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Alaska Seminar: Dale & Team Ready to Fly to the Kahiltna Glacier

May 25, 2018 - 10:01 AM PT

Our bags are packed, we’re ready to go…and here our patient and excited group waits with boots on in the K2 hanger.  The skies are clearing and we’ll be airborne momentarily.  Wish us luck!
RMI Guide Christina Dale

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Denali Expedition: Van Deventer & Team Arrive Kahiltna Base Camp on Second Attempt

It took us an extra try, but ultimately our patience prevailed and the very talented pilots of K2 Aviation were able to thread us through some funky clouds and get us in to Kahiltna Base Camp. We made our first run at 12:30 PM and made it almost all the way before a bank of fog turned us back. We landed back in Talkeetna to heavy rain, took off our boots, and settled back in to our waiting game. Then at 5 PM there seemed to be a break and we got the green light. The flight in was spectacular as always, flying right through the rugged peaks and walls of the Alaska Range. Since we weren’t in until evening, we decided to put up camp, make dinner, and spend the night here. Tomorrow we will hopefully have the conditions to move our camp and all of our gear to our Camp 1 at the base of Ski Hill.

We are happily tucked into sleeping bags for our first night on the mountain, glad to finally be here!

RMI Guides Pete, Jess, Taylor, and team

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Alaska Seminar: Dale & Team Packed and Ready

Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 8:55 PM PT

Our Alaska Seminar Team packed and un-packed and re-packed all day waiting for the weather to clear.  The bad news is we are still in Talkeetna but the good news is we’ve never been more ready to fly on.  The team practiced knots, rigged their sleds and attached ropes to packs.  We had time to sort meals and repackage food for our nine days out.  Today gave us the opportunity to prepare well and practice skills we will use right out of the gates.  We are first in line for flights tomorrow and the weather is looking good so with confidence, we will have a nice dinner and the last night in real beds. 

RMI Guide Christina Dale

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Denali Expedition: Walter & Team Rest Day at 11K Camp

Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 6:21 PM PT

The snow that started last night continued into the morning, necessitating a 3:00 am shoveling session to dig out our tents. We picked up a little over a foot of snow over night, with no wind.
We had a rest day planned for today anyway, so the snow was of little consequence. We simply ate a leisurely brunch and lounged around our tents, resting and acclimating.
Tomorrow, if the weather allows, we plan to move camp up to Genet Basin, at 14,200’. We will let you know how that plays out.

RMI Guide Mike Walter

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Denali Expedition: Van Deventer & Team Waiting for Weather Window to Fly On

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Well, we have checked all of our boxes to take off, but we weren’t able to track down flyable weather to get us in to Base Camp on Denali. Fog rolled in first thing this morning on the glacier landing strip, and we spent the day on standby, waiting for it to clear. Instead, moisture continued to stream into the Alaska range, and rain came off and on to Talkeetna. With a lot of daylight up here this time of year, our flying window is long, and we stuck it out until 8pm, when we finally accepted another night in town and checked into the hotel again. What do you do on a standby day in Talkeetna? Nap in the hanger, download more movies, chat, and explore the curio shops on Main Street, ready to drop everything and run back to the hanger at a moment’s notice should things clear. All of that is punctuated by frequent trips to the coffee shop. We’ll enjoy another night in a bed and wake up tomorrow to see what the weather gives us. This is the game that we are playing in Alaska!

RMI Guides Pete Van Deventer, Jess Matthews, Taylor Bickford, and team

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Rich Lewis we are all here pulling for you! Wishing your team great weather and an epic adventure! Love you!

Posted by: Susie Lewis on 5/25/2018 at 6:27 am

Good luck to our friend Steve Dietz and the entire team! Hope Base Camp was accomplished and you are moving up.

Posted by: Paul & Susan Cambon on 5/25/2018 at 3:03 am

Mt. Rainier: Expedition Skills Seminar - Muir Reaches the Summit

RMI Guides Adam Knoff and Hannah McGowan led the Expedition Skills Seminar – Muir to the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning. Hannah reported breezy (~20 mph) and chilly conditions on the summit. The only clouds to be found were the ones hugging the low lying valleys thousands of feet below them.

The Expedition Skills Seminar - Muir will return to Camp Muir for one more night on the mountain. The team will descend to Paradise and then to Ashford tomorrow afternoon.

Congratulations to the Seminar Team!

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Holy cow, another summit reached! Congratulations! Andy Uhl, you are an inspiration!

