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Denali Expedition: Hahn & Team Fly to Kahiltna Base Camp

June 23, 2016 - 9:39 P.M. PDT

First day in our new home…The Alaska Range. We enjoyed a final night in Talkeetna and another great breakfast at the Roadhouse, but then we hustled out to the airstrip. There was no “hurry up and wait” today, more like just plain hurry up. The weather was good and the pilots were ready to go. Stan and Randy each piloted a big and beautiful Otter on skis into the Southeast Fork of the Kahiltna Glacier and spit us and our gear out onto the snow…all before 10 A.M. We spent a calm day building camp and reviewing glacier travel techniques. We’d take breaks from time to time to sip water and stare at the giant mountain walls surrounding us. Cloud cover moved in to obscure those walls by our early bedtime. Our intention is to be up at midnight for an alpine start. During the flight in, we could see that the rumors have been spot on. The lower glacier is in excellent condition with very few open crevasses. Even so, we’ll go at it early when the surface has the best chance for being frozen solid.

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

On The Map

Sooo excited for you guys! What an awesome experience! Get after it Hannah and crew! Best wishes for some good weather. Happy climbing :)

Posted by: Kate Kimm on 6/25/2016 at 2:42 am

Schnautz!! We are rooting for you! Kick ass buddy. We hope the weather stays perfect for Yall. Can’t wait to hear all about it when you get back!!!

Posted by: Ash, Rick, and TDub Egan on 6/24/2016 at 7:19 pm


Denali Expedition: Hahn & Team Gather In Talkeetna

June 22, 2016 - 12:17 a.m. P.D.T.

The final RMI Expeditions Denali trip of 2016 is kicking off. The team assembled in Anchorage today, with a few reunions and a few introductions, and made the traditional pilgrimage to Talkeetna. Bill, our Denali Overland driver, got the van out of the Anchorage rush hour traffic and out onto the open road with big views of the Chugach foothills and the Talkeetna Mountains. After a last stop for provisions in Wasilla, we cruised on up to epic views of the Alaska Range itself just before pulling into Talkeetna. We settled our climbing gear at the airplane hangar and checked in to the venerable Talkeetna Motel. Some of the team ventured out to sample local beer and appetizers, some went straight to the mattresses after long days of prep and travel. We’ll dial down on pre-climb details tomorrow morning…Tonight it was unwind and get settled in the land of the midnight sun.

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

On The Map

Best of luck Team 8, everyone from Texas to Grand Cayman is cheering for y’all and we’ll be watching as you make your way to the top!  Safe climbing and enjoy the ride David Schnautz, love ya long time!

Posted by: Sondra Schnautz on 6/23/2016 at 7:29 pm

KirkMan - Proud of you Bro!  Miss you already!

Posted by: Charles Holliman on 6/23/2016 at 2:51 pm


Mt. Rainier: Teams Summit!

RMI Guides Dave Hahn and Ben Liken led their teams to the Mt. Rainier summit!  After some light now and 5 mph winds for the ascent, the weather has improved to blue skies and no wind as they topped out.  At 9:30 a.m. the teams began their descent back to Camp Muir.
Congratulations to today’s summit teams!


Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climb Teams Turned Back by Weather

The Four Day Summit Climb teams led by RMI Guides Dave Hahn and Ben Liken made their summit attempt this morning but turned back after reaching 12,500’ due to increased winds and cold temperatures.  The teams have returned to Camp Muir were they will have a short break before continuing to Paradise.

We look forward to seeing the teams at Rainier BaseCamp this afternoon.  Good work teams!

Congratulations to the team!  Climbing to 12,500 ft in those conditions is quite an accomplishment.  Thanks to the guides for keeping everyone safe.  We look forward to giving hugs and kisses to Team Medley.

Love you guys,

Lilly, Maddie and the moms

Posted by: Nancy Connolly on 6/9/2016 at 1:04 pm


Mt. Rainier: June 5th Summit!

The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guides Leon Davis and Ben Liken reached the summit of Mt. Rainier early this morning.  The team reported clear skies, a light breeze and comfortable climbing conditions.The team has started their descent and are en route back to Camp Muir.

Congratulations to today’s teams!

Congratulations to the team! Another victory for Amherst hockey! Glad everyone had a safe climb.

Posted by: Martha and Denis Moher on 6/5/2016 at 2:39 pm

Congratulations Boys!  What is the next challenge? 

Love,
The English Family


P.S.  Kevin, Grace and Glory say way to go!!!

Posted by: Kevin English on 6/5/2016 at 9:53 am


Mt. Rainier: Muir Seminar Summits!

RMI Guides Elias de Andres Martos and Ben Liken led the Expedition Skills Seminar - Muir to the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning. The teams reached the crater shortly before 8:00 a.m. Elias reported beautiful weather, a cloud deck at 7,500’, chilly temperatures, and a light breeze. The team will spend a little time on the summit before beginning their descent to Camp Muir. The Seminar will spend tonight at Camp Muir and descend back to Ashford tomorrow.

Congratulations to this week’s seminar team!

To the Zmolek men:

Have a safe and fun climb.  Love to you both.  Judy, Natasha and Desmond

Posted by: Judy Zmolek on 5/27/2016 at 3:49 pm

عيد ميلاد سعي Sandra

Posted by: Harab Mukabik on 5/27/2016 at 8:57 am


Mt Rainier: May 15th Update

The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guides Tyler Jones and Ben Liken reached the top of Disappointment Cleaver before winds and weather forced them to turn. Tyler reported several inches of fresh snow on the upper mountain. The team is back at Camp Muir and will be starting their descent to Paradise shortly.

Congratulations to today’s Team!


Mt. Rainier: September 19th Teams Reach 12,700’

The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guide Brent Okita and the Five Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guide Ben Liken were unable to reach the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning due to challenging route conditions. The teams called Camp Comfort at 12,700’ their high point. The teams will return to Ashford this afternoon.


Mt. Shuksan: Nugent and Team Settle In On the Sulphide Glacier

Hey! It’s Billy here checking in from the Sulphide Glacier on Mt. Shuksan where the most recent storm cycle actually left us with a nice coating of new snow. Things are exceptionally beautiful here right now but the fog’s kind of moving in and out. And our team has built camp and settled on in and we just enjoyed some dinner. And we’re gonna rack out and hit the hay pretty soon here to get us ready for a big day training tomorrow.

Weird stuff definitely today on the lower glacier. We actually saw multiple frogs on the glacier so the team hasn’t decided whether or not that’s a good omen or bad omen but we’re hoping that it’s a good one. And we’re hoping to get an awesome week of learning and climbing. So, that’s all for now. We’ll check in again tomorrow, and let you know how the day went.

RMI Guide Billy Nugent and Team


RMI Guide Billy Nugent checks in from the Sulphide Glacier on Mt. Shuksan.


Mt. Rainier: August 27th Summit!

Our Four Day Summit Climbs led by Nick Hunt and Ben Liken reached the top of Mt. Rainier this morning at around 7:06 am. RMI Guide Ben Liken reported sunny skies and light to moderate winds. The team will spend some time on the summit before starting their descent.

Congratulations to today’s teams!

That’s so great, awesome job team! What a beautiful day for a summit! Can’t wait to do the same some day! Any difficult sections or close calls?

Posted by: Eric Muñoz on 8/27/2015 at 11:15 pm

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