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Alaska Seminar: Davis and Team Build Camp

Posted by: Leon Davis, Mike King, Katrina Bloemsma | May 20, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley

May 19, 2014 - 11:14 pm PT

Hi Everyone,

We had a pretty busy day here on Kahiltna’s SE fork. Consistent and gusty winds from the north had us building a fortress of sorts around our tents and kitchen. There was some time in the morning for basic skills training in groups but by early afternoon the whole team went into wall building mode. It was pretty amazing to see how well everyone cooperated and their work ethic was close to exhausting. So much so that a small news team noticed the action from below and came up to video everyone working and interview a few folks.  So tune in to KTVA Alaska 11 News on their website and you might see a friend or loved one on TV!

Tomorrow we are going for a day mission across the Kahiltna toward Mt. Foraker.

Stay tuned for more good news tomorrow!

RMI Guide Leon Davis & Team

Kahiltna Glacer. RMI Photo Collection

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Alaska Seminar: Davis and Team Fly onto the Glacier

Posted by: Leon Davis, Mike King, Katrina Bloemsma | May 19, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley

May 19, 2014, 1:05 am PT
Hello all -
Our team is just crawling into their sleeping bags here at Kahiltna Base Camp. Our pilots at K2 Aviation found a way in between a few windy spells and at 5:45 pm we touched down in sunny cool weather.  By 9:30 pm we were having dinner and very happy about making it onto the Kahiltna glacier.  Many of the team could barely hide their enthusiasm from the moment they boarded the plane until we crawled into our sleeping bags for bed time. 
All is great!
Goodnight friends and family -
RMI Guides Leon Davis, Mike King and Katrina Bloemsma

An RMI Team camped at Kahiltna Base Camp, Alaska.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Alaska Seminar: Davis & Team Prepare to Fly

Posted by: Leon Davis, Mike King, Katrina Bloemsma | May 18, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley

May 18, 3:27 pm PT

Greetings friends and family!

The second Alaska Mountaineering Seminar - Expedition team is here in Alaska and almost ready to fly!  Most of our gear is packed and weighed and now we are waiting for departure time. We have a few hours to go so we are setting up tents and prepping for our first night onto the glacier. Fingers crossed for an on time flight!

RMI Guide Leon Davis and Team

The team with their gear preparing to fly. Photo: Leon Davis

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Aconcagua: Justman & Team Return to Base Camp

Posted by: JJ Justman, Katrina Bloemsma | February 19, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 13,800'

We have arrived! Ahhh, it feels so good to be back at Base Camp! Let me tell ya, this team has faced some enormous adversity. Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to scare friends and family because this Wisconsin boy has faced worse weather watching the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field in December. The weather on this expedition has flip flopped from beautiful to not so beautiful. And wouldn’t you know it, the weather followed us down to base camp. However, it doesn’t matter now. We’ve enjoyed pizzas, fresh fruit and coca colas. And we all deserve it! Everyone says hello and we are looking forward to our trek out.

This is our last dispatch for this season’s Aconcagua expeditions. Thank you so much for following along and thanks for all the comments!

RMI Guides JJ Justman, Katrina Bloemsma and Team

Aconcagua. RMI Photo Collection

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Aconcagua: Justman & Team Summit!

Posted by: JJ Justman, Katrina Bloemsma | February 18, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 22,841'

Hey everyone, I’m wondering if you could just take a listen to this for second… Do you hear that?  I didn’t think so because there is zero wind on the summit of Aconcagua right now! That is where Team Seven is at this moment.  What do you say guys? [Happy yells from the climbers.]  People are excited to be up here. We have a beautiful day climbing. We had a sunny day to begin with; now there’s a little bit of clouds and a little bit of snow. People are feeling pretty darn good, tired but good. We had a great day climbing. Can’t say enough great things about the summit. And now we are going to head down. This is JJ and the team heading downhill from the highest point in the western hemisphere of the world.

RMI Guide JJ Justman

RMI Climbers preparing for the summit bid at High Camp on Aconcagua. Photo: Linden Mallory An RMI Team taking a break on Summit Day on Aconcagua.  Photo: RMI Collection


RMI Guide JJ Justman calls in from the Aconcagua summit!

