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Mt. McKinley: Nugent & Team Take a Snow Day at High Camp

Posted by: Billy Nugent, Mike King, Sean Collon | July 02, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 17,200'

Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 3:15 pm PT

RMI Guide Mike King called the RMI Office from high camp at 17,200 ft on Mt. McKinley. The team spend a snowy and windy night at camp last night. Today they spent the day resting and drying their gear. The team has received the forecast for tomorrow and are hoping the weather will allow them to make a summit attempt. If the weather permits, they will be heading up hill.

We wish the team luck!

An RMI team building walls at high camp on Mt. McKinley. Photo: RMI Collection

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May the odds be ever in your favor team!

Doug - you know the drill…be safe, be great, move with grace.
~Belladonna

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Posted by: Belladonna on 7/3/2015 at 2:29 am

For the shoes to work you have to turn them in Morty!

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Posted by: Rick on 7/2/2015 at 7:45 pm


Mt. McKinley: Hahn & Team Take a Snow Day At 11,200’ Camp

Posted by: Dave Hahn, JM Gorum, Steve Gately | July 02, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 11,200'

July 2, 2015 12:36 am PST

This day didn’t start out all that bad, but then it didn’t waste too much time getting bad.  It got snowing about an inch an hour by mid morning.  That didn’t stop some of our neighbors from picking up and moving to 14K anyway, but it stopped us.  We didn’t want to risk getting caught at Windy Corner when the wind started.  So it was a quiet day for us, sitting in our tents listening to the snow.  Just about right in the middle of a nice dinner in our beloved POSH tent, a cannon shot of wind hit and ripped the shelter nearly in half.  We sat for a few minutes more anyway, chowing down, looking out the big new vent and wondering who’d be first to abandon ship.  Then it was a mass exodus back to the tents for what promised to be a windy, snowy, stormy night on Denali.  We’ll figure out a different plan for our cooking and dining shelter needs. 

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

Stormy conditions at 11,200 ft Camp on Mt. McKinley, Alaska.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Hope the weather is in your favor today so you can make some progress.  We are rooting for you hard down here in the flatlands.

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Posted by: Mike Gorum on 7/3/2015 at 4:09 am


Mt. McKinley: Nugent & Team Retreat from 18,500’

Posted by: Billy Nugent, Mike King, Sean Collon | July 01, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 17,200'

July 1, 2015 6:25 pm PST

Hey, it’s Billy here checking in from 17,200’ on Denali.  We are back in camp after our foray up the Autobahn and around the corner on Denali Pass but it was quite windy. The wind along with zero visibility and blowing snow and some wind slab instability conspired to shut down our summit attempt.  So we turned tail at just above 18,500 feet and everyone is back down in camp, in one piece safe and sound.  We’re trying to regroup and figure out what the future holds for us. We’ll check in tomorrow and let you know we’re up to you.

All for now.
RMI Guide Billy Nugent

Climber ascending the Autobahn on Mt. McKinley, Alaska.  Photo: Lindsay Mann


RMI Guide Billy Nugent checks in from 17,200 ft on Mt. McKinley

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I’m rooting for good weather so you can attempt the summit again! Keep the spirits up, Rhonda! You’re a stud-ette:)
Sue

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Posted by: sue mamer on 7/2/2015 at 12:36 pm

Foiled by wind slab and zero vis!  I’m wishing for a blue bird day coming up for your next attempt.

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Posted by: Matt McKittrick on 7/2/2015 at 10:40 am


Mt. McKinley: Nugent & Team Weather Day at 17,200’ Camp

Posted by: Billy Nugent, Mike King, Sean Collon | July 01, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 17,200'

Tuesday June 30th 6:00 pm PT

Hey there, this is Billy checking in from 17,000 feet on Denali. We woke up this morning and actually almost pull the trigger.  The weather was looking really good. But then things kind of soured a little bit. Thin clouds with intermittent snow, and so we eventually pulled the plug on our summit attempt before we really got it going. We’re having a weather day today. We are hoping for better weather tomorrow. That’s all for now. Bye.

RMI Guide Billy Nugent

RMI Camp at 17,200' on Mount McKinley, Alaska. Photo: Lindsay Mann


RMI Guide Billy Nugent calls in from 17,200ft on Mount McKinley.

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Congrats on making it this far Rob, now is your time!  Safe travels for all….........Jeff

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Posted by: Jeff Austin on 7/1/2015 at 5:54 pm

Pick your moment team, wait and be great!!

