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Entries By anne gilbert chase

July 14, 2013

Four Day Summit Climb

Mt. Rainier: July 14th, 2013 Summit!

Tyler Reid and the Four Day Summit Climb called from the summit of Mt. Rainier around 7:30 this morning.  The team is enjoying the beautiful, cloudless day.  They plan on spending some time on the summit before descending to Camp Muir.

Congratulations to today’s team!

June 8, 2013

Four Day Summit Climb

Mt. Rainier: June 8, 2013 Summit!

The Four Day Summit Climb Team led by RMI Guide Jason Thompson reached the summit of Mt. Rainier at 6 a.m. this morning.  The team climbed above the clouds and experienced great route conditions.

Congratulations to today’s Team!

Photos by Jason Thompson, see more of Jason’s photography here.

the most amazing event i have ever experienced!

Posted by: eric u. on 6/24/2013 at 10:09 am

June 14, 2012

Four Day Summit Climb

Mt. Rainier: SUMMIT!


Our Four Day Summit Climb Teams led by Paul Maier and Mike Haugen made it to the summit of Mt. Rainier today.  The teams were able to spend a moment on top before heading downhill and are now en route to Camp Muir.

Congratulations to today’s teams!

In the words of Ryan Newton ” I’m so glad my dad got to climb all the way to the top of the mountain!”.  Great job we can’t wait to hear all about it!!

Posted by: Kelly Newton on 6/14/2012 at 2:44 pm

Stephanie and Brian Ciske - did you summit today?

Posted by: Jean Ciske on 6/14/2012 at 12:39 pm

June 5, 2012

Denali - West Buttress Expedition

MT. McKinley: Nugent & Team Arrive at Kahiltna Base Camp

Hey there, it’s, Billy calling just wanted to give you guys an update and let you know where the crew is. After our summit day we descended from 17 down to the 14 camp and ended up spending the night there. Then got an early this morning and made the march all the way to base camp.  Right now, everybody is sitting pretty at Kahiltna base. We have set up the tents.  It is kind of socked in and cloudy so we are just hoping for planes at some point tomorrow morning.  Forecast is kind of iffy so,we’ll see.  We may be sitting here for a couple of days.  But everyone is down safe and sound. So, will call and check in again one more time when we get back to town and off the mountain.

RMI Guide Billy Nugent

RMI Guide Billy Nugent checks in from Kahiltna Base Camp.

I want to congratulate you and your team on successfully summitting Mount McKinley.  No matter what hemisphere you are adventuring ... you seem to make it all the way to the top.  Congratulations!  What’s next?! 
Fred Klingbeil
Aconcaqua (January 2012)

Posted by: Fred Klingbeil on 6/6/2012 at 11:22 am

Hi- Bran and team..
U must have had been so thrilled when u reach the summit!! I know I was so thrilled and so was Dad, I think I txted and called everyone.. Now it time for u and the team to celebrate!!! Thanks Bill Nugent, u r a awesome Guide..
Love Mom & Dad

Posted by: beverly bailey on 6/5/2012 at 4:23 pm

June 3, 2012

Denali - West Buttress Expedition

Mt. McKinley: Nugent & Team Summit!

Hey this is Gilbert with the RMI May 15th expedition calling after a successful summit day here on Denali.  We are back safe and sound in our tents brewing up some water and dinner. We left around 10 am under clear skies and very little wind.  We had a great summit with eight clients and three guides.
Now we are back safe and sound.  We are going to re-hydrate and re-fuel and beat feat down to basecamp and hopefully fly out in the next 24 hours or so and be back in Talkeetna. 
So, that is all for now and we will keep in touch.

RMI Guide Gilbert Chase

RMI Guide Gilbert Chase checks in after a successful summit day on Denali.

Elizabeth and the Nugent team.

That’s just fantastic.  So happy to hear you got a weather window to summit.  Congratulations.

Posted by: james rozzelle, ann shepherd, Josie on 6/5/2012 at 10:38 am

Congrats Stuart!!! You did it! Can’t wait to hear al abut it.
Stay safe! Love Patti

Posted by: Patti Emmert on 6/4/2012 at 11:02 pm

May 27, 2012

Denali - West Buttress Expedition

Mt. McKinley: Nugent & Team Enjoy a Rest Day

A rest day! Yay! We did such amazing things as sleeping in, more turbo tanning, sport eating, walking out to the Edge of the World, more sport eating, fixed line practice, and packing for tomorrow’s carry up the fixed lines. Per the norm, the team is in good spirits but perhaps a bit anxious for tomorrow. The weather is supposed to be in and out for the extended forecast so we are planning to stick to our schedule until we are forced to wait.

