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Mt. McKinley: Hahn & Team Get Ready in Talkeetna

Posted by: Dave Hahn, Zeb Blais, Mike King | June 27, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 358'

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013
The climbing team ate a hardy breakfast at The Talkeetna Roadhouse.  We talked climbing and safety as we chewed bacon and swilled coffee.  Our excellent meal prepared us for a giant day of packing and organizing to fly on to Denali.  Longtime legendary NPS climbing ranger Roger Robinson gave our pre-climb briefing at the ranger station, after which we trooped on out to the K2 Aviation hangar to get into the nuts and bolts of getting our gear ready for the mountain.  We worked through some unbelievably hot hours, checking tents, stoves, ropes, pots and clothes.  Massive cumulonimbus clouds formed as the day went along and thunder boomed, but the storm never really hit Talkeetna.
We enjoyed a great dinner together at the popular West Rib Pub and then turned in.  All were intent on resting up from this big and busy day to be ready for a bigger and busier day tomorrow, hopefully one that gets us onto Denali.

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

RMI June 25th McKinley Team packing gear in the K2 Aviation hanger.  Photo: Dave Hahn Team Hahn taking over the hanger at K2 Aviation. Photo: Dave Hahn RMI June 25th McKinley Team enjoying a meal together in Talkeetna, Alaska.  Photo: Dave Hahn

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Mt. McKinley: Hahn & Team Arrive in Talkeetna

Posted by: Dave Hahn, Zeb Blais | June 26, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 358'

The last RMI Denali team of the 2013 climbing season is in place in Talkeetna.  All people (12) and all baggage (24 plus) made it to Anchorage without delay.  We met at four in the afternoon and shortly thereafter we’d connected with Bill, our Denali Overland shuttle driver and we began the shuttle to Talkeetna.  We got to feel the much discussed heat wave… It was hot.  We took a short break in Wasilla, to take on final provisions, and then Bill took us up to Talkeetna town.  Most elected to take it easy on this jet lagged evening, settling down to a comfy night in the Talkeetna Motel.
Work starts tomorrow.
(And there will be pictures)

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

A beautiful sunset in Talkeetna, Alaska.  Photo: Linden Mallory

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Mt. Rainier: June 15, 2013 Summit!

Posted by: Pete Van Deventer, Alex Barber, Geoff Schellens, Nick Hunt | June 15, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

RMI Guides Pete Van Deventer and Geoff Schellens and the Four Day Summit Climb team reached the summit of Mt. Rainier at 7:28am this morning.  The team reported clear beautiful skies, steady winds of 10 mph, and cool temperatures. The group spent some time on the summit enjoying the views and are now en route back to Camp Muir.

Congrautations to today’s teams!

Mt. Rainier - RMI Photo Collection
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Mt. Rainier: June 12, 2013 - Summit!

Posted by: Billy Nugent, Robert Montague | June 12, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guide Billy Nugent reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  Billy reported clear and beautiful skies, but cold temperatures with winds of about 10 - 15 mph form the northwest. The team has started their descent and are en route back to Camp Muir.

Congratulations to today’s team!

Mt. Rainier Summit Crater - RMI Photo Collection
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Mt. Rainier: July 2nd Summit

Posted by: Brent Okita | July 02, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb June 29 - 2 July led by RMI Guides Brent Okita, Gabriel Barral and Erik Nelson reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning shortly after 7 am (PT).  The team reported cold temperatures, winds and a high overcast sky.

The climbers spent 30 minutes on top before beginning their descent toward Camp Muir.  The team will re-pack and re-fuel before at Camp Muir before continuing their descent to Paradise and on to Rainier Base Camp. 

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb team!

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Mt. Rainier: SUMMIT!

Posted by: Mike Haugen, Paul Maier, Josh Gautreau, Anne Gilbert Chase | June 14, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410

SUMMIT!

Our Four Day Summit Climb Teams led by Paul Maier and Mike Haugen made it to the summit of Mt. Rainier today.  The teams were able to spend a moment on top before heading downhill and are now en route to Camp Muir.

Congratulations to today’s teams!

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Mt. Rainier: Expedition Skills Seminar - Kautz

Posted by: Solveig Waterfall, Seth Waterfall, Mike Uchal | June 07, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 9,200'

Seth here, checking in from inside my tent.  We’re currently dug in at 9,200 feet at a spot we call “The Castle.”  We’ve had a rough spell of weather on this trip with mostly white out conditions but the group is still having a good time.  Yesterday we had good weather for a bit while we climbed up to our camp but over night a big storm came in and now we are just waiting it out in the safety of camp.

Tomorrow we will make our way back to civilization.

Kautz Team making way to The Castle.  Photo Seth Waterfall Team Waiting it out at The Castle. Photo Seth Waterfall
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