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Mt. Rainier: July 3, 2013 SUMMIT!

Posted by: Andres Marin, Win Whittaker, Solveig Waterfall | July 03, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Five Day Summit Climb Team led by RMI Guide Andres Marin reached the summit of Mt. Rainier early this morning. The Four Day Summit Climb Team led by RMI Guide Win Whittaker had a great climb but were unable to reach the summit.  The teams reported clear skies, some light winds, and pleasant temperatures.The teams are on their way to Camp Muir and will be back at Rainier Basecamp to celebrate this afternoon.

After a successful summit yesterday and a week of training the Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons will be returning to Rainier Basecamp this afternoon.

Congratulations to today’s teams!

Summit on the Emmons - Photo Solveig Waterfall



Mt. Rainier: June 21, 2013 SUMMIT!

Posted by: Adam Knoff, Solveig Waterfall, Nick Hunt, Steve Gately, Chase Nelson, Andy Hildebrand | June 21, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb Teams led by RMI Guides Adam Knoff and Solveig Waterfall reached the Summit of Mt. Rainier today.  The teams reported clear weather with a cap on the summit, and the new route via Camp Comfort great to climb.  The teams spent some time on the summit and are now en route to Camp Muir.

Congratulations to today’s teams!

RMI Team climbing at Sunrise - RMI Photo Collection
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Mt. Rainier: June 9th - Summit!

Posted by: Casey Grom, Solveig Waterfall | June 09, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb led by Casey Grom and the Five Day Summit Climb led by Solveig Waterfall reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  The teams reported windy conditions up top.  Both teams will descend to Camp Muir, pack up and then continue to Paradise.

We look forwrd to seeing them at Rainier BaseCamp this afternoon.
Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb teams!

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Mt. McKinley: Walter and team begin descent

Posted by: Mike Walter, Solveig Waterfall | May 26, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 11,200'

Sunday, May 26, 2013
Mike Walter & crew rolled into 11,200’ Camp tonight at dinner time looking surprisingly good for just having summited and descending from 17,200’ today. They’re planning on getting an alpine start tonight in order to descend the lower Kahiltna Glacier while it’s frozen.
They’ll be drinking beers and eating steak soon.
Our hats are off to the entire team. Congratulations all!

RMI Guide Brent Okita

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Mt. McKinley: Walter & Team Summit!

Posted by: Mike Walter, Solveig Waterfall, Ben Liken | May 26, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 20,320'

Saturday, May 25, 2013:

Hi All!

Our team is safely back at high camp after a successful summit bid today! Our entire team made it to the top and we enjoyed near perfect weather and route conditions! We left camp at 9:30 this morning and were standing on the roof of North America at 4:45 pm. After taking photos, exchanging high fives and hugs, and enjoying amazing views we descended towards camp in the evening glow of Alaska sunshine and with the anticipation of hot tea and a warm dinner.

We are all excited to begin our decent tomorrow and look forward to talking to all our friends and family in a few days!

Cheers!

RMI Guides Solveig, Mike, Ben, and the McKinley Team

An RMI Team climbs the summit ridge of Mt. McKinley a few years ago. Photo: Seth Waterfall

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Mt. McKinley: Walter & Team in Position for Summit Bid

Posted by: Mike Walter, Solveig Waterfall, Ben Liken | May 25, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 17,200'

We woke early this morning, hours before the sun came up and warmed up our camp. After packing up camp in the shade, we made our way up to the head wall towards high camp. The sun finally warmed us up as we started ascending the fixed ropes up to the the top of the West Buttress. Then we ascended the beautiful and exposed snow covered granite ridge into high camp. The weather was amazing, as were the views: 3000’ feet down to our last camp in Genet Basin to our south and the same relief down to the Peters Glacier to our north.

We arrived at high camp (17,200’) shortly after 3pm. We’re all well rested and we’re hoping for good weather tomorrow for a shot at the summit. We’ll let you know how it shakes out.

RMI Guide Mike Walter

Looking down to 14,000' Camp on Mt. McKinley. Photo: RMI Collection

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Mt. McKinley: Walter & Team Rest at 14,200’ Camp

Posted by: Ben Liken, Mike Walter, Solveig Waterfall | May 24, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 14,200'

Our team slept in this morning and got some much needed rest for our upcoming summit bid. Tomorrow we plan to wake early, pack up camp, and move to our high camp at 17,200’. The weather is perfect, and so is the forecast. We hope the meteorologists in Fairbanks are correct, as they are predicting good weather for the next few days. But, as always, we’re focusing on one day at a time. And if the weather is good tomorrow, that focus will be climbing efficiently from our current camp at 14,200’ up to high camp at 17,200’, and establishing ourselves up high for a summit bid. Stay tuned and wish us luck…

RMI Guide Mike Walter

The view from camp at 14,200 ft on Mt. McKinley.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Mt. McKinley: Mike Walter & Team Carry to 16,200’

Posted by: Mike Walter, Solveig Waterfall, Ben Liken | May 23, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 14,200'

Hi Everyone!

We are back at 14 Camp after a great day carrying a load of food and fuel to the top of the fixed lines at 16,200’. Our team climbed strong and we were all excited to get a feel for the upper mountain and steeper snow and ice.
We arrived back in camp with enough sunshine left in the day to sit outside the tents and relax and rehydrate while our boots dried (and more importantly AIRED!) out.

The weather is looking good and we hope to move up to high camp soon and make our summit bid!

RMI Guide Solveig Waterfall & Team

Fixed Lines on Mt. McKinley - RMI Photo Collection

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Mt. McKinley: Mike Walter and Team Retrieve their Cache

Posted by: Mike Walter, Solveig Waterfall, Ben Liken | May 22, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 14,200'

The weather was beautiful today, sunny and warm, and barely a breath of wind. We took a quick trip back to Windy Corner (13,600’) to retrieve the cache we left there well over a week ago. The hike back to the cache took us 15 minutes, and about an hour to ascend back to the 14,200’ camp that we established yesterday. The rest of the day was spent buffing out camp and practicing fixed rope travel techniques in preparation for tomorrow. Tomorrow we plan on carry supplies up above 16,000’ to get ready for our summit bid. The weather looks good for the next few days; hopefully the forecast pans out. Tomorrow will be two weeks into our expedition, and we’re all excited to get up high soon.

We’ll let you know how our carry goes. Stay tuned…

RMI Guide Mike Walter & Team

Windy Corner - RMI Photo Collection Cache at Windy Corner - RMI Photo Collection

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Mt. McKinley: Walter & Team Move to 14K Camp!

Posted by: Mike Walter, Solveig Waterfall, Ben Liken | May 20, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 14,200'

Hello All!

We awoke this morning to calm winds and relatively warm temperatures; a welcome change from the last week of stormy living at 11,000’.  We had a quick breakfast and broke down tents just as the sun began to thaw out camp.  Eager to make our move, we started our ascent at 10 am and arrived at our camp in the Genet Basin at 14,200’ at 3:30pm.  Everyone did great and we enjoyed the warm sunshine and lack of chilly breeze getting around Windy Corner.

We spent the rest of the day working hard building walls and getting our camp in order.

Looking forward to getting a good nights rest and getting our cache tomorrow!

RMI Guide Mike Walter

Climbing towards Windy Corner. Photo: RMI Collection Looking through Camp Walls at 14,200' Camp. Photo: RMI Collection

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