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Mt. Rainier: Five Day Summit Climb Teams Reach Summit

The Five Day Summit Climb June 15 - 19, 2018 reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning led by RMI Guides Casey Grom and Chris Ebeling.  Chris reported good clear weather with no winds. The team will spend return to Camp Muir and then continue their descent to Paradise.

Congratulations to today’s climbers!

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Way to go Kari!!  We are so proud of you and happy for you.  We love you!

Tim, Shannon, and Stone

Posted by: Tim Henry on 6/20/2018 at 1:45 pm

My guys rock! Congratulations Shane and McKay!
Love you two!!!

Posted by: Mama Janet on 6/19/2018 at 4:28 pm

Denali Expedition: Haugen & Team Take the Storm in Stride

Monday, June 18, 2018 - 8:18 PM PT

Just when we were beginning to think the worst of the storm had passed, Hurricane Horiskey came back with a vengeance. We spent the night trying to keep afloat by shoveling every hour on the hour. As the winds increased and the snow continued to fall we rallied the troops and began a train of shoveling in 30 minute shifts. This train of shoveling has lasted all day! And after a brief interlude for a warming Ramen dinner we are back at it. Although Hurricane Horiskey is a bit more intense than we would have preferred we are taking this opportunity to keep our shoveling arms strong and work on one of mountaineering’s most important skills, patience. As you may imagine our Super Crew is crushing it and taking the weather in stride. When else would they have a chance to catch up on Breaking Bad or finish the Lord of the Rings Audiobook?? We are crossing our fingers that the weather will mellow a bit come tomorrow but until then continue to shovel as if we were headed for China.

Pray for good weather!
RMI Guide Mike Haugen and Super Crew!

On The Map

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Hang in there Gloria and crew. thinking of you all today and hoping you get to move out tomorrow.
Love ya

Posted by: Mary Ann on 6/20/2018 at 9:29 am

Gloria and crew
Stay warm and strong!
Love ya
Ma and pa

Posted by: Mary Ann on 6/19/2018 at 9:08 pm

Denali Expedition: King & Team Continue to Wait for Better Weather

Monday, June 18, 2018 - 1:27 PM PT

Listening to the wind run down the West Buttress sounds like a never ending wave crashing against a rocky shore. The snow is drifting 3-4 feet in places thanks to the 30 mph wind gusts. This is an actual weather day, the previous four have just been a warm up. The forecast is for more of the same. We continue to hang out in our tents and later today there is going to be a food swap so the team can get some different snack food choices.

RMI Guide Mike King

On The Map

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Praying the weather eases up.. I can only try to imagine what its like… You guys are amazing! Hang in there! Sending special love to JT.

Posted by: Wendy Emmer on 6/20/2018 at 6:43 am

Doing our clear skies weather dance for y’all!
We are rooting for you and keeping tabs everyday!! A big thank you to Mike for the updates.
Lissy Yeager

Posted by: Elisabeth Yeager on 6/20/2018 at 4:51 am

Denali Expedition: Jones & Team Make Decision to Retreat

Monday, June 18, 2018 - 2:15 AM PT

To all of our fans out there, we know you’ve enjoyed our stories, raps and poems for our blog to fulfill our energy during our long stay at 14,000’ Camp on Denali. This evening however, was the beginning of our retreat down the mountain and eventually back to the airstrip as the weather allows. Today, we had a lull in the never ending storm and the team seized the opportunity to make the descent back to 11,000’ Camp. This “lull” certainly wasn’t an easy escape but the conditions were the best we’ve had in days and better than what’s forecast for the next week. We quickly broke down camp and were walking just before 8pm. Walking into the white and knee deep post holing kept the pace down but the team was managing it well. Squirrel Hill was wind scoured and Motorcycle Hill into 11,000’ Camp provided some more deep post holing. Thankfully, the wind was calm at camp and with some help from some other guides we know, that have also been stuck in this storm, we managed to set up tents quickly and crawled into our sleeping bags by midnight. Way to go team! The next few days still call for some snowy and windy weather so we might not move too quickly but we’ll take every window of opportunity!

