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Entries By abby westling


Mt. Rainier: Haugen, Halliday & Four Day Climb Teams on Summit!

RMI Guide Mike Haugen reported sunshine, great weather and a light 5 mph breeze as his team was on the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning. The Four Day Climb July 25 - 28, 2021 led by Mike Haugen and Alex Halliday were descending from the crater rim at 7 am.

Congratulations to today's climbers!

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Looks like it was one of the best weather days possible. One of the best ever photos too from the summit.
I have a cousin who lives in Kent. Have never visited. Too old to climb but would enjoy visiting Paradise for the exhilarating views. So far have been traveling there vicariously, a regular visitor to the webcam site. Amazing snowfall !!
Congrats on your success to the top.  J.B.

Posted by: JOHN BUCKETT on 7/29/2021 at 6:37 am


Glacier Peak: Bealer & Team Summit!

The RMI Glacier Peak Climb, led by James Bealer, started at the trailhead on July 5th in high spirits. They hiked through beautiful old growth forest and crossed cold glacial streams.  As the team gained altitude, they could see more and more peaks all around them.  Finally they reached the top of White Pass and made camp for the night. 

Today, July 7th, the team was on the summit!  They plan to move their camp back down the mountain a bit today and hike out tomorrow.

Congratulations team!

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Mt. Rainier: Kautz Seminar Turns Due to Route Conditions

The Expedition Skills Seminar on the Kautz Glacier has been training on the mountain all week in warm temperatures.  This morning was their summit attempt.  Due to a significant amount of icefall on the route, the team had to abort their summit bid.  The team is safely working their way back to camp and are descending from the mountain today.

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Did the Wilson still go, or did you have to go up the fan?

Posted by: Joe on 7/1/2021 at 5:24 pm

Good effort to the team! Any comment on where the icefall was and where they decided to turnaround?

Posted by: Shawn Rezendes on 7/1/2021 at 9:43 am


Mt. Rainier: Hoch & Four Day Climb Reaches Summit

Blue skies and sunshine were enjoyed by the Four Day Climb June 21 - 24 led by RMI Guide Joe Hoch.  The team reached the summit of Mt. Rainier around 5:30 am today with good route conditions.  Climbing time from Camp Muir to the summit is currently taking a little over five hours.  The team is working their way back to Camp Muir and will continue their descent to Paradise later this afternoon.

Congratulations to today's climbers!

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What an amazing team with fantastic guides! Thank you to everyone that braved the heat to make our dream a reality. I will never forget you guys!

Posted by: Ruth on 6/24/2021 at 10:56 pm

So very proud of you!  Congratulations!! ❤️❤️

Posted by: Jackie Brumage on 6/24/2021 at 11:52 am


Denali Expedition: King & Team Reach Summit with All Team Members

Update: Friday, June 11, 2021 - 9:47 pm PT

We woke to a clear and "warm" by 17K Camp standards morning and decided to get out in front of the inevitable hoard of climbers that would be attempting the summit today. With cold hands and toes warming up by the time we got to Denali Pass we kept breaking trail in spots and resting on what was the warmest and windless summit day I’ve been a part of. Some of the group had just a base layer and light weight gloves on at 19,500'. Everyone in the group, 9 climbers and 3 guides stood on top of the tallest peak in North America. We got some good views of the surrounding glacier and mountains. We even had 2 returning climbers who got turned around 2 years ago due to bad weather. Your loved ones will have all sorts of stories to share, know that they are safe in camp and taking care of themselves after an arduous 14-hour day. We will plan to descend to 14K Camp tomorrow and perhaps lower if the weather cooperates. While the objective we all set out 2 weeks ago has been accomplished, we still have a lot of terrain to navigate so we can get to the airstrip for flights on Sunday or Monday (weather permitting). Thanks for following along!

RMI Guide Mike King

Friday, June 11, 2021 - 4:00 pm PT

We received word this afternoon from RMI Guide Mike King that his team was on the summit of Denali with 100% of their team members.  We wish them a safe descent and a hearty congratulations for all their hardwork!

Way to go team!

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Congratulations to all!  Way to go, Huw!

Posted by: Traci Gentry on 6/14/2021 at 11:05 am

Mike King, Alex Halliday, Abby Westling
Thanks for getting your team and our son safely back to sea level, we enjoyed the daily Blog and was excited to hear that all the team members reach the summit safely, Thanks again.
Mom and Dad Fortier

Posted by: Robert Fortier on 6/13/2021 at 6:22 pm


Denali Expedition: Schmitt & Team Move Gear above Camp

Thursday, June 10, 2021 - 4:56 pm PT

Today was not a super nice day, but it was nice enough! We cached additional food and supplies at 13,500 and felt great. This puts us in position to move to 14,000' Camp when we are ready and weather allows. It looks like the weather should be decent tomorrow before the next round of storms come in. Stay tuned to follow our progress tomorrow!!

