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Mt. McKinley: Beren & Team Rest & Train

Posted by: Jake Beren, Leon Davis, Katie Bono | June 17, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 14,200'

June 16, 2014 11:31pm PT
Happy Monday from all us sinners up here at 14 Camp!  Today we rested and trained for our foray up the fixed lines. After a bit of afternoon rest we then spent some time fortifying camp. It’s been great up here so far and we are lucky to be surrounded by the other RMI teams. Everyone had been super hospitable and helpful getting settled in. If the weather allows, we will try a mission to the top of the fixed lines. If not, a day of rest sure wouldn’t hurt.

That’s all from 14! 

RMI Guide Jake Beren & Team

Fixed Lines on Mt. McKinley. Photo: Katy Laveck

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Mt. McKinley Expedition: Beren and Team Move to 14,000’ Camp

Posted by: Jake Beren, Leon Davis, Katie Bono | June 16, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 14,200'

June 15, 2014 - 11:57 pm PT

We celebrated Father’s Day on Mt. McKinley with a move from 11 Camp to 14 Camp. The team did a super solid job getting up here with enough gas to build a good camp just before the weather came in. It sure feels good to be in position to move a bit higher after a day of rest and training tomorrow. Now it’s off to bed to enjoy a good night’s rest after a big day in the mountains.

Thanks to all the Poppas out there, we love you.

RMI Guide Jake Beren

Climbers at 14,000ft Camp on Mt. McKinley, Alaska.  Photo: Seth Waterfall

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Mt. McKinley: Beren & Team Rest Day Day at 11K Camp

Posted by: Jake Beren, Leon Davis, Katie Bono | June 15, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 11,200'

June 14, 2014 - 11:34 pm PT

Today our team enjoyed a well earned rest day here at 11 Camp. Over a leisurely breakfast we took some time and shared the blog responses. Everyone loved hearing from friends and family back home, thanks for the love everyone!

After breakfast we got down to the real business, napping and building an awesome snowman. All in all a productive day in the mountains. Tomorrow if the weather holds we’ll try and move to 14 Camp.

George would like to wish Elaine a Happy Birthday and Jessica a big congrats on her graduation. The team thanks them for letting us have him today.

“Hi umma, sarangtie, muattelatte.”

RMI Guide Jake Beren

An RMI team at 11,000' on Mt. McKinley. Photo: RMI Collection

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Chris - This weekend I enjoyed the sun and it looks like you enjoyed the cold.Sounds like June is a good month for the both of us. Can’t wait to… read more

Posted by: Leah on 6/15/2014 at 3:41 pm

Nice job everybody.  Good luck this week. 
Happy Father’s Day/Birthday Pop! We’re rooting for you!

Love,
Adam/Kate

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Posted by: Adam on 6/15/2014 at 3:21 pm


Mt. McKinley: Beren & Team Carry Day

Posted by: Jake Beren, Leon Davis, Katie Bono | June 14, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 14,200'

June 14, 2014 - 10:37 am PT

Despite a marginal forecast, we awoke to perfectly workable conditions. Packing up our cacheables, we busted moves up the hills Motorcycle and Squirrel to get to the Polo Fields. There it began to snow lightly but never got too bad and we were able to make it all the way to Mt. McKinley’s 14K Camp in great style.

At 14K, we ran into our friends on the other RMI teams and always great to see some friendly faces in such a wild zone. Tomorrow we plan to rest up and move as soon as the weather allows.

RMI Guide Jake Beren

Pulling sleds on Motorcycle Hill, Mt. McKinley. Photo: RMI Collection

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Mt. McKinley: Beren & Team Move to 11,200’

Posted by: Jake Beren, Leon Davis, Katie Bono | June 12, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 11,200'

June 12, 2014 10:22am PT

Yesterday was a great day. After a few storm days at the base of ski hill, the weather let us leave camp. Waking early we set off in good walking temps but no visibility for higher on glacier. The snow was deep and as the first team to make the move, we enjoyed breaking trail for a few hours before the skies cleared and a descending team provided a nicely broken trail.  The views were spectacular and honestly the clearest of the whole trip. The team put in a big day yesterday and are enjoying a leisurely morning here at 11,200 before back carrying later today to pick up our cache at 9700. 

