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Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climb Teams on Columbia Crest!

Posted by: Brent Okita, Mike King | August 23, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

At 6:45 am the Four Day Summit Climb teams led by RMI Guides Brent Okita and Mike King were approaching the summit of Mt. Rainier, Columbia Crest.  Brent reported a beautiful day with a slight cloud ceiling above them.  The teams will enjoy the views from the top and then descent to Camp Muir for a short break before continuing down to Paradise this afternoon.

We look forward to seeing the teams at Rainier BaseCamp later today.

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Fred,
Happy trails ... Up and down. Enjoy the view. Psalm 91.

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Posted by: Jon and Cathy on 8/24/2014 at 9:34 am

Good luck everyone, especially Fred and Warren, have a wonderful experience!!!!! We we will be on the lookout from below ;)

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Posted by: The Newmans on 8/24/2014 at 6:56 am


Mt. Rainier: July 8th - SUMMIT!

Posted by: Brent Okita, Mike King, Andrew Kiefer | July 08, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guide Brent Okita reached the summit of Mt. Rainier at about 6:40am today.  Brent reported a beautiful morning with clear skies and calm winds of 10 – 15 mph.  The team is doing well and have started their descent to Camp Muir.

Tyler Jones and the Expedition Skills Seminar - Kautz Team also reached the summit of Mt. Rainier later in the morning.  The team had a great climb and have started their descent back to their high camp on the Wilson Glacier.


Congratulations Teams!

July 8th Team at High Crack on Mt. Rainier. Photo: Brent Okita Climbers crossing ladder at High Crack on Mt. Rainier. Photo: Brent Okita
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Well done Charlie.

You won’t soon forget this experience.

And congratulations to the rest of the team and to the RMI guides who did their usual outstanding job keeping everyone… read more

Posted by: Art Muir on 7/15/2014 at 7:52 pm

Well done team!  Looks absolutely amazing.

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Posted by: Clara Arnold on 7/10/2014 at 5:28 am


Mt. Rainier: June 24th SUMMIT!

Posted by: Brent Okita, Mike Uchal, Christina von Mertens, Seth Waterfall, Mike King, Alex Barber, Robby Young | June 24, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

Early this morning the Four Day Summit Climb led by Brent Okita reached the summit of Mt. Rainier.  Brent reported clouds above and winds 20 mph, and some new snow on the mountain.  The team has started their descent and are now en route back to Camp Muir.

The Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons Team led by Seth Waterfall reached the summit via the Emmons route at 11:50am this morning.  The will spend a bit of time on the summit before starting their descent.

Congratulations to Today’s Teams!

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Good job NS fellas! Hope you have some good snaps to show us - looking forward to you coming home :)

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Posted by: Megan on 6/24/2014 at 5:53 pm

Well done Andrew and crew. Suggest you take the elevator on the way back down. I guess you are the next guy to climb the mast.

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Posted by: Herbie on 6/24/2014 at 4:48 pm


Mt. Rainier: June 7th SUMMIT!

Posted by: Mike Haugen, Ben Liken, Josh Gautreau, Solveig Waterfall, Zach Lovell, Mike King | June 07, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

RMI Guides Mike Haugen and Solveig Waterfall and their Four Day Summit Climb Team reached the top of Mt. Rainier early this morning.  The team reported clear and beautiful weather with light winds of about 10 mph.  The team has started their descent and will be back at RMI Basecamp this Afternoon.

Congratulations to Today’s Team!

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Congratulations, Bernt. Cant wait to hear about it when you get back to ME.

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Posted by: Julie on 6/9/2014 at 11:39 am

What an accomplishment- Matt Orr and Peter Wooding….and the entire team.  Can’t wait to have you back to hear stories and see pictures.  Could not have asked for a more… read more

Posted by: Jen Orr on 6/7/2014 at 3:29 pm


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 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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Freuen uns über die täglichen Berichte. Wünschen dem Team und insbesondere Katharina weiterhin schöne Tage und viel Erfolg. Beste Grüße aus dem wolkigen Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Papa, Karin & Lexi

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Posted by: Joachim Schmitt on 5/24/2014 at 10:39 pm

Grandma (Dorothy) wants to say good luck to you Bob and Nikki, and also to the rest your expedition, and god bless. I also wanted to say climb high, and… read more

Posted by: Michael Lowry and Grandma on 5/24/2014 at 7:01 am


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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For the May 20th Team (Brent Okita)
Great Picture of the May 20th Team! This is a special greeting for Daniel Akerman: We are so proud of you Daniel… read more

Posted by: Lena Akerman on 5/23/2014 at 6:06 am


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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That looks like such an amazing experience.  Have fun and stay safe, Wendy.

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Posted by: Chris Bertran on 5/22/2014 at 5:49 am

Hey Dad,

I hope you’re having a great time! It sounds like you’re doing some pretty awesome and intense stuff! We hope you and your team have a great next… read more

Posted by: Lindsay H on 5/22/2014 at 4:00 am


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