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Justman & the Emmons Seminar Complete Their Week on Mt. Rainier

Posted by: J.J. Justman, Levi Kepsel, Alex Barber, Bryan Hendrick | June 19, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier

RMI Guide JJ Justman and team returned to Ashford today after completing their six-day Emmons Expedition Skills Seminar.  JJ captured brilliant views on their summit day.  See the video below.


Mt. Rainier: Emmons Skills Seminar at Schurman and Ready for Summit Bid

Posted by: J.J. Justman, Levi Kepsel, Alex Barber, Bryan Hendrick | June 17, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 9,440'

The Expedition Skills Seminar – Emmons has reached Camp Schurman.  JJ reports that the team is doing well.  The weather is currently sunny with some clouds above and below.  The team is planning on making their summit attempt tonight.  Wish them well!

RMI Guide JJ Justman

Mt. Rainier's Emmons Glacier. Photo: RMI Collection
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Very proud of you - be careful.  In the meantime, I am enjoying a glass of cabernet and some doritos. Love, Generalisima

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Posted by: Maria Owens on 6/17/2013 at 3:25 pm

To all ‘you fools’...can’t wait to see the go-pro pictures. Have fun, be careful.

Sam

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Posted by: Sam Cribbs on 6/17/2013 at 2:20 pm


Mt. Rainier: Emmons Skills Seminar at Glacier Basin

Posted by: J.J. Justman, Levi Kepsel, Alex Barber, Bryan Hendrick | June 16, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier

The Expedition Skills Seminar – Emmons is soaking up the sun and setting up camp in Glacier Basin.  The team is doing really well and everyone is excited to be on the mountain.  There are clouds building so taking advantage of the sun is the number one priority for training this afternoon.

RMI Guide JJ Justman

An RMI Emmons team hiking out to the training area. Photo: RMI Collection

Mt. Rainier: Emmons Skills Seminar at School Today

Posted by: J.J. Justman, Levi Kepsel | June 15, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 5400'

RMI Guides JJ Justman and Levi Kepsel led their Emmons Seminar team through a mountaineering school at Paradise today.  It was a beautiful day as shown in JJ’s video of photos.


Mt. McKinley: Nugent & Team Continue Descent with Stop at 11K Camp

Posted by: Billy Nugent, Kel Rossiter, Levi Kepsel | May 31, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 11,200'

Thursday, May 30, 2013
Hey everyone, this is Billy. I’m checking in here with our group. We are at 11,000’ part way through our descent.  After our big summit day yesterday, we packed up our camp at 17,000’ and then moved on down. Brent Okita’s crew was kind enough to cook us up some dinner at the 14K Camp, and we continued on down to 11,000’, where the crew is all, actually snug as a bug, in their sleeping bags out in the open because it is so warm compared to where we’ve been living. We plan on getting up in the middle the night tonight and making a run for the airstrip hoping to get a flight off tomorrow sometime before the weather takes a turn for the worst.  We’ll give a shout when we reach Basecamp. That’s all for now.

RMI Guide Billy Nugent

Looking up from 11K Camp. Photo: Katy Reid


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Pryor, just found this website.  Glad you made it.  Must have been awesome.  Looking forward to a cal when you get down.  Love you.

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Posted by: Finley and Karen Nunn on 6/1/2013 at 10:05 am

So proud of you Pryor!  Great job!

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Posted by: Kristen on 5/31/2013 at 12:20 pm


Mt. McKinley: Nugent & Team Summit!

Posted by: Billy Nugent, Kel Rossiter, Levi Kepsel | May 30, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 20,320'

Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 10:41 a.m. PT
Hi, this is Billy checking in. We are back in camp safe and sound from our successful summit bid. We got 100% of our team to the summit of Mount McKinley today, aka Denali. We are back in camp. Everyone’s hanging out, rehydrating, eating some delicious freeze-dried meals, and hopefully going to get a great night’s sleep before we gear up to head down and head home. And that’s all for now. We’ll check in again as our descent continues.

RMI Guide Billy Nugent

RMI Climber on the summit ridge of Mt. McKinley. Photo: RMI Collection On the summit of Mt. McKinley May 30, 2013.  Photo: Billy Nugent


Billy Nugent calls in from High Camp after successful summit.

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Finally, boss!!  Would you go ahead and come home now?!? - there’s work to be done…  Oh yeah, and congrats!

-Dr. Harms’ snarky resident with abandonment issues

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Posted by: Emily on 5/31/2013 at 6:52 pm

Congratulations, Craig and team! Absolutely fantastic!
Aloha
Ted

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Posted by: Ted on 5/31/2013 at 7:11 am


Mt. McKinley: Nugent & Team Ready for Summit Bid

Posted by: Billy Nugent, Kel Rossiter, Levi Kepsel | May 29, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 17,200'

Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Hey everybody this is Billy here. I’m with Kel, Levi and the rest of the gang checking in from 17K Camp, high on Denali. We had a beautiful day today and it was actually pretty darn hot for our move up to high camp. We spent a good chunk of the afternoon cutting blocks and fortifying our spot. We’re hoping to take a crack at the summit tomorrow. The weather forecast looks perfect. We’ll call in tomorrow hopefully check in, from the summit perhaps, and then once again once we get back to camp safe and sound. That’s all for now, talk later.

