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Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climb Turns Below Camp Muir

Posted by: Geoff Schellens, Leon Davis | September 22, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 8,000'

The Four Day Summit Climb Teams led by RMI Guides Leon Davis and Geoff Schellens were forced to turn around at 8,000’ today en route to Camp Muir.  The teams experienced wet and windy weather with low visibility.  They made the tough decision to descend and return to Paradise.  The teams arrived at Rainier BaseCamp just before 3 pm PT.


Mt. Rainier: September 15th Summit!

Posted by: Geoff Schellens, Leon Davis | September 15, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb August 12 - 15 and the Five Day Summit Climb August 11 - 15 both reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  RMI Guides Leon Davis and Geoff Schellens reported they were in a cloud cap on the summit with low visibility and light winds from the South/Southwest.  The teams began their descent from the crater rim shortly after 7 am.  They will return to Camp Muir for a short break before continuing their descent to Paradise this afternoon.

Congratulations to today’s climbers!

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March 29th climbers. 2014.  Wishing you a safe and fun trip.!!  You are rare birds and we are ALL waiting anxiously to hear your adventures.  Be safe, be kind, be… read more

Posted by: Rosemary -burdee on 3/31/2014 at 7:01 am

One of the finest groups of people that I have ever met. Great job team, proud of all of you!!

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Posted by: Rob on 9/17/2013 at 8:30 am


Mt. Rainier: September 2nd

Posted by: Elias de Andres Martos, Leon Davis | September 02, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 12,700'

The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guides Elias de Andres Martos and Leon Davis were unable to reach the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  The teams returned to Camp Muir at 7:45 am from their high point of 12,700’.  While at Camp Muir the teams will gear up for their descent to Paradise; we look forward to greeting them when they arrive back at Rainier Basecamp later today.

The teams descending to Ingraham Flats due to low visibility and high winds at 12,700'. Photo: Lindsay Mann An RMI Team ascending through Cathedral Gap.  Photo: RMI Collection
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Mom and Aunt Kathy congratulations on a wonderful adventure! You worked so hard and I can’t wait to hear about the beautiful climb.

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Posted by: Camilla on 9/3/2013 at 2:56 pm

Mom and Aunt Kathy—
Congrats!!! So proud of you both.  Sorry the weather didn’t collaborate but I’m sure it was beautiful and so fun!

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Posted by: katie on 9/3/2013 at 8:08 am


Mt. Rainier: August 26th - Teams on the Summit!

Posted by: Jake Beren, Leon Davis | August 26, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climbs August 23 - 26 led by RMI Guides Jake Beren & Leon Davis reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  Jake reported light - moderate winds with 50 meters of visibility and some-what cold conditions.  The teams began their descent from the crater rim around 8 am PT.  The teams will descend to Camp Muir for a short break before continuing down to Paradise this afternoon.

Congratulations to today’s summit climb teams!

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Great job bro. Eric I’m so proud of you. Sorry I didn’t make the top. Doc says it’ll be 9 months to a year for my Achilles to heal. Next… read more

Posted by: Steve Carr on 8/28/2013 at 8:22 pm

Hi John! Love how you blaze new trails son. Praying for you and your whole team. Love, Mom

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Posted by: Dot on 8/27/2013 at 6:03 am


Mt. Rainier: Summit Climb Teams Reach Summit August 8th!

Posted by: Leon Davis, Peter Whittaker | August 08, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climbs led by RMI Guides Peter Whittaker & Leon Davis reached the summit of Mt. Rainier at 5:00 a.m.  Peter reported a beautiful and windless day.  The teams began their descent to Camp Muir.  They will take a break there before continuing to Paradise this afternoon.

Congratulations to today’s summit climbers!

RMI Guide Peter Whittaker leads the Four Day Summit Climb August 5 - 8, 2013 team. Photo: Jon Mancuso
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Congratulations, Chris! It was nice meeting you at Muir last weekend. Keep climbing!

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Posted by: Sherrie Trecker on 8/8/2013 at 12:52 pm


Mt. Rainier: Teams on the summit August 2nd!

Posted by: Adam Knoff, Leon Davis | August 02, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guide Leon Davis reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning at approximately 7:25 am.  Leon reported steady winds from the N/NW at 10-15 mph, cold temperatures and a cloud deck below at 10,000’.  The Expedition Skills Seminar - Paradise led by Adam Knoff also reached the summit this morning. The teams spent approximately one hour on the summit before starting their descent.

Both teams will return to Camp Muir to repack their gear and take a short break before continuing down to Paradise this afternoon.  We look forward to seeing them at Rainier BaseCamp later today.

Congratulations to today’s summit climbers!

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What a Great Experience! Thanks to Leon, Nick, Chase and our team.

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Posted by: Fran G on 8/10/2013 at 6:46 am

OUTSTANDING!!!! Way To Go People !!!!

