We were treated to some real hospitality when we arrived in the form of another RMI Team, led by Tyler Jones and Garret Stevens. Freshly hydrated, we set to work building camp and rebuilding ourselves with a big meal and early night’s rest. Tomorrow is a rest day, but I hazard a guess that we will be working in some way most of the day, retrieving a cache, fortifying camp and practicing for the fixed lines.

It is exciting to be up here with such a great team!

RMI Guide Jake Beren

An RMI Team at the top of Motorcycle Hill en route to 14,000 ft Camp.  Photo: Seth Waterfall An RMI Team asending Squirrel Hill.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Galen,
I wait eagerly everyday for updates, checking the blog multiple times (despite the fact that I have subscribed to notifications). I have also read the blogs of… read more

Posted by: Alice on 6/14/2013 at 12:04 am

Keep up the great work everyone!I miss you Michael, have fun and be safe. Love Vien.

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Posted by: Vien Vail on 6/13/2013 at 4:22 pm


Mt. McKinley: Beren & Team Retrieve Cache and Race Around for Science

Posted by: Jake Beren, Leon Davis, Josh Maggard | June 14, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 14,200'

Thursday, June 13, 2013
Today we “rested” at camp, but it hardly felt like it. After breakfast we put on some empty packs and boogied down to retrieve our cache at 13,500’. The wind kept our somewhat spirited return trip from being too hot. Once back and rested, we fortified camp with stellar walls for the afternoon. Some of us even found a little time to participate in a high altitude medical study which had us racing around in the name of science. Then dinner and a few songs around the stoves and off to bed. The team impressed everyone around with our hard work and we really earned some down time tomorrow. Maybe there will be some actual rest for this not so weary crew.

RMI Guide Jake Beren

Looking through camp walls at 14,200' Camp. Photo: RMI Collection

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I’m so impressed with all of you!  Amazing.  Good luck & safe journey up. 
Karen

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Posted by: Karen Hoffman on 6/14/2013 at 12:40 pm

I take it that Grasshopper will NOT be at happy hour today in McKinney, then. (It was his turn to buy, you know). Safe journeys!

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Posted by: Tim on 6/14/2013 at 11:30 am


Mt. McKinley: Beren & Team Enjoy Their Rest Day

Posted by: Jake Beren, Leon Davis, Josh Maggard | June 14, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 14,200'

Friday, June 14, 2013
It sure felt nice for the team to get a little extra time in sleeping bags this morning before an epic pancake and bacon breakfast. Then it was off to practice for the fixed lines and Autobahn just outside of camp. The team is primed and ready for moving up on the mountain, skills sharp and energy high. After a siesta, we will take a stroll over to the Edge of the World and take in the sights nearly 7,000 feet down the NE Fork o the Kahiltna before dinner. Not a bad day up here at all.

RMI Guide Jake Beren

View from the Edge of the World, outside of 14,200' Camp. Photo: Lindsay Mann

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Peter/Dad, Happy Father’s Day from all of us!  Love, Nathaniel

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Posted by: Nathaniel on 6/16/2013 at 8:38 am

Happy Father’s Day.  Hope you are having the best ever.  Miss you here.  Safe travels to 17,200. x, Bonny

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Posted by: Bonny Rogers on 6/16/2013 at 7:17 am


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