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Mt. Shuksan: Nugent & Team Summit!

Posted by: Billy Nugent | August 26, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *North Cascades
Elevation: 9,127'

Update - August 26th 5:35 pm

Just checking in from camp! All our safe and sound after our successful summit of Mt. Shuksan earlier today.

Original Dispatch

Hey everybody! It is Billy checking in here from the summit of Mt. Shuksan with 100 percent of our crew. We all styled our way up the Central Gully. And yeah, we’re enjoying a nice sunny day on top, a little bit of smoke in the air but not too bad, a little bit of breeze but again not too bad. We’ll check in once more when we get back into camp safe and sound. So that’s all for now. Whelp, see ya.

RMI Guide Billy Nugent

The view of Mt. Baker from the summit of Mt. Shuksan in the North Cascades. Photo: Solveig Waterfall



Mt. Shuksan: Nugent & Team Ready for Summit Bid

Posted by: Billy Nugent | August 25, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *North Cascades

Hi all,

Checking in after a great day of anchor and crevasse rescue training out here on the Sulphide Glacier. Our team enjoyed gorgeous views and perfect warm, sunny weather as we continued moving through our Expedition Seminar curriculum. We knocked off around 5:00 this evening and sat for a quick summit briefing in preparation for tomorrow’s summit climb… If all goes well we’ll be checking in tomorrow from Shuksan’s beautiful summit.

Hasta mañana!

RMI Guide Billy Nugent

High Camp on Mt. Shuksan, North Cascades. Photo: Solveig Waterfall
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Good luck on your climb and training looking forward to climbing and training with RMI in the next year or two.  Currently working on physical conditioning now.

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Posted by: Kevin Stone on 8/26/2015 at 1:12 pm


Shuksan Seminar: Nugent & Team Check In from Their First Camp

Posted by: Billy Nugent | August 23, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *North Cascades

Hey, it’s Billy here checking in on the expedition seminar here on the Sulphide Glacier on Mount Shuksan. Our team hiked up from the trail head today all the way up to the base of the glacier and put in a camp on a very, very dry Mount Shuksan. We actually camped a little higher than we normally would because the lower glacier is down to bare ice and it’s impossible to dig tents platforms. We are still within our permitted zone so all is good with the National Park Service. We are hanging out, chewing on food and relaxing after a long day of hard work. I will check in tomorrow after a day of training, and let you guys know how it went. So long for now.

RMI Guide Billy Nugent


RMI Guide Billy Nugent calls in from the Mount Shuksan seminar.

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So great to hear you all are making it up the mountain! Praying for a safe climb that continues to be fun and rejuvenating. Shoutout to my friend Jeremy -… read more

Posted by: Sara on 8/24/2015 at 6:48 am


Mt. Rainier: August 17th Summit

Posted by: Solveig Waterfall, Billy Nugent | August 17, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 14,410'

RMI Guide Billy Nugent radioed at 7:23 am as his Four Day Summit Climb team and the Five Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guide Solveig Waterfall reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning, and were starting their descent from the crater rim. Billy reported it was very windy with winds from the NW.

Congratulations to today’s team!

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You guys are amazing!  So happy you got to summit!  Love you!

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Posted by: Melissa on 8/17/2015 at 3:54 pm

Congratulations to my two favorite men!
Love Katrina

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Posted by: Katrina on 8/17/2015 at 3:38 pm


Mt. Rainier: August 8th Summit!

Posted by: Billy Nugent, Eric Frank | August 08, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

RMI Guides Billy Nugent and Eric Frank led their Four Day Summit Climbs to the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning. Billy reported lots of climbers on the route and light winds. The teams are enjoying some time on the summit before beginning their descent. We look forward to seeing the teams in Ashford this afternoon.

Congratulations climbers!

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One of the highlights of my life, for sure. Thanks to the RMI team for the positive experience and seamless operation.

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Posted by: Dan Colavito on 8/11/2015 at 11:12 am

Awesome!! Hope it was all you dreamed of team!!!

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Posted by: Gretchen on 8/8/2015 at 2:29 pm


Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climb Teams Reach the Summit!

Posted by: Billy Nugent, Leon Davis, Lindsay Mann | August 03, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four day Summit Climb led by RMI Guide Billy Nugent reached the summit of Mt. Rainier along with climbing teams led by RMI Guides Leon Davis and Lindsay Mann.  All teams were descending from the crater rim as of 7:50 am PST this morning. The teams will return to Camp Muir for a short time and then continue down to Paradise.

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb Teams!

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♠️J♠️ Mt Rainer another of your accomplishment…. See you soon

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Posted by: Karmen on 8/8/2015 at 8:31 am

Congratulations to Frank Harris and the entire team on your successful climb today!! All your hard work has paid off!!

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Posted by: A. Harris on 8/4/2015 at 7:07 am


Mt. Rainier: Four & Five Day Summit Climb Teams Reach the Summit!

