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Alaska Alpine Seminar: The Team Summits Radio Tower!

Posted by: Andres Marin, Kel Rossiter, Levi Kepsel | May 06, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley

This place just keeps getting better and better.  Today we climbed Radio Tower!!!  The weather was incredible and the views just fantastic.

We climbed this peak via the southside and gained the east ridge to the top.  The entire group had the chance to learn a lot and had a great time while climbing our first summit.

After a long day we are eating dinner and planning a day of ice climbing and crevasse rescue that we have in front of us.

All best, 
RMI Guide Andres Marin and the Alaska Alpine Seminar

An RMI team on the Summit Ridge of Radio Tower. Photo: Chris Villar

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Alaska Alpine Seminar: Marin & Team Practice Mountaineering Skills from Basecamp

Posted by: Andres Marin, Kel Rossiter, Levi Kepsel | May 05, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 7,300'

Today we woke up with a blue skies and great temperatures, way different than what the weather was predicting.

Quickly we got ready and went for a hike to the Southeast Fork. Learning about glacier travel and the different terrain features with these incredible views is spectacular.  What an environment to learn in!  While at the glacier we checked our approach for Radio Tower, which we are hoping to climb tomorrow.

All and all one more great day in a beautiful place.

Everybody in the group sends a big hello, hugs and kisses to friends and family.

All the best,
RMI Guide Andres Marin and the Alaska Alpine Seminar

Views from Kahiltna Basecamp, Alaska. Photo: Jason Thompson

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Alaska Alpine Seminar: Marin & Team Help Prepare the Runway and Train at Basecamp

Posted by: Andres Marin, Kel Rossiter, Levi Kepsel | May 04, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley

Our trip just keeps getting better and better.

Today we woke up with a crispy couple of new inches of snow in one of the most beautiful places in Earth, Alaska.  We enjoyed breakfast with our teammates and got ready to learn about snow anchors, belay systems and other technical systems.  The weather is little stormy so we decided to stay around camp to train today.

After lunch we helped pack the bush plane runway and got to move our legs and exercise for a bit.  The group is doing great and enjoy each other’s company.  Tomorrow we are hoping for a good window of weather to go climb.

All best from RMI Guide Andres Marin &the Alaska Alpine seminar

Kahiltna Base Airport. Photo: RMI Collection K2 lands at Kahiltna Base. Photo: Katy Reid

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Alaska Alpine Seminar: The Team Sets Up Camp at Kahiltna Base

Posted by: Andres Marin, Kel Rossiter, Levi Kepsel | May 02, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 7,300'

Hello from the RMI Alaska Mountaineering Seminar – Alpine Team! The weather cooperated yesterday and we had the opportunity to fly into Basecamp.  Everybody was impressed by the great views. Flying into the Alaska Range is remarkable.

Once in Basecamp we got busy setting up our camp, making dinner, and finally crawling into our tents after a long day.

Today we will be staying relatively close to camp doing some technical training.  Its going to be a fun day!!!!

RMI Guide Andres Marin

Kahiltna Basecamp in the Alaska Range. Photo: RMI Collection

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Alaska Alpine Seminar: Andres Marin & Team Kick Off the Alaska Season!

Posted by: Andres Marin, Kel Rossiter, Levi Kepsel | May 01, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley

The Alaska season has begun!

We all met yesterday at the airport and drove through Wasilla to pick up some food items to take on our seminar.  After a great night in Talkeetna, we ate breakfast, and began organizing our equipment in preparation of flying on the glacier.

I’m glad we were so prepared.  After a pretty wintry day in Talkeetna, we received news that we are clear for takeoff!  We are loading the plane now.  There is always the possibility that the weather may turn and we’ll be headed back to Talkeetna but for now, all systems are clear.  Stay tuned…

All best,
RMI Guide Andres Marin and the Alaska Alpine Seminar.

Views of the Cassin Ridge on Mt. McKinley as the team flies into Kahiltna Base. Photo: Dave Hahn

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Mt. Rainier: June 4th Update

Posted by: Andres Marin, Levi Kepsel, Kel Rossiter, Tyler Reid, Ben Liken | June 04, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 10,060'

RMI Guide Andres Marin radioed from Camp Muir this morning.  The Four Day Summit Climb teams were tucked safely in the bunks at Camp Muir after a windy night.  The cold temperatures, new snow and wind prevented the groups from making a summit attempt this morning.  At 8:30 a.m. they began their descent from Camp Muir to Paradise.  They will return to Ashford in the early afternoon.

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