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Denali Expedition: Schmitt & Team Summit!

Sunday, June 20, 2021 - 8:23 pm PT

This afternoon around 2pm the team stood on top of Denali! After weeks of hard work we got the sweet reward of the top.

We were the first team to summit in at least four days, which made for a true Alaskan climbing experience. We broke trail for 7.5 hours to get to the top. Most of the permanent protection was buried, so we placed our own and put in the track to the top!

Starting early made it so we had the peak to ourselves and really got a true experience of a summit day on Denali!

Now we just have to descend from 17K Camp to the upper airstrip over the next couple days. Thanks for following along.

RMI Guide JT Schmitt and the RMI team


Comments (11)

Congratulations to my my son, Alan Davis and to the rest of the team on your summit!  Dad couldn’t be more proud of you!  A wonderful Father’s Day gift to have given me!  Love you and safe travels to you and the team on your descent!

Posted by: Patrick Davis on

Congratulations to Matt and the rest of the team, who summited Denali yesterday. Matt, you worked so hard training. In fact for this climb you started in 2020 only to have that trip canceled. Buddie, our sheltie, enjoyed his mountain climbing in Phoenix on your easy days of training. So glad your guides let you make a second attempt for the summit. And thank the guides for great up dates. Safe travel to the 6 of you down the mountain. Can’t wait to hear the stories.

Posted by: Mary and George Howell on

Congratulations to all the climbers and Thank you guides!  What an amazing accomplishment! 

Nick and Jack we are so proud of you for planning and training for such an amazing adventure together.
What a special friendship and support team - hoping you stay close and connected !  And such a great experience and challenge to do together. You are both so determined. 

Safe travels home and can’t wait to hear and see all about your trip!

Posted by: Ann and Ken Parents on

Congratulations to all the climbers ! What an amazing accomplishment and adventure! Nick and Jack we are so proud of you ! What a special friendship and support team - hoping you stay close and connected. What a great adventure and challenge to do together ! You are both so determined ! Safe travels home and can’t wait to hear and see all about yourself trip.

Posted by: Ann and Ken on

Well done!!! Congratulations!!!

Posted by: Tony Bellino on

Matt - Congratulations! You did it. I might have to reconsider our former guide service. Let’s see how Jason’s team does; they were at 17 while you were there. Ross and Eli down at 14 heading up to high camp. Catch up soon. Gerard

Posted by: Gerard Crum on

Fantastic! So glad to hear you had the top all to yourselves,,, so sweet. Congratulations.

Posted by: John on

Congratulations to the team!! What an amazing accomplishment, standing so close to the sun, the stars and the heavens. So proud of you Jack and Nick for doing something so rare and so special. Descend safely and can’t wait to hear the stories!

Posted by: Barb n John The Parents on

Congrats to my son Alan Davis and the rest of the RMI team for the Denali Summit! That is Alan’s second summit of The Great One!

Posted by: Tim Hicks on

Congratulations! Thank you, JT and team for helping my husband (Matt Howell) reach the top. He’s already planning the next one. I’ll be joining him, wherever it may be. He’s thinking Kili. But, in the meantime, have a safe trek down. Can’t wait to hear all about the team’s adventure once Matt gets home.

Posted by: Tanya Howell on

So thrilled for the team. What wonderful news! Sounds like magical day! Congrats

Posted by: Jane west on

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