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Mt. McKinley: Beren & Team Summit!

Posted by: Jake Beren, Christina von Mertens, Andrew Kiefer | June 19, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 11,200'

Friday June 19th 11:11 pm PT

On Thursday, June 18th, RMI Guide Jake Beren and his June 2nd Mount McKinley Expedition reached the summit!!!

After our spectacular day on the roof of this continent, we have to come down. Waking to calm winds and warm(ish) temperatures, we packed up our high camp and bid our snow walls and tent platforms adios. Leaving 17K Camp we cruised the Buttress and made it down to 14K Camp where we dug up a cache and wished the ascending RMI team bon voyage before heading to 11K camp to grab a few winks while the glacier sets up for our walk out to the runway.

Amazing how just last week we were camped here with a huge mountain ahead of us filled with so many unknowns. Now we are on the other side of the mountain, grateful for the exploration of an amazing place on planet earth.

RMI Guide Jake Beren

Mt. McKinley summit looking down on summit ridge. Photo: RMI Collection

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Mt. McKinley: Haugen & Team Move into 14K Camp

Posted by: Mike Haugen, Mike Uchal, Pepper Dee | June 18, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 14,200'

Thursday June 18th 10:15 pm PT

Today was another early wake up, and then we broke camp and retraced our steps back up to 14K Camp. Everyone did great with the move, and the name of the game for the rest of the day was beating the heat around camp, moving in and mentally preparing for a much deserved day of rest tomorrow. The word on the street is blueberry pancakes could be involved.

RMI Guide Mike Haugen

Mt. McKinley's 14K Camp. Photo: RMI Collection

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Mt. McKinley: Nugent & Team Begin Their Mountain Days

Posted by: Billy Nugent, Mike King, Sean Collon | June 18, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 7,300'

Thursday June 18th 9:30 pm PT

Hi everybody! Billy here checking in from Kahiltna Basecamp on a gloriously sunny day. We enjoyed a big breakfast this morning in Talkeetna’s Roadhouse and scooted over to the airport to confirm the fact that we’d indeed be flying first thing. A flurry of packing and final weigh-ins preceded the loading of the planes, a group photo, and a smooth departure. The great folks at K2 were really helpful and quickly delivered our team to Basecamp in two simultaneous otter flights. Next thing we knew we were on the ice and having come from summer it felt a bit abrupt but the sun was strong and kept us warm as we got accustomed to our new surroundings. We spent much of the day building our camp, organizing gear and supplies, and rigging sleds for tomorrow’s departure up the hill. The team is psyched for a big adventure and ready to work hard.

All for now!

RMI Guide Billy Nugent

Flying into Kahiltna Base Camp on Mt. McKinley. Photo: Lindsay Mann

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Mt. McKinley:  Nugent & Team Ready to Fly!

Posted by: Billy Nugent, Mike King, Sean Collon | June 18, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley

Thursday June 18th 10:20 a.m.

RMI Guide Billy Nugent just called from Talkeetna.  K2 Aviation is ready to fly the team onto Mount McKinley!  Once they are settled into their first camp, Billy will check in with us from the glacier.

The McKinley June 16th team pose for a photo before their flight. Photo: Billy Nugent

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Mt. McKinley: Haugen & Team Full Day of Cache Day

Posted by: Mike Haugen, Mike Uchal, Pepper Dee | June 18, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 11,200'

Wednesday June 17th 10:00 pm PT

We feel like we are finally on the mountain. We woke up early and left camp around 4:30 to cache some gear at 14,000’ Camp. Our attempt to beat the heat worked since we pulled into camp right when the direct sun hit. The rest of the day was spent resting and preparing for the move back up to 14 Camp tomorrow. The boys of el Siete feasted on quesaritos this evening, and are going to sleep with full bellies and full hearts thinking about you all.

RMI Guide Mike Haugen

An RMI team carries supplies to 14,000 ft Camp on Mt. McKinley. Photo: RMI Collection

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Mt. McKinley: Beren & Team Move to High Camp

Posted by: Jake Beren, Christina von Mertens, Andrew Kiefer | June 18, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 17,200'

June 17, 2015 9:24 pm PT

Good evening from High Camp on Mt. McKinley!  Here we are, poised and ready after a smooth move to the high country. The team did great and we are in bed on a beautiful, clear night on the Great One. With any luck we will try our hand at matching ourselves to this stunning mountain if the weather holds tomorrow. Wish us luck!

RMI Guide Jake Beren

Camp at 17,000 ft on Mt. McKinley.  Photo: Brent Okita

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Mt. McKinley: Jones & Team Return to Civilization

Posted by: Lindsay Mann, Tyler Jones, Chase Nelson | June 17, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 348'

This morning we woke up at 1 am to enjoy our last morning on the glacier. As we left 11,000’ camp the sky was a mixture of pink, purple and blues. After our final push we arrived at base camp this morning at 7:30 am. A few hours later after enjoying another spectacular flight, we found ourselves hot in Talkeetna, suddenly aware of how badly we smelled.

