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Mt. Rainier: September 6, 2013 Update

Posted by: Tyler Jones, Lindsay Mann | September 06, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 10,080'

The Four Day Summit Climbs led by Lindsay Mann and Tyler Jones were unable to leave Camp Muir last night.  The team experienced heavy thunderstorms that brought much lightening and 6 inches of new snow to Camp Muir. The teams plan to leave Camp Muir shortly and will be back in Ashford in the early afternoon.

Congratulations to today’s teams!

9/6/13 - Summit teams at Camp Muir. Photo: Lindsay Mann

Janet and Peter,
Although it wasn’t what you planned, it sounds like you had quite the adventure,  Maybe Peter should have brought his raft!  I can’t wait to hear… read more

Posted by: Jeanine on 9/6/2013 at 5:44 pm

Hi Juli, Megan and Wes.
What an exciting time you have had for the last few days. We are so proud of your efforts. Looking forward to seeing the… read more

Posted by: Mary Alyce Hall on 9/6/2013 at 11:21 am

Mt. Rainier: July 13th Summit!

Posted by: Garrett Stevens, Tyler Jones | July 13, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guides Tyler Jones and Garrett Stevens reached the summit of Mt. Rainier shortly after 7:30 am PT.  They enjoyed clear skies and a new route.  The teams spent some time on top taking in the views before making their way back to Camp Muir.

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb teams!


Hey Tyler, You helped me summit with my friend Chris Johns in 2009. I’d like to bring my son Nick (15 next year a boxer and crossfit athlete) up Rainer… read more

Posted by: Sean Fay on 8/22/2013 at 1:31 pm

Way to go Dave Meyers!  Thank you, Tyler for always keeping him safe!  Way to go “Team Pulte” and Tom….so proud of you guys!

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Posted by: Amy on 7/14/2013 at 7:16 pm

Mt. McKinley: Jones and Team Descend to 11,000’

Posted by: Garrett Stevens, Tyler Jones | June 16, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 11,200'

Sunday, June 16, 2013
We woke this morning to another unbelievable day at 17,200’ camp on Mt. McKinley.  The sun was shining, there was no wind blowing, and folks were comfortable in soft shell coats eating their grits and Pop Tarts. If you don’t have a frame of reference for how unbelievable that kind of weather is, it’s more typical for people to be wrapped in every puffy coat and pant that they brought to the high camp, while the wind threatens to blow you right off the mountain.  Needless to say, we were psyched.

We started walking down the buttress route soon after breakfast, and make excellent time across the knife-edge, exposed walking from camp to the top of the fixed lines. A short, technical descent down the lines had us all sweating by the time we reached the bottom, and we stripped down to base layers for the moderate descent back to our cache at 14,200’.

After we grabbed all the group food and gear, we loaded heavy packs and headed down in the scorching sun towards our old stomping grounds at 11,000’. We arrived in calm, clear skies, and we quickly got up tents and got out of the sun. We’re drinking a ton of water, looking forward to the group food fry of leftover cheeses, meats, and breads this evening, and getting ready for the 3am launch down the glacier tomorrow morning. Hopefully we’ll have the weather to fly back to showers, greasy burgers, and cold beer tomorrow.

Until then, stay tuned for the latest and greatest from the team!
Hasta luego,

RMI Guides Tyler Jones, Garrett Stevens and the sore but happy team

An RMI Team camped at 11,200' on Mt. McKinley.  Photo: RMI Collection

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way to go james! cant wait to see all your pics and hear all your stories!

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Posted by: tina on 6/17/2013 at 6:04 pm

Hello Googoo and the rest of the climbers, our prayers are with you all, we are proud of you, keep it up and come back safe, love you, Areg

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Posted by: Areg Abramian on 6/17/2013 at 5:29 am

Mt. McKinley: Jones & Team on the Summit!

Posted by: Tyler Jones, Garrett Stevens | June 15, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 20,320'

Saturday, June 15th, 2013
Today was a busy day at the roof of North America! Our team was first out of the gates from 17,200’ camp, with a warm, windless departure at 8:00am. The first stretch of the route above camp is also one of the most technical and time consuming; it’s called the “Autobahn” and takes a strong, committed team to single push across the steeply rising traverse to Denali Pass.

