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Mt. Rainier: August 18th Update

Posted by: Billy Nugent, Lindsay Fixmer, Mike Walter | August 18, 2014
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Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb led by Billy Nugent and The Five Day Summit Climb led by Lindsay Fixmer reach the summit of Mt. Rainier early this morning.  RMI Guide Billy Nugent reported beautiful weather and great climbing. The team spend some time on the summit enjoying the views and are now en route back to Camp Muir.

RMI Guide Mike Walter and team Checked in from the Expedition Skills Seminar - Kautz. The team had a great day today. We hoisted heavy packs and left the parking lot at Paradise this morning. After about 15 minutes of hiking we left the well beaten path and descended on to the Nisqually Glacier. With crampons on and ice axes in hand, we traversed the Nisqually and gained the Wilson Glacier. The climbing involved some moving over steep rocks with heavy packs, as well as ascending some steep snow slopes. Everyone is doing well and we’re nestled in at our camp at 7600’ at the Sharkfin. It’s a beautiful night, and it’s a real treat to leave the crowds behind and have this wild place to ourselves.

Congratulations to the our Summit Climb Teams!

The Kautz Seminar Team training on the Wilson Glacier on Mt. Rainier. Photo: Mike Walter

Mt. Rainier: August 10th Teams Summit

Posted by: Billy Nugent, Lindsay Fixmer | August 10, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

RMI Guides Billy Nugent and Lindsay Fixmer, along with the Four Day Summit Climb, reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  Billy reported calm and beautiful conditions on the summit.  The teams are descending to Camp Muir where they will spend some time before continuing on to Paradise.  We look forward to seeing them back in Ashford this afternoon.

Congratulations!

RMI climbers crossing Mt. Rainier's summit crater to Columbia Crest. Photo: Brent Okita
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That is just fantastic!  What an accomplishment!!!  AMAZED!!!!!

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Posted by: Susan Wright on 8/20/2014 at 10:16 am

Awesome job guys!! Proud of you Keith!!

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Posted by: Kelley Bright on 8/12/2014 at 3:19 am


Mt. Rainier: July 30th Summit

Posted by: Billy Nugent, Zeb Blais | July 30, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guide Billy Nugent and the Five Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guide Zeb Blais reached the summit of Mt. Rainier earlier this morning.  The team has descended safely to Camp Muir where they will pack up before continuing their descent to Paradise.  We look forward to greeting the teams when they arrive in Ashford later this afternoon.

Congratulations to today’s climbers!

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Congratulations to Jessica and Denise - Top of the World! - as far as I am concerned!

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Posted by: Michael Rose on 8/2/2014 at 2:00 pm

OUTSTANDING! WHAT’S NEXT?

Love, Dad

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Posted by: Dad on 7/31/2014 at 4:48 am


Mt. Rainier: July 25th SUMMIT!

Posted by: Billy Nugent, Leon Davis, Bridget Belliveau, Caleb Ladue, Adam Butterfield, Billy Haas | July 25, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb Team led by RMI Guides Billy Nugent and Leon Davis reached the Summit of Camp Muir today.  The teams reported great climbing conditions and clear skies.

Congratulations to Today’s Teams!

Climbers at High Break on Mt. Rainier.  RMI Photo Collection
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Congrats Steve and Danny. Hope it was as great as you thought it would be.

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Posted by: Don on 7/25/2014 at 2:16 pm

YEAH STEVE!!!!  Congrats man!!!!

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Posted by: David D on 7/25/2014 at 1:08 pm


Mt. Rainier: Summit Climbs and Seminar Teams Reach Summit!

Posted by: Brent Okita, Billy Nugent | July 17, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb teams led by RMI Guides Brent Okita and Billy Nugent reached the summit of Mt. Rainier early this morning.  Brent reported a gorgeous day with clear skies and winds 25-30 mph on the summit but 15 - 20 mph throughout the climb. The teams began their descent from the crater rim around 7 am and will return to Cam Muir before continuing down to Paradise.

The Expeditions Skills Seminar - Kautz led by Jake Beren also reached the summit this morning.  At 8:30 am they began their descent and will return to their camp where they will spend another night on the mountain.

Congratulations to today’s climbers!


Mt. Rainier: July 14th Summit!

Posted by: Seth Waterfall, Billy Nugent | July 14, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four- and Five- Day Mount Rainier Summit Climb teams, led by Seth Waterfall and Billy Nugent, were on the summit to watch the sunrise.  Both teams called in at 7:30 on the descent and they were at the top of Disappointment Cleaver.  They reported no wind, blue skies and a low cloud layer just above Rainier Basecamp in Ashford.  It’s a beautiful day on the mountain and getting hot!

An RMI Mount Rainier team on the summit. Photo: RMI Collection
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Way to go Megan! I am very proud if you! I can’t wait to hear stories!

