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Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climbs on top!

Posted by: Brent Okita, Walter Hailes | July 04, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climbs led by RMI Guides Brent Okita and Walter Hailes reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  Brent reported clear and warm conditions.  The teams are enjoying some time on the summit.  They will return to Camp Muir later this morning and then continue their descent to Paradise.  We look forward to seeing them at Rainier BaseCamp this afternoon.

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb Teams!

Happy Independence Day!

Climbers approaching the summit of Mt. Rainier.  Photo: Seth Waterfall
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Mt. Rainier: June 29th Summit!

Posted by: Brent Okita, Leon Davis | June 29, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Mt. Rainier Summit Climbs led by Brent Okita and Leon Davis crested the crater rim at 7:35 a.m.  Brent reported 25 mph winds and the cloud deck was at 9,500’.  The teams spent some time on the summit before beginning their descent at 8:40 a.m.

Congratulations to today’s summit climbers!

Mt. Rainier's Disappointment Cleaver Route. Photo: Brent Okita
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Mt. Rainier: June 24th SUMMIT!

Posted by: Brent Okita, Mike Uchal, Christina von Mertens, Seth Waterfall, Mike King, Alex Barber, Robby Young | June 24, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

Early this morning the Four Day Summit Climb led by Brent Okita reached the summit of Mt. Rainier.  Brent reported clouds above and winds 20 mph, and some new snow on the mountain.  The team has started their descent and are now en route back to Camp Muir.

The Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons Team led by Seth Waterfall reached the summit via the Emmons route at 11:50am this morning.  The will spend a bit of time on the summit before starting their descent.

Congratulations to Today’s Teams!

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Mt. Rainier: June 20th SUMMIT!

Posted by: Brent Okita, Solveig Waterfall, Mike Soucy | June 20, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guides Brent Okita and Mike Soucy was 30 minutes from the crater rim at 7:40 am as reported by Camp Muir.  Camp Muir reported calm winds, and clear skies. The team will spend a bit of time on the summit before starting their descent.

The Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons spent a misty afternoon practicing crevasse rescue and ice climbing skills on the Emmons Glacier near Camp Schurman The spent the evening in camp, having dinner, relaxing, and celebrating an exciting, strenuous and very windy climb to 13,200’ yesterday. The team is descending from their camp this morning and will return to Ashford this afternoon around 3:30 pm.

Congratulations to Today’s Teams!

The Emmons - Expedition Skills Seminar Team practicing crevasse rescue. Photo: Solveig Waterfall
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Mt. McKinley: Okita & Team Grounded

Posted by: Brent Okita, Leah Fisher, Nick Hunt | June 07, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley

June 7, 2014 - 7:23 pm PT

The past day and a half have been a whirlwind. Awakening early at 14,200’ the skies had cleared spectacularly, a very nice change from the snowy weather we had getting to camp. With new snow on the ground climbing back down to 11,200’ camp was easy.

We picked up our cache and visited with friends and some fellow guides before heading down glacier to Basecamp. Because the glacier was in great shape we could travel during the day without needing to get on to a nighttime schedule to walk when the snow is cold and crevasse bridges stronger and safer.

Six hours later we were at the airstrip on the southeast fork of the Kahiltna Glacier. An hour later the great pilots at K2 had landed and were whisking us back to civilization. It was a rush to get in a shower before the restaurants closed.

But we made it and gorged on some wonderful food and cold beverages.  A visit to the infamous Fairview Inn to celebrate our trip led some to hydrate to excess into the wee hours of the morning, but incredibly all made it to breakfast at 8:00.

And now we’ve split up and are going our own ways. Part of the team are going fishing and enjoying this great state some more, while the rest of us are flying home.

Leah, Nick and I are among those going home, opting out of fishing this time so we can see our loved ones, and take a well deserved rest.

Thanks for following along on our great adventure. See you next year!

RMI Guides Brent Okita, Leah Fisher and Nick Hunt

Photos on the Mt. McKinley summit. Photo: RMI Collection

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Mt. McKinley: Okita & Team Down from 17,200’

Posted by: Brent Okita, Leah Fisher, Nick Hunt | June 06, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 14,200'

June 5, 2014 - 11:00 pm PT

We broke camp early today given our usual plan for getting down towards Basecamp and hopefully off the mountain in another day or so, but today not all went to plan. Some equipment malfunctions and mostly general fatigue has us camped again at 14,200’, getting recharged for our walk back to the airstrip and closer to a burger, beer, and you.

