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Mt. McKinley: Van Deventer & Team Fly into the Alaska Range

Posted by: Pete Van Deventer, Geoff Schellens, Robby Young | June 21, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 7,300'

Thursday, June 20, 2013
We have begun! Talkeetna was warm and sunny this morning, with perfect weather for flying into the Alaska range. We had our last big breakfast at the Talkeetna Roadhouse, putting down heaping portions of eggs, toast, and reindeer sausage. Within an hour of finishing, we had the two Otters loaded up, and were climbing on board for takeoff. The scenery flying in is always stunning, and our excitement built as we watched the lush green swamp land give way to glacial toes, rocks, and finally, the steep and imposing walls of the Range. We had a great view of Denali, before banking sharply and descending to base camp. With record setting warm temps this week, we had to set camp at basecamp and wait to move until tonight to give the glacier time to freeze up. So we had a leisurely day of sorting gear, rigging sleds, and getting our kits dialed. It will be an early morning for us as we try to make it to the base of ski hill at 7,600 feet tomorrow before the sun turns on the heat!

We’ll be in touch!

RMI Guides Pete, Geoff, Robby, and gang

Mt. McKinley as seen from the K2 Aviation plane flying to the Kahiltna Glacier.  Photo: Dave Hahn Base Camp of Mt. McKinley, 7,300 ft on the Kahiltna Glacier.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Mt. McKinley: June 18th Expedition Led by Pete Van Deventer Readies in Talkeenta

Posted by: Pete Van Deventer, Robby Young, Geoff Schellens | June 20, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 358'

Wednesday, June 19, 2013
The team is assembled and ready to go! Yesterday, we all stepped off the plane into the fire; both literally and figuratively. Alaska has been experiencing a strong heatwave, and Anchorage was toasty. We also had a lot to get done, buying the rest of our food for the mountain and making the drive to Talkeetna. We settled in to relax for the night, leaving the gear sorting and packing for today.

Now, all of our gear is packed and weighed for the plane, tents have been set up and checked to make sure that they are good to go, and everyone is excited for the flight through the Alaska range. Now we just need the weather to cooperate tomorrow AM long enough to get us onto the mountain! Hopefully we’ll check in from the glacier tomorrow!

RMI Guides Pete, Geoff, Robby, and the team

The RMI Mt. McKinley June 18th Expedition Team in Talkeetna, Alaska.  Photo: Pete Van Deventer

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Mt. Rainier: June 6, 2013 Summit!

Posted by: J.J. Justman, Pete Van Deventer, Zeb Blais, Robby Young, Katie Bono | June 06, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Expedition Skills Seminar - Muir led by JJ Justman and Pete Van Deventer reached the top of Mt. Rainier this morning.  The team reported excellent climbing conditions with clear skies and no wind.  The team spent time on Columbia Crest celebrating and snapping photos.  They have started their descent back to Camp Muir.

Congratulations Team!


Mt. Rainier: Expedition Skills Seminar Camp Muir Update

Posted by: J.J. Justman, Pete Van Deventer, Zeb Blais, Robby Young, Katie Bono | June 05, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 10,200'

The RMI Expedition Skills Seminar - Muir Team led by JJ Justman and Pete Van Deventer are spending the week on Mt. Rainier doing some Denali Prep Training.  The team is doing well and having a great time learning some advanced mountaineering techniques. The team plans to make an attempt at the summit early tomorrow.

Best of Luck Team!


Mt. Rainier: May 18th Update - Summit!

Posted by: Adam Knoff, Pete Van Deventer, Walter Hailes, Robby Young | May 18, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

Congratulations to the Four Day Summit Climb team led by Adam Knoff!  They reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning!  The team left Camp Muir with clear and pleasant weather.  As the climb progressed a front moved in and the team experienced some light snowfall and 10 mph winds.  They spent some time on the summit and began their descent at 9:15 a.m.

Climber at Sunrise on Mt. Rainier. Photo: RMI Collection

RMI Guide Robby Young Completes the AMGA Ski Guide Course in the Wasatch Mountains

Posted by: Robby Young | March 07, 2013
Categories: *Guide News

RMI Guide, Robby Young, recently completed the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) Ski Guide Course, held in Utah’s Wasatch Mountains under the tutelage of IFMGA guide Erik Liedecker and Sierra ski guide, Peter Leh.  Over the duration of the 12-day course, a wide array of skills was covered including uphill and downhill ski guiding techniques, technical rope skills, snowpack evaluation, winter camping, backcountry rescue, and risk management in alpine terrain.  Despite Utah’s challenging snowpack and over two feet of fresh snow that fell during the course, Robby and his colleagues were able to put these skills and techniques to use in Utah’s easy-to-access alpine world.  While skill development was the primary focus of the course, the famous Utah powder skiing made for a very enjoyable educational experience!

Snow anchor practice in the Brighton Backcountry. Photo: Robby Young Student-led tour in Little Cottonwood Canyon. Photo: Robby Young Tour planning at the Steam Mill Yurt. Photo: Robby Young

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