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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.
RMI Guide Billy Nugent

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.

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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


Mt. McKinley: Nugent & Team Report from 17,000’ Camp

Posted by: Billy Nugent, Levi Kepsel, Chase Nelson | June 26, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 17,200'

June 28, 2014 -  10:27pm

Hey, it’s Billy calling in from 17 Camp on Denali.  Today was not summit day for us. We woke up to some inclement weather that’s been steadily working all day with winds gusting near 70 miles an hour or so. We build up pretty solid, fortified camp and everyone’s sitting tight and holding on. Winds from the storm are supposed to give way to nicer weather in the next couple of days so we’re just sitting tight with our fingers crossed. We’ll call and check in tomorrow, to let you know if we got up there. That’s all for now.

RMI Tents at 17,200' Camp.  Photo: Lindsay Mann


Billy Nugent checking in from 17,200' Camp on Denali

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Eric: 70mph winds…OUCH…flapping tent syndrome….use the ear bud skull cap combo to keep from going insane! Trust tomorrow things calm down. U.P.

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Posted by: Paul on 6/26/2014 at 3:03 pm

Been checking the blog nonstop to see if you guys had made any progress! Not to worry, keeping our fingers crossed that the weather clears up and you will be… read more

Posted by: Katie Freedman on 6/26/2014 at 10:32 am


Mt. McKinley: Nugent & Team Move to High Camp, Ready for Summit Bid

Posted by: Billy Nugent | June 24, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 17,000'

June 24, 2014 – 7:51 pm PT

Hey it’s Billy and team calling in from High Camp here at over 17,000’ on Denali.  Our crew moved up today from the 14,000’ Camp.  We enjoyed a nice walk and good temps up on the West Buttress, made our way up the ridge line in and out of the clouds all day.
And as we were building camp at 17,000’ the clouds parted.  We are enjoying blue skies and relatively calm winds.  If it looks anything like this tomorrow morning we are going to try and take a crack at the summit.
So, wish us luck and we will check in tomorrow, go or no go.
Alright, that is all for now.

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A climber on the ridge crest of the West Buttress en route to 17,000ft Camp on Mt. McKinley.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Hey Bruce and Michael. Good luck on your final ascent to the summit. I hope you have great weather for the vista at the top. Wave those Duke flags once… read more

Posted by: Joyce Freedman on 6/25/2014 at 7:58 pm

Hey Bruce, Michael and team,
Sending you well wishes for a successful climb to the top!  You are ready so go own it.
Kathy

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Posted by: kathy on 6/25/2014 at 6:53 pm


Mt. McKinley: Nugent and Team Rest at 14,000’

Posted by: Billy Nugent | June 23, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 14,200'

June 23, 2014 - 5:21 pm PT

After a long, tough day yesterday putting in our cache at 17,000’, High Camp on Mt. McKinley, we decided last night that today would be another rest day. The team is spending the day relaxing in the tents, and catching up on nutrition and hydration after returning to camp at 14,000’ last night depleted. Yesterday’s exercise combined with today’s rest should make us acclimatize well and make us exceptionally strong on our summit push. It’s also good mentally to know what a long day is like and to know that we are strong enough to push through.

With our cache up at high camp in and the gang well rested after today we’re in a good spot to make our move up and take a crack at the summit. Fingers crossed for a good spell of weather in the near future…

RMI Guide Billy Nugent, from 14,000’.

A panoramic view of camp at 14,200 ft, Mt. McKinley, Alaska.  Photo: Billy Nugent

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Hi Michael and Bruce. All is well here. Following your progress on the blog site. I hope you have great weather on your summit day. Bruce, your garden has been… read more

Posted by: Joyce on 6/24/2014 at 7:19 pm

Bruce and Michael, best of luck tomorrow, when you get to the top be on the lookout for penguins I understand they are rare that far north, but I have… read more

Posted by: Katherine and Reid on 6/24/2014 at 5:36 pm


Mt. McKinley: Nugent & Team Carry to 17,000’ Camp

Posted by: Billy Nugent, Levi Kepsel, Chase Nelson | June 23, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 14,000'

June 22, 2014 - 11:26 pm PT

Hey, it’s Billy checking in here from 14,000’ on Denali.  Our team had a great day up on the West Buttress today.  We were able to carry a load of food, fuel and supplies up to 17,000’ and get the cache in at 17,000’ Camp.  It was a long day on the Buttress though.  We had mostly clear skies but lots and lots wind and lots of blowing snow.  So it made for a tough day all in all everyone did really well. 
Everyone is hanging in there and we are hoping to rest tomorrow and then set up for our summit bid whenever the weather decides to open up.
That is all for now.

RMI Guide Billy Nugent

Ascending Squirrel Hill above 14,000 ft on Mt. McKinley, Alaska.  Photo: Brent Okita


RMI Guide Billy Nugent checks in from 14,000 ft on Mt. McKinley

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Greetings Michael, Bruce & the Rest of the Team:  Hope Mother Nature offers up a summit bid soon!  You guys are awesome - we are following the blog every day!

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Posted by: Chambos on 6/23/2014 at 4:43 pm

Heyooooooooooooooooo!!!  You’re almost there! Whoop whoop! You got this!  We can’t wait for you to come back because we have a fourteener called Mt. McCornley waiting for you to tackle… read more

Posted by: Team Olson on 6/23/2014 at 3:28 pm


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