Everyone spent the afternoon transitioning back into the real world, getting in touch with family and enjoying a shower. Tonight we are looking forward to a celebratory dinner and getting a view of the mountain that we stood atop just a few days ago. Congratulations to the entire team and to Geoff and Eric’s team on a successful trip!

RMI Guide Lindsay Mann

Team Jones enjoys the colorful horizon from 11,000 ft on their last day on the mountain.  Photo: Lindsay Mann

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Mt. McKinley: Upper West Rib Team Descends to 11,000’ Camp

Posted by: Eric Frank, Geoff Schellens | June 17, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 11,200'

June 16, 2015 11:47 pm

It was cold this morning at 17,000’ Camp. I mean walking down the ridge in parkas and puffy pants cold. With light winds and a nip in the air we picked our way down the west buttress amongst throngs of other climbers seeking lower elevations. Once we started down the fixed lines the wind died and the solar began cooking us, we walked into 14,000’ Camp wishing we had shorts. After a few hours relaxing at our old home we loaded up and continued on to 11 Camp for the night. We had a custom order fry up for dinner, trying to cook all the remaining cheese, meat, tortillas and other heavy items before hitting the sack. Our plan is to wake up in the middle of the night and walk to the airstrip. If all goes as planned we should be back in Talkeetna by mid day. Thanks for following along on our Upper West Rib expedition.

RMI Guide Geoff Schellens

The view from the top of Motorcycle Hill.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Mt. McKinley: Haugen & Team Back Carry and Reorganize Gear at 11,200’ Camp

Posted by: Mike Haugen, Mike Uchal, Pepper Dee | June 16, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 11,200'

June 16, 2015 9:32 pm PT
We had another early morning today. Instead of moving uphill, we went back to 10,000’ to retrieve our cache. All went according to plan and we got back to camp around 8:30 a.m.  We did a bit of relaxing and reorganizing of our reunited gear. The sun was out on the glacier, which provided some intense solar radiation that we tried to stay out of. Our plan is to get up early and carry some gear up to our next camp at 14,000’ and then return to 11,200’ tomorrow afternoon.

RMI 7 “El Siete”

Looking up at the summit Mt. McKinley from camp at 11,200 ft.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Mt. McKinley: Jones & Team Descend to 11,000’ Camp

Posted by: Tyler Jones, Lindsay Mann, Chase Nelson | June 16, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 11,200'

June 16, 2015 6:05 pm PT

We arose to wind and a bit of ominous clouds at 17,000’. The team efficiently packed our camp to start the long decent back to our families and friends. After 6,000’ of decent with a stop to gather our kit stashed at 14,000’ and a wonderful quesadilla snack from Jake’s team we have landed for some chill time.
This is the life! We’re at the beach of 11,000’ camp soaking our battered feet in the sun soften snow. While puffing our sleeping bags over our tent flies which is conveniently shading us in our cabanas as we get some well deserved rest for the final push to Base Camp early tomorrow morning. Fingers crossed we will fly off to civilization tomorrow! Not that there are no other people to socialize with up here on Denali. Our team has done one heck of an awesome job and we have all created some great friendships!
If all keeps going our way our next post will be the last from little Talkeetna, AK with a great evening of celebration!

RMI Guide Tyler Jones

An RMI Team camped at 11,000 ft on Mt. McKinley.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Recent Images From Mount McKinley

  • 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
  • Climbers ascending the fixed lines on Mt. McKinley en route to High Camp.  Photo: Brent Okita
  • Climbers pulling sleds up Mt. McKinleys Ski Hill to 9.500 ft Camp.  Photo: RMI Collection
  • Tents covered in snow at McKinley Base Camp. Photo: RMI Collection
  • Pulling sleds up Ski Hill on Mt. McKinley, Alaska. Photo: RMI Collection
  • A stormy day at 14,000 ft on Mt. McKinley, AK for an RMI Team. Photo: Dave Hahn
  • An RMI team traveling across the Polo Fields, Mount McKinley, back to 11K Camp. Photo: RMI Collection
  • Cache at Windy Corner, Mount McKinley, with climbers in the background. Photo: Lindsay Mann
  • Views of the Cassin Ridge on Mt. McKinley as an RMI team flies into Kahiltna Base. Photo: Dave Hahn
  • K2 lands at Kahiltna Base on Mount McKinley, Alaska. Photo: Katy Reid
  • Dave Hahn and team pose for a photo at the K2 Aviation Hangar. Photo: Dave Hahn
  • The June 23rd McKinley Expedition ready to board the plane. Photo: Dave Hahn
  • Talkeetna Ranger Station mountain stats. Photo: Dave Hahn
  • Dave Hahn's team pre-trip meeting with the National Park Service. Photo: Dave Hahn
  • Weighing and sorting gear at the K2 Aviation Hangar. Photo: Dave Hahn
  • An RMI team ascending from Denali's 11,000' Camp. Photo: RMI Collection
  • Summit ridge of Mt. McKinley, Alaska. Photo: Seth Waterfall
  • Dave Hahn & Team en route to Talkeetna. Photo: Dave Hahn
  • Climbers on the fixed lines above 11 Camp on Mt. McKinley,Alaska.  Photo: Brent Okita