Hoping for a great day tomorrow, once we get this cache in we will be on standby for good weather and hopefully pulling the trigger on our move to high camp and subsequent summit push…

RMI Guide Billy Nugent and friends

On The Map

Hello GRD from AOMS in Tucson Arizona. We are thinking of you and tracking your progress. Your almost to the top!!! WooHoo!!! Looking forward to the Summit pictures, stories and your safe return!
Enjoy every moment!!! :)

Posted by: Robin Alexander on 5/29/2012 at 9:22 am

Hi Donny.  We are so proud of you.  The whole family in St Louis is following your team’s progress.  Uncle Jim

Posted by: Jim on 5/29/2012 at 5:40 am

May 25, 2012

Denali - West Buttress Expedition

Mt. McKinley: Nugent & Team Back Carry

Today saw pretty much constant snow all day long. Fortunately, the winds have remained calm and our crew was able to back-carry today despite the precipitation and stay right on schedule. We are now sitting pretty at 14,200’ with all of our provisions and fuel. The weather is supposed to remain a little bit squirrelly through tomorrow which will coincide nicely with a well-deserved rest day. We spent most of the afternoon after the back-carry chilling in the posh and sport eating. Good times. The crew is in good spirits and pumped for the climbing ahead!

RMI Guide Billy Nugent

Hope your rest day was filled with sleep, laughs, and food. Stay well, think of you all the time and each step you take gets you closer and closer. Roger Hector sends his best and is so darn proud of YOU Elizabeth.As always hugs and love.  Mom &  Dad

Posted by: Maureen Bartron on 5/27/2012 at 9:34 am

just FYI for those at home—you know that these aren’t specifically photos from this trip or this team.  the guides only have sat phones, not an internet connection! 

these are just generic pictures of the sections they are currently on…

Posted by: Mchael on 5/27/2012 at 7:43 am

May 24, 2012

Denali - West Buttress Expedition

Mt. McKinley: Nugent & Team at 14K Camp

Well, we’ve made our move on up to camp at 14k on a scorching hot day with our second trip around (not-so) Windy Corner. We rolled in around 4:15 pm where Mike Walter and his crew were kind enough to leave us a great looking camp to move into.  This left us with significantly less work building walls and digging platforms, lucky us! Thanks Mike! Clouds have moved in this evening and it has started to snow a bit but we are already fed, settled in, and for the most part crashed out. It was a tough day especially with the heat but the gang persevered.

‘til tomorrow,

RMI Guide Billy Nugent

On The Map

January 25, 2012


Aconcagua Expedition: Team Returns to Mendoza

Hello again from team Aconcagua. Sorry it has been awhile but the last few days have been very busy on our end. Now that we are back in Mendoza sipping red wine and eating great beef we can fill you in on the mountain adventures.

Last Thursday, the 19th, we moved from our Camp 2 at 18,000’ to Camp Colera (meaning: anger) at 19,600’. It was a short move under beautifully clear skies, but we were tired nonetheless from the thin air. We set camp, ate dinner early, and prepared for the early start of our summit push.

The stoves were kicked on early at 3 am to start the long process of boiling water for breakfast at altitude (I believe we are picking up a theme: the length of time it takes to do anything at high altitude is very, very long). We had a beautiful, warm, calm morning for the culmination of our goal. The moon was a sliver, but showing at the bottom, like a saucer, rather than the side as we usually see it in the northern hemisphere. At 5 am, bags were packed with food, water, and extra clothes and storm gear for our day. Crampons were on our feet, and we began the ascent from camp under the light of headlamps, wearing our parkas.

There were many groups headed for the summit with us since the weather was supposed to get worse the following day and for several days after. Many groups, like us, had moved their schedule up in order to take advantage of the end of our weather window. The climb travels many switchbacks up a series of benches to our second break at the Independencia Hut, elevation: 21,000 ft. As we reached it, streams of headlamps from fellow climbers stretched below us. Taking a break here, we refueled our bodies with hot cocoa and alfajors, an Argentine treat. As the horizon began to show signs of light, we started the long traverse to the base of the Canaleta, which is a large snow couloir that takes you to the summit.  Despite the thin air and tired legs, the team was feeling strong as we climbed the last couple of hours and last 1,000 ft to the summit.  It was 1:40pm as the last of our boots stepped onto the top of the tallest mountain in the western hemisphere. We celebrated together with hugs and cheers and relished in the moment for what we had just accomplished.  Although we could have stayed on top for hours, the clouds and snow were rolling in and forcing us to start the long descent back to our camp and our sleeping bags.

