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Mt. McKinley: Team Haugen is on the Mountain!

Posted by: Katie Bono, Mike Uchal, Mike Haugen | June 13, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 7,300'

Thursday, June 13, 2013
We are all safely nestled in our tents just off the landing strip at basecamp. We had a magnificent flight from Talkeetna to basecamp at the flanks of Denali. The weather on the glacier is as warm as I have ever seen it. For this reason, we are not traveling today and instead used the warm weather during the day to organize our backpacks and sled loads. We worked on some crevasse rescue techniques as we are about to head out onto the Kahiltna Glacier; a glacier filled with giant cracks in the ice. We are going to travel up glacier tonight so we can travel on firm snow and solid snow bridges. Wish us a solid freeze!

RMI Summit Team 6 - RMI Guides Mike Haugen, Mike Uchal, Katie Bono & the team

Mt. McKinley as seen from the K2 planes flying to the Kahiltna Glacier.  Photo: Dave Hahn Base Camp of Mt. McKinley.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Mt. McKinley: Haugen & Team Flying to McKinley’s Kahiltna Glacier

Posted by: Mike Haugen, Mike Uchal, Katie Bono | June 13, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley

Thursday, June 13, 2013

RMI Guide Mike Haugen called from Talkeetna, Alaska this morning.  The weather is beautiful and the team is packed and ready.  They are loading their planes at the K2 Aviation Hanger and will be flying to the Kahiltna Glacier today.

We wish them a safe and successful expedition on Mt. McKinley!

The RMI Mt. McKinley June 11th team ready to fly to the Kahiltna Glacier.  Photo: Mike Haugen

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Mt. McKinley: June 11th - Team Haugen Arrives in Talkeetna

Posted by: Mike Haugen, Mike Uchal, Katie Bono | June 13, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 358'

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Hi All!

We are hanging out in beautiful Talkeetna, Alaska. We had a gorgeous day for organizing and packing our gear. the sun is shining and the mountain is visible in the distance. The team met up in Anchorage yesterday and have been slowly molding into Summit Assassin RMI Team 6!  They really are a great crew! 

Our gear is all bagged, weighed, and tagged.  We got the word that we are all supposed to fly to basecamp around 9 tomorrow morning so we are all scrambling to get in those last correspondences and last minute tasks before the morning. We are all set for an incredible expedition. Off to bed for an early start-

RMI Guide Mike Haugen

The RMI Mt. McKinley June 11, 2013 Team gathered in Talkeetna, Alaska.  Photo: Mike Haugen

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Mt. Rainier: June 6, 2013 Summit!

Posted by: J.J. Justman, Pete Van Deventer, Zeb Blais, Robby Young, Katie Bono | June 06, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Expedition Skills Seminar - Muir led by JJ Justman and Pete Van Deventer reached the top of Mt. Rainier this morning.  The team reported excellent climbing conditions with clear skies and no wind.  The team spent time on Columbia Crest celebrating and snapping photos.  They have started their descent back to Camp Muir.

Congratulations Team!

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Mt. Rainier: Expedition Skills Seminar Camp Muir Update

Posted by: J.J. Justman, Pete Van Deventer, Zeb Blais, Robby Young, Katie Bono | June 05, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 10,200'

The RMI Expedition Skills Seminar - Muir Team led by JJ Justman and Pete Van Deventer are spending the week on Mt. Rainier doing some Denali Prep Training.  The team is doing well and having a great time learning some advanced mountaineering techniques. The team plans to make an attempt at the summit early tomorrow.

Best of Luck Team!

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Alaska Expedition Seminar: Marin & Team Back in Talkeetna

Posted by: Andres Marin, Garrett Stevens, Katie Bono | May 22, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 346'

This morning we woke up early, broke camp and flew off the Kahiltna Glacier.  We are now enjoying a nice meal at the West Rib Pub.  The group is doing fantastic and we all looking forward to a warm shower.  All and all and incredible time with everyone.

Thank you all for the fantastic time!!!!

RMI Guide Andres Marin

The Talkeetna Airstrip from the plane. Photo: RMI Collection

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Alaska Expedition Seminar: Team Enjoys Pulling Sleds and Glacier Climbing

Posted by: Andres Marin, Garrett Stevens, Katie Bono | May 22, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 7,300'

After our unsuccessful attempt climbing Radio Tower due avalanche conditions, we spent our last day hiking to the first camp on Denali. We all had the opportunity to pull sleds and go for a long glacier hike. The group enjoyed the views and exercise that took to get there. We finished our day climbing up Heartbreak Hill back to Denali Base Camp. All and all a fantastic day.

Tomorrow we will be packing our camp and be flying at noon back to Talkeetna.

RMI Guide Andres Marin

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Alaska Expedition Seminar: Marin & Team Practice Ice Climbing

Posted by: Andres Marin, Garrett Stevens, Katie Bono | May 20, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 7,300'

There is something about ice climbing in a crevasse that is just mind blowing.  Today the group got to experience ice climbing and how much fun it is.

We headed for the foot hills of Mt. Francis to find a deep crevasse suitable for great climbing.  Big smiles all day long.  Tomorrow we are getting ready to go climbing Radio Tower.  The team is excited to climb higher tomorrow and are doing well!

RMI Guide Andres Marin

Basecamp on the Kahiltna Glacier, Alaska.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Alaska Expedition Seminar: Marin & Team Enjoy Spectacular Views While Training

Posted by: Andres Marin, Garrett Stevens, Katie Bono | May 19, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 7,300'

Today we woke up with clear skies!  After breakfast we shouldered our packs and went for a hike to the Southeast Fork of the Kahiltna Glacier. The Fork offers spectacular views of the North Buttress of Mt. Hunter, South Face of Radio Tower, and the West Face of Kahiltna Queen.  We also learned about snow anchors and glacier travel.  It was really nice to be able to stretch our legs and hike around.  It certainly was a fantastic day.

We also had the opportunity to eat dinner outside enjoying the incredible views.  The weather is looking nice for the rest of the week, so we will be getting around.

Everyone is doing great!

RMI Guide Andres Marin

An RMI team creates an arch at Kahiltna Basecamp. Photo: Andres Marin Moon over the Kahiltna Glacier. Photo: Katy Reid

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Alaska Expedition Seminar: Marin & Team Holding Strong at Basecamp

Posted by: Andres Marin, Garrett Stevens, Katie Bono | May 18, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 7,300'

It is fascinating how much the weather can test us.  One more day of a strong storm kept us in camp, but we find things to do to keep ourselves busy.

Here is how the day went for us:
Woke up with about a foot of new snow, had to do some maintenance in camp before any items got buried.  Then time to eat breakfast.  Lisa, Kahiltna Basecamp Manager, rallied everybody in basecamp to stomp the runway, then we did a class in avalanche decision making and transceiver and probing work.  After dinner, Akira finished snow blocks to make an arch that marks the entrance of our bathroom.  Impressive work!!!  Now it is time for us to go sleep.

The strong front that is passing should start weakening tomorrow.  High hopes for that.

We all are staying happy and learning from the mountain.

Living the dream!!!!

RMI Guide Andres Marin

An RMI camp during an Alaska storm. Photo: RMI Collection

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