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Mt. Rainier: June 14th SUMMIT!

Posted by: Lindsay Mann, Josh Maggard, Zach Lovell, Ben Liken, Katrina Bloemsma, JJ Justman | June 14, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb Teams Led by JJ Justman and Lindsay Mann reached the summit of Mt. Rainier early this morning.  The teams reported great climbing conditions with winds of about 5 - 15 mph as they climbed above the clouds.  The teams will spend some time on the summit before starting their descent back to Camp Muir.

Congratulations to Today’s Teams!

The June 14th Summit Climb Team at Sunrise on Mt. Rainier.  Photo: JJ Justman
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Congratulations Cory, Hope you enjoyed every minute.
We Love You, Mom and Dad

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Posted by: Robert and Lori on 6/14/2014 at 8:11 am

Way to go Rob! Can’t wait to see the pictures.

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Posted by: Bob Haley on 6/14/2014 at 7:23 am


Mt. Rainier: June 9th Four Day Summit Climb Reaches Summit

Posted by: Tyler Reid, Katrina Bloemsma, Andy Hildebrand | June 09, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guide Tyler Reid was able to reach the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  Strong winds kept the group from spending much time on top.  As of 7:15 am they were at 12,900’ on their descent.
The group will take a short rest at Camp Muir before continuing down to Paradise later today.

Congratulations to today’s team!


Mt. Rainier: Expedition Skills Seminar - Muir Reaches Summit

Posted by: Casey Grom, Chase Nelson, Mark Falender, Katrina Bloemsma | June 05, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 14,410'

The Expedition Skill Seminar - Muir reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning at 7:25 am PT.  RMI Guide Casey Grom reported a beautiful day with clear skies, light winds and cool temperatures. 

The team will descend to Camp Muir (10,060’) where they will spend their final night on the mountain and conclude their training tomorrow with a final descent to Paradise.

Congratulations to today’s Seminar team!

The RMI Expedition Skills Seminar - Muir June 1 - 6 team on the summit of Mt. Rainier June 5th.  Photo: Casey Grom
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¡Felicitaciones!

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Posted by: Margaret Amalfitano on 6/6/2014 at 5:11 am

Way to go Mike McBride and Seminar-Muir team!!!!  Congradulations !!!

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Posted by: Pat Noe on 6/5/2014 at 11:19 am


Mt. Rainier: May 31st Summit!

Posted by: Katrina Bloemsma, Casey Grom, Alex Barber, Chase Nelson | May 31, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guide Casey Grom reached the summit of Mt. Rainier at about 7:35am PT.  The team reported clear skies and calm climbing conditions.  The team will spend some time on the Summit before starting their descent to Camp Muir.

Congratulations to today’s team!

The Summit Crater on Mt. Rainier. RMI Photo Collection
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Looking for info on Sheldon Spivey a Georgia climber who is there attempting to summit Rainer

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Posted by: Diana Spivey on 6/1/2014 at 7:58 am

Reading the sad news from MT Rainier - it does not
appear to be Robert’s team led by Matt Emht that
was lost but a team led… read more

Posted by: Mitchell on 6/1/2014 at 6:53 am


Alaska Seminar: Davis & Team Fly from the Kahiltna Glacier

Posted by: Leon Davis, Katrina Bloemsma, Mike King | May 26, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 348'

May 26, 2014 - 5:18 pm PT

Hello everyone!

Saying hello from Talkeetna, Alaska!  We made it off this afternoon despite the evil forecast.  This morning we left 9,700’ and walked down glacier into deep clouds that retreated as we made our way to Kahiltna Base Camp. All day we heard and saw fleets of airplanes coming in and by mid afternoon we were on one of them. So the team is safe and sound taking showers and indulging in vices.

It’s been a fantastic trip with a great group. Thanks for tuning in!

RMI Guide Leon Davis

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Alaska Seminar: Davis & Team In the Clouds at 9,700’

Posted by: Leon Davis, Mike King, Katrina Bloemsma | May 25, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 9,700'

Hello all!
The team is here at camp 9700’ poised to go for the summit of Kahiltna Dome if the weather cooperates. Everyone did well getting here and fortifying camp was a great team effort. As we finished our dinner clouds started in from the southwest, obscuring views of Mt. Hunter, Denali and the Kahiltna Dome itself. But we are ready and excited for whatever happens.  In the pre-dawn we hope to be walking toward Kahiltna Dome’s East Ridge.

Good night everyone!

