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Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climb Turns Around at 12,500’

The June 16 - 19 Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guide Paul Rachele was forced to turn around at 12,500’ due to route conditions.  Several days of poor weather and snow accumulation provided difficult climbing conditions for today’s team.  They have returned safely to Camp Muir and will continue their descent to Paradise this afternoon.

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Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Descend from the Mountain

Down and clear as we say in the ski patrol world when everybody is off the mountain. We are now showered and rested. What a climb it was. It is such an amazing experience in so many ways. Climbing Kilimanjaro is a great challenge both physically and mentally. The skills you learn, the people you meet along the way, the one word that comes to mind is enrichment. A big thanks to Barking Zebra and its mountain staff, a job well done men - you all are top of the heap. We start our journey back home tomorrow but the team’s flight isn’t till the evening so our team is going to visit the local game park at the base of Mount Meru. It takes 19,000’ to slow these guys down. They have the right attitude ....Get Out While You Can!

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

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way to go guys!

Mark thanks for taking such good care of our wonderful guys. know they will be talking about climb and you for a long time.and we will all be listening attentively for every detail.

Congratulations to all!



Posted by: Mimi on 6/19/2017 at 11:03 am

Mt. Elbrus: Reid & Team Arrive in the Mountains

A van ride, an airplane ride, another van ride, and we’re in Cheget. Super smooth sailing through our travels today, ski bags and all. Yuri is the local Russian guide who will be joining us on Mt. Elbrus, and he greeted us with a warm reception at the airport in Mineralyne Vody. We’re excited to finally be in the mountains.

RMI Guide Tyler Reid

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Denali Expedition: Hahn & Team Land on the Kahiltna Glacier

June 18, 2017
It was overcast and gray in Talkeetna this morning when the team got in for a 7AM breakfast, but we were optimistic in any case.  Things had brightened just a bit by the time we assembled in the K2 hangar, but the word was passed that fog on the glacier surface would keep planes out of Basecamp initially.  We drank coffee and fidgeted with our gear for a bit.  Then we loaded the planes.  Then we fidgeted a bit more.  Then it was time to fly and we got our boots on.  We hastily texted friends and loved ones as our two big beautiful De Havilland Otters taxied out to the runway.  We were off!  But then the fog came back over Basecamp and we did a u turn and landed in Talkeetna.  We texted, we drank more coffee and then we loaded up for real.  The flight in got markedly more dramatic and spectacular as we entered the Alaska Range.  Before we knew it, we were setting down perfectly on skis on the SE Fork of the Kahiltna Glacier.  There were about a hundred climbers assembled, ready to fly home and so it was a busy scene.  We were very pleased to shake hands and give hugs to the two RMI teams finishing their adventures with Jake Beren and Tyler Jones.  Then we set to building camp and reviewing safety procedures for travel on the lower glaciers.  We’d stop every now and then to stare in wide eyed wonder at massive Mt Foraker and vertical Mt Hunter, towering over us.  Dinner, some story telling and some packing completed our big day.  We turned in at 8 PM with the sun nowhere remotely even close to the horizon.  We’ll get up early -weather permitting- and make our move in the cool of morning when the glacier surface is firmer and safer. 

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

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Good weather and safe travels!!!

Posted by: Christina perez on 6/19/2017 at 9:45 pm

Hi Hans, Anja, all climbers and guides,
I try to send you sunny weather from Germany!!!
Good luck and full energy for all members…

Posted by: Ute Novak on 6/19/2017 at 11:18 am

Denali Expedition: Haugen & Team Move to Camp 3

June 18, 2017
Well folks, I’m happy to report the view is indeed gorgeous! We got a little later start today due to some inclement weather, and it turned out to be the right call. Rolling out of camp at 8, the skies had cleared and we were blessed with views of Kahiltna Dome and Mt Crosson. I’d be lying if I said it didn’t make the walking a little easier! That and the fact that we opted to cache gear at our last camp and do a back carry tomorrow. So, with light loads and beautiful surroundings, we were happy to roll into Camp 3 at 11,000’ and make an extra kush home for the next few days. Joe Horiskey would be proud! We’re now all tucked in and prepping for another light day acclimatizing and making the trip down to 9,600’ to retrieve the rest of our belongings.

Good night from Camp 3!

RMI Guide Mike Haugen

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Awesome reading about your daily travels.  Stay safe (and thinking about Lance and Caleb on this journey) :)

Posted by: Tina Kyllonen on 6/20/2017 at 9:31 am

Glo, what a wonderful father day present to hear your voice from Denali, the great one! Our thoughts and prayers are with you as your journey continues, be safe, love u, pa

Posted by: David Roe on 6/19/2017 at 8:38 pm

Mt. Elbrus Ski: Reid & Team Explore Moscow

We had a great first day with our crew, stretching our legs on a city tour of Moscow. Our guide Victoria took us on a circuit of the Kremlin, Red Square and St. Basil’s Cathedral, after which we enjoyed a nice lunch at “the restaurant of many menus”. All is great with us.