The forecast looks good for walking down the Kahiltna so we’re all hopeful.

Hope to see you all soon.

RMI Guides Brent, Leah and Nick

An RMI team's 14K camp on Mt. McKinley. Photo: RMI Collection

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Mt. McKinley: Okita & Team Back in Camp

Posted by: Brent Okita, Leah Fisher, Nick Hunt | June 05, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 17,200'

June 5, 2014 - 1:44 am PT

We’re all safely back in camp, horizontal and happy at 17,200’ on Mt. McKinley. And to no small degree exhausted.
It was a perfect day: sunny and calm with never more than a 5-10 mph wind. But mostly calm. A lot of other climbers were taking advantage of the good weather too, but traffic was nicely spread out.
Tomorrow is another big day as we descend to 11,200’ camp to retrieve our cache and get on to a night time schedule.
All for now. It’s cold and I too am ready to get horizontal.

Goodnight from RMI Guide Brent Okita

An RMI Team securely protected at 17,200 ft Camp on Mt. McKinley.  Photo: Linden Mallory

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Mt. McKinley: Okita & Team Summit!

Posted by: Brent Okita, Leah Fisher, Nick Hunt | June 04, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 20,320'

June 4, 2014 - 7:43 pm PT

Hi, this is Brent from the RMI Okita McKinley Expedition. I am super psyched to report that we just summitted Denali about an hour ago, about 5:30 [Alaska time] this evening under perfect conditions. Minimal wind, hardly anything, and clear, blue skies. Everyone did a great job getting up to the summit. Was a fantastic effort by everybody. Right now, I’m calling down from the Football Field. We wanted to get off the summit, because there are a bunch of other climbers coming up and we wanted to get out of the crowds, as they say. Now we’re back on the Football Field, taking a little break before heading back to camp. And everyone’s doing super well.  I’ll give an update on our progress when we get back down to Camp 17 in a little while. All you friends and family who are listening, you guys should be awfully proud of these folks. They did a great job today. Alright, talk to you later. Bye Bye.

RMI Guide Brent Okita

RMI Guide Brent Okita and Team on the summit of Mt. McKinley, Alaska. Photo: Brent Okita Descending Mt. McKinley's summit ridge. Photo: Brent Okita


RMI Guide Brent Okita calls in from the descent of Mt. McKinley's summit.

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Dan & Team!! We are super excited for you guys and so proud that you accomplished this feat! Can’t wait to hear all about it, safe travels down!

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Posted by: Allison & Christine on 6/5/2014 at 5:49 am

Congratulations Bruce and team!  It is so cool being able to follow your progress up the mountain!  You are almost motivating me to want to mountaineer….almost…
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Posted by: Kara on 6/5/2014 at 5:16 am


Mt. McKinley: Okita & Team Going for the Summit

Posted by: Brent Okita, Leah Fisher, Nick Hunt | June 04, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 17,200'

June 4, 2014 - 9:30 am PT

Just spoke with RMI Guide Brent Okita and they are leaving high camp for their summit bid. His words on the weather this morning: “Massively glorious day on Mt. McKinley!”

Good luck to the team as they ascend to the highest point in North America!

On Mt. McKinley's West Buttress just below Washburn's Thumb. Photo: Brent Okita

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Awesome work Mr. Wagner and all!

This is fabulous!!!

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Posted by: Bob on 6/4/2014 at 10:01 am

Rick Popp I hope it’s beautiful ❤️U
Carol

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Posted by: Carol on 6/4/2014 at 8:44 am


Mt. McKinley: Okita & Team Reach 17,200’ Camp

Posted by: Brent Okita, Leah Fisher, Nick Hunt | June 04, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 17,200'

June 4, 2014 - 12:53 am PT

The winds have finally abated now that we’re in our tents here at 17,200 ft Camp. For much of the day we we’re climbing head on into the breeze, making for an uncomfortable climb to camp. But we’re psyched now. Tomorrow promises to be a great day, and given the fact that we had to ascend less than 1000’ we should be in good shape.
It was unfortunate the Buttress was so windy because it was such a beautiful climb and day.
Wish us luck with the weather and perhaps our next chat will be from the summit.
Good night from chilly 17,200’ camp.

RMI Guides Brent, Leah and Nick

Climbers on the ridge toward 17,200 ft on Mt. McKinley, Alaska.  Photo: RMI Collection Camp at 17,200 ft on Mt. McKinley, Alaska.  Photo: Brent Okita

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