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Alaska Seminar: Team Climbs to Base of Kahiltna Pass & Establishes Camp

All good on the Alaska Mountaineering Seminar front! A cold and clear wake up had us briskly packing up camp and beginning the sun-baked hike up to the base of Kahiltna Pass at about 9,800’, where we established our next camp. The way was smooth but hot, and we are rewarded with sweeping views of Mount Capps, Kahiltna Dome and the entire Kahiltna glacier. Some snow is faintly swirling through the air adding to the grandeur of our setting as we prep dinner. Tomorrow we look forward to an active rest day with a whole set of new mountain travel skills to take in.

RMI Guide Jessie Poquerusse & the team

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Mt. Rainier: Five Day Summit Climbs Reach the Summit!

The Five Day Summit Climb May 8 - 12, 2017 reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  RMI Guides Elias de Andres Martos and Chase Nelson led a small group of climbers to the summit via the Ingraham Direct route.  Elias reported strong winds with clear skies with improving conditions and a nice day. After a windy first night at Camp Muir and poor weather yesterday, we are glad this team was able to make a summit attempt.

Congratulations to today’s climbers!

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Denali Expediton: Walter & Team Carry to 13,700’

May 11, 2017 - 11:07 pm PT

The weather was perfect and we took advantage of it by carrying heavy backpacks loaded with supplies to our cache at 13,700’, on the far side of Windy Corner. Climbing conditions were great and everyone did well. After burying our cache, we returned back to our camp at 11,200’. Hopefully tomorrow’s weather will cooperate and we can bump camp up to 14,200’. We’ll keep you posted.

RMI Guide Mike Walter

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So glad you were able to make such good progress today, and that you had such good weather. Sam arrived safely last night and got his vaccinations this afternoon. Tomorrow we are having lunch with the Bashyals to talk about Nepal and India. Sunday it is brunch with Auntie Anne, and then he heads back to Montana.

Posted by: Nancy Hines on 5/12/2017 at 8:29 pm


Alaska Seminar: Davis & Team Pack Up and Move to Camp 1

May 10, 2017 - 9:12 pm PT

The forecast threatened an 80% chance of more snow but we woke to clear skies. This morning was busy with packing, digging and more packing for our move to Camp 1. We hauled our sleds out onto the main Kahiltna under a hard sun and played leapfrog with a German team. By 5 pm we were cooking dinner outside in great weather. The team suffered under the hot globe with grace and we are going to do it again tomorrow to Camp 2.

RMI Guide Leon Davis

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Denali Expedition: Walter & Team Sit Tight at 11,200’ Camp

The snow has stopped and the storm has passed. We ended up getting 3-4 feet of snow. Today was beautiful with plenty of sunshine and light winds here at 11,200’ Camp. We decided to take another rest day today to let the snow settle and reduce the avalanche hazard. We spent the day drying our gear and getting ready for our cache tomorrow. Tomorrow (weather permitting) we will carry supplies up around Windy Corner and make a cache at around 13,700’. Or at least that’s the plan. We’ll keep you posted.

RMI Guide Mike Walter

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Hi Rue and Mike,

Following along and wishing you a safe and amazing climb!

George

Posted by: George Nimmo on 5/11/2017 at 10:25 am

Hi Todd, Thom, Dave & Mike,

Watching your progress and hoping for good weather and safe conditions.

All the best

Rogan

Posted by: Rogan Davies on 5/10/2017 at 10:14 pm


Alaska Seminar: Team Enjoys Full Day of Training

May 9, 2017 10:19 pm

Today was action-packed as we rotated through a series of skills sessions. Sled rigging, avalanche awareness and practice beacon searches, and a more realistic and elaborate crevasse rescue scenario made for a full day of mountain skills. About mid-day we even had the pleasure of clear skies for the first time in a couple days. Dinner burritos and fruit pie to top it off!

RMI Guide Jessie Poquerusse

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Mt. Rainier: Five Day Summit Climbs On Top!

The first program of the 2017 Mt. Rainier season reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning!  RMI Guides Brent Okita and Solveig Waterfall led their Five Day Summit Climb teams from Camp Muir to the summit.  Brent reported clear skies with windy conditions.  Both teams began their descent shortly after 7 am.  They will return to Camp Muir and then continue their descent to Paradise.
We look forward to seeing them at Rainier BaseCamp this afternoon.

Congratulations to the Five Day Summit Climb teams!

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Denali Expedition: Walter & Team Receive New Snow at 11, 200

May 9, 2017 - 6:26 pm PT
Yesterday’s light snow increased in intensity over night and turned into a full on powder day today. We woke to dig out the tents around 4:30 am an they were nearly buried again by 10 am. We have received over three feet of snow overnight and it is continuing as I write this.
So, we spent the day resting and enjoying one of our favorite rest day activities: digging out camp.
We actually needed this rest day, so the snow comes at an opportune time. We would like it to stop though, so we can make our carry to Windy Corner tomorrow. Right now that doesn’t seem to be the case, but better weather is forecast for later in the week.
Everyone is doing well and enjoying some down time. We’ll let you know what tomorrow brings.

RMI Guide Mike Walter

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Hey Robby,

Given the down time at 11K, hope you found a cribbage partner.  Looking forward to seeing your pics when you get back.  Good luck to you and the team.

Art
Elevation 644’ !!
Northbrook, IL

Posted by: Art Muir on 5/10/2017 at 10:00 am

Hi Mike, Thom, Todd and David, I am so regret I missed this time. Best wishes for you guys with a good weather window. Dr. David, don’t bend your phone again and shoot some great pictures. I have been thinking what you guy’s schedule this year. I am so jealous!!
Be safe and good luck!!!

Lei from Albany, NY

Posted by: LEI WU on 5/10/2017 at 7:35 am


Mt. Rainier: Okita & Team Ready for Morning Summit Bid

Our acclimatization climb to Ingraham Flats went well today with beautiful weather. What a view of the mountain. Our guide training team went to the summit and prepped the route for us, so we should be in good shape for our climb tonight.
Let’s hope the wind and weather hold for us. I think it will.

RMI Guide Brent Okita

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WOW!  Incredible trip, Sheila! You are an inspiration!

Posted by: Peg on 5/9/2017 at 5:51 pm

Shout to Sheila from James here in Clearwater Beach Florida.  One of my favorite mountains seen many of times from a plane or on a clear day when I lived in Seattle.  Looking forward to pics and hearing about your adventure.

Posted by: James Whitstt on 5/9/2017 at 3:47 pm


Alaska Seminar: Learning Mountain Skills in the Great Outdoors

Today was off to an early start! After a quick breakfast, we stretched our legs heading up glacier to the base of Radio Tower and beyond to the cirque at the base of the East ridge of Frances, where we chatted about glaciology, route planning and navigation. Menacing seracs and at times nearly white-out conditions made the teachings come to life. After heading back to camp and a quick break, we learned and reviewed basic knots and hitches to get us ready for session 1 of basic crevasse rescue. We put to use our anchor building tactics from the previous day and spent the afternoon doing basic rescue drills. Cozying up to burritos was a great end to a long day.

RMI Guide Jessie Poquerusse & team

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