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Posted by: Anna O'Neill on 7/14/2014 at 5:50 pm

AMAZING!!! Way to go Rob!!! You are amazing! All your girls are so proud of you! Great job team!!! So incredibly cool! Rock on!!!

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Posted by: Kathryn on 7/14/2014 at 2:12 pm


Mt. McKinley: Nugent & Team Return to 14 Camp - Will Continue Descent

Posted by: Billy Nugent, Levi Kepsel, Chase Nelson | June 30, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 14,000'

Hey, it’s Billy here checking in from 14,000’.  Our team had a lazy morning today and packed up and moved down from the 17 Camp to the 14 Camp on Mt. McKinley.  We had some pretty slow going due to some wind and some kind of funky weather but especially due to very deep snow conditions, lots and lots of snow from the previous storm cycle that kept us at 17.
We are going to walk out of here early tomorrow morning, very early and head for the air strip.  So hopefully the next check in will come from the Kahiltna landing strip.

That’s all for now.
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Looking down upon 14,000 ft Camp on Mt. McKinley.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Huge Congrats!!!  I can’t wait to hear all the stories from your adventure!  The sunny, warm weather is waiting for you along with everyone here that loves you, two!  Elisabeth

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Posted by: Elisabeth on 7/1/2014 at 7:32 am

GET SOME team Freed! Keep it goin. Hope the “funky” weather is quenching your thirst to be an official stormchaser

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Posted by: Jess on 6/30/2014 at 10:27 am


Mt. McKinley: Nugent & Team Summit!

Posted by: Billy Nugent, Levi Kepsel, Chase Nelson | June 29, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 17,200'

June 29, 2014 - 4:07 am PT

Hey it’s Billy here with a late-night check in. I just finished up making dinner and filling water bottles for folks after a successful summit bid today. Everybody’s pretty much racked out and exhausted, laying in their tents right now. But their spirits are definitely high. Everyone made it to the summit. We enjoyed an awesome day. Clear blue skies. It was very, very cold, but there was no wind and we were able to make it happen. So, that’s all for now. We’ll check in again on our way out. Ciao.

RMI Guide Billy Nugent

Billy Nugent on top of Mt. McKinley. Photo: RMI Collection Descending from the summit of McKinley. Photo: RMI Collection


RMI Guide Billy Nugent calls in after successful summit.

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Congratulations to Bruce and Michael. We are soooo happy for you! Rest, relax, and celebrate when you are ready! Cheers, Katherine and Reid

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Posted by: Katherine Mitchell on 7/1/2014 at 6:55 pm

Congrats to Bruce and Michael Freedman and all the rest of the team. Great to see that you made it through all the weather. Cant wait to hear the stories.

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Posted by: Ron Holt on 7/1/2014 at 6:07 pm


Mt. McKinley: Nugent & Team Spend Another Day at 17K Camp

Posted by: Billy Nugent, Levi Kepsel, Chase Nelson | June 28, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 17,200'

June 27, 2014 - 5:17 pm

Hey this is Billy. I’m calling in from 17,000 feet again. We’re still here. And we’re still pin down by the weather. But things are starting to look like they maybe improving so keep your fingers crossed for us. We will check in again tomorrow. Nothing new to report.

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An RMI team building ice walls at 17K Camp, Denali. Photo: RMI Collection


Billy Nugent calls in from 17K Camp.

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Bruce Michael and Team - we’re all crossing fingers and toes that your perseverance and weather join forces to push you to that summit soon! Tapi wants you back safe… read more

Posted by: Jen on 6/29/2014 at 5:30 am

What an adventure!  Hang in there and be safe - Mother Nature owes you a break soon!

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Posted by: Chambos on 6/28/2014 at 5:32 pm


Mt. McKinley: Nugent & Team Weather a Ferocious Snowstorm at 17K Camp

Posted by: Billy Nugent, Levi Kepsel, Chase Nelson | June 27, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 17,200'

June 26, 2014 - 9:33 pm PT

Hey this is Billy checking in from 17K on Denali, again, where we are still pinned down by the weather. Today is our second storm day. We actually had some sort of blue skies and clearing and some hope on the horizon but things closed back in here. They are calling for high pressure to build over the mountain this weekend. If we get up tomorrow and it looks promising, we might take a crack at it or we might be sitting tight until Saturday. Last night was definitely one of the most ferocious storms I have had to battle up here in Alaska. We were definitely up all night digging out tents with feet and feet of snow and very, very strong winds- 70 miles an hour. For our chance for it, we have tons of food and fuel, and we just need the weather to cooperate. And that’s all for now.

RMI Guide Billy Nugent

Snow drifts inside the tent vestibule on Mt. McKinley. Photo: RMI Collection


RMI Guide Billy Nugent calls in from 17K Camp.

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Keep warm and safe above all. The forecast is much better for the weekend!

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Posted by: Monique on 6/27/2014 at 6:21 pm


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