RMI Guides Leon Davis, Mike King & Katrina Bloemsma

An RMI Alaska Seminar team camped with views of Kahiltna Dome and Mt. Foraker.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Alaska Seminar: Davis and Team On The Move

Posted by: Leon Davis, Mike King, Katrina Bloemsma | May 23, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 7,880'

May 23, 2014 - 7:18 pm PT
Our first night away from the airstrip here at 7,800’ and it’s under beautiful clear blue skies. The winds above 14,000’ are moving hard but here it is calm. We walked 3.5 hrs north on the Kahiltna Glacier to the base of Ski Hill and occupied some vacant sites.  All told a pretty relaxing afternoon after adjusting to our pack & sled loads. Tomorrow we will gain 2,000’ to our next camp at 9,800’ which puts us near the base of Kahiltna Dome’s east ridge.

Good night friends and family!

RMI Guide Leon Davis & Team

A beautiful day to be in the Alaska Range.  Photo: Kel Rossiter

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Freuen uns über die täglichen Berichte. Wünschen dem Team und insbesondere Katharina weiterhin schöne Tage und viel Erfolg. Beste Grüße aus dem wolkigen Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Papa, Karin & Lexi

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Posted by: Joachim Schmitt on 5/24/2014 at 10:39 pm

Grandma (Dorothy) wants to say good luck to you Bob and Nikki, and also to the rest your expedition, and god bless. I also wanted to say climb high, and… read more

Posted by: Michael Lowry and Grandma on 5/24/2014 at 7:01 am


Alaska Seminar: Davis and Team Train near Mt. Francis

Posted by: Leon Davis, Mike King, Katrina Bloemsma | May 23, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley

May 22, 2014 - 9:32 pm PT

Another pleasant day today, albeit cold and cloudy. This morning we went for a walk out of base camp toward the east ridge of Francis. We passed the large granite face of Francis, and through old icefall debris, up into a small cirque. Great views of Hunter and Base Camp from this small snowy cove. Once back at camp we rigged sleds and packed gear for our departure tomorrow up to Camp 1. The team is excited to venture out and experience another part of the Alaska range.

Until tomorrow…

RMI Guide Leon Davis & Team

Base Camp Air Strip and the Alaska Range. RMI Photo Collection

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Alaska Seminar: Davis and Team Learn Crevasse Rescue

Posted by: Leon Davis, Mike King, Katrina Bloemsma | May 22, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley

May 21, 2014 - 11:16 pm

Today we spent a full day rotating through stations of crevasse rescue and beacon searches. The team did well grasping the concept of producing mechanical advantage and they ran through the drills multiple times. By the end of the day, I think most ended up with an understanding of how the systems work.  Clouds are moving in slowly and may linger for a few days here but that won’t stop us from venturing out onto the surrounding glaciers. We have one more day here in base camp to prepare for our move north.

Goodnight to all.

RMI Guide Leon Davis

An RMI climber practicing crevasse rescue techniques.  Photo: Chris Villar

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For the May 20th Team (Brent Okita)
Great Picture of the May 20th Team! This is a special greeting for Daniel Akerman: We are so proud of you Daniel… read more

Posted by: Lena Akerman on 5/23/2014 at 6:06 am


Alaska Seminar: Davis and Team work on Glacier Travel

Posted by: Leon Davis, Mike King, Katrina Bloemsma | May 21, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier

May 20, 2014 - 11:57pm PT

Today was a glorious day full of sun and cooler temperatures. We left camp early this morning and headed west, down to the main flow of the Kahiltna glacier. The team got first hand experience of how we move across such massive fields of ice and the views both up and down glacier were amazing. Felt like we were in the middle of the middle of nowhere. Our objective was a small formation called the pizza wedge and as we got closer the crevasses got bigger. So big that our desired approach was cut off by a 200’ wide crack over a mile long. Despite being rewarded with great weather and cooler temps, this years snow isn’t making things easy. So we trekked back to camp and resumed training for a full day tomorrow of crevasse rescue and beacon searches.

All is well and beautiful here!

RMI Guide Leon Davis & Team

And RMI Team working on Glacier Travel. Photo Kel Rossiter

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That looks like such an amazing experience.  Have fun and stay safe, Wendy.

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Posted by: Chris Bertran on 5/22/2014 at 5:49 am

Hey Dad,

I hope you’re having a great time! It sounds like you’re doing some pretty awesome and intense stuff! We hope you and your team have a great next… read more

Posted by: Lindsay H on 5/22/2014 at 4:00 am


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