RMI Guide Jake Beren & Team

An RMI Team Moving to 11,200'. Photo: Lindsay Mann

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Mt. McKinley: Beren & Team Continue to Wait For Better Weather

Posted by: Jake Beren, Leon Davis, Chase Nelson | June 11, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 7,800'

June 10, 2014 - 10:33 pm PT

Can you guess where we are?  Yes, 7,800’ camp on Mt. McKinley. The snows continue to blow up glacier and keep us from advancing higher on the mountain. The team is doing a fantastic job staying dug out and keeping spirits high. We have plenty of food and fuel, we just need to the weather to allow us to go a little higher. It will and all we need is a little patience. Wish us luck.

RMI Guide Jake Beren

Camped at 7,800ft on Mt. McKinley, Alaska.  Photo: Lindsay Mann

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Mt. McKinley: Beren & Team Remain at 7,800’

Posted by: Jake Beren, Leon Davis, Katie Bono | June 10, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 7,800'

June 9, 2014 - 9:52 pm PT

The team remained at 7,800’ on Mt. McKinley and chalked it up to a weather day.  Apparently they spent the day composing poetry.  A copy of their work is below:

We’re below Ski Hill
Snowing, blowing, eating here
Hope to move up soon!

Cheers from 7800,
Katie, Leon, Jake, and Crew


RMI Guides Jake Beren, Leon Davis & Katie Bono

An RMI Team camped at 7,800ft on Mt. McKinley.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Mt. McKinley: Beren & Team Take a Rest at 7,800’

Posted by: Leon Davis, Katie Bono, Jake Beren | June 09, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 7,800'

June 8, 2014 - 9:19 pm PT

Today was a great day for resting and that is what we did. We awoke to some clouds and snow at our camp at 7,800’ and decided to hunker down. Reviewing some knots and hitches filled the spaces between naps and we are raring to go tomorrow if the weather allows. It is snowing at present and with more snow in the forecast, we’ll just have to wait and see.

RMI Guide Jake Berenn

An RMI Team camped at 7,800 ft on Mt. McKinley.  Photo: Brent Okita

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Mt. McKinley: Beren and Team Make Carry to 9,600’ Camp

Posted by: Jake Beren, Leon Davis, Katie Bono | June 08, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 7,800'

Saturday, June 7th 10:36 PM PT

Greetings from our home at 7,800’ at the base of Ski Hill.

Today we carried big loads up to 9,600’ camp and made a cache. This allowed us to get in some mileage and take a day off the sleds. It also gives us a lighter move day tomorrow and every little bit helps!  Just before dinner it started to snow and we retreated to tents to rest up for the upcoming day. Cross your fingers for clearing skies and we’ll make the most of them.

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An RMI team at 7,800' Camp on Mt. McKinley, Alaska. Photo: Lindsay Mann

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Chris at the Rays/Mariner game. 90degrees outside today in Tampa FL.  Wishing you and the team good weather and safe climbing on the next leg.  Stay safe. Love the family.

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Posted by: Elizabeth koerner on 6/8/2014 at 10:59 am

Hi Scott and Team. I am envious of your journey!  What a great experience and adventure.  Best of luck to all of you as the summit gets closer. A lot… read more

Posted by: Mom on 6/8/2014 at 10:26 am


Mt. McKinley: Beren & Team Camped at the Base of Ski Hill

Posted by: Jake Beren, Leon Davis, Katie Bono | June 07, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 7,800'

June 6, 2014 - 11:30 pm PT

70 years ago there was a landing much different than ours in a far away land. We are grateful for those past sacrifices.

Our landing was quite pleasant, leaving Talkeetna early and spending the morning packing up to head down the the Main Fork of the Kahiltna and make that crucial right turn towards Denali. The team did well and we made camp at the base of Ski Hill under clearing skies, alpenglow of the high mountains and a just past halt moon. Nice way to start it off.

After setting up shop, the crew is hunkered down for some well earned rest and if the weather smiles on us again, we’ll go higher tomorrow.

RMI Guide Jake Beren

An RMI Climber's Sled Load on the way to Mt. McKinley's 7800' Camp. Photo: Chris Villar

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