Posted by: Carol Nurse on 5/25/2018 at 8:23 am

Way to go guides and mountaineers! Can’t wait to hear about the trip from Andy Uhl! Dad, we are all looking forward to seeing you soon!!

Posted by: Anna Uhl on 5/24/2018 at 12:49 pm

Alaska Seminar: Dale & Team Arrive in Talkeenta

After many drives, flights, and bag hauling, we made it to Talkeetna.  The team brought about 950 pounds of gear that we promptly dropped in the K2 hanger in order to get some food and rest.  Tomorrow we will attack the pile of gear and pack it into submission within our packs.  In the afternoon we’ll fly into the Kahiltna Glacier. Hoping for sunny skies. 

RMI Guide Christina Dale

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Randy! Good luck on this amazing adventure! Be safe and take some great picture! Love you with all my heart! Thoughts and prayers for safety!

Posted by: Lisa DeBoer on 5/25/2018 at 8:07 am

Rick, safe adventures to your entire team!  Looking forward to the pictures from the Kahiltna Glacier..  So many details and so much planning and packing.  It’s all so exciting.  Thank Christina for this blog.  We’re watching for the green helmet.  Love you!  Mom & Dad

Posted by: Marci & Keith on 5/25/2018 at 4:55 am

Denali Expedition: Walter & Team Have Another Great Day

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 5:21 PM PT

Our Denali team had another great day today as we carried supplies up to establish a cache around Windy Corner (~13,700’). The weather was perfect, with scattered clouds keeping the temps pleasant throughout the day. The climbing conditions we also perfect, with great, consistent névé for cramponing. In fact, the whole route so far has been in great shape.
Now we are back at our 11k camp, where we are lounging around, eating, and rehydrating. Tomorrow we are planning to take our first full rest day, as we need to recover and get used to the altitude before we move up to 14,200’

RMI Guide Mike Walter

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Enjoy your first full day of rest.  Happy to hear the route has been in good shape so far and hope that continues.  Not far to go! 

Posted by: Mary Lou on 5/24/2018 at 5:40 pm

So glad to see the trip working this time, Alex & Tom & Team.  Hope your luck/weather continues and we can see pictures from the summit!  Love, Dad

Posted by: LARRY & MARTHA on 5/24/2018 at 4:18 pm

Denali Expedition: Walter & Team Making Good Progress

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 7:45 PM PT

Another day of beautiful weather let us descend back down to ~10,200’ to dig up our cache of supplies and haul it back up to our 11,000’ camp. The rest of the day was spent hydrating, resting, and preparing for the next step of this climb: establishing a cache at ~13,700’, just past Windy Corner. If the weather holds, that will be our plan for tomorrow.
We’re making good progress now, and we are all excited to exchange snowshoes for crampons and trekking poles for ice axes. Stay tuned as our progress continues.

RMI Guide Mike Walter

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I hope the weather Gods are good to you this year. If you have room in your packs going down, rather than throw all that valuable stool down a crevasse, ship some to me for my fecal transplants. Business is booming.
Buenas suerte amigo.

Posted by: Dr Dave on 5/23/2018 at 5:40 pm

Hello Dave Head, Shane Kidd and Team hello from Las Vegas we love you guys so proud and love you stay safe we will continue to pray for your safety and good weather KEEP ROCKING !! you got his.

Love Mom and Dad #2

Posted by: Ken peterson on 5/23/2018 at 1:42 pm

Denali Expedition: Van Deventer & Team Prep in Talkeenta

Our day in Talkeenta progressed at a pretty leisurely pace. We started off with our orientation at the National Park Service after a visit to the coffee shop, and followed that with brunch at the Talkeetna Roadhouse, lest old traditions fail. Then it was into gear: double checking everything we brought, sorting, and packing for the plane flight to Kahiltna Base Camp. With our bags weighed and stacked, ready to be loaded into the Otters, we have done all we can do. It’s in the hands of the pilots and weather now. We will head out to town for dinner, and hope to wake up to clear skies and flying weather!

We’ll keep you posted,
RMI Guides Pete Van Deventer, Jess Matthews, Taylor Bickford, and team

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You will see majesty at it’s best and definitely understand the creation set before each step of the way to the top! It will be a few weeks of amazing discoveries.  Know that you have prayers being sent out for you from So. California.  Love and Hugs!  (Danny’s parents)

Posted by: Karen Haleen on 5/23/2018 at 6:23 am

Good luck!  We will be watching your progress.

Posted by: Kristi and Jill Snow on 5/23/2018 at 5:27 am

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