RMI Guide JT Schmitt and team

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Nick, you’ve always been an inspiration and role model, which is why I want to tell you that I will be taking my talents to Alabama. Roll Tide.

Posted by: Kool-Aid Mckinstry on 6/12/2021 at 4:02 am


Denali Expedition: King & Team Take a Rest Day at 17,000ft Camp

Thursday, June 10, 2021 - 4:48 pm PT

We finally got turned in around 11 pm last night after building camp and getting some food and water in us. The night was calm and cold. The weather pattern is supposed to be breaking up through the day so if we get some visibility and lighter winds above we’ll try for the summit tomorrow. The Team is doing well and getting a little anxious about whether the conditions will cooperate. We built some wind walls out of snow as our activity today. Some light snow and solar on the tents allow us to focus on hydration, food and keeping our gear dry so that we are ready to launch in the morning....if the weather and mountain allows. That’s all from 17 Camp.

RMI Guide Mike King

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Hey Tom! I am with you every step of the way!!! Sending prayers for Strong Climbing!!

Posted by: Dave Kestel on 6/12/2021 at 2:41 am

So excited camp that y’all secured high camp! We cannot wait for updates over the next couple days. Thinking of you all, cheering you on, and crossing our fingers for clear weather for your summit bid. Keep on keeping on! Yeehaw! (Love you, Abbs!)

Posted by: Rae on 6/11/2021 at 9:45 am


Denali Expedition: King & Team Move to 17,200ft Camp

Wednesday, June 9, 2021 - 10:42 pm PT

The weather forecast has been calling for a tapering of the wind and clouds above 17,200’ beginning late Thursday. After being camp and tent bound for almost a week we decided to move camp. The weather was warm, cloudy, windy, hot and cold all over the 7ish hours it took us to move. There was some uphill and downhill traffic that we dealt with. The climbing on the West Buttress is by far the highlight so far. With expansive views of the Peter’s glacier and the black rock of the North Summit the team kept their heads down and did the hard work. We are safe in camp working on dinner and drinking water. A rest day is likely tomorrow as Friday seems to be the day for a summit attempt. Thanks for following along.

RMI Guide Mike King

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Awesome job you guys!

Posted by: Roger Rood on 6/11/2021 at 9:37 am

Very glad for all that you were able to make the change of camps as you prepare for your climb to the summit. Praying for good weather and a beautiful day. Congratulations to Rob

Posted by: Tío Kleberg on 6/10/2021 at 7:38 pm


Denali Expedition: King & Team Take Weather Day at 14,000 Camp

Tuesday, June 8, 2021 - 2:52 pm PT

The weather front that was forecasted finally arrived in camp last night. While the winds and snow were light the weather above 14,000' Camp looked foreboding. We are planning on a move to 17,000' camp on Thursday unless the weather breaks in the morning. With the last push up in sight the team is busy playing cards, engaged in spirited debates on various issues and enjoying walking around camp meeting other climbers.

Mike Fortier would like to wish his wife a happy birthday!

RMI Guide Mike King

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Hoping for clear weather, and continued high vibes for the crew! So stinking proud of y’all. Love you, so big, Abby!

-Rae

Posted by: Rae on 6/9/2021 at 7:00 am

Sabom, 94 degrees and 91% humidity in SoTex. The Mosquitos in the OP are healthy and active. Cars are selling like candy bars. Steady as she goes, my friend!  See you soon!
TS

Posted by: Thomas Stephens on 6/9/2021 at 5:37 am


Denali Expedition: King & Team R&R at 14,200’

Monday, June 7, 2021 - 2:31 pm PT

We got some more snow last night and woke again to calm and clear weather. After yesterday’s trip up the fixed lines we figured another night at Denali's 14K Camp would help people acclimate and sleep better before moving to high camp at 17,200’. We are expecting a low pressure weather system to roll in this evening. If it does then we will likely be at 14 for a few more days. If it doesn’t appear then we will likely move up to high camp tomorrow. Time and weather will tell. Until then, warm tents and some card games will keep us occupied. The team is healthy and happy but looking forward to moving up. Thanks for following along.

RMI Guide Mike King

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Sounds like a great vacation to me at 14k! Thanks for the updates Mike. Good luck and good weather ahead to all!

Posted by: Darcy Murnaghan on 6/8/2021 at 2:06 pm

Not exactly my idea of R&R conditions, but it sounds like from Mike that the weather is primo for your climb.  Getting excited about the summit!  Best to Rob and team.
Tita and Artie

Posted by: Martha Sabom on 6/8/2021 at 12:41 pm

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