June 22, 2014
June 22, 2014 - 8:16 pm PT
It seems bizarre to have been in deep winter this morning at 14K Camp, waiting on the snow to stop, and now in summery Talkeetna. But here we are. The snow did let up enough for us to load up some BIG packs and make our way down the mountain. We descended under a beautiful crescent moon until the typical storm conditions at 11K Camp abated and we were able to trade the GPS for some sunscreen. The lower glacier was in fine condition and the team put in another solid effort, putting us at the runway ten minutes before our first plane landed. The journey today was tough, but all were up for the challenge and now are enjoying that first shower in civilization before a meal prepared on something other than a MSR stove. It’s good to be back.
Thanks to a fantastic team for an amazing expedition and everyone back home who helped make it happen. We were lucky enough to get to see the view from up top and all the hard work paid off. Nice job everyone.
Congratulations Jared!!!! Such a huge accomplishment. We look forward to hearing all about it when you get back.
The Data Systems Team
Posted by: Trina Roskelley on 6/24/2014 at 10:40 am
Well Done Team!!! Congratulations !~! Rosemary
Posted by: Rosemary on 6/23/2014 at 12:44 pm
June 22, 2014
June 22, 2014 - 2:46 am PT
What a great day in the mountains yesterday! I’d reckon we had one of the nicest summit opportunities of the season and it was a real treat to be in position to make the most of it. We topped out on Denali with spectacular views in all directions and made it back to camp with as close to a solstice as you can get. The sun was still in the sky for an amazing sunset as we pulled into camp after a job well and safely done. Nice work everyone!
This morning weather rolled in from many directions and we chose to stall a bit before heading down the Buttress. The blowing snow let up a little in the afternoon and we made the most if it, getting down to 14K Camp and having dinner before some shut eye. Tomorrow we will keep the momentum rolling downhill if the weather allows and get just a little closer to coming home.
On The Map
Chris, Can’t wait to hear about your journey. Safe travel to you and the team. Love mom and dad
Posted by: Elizabeth Koerner on 6/22/2014 at 7:04 pm
We are so happy for you all. So great! Can’t wait to hear the stories. Be safe going down and we hope the weather holds out for you.
Posted by: Kathie on 6/22/2014 at 5:56 pm
June 21, 2014
June 20, 2014 - 10:16 pm PT
Hello, this is Jake calling from the summit of Denali with our crew. Everyone did a wonderful job today and I’m super proud of how everyone kept it together. We had a little flurry of conditions in the morning and then had just about the most beautiful day you could imagine on top. Thanks to everybody back home for the support. And now we are gonna get down to the business of getting down, so we will call when we get back to camp and look forward to seeing everybody soon, alright. Bye.
June 21, 2014 - 2:54 am PT
Hello, this is Leon, Katie and Jake just calling in to let everybody know that most of us are asleep back at camp. The rest of us who are not will be shortly. A beautiful climb and we will touch base on our way out of here. Good night.
RMI Guide Jake Beren calling in from the Mt. McKinley summit!
RMI Guide Jake Beren calls in from high camp after successful Mt. McKinley summit.
On The Map
HURRAY, George!! BRAVO - what a celebration - You are a GREAT GUY !!! LOVE YA !~~~ R ‘n L
Posted by: Rosemary and Larry on 6/23/2014 at 12:42 pm
Posted by: James on 6/23/2014 at 6:19 am
June 20, 2014
June 19, 2014 - 8:43 pm PT
Hello, this is Leon, Katie and Jake up at 17K Camp. We moved today up the Buttress. We dealt with a little wind and a little bit of snow, but the team did super well. We’re all buttoned up tight hoping to go for it tomorrow if the weather allows. That’s all from 17K, we will be checking in tomorrow.
Jake Beren calling in from Mt. McKinley's 17K Camp.
On The Map
Are you there yet? So exited to see Team Tyler on top of the world. Fingers and toes crossed that team Beren is right behind them.
Posted by: Meg Scata on 6/21/2014 at 6:48 am
Chris…GO GO GO!!!!! Thrilled for the smooth journey you are on. May it continue. Prayers for safety and success!!!
Posted by: Branch on 6/21/2014 at 5:50 am
June 18, 2014
June 18, 2014 - 3:42pm PT
Hello again from 14k camp! Today we are taking a well-earned break to recharge both ourselves and our electronics before hopefully heading uphill tomorrow. Yesterday we took a quick trip up to the top of the fixed lines to work the kinks out of our systems and get in some acclimatization. The crew was treated to their first views of Mt. Hunter and Mt. Foraker poking out through the clouds, and everyone performed admirably on both the ascent and descent of the fixed lines.
Looking forward, we have a tentatively favorable forecast for the next few days. We hope to make a push uphill tomorrow pending the weather, but in the meantime, we are doing our best today to rest and eat lots of food in preparation for the work ahead!
RMI Guide Katie Bono & Team
It all sounds good. Back here the mosquitoes are gone—drowned by the record breaking rainfalls. Good luck, have fun—you’re all amazing!
