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Alaska Expedition Seminar: Marin & Team Train Close to Camp

Posted by: Andres Marin, Garrett Stevens, Katie Bono | May 17, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 7,300'

As in all expeditions weather always play a big part.  Today we experienced a pretty big storm that will be on the radar for the next three days.  The forecast is calling for 4 feet of total snow fall with winds up to 40 mph.

We spent the day learning basic knots and learning to take care of camp during a storm.  The weather was a big part of today’s lesson.  It has snowed about a foot and is still snowing as I’m sending this dispatch.

We all are staying busy and dry and doing well.  We’ll see what happens over night.  Will keep you posted.

RMI Guide Andres Marin

 

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Alaska Expedition Seminar: Marin & Team’s Snow School on the Glacier

Posted by: Andres Marin, Garrett Stevens, Katie Bono | May 16, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 7,300'

Today we woke up with a deep blue sky and a 360-degree view.  The team slept well for our first night on the glacier.  After some coffee and breakfast, we all had the experience to try the CMCs which is one of the biggest novelties of the trip.

Once we were well fueled and ready to head out of camp, we traveled over to a slope close to camp and completed our snow school.  Lots of learning and reviewing made for a fun day on the glacier.

All and all a great day!

RMI Guide Andres Marin

Views around Kahiltna Basecamp, Alaska. Photo: Billy Nugent

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Alaska Expedition Seminar: Andres and Team Fly on to Glacier

Posted by: Andres Marin, Katie Bono, Garrett Stevens | May 15, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 7,300'

We had the to opportunity to fly today, and get established in base camp. The flight over the Alaska Range was incredible, the group was totally stunned by the views. We built our camp and ate some delicious quesadillas that Garrett Stevens made. Then called it for the day. It is really cool at base camp right now. Time to rest and get ready for a great day tomorrow.

All best,

RMI Guide Andres Marin & The Expedition Seminar Team.

The RMI Alaska Expedition Seminar Team Read to Fly - Photo: Andres Marin

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Alaska Expedition Seminar: Marin & Team Prepare for Takeoff

Posted by: Andres Marin, Garrett Stevens, Katie Bono | May 14, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley

Yesterday we all met at the Anchorage Airport, drove to Wasilla and bought some food before reaching our final destination of the day, Talkeetna.  Once we arrived and settled in, the group had the opportunity to check out Talkeetna and enjoy their great food.

Today we have a super busy day ahead of us.  Breakfast, check in with the National Park Service, pack our gear, and if weather permits, fly onto the Kahiltna Glacier and set up camp. Sounds simple but believe me it is a lot!  We are all very excited for the flight to the glacier.  In my opinion, it is one of the many highlights of climbing in the Alaska Range.

We will be checking in later on.

All best,
RMI Guide Andres Marin and the Alaska Expedition Seminar

Welcome to Talkeetna! Photo: RMI Collection

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Mt. Rainier: Winter Seminar Completes Week of Training

Posted by: Brent Okita, J.J. Justman, Katie Bono | April 12, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 5,400'

The last RMI winter seminar of the season is almost complete. The team is getting close to the Paradise parking lot and we can smell the cheeseburgers already. We had a great week of training and climbing. Thanks for following along everyone.

RMI Guides Brent Okita, JJ Justman, Katie Bono & Thomas Greene

The RMI team descends from Camp Muir to Paradise on the final day of the Expedition Skills Seminar.  Photo: JJ Justman

Mt. Rainier: Winter Seminar Team Trains and Reaches Top of Muir Peak

Posted by: Brent Okita, J.J. Justman, Katie Bono | April 11, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 10,000'

Update 5:27 p.m.: What a day! What a day! The team made it high up on the mountain and we finished the training with a Muir Peak rappel. After a full day it’s time to relax, unwind and tell some stories!

8:33 a.m.: We made the summit!! Of Muir Peak. Yesterday the weather cleared and the team got out to play in the snow. While practicing cramponing we made the top of Muir Peak just above 10,000 feet. It is always a beautiful view looking down on the Mount Rainier glaciers below.

Today we have another beautiful day to continue our expedition skills training. While we go through crevasse rescue, Brent and Katie are going to check out the conditions higher on the mountain. If all is good we will venture up the mountain later this afternoon.

RMI Guide JJ Justman

The Mt. Rainier team members on Muir Peak. Photo: JJ Justman The winter seminar rappelling from Muir Peak. Photo: JJ Justman The winter seminar with Little Tahoma in the background. Photo: JJ Justman
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Mt. Rainier: Winter Seminar Experiencing Some Weather and Training at Camp Muir

Posted by: Brent Okita, J.J. Justman, Katie Bono | April 10, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 10,000'

With 80 mph winds and a blinding snowstorm at Camp Muir, it is a perfect day to conduct training inside. Our bunkhouse serves a cozy atmosphere in the storm allowing us to learn essential expedition skills. If we were in tents all we would be doing is hanging on!

Our team is in great spirits and we are waiting out the storm until we venture outside. In the meantime, we’re going to continue to sip coffee, lecture and do some rope work.

Stay tuned!

RMI Guide JJ Justman

The winter seminar team training in the Camp Muir hut. Photo: JJ Justman JJ Justman at Camp Muir in the elements. Photo: JJ Justman

Mt. Rainier: Winter Seminar On Their Way to Camp Muir

Posted by: Brent Okita, J.J. Justman, Katie Bono | April 09, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier

The day begins with blue skies and cold temperatures. We are up and at ‘em, with the stoves firing and the team sorting out the most important thing we will do today…breakfast!

Our plan is to move up to Camp Muir at 10,000 feet. Will we make it? Stay tuned.

RMI Guide JJ Justman

Winter seminar's view of Mt. Rainier this morning. Photo: JJ Justman Views of the Tatoosh Range from above Paradise. Photo: JJ Justman
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Mt. Rainier: The Winter Seminar Heads Uphill From Paradise

Posted by: Brent Okita, J.J. Justman, Katie Bono | April 08, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier

We are in Mount Rainier National Park and on the mountain! The weather has been finicky this past week with a good accumulation of snow. So much snow that we were worried that the park wouldn’t have the road to Paradise open.

At 11 AM the park opened the gates and we made it up. With all the fresh snow it was slow going but the team trudged on and we are busy making camp…Denali style! We are definitely having the true feel of what the mountains can dish out. It’s currently snowing hard and we are working fast on the kitchen and dining tent.

I need a hot drink!

RMI Guide JJ Justman

The Mt. Rainier winter seminar heading uphill. Photo: JJ Justman
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Mt Rainier: Expedition Skills Seminar Update

Posted by: Adam Knoff, J.J. Justman, Jason Thompson, Katie Bono | February 07, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 11,500'

Today our winter team made it to 11,500 feet on Mt. Rainier! It was tough going at the end. We had thigh deep snow and we decided to make the safe decision to turn around.

The weather is beautiful but the conditions are tough. However, that didn’t stop the team from having a great day up high.

It’s a unique feeling being up here in the winter. We are all alone and we are enjoying Rainier’s pristine beauty that can only be enjoyed in winter.

RMI Guide Jason Thompson is now giving a lecture in snow science and avalanche awareness.

That’s all for now.

RMI Guide JJ Justman

The Expedition Skills Seminar training and climbing on Mt. Rainier.  Photo: JJ Justman The February 3rd team on Mt. Rainier.  Photo: JJ Justman
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