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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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Mt. Rainier: May 14th Summit!

Posted by: Brent Okita, Tyler Jones, Chase Nelson, Mike King, Nick Hunt, Ben Liken | May 14, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

Camp Muir reported that RMI Guides Brent Okita, Tyler Jones and the Five Day Summit Climb Team reached the Summit of Mt. Rainier at about 7am this morning.  The team reported clear skies and absolutely beautiful climb weather.  The team has started their descent and are en route to Camp Muir. We expect them back to RMI Base Camp this afternoon.

This is the First Summit of the our 2014 summer season! Congratulations Teams!

Team on the Crater Rim. Photo: Brent Okita Team on Summit. Photo: Brent Okita
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Mt. Rainier: The 2014 Season Begins!

Posted by: Brent Okita, Tyler Jones, Ben Liken, Nick Hunt, Mike King, Chase Nelson | May 12, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 10,060'

RMI Guides Brent Okita and Tyler Jones are leading our first 2014 Mt. Rainier Summit Climb! The team is doing great and had beautiful weather on their ascent to Camp Muir today.  Tomorrow the team will go on an acclimatization hike and get ready for their summit bid on Wednesday.

8,600' on the Muir Snowfield. Photo: Brent Okita Loving life on the Muir Snowfield. Photo: Brent Okita
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Aconcagua: Justman & Team Return Safely to Base Camp

Posted by: JJ Justman, Mike King, Steve Gately | January 29, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 13,800'

Hello RMI blog followers! Our team has arrived safely back at Basecamp. We are so happy to be in the thick air after a very long expedition. We have used up all our days and it is nice to enjoy the fruits of our labor. We are once again enjoying fresh Argentinian pizzas and the stories are rolling around the table.

Aside from relaxing we will be packing up duffels for our mules arriving tomorrow. We will begin our journey back to Pampa de las Lenas where we began, then the next day we will arrive in Mendoza. We want to thank everyone for all your comments on the blog. Everyone gives their regards. This is our final dispatch for the expedition. Again, thank you! Wait…another pizza is coming. Gotta go!

RMI Guide JJ Justman

Descending back to Base Camp. Photo: RMI Collection

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Aconcagua: Justman & Team Summit!

Posted by: JJ Justman, Steve Gately, Mike King | January 28, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 22,841'

Update 1:45 pm PST:
Our team has safely returned back to high camp. The snow has returned.  We are nestled in our tents drinking and eating.  We are tired.

[Summit phone call transcribed]
Hey everyone, this is JJ Justman with the Aconcagua Team.  We’re happy to announce that we are on the summit of South America’s highest peak, Aconcagua!  It was an interesting day. It started out cold and windy. It was a hard day to get started but at the end of the day, the sun is shining. The clouds are now starting to build a little bit, but it turned out to be a fairly decent day.  Definitely a tough day to get on top of South America’s highest speak. Everyone says hello.  Big thing now is to head on down.  We had a good, safe climb. We’re gonna have a safe descent.  But again, everyone says hello and thanks again for following along and giving us your best wishes for a safe and successful climb.  That’s exactly what we had today was a really decent weather day, a safe climb.  Thanks again everyone.  We’ll touch base when we get further down the mountain, but everyone is doing real well. Take care, good-bye for now from the the top of the Western Hemisphere.

RMI Guide JJ Justman

Looking up towards the Canaleta, just below Aconcagua's summit. Photo: RMI Collection Aconcagua's Canaleta Couloir. Photo: RMI Collection Looking towards Base Camp from near the summit of Aconcagua. Photo: RMI Collection


RMI Guide JJ Justman from the Aconcagua summit!

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Woohoo - what an accomplishment! Keep safe on the way down. Then let the party begin!!!!

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Posted by: Ginny Jackson on 1/28/2014 at 3:15 pm

Congrats to all!!

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Posted by: Gary, Alec and Nikki on 1/28/2014 at 2:01 pm


Aconcagua: Justman & Team at High Camp

Posted by: JJ Justman, Steve Gately, Mike King | January 27, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 19,600'

Unrelenting! That is the word that describes our weather on Aconcagua. Last night we received 10 inches of snow. When we awoke this morning the winds had scoured most of that snow off the mountain leaving several deep drifts around camp.

Thankfully the weather settled down a bit and we were able to break camp and pack up. The scene looked more like Denali in Alaska than Aconcagua in the Andes. The team did great in the harsh conditions. It would have even made The Godfather of Denali, Joe Horiskey, proud as the team worked together in cold, blustery winds.

We are now sitting in silence at high camp enjoying the sun at 19,600 feet. The team has run its final days. Tomorrow is our only shot. Then we have to head downhill. As luck I believe has it, the forecast is for light winds on top.

We will touch base tomorrow, keep your fingers crossed, it should be from the top!

RMI Guide JJ Justman

High Camp beneath the Polish Glacier. Photo: Tim Amos An RMI Team taking photos from Camp 3. Photo: Gilbert Chase

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Aconcagua: Justman & Team Rest Day at Camp 2

Posted by: JJ Justman, Steve Gately, Mike King | January 26, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 18,000'

Ah, the acclimatization process. A dismal process of spending the day eating mountain delicacies of dried meat and exotic cheeses, drinking coffee, spending a few hours reading, a midday siesta and strolling around camp soaking in the dramatic topography of the Andes. Yes, the rest day. Not always so accommodating but when the weather Gods give you a day like they gave us, the rest day is just what the doctor ordered. So today we try not to eat all of our remaining food, sleep to our hearts content and day dream of days to come. Oh, how it pays to be patient in the mountains!

RMI Guide Steve Gately

Tent Glow on Aconcagua.Photo: Garrett Stevens

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Aconcagua: Justman & Team Carry to Camp 3

Posted by: JJ Justman, Mike King, Steve Gately | January 25, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 18,000'

Progress on these big expeditions always feels good and after spending much time at Camp 1, being able to link up two days of forward momentum sure has the team excited and feeling good. Today was our “carry” to Camp 3 (19,600ft). The team did excellent managing the new altitude. We made it up in great time dropped off a few items for our summit attempt and made it back down to Camp 2 just as some clouds were rolling in. Tomorrow we rest and prepare for our move to Camp 3!

RMI Guide Steve Gately

Camp 2 on Aconcagua.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Aconcagua: Justman and Team Arrive at Camp 2

Posted by: JJ Justman, Mike King, Steve Gately | January 24, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 18,000'

After two days of rest at 16,400 feet we woke up this morning to strong winds. So strong in fact we had to do some midnight tent repairs. We saddled up our packs and leaned into the wind. The team is now at Camp 2 settled in their tents at 18000 feet. Everyone is great and we are happy for a new view overlooking the Andes.

Unfortunately, one of our climbers wasn’t feeling well at Camp 1 and had to descend.  He returned to Mendoza and has been checked out by local doctors.  We are glad to hear from him this morning that he has been released to fly home.  We hope to see him in the mountains again soon.

RMI Guide JJ Justman and Team

Camp 2 - RMI Photo Collection

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Stay strong - we’re praying for calm winds and sunny skies for you!

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Posted by: Ginny on 1/24/2014 at 11:40 am


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