Doug - I bid you fair winds and a following sea. My thoughts are with you as you wait to make your… read more

Posted by: Belladonna on 7/1/2015 at 12:46 pm


Mt. McKinley: Hahn & Team Enjoy Fresh Snow and a Rest Day

Posted by: Dave Hahn, Steve Gately, JM Gorum | June 30, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 11,200'

June 30, 2015 5:46pm PST

Today’s wake-up call was a quiet and windless fall of about six inches of light powder snow. It was our planned rest day, after five busy days getting on and up the approaches to Denali, so there wasn’t any early morning angst as to whether the snow would keep us from our goals for the day.  Today, those goals included a breakfast of bagels and smoked salmon in the POSH tent and a session of digging out camp as the snow continued to fall. We eventually climbed back in the tents for naps and reading.  A few teams came down the mountain today, resting near our camp as they prepared to march on toward the airstrip in the snowstorm. We’ll hope to move uphill tomorrow and we’ll be ready for that, but of course we’ll pay attention to the weather and see what it allows. 

Best Regards,

RMI Guide Dave Hahn and Team

Fresh Snow at 11,200' on Mt. McKinley. RMI Photo Collection

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Finally I am learning to use this computer.  We are praying every inch of the way for you and your team mates and guide.  Remember the story, Foot Prints in… read more

Posted by: Dad & Mom Ross on 7/2/2015 at 1:47 pm

just wondering what the acronym for POSH is for us non-climbers, lots of stories to tell when the climb is over…

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Posted by: mom and dad grengs on 7/2/2015 at 10:24 am


Mt. McKinley: Hahn & Team Cache Gear at 13,500’

Posted by: Dave Hahn, Steve Gately, JM Gorum | June 30, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 11,200'

Monday June 29th 10:20 pm PT

We had a short break from the cloud and snow this morning.  When we got out of the tents, there were actually views to be had in most directions and blue skies above.  Being at 11,000 ft, it was slightly colder than what we’ve experienced so far, but a hot breakfast took care of the chills and got us ready for our carry.  We set out for “Motorcycle Hill” at 9:30.  It was good to be in crampons and carrying ice axes after days of snowshoes and ski poles. An hour put us in the middle of “Squirrel Hill” with great views of Denali’s Northwest Buttress and the Peter’s Glacier.  It began to cloud up as we reached the “Polo Field” off the end of the giant granite towers of the West Buttress.  By Windy Corner we were in light snow, but close to our destination. We dug a deep and raven-proof pit in the snow at 13,500 ft in which to cache the food and fuel we were carrying.  It was an easy climb down with light packs and we walked out of the snow showers and into sunny and warm camp at 11K again by 4:30 PM.  We’ll hope for a comfortable night of sleep tonight as we’ve followed the “climb high, sleep low” rule of acclimatization to altitude.  Tomorrow will be a rest day, as part of that same plan. 

Kryz wishes his dad a happy birthday from Mount McKinley

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

An RMI team on Squirrel Hill, Mount McKinley, Alaska. Photo: Brent Okita

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Go Rhonda!!! Looks like fun. keep up the good work, you and the team are truly an inspiration.
Sue Mamer

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Posted by: Sue Mamer on 6/30/2015 at 9:39 am

All is well in CT! Enjoy the rest day!

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Posted by: Sharon on 6/30/2015 at 8:58 am


Mt. McKinley: Nugent & Team Move to 17,000’

Posted by: Billy Nugent, Mike King, Sean Collon | June 29, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 17,200'

June 29, 2015 5:20 pm PST

Hey there, it’s Billy checking in from Camp 5 on Denali at over 17,000 ft.  Our crew made the move today.  We got up super early this morning and made great time moving up the West Buttress. We’re settled in now at High Camp.  We spent some time, improving one of the campsites and building some walls.  And now everybody’s snug up in their sleeping bag hanging out in their tents. We’re sort of chilling and filling with food and water. We are hoping for a good patch of weather in the next few days so we can maybe take a crack at the summit. Yeah, that’s all for now. Everyone is psyched and doing extremely well.  We will check in again tomorrow and let you know what happens.

RMI Guide Billy Nugent

Climbers on the ridge en route to Camp 5 at 17,000 ft on Mt. McKinley.


RMI Guide Billy Nugent calls in from Camp 5 on Denali.