RMI Guide Billy Nugent

An RMI team building ice walls at 17K Camp, Denali. Photo: RMI Collection


Billy Nugent calls in from Denali High Camp.

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Hi Kel & Co~ So wonderful to be able to follow each step of your adventure. Good luck! My thoughts are with you all…

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Posted by: Alysse on 5/30/2013 at 4:19 am

Hi Levi, we love the blog and pictures and seeing your adventures daily. Good luck to all on summit-ting! love ya, m&d

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Posted by: Karla Kepsel on 5/29/2013 at 6:20 pm


Mt. McKinley: Nugent & Team Bring Cache From 13,600’

Posted by: Billy Nugent, Kel Rossiter, Levi Kepsel | May 25, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 14,200'

First and foremost, the biggest event of the day was Pete’s birthday—14K on a sunny day is not a bad place for a party.

Today was a bit a work and a bit of play, or rest anyway.  We started by moving the 13,600’ cache.  We moved the cache and carried the cache to 14K.  Resting at the cache spot before our carry, we could hear the water flowing underground, deep under the glacier.  The trip back to camp was smooth and everyone arrived back far from flippy-floppy.  We enjoyed a relaxing afternoon in the peaceful oasis of our surroundings.  Though we all could certainly get used to that lifestyle, we’re also eager to make the most of this weather and the team’s strength, so we’re heading off to bed soon to get ready for tomorrow’s carry up the fixed lines.

RMI Guide Kel Rossiter

Cache At Windy Corner with Climbers in the Background. Photo: Lindsay Mann Panoramic photo from 14,200 ft Camp on Mt. McKinley.  Photo: Billy Nugent

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Understand you are going to the top Monday Yahoo have a good day. Almost there.
Sending lots of luck to all of you.

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Posted by: Judy Blaisdell on 5/26/2013 at 8:40 pm

Hey Bob,

Can’t wait to see those pics. Enjoy every minute and be careful. Love Ya

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Posted by: Judy Blaisdell on 5/26/2013 at 7:38 pm


Mt. McKinley: Nugent & Team’s Hard Work Pays Off with a Reward

Posted by: Billy Nugent, Kel Rossiter, Levi Kepsel | May 25, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 14,200'

Billy here checking in from Camp IV at 14,200’ after a strong showing from our team on a big move up. We enjoyed mostly clear skies and incredibly strong sun on the way up from our previous camp at 11,000’. In fact, the sun was a little too strong; while the ambient temperature hovered in the teens we felt like we were boiling for the majority of our climb. It’s amazing what a little radiation can do. After all our hard work we were rewarded with an easy move-in to Mike Walter’s recently vacated camp. Sometimes you just get lucky. The high pressure is supposed to stick around through the extended forecast so we aim to keep on chipping away…

Wulpseeya!

RMI Guide Billy Nugent

Mt. McKinley's 14K Camp. Photo: RMI Collection

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Go Derek!! Myself and Jr are so proud of you!!mom and pop are praying for ye every day xxx

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Posted by: Lisa oz on 5/25/2013 at 6:54 pm

I’m so proud!  Yall are gettin it done.

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Posted by: Kristen on 5/25/2013 at 6:00 pm


Mt. McKinley: Billy Nugent and Team Build Walls

Posted by: Billy Nugent, Kel Rossiter, Levi Kepsel | May 23, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 11,000'

There’s a great German game show called “Stackenblocken” where contestants arrange objects on a desk at right angles. A judge then comes out with a framing square and a riding crop to punish the contestants who cannot make their desk “Stackenblocken”. Well, the weather has been so sunny and warm here at 11 camp that the wall surrounding our camp was indeed no longer “Stackenblocken” and in fact leaned to the point where it comically collapsed… Fortunately for us there was no judge with a jockey’s disposition and the blocks remained intact. We were actually able to rebuild it in a few quick minutes; turns out its not so hard on the second go around when all your materials are ready-made.

On another note, the team also spent a bit of the day retrieving our cached food and fuel from the 9,600’ camp. We made such short work of our back carry that it really felt like a rest day. Good times!

More about our intrepid crew as our adventure unfolds…

RMI Guide Billy Nugent

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Wow, so beautiful, good luck all, have a great time. Can’t wait to see you all at the top. You go Bob very proud of you.

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Posted by: Judy Blaisdell on 5/24/2013 at 9:44 am

Absolutely beautiful pics. Sky looks awesome. Good Luck to all. Peace be with you.

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Posted by: Robbin Everitt on 5/23/2013 at 11:39 am


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