Posted by: Billy Nugent, Mike King | July 27, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

RMI Guide Billy Nugent and his Five Day Summit Climb Team reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning along with Mike King and the Four Day Summit Climb.  Billy reported clear skies and cool temperatures for their climb.  Both teams began their descent from the crater rim a little after 9 am PST.  The teams will return to Camp Muir and then continue their descent to Paradise.  We look forward to seeing both teams back at Rainier BaseCamp this afternoon.

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb teams.

Climbers descending from Camp Comfort back to the top of Disappointment Cleaver.  Photo: Pete Van Deventer
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Is there any word on the group that will summit Tuesday night/Wednesday morning that includes my husband Russell Frederickson?  Wishing everyone a wonderful climb!!  Jody

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Posted by: Jody Frederickson on 7/28/2015 at 4:58 pm

“Cool”?????  Billy, you are the MASTER of understatement, haha! 

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Posted by: Barbara Beatrice on 7/28/2015 at 3:48 pm


Mt. Rainier: July 22nd Summit!

Posted by: Billy Nugent, Solveig Waterfall, Mike Walter | July 22, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four and Five Day Summit climb teams led by RMI Guides Mike Walter and Solveig Waterfall reached the summit of Mt. Rainier early this morning via the Disappointment Cleaver route.  Mike reported great climbing, light winds and mild temperatures with a few clouds at around 6,500’.

RMI Guide Billy Nugent and his Expedition Skills Seminar - Kautz team climbed via the Kautz route and successfully reached the summit of Mt. Rainier in time to watch the sunset. The team will be finishing up their training today and be back at RMI Basecamp later this afternoon.

Congratulations to today’s teams!

The Lower Castle on the Kautz Route. RMI Photo Collection
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Way to go Dad!  We’re proud of you.

Jackson and Griffin

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Posted by: Jackson and Griffin on 7/22/2015 at 7:48 pm

Go Lily go.  We are proud of you.

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Posted by: john krass on 7/22/2015 at 6:48 pm


Mt. McKinley: Nugent & Team Return Home

Posted by: Billy Nugent, Mike King, Sean Collon | July 07, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley

Hi all!
Billy here checking in for the last time from this year’s Denali expedition. Our team showed tremendous poise after our butt kicking on our first summit attempt and rested through another marginal day on the way to our eventual summit day that was absolutely beautiful.  We encountered some moderate winds in the 30 mph range but generally enjoyed clear skies and decently warm temps. It took us just over 12 hours of solid work to make the round trip mission from our high camp at 17,000’ and the whole team was pretty worked by the end. The next morning we awoke at a leisurely hour, packed up camp and descended the West Buttress back to Camp 4 at 14,000’ where we were greeted by Dave Hahn’s expedition with cheesy bacon quesadillas! Quite the treat… After picking up our cache at 14 we continued down through extremely deep snow to 11,000’ where we ended up camping again because the team was pretty wasted yet again. Our final day on the mountain was surprisingly clear with only occasional sections of whiteout as we marched down the Kahiltna towards Basecamp. Except for a little excitement involving a crevasse fall the trip was mostly a slog. And as we arrived at the lower airstrip around 6 pm we could see the runway markers of the upper airstrip but were relieved to hear from Lisa that we wouldn’t need to travel any further. K2 was already on the way and going to land right next to us. And just like that we were in the land of the living slamming burgers and downing beers with all of the tourists in Talkeetna. Talk about a culture shock! Needless to say, the gang went big rocking the Fairview and ended up closing down the Teepee (and nearly getting kicked out!). A proper way to end a successful Denali expedition. Too much fun!

I’d like to thank both Mike King and Sean Collon for their hard work and the good times and the rest of the team members for persevering despite crummy weather forecasts and tough odds. It’s a trip I won’t forget for a while.

See ya next year!

RMI Guide Billy Nugent.

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Congratulations RMI and my ole buddy Doug. Glad to hear you guys had a great trip. One more notch in the belt.

Mother Goose

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Posted by: John Newland on 7/8/2015 at 4:51 am

Great going what a trip ! Congrats Kevin , sober up & come home to get ready for another party.
Irma

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Posted by: Irma on 7/8/2015 at 3:01 am


Mt. McKinley: Nugent & Team Leave 11K Camp Headed for Base Camp

Posted by: Billy Nugent, Mike King, Sean Collon | July 05, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 11,200'

Sunday July 5th 10:45 am PT

RMI Guide Billy Nugent just called the office to check in.  The team had a long, tough day yesterday breaking trail through the new snow that had fallen on the route. After sleeping in this morning, they are getting ready to depart Denali’s 11K Camp.  They are hoping to be at Kahiltna Base by late afternoon/early evening.

An RMI team leaving Denali's 11K Camp, descending to Base Camp. Photo: Lindsay Mann

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