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Posted by: Rick Myers on 8/2/2013 at 8:47 pm


Mt. Rainier: Teams on the Summit - July 12, 2013

Posted by: Seth Waterfall, Leon Davis | July 12, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb July 9 - 12 led by Seth Waterfall and the Expedition Skills Seminar – Paradise July 7 - 12 led by Leon Davis reached the summit of Mt. Rainier at 6:30 a.m. PT.  The teams reported 10-15 mph winds, temperatures in the mid-teens, light snow and visibility of about 200 yards.

Both teams started their descent from the crater rim shortly before 8 a.m.  They will return to Camp Muir for short break to rest and re-pack before continuing down to Paradise this afternoon.

We look forward to seeing the teams at Rainier BaseCamp this afternoon.

Congratulation to today’s climbing teams!

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Herbie….......Stay awesome. Remember, there is no tomorrow!
Bob

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Posted by: bob Millar on 7/12/2013 at 7:29 pm

Congratulations!!! Snow, Wind, Cold and Work getting to the summit.. Ah, better you than us. :-)

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Posted by: Ellie & John Brazee on 7/12/2013 at 12:53 pm


Mt. McKinley: Beren & Team Finish Their Expedition

Posted by: Jake Beren, Josh Maggard, Leon Davis | June 20, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 358'

Thursday, June 20, 2013
The lower glacier was fully covered in fog when we turned in last night and to our surprise it had cleared completely by the time we decided to walk. The early morning light on the surrounding mountains and the waxing moon in the purple sky made an absolutely surreal walk out of the range. The team finished very strong, hitting the runway in style in the morning just as a pair of Otters hit the upper strip. Now in Talkeetna, the team is enjoying the comforts of reentry and in a few hours we are going to enjoy a big meal cooked over something more refined than a camp stove. What a treat!
  It is hard to believe that we are back in town already. Enjoying nearly perfect weather and a very strong team, we were able to take advantage of the weather windows and climb the route entirely by ourselves in quite reasonable conditions. Additionally if there was ever a team to handle some downtime and extra rest days with quality conversation, this was it. Yet the weather smiled upon us and our training and strength as a team really came together for an efficient ascent with great folks. Thanks again to everyone on the team for really rising to the challenge of Denali and matching themselves perfectly to their environment for a safe, successful climb. It has been a pleasure.

RMI Guide Jake Beren

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Jake Beren & RMI Organization,
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Posted by: S Brownie on 6/21/2013 at 10:58 am


Mt. McKinley: Beren & Team Head Down to 11 Camp

Posted by: Jake Beren, Leon Davis, Josh Maggard | June 20, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 11,200'

Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Well the wind finally died down yesterday afternoon and instead of hightailing it out of 17 Camp, we chose to relax and enjoy where a few weeks work can put you. It was a gorgeous day to rest and recover and truly enjoy the place we had spent so much time and energy getting to and have the recent memory of our time on top fresh in our minds.

This morning we made a move down the mountain and retraced our steps down the West Buttress towards the fixed lines and 14 Camp. Few teams were out and about, mostly holding tight due to the higher summit winds and we rolled into 14 Camp to find that our kind friends with RMI McKinley Team # 6 had helped us out by digging up our cache. Thanks a bunch guys, so nice to have friends out here.

After increasing our pack weights, we headed down to 11 Camp and had some grub before catching a few winks. Soon we will hit the glacier for our final approach to the Kahiltna BC and see if we can high five RMI McKinley Team #7 and hop in a warm seat for the return to “civilization.”  It has been a fantastic trip and we’ve still got one more day to go, but we’re certainly in no rush to leave this beautiful place and wonderful team.

RMI Guide Jake Beren

An RMI Team camped at 11,200 ft on Mt. McKinley.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Mt. McKinley: Jake Beren & Team Rest & Refuel at 17,000’ Camp

Posted by: Jake Beren, Leon Davis, Josh Maggard | June 18, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 17,000'

Tuesday, June 18 , 2013
What a day yesterday was!  We were the only team to climb our route and truly enjoyed having the whole day to ourselves. It was a touch windy, but with warm air temps, it was perfectly manageable. The team climbed strong and stood on top in the afternoon with perfect visibility were treated to spectacular views the whole way up. The summit day is only possible with a combination of factors all coming together and we did a great job matching ourselves to the mountain. Bravo everyone!

Today really makes our call to go for it yesterday seem like the right one. The wind picked up last night and has been blowing hard ever since. We have been hanging out and resting at 17 camp and once the wind dies down we will tackle the Buttress and start the cruise home. We are going to wait a bit and maybe take off tomorrow after this spike in wind speed. For now we could use the rest after a few huge days.
 
Looking forward to seeing everyone as soon as Denali grants us safe passage.

RMI Guides Jake, Leon, and Josh

Looking down to 14,000' Camp on Denali - RMI Photo Collection

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We’re glad you all made it to the summit and the weather held!  It must seem absolutely religious if the pictures are any hint.  Come back safely and be sure… read more

Posted by: R.B. on 6/19/2013 at 3:04 pm

Congrats Josh on getting to the summit your first try.  Post some pics -Richard Boucher

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Posted by: richard a boucher on 6/19/2013 at 6:33 am


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