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Denali - West Buttress Expedition

Mt. McKinley: Walter & Team Summit!

This is Mike calling down from 17,200 on Denali. We reached the summit yesterday at about 7 p.m. on the most beautiful day I’ve ever seen up here – comfortably warm and no winds! We are cooking up a nice breakfast right now and plan on beginning our descent soon. Looking forward to seeing Billy and team at 14,000’ and Brent and team at 11,000’. We plan on making it to 11K today, and then heading for the Kahiltna airstrip on Tuesday morning. Weather allowing, we hope to fly off on Tuesday.

RMI Guide Mike Walter

On The Map

Comments (27)

were are you guys?  Hope you had a restful day.  ET phone home!!!!  Love bob Enjoy the time you have on the mountain.  Love you tons mom xoxo (Maile)

Posted by: Ginny and bob on

Amazing accomplishment-kudos to you Mike and your team! Glad that you made it to the summit safely and with such pleasant weather! So glad your Mom forwarded the news to me.Always happy to hear about your endeavors. All the best to you and your group!
Aunt D

Posted by: Mike Walter and team on

Kyle we are so proud of you and your accomplishment,  Congradulations on a job well done.  Waiting for your call here in Talkeetna.  LYF Mom & Dad

Posted by: Lloyd & Donna on

Way to go Mike!  Look at all that ice cream snow!!

Posted by: Kornelia on

Congratulations Rich!What a wonderful adventure and rewarding achievement .Stay safe on your decline.Looking forward to hearing your story and seeing your photos.  MarySorensen

Posted by: Mary Sorensen on

Chimpinski! Nice one.

Posted by: Gerbil on

Congrats all!  Great work Rich and team!  Descend safely.

Posted by: Geoff Sigler on

OOOOOOORA!!!!!!  Congratuation to you all wow what a great experence!  We are so happy for you all Enjoy your time up there can wait to see the pic’s…...  Be safe and safe journey’s home to you all xoxo Mom and Bob

Posted by: Ginny & Bob (MYERS!) on

Beautiful, Rich. Really beautiful.

Posted by: Carrie on

Congratulations team!  Incredible work.  Safe and strong down.  Spectator stoke meter = 10.0

Posted by: Drew Tulumello on

Awesome job Mike!  Can’t wait to hear about the details this winter in Aspen.

Posted by: Damon Kelsay on

Good going Mike & Team - hope the next one with K2 goes as smoothly! Congrats !

Posted by: Chan on

Yahooo!!! So excited and proud of you guys! Safe descending!

Posted by: Jenny on

Yahoooo!!! Nice work team! So excited for you guys. Safe descending!!!

Posted by: Jenny on

To All and especially to GR,
A fantastic achievement!Looking forward to details and the pics.
Uncle Bob

Posted by: Robert & The Kayyems on


Posted by: lynn on

Carl, looking forward to hearing stories from this one, and your plans for the the next adventure. and as if denali weren’t challenge enough, i didn’t realize you were climbing with Swedes!
Jeg tuller. Gratulerer til alle - inkludert de svenskene!

Posted by: lars anderson on

Great job Nick and the team.  Watch your step on the way down.

Posted by: Richard on

Congratulations to my brother and the whole team.

Posted by: Fritz Devendorf on

Congrats colemania

Posted by: Chris on

Stort grattis Peter till en fantastisk bedrift ta det nu lungt sista biten ner. Här hemma i svedala har det varit högsommar väder. Anna,Caroline och Cissi hälsar.

Posted by: Johan W on

Sounds like the mountain gave you a great reward for your hard work and patience! The view must have been spectacular as I’m sure will be the pictures. Thanks for bringing us along with you through the daily reporting and the Spot. We’ll follow the rest of the way down but now, a huge congratulations all around. Rich, I look forward to your personal perspective soon.

Posted by: Erik on

Great job team!  See you in Talkeetna on Tuesday.

Posted by: Larry Seaton on

Three cheers!!!  Wonderful achievement.  Hooray!! All the best wishes in the world.  My pride overflows.
Wonderful, dedicated determination won the prize Love and hurry home thoughts for Rich.

Posted by: mary doyle on

Congratulations! Kyle, all your friends were cheering you on at the Meat and Greet yesterday! You have so many adoring fans. I’m so incredibly proud of you and cannot to be in your arms in less than a week!
Love, Stephenie

Posted by: Stephenie on

CONGRATULATIONS!  Bravo, well done, chin chin. I’m so happy you made it—-I’ve been checking the blog every 5 minutes…best news ever!  Now y’all get down from there—-carefully. XO

Posted by: Christina Doren on

Woohoo, Rich and team!  Congratulations on an incredible achievement.  Glad the weather came through for you, and I can’t wait to see the pictures.  We are all very happy to know that you made it up to the summit safe and sound. Great news all around. If the stoke meter has gone down a notch, think about a beer and a burger.

Posted by: Doug on

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