We arrived back at camp at 4:30pm, just as the wind was starting to pick up and our bodies were starting to fully tire. Everyone quickly jumped into their sleeping bags and enjoyed an evening of ramen noodles and an early bedtime. The next morning we woke with sore legs and headaches from dehydration, but everyone was ready for another long descent back to base camp. We broke down camp and at 11am we headed back to Camp 2 and eventually Camp 1 to pick up both personal and group gear that we had cached days before. This is the worst part of any expedition, since our packs get heavier with each previous camp we visit. As we left camp 1 to make the last push down to base camp, our packs were weighing upwards of 25 kilos. We walked into base camp at 4:45pm with huge smiles on our faces and were greeted with tang and fresh fruit from the Grajales crew. As we chatted and laughed about where we had just been the previous day, we realized that the hardest and most dangerous part of our trip was over and we had all made it down safely.  We feasted on steak and papas fritas that night and toasted to our 14 days on the mountain. We slept well that night with full bellies and happy hearts, resting up for the 21 mile walk out of the valley and back to the entrance of the provincial park.

Fourteen days doesn’t seem like that long a time, but Sunday we realized how deprived of color we had been, as we walked past brilliant green and yellow clumps of flowers descending the Relinchos valley towards home. Our packs were light and birds were singing nearby, making our steps light and quick. As the day wore on however, our steps slowed as the 15 miles we had to walk that day ticked past. An exciting river crossing of the Vacas river found many of the group in their skiveys, wading through thigh deep glacial waters. The late afternoon temps made the cool water dip welcome however. The last few miles were a long affair, but we arrived in camp to the smell of the arrearos cooking us a feast of an asada. One pound of slow cooked steak per person, tomato salad, fresh baked bread, and local malbec wine sent everyone to bed with full stomachs and a beautiful, uninterrupted view of the stars. Most chose to sleep outside of the tents, for views of the southern cross, and beyond!

Six miles of walking the next morning brought us to Punta de Vacas and the end of our walking! Everyone piled into the van for a tired drive to Mendoza. Showers, and shaves brought everyone back to life, and Monday night the group enjoyed a celebratory dinner at the “patio,” a local parilla (Brazilian style steak house but Argentinian!). The group dreamed up a wonderful way to commemorate the climb: a locally published coffee table book of Aconcagua that each signed to everyone else, so that we’ll remember the faces, friendships, experiences, and stories that we have grown over the last three weeks.

The guides
would like to thank an incredible team of climbers for their dedication, strength, perseverance, and laughter. Gabi’s 25th was a special one. And further, the team would like to thank everyone for their notes, thoughts, and positive vibes while we were headed to the highest point in the western hemisphere!

Goodnight and good luck,
The RMI Aconcagua Crew

Way to go Wally Glover and the rest of the team!
Dan in Indy.

Posted by: Dan Meno on 1/27/2012 at 3:31 pm

Can’t wait to hear all about this adventure Tom. From all accounts (including the bloggers reporting) you had a wonderful time and share an experience only a limited few understand. What a memory! Safe journey home tommorow and Saturday.
Love Mom and Dad

Posted by: Daisy on 1/26/2012 at 1:51 pm

January 13, 2012


Aconcagua Expedition: Resting at Base Camp

Hey all,

This is the Aconcagua crew checking in from Base Camp. It’s been a beautiful rest day here with crystal blue skies most of the morning. It was a great day to sit outside, enjoy the sun, and visit with other teams here. Several folks were even warm enough to take showers via nalgene bottles.

It hasn’t been all play though, as each team member had to sort through gear and decide what is going to make the move with us and what will stay here at base camp. It’s an important task, since from here on out, every extra thing we bring adds weight to our packs. We will enjoy a last gourmet dinner from our outfitter, Grajales, before our big move to Camp 1 tomorrow. As I write, clouds are building, and it looks like we may get a touch of snow to brighten the landscape tonight.

All the best, and we’ll check in from 16,000’ tomorrow!


RMI Guides Pete, Gabi, Gilbert, and team

On The Map

Hi Jeff & team,  I look forward to reading the blog everyday, sounds all good from here. I’ll bet you are getting to know one another & know who you’re on the mtn w/keep the postive feedback coming.  I hope you are sleeping well,I could just picture you taking a shower from you water bottle.  Love always, take care mum

Posted by: Norene Kimes on 1/15/2012 at 12:25 pm

Hang in there, be safe and have fun!

Posted by: Holly Seaton on 1/14/2012 at 8:01 pm

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