Our group crushed it, and we were enjoying the sun on the east side of the pass soon enough. The next few stretches went by relatively quickly, although nothing is lightning fast at 19,000’. By the time we reached the Football Field, a flat saddle just below the summit ridge, we were down to base layers and light gloves. Considering the fierce reputation that Denali has for arctic temperatures and raging wind, we consider ourselves incredibly lucky to have had a such an incredible day.

The last climb up Pig Hill was taxing our legs and our lungs, and just when folks had had enough we reached the final summit ridge. Forty minutes later, our team put the highest point of the continent under their crampons, amid much hugging and celebration.

The trip back down was uneventful, albeit hot. The sun roasted our tired crew all the way back to camp. But as soon as we got back, folks were out of boots and into tents, resting and relaxing as we brought hot water and heaping helpings of ramen with bacon and chicken. We’re ready for the long trip back to base camp, but that’s for another day. Right now, we’re savoring the day’s events and getting ready for some well earned sleep. Thanks again and we’ll check back in soon!

RMI Guide Tyler Jones

An RMI Guide breaks trail on the Autobahn. Photo: Lindsay Mann

RMI Guide Tyler Jones and the team from the Mount McKinley summit!

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Congratulations Lori and team members.  Great job to the guides who encouraged and fed you and got you to your goal.  Dad and I haven’t had internet service for days… read more

Posted by: Fern Hansen on 6/16/2013 at 9:07 am

Nice work Chickie and team.  Congrats to you all.


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Posted by: Don on 6/16/2013 at 8:00 am

Mt. McKinley: Jones & Team Get Their Break!

Posted by: Tyler Jones, Garrett Stevens | June 14, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 17,200'

Friday, June 14, 2013
Light and variable wind started over night with warmer temperatures. We woke early to beat the heat and the people that have collected at the 14 camp over the past week of stormy weather!

We began our climb to high camp in cold squeaky snow conditions. The headwall where the fixed lines are located were a bit more difficult than our trip up the other day as the wind nearly stripped all the snow and left firm icy climbing! From the top of the lines we began a perfect climb up the West Buttress, which is the most exposed and picturesque part of the climb. The climb was hard but the team did very well. We have sparked our match for our summit push! Currently we are again cowering from the most intense sun of the trip basking in our shelters at 17,200’ Denali high camp!  Our chill mentality had payed huge today and with a bit o’ luck we will have nice weather tomorrow for our summit push! More food, water, and relaxing for the eve. We will try for a call from the summit tomorrow afternoon! Hi Five!

RMI Guides Tyler Jones, Garrett Stevens, and Team!

Climbers on the ridge to 17,200' Denali Camp. Photo: RMI Collection

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Happy Father’s Day , Justin!  Anxiously awaiting to hear that you and team have summited.  As one of the guides alluded to in a previous blog, this experience is about… read more

Posted by: Vicki Hersh on 6/15/2013 at 2:10 pm

Safe and happy travels. Cheers to grandpa! mwha!

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Posted by: Sharon on 6/15/2013 at 11:35 am

Mt. McKinley: Jones & Team Send Greetings from 14,000’

Posted by: Garrett Stevens, Tyler Jones | June 13, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 14,200'

Thursday, June 13, 2013
Today we are all contributing to the blog. Have had big winds once again and are fixing our kitchen tent and building more walls -  getting a little stir crazy!  Hope you all enjoy the words from each of us!

Hi to my family, I love you all hope to give grandpa a hi five soon! Kiss to Bean. Love,  Ty

Hello to all my family and friends! Kisses to Amy, a big scratching behind the ears to Barley, Blue, and Miles. Thanks for all the positive wishes!  -g

Wendy, Taylor and Nathan.
Love and miss you. I hope you feel my hugs and kisses at bedtime.  Be home soon. Love Dad

Dear Michelle,
I love you and miss you and the girls so very much.  Please give all of my love to A-Bear and K-Bear, and tell them daddy will be home soon.  Also, pass along my love to my mom, dad, Clubbie and Chevy.  Love, Justin.

