Mt. McKinley: Okita and team Fly onto Glacier

Posted by: Brent Okita, Leah Fisher, Nick Hunt | May 23, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 7,800'

May 22, 2014 - 11:00 pm PT

Our day started great. Breakfast at the Roadhouse again and an early departure from Talkeetna, courtesy of the best air service in town: K2 Aviation. The first hint that conditions were not warm and pleasant came when we landed on some pretty hard snow. Then getting out of the plane we were hit by a chilly wind. But, everyone was excited to be on the mountain and we just put on a few more layers.

Our climb to camp went well, though we were challenged the whole day by that irritating and cold breeze. But that sure didn’t slow the team down any. Everyone really did well on this ordinarily difficult day with the heavy loads we were sporting. A quick dinner in bed and the team is now resting comfortably in their tents, getting ready for tomorrow and Ski Hill.

Thanks to the tireless efforts of Leah and Nick who have been making sure that were all fed and ready for tomorrow. Wish us calm winds and more pleasant travels tomorrow. Goodnight from 7,800’ Camp on the Kahiltna Glacier.

RMI Guides Brent, Leah, Nick and the whole Team

Flying into Alaska Range with McKinley in the Background.  Photo: Dave Hahn

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hi Dean and team ..
Seems like your nearing the goal we wish you good weather and soft winds to push you to the top mate .. Proud of you .. Be safe .. See when you get back .. We are keeping a close eye on ya ..
Martin and Karen and the boys .. Xx

Posted by: Martin & Karen on 6/1/2014 at 5:38 am

Dan -

Be safe and good luck!!  Keep your eyes open for my very good friend Bob Lowery also on Denali with RMI!

- Will Reed

Posted by: Will Reed on 5/30/2014 at 11:43 am


We got approved in Washington. Oh and it was 80+ plus at the beach this weekend. Come back safe dude.


Posted by: Mark LeBlanc on 5/27/2014 at 10:12 am

Hi Dan, Brent, and team. Just checking in to see how you guys are doing. I hope the weather gods are cooperating and that you’ve got some stellar views from up there. Keep on rocking.// Seb Akerman

Posted by: Sebastian Akerman on 5/27/2014 at 5:31 am

Hi Dean
Just picked up the website today .. We will be watching and thinking of you .. Be safe and good luck mate .. Martin Karen

Posted by: Martin & Karen on 5/24/2014 at 7:08 am

Hey Greg!
Can’t wait for you guys to really get started! I’m following the blog and watching your progress, have fun and be safe! We’re thinking of you! <3 Kendall, Allen & Bry

Posted by: Kendall on 5/24/2014 at 12:26 am

Sounds wonderful ... All thinking of you and love you loads , Michelle and boys xxx

Posted by: Michelle Sexton on 5/23/2014 at 10:40 pm

Hi Brent,

Tell my brother “Dan Akerman” that we’re soaking in the jacuzzi tonight. I’ll be here for him when he gets to New York. Hope those winds die down so you guys can get a little more comfortable. Thanks for the updates. Best of luck/ Seb

Posted by: Sebastian on 5/23/2014 at 4:27 pm

Hi Dan!! great start, so keep going and be safe! Happy Friday!


Posted by: Patricia on 5/23/2014 at 1:17 pm

Hi Greg,
Can you see Russia?

Posted by: Bob on 5/23/2014 at 12:36 pm

Hey Steve,
Thinking of you! Be safe, good luck to all!

Posted by: Bianca on 5/23/2014 at 12:24 pm

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