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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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Mt. McKinley: Beren & Team Take a Rest at 7,800’

Posted by: Leon Davis, Katie Bono, Jake Beren | June 09, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 7,800'

June 8, 2014 - 9:19 pm PT

Today was a great day for resting and that is what we did. We awoke to some clouds and snow at our camp at 7,800’ and decided to hunker down. Reviewing some knots and hitches filled the spaces between naps and we are raring to go tomorrow if the weather allows. It is snowing at present and with more snow in the forecast, we’ll just have to wait and see.

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

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Mt. McKinley: Beren and Team Make Carry to 9,600’ Camp

Posted by: Jake Beren, Leon Davis, Katie Bono | June 08, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 7,800'

Saturday, June 7th 10:36 PM PT

Greetings from our home at 7,800’ at the base of Ski Hill.

Today we carried big loads up to 9,600’ camp and made a cache. This allowed us to get in some mileage and take a day off the sleds. It also gives us a lighter move day tomorrow and every little bit helps!  Just before dinner it started to snow and we retreated to tents to rest up for the upcoming day. Cross your fingers for clearing skies and we’ll make the most of them.

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An RMI team at 7,800' Camp on Mt. McKinley, Alaska. Photo: Lindsay Mann

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Chris at the Rays/Mariner game. 90degrees outside today in Tampa FL.  Wishing you and the team good weather and safe climbing on the next leg.  Stay safe. Love the family.

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Posted by: Elizabeth koerner on 6/8/2014 at 10:59 am

Hi Scott and Team. I am envious of your journey!  What a great experience and adventure.  Best of luck to all of you as the summit gets closer. A lot… read more

Posted by: Mom on 6/8/2014 at 10:26 am


Mt. McKinley: Beren & Team Camped at the Base of Ski Hill

Posted by: Jake Beren, Leon Davis, Katie Bono | June 07, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 7,800'

June 6, 2014 - 11:30 pm PT

70 years ago there was a landing much different than ours in a far away land. We are grateful for those past sacrifices.

Our landing was quite pleasant, leaving Talkeetna early and spending the morning packing up to head down the the Main Fork of the Kahiltna and make that crucial right turn towards Denali. The team did well and we made camp at the base of Ski Hill under clearing skies, alpenglow of the high mountains and a just past halt moon. Nice way to start it off.

After setting up shop, the crew is hunkered down for some well earned rest and if the weather smiles on us again, we’ll go higher tomorrow.

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An RMI Climber's Sled Load on the way to Mt. McKinley's 7800' Camp. Photo: Chris Villar

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McKinley: Beren & Team are Ready to Fly

Posted by: Jake Beren, Leon Davis, Katie Bono | June 05, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley

We are all weighed for the big fight and now just relaxing a bit before taking off. Early reports from Basecamp have us in a little bit of a holding pattern due to some snowfall. The skies are currently clearing up now and we hope to be en route to the AK range soon enough. Wish us luck!

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Gear For McKinley Expedition waiting in Hangar. Photo: Brent Okita

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Chris, Everyone is wishing you a safe journey with clear blue skies.

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Posted by: Elizabeth on 6/5/2014 at 6:05 pm

Go Chris! We are thinking of u all the time! U guys better rock it up there! :)

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Posted by: Kristen faith on 6/5/2014 at 11:48 am


DHAULAGIRI: Team Returns to Base Camp and Wraps Up Expediton

Posted by: Elias de Andres Martos, Garrett Stevens, Geoff Schellens, Jake Beren | May 06, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Guide News

Hello Everybody,

This is the Dhaulagiri Climbing Team we are calling here from Base Camp.  We have to let you know that unfortunately there was no summit for us.  As we have said in recent blogs the weather has been pretty bad for us.  We have had a lot of snow and we had to turn around at the very last day.  We have a few member of the team at Camp 3 and had a decent chance at a summit push, but conditions were no good.

We are currently at Base Camp and will start to hike down tomorrow, and we should be back in Kathmandu in four or five days and we will try to write down details to wrap up our expedition.  We have worked very hard and have been the first the first team on the mountain and the one that got the highest.  It will be neat to see everybody follow in our steps all the time going up and down the mountain.  Like I said, we had a ton of snow breaking trail was very difficult and we made it as high as we could.  Other than that everybody is doing pretty well, and we are very satisfied with our work.  Again, we were a team going unsupported and did everything on our own. Getting to where we got with day in and out snowstorms dumping up to three to four feet of snow, the work wasn’t easy.  We are pretty proud of what we have done.

We want to thank everybody for their support given to us, and we hope everything is going well back home.  We will touch base from Kathmandu in a few days.

Thanks Everybody! Talk to you all soon!

RMI Guide Elias deAndres Martos


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