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Denali Expedition: Haugen & Team Land In Talkeetna

We are off the mountain! After a 4 am start and a nearly ten mile slog with heavy packs and sleds, we made it to the base camp airstrip with beautiful flying weather. We waited for a short time before the first of the planes came to shuttle us to Talkeetna and civilization. When we arrived in Talkeetna to dark clouds and rain, but we were all just excited to get a hot shower and food that did not need to be rehydrated. We want to thank all of our team members for their incredible attitudes and hard work that this trip successful. Also, thank you to all of our friends and family for your support. Your blog comments kept us entertained as well as focused on the task at hand!

RMI Guide Mike Haugen

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Denali Expedition: Haugen & Team Progressing Well Down Hill

July 1, 2017 12:51 a.m. PST

We awoke to wind and snow this morning at our 17,000 ft camp. This did not phase our crew after our successful summit day yesterday. All we wanted to do is head down to warmer, thicker air. We made it all the way down to our old 11,000 ft camp, where we decided to set up tents and nap a bit. This puts us within striking distance of the airstrip at basecamp. We will have to get on the trail around 3:00 or 4:00 to make sure that the lower glacier is still frozen while we make our way to basecamp. We want those crevasse bridges as strong as possible! Wish us good flying weather for tomorrow!

RMI Guide Mike Haugen

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The pictures are amazing !incredible feat!
Safe home!

Posted by: Kevin Murray on 7/2/2017 at 5:04 am


Denali Expedition: Haugen & Team Back to High Camp After Summit

June 30, 2017 2:13 am PST

After a thirteen-hour summit day, the crew is back at high camp safe and sound. The conditions were variable all day from sunny and calm to windy and snowing. We had to break trail both to and from Denali Pass. I am proud of the whole crew and the effort that they put in for a successful summit day!

RMI Guide Mike Haugen

P.S. Gloria says Happy Birthday to her dad!

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Congratulations Mike and team for a successful summit!!!  It must feet amazing!  Glad you made it back safely to High Camp.  Praying for a continued safe trip down and some much needed rest!  God Bless.

Posted by: Vicki Brown on 7/1/2017 at 6:01 am

my heart is beating for you all. Glo’s mom

Posted by: michelle on 6/30/2017 at 10:18 pm


Denali Expedition: Haugen & Team Summit!

This is RMI Team 6, standing on the summit of Denali at 6:10 p.m.. A little bit of a cloud, not much wind.  Everybody is super happy and super healthy, we are looking forward to a good descent. Thank you everybody for your support.

RMI Guide Mike Haugen


RMI Guide Mike Haugen calls from the summit of Denali, Alaska.

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Congrats Glo Roe and Team 6! Safe steps on the way back down!

Posted by: Kyle Parsons on 7/1/2017 at 3:01 am

Congrats Julian & team!  SO excited for you all!!!  Well done!  :)

Posted by: Cheryl on 6/30/2017 at 3:11 pm


Denali Expedition: Haugen & Team Practice Patience at 17,000’ Camp

June 28, 2017 9:41 pm PST
Today our team practiced arguably the most important skill in all of mountaineering: patience. After a blustery, snowy night up here at 17K, the mountain finally came out this morning, but the upper reaches were cloaked in spindrift, lenticular clouds, and all the hallmarks of high wind. So, we decided to opt for a rest day at high camp to wait for the weather to clear up. The signs are looking more promising for tomorrow, and we’re all hoping Denali will give us a shot. Keep your fingers crossed for us for clear skies in the morning!

Hugs from 17,000’,
RMI Guide Mike Haugen

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Excited for you Glo Roe! Can’t wait to hear all about it!
Love you!
Aunt Linda

Posted by: Linda Mills on 6/29/2017 at 9:51 pm

From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

Posted by: charles valentine on 6/29/2017 at 6:31 pm


Denali Expedition: Haugen & Team Move to 17,000’ Ready for Summit Bid

June 27, 2017
We are in position for a summit day. We made our move from camp at 14,000’ to our camp at 17,000’. The crew did a great job ascending the fixed lines and climbing the spectacular ridge past Washburn’s Thumb, a huge chunk of rock that towers above the route. It was a little windy on the ridge, but it is hard to complain about wind on a huge mountain like Denali.
We made a fortified camp before the clouds came up and gave us some wind and snow. The sun is starting to peak through and we are hoping for good weather tomorrow so we can get a shot at the summit!

RMI Guide Mike Haugen

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Go Glo and team! You are all marvelous!

