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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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Alaska Seminar: Davis and Team work on Glacier Travel

Posted by: Leon Davis, Mike King, Katrina Bloemsma | May 21, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier

May 20, 2014 - 11:57pm PT

Today was a glorious day full of sun and cooler temperatures. We left camp early this morning and headed west, down to the main flow of the Kahiltna glacier. The team got first hand experience of how we move across such massive fields of ice and the views both up and down glacier were amazing. Felt like we were in the middle of the middle of nowhere. Our objective was a small formation called the pizza wedge and as we got closer the crevasses got bigger. So big that our desired approach was cut off by a 200’ wide crack over a mile long. Despite being rewarded with great weather and cooler temps, this years snow isn’t making things easy. So we trekked back to camp and resumed training for a full day tomorrow of crevasse rescue and beacon searches.

All is well and beautiful here!

RMI Guide Leon Davis & Team

And RMI Team working on Glacier Travel. Photo Kel Rossiter

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Alaska Seminar: Davis and Team Build Camp

Posted by: Leon Davis, Mike King, Katrina Bloemsma | May 20, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley

May 19, 2014 - 11:14 pm PT

Hi Everyone,

We had a pretty busy day here on Kahiltna’s SE fork. Consistent and gusty winds from the north had us building a fortress of sorts around our tents and kitchen. There was some time in the morning for basic skills training in groups but by early afternoon the whole team went into wall building mode. It was pretty amazing to see how well everyone cooperated and their work ethic was close to exhausting. So much so that a small news team noticed the action from below and came up to video everyone working and interview a few folks.  So tune in to KTVA Alaska 11 News on their website and you might see a friend or loved one on TV!

Tomorrow we are going for a day mission across the Kahiltna toward Mt. Foraker.

Stay tuned for more good news tomorrow!

RMI Guide Leon Davis & Team

Kahiltna Glacer. RMI Photo Collection

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Alaska Seminar: Davis and Team Fly onto the Glacier

Posted by: Leon Davis, Mike King, Katrina Bloemsma | May 19, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley

May 19, 2014, 1:05 am PT
Hello all -
Our team is just crawling into their sleeping bags here at Kahiltna Base Camp. Our pilots at K2 Aviation found a way in between a few windy spells and at 5:45 pm we touched down in sunny cool weather.  By 9:30 pm we were having dinner and very happy about making it onto the Kahiltna glacier.  Many of the team could barely hide their enthusiasm from the moment they boarded the plane until we crawled into our sleeping bags for bed time. 
All is great!
Goodnight friends and family -
RMI Guides Leon Davis, Mike King and Katrina Bloemsma

An RMI Team camped at Kahiltna Base Camp, Alaska.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Alaska Seminar: Davis & Team Prepare to Fly

Posted by: Leon Davis, Mike King, Katrina Bloemsma | May 18, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley

May 18, 3:27 pm PT

Greetings friends and family!

The second Alaska Mountaineering Seminar - Expedition team is here in Alaska and almost ready to fly!  Most of our gear is packed and weighed and now we are waiting for departure time. We have a few hours to go so we are setting up tents and prepping for our first night onto the glacier. Fingers crossed for an on time flight!

RMI Guide Leon Davis and Team

The team with their gear preparing to fly. Photo: Leon Davis

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Alaska Seminar: Davis & Team Back in Talkeetna

Posted by: Leon Davis, Eric Frank | May 13, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley

Greetings from Talkeetna!

So we made it off the glacier just in time!  This morning we woke at 3:30 am to start the 5.5-mile walk back to basecamp. The forecasted storm was slowly creeping in from the southwest and as we walked down glacier in the twilight, clouds came spilling over Mt. Foraker, threatening to shut down visibility. At 11:30 we could hear the mosquito hum of K2’s Otter as Randy flew in just below the cloud ceiling and set the plane down on the runway. Forty-five minutes later we were in sandals and t-shirts in downtown Talkeetna enjoying the warm air and flowering fauna. It has been an excellent experience for our folks. As we dry our gear on the lawn, everyone is quietly reflecting on the last six days spent in the Alaska range.

RMI Guide Leon Davis

After six days on the glacier, the team dries out their gear in the K2 lawn. Photo: Leon Davis

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Alaska Seminar: Davis & Team Attempt Kahiltna Dome

Posted by: Leon Davis, Eric Frank | May 13, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 8,700'

Hi everyone!

Well today we went for Kahiltna Dome and we got higher than any other RMI seminar in recent history. Soft snow and punchy crevasse bridges put a halt on our upward progress close to 11,000 feet. Despite the early start, temperatures never allowed the snow to freeze solid enough to prevent us from dropping into the many cracks that guard the ridge.  The guides put the question to our seminar participants about whether it was safe to continue and the entire team made some very rational common sense arguments on the decision to turn back.  We do believe these folks are starting to understand their limits while making good decisions, as we hoped this seminar would help impart!

We are safe and happy back at 8700’ camp hoping to fly off tomorrow if the forecasted snow does not interfere.

Good night and see you all soon!

RMI Guides Leon Davis and Eric Frank

An RMI Alaska Seminar traveling the glacier. Photo: Kel Rossiter An RMI Alaska Seminar headed uphill on a beautiful day. Photo: Kel Rossiter

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Alaska Seminar: Davis & Team Alone on the Upper Kahiltna

Posted by: Leon Davis, Eric Frank | May 11, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 8,800'

Good evening friends & family,
The team is here at 8,800’ camp on the Kahiltna, 5.5 miles from base camp. Today we walked with a few days of food and fuel up glacier under clear skies and later a blazing sun. It seems to be unseasonably warm here for early May, but we can hardly complain about great weather!

Early tomorrow morning we will leave camp and make an attempt on Kahiltna Dome and we are all excited to see what the mighty Kahiltna looks like from 12,200’!

Until tomorrow, good night from us all.

RMI Guides Leon Davis and Eric Frank

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Alaska Seminar: Davis and Team work on Glacier Travel

Posted by: Leon Davis, Eric Frank | May 10, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 7,300'

We can’t complain about the two days of bad weather that prevented us from flying on when it is this beautiful at base camp. The weather here is stellar and watching the sun track across the greater Alaska range has the team in awe.  Distant Avalanches off Mt. Hunter and Foraker provide awesome viewing in between skills training. Today we traveled up the SE fork of the Kahiltna for an attempt on Horiskey’s Hump (Radio Tower) but poor slope conditions turned us back.  Not as much snow sticking to the slopes here this year and firm conditions on steep terrain forced us to make a conservative decision. The team is very thankful for the chance and they learned a great deal about themselves.

Tomorrow we train and prepare for an attempt on Kahiltna Dome!

RMI Guide Leon Davis and Team

The Kahiltna Glacier. RMI Photo Collection

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Alaska Seminar: Davis and Team Enjoy Sunny Training Day

Posted by: Leon Davis, Eric Frank | May 09, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 7,300'

May 8, 2014 10:20 p.m. PST
The team took advantage of bluebird weather today by training on various mountaineering techniques near Kahiltna Base. We did this in anticipation of an attempt on the Radio Control Tower tomorrow. Now that the group has all of the necessary skills under their belt, we can safely travel up the glacier and, hopefully, climb to our first summit!

RMI Guide Leon Davis

An RMI team camped at Kahiltna Base Camp.  Photo: RMI Collection

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