To my Hubby,
I hope you’re flying high this week and passing all your tests.  I really really miss you right now. Give my love and lots of treats to the girls :) Until i get home i’ll leave you with reflections of a week at 14,200. To quote the crew from BBT"It was a snowy nightmare from whence there’s no return.” Tiamo mi amore-Jess

To my family and friends, thanks for all of the support, love and prayers.  I am “living the dream” at 14K. The DeLorme transceiver is no longer working, thus no updates there. I love you, Matt!  You are my light. I love you Mom, Dad, Bud and all my family. Stump, there was a C-17 overhead yesterday—your handiwork? ;)  Dad, sadly there is no Denali branch of Subway, but I’m sure you can petition corporate headquarters as one of their most valuable customers. :)  Bernard and Judy, the boots are fantastic and keeping my feet warm, thank you!  I love you all and miss you all so much. -Robin

Friends, family, countrymen, lend me your ear!  The Denali wind gods have saddled us at 14000.  The team is at the mercy of Mother Nature and patience is the name of the game.  It also means my work schedule is a bit hosed.  Team PCET don’t count on me coming in next week!  Poof - ha!  To all loved ones we are sitting strong and doing well.  Hope to see you soon.  James.

Hello to my dear family Mom Dad Sue Ryan Mia Ron Jodi Dannie Casey Nell Meg Ivy Maggie and awesome friends from frosty Denali!  Thanks for all the comments and positive vibes sent!  Love you and miss you!!  All is good here - hoping our “out chilling” will soon end and we can move up the mtn in the am.  Hope all is well with all you!  Have I told you that I love and miss you?  :)  I do!  Lori

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Hurry home. You are missed. Michelle and I are already planning our girls trip. Love you Clubbie.

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Posted by: Kathy Guyette on 6/14/2013 at 2:59 pm

Now this is what I call a 14er “Ground Hogs’ Day experience…reliving it over and over! How fun…each day you can make it more perfect and more perfect then you… read more

Posted by: Sue Lopez on 6/14/2013 at 2:44 pm

Mt. McKinley: Jones & Team Wait Another Day

Posted by: Garrett Stevens, Tyler Jones | June 12, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 14,200'

Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Today is unfortunately another out chill situation. Garrett and I woke about 6 this morning to continued strong wind from 16,000 feet and above. The nature of the climbing is steep and exposed. With wind and a very cold north east flow, the risk of frostbite and loss of balance from the wind gusts, we have chosen to stay another day and hope for less wind tomorrow.

We try to conserve our lunch food and avoid the piggy tendency that sitting and waiting in the tents provides! The weather is clear and warm in most of Alaska, but at the altitudes we want to venture into, the jet stream is on!

On a more positive note, RMI Guide Jake Beren and his crew pulled into camp this afternoon, making for a great meeting of the minds in our 14,200’ home. We are excited to spend some time with friends and climbing partners from past trips, although we do have high hopes for a move tomorrow.

Report back soon!
RMI Guide Tyler Jones

Camp life at 14,200' on Mt. McKinley.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Jess and team,

Mother nature will cooperate, she is just having one of those days.  Weather down here not much better.  Keep up the spirits, it will get better.

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Posted by: Hector Valle on 6/13/2013 at 3:35 pm

Robin and Team!
Kudos to all of you for staying put and being safe! I have faith that conditions will be much better tomorrow and you will be able… read more

Posted by: Matt Prosser on 6/13/2013 at 5:18 am

Mt. McKinley: Team Jones Waiting For Calmer Winds

Posted by: Garrett Stevens, Tyler Jones | June 11, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 14,200'

June 11, 2013
You can’t always get what you want…
Those lyrics from Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones were the first thing that went through the collective consciousness this morning. The guides woke at 6am, packed sleeping bags in preparation for departure and unzipped the tent - only to see winds whipping the ridge of the West Buttress route above.

While camp here at 14,200’ remains relatively calm, the higher reaches of the mountain are getting pummeled by ferocious northeast winds, which are sending plumes of spindrift snow off into the stratosphere. With a forecast high temperature of -15F at the 17,000’ camp today, and winds gusting well into the 30mph range, the only safe option is to wait here in camp and hope for a less windy day to make our move. That combination of wind and temperature will actually feel like -65F (approximately), which can freeze exposed flesh in one minute. Needless to say, we’re not going to venture into that kind environment.

So here we sit and wait, hoping for a break in the wind. We were treated to a bodacious air show earlier, when the contract helicopter, an A-Star B-3, came ripping around and right over our tents about three times in a row. Seems like they are doing some sort of filming up here, and we all mugged shamelessly as the ship blasted less than 40 feet above us. Good entertainment, to say the least.

While we have had more than one facetious conversation about moving in the wind storm, the group is prepared to wait for the right time and the right weather window. To channel the Stones yet again (and continue the song):

If you try sometimes, you might find you get what you need

So here’s hoping we get what we need!