RMI Guide Tyler Reid

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Kerry!!!  Wish I could be climbing next to right now! ...and not just to carry your tent ;) Also, so far all the comments are for you. Did you send out bribes because I didn’t get my share?  I’m on venmo. 

You got this!  Can’t wait to see you on the summit.

Posted by: Brandon Fleck on 6/20/2017 at 10:17 pm

Miss and love you so much! Good luck on the climb. Stay safe. Say hi to Allison!

Posted by: Diane Hermann on 6/20/2017 at 9:10 pm

Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climb Unable to Make Summit Attempt

The Four Day Summit Climb team for June 15 - 18, 2017 was unable to make a summit attempt of Mt. Rainier this morning due to inclement weather.  The team will descend to Paradise this afternoon and return to Rainier BaseCamp.

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Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Call from Summit, Check in from Mweka Camp

June 18, 2017
Thick air and mild temps surround the team at this moment. A different story just a few hours ago when we were standing on the summit of Kilimanjaro. We are all settled in here at the 10,000’ Mweka camp the last stop before we leave Kilimanjaro National Park tomorrow. We started the climb around midnight under clear skies and a mild breeze . It was pretty cold the last couple of stretches and a few of the team climbed with their down parkas on which we usually put on at our breaks and take off when climbing. Seven hours later we were on the summit of Kilimanjaro, the Roof of Africa, with beautiful weather and a very elated team. It’s a big climb and a long descend.  We didn’t arrive to this camp till after 3 pm with a tired team. Everyone did great and the stories are already starting to fly. I am going to roust the napping guys soon so we can all enjoy another great meal which is currently getting set up in the dining tent. All is well on the hill.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

Please listen to the audio link below from the team calling from the summit of Kilimanjaro.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker and team call from the summit of Kilimanjaro with Father's day greetings.

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AWESOME GUYS!! So proud of you for making it to roof top of Africa!!
Wish we were there!
teri and Mike

Posted by: teri Steichen on 6/18/2017 at 7:52 pm

way to go all of you. Happy Father’s Day ! have a safe descend and come home soon. love to you all!

Mom and Dad Free

Mimi and Granddad

Posted by: Mom and Dad Free on 6/18/2017 at 1:15 pm

Denali Expedition: Hahn & Team Prepped and Ready in Talkeetna

Yesterday we converged at baggage carousel #1 in the Anchorage airport… having come from far and wide to form our Denali climbing team.  A commute with Denali Overland and our driver Bill brought us into Talkeetna, Alaska by 9 PM.  Today we got down to brass tacks and started preparing seriously to go on the mountain.  It wasn’t all drudgery as our first official team meeting was conducted over a fine Roadhouse breakfast with plenty of good hot coffee.  Introductions were completed in time for our mandatory National Park Service Orientation Slideshow at the Talkeetna Ranger Station.  We were reminded that it had been a tough season for weather on Denali, with only 30% of climbers making the summit so far.  Indeed, we’d begun the day walking the streets in steady rain.  By midday when we headed for the K2 Aviation hangar, things were beginning to look up.  We conducted a thorough check of each climbers gear and clothing as big stretches of blue sky too over.  We kept looking toward the Range as we went through sorting tents and ropes and food for the group, but the big peaks stayed well-disguised in the murk and cloud.  By early evening the loads were in order and weighed for hefting into airplanes.  The work done, we headed back into downtown Talkeetna for dinner at the bustling Twister Creek.  It is high season for tourism in Alaska.  We all relaxed a little and made final preparations for “getting on” in the morning.  Getting on a plane, getting on a glacier, and getting on a climb. 
With a little more improvement in the weather, we’ll be on our way. 

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

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Denali Expedition: Haugen & Team Ascend Ski Hill to Camp 2

June 17, 2017
We’ve made it! To Camp 2! It was early, it was snowy, and it was sloggy but we made it! We left camp at 3:45 this morning to stick with our nocturnal schedule and to avoid the post holey conditions. Lucky for us the snow had firmed up and the walking was primo. The visibility on the other hand was little to none, and our only views were those of the rope teams in front of us. We made a few discoveries along the way, for instance uphill travel is much easier without your sled break on! After a few more hours, the occasional bump in the road, and a fair amount of pressure breathing, we pulled into the white expanse of Camp 2. I wish I could tell you views were beautiful but I’ll have to wait until the sun comes out! We’re now all cozied up in our tents, enjoying some R&R, before a tasty meal of Horiskey Mac and Cheese!

The memories of the slow ascent of Ski Hill are already fading and we are setting our sights on moving to 11,000’ tomorrow. Spirits are high and backs are strong!

Until tomorrow,
RMI Guide MIke Haugen and crew

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Marc and Chris,
Thinking of you two on your adventure! Hope you’re having a blast!

Posted by: Marcia on 6/19/2017 at 12:17 pm

Love you Gloria!

Posted by: Michelle W on 6/18/2017 at 9:23 pm

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