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Ah great job everyone! So excited to hear the wonderful news and amazing luck you’ve had :)

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Posted by: Elaine on 2/18/2014 at 12:40 pm

Frank- CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HAPPY FOR YOU GUYS!!!:0)
Celebrating!!!!!!!!  Candi Cane

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Posted by: Candi on 2/18/2014 at 12:32 pm


Aconcagua: Justman & Team Decide to Wait a Day Before Summit Bid

Posted by: JJ Justman, Katrina Bloemsma | February 17, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 19,600'

Decisions, decisions! After some careful thought the team had decided to spend one more day at high camp before attempting the summit. We all had a tough day battling new snow and breaking trail to make it here. There’s no need to exhaust ourselves and ruin our chances at the summit. Tomorrow is supposed to be an even nicer day. And after a full day of eating, drinking and relaxing we all should be more recovered to give the summit our all.

RMI Guide JJ Justman

An RMI Team takes in the views from Aconcagua High Camp. Photo: RMI Collection

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Aconcagua: Justman & Team at High Camp

Posted by: JJ Justman, Katrina Bloemsma | February 16, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 19,600'

It was a day. We awoke to a foot of snow and 30mph winds at Aconcagua’s Camp 2, brr! After a slow morning breaking down camp we headed uphill through wind and snow toward Camp 3. It was hard going and the team had to dig deep to get to high camp, but everyone walked in together, heads high and looking forward to the next challenge. Tomorrow, we go for the summit!

RMI Guide Katrina Bloemsma

Views of the Andes while approaching High Camp on Aconcagua. Photo: RMI Collection

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Aconcagua: Justman & Team Rest Day in a Snowstorm

Posted by: JJ Justman, Katrina Bloemsma | February 15, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 18,000'

Adversity. It’s what high altitude climbing is all about. And here we are, sitting on a rest day at 18,000 feet in a snowstorm. It was predicted and we are actually glad. Because today is supposed to be the last day of adverse weather. Tomorrow is forecasted to be nice and as a matter of fact, the next four to five days. The team is feeling great so in the meantime, Katrina and I have 36 quesadillas to make.

RMI Guide JJ Justman

Views of the surrounding Andes on the trail to Camp 2. Photo: Linden Mallory

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Aconcagua: Justman & Team Carry to Camp 3

Posted by: JJ Justman, Katrina Bloemsma | February 14, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 18,000'

Happy Valentines Day from all the climbers to their loved ones! Today was another great day in the mountains. The team carried to Camp 3 at 19,600 feet in rather chilly temperatures. It was really the wind that gave us a bite on the cheek.

Arriving at Camp 3 the team looked rather strong as they imagined what the final 3,000 feet looks like. I’m keeping it a secret for now.

The weather has moved back in and we are all lying in our tents drinking hots and listening to the snow fall on the tents. There’s a little bit of thunder and lightning also to keep things interesting. It’s safe to say we are all in siesta mode.

But first I’m gonna watch a movie….Roadhouse!!


RMI Guide JJ Justman

Valentine wishes from the team:
You R my Valentine Sweetie Pie! Love U Lots - Brenda xxooxxxoxox

Susie—love you and miss you like crazy!  See you very soon.  Love, Rich

Hey baby, made 19.6 today but would rather be snuggling with you on this Val Day! Love Ken

Aconcagua Camp 2, also know as Guanacos Camp. Photo: RMI Collection

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Aconcagua: Justman & Team Move to Camp 2 “Chopper Camp”

Posted by: JJ Justman, Katrina Bloemsma | February 13, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 18,000'

Clouds followed us up the mountain today from Camp One to Camp Two. Luckily, the group walked strong and we got to ‘Chopper Camp’ with enough time to set up tents and drink some soup before the snow started. Now, we’re all tucked in and waiting to see what the weather does. With a bit of snow in the forecast, we’re glad to be nestled in Camp Two instead of on the more exposed slopes of Camp One. The sun, the snow, and the waiting, it’s all part of mountaineering, and it keeps things interesting!

We’ll touch base again tomorrow and let you know how the climb progresses!

RMI Guide Katrina Bloemsma & Team

Camp 2 - Aconcagua. RMI Photo Collection

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Glad you’re safe and snugg at Camp Two!  Hope the storm clears and the weather becomes your friend!  Climb Strong Dad (Bob) and team!
Love,
Mandy

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Posted by: Mandy on 2/13/2014 at 12:49 pm

Thanks for the update and photo! Glad to hear you’re nestled in.
Best of luck with the weather and waiting and lots of Love-

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