Posted by: michelle on 6/28/2017 at 10:33 pm

Julian & team!  Thinking of you and wishing you all the best in your upcoming shot at the summit!  Praying for strength, safety, calm winds, low precip, high viz, and smiles all around! 

ch

Posted by: Cheryl on 6/28/2017 at 12:21 pm


Denali Expedition: Haugen & Team Take Well Deserved Rest

June 26, 2017
Today was a well deserved rest day! Yesterday was quite the endeavor and I think everyone was happy to not have an alarm clock to answer to. We stayed cozied in our sleeping bags until the sun hit our tents and the warmth beckoned us out around 9:45 am. Emerging from our tents we wet straight into a leisurely Quesadilla breakfast, a special request by Pepper Dee, who turned 26 today! Later in the day we took a walk to the Edge of the World and everyone got to strike a pose while peering out over the vast expanse of glaciers and mountain peaks. I may be bias but I think the best picture involved a blow up couch that the birthday boy had hauled up all the way from base camp! We finished the day off with a quick dinner and chat about plans for tomorrow. If the weather cooperates we will be headed to 17,000’ camp in order to be in position for our summit bid! Yeehaw!

Good night from 14!
RMI Guide Mike Haugen

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Julian… AMAZING!!!
Nice work pulling it up to 17K on the big wall and fixed lines.
The photo back down at The Edge in 14 camp is spectacular. Happy that you and your team that have amazing weather. Saturday looks like it might dump metres of snow again, but then you’ll be back in the clear. Best of luck!!! Stay safe.
Stephen

Posted by: Stephen Wright on 6/28/2017 at 11:03 am

What kind of pose did you strike Gloria!

Posted by: Michelle Weekly on 6/28/2017 at 1:11 am


Denali Expedition: Haugen & Team at 14,000’ Ready to Move to High Camp

June 25, 2017
We must be doing something right to deserve this many days in a row with good weather! The team had a great day working our way up to cache gear, food, and fuel at 17,000 ft Camp. The ridge that leads up to high camp provides some incredible climbing and amazing views.  A few of our climbers commented that it was the best climbing that they have ever done. The team did so great that we earned a rest day tomorrow before we position ourselves up at high camp the day after. Superstitiously, we all agreed not to take a shower as long as this good weather holds. This shouldn’t be too tough to abide by as the nearest shower is a weeks walk away!

RMI Guide Mike Haugen

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Way to go, Jeff!!! 


We are loving tracking your progress.

Posted by: T + A on 6/27/2017 at 5:58 am

We are keeping our fingers crossed that the weather holds for you to reach the summit. Lots and lots of luck and love! Dad and Mum

Posted by: Liz Bannister on 6/26/2017 at 10:39 pm


Denali Expedition: Haugen & Team Rest Day at 14K Camp

June 24, 2017 10:36 pm PST

And today we rested. After our big move day yesterday we felt we deserved a day of kicking back and recovering. We made a point of emerging from our tents no earlier than 10 am and got the day started out right by consuming a mountain of pancakes. Kudos to Caleb for consuming the largest pancake of the morning! By 1 pm we were wrapping up the pancake party and as you may imagine, that long of a breakfast can really take it out of you .... So we rested a bit more. Once we felt we had properly digested we reviewed fixed line travel and running belays in preparation for our carry tomorrow. After practice for a few hours it was nearly time for dinner! Funny how time flies on a rest day. We had an early dinner of gourmet Ramen and before the sun could go down on us and give way to the chill of 14 Camp we headed to bed. Tomorrow we have our first go at the fixed lines!

Goodnight from 14!
Hasta Manana

RMI Guide Mike Haugen

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Mother Nature has been on your side.  Good luck Marc, Tucker and team.  Brenda

Posted by: Brenda on 6/29/2017 at 8:36 am


Denali Expedition: Haugen & Team Move to 14K Camp

June 23, 2017 10:30 pm PST

Greetings from 14 Camp on Denali!

Our team took advantage of stable weather and strong legs today to retrace our steps back up to 14,200 feet, this time with tents and sleeping bags in tow. We were excited to ascend the steeps of Motorcycle Hill and Squirrel Hill for the last time, and lucky for us, windy corner proved not so windy after all.

The rest of the day was devoted to digging in our new camp, which is looking dialed and styled. The team is looking forward to having some time to relax and adjust to the new altitude tomorrow, with a non-zero chance of Horiskey-style blueberry pancakes.

Ciao,
RMI Guide Mike Haugen

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Congratulations on your achievement, thus far.  The last photo was stunning beyond words. Mother Nature has been good to you.  Bon chance!  Brenda

Posted by: Brenda on 6/24/2017 at 8:38 am

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