RMI Guides Tyler Jones, Garrett Stevens and the patiently waiting team

Walls built around camp at 14,000 ft to protect against the winds.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Completely enjoy today and the amazing view from where you are….you are somewhere so very few have ever been! Way to feel and create the magic of your life’s goals… read more

Posted by: Sue Lopez on 6/12/2013 at 11:58 am

Nothing wrong with sitting tight and waiting for the right moment. Just stay safe and stay warm and have another bagel:) We’ll be praying for your weather to break… and… read more

Posted by: Matt Prosser on 6/11/2013 at 9:03 pm

Mt. McKinley: Jones and Team Continue Rest at 14,000’

Posted by: Garrett Stevens, Tyler Jones | June 10, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 14,200'

Monday, June 10, 2013
A windy and cold night was greeted by more wind. For our team this is no issue, as we had planned this second consecutive rest day. This will be just the ticket for a more acclimatized and rested body that we will need for summit success.

The menu for this morning was supreme. Round upon round of bagels with cream cheese topped with bacon along with hash browns covered in cheese took us once again well past noon to complete.

The places we travel in the mountains can lead one to believe we are Martians, ready to launch onto to another planet - and that is exactly what we are doing. We push ourselves both mentally and physically, taking our personal learning and discovery to a higher level. When we return from these Martian lands, after having come face to face with deep personal truths and surpassing previously held limitations…we bring a richer and more rounded person home, someone who understands more about the nature of teamwork, sacrifice, and awareness. We thank you all for the support and the opportunity to let us dig deep and take on a new understanding of our passions!

The afternoon has more smelly tent time spent pounding water, fussing over who is the best celeb of all time and growing hairier by the day! The forecast is looking to set up nicely over the next few days and we hope to move to our high camp tomorrow. Till then keep the vibe high for our push!

RMI Guides Tyler Jones, Garrett Stevens and the crew

Looking up the route from 14,000 ft camp on Mt. McKinley.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Great work Justin aka Jason. can’t wait to see your pictures. Clubbie

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Posted by: Kathy on 6/11/2013 at 8:29 am

Nice going!  And congratulations, Justin—I think the Kensington Fire Department lightweights have nothing on you now.

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Posted by: Peter on 6/11/2013 at 7:31 am

Mt. McKinley: Jones & Team Rest at 14,000’

Posted by: Tyler Jones, Garrett Stevens | June 09, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 14,200'

After yesterday’s carry up into the thin air of 16,000’, the team is enjoying the sun and leisurely pace of a rest day here in Genet Basin. The morning started when the sun came around the ridge, thawing the tents and prying open our closed eyes from a well-earned night of sleep.

We headed over to our posh house and spent the better part of two hours making and eating blueberry pancakes with peanut butter and bacon. Movie quotes bubbled up from the crew like water from a fountain, followed by a discussion of other vacation ideas (mostly tropical). We drank hot coffee and generally continued to bond together, enjoying the calm morning.

This afternoon, we’re planning to head over to a zone known as “the edge of the world,” which lies about 20 minutes southwest of camp. The basin in which we’re camped drops precipitously away about 5,000 vertical feet at this location, providing outlandish views of the Kahiltna Glacier, Mt Hunter, Mt Foraker, and the vast Alaskan wilderness. This light acclimatization hike will let us flush the lactic acid we accumulated yesterday, stretch sore legs, and soak up more of the beauty that surrounds us.

At day 11 on the mountain, thoughts can easily turn to the little things you miss from the lowlands - trees, birdsong, bacon cheeseburgers. But our team is still focused on the ascent, and remains mentally strong and poised to move higher yet. We’ll check back in tomorrow, so don’t change that channel!

RMI Guides Tyler Jones, Garrett Stevens and the team

The view from the Edge of the World - 14,000 ft on Mt. McKinley.  Photo: RMI Collection RMI Teams enjoy spending time in their posh house. Camp at 14,000 ft on Mt. McKinley.  Photo: LIndsay Mann

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Looks like you have an amazing view from up there!. I see that the movie quotes abound up there… wonder who that could be??:)  Hope you are having… read more

Posted by: Matt Prosser on 6/10/2013 at 9:53 am

Sounds like things are going well and the food certainly sounds good.  I’ll eat just about about anything that has bacon or peanut butter on it.  How’s the weather looking? … read more

Posted by: Larry Seaton on 6/10/2013 at 8:38 am

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