Happy Father’s Day!

RMI Guide Tyler Jones

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Sory about the bad weather gollub. Rained in CT for 2 days strait so I kno how u feel.


Posted by: Mikey b on 6/19/2018 at 9:14 am

Really sorry about those PB cups. They will taste even sweeter when you return…

Glad to hear you all are breathing thicker air and moving strong in the storm. Thanks for letting us stay part of this journey. You are all an inspiration and I am proud that my kids get to hear these stories of their adventurous uncle.

Thinking of you Dave and team on the decent.


Posted by: Beth on 6/19/2018 at 8:40 am

Denali Expedition: Haugen & Team Holding Tight at 9,600’

Sunday, June 17th - 7:47 pm PT

Whelp, we’re still posted up at 9600’ camp, but fresh out of tequila and island wear. Every few hours last night we had to call for all hands on deck to keep the blowing snow from piling up and over our tents.  The storm took a toll on our kitchen tent, but we still managed to rotate through in small groups for a pancake breakfast. Now we are still listening to the snow and wind tap tap tapping against the tent walls, but we are all snuggled up with dinner and tea in bed. With any luck Hurricane Horiskey will ease up over night, but until it does we’ll be keeping a close watch on the snow accumulation and poised to shovel as much as we need to keep our little camp in good shape.  Thanks to the hard workin’ bunch of RMI Super Crew 6, we’re warm and the sounds of laughter from neighboring tents often overshadows sound of the wind.

Super Crew 6 would also like to add a shoutout to all the fathers out there! Happy Father’s Day! Much love From our windy, snow covered but Cozy tents to wherever you may find yourself today. Love you all!

RMI Guide Mike Haugen

On The Map

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Laughter?  Lindsay hasn’t started singing her Disney Songs yet, has she?
Ya’ll keep warm…wishing that clear skies come your way!
Okie Mom

Posted by: Ellen M on 6/18/2018 at 4:54 pm

Stay warm Glo!

Posted by: Mary Ann Hickey on 6/18/2018 at 10:18 am

Denali Expedition: King & Team Stalled at 14K Camp

Sunday, June 17th - 5:53 pm PT

Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads following along. The storm broke by mid day with views of the wind blown West Buttress. The Team spent some time walking around camp and getting to know some of the other groups at 14K Camp. We’ve been eating good, getting plenty of sleep and are all eagerly awaiting a window to climb to 17K Camp. The forecast is 5-6 mores days of high winds above and snow down here in Genet Basin. Books are being swapped and audio books Airdropped. That’s all from 14 for now.

RMI Guide Mike King

On The Map

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David:  Hope you and team had a safe and warm(ish) Father’s Day, daddy! We’ll get ice cream as soon as you get back to celebrate O:) Love you! ~Theresa

Posted by: Theresa Smalley on 6/18/2018 at 9:50 am

Glad to hear you are comfortable and becoming well read. Know Scott’s mom is breathing easier as you aren’t climbing in the wind. Wishes for calm winds and blue skies…good climbing when the weather is right.

Posted by: Glenda Bemis on 6/18/2018 at 6:54 am

Mt. Rainier: Summit Climb Teams Turned Back by Weather

The Four Day Summit Climb June 14 - 17 Teams were turned back by poor weather this morning.  RMI Guide Brent Okita reported that the teams climbed to 11,000’ feet before high winds, snow and poor visibility forced them to retreat to Camp Muir.  The teams will descend to Paradise and then Rainier BaseCamp later this morning.

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To the Harts, Sorry to hear that you had to turn back. Better luck on the next one. Lol. .Mom & Dad

Posted by: David & Jonne' on 6/17/2018 at 1:44 pm

Oh Gosh Joe and Sandhya.  So sorry to hear this but glad you are staying safe!

