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Mt. McKinley: Billy Nugent & Team Ready in Talkeetna

Posted by: Billy Nugent, Kel Rossiter, Levi Kepsel | May 16, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley

Hi all, today kicked off the official start of the second RMI Denali expedition of the 2013 season!  We spent the day dealing with the more unsavory and tedious parts of mountain climbing in our preparation for tomorrow’s flight into the range. Namely, we checked (and re-checked) gear, completed our orientation and permitting process with the NPS, and packed up and weighed all of our food and equipment for loading the planes.  We enjoyed a team dinner on what is hopefully our last evening in civilization.  The team is psyched, strong, and maybe a bit nervous but certainly ready to go - we just need the weather to cooperate tomorrow morning so we can get into Basecamp.

we’ll see…

RMI Guide Billy Nugent

Welcome to Talkeetna! Photo: RMI Collection

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Alaska Alpine Seminar: Marin & Team Complete Seminar and Head for Home

Posted by: Andres Marin, Kel Rossiter, Levi Kepsel | May 10, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley

After our beautiful bluebird day on Mount Frances we went to bed satisfied with our climbing. We spent our last full day dialing in rescue techniques and ice climbing in crevasses.

Yesterday we woke up early for our flight back to Talkeetna and enjoyed a celebratory toast.  A sweet success!  Everybody left for home with lots of knowledge on modern climbing techniques and as more experienced climbers.

Thank you very much team for the great times in the Alaska Range and I’m already looking forward to next year’s Alpine Seminar.

All best,
RMI Guide Andres Marin

Sunset in Talkeetna. Photo: Linden Mallory

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Alaska Alpine Seminar: Marin & Team Attempt the Summit of Mt. Francis

Posted by: Andres Marin, Kel Rossiter, Levi Kepsel | May 08, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 7,300'

Our attempt on Mt. Francis was great.

We were making good time up the southeast ridge until conditions got really icy.  We climbed a pitch of ice and then we made a group decision of turning back down.

The views, as well as the learning experience, were incredible.  Now we are all back in camp enjoying a hot cup of tea.
 
Today we did our last seminar review and will be starting to pack for tomorrow’s flight back to Talkeetna.

Looking forward to a shower and a big salad.

RMI Guide Andres Marin

Upward on Mt. Francis. Photo: Kel Rossiter Bringing up the belay on Mt. Francis. Photo: Kel Rossiter East Ridge on Mt. Francis. Photo: Kel Rossiter

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Alaska Alpine Seminar: The Team Puts Their Skills to the Test

Posted by: Andres Marin, Kel Rossiter, Levi Kepsel | May 07, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 7,300'

Today we put what we’ve learned the last few days into action.  We headed to a crevasse and practiced our rescue techniques using the complete system.

Going down in the crevasse was an incredible experience for everyone.  It was written all over the team’s faces in the great photos and big smiles that made this day just fantastic.

We are going to bed early and hoping for good weather for our summit attempt to the East ridge of Mt. Francis.

Wish us luck.

All best,
RMI Guide Andres Marin

An RMI Team practices crevasse rescue. Photo: Chris Villar

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Alaska Alpine Seminar: The Team Summits Radio Tower!

Posted by: Andres Marin, Kel Rossiter, Levi Kepsel | May 06, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley

This place just keeps getting better and better.  Today we climbed Radio Tower!!!  The weather was incredible and the views just fantastic.

We climbed this peak via the southside and gained the east ridge to the top.  The entire group had the chance to learn a lot and had a great time while climbing our first summit.

After a long day we are eating dinner and planning a day of ice climbing and crevasse rescue that we have in front of us.

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

An RMI team on the Summit Ridge of Radio Tower. Photo: Chris Villar

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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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