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Mt. McKinley: Beren & Team Reach the Summit!

Posted by: Jake Beren, Leon Davis, Katie Bono | June 21, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 20,320'

June 20, 2014 - 10:16 pm PT

Hello, this is Jake calling from the summit of Denali with our crew. Everyone did a wonderful job today and I’m super proud of how everyone kept it together. We had a little flurry of conditions in the morning and then had just about the most beautiful day you could imagine on top. Thanks to everybody back home for the support. And now we are gonna get down to the business of getting down, so we will call when we get back to camp and look forward to seeing everybody soon, alright. Bye.

June 21, 2014 - 2:54 am PT

Hello, this is Leon, Katie and Jake just calling in to let everybody know that most of us are asleep back at camp. The rest of us who are not will be shortly. A beautiful climb and we will touch base on our way out of here. Good night.

RMI Guide Jake Beren

RMI climber on McKinley's Summit Ridge. Photo: RMI Collection Photos on the Mt. McKinley summit. Photo: RMI Collection


RMI Guide Jake Beren calling in from the Mt. McKinley summit!


RMI Guide Jake Beren calls in from high camp after successful Mt. McKinley summit.

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Congratulations to guides and team!  Dawn, I am so proud of you.  This is a memorable day to me.

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Posted by: Hy on 6/21/2014 at 9:13 am

So happy you’ve made it, all of you. Take it easy coming down. I’ll be praying you down. Love, Grandma. Wish I was there.

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Posted by: Grandma Margaret on 6/21/2014 at 8:46 am


Mt. McKinley: Beren Calls in after Settling in at 17K Camp

Posted by: Jake Beren, Leon Davis, Katie Bono | June 20, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 17,200'

June 19, 2014 - 8:43 pm PT

Hello, this is Leon, Katie and Jake up at 17K Camp. We moved today up the Buttress. We dealt with a little wind and a little bit of snow, but the team did super well. We’re all buttoned up tight hoping to go for it tomorrow if the weather allows. That’s all from 17K, we will be checking in tomorrow.

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Making a Call from Mt. McKinley's 17,200' Camp. Photo: RMI Collection


Jake Beren calling in from Mt. McKinley's 17K Camp.

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Mt. McKinley: Beren & Team Hope to Move Up the Mountian

Posted by: Jake Beren, Katie Bono, Leon Davis | June 18, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 14,200'

June 18, 2014 - 3:42pm PT

Hello again from 14k camp! Today we are taking a well-earned break to recharge both ourselves and our electronics before hopefully heading uphill tomorrow. Yesterday we took a quick trip up to the top of the fixed lines to work the kinks out of our systems and get in some acclimatization. The crew was treated to their first views of Mt. Hunter and Mt. Foraker poking out through the clouds, and everyone performed admirably on both the ascent and descent of the fixed lines.

Looking forward, we have a tentatively favorable forecast for the next few days. We hope to make a push uphill tomorrow pending the weather, but in the meantime, we are doing our best today to rest and eat lots of food in preparation for the work ahead!

Cheers,
RMI Guide Katie Bono & Team

14,200' Camp on Mt. McKinley.  RMI Photo: Collection

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Mt. McKinley: Beren & Team Rest & Train

Posted by: Jake Beren, Leon Davis, Katie Bono | June 17, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 14,200'

June 16, 2014 11:31pm PT
Happy Monday from all us sinners up here at 14 Camp!  Today we rested and trained for our foray up the fixed lines. After a bit of afternoon rest we then spent some time fortifying camp. It’s been great up here so far and we are lucky to be surrounded by the other RMI teams. Everyone had been super hospitable and helpful getting settled in. If the weather allows, we will try a mission to the top of the fixed lines. If not, a day of rest sure wouldn’t hurt.

That’s all from 14! 

RMI Guide Jake Beren & Team

Fixed Lines on Mt. McKinley. Photo: Katy Laveck

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Mt. McKinley Expedition: Beren and Team Move to 14,000’ Camp

Posted by: Jake Beren, Leon Davis, Katie Bono | June 16, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 14,200'

June 15, 2014 - 11:57 pm PT

We celebrated Father’s Day on Mt. McKinley with a move from 11 Camp to 14 Camp. The team did a super solid job getting up here with enough gas to build a good camp just before the weather came in. It sure feels good to be in position to move a bit higher after a day of rest and training tomorrow. Now it’s off to bed to enjoy a good night’s rest after a big day in the mountains.

