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Alaska Alpine Seminar: Marin & Team Practice Mountaineering Skills from Basecamp

Posted by: Andres Marin, Kel Rossiter, Levi Kepsel | May 05, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 7,300'

Today we woke up with a blue skies and great temperatures, way different than what the weather was predicting.

Quickly we got ready and went for a hike to the Southeast Fork. Learning about glacier travel and the different terrain features with these incredible views is spectacular.  What an environment to learn in!  While at the glacier we checked our approach for Radio Tower, which we are hoping to climb tomorrow.

All and all one more great day in a beautiful place.

Everybody in the group sends a big hello, hugs and kisses to friends and family.

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

Views from Kahiltna Basecamp, Alaska. Photo: Jason Thompson

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Alaska Alpine Seminar: Marin & Team Help Prepare the Runway and Train at Basecamp

Posted by: Andres Marin, Kel Rossiter, Levi Kepsel | May 04, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley

Our trip just keeps getting better and better.

Today we woke up with a crispy couple of new inches of snow in one of the most beautiful places in Earth, Alaska.  We enjoyed breakfast with our teammates and got ready to learn about snow anchors, belay systems and other technical systems.  The weather is little stormy so we decided to stay around camp to train today.

After lunch we helped pack the bush plane runway and got to move our legs and exercise for a bit.  The group is doing great and enjoy each other’s company.  Tomorrow we are hoping for a good window of weather to go climb.

All best from RMI Guide Andres Marin &the Alaska Alpine seminar

Kahiltna Base Airport. Photo: RMI Collection K2 lands at Kahiltna Base. Photo: Katy Reid

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Alaska Alpine Seminar: The Team Sets Up Camp at Kahiltna Base

Posted by: Andres Marin, Kel Rossiter, Levi Kepsel | May 02, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 7,300'

Hello from the RMI Alaska Mountaineering Seminar – Alpine Team! The weather cooperated yesterday and we had the opportunity to fly into Basecamp.  Everybody was impressed by the great views. Flying into the Alaska Range is remarkable.

Once in Basecamp we got busy setting up our camp, making dinner, and finally crawling into our tents after a long day.

Today we will be staying relatively close to camp doing some technical training.  Its going to be a fun day!!!!

RMI Guide Andres Marin

Kahiltna Basecamp in the Alaska Range. Photo: RMI Collection

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Alaska Alpine Seminar: Andres Marin & Team Kick Off the Alaska Season!

Posted by: Andres Marin, Kel Rossiter, Levi Kepsel | May 01, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley

The Alaska season has begun!

We all met yesterday at the airport and drove through Wasilla to pick up some food items to take on our seminar.  After a great night in Talkeetna, we ate breakfast, and began organizing our equipment in preparation of flying on the glacier.

I’m glad we were so prepared.  After a pretty wintry day in Talkeetna, we received news that we are clear for takeoff!  We are loading the plane now.  There is always the possibility that the weather may turn and we’ll be headed back to Talkeetna but for now, all systems are clear.  Stay tuned…

All best,
RMI Guide Andres Marin and the Alaska Alpine Seminar.

Views of the Cassin Ridge on Mt. McKinley as the team flies into Kahiltna Base. Photo: Dave Hahn

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Mt. Rainier: July 16th Summit!

Posted by: Kel Rossiter, Walter Hailes | July 16, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb teams led by Kel Rossiter and Walter Hailes reached the Mt. Rainier summit this morning in cold temperatures and windy conditions.  With a cloud layer settled in at Camp Muir, the team enjoyed clear skies on the summit.

Congratulations to today’s summiteers!

Climbers at Ingraham Flats Break. An RMI team at sunrise ascending Mt. Rainier Descending Disappointment Cleaver. Little Tahoma in the background.
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Mt. Rainier: July 7th Summit!

Posted by: Mike Haugen, Kel Rossiter | July 07, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The summit climb teams reported 100% to the top today!  They climbed into a cap with 25 – 30 mph winds, but otherwise conditions were not too bad according to Lead Guide Mike Haugen. The teams will spend a bit of time on the summit today and head back down to Camp Muir shortly.

Congratulations to today’s teams!

Climbers at Ingraham Flats RMI Guide Kel Rossiter reaching the summit crater

Mt. Rainier: June 21st Summit!

Posted by: J.J. Justman, Kel Rossiter | June 21, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: Summit

The Four Day Summit Climb teams led by JJ Justman and Kel Rossiter reached the Summit of Mt. Rainier today.  JJ reported good, but cold weather with calm winds. The teams are enjoying the views from the top and will make their way back to Camp Muir shortly.

Congratulations to today’s teams.

 

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Mt. Rainier: June 4th Update

Posted by: Andres Marin, Levi Kepsel, Kel Rossiter, Tyler Reid, Ben Liken | June 04, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 10,060'

RMI Guide Andres Marin radioed from Camp Muir this morning.  The Four Day Summit Climb teams were tucked safely in the bunks at Camp Muir after a windy night.  The cold temperatures, new snow and wind prevented the groups from making a summit attempt this morning.  At 8:30 a.m. they began their descent from Camp Muir to Paradise.  They will return to Ashford in the early afternoon.

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Mt. Rainier: May 28th Update

Posted by: Kel Rossiter, Tyler Reid | May 28, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb May 25 - 28, 2012, led by RMI Guides Tyler Reid and Kel Rossiter reached the summit of Mt. Rainier today.  The teams reported moderate westerly winds and cold temperatures.  The skies were clear above with a cloud deck below around 10,000’.  The teams began their descent at 9:31 a.m. from the crater rim en route to Camp Muir.  They will continue to Paradise this afternoon.

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb teams!


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