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Mt. McKinley: Beren & Team Back in Talkeetna

Posted by: Jake Beren, Leon Davis, Katie Bono | June 22, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 348'

June 22, 2014 - 8:16 pm PT

It seems bizarre to have been in deep winter this morning at 14K Camp, waiting on the snow to stop, and now in summery Talkeetna. But here we are. The snow did let up enough for us to load up some BIG packs and make our way down the mountain. We descended under a beautiful crescent moon until the typical storm conditions at 11K Camp abated and we were able to trade the GPS for some sunscreen. The lower glacier was in fine condition and the team put in another solid effort, putting us at the runway ten minutes before our first plane landed. The journey today was tough, but all were up for the challenge and now are enjoying that first shower in civilization before a meal prepared on something other than a MSR stove. It’s good to be back.

Thanks to a fantastic team for an amazing expedition and everyone back home who helped make it happen. We were lucky enough to get to see the view from up top and all the hard work paid off. Nice job everyone.

RMI Guide Jake Beren

The Talkeetna Airstrip in view after a successful Mt. McKinley expedition. Photo: RMI Collection

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Congratulations Jared!!!! Such a huge accomplishment.  We look forward to hearing all about it when you get back. 

The Data Systems Team

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Posted by: Trina Roskelley on 6/24/2014 at 9:40 am

Well Done Team!!!  Congratulations !~!  Rosemary

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Posted by: Rosemary on 6/23/2014 at 11:44 am


Mt. McKinley: Beren & Team Making Progress on Their Descent

Posted by: Jake Beren, Leon Davis, Katie Bono | June 22, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 14,200'

June 22, 2014 - 2:46 am PT

What a great day in the mountains yesterday!  I’d reckon we had one of the nicest summit opportunities of the season and it was a real treat to be in position to make the most of it. We topped out on Denali with spectacular views in all directions and made it back to camp with as close to a solstice as you can get. The sun was still in the sky for an amazing sunset as we pulled into camp after a job well and safely done. Nice work everyone!

This morning weather rolled in from many directions and we chose to stall a bit before heading down the Buttress. The blowing snow let up a little in the afternoon and we made the most if it, getting down to 14K Camp and having dinner before some shut eye. Tomorrow we will keep the momentum rolling downhill if the weather allows and get just a little closer to coming home.

RMI Guide Jake Beren

Looking down to 14,000' Camp on Mt. McKinley. Photo: RMI Collection

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Chris, Can’t wait to hear about your journey. Safe travel to you and the team.  Love mom and dad

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Posted by: Elizabeth Koerner on 6/22/2014 at 6:04 pm

We are so happy for you all. So great!  Can’t wait to hear the stories. Be safe going down and we hope the weather holds out for you.

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Posted by: Kathie on 6/22/2014 at 4:56 pm


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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HURRAY, George!!  BRAVO - what a celebration - You are a GREAT GUY !!! LOVE YA !~~~  R ‘n L

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Posted by: Rosemary and Larry on 6/23/2014 at 11:42 am

Congrats Jared!

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Posted by: James on 6/23/2014 at 5:19 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.

RMI Guide Jake Beren

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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Are you there yet?  So exited to see Team Tyler on top of the world.  Fingers and toes crossed that team Beren is right behind them.

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Posted by: Meg Scata on 6/21/2014 at 5:48 am

Chris…GO GO GO!!!!!  Thrilled for the smooth journey you are on. May it continue. Prayers for safety and success!!!

Branch

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Posted by: Branch on 6/21/2014 at 4:50 am


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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It all sounds good.  Back here the mosquitoes are gone—drowned by the record breaking rainfalls.  Good luck, have fun—you’re all amazing!

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Posted by: Kathie on 6/20/2014 at 7:04 am

Chris, Hope all is well and the weather stays clear for you and the team to move up the mountain. Praying for a safe journey for all.  We are so… read more

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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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George and Team - it is amazing what you guys are doing.  We are all pulling for you!  Wishing you strength and good weather - Bergmann’s Heil! JE

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Posted by: JE on 6/18/2014 at 4:55 am

14 sounds like a good number!  Looks like you are all in good company and the weather might be turning in your favor.  We are all watching for the moment… read more

Posted by: Meg Scata on 6/17/2014 at 8:03 pm


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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Chris,  we are so happy you made it to the next height.  We hope that the weather will behave itself and you can move forward.  Stay safe and warm!  Love… read more

Posted by: Elizabeth Koerner on 6/17/2014 at 5:19 am

Back in the Lower 48. Thinking of you all… Glad you’re doing well! We went fishing and kayaking in Glacier Bay and sightseeing in Denali Park. We’re rooting for you… read more

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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.”

RMI Guide Jake Beren

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

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Jake, Leon, Dawn and Jared. Wish I was with the Raconcagua team. I miss those bagel, cream cheese and bacon breakfast sandwiches. Climb strong and good luck! Miss you guys.… read more

Posted by: MAV on 6/16/2014 at 8:00 am

Hey Jorge !!  I’m pulling for you. Climb hard and be even harder.
Stay calm and AlbariƱo on. Looking forward to hearing all the stories someday.

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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.

RMI Guide Jake Beren

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

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Dawn, good job!  Proud of you and team!

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Posted by: hye on 6/15/2014 at 11:00 am

Oops the view!

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Posted by: Heidi on 6/15/2014 at 8:32 am


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. 

RMI Guide Jake Beren & Team

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

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Good luck to the guides and team!
So glad to hear you could move up.
love you Dawn and all the others!

Mom.

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Posted by: Hye Kim on 6/13/2014 at 9:28 am

Good luck to the guides and all their charges! I hope everyone is well and the views continue to be awe inspiring and frequent.          i
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