Posted by: Kathie on 6/20/2014 at 8:04 am
Chris, Hope all is well and the weather stays clear for you and the team to move up the mountain. Praying for a safe journey for all. We are so excited for you. Love mom
Posted by: elizabeth koerner on 6/19/2014 at 11:24 am
June 17, 2014
June 16, 2014 11:31pm PT
Happy Monday from all us sinners up here at 14 Camp! Today we rested and trained for our foray up the fixed lines. After a bit of afternoon rest we then spent some time fortifying camp. It’s been great up here so far and we are lucky to be surrounded by the other RMI teams. Everyone had been super hospitable and helpful getting settled in. If the weather allows, we will try a mission to the top of the fixed lines. If not, a day of rest sure wouldn’t hurt.
That’s all from 14!
RMI Guide Jake Beren & Team
George and Team - it is amazing what you guys are doing. We are all pulling for you! Wishing you strength and good weather - Bergmann’s Heil! JE
Posted by: JE on 6/18/2014 at 5:55 am
14 sounds like a good number! Looks like you are all in good company and the weather might be turning in your favor. We are all watching for the moment you are standing at the top!
Safe travels to Dawn and team!
love mommeg and all from CT
Posted by: Meg Scata on 6/17/2014 at 9:03 pm
June 16, 2014
June 15, 2014 - 11:57 pm PT
We celebrated Father’s Day on Mt. McKinley with a move from 11 Camp to 14 Camp. The team did a super solid job getting up here with enough gas to build a good camp just before the weather came in. It sure feels good to be in position to move a bit higher after a day of rest and training tomorrow. Now it’s off to bed to enjoy a good night’s rest after a big day in the mountains.
Thanks to all the Poppas out there, we love you.
On The Map
Chris, we are so happy you made it to the next height. We hope that the weather will behave itself and you can move forward. Stay safe and warm! Love mom & dad
Posted by: Elizabeth Koerner on 6/17/2014 at 6:19 am
Back in the Lower 48. Thinking of you all… Glad you’re doing well! We went fishing and kayaking in Glacier Bay and sightseeing in Denali Park. We’re rooting for you all… Stay strong, be safe, and have an absolute blast!
Craig & Eric
Posted by: Eric on 6/16/2014 at 10:19 pm
June 15, 2014
June 14, 2014 - 11:34 pm PT
Today our team enjoyed a well earned rest day here at 11 Camp. Over a leisurely breakfast we took some time and shared the blog responses. Everyone loved hearing from friends and family back home, thanks for the love everyone!
After breakfast we got down to the real business, napping and building an awesome snowman. All in all a productive day in the mountains. Tomorrow if the weather holds we’ll try and move to 14 Camp.
George would like to wish Elaine a Happy Birthday and Jessica a big congrats on her graduation. The team thanks them for letting us have him today.
“Hi umma, sarangtie, muattelatte.”
On The Map
Jake, Leon, Dawn and Jared. Wish I was with the Raconcagua team. I miss those bagel, cream cheese and bacon breakfast sandwiches. Climb strong and good luck! Miss you guys. ,MAV
Posted by: MAV on 6/16/2014 at 9:00 am
Hey Jorge !! I’m pulling for you. Climb hard and be even harder.
Stay calm and Albariño on. Looking forward to hearing all the stories someday.
Posted by: Dan Singhisen on 6/16/2014 at 8:03 am
June 14, 2014
June 14, 2014 - 10:37 am PT
Despite a marginal forecast, we awoke to perfectly workable conditions. Packing up our cacheables, we busted moves up the hills Motorcycle and Squirrel to get to the Polo Fields. There it began to snow lightly but never got too bad and we were able to make it all the way to Mt. McKinley’s 14K Camp in great style.
At 14K, we ran into our friends on the other RMI teams and always great to see some friendly faces in such a wild zone. Tomorrow we plan to rest up and move as soon as the weather allows.
Dawn, good job! Proud of you and team!
Posted by: hye on 6/15/2014 at 12:00 pm
Oops the view!
Posted by: Heidi on 6/15/2014 at 9:32 am
June 13, 2014 12:18am PT
After a good night’s rest the team hit the trail again, heading back to 9,700’ feet to retrieve our cache. The weather was great and everyone enjoyed the cool temps and beautiful scenery. It was a great day to stretch the legs.
Back at camp we rested a bit and then reviewed some basic techniques required for life on the upper mountain. Now reacquainted with our emergency ice axe skills and proficient cramponing, we are prepared to carry toward 14,000’ Camp if the weather allows.
Now it’s off to bed to be ready for a big day tomorrow if we can catch a break on the weather.
RMI Guide Jake Beren & Team
On The Map
Happy Birthday Edd
Posted by: christine beach on 6/14/2014 at 10:02 am
Hey Jared and team, Keep up the good work! Watching you everyday on the blog-Stay strong and Im praying for great weather. We all Love you Mom and Dad :)
Posted by: Donna Schulz on 6/13/2014 at 10:14 pm