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Mt. McKinley: Okita and team Fly onto Glacier

Posted by: Brent Okita, Leah Fisher, Nick Hunt | May 23, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 7,800'

May 22, 2014 - 11:00 pm PT

Our day started great. Breakfast at the Roadhouse again and an early departure from Talkeetna, courtesy of the best air service in town: K2 Aviation. The first hint that conditions were not warm and pleasant came when we landed on some pretty hard snow. Then getting out of the plane we were hit by a chilly wind. But, everyone was excited to be on the mountain and we just put on a few more layers.

Our climb to camp went well, though we were challenged the whole day by that irritating and cold breeze. But that sure didn’t slow the team down any. Everyone really did well on this ordinarily difficult day with the heavy loads we were sporting. A quick dinner in bed and the team is now resting comfortably in their tents, getting ready for tomorrow and Ski Hill.

Thanks to the tireless efforts of Leah and Nick who have been making sure that were all fed and ready for tomorrow. Wish us calm winds and more pleasant travels tomorrow. Goodnight from 7,800’ Camp on the Kahiltna Glacier.

RMI Guides Brent, Leah, Nick and the whole Team

Flying into Alaska Range with McKinley in the Background.  Photo: Dave Hahn

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Mt. McKinley: Okita and Team Busy in Talkeetna

Posted by: Brent Okita, Leah Fisher, Nick Hunt | May 21, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 348'

May 21, 2014 - 7:12 pm PT
The day before flying on to the mountain is always an incredibly full day. At breakfast we discuss our expedition goals, strategy, schedule and everything else under the sun. This is followed up by our orientation with Denali National Park. And then on to the hangar of our air service where we spend half the day making certain we have everything we need to survive the weeks on the mountain. The other half of the day is spent putting this incredible amount of gear and food in some semblance of order so that when we actually fly on to the glacier we can pick up and go.
It’s been a long day, but one well spent. Tomorrow we’re all set for the flight on to the mountain. But tonight, a final dinner where we can relax with a burger and a beer. A well deserved treat after such a busy day, and one we’ll be dreaming of in the not to distant future.

RMI Guides Brent, Leah, and Nick

Welcome to Talkeetna, Alaska.  Photo: RMI Collection Gear and food sorted for a Mt. McKinley Expedition in the K2 Aviation Hanger, Talkeetna, Alaska.  Photo: Brent Okita

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Mt. McKinley: Okita and Team Transfer to Talkeetna, Alaska

Posted by: Brent Okita, Leah Fisher, Nick Hunt | May 20, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 348'

May 20, 2014 - 8:29 pm PT

We are closing in on Talkeetna enjoying the unseasonably warm weather, being driven by our shuttle driver Louisa. It’s nice to finally be all together and underway after so much anticipation and preparation.
No lost luggage or late planes. Now all we need to accomplish is to unload our gear at the hanger, check into our wonderfully quirky hotel run by our friends Pam and Al, before heading out for a bite and a beer or two.
If first impressions mean anything, I think were going to have a good time on this expedition.

Cheers!

RMI Guide Brent Okita

The RMI Mt. McKinley May 20th Expedition team.  Photo: Brent Okita

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Mt. Rainier: May 18th Teams Summit!

Posted by: Adam Knoff, Brent Okita, Leah Fisher, Sean Collon, Bridget Belliveau, Chase Nelson | May 18, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Five Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guide Adam Knoff reached the summit of Mt. Rainier yesterday afternoon in cold and windy conditions.  The team descended back to Camp Muir for the night.  The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guide Brent Okita reached the summit this morning and reports blue skies on top with a cap beginning to form.  Both teams will be back in Ashford later today.

The Four Day Summit Climb May 15 - 18, 2014 nears the summit of Mt. Rainier.  Photo: Brent Okita The view from Disappointment Cleaver on May 18, 2014.  Photo: Brent Okita The Four Day Summit Climb May 15 - 18, 2014 makes their summit attempt.  Photo: Brent Okita
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Mt. Rainier: Brent Okita and Team en route to Camp Muir

Posted by: Brent Okita | May 17, 2014
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We enjoyed some surprisingly good weather on the way up to Camp Muir. Dry, cool, but at the cost of minimal visibility. That’s ok though, because now that were up at Muir it’s beautiful.
Everyone is doing great!

RMI Guide Brent Okita

The Four Day Summit Climb May 15 - 18, 2014 led by Brent Okita takes a break en route to Camp Muir.  Photo: Brent Okita

Mt. Rainier: May 14th Summit!

Posted by: Brent Okita, Tyler Jones, Chase Nelson, Mike King, Nick Hunt, Ben Liken | May 14, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

Camp Muir reported that RMI Guides Brent Okita, Tyler Jones and the Five Day Summit Climb Team reached the Summit of Mt. Rainier at about 7am this morning.  The team reported clear skies and absolutely beautiful climb weather.  The team has started their descent and are en route to Camp Muir. We expect them back to RMI Base Camp this afternoon.

This is the First Summit of the our 2014 summer season! Congratulations Teams!

Team on the Crater Rim. Photo: Brent Okita Team on Summit. Photo: Brent Okita
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Mt. Rainier: Okita & Team Prepare for Tomorrow’s Summit Bid

Posted by: Brent Okita, Tyler Jones | May 13, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 10,060'

Today was another beautiful day. The crew climbed the first leg of the route in preparation for our climb tonight.
A couple of us kicked in the route today which goes up the Disappointment Cleaver.
The route is in great shape and were all looking forward to the climb.

RMI Guide Brent Okita


Mt. Rainier: The 2014 Season Begins!

Posted by: Brent Okita, Tyler Jones, Ben Liken, Nick Hunt, Mike King, Chase Nelson | May 12, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 10,060'

RMI Guides Brent Okita and Tyler Jones are leading our first 2014 Mt. Rainier Summit Climb! The team is doing great and had beautiful weather on their ascent to Camp Muir today.  Tomorrow the team will go on an acclimatization hike and get ready for their summit bid on Wednesday.

8,600' on the Muir Snowfield. Photo: Brent Okita Loving life on the Muir Snowfield. Photo: Brent Okita
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Mt. Rainier: Winter Seminar Wrap-up a Great Week of Training

Posted by: Brent Okita, Zeb Blais, Ben Liken, Robby Young | April 18, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 10,060'

RMI Guides Brent Okita, Zeb Blais and the Expedition Skills Seminar - Winter Team finished up a great week of training.  The team has started their descent and will be back at Rainier Basecamp this afternoon.

Congratulations Team!

Last rest break on the mountain. Photo: Brent Okita Group photo near Paradise. Photo: Brent Okita

Mt. Rainier: Winter Seminar Train in Some Tough Weather

Posted by: Brent Okita, Zeb Blais, Ben Liken, Robby Young | April 17, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 10,060'

A little wind and snow couldn’t keep this intrepid group of aspiring alpinists from training on our last full day of the seminar. What most impressed the guides was the 100% participation of the group given the 50 mph winds and heavy snowfall.

We look forward to a last evening together going over a couple more topics and sharing a war story or two.

RMI Guide Brent Okita

The winter seminar training in tough conditions at Camp Muir. Photo: Brent Okita
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