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Hope you summited today. You’ve been in my thoughts all day

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Posted by: Stacey on 6/30/2015 at 11:39 am

Incredible progress - keep it up!!!  Hopefully the “Jim jokes” (ask him to tell you the joke about the bell ringer) aren’t ruining everyone’s time up there.  Looking forward to… read more

Posted by: Jessica LaTorre on 6/30/2015 at 11:10 am


Mt. McKinley: Hahn & Team Settled into 11K Camp for an Extended Stay

Posted by: Dave Hahn, Steve Gately, JM Gorum | June 29, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 11,200'

Sunday June 28th 10:22 pm PT

Once again, the weather was a little sloppy in the early hours, so we didn’t get out of the tents until the civilized hour of 7AM.  It was still pretty well socked in at 9,500 ft as we ate breakfast, but things seemed workable for moving up.  We were on the go by 10:00 and in our new camp at 11,000 ft by 1PM.  The clouds cleared from time to time, giving us some great views of the end of the West Buttress.  Luckily, clouds hung in there enough to keep the sun off the final steeper hills into camp.  We dug in and got settled in our new home.  It is a relief, after building four camps in four days, to know that we’ll get to stay in this one for a few days.  The afternoon and evening were spent resting and sorting food and gear.  If possible, we’ll do a carry to 13,500 ft tomorrow.

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

Moving to 11,000' Camp on Mount McKinley, Alaska. Photo: Lindsay Mann

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It sure is refreshing to think of snow in the heat and humidity of DC.  If you get chilly along the way just think of us to warm up.  What… read more

Posted by: Charlie Thomas on 6/30/2015 at 6:14 am

Kenny Cornett-  good luck!  Get to the top and be safe!  Love ya- Rhonda, John, Meriden, and Morgan

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Mt. McKinley: Nugent & Team Take a Rest Day

Posted by: Billy Nugent, Mike King, Sean Collon | June 28, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 14,200'

June 28, 2015 5:18pm PST

Resting here at 14 after a big day yesterday. Clouds and sunshine are in and out along with the occasional bout of flurries. Nothing major to report. Now that we are poised and ready we are just playing a chess match against the weather. Hoping to get that window that will take us to the summit...

RMI Guide Billy Nugent & Team

The RMI Dining tent at 14,200' on Mt. McKinley. RMI Photo Collection

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I love you! You got this, Uncle Yeti. :)

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Posted by: Morgan Deanenne on 6/29/2015 at 6:11 pm

Thoughts are with you as you push for High Camp…go team.

Doug - “A world without dragons is a world not worth living in.”  ― R.A. Salvatore, Streams of Silver

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Posted by: Belladonna on 6/29/2015 at 1:04 pm


Mt. McKinley: Haugen & Team Back In Talkeetna

Posted by: Mike Haugen, Mike Uchal, Pepper Dee | June 28, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley

Sunday, June 28, 2015 - 10:15 am PT

It was touch and go at base camp. We woke up to clouds and some very wet snow. As expected, as soon as we started to fire up the stoves to make breakfast and hot drinks, the skies started to open just a bit. I still didn’t think that the weather was flight worthy, but I was glad that the pilots did. We were told that we had 20 minutes to be packed and ready because the planes were already approaching. We were ready in 10! We got the first half of our team onto a plane and off the glacier before the weather started to sock back in. We had to wait for the first plane to go back to Talkeetna, drop off our first group of climbers, and then return. Luckily the weather cleared back up a bit and we squeaked out the rest of the climbers for the amazing flight back to the world of great food and pillows. After a couple of great meals and a series of showers, the now legendary “El Siete” crew is fresh, semi-recovered, and ready to be reintroduced into society. 

Thank you to the group for being such a great team and for all of the families and friends that have supported us.

RMI 7 “El Siete”

The RMI El Siete team on the summit of Mt. McKinley, AK. Photo: Mike Haugen

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  I want to say, once again, to Mike Haugen about these daily posts and pictures: it has meant so much to the families of these fine climbers. Thank you,… read more

Posted by: Chris on 6/28/2015 at 5:06 pm

  Whoopee! So glad to have you off the mountain safe and secure at last. Doug is that you standing to the left? I can see everyone is proud and… read more

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  • An RMI team building walls at high camp on Mt. McKinley. Photo: RMI Collection
  • Stormy conditions at 11,200 ft Camp on Mt. McKinley, Alaska.  Photo: RMI Collection
  • Climber ascending the Autobahn on Mt. McKinley, Alaska.  Photo: Lindsay Mann
  • RMI Camp at 17,200' on Mount McKinley, Alaska. Photo: Lindsay Mann
  • Fresh Snow at 11,200' on Mt. McKinley. RMI Photo Collection
  • An RMI team on Squirrel Hill, Mount McKinley, Alaska. Photo: Brent Okita
  • Climbers on the ridge en route to Camp 5 at 17,000 ft on Mt. McKinley.
  • Moving to 11,000' Camp on Mount McKinley, Alaska. Photo: Lindsay Mann
  • The RMI Dining tent at 14,200' on Mt. McKinley. RMI Photo Collection
  • The RMI El Siete team on the summit of Mt. McKinley, AK. Photo: Mike Haugen
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