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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.

RMI Guide Jake Beren

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

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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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McKinley: Beren & Team are Ready to Fly

Posted by: Jake Beren, Leon Davis, Katie Bono | June 05, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley

We are all weighed for the big fight and now just relaxing a bit before taking off. Early reports from Basecamp have us in a little bit of a holding pattern due to some snowfall. The skies are currently clearing up now and we hope to be en route to the AK range soon enough. Wish us luck!

RMI Guide Jake Beren & Team

Gear For McKinley Expedition waiting in Hangar. Photo: Brent Okita

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Alaska Seminar: Davis & Team Fly from the Kahiltna Glacier

Posted by: Leon Davis, Katrina Bloemsma, Mike King | May 26, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 348'

May 26, 2014 - 5:18 pm PT

Hello everyone!

Saying hello from Talkeetna, Alaska!  We made it off this afternoon despite the evil forecast.  This morning we left 9,700’ and walked down glacier into deep clouds that retreated as we made our way to Kahiltna Base Camp. All day we heard and saw fleets of airplanes coming in and by mid afternoon we were on one of them. So the team is safe and sound taking showers and indulging in vices.

It’s been a fantastic trip with a great group. Thanks for tuning in!

RMI Guide Leon Davis

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Alaska Seminar:  Davis & Team Explore New Terrain

Posted by: Leon Davis | May 25, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley

May 25, 2014 - 8:47 pm PT

Hi everyone!

The team is back at camp safe & sound after an adventurous attempt on Kahiltna Dome. The predicted weather came in but with less snowfall than anticipated. At 6 am we had enough visibility to leave camp and start up the east ridge. The climbing was great fun and we had just enough visibility to keep going. We passed the high point from the previous seminar by chopping and probing our way up and around the ridge. A great team effort!  At 10,700’ the clouds came in thick and the snow began to fall heavy and this put a firm halt to our upward progress. So we turned and navigated our way in the flat light down to camp. Despite falling short of the summit everyone was really excited for the adventure and it was great fun to explore new terrain. Tomorrow we travel back to Base Camp on the Kahiltna Glacier in the twilight to see if planes will take us back to civilization.

Good night and see you all soon!

RMI Guide Leon Davis

From the Kahiltna Glacier, Mt. McKinley, Alaska.  Photo: Katy Laveck

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Alaska Seminar: Davis & Team In the Clouds at 9,700’

Posted by: Leon Davis, Mike King, Katrina Bloemsma | May 25, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 9,700'

Hello all!
The team is here at camp 9700’ poised to go for the summit of Kahiltna Dome if the weather cooperates. Everyone did well getting here and fortifying camp was a great team effort. As we finished our dinner clouds started in from the southwest, obscuring views of Mt. Hunter, Denali and the Kahiltna Dome itself. But we are ready and excited for whatever happens.  In the pre-dawn we hope to be walking toward Kahiltna Dome’s East Ridge.

Good night everyone!

RMI Guides Leon Davis, Mike King & Katrina Bloemsma

An RMI Alaska Seminar team camped with views of Kahiltna Dome and Mt. Foraker.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Alaska Seminar: Davis and Team On The Move

Posted by: Leon Davis, Mike King, Katrina Bloemsma | May 23, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 7,880'

May 23, 2014 - 7:18 pm PT
Our first night away from the airstrip here at 7,800’ and it’s under beautiful clear blue skies. The winds above 14,000’ are moving hard but here it is calm. We walked 3.5 hrs north on the Kahiltna Glacier to the base of Ski Hill and occupied some vacant sites.  All told a pretty relaxing afternoon after adjusting to our pack & sled loads. Tomorrow we will gain 2,000’ to our next camp at 9,800’ which puts us near the base of Kahiltna Dome’s east ridge.

Good night friends and family!

RMI Guide Leon Davis & Team

A beautiful day to be in the Alaska Range.  Photo: Kel Rossiter

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Alaska Seminar: Davis and Team Train near Mt. Francis

Posted by: Leon Davis, Mike King, Katrina Bloemsma | May 23, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley

May 22, 2014 - 9:32 pm PT

Another pleasant day today, albeit cold and cloudy. This morning we went for a walk out of base camp toward the east ridge of Francis. We passed the large granite face of Francis, and through old icefall debris, up into a small cirque. Great views of Hunter and Base Camp from this small snowy cove. Once back at camp we rigged sleds and packed gear for our departure tomorrow up to Camp 1. The team is excited to venture out and experience another part of the Alaska range.

Until tomorrow…

RMI Guide Leon Davis & Team

Base Camp Air Strip and the Alaska Range. RMI Photo Collection

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Alaska Seminar: Davis and Team Learn Crevasse Rescue

Posted by: Leon Davis, Mike King, Katrina Bloemsma | May 22, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley

May 21, 2014 - 11:16 pm

Today we spent a full day rotating through stations of crevasse rescue and beacon searches. The team did well grasping the concept of producing mechanical advantage and they ran through the drills multiple times. By the end of the day, I think most ended up with an understanding of how the systems work.  Clouds are moving in slowly and may linger for a few days here but that won’t stop us from venturing out onto the surrounding glaciers. We have one more day here in base camp to prepare for our move north.

Goodnight to all.

RMI Guide Leon Davis

An RMI climber practicing crevasse rescue techniques.  Photo: Chris Villar

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