Posted by: Patricia Huff on 6/17/2018 at 11:20 am

Denali Expedition: Haugen & Team Wait out Storm

Saturday, June 16, 2018 - 8:47 PM PT

We thought we’d take advantage of the 24 hour light to catch up on our sun tans today and decided to stay put. Between the umbrellas in our Espolón drinks and the Hawaiian shirts, it was well worth it!  Alright, I guess that’s only half true- we did in fact stay put, but unfortunately it was hardly a choice- strong winds and precipitation continued through the night and all day. It seems Mother Nature is in a fighting mood! It’s a good thing we built such high walls! Even still, the snow is piling up and nearly spilling over. We’ve got a whole crew of superstars though and we’ve gone all hands on deck to reinforce our camp a couple times throughout the day.  Between shoveling frenzies, we spent the day laughing in the kitchen tent, napping, sport eating, and marveling at how quickly our outhouse keeps filling in with snow.  Spirits are high despite the hard work required to thrive in conditions like this, and the whole team is currently snuggled up in big sleeping bags and down booties. The storm is forcasted to begin clearing tomorrow, but unfortunately that could mean anything here in Alaska.
For now rest assured we’re hangin tough and taking care of each other.

With love,
RMI Guide Mike Haugen and the Super Crew

On The Map

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Waiting is always hard but having a fun, supportive team around you makes it easier.  Sounds like a lot of snow even for a Colorado transplant. All of us back home are cheering for you.

Posted by: Nancie Summerlin on 6/17/2018 at 5:32 pm

Stay strong. Enjoy each other’s company. Laugh. Work hard.  Take in every moment no matter what.  Be safe. Know that you are loved.  Love you Shannon.  Mom.

Posted by: Linda Walsh on 6/17/2018 at 4:32 pm

Denali Expedition: Jones & Team Rapping on Denali

Saturday, June 16, 2018 - 6:02 PM PT

Strolling up Denali taking a hike
Day 18 brings a cyclone I don’t like
Boys in the posh shoveling that snow
Waiting for the weather window so we can up and go.

You got DK white chocolate
Dropping a sick beat waiting
Patiently for his peanut butter treat
Who needs any meat
At 17,000 feet.
All I want are my peanut butter
Peanut butter cups.
Your dark ridges so heavenly on my lips,
Forever on my hips,
Your sweet and salty, hardly ever
When these mountain days look all
All you need are those glorious
Peanut butt-er cuuups,
To keep on the up and ups.

To be continued…

RMI Guide Tyler Jones & Team

On The Map

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Matt Hill, Bubbles is wondering if you have seen any shopping carts on Denali. Dwight Schrute says Hi also.

Posted by: Paul Downs on 6/18/2018 at 6:32 am

Thinking of you and the team, constantly, Nicholas!
I know the weather is playing games, but the skills with the song/poem writing are really winning!
Love you so much! We’re so proud of you - always. Always.
Elisa and the Girlies

Posted by: Elisa on 6/17/2018 at 3:26 pm

Denali Expedition: King & Team Weather the Storm

Saturday, June 16, 2018 - 2:22 PM PT

We had a foot of snow with enough wind to drift upwards of 3 feet in most places. We spent the morning relocating our posh due to being buried and partially collapsed. The team is putting the finishing touches on a toilet cave so they can see a man about a horse without getting a spin drift bidet in the process. Other then maintaining camp we’ll eat, nap, shovel and repeat until the storm passes. Moral is still good and we are hopeful that a clearing will arrive early next week. The wind loaded slopes will pose an avalanche hazard so we’ll need a few days minimum to settle the slopes leading to the fixed lines. That’s all from 14 Camp.

RMI Guide Mike King

On The Map

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Hi dad! Happy fathers day!! I hope your day is amazing. we miss you. Please bring me back a moose! Love you!

Posted by: Adleigh Faulkenburg on 6/17/2018 at 2:02 pm

Hi dad!!! Happy father’s day! Please don’t get eaten by a bear.

Posted by: Teagan Faulkenburg on 6/17/2018 at 1:58 pm

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