Thanks to all the Poppas out there, we love you.

RMI Guide Jake Beren

Climbers at 14,000ft Camp on Mt. McKinley, Alaska.  Photo: Seth Waterfall

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Mt. McKinley: Beren & Team Rest Day Day at 11K Camp

Posted by: Jake Beren, Leon Davis, Katie Bono | June 15, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 11,200'

June 14, 2014 - 11:34 pm PT

Today our team enjoyed a well earned rest day here at 11 Camp. Over a leisurely breakfast we took some time and shared the blog responses. Everyone loved hearing from friends and family back home, thanks for the love everyone!

After breakfast we got down to the real business, napping and building an awesome snowman. All in all a productive day in the mountains. Tomorrow if the weather holds we’ll try and move to 14 Camp.

George would like to wish Elaine a Happy Birthday and Jessica a big congrats on her graduation. The team thanks them for letting us have him today.

“Hi umma, sarangtie, muattelatte.”

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An RMI team at 11,000' on Mt. McKinley. Photo: RMI Collection

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Chris - This weekend I enjoyed the sun and it looks like you enjoyed the cold.Sounds like June is a good month for the both of us. Can’t wait to… read more

Posted by: Leah on 6/15/2014 at 3:41 pm

Nice job everybody.  Good luck this week. 
Happy Father’s Day/Birthday Pop! We’re rooting for you!

Love,
Adam/Kate

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Posted by: Adam on 6/15/2014 at 3:21 pm


Mt. McKinley: Beren & Team Carry Day

Posted by: Jake Beren, Leon Davis, Katie Bono | June 14, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 14,200'

June 14, 2014 - 10:37 am PT

Despite a marginal forecast, we awoke to perfectly workable conditions. Packing up our cacheables, we busted moves up the hills Motorcycle and Squirrel to get to the Polo Fields. There it began to snow lightly but never got too bad and we were able to make it all the way to Mt. McKinley’s 14K Camp in great style.

At 14K, we ran into our friends on the other RMI teams and always great to see some friendly faces in such a wild zone. Tomorrow we plan to rest up and move as soon as the weather allows.

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Pulling sleds on Motorcycle Hill, Mt. McKinley. Photo: RMI Collection

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Mt. McKinley: Beren & Team Move to 11,200’

Posted by: Jake Beren, Leon Davis, Katie Bono | June 12, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 11,200'

June 12, 2014 10:22am PT

Yesterday was a great day. After a few storm days at the base of ski hill, the weather let us leave camp. Waking early we set off in good walking temps but no visibility for higher on glacier. The snow was deep and as the first team to make the move, we enjoyed breaking trail for a few hours before the skies cleared and a descending team provided a nicely broken trail.  The views were spectacular and honestly the clearest of the whole trip. The team put in a big day yesterday and are enjoying a leisurely morning here at 11,200 before back carrying later today to pick up our cache at 9700. 

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An RMI Team Moving to 11,200'. Photo: Lindsay Mann

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Mt. McKinley: Beren & Team Continue to Wait For Better Weather

Posted by: Jake Beren, Leon Davis, Chase Nelson | June 11, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 7,800'

June 10, 2014 - 10:33 pm PT

Can you guess where we are?  Yes, 7,800’ camp on Mt. McKinley. The snows continue to blow up glacier and keep us from advancing higher on the mountain. The team is doing a fantastic job staying dug out and keeping spirits high. We have plenty of food and fuel, we just need to the weather to allow us to go a little higher. It will and all we need is a little patience. Wish us luck.

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Camped at 7,800ft on Mt. McKinley, Alaska.  Photo: Lindsay Mann

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Mt. McKinley: Beren & Team Remain at 7,800’

Posted by: Jake Beren, Leon Davis, Katie Bono | June 10, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 7,800'

June 9, 2014 - 9:52 pm PT

The team remained at 7,800’ on Mt. McKinley and chalked it up to a weather day.  Apparently they spent the day composing poetry.  A copy of their work is below:

We’re below Ski Hill
Snowing, blowing, eating here
Hope to move up soon!

Cheers from 7800,
Katie, Leon, Jake, and Crew


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An RMI Team camped at 7,800ft on Mt. McKinley.  Photo: RMI Collection

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