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Mt. McKinley: Nugent & Team Summit!

Hey, it is Billy here just checking in after a safe and successful summit bid. We got up, kind of stalled a little bit because it was a cold morning. We left around 10 pm, it took us about 12 1/2 hours round trip. We were super psyched. So we're back in camp, and like I said before everyone is safe and sound. Now we're just hoping for good weather to beat feet for the airport. That's all I have for now. We are going to eat dinner and get some sleep. RMI Guide Billy Nugent

RMI Guide Billy Nugent calls from High Camp on Denali after a successful summit bid.

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Comments (27)

Congrats to All and especially my friend Jim Latorre! What an incredible achievement!

Posted by: Matt McKittrick on

Way to go Rhonda…you’re awesome! Can’t wait to hear about it - AFTER you thaw out:)

Posted by: Sue Mamer on

Doug and team RMI,

Congratulations to a fantastic summit bid. Be safe on the way down. It only counts if you make it all the way down.

Mother Goose
PS. My lolly pop is gone

Posted by: John Newland on


Many Congratulations!  What a way to spend the Fourth of July!  Have a great descent and safe travels back.  Hope that Heartbreak Hill is easier the 2nd time around…;-)


Posted by: William Kenyon on

Way to go Art and Charlie!!!

Posted by: Bill Fraumann on

So happy for you Kevin and the rest of the team. Looking forward to the pictures…maybe I can find one I can paint:) what an incredible experience for you. Your team here hopes it filled your boots for a bit lol.  Safe descent to everyone.

Posted by: Stacey B on

Hey Kevin (and fellow team members)
Congratulations on conquering one of the great peaks!!!!
It is still many months away, but I can’t wait to see the photos and hear the stories when we meet in December.
(I have been following you, but this is my first post.)
Safe trip down the hill and back to bluenose country.

Posted by: Steve Dudka on

This is a day you will never forget. Charlie and Art, you are the heroes of the galaxy! Come home soon.

Posted by: Leslie on

So Happy to Hear, Doug and Team! Larry and I are all smiles at the the safe and successful summit bid!

Posted by: Blythe on

Congrats Art, Charlie and the team.  I am so happy for all of you. Way to go!

Posted by: elizabeth williams on

incredible Kevin “Cayman”....Congratulations to one and all, Mountains seem to answer an increasing imaginative need In us. More and more people are discovering a desire for them, and a powerful soul in them. At bottom, mountains, like all wildernesses, challenge our complacent conviction - so easy to lapse into - that the world has been made for humans by humans. Most of us exist for most of the time in worlds which are humanly arranged and controlled. We forget that there are environments which do not respond to the flick of a switch or the touch of a screen,, and which have their own rhythms and orders of existence. I suspect Mountains correct this. They are greater forces than we can possibly invoke, and by confronting us with greater spans of time than we can possibly envision, mountains eliminate our excessive trust in the man-made. They pose profound questions about our durability and they induce, I suppose, a modesty in us.(Robert)

It’s going to be a heck of a bash when you’re back in the little ole town of Falmouth.


Posted by: Sven on

Way to go, Charlie and Art! You are monsters!! It’s all downhill from here on. Safe travels home.

Posted by: Bob Ryan on

Way to go Kevin!  Looking forward to the stories at our next breakfast.

Posted by: Bruce Peart on

Felicitations Marc C.Congratulations team Nugent. Enjoy the July 4 festivities.

Posted by: Champagne clan on

Congratulations Doug and to the rest of the team.  Hope you post some pictures for us to see.  Safe trip coming down.  Jean & Richard

Posted by: Jean on

Extremely well done Kevin & Team! Get back down safe and we’ll raise a glass together on the deck on Mountain View!  Jonas, Emma, Birgit & Shawn

“You cannot stay on the summit forever; you have to come down again. So why bother in the first place ? Just this: What is above knows what is below, but what is below does not know what is above. One climbs, one sees. One descends, one sees no longer, but one has seen. There is an art of conducting oneself in the lower regions by the memory of what one saw higher up. When one can no longer see, one can at least still know.”  — René Daumal.

Posted by: The (Sweden) Walsh's on

Congrats, Rhonda! You are such a badass! Safe travels back down the mountain and back home. :)

Posted by: Rue Chitwood on

congraulations kevin and team well done safe trip home love mom and dad


Way to go Art and Charlie! I am so happy for you and the entire team. Congratulations!

Posted by: Bonnie on

Wow!  Absolutely awesome achievement, Art and Charlie.  Very proud of both of you.
One of the Seven Summits tagged!!!!!
Really looking forward to hearing the details when you return to Chicago.
Safe steps on the way back down.

Posted by: Jim Daverman on

Congratulations team! So happy to hear the good news! Safe travels on your way down!

Posted by: Katelynn on

Charlie and Art,
HUGE congratulations to both of you….and your whole team!! I’m in awe!! Get home safely and tell us all about it!! Hugs, Sandy

Posted by: Sandy Bradbury on

Hey Kev, well done. You’re leading from now on for our Nordic outings.

Posted by: Jan on

Congratulations Team!!

Doug - I am so excited and proud!! I cannot wait to get a full telling when you get back…but it doesn’t count until you come home. Much love, Belladonna

“So comes snow after fire, and even dragons have their endings.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

Posted by: Belladonna on

Congratulations from all the Paseltiners!  Safe journey on the way down.  What an accomplishment!

Posted by: Ellen Paseltiner on

Congratulations!!! Way to go Charlie and Art!!! Safe travels to all of you!

Posted by: Beth Bottini on

Yay!!! We’ve been eagerly awaiting this news:)

Posted by: Alice on

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