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Entries By billy nugent

June 21, 2015

Denali - West Buttress Expedition

Mt. McKinley: Nugent & Team Move to 9,600’

June 20, 2015 9:26 pm PT

Woke up this morning… RMI GuideJake Beren was crouched in my vestibule! He happened to stop by our camp super early on his way to the airstrip to hand off some highly coveted coffee for our climbers. Thanks Jake! Soon thereafter we got up and fired the stoves ourselves. After breaking camp, the weather gods obliged us with comfortable walking temps and some cloud cover that gave us respite from the sun. Our team made short work of our move to Camp 2 at 9,600 feet, dispatching it in 3.5 stretches of walking. We enjoyed a lazy afternoon in the sun, keeping cool with sleeping bags draped over top of the tents, rehydrating and snacking until dinner. We are excited to leave the massive loads behind in a cache here which we will hopefully back-carry up to 11,000’ in a couple days.

RMI Guide Billy Nugent

All your friends are here at the family BBQ, wish you were here buddy. WArren here, bet you wish you had Joe’s heated jacket right about now. I’m really sorry that you’re not drinking th beautiful Portugese red wine. And by the way, it’s not me… it’s Cole!HI Kevin, it’s Joe hahahahaha, not sure what to make of this but I saw Stacey and all yur staff at the pub today at lunch:) very nice I thought. Thanks for the round lol. Hi Kevin it’s Belinda Have to say that we are enjoying the warm gathering here…thinking of you in your subartic zone.  We did drink one on your behalf though.  Slainte mhath from the visiting teuchters! hi :) hope u enjoy the trip…albert and Duncan. All the best from the Flemings…we’re diving into Uncle Vals’ and the Pear Bottle!! Sven

Posted by: Fox Brae BBQ Gang on 6/22/2015 at 5:36 pm

Hope you had a great Father’s Day, Art. Love being able to follow your adventure. Say hi to Charlie for me.

Posted by: Bonnie Bair on 6/22/2015 at 8:08 am

June 20, 2015

Denali - West Buttress Expedition

Mt. McKinley:  Nugent & Team Carry Heavy Loads in Good Stride

Saturday June 20th 8:45 a.m. PT

First day moving on Mount McKinley was a tremendous success. As a guide, I was impressed with our crew’s ability to move smoothly and efficiently despite the very heavy loads and the cumbersome nature of the sled rigging and climbing rope. Usually it’s a couple of days before a team will hit its stride like we did today. We enjoyed clear skies and perfect temperatures. For a moment we had considered moving onto the night schedule but a cool down glacier breeze and excellent snow coverage made for safe and comfortable travel during the day. We are all in great spirits, bonding as a team and enjoying our relatively new environs.

More from our expedition as it develops.

RMI Guide Billy Nugent

Bonne Chance Marc et bonne aventure! On espère que ton voyage se passera bien et on attend ton retour sain et sauf.

Posted by: Yvan Champagne on 6/23/2015 at 1:26 pm

specktacularview of the mountain !

Posted by: mark and helen on 6/21/2015 at 4:56 am

June 18, 2015

Denali - West Buttress Expedition

Mt. McKinley: Nugent & Team Begin Their Mountain Days

Thursday June 18th 9:30 pm PT

Hi everybody! Billy here checking in from Kahiltna Basecamp on a gloriously sunny day. We enjoyed a big breakfast this morning in Talkeetna’s Roadhouse and scooted over to the airport to confirm the fact that we’d indeed be flying first thing. A flurry of packing and final weigh-ins preceded the loading of the planes, a group photo, and a smooth departure. The great folks at K2 were really helpful and quickly delivered our team to Basecamp in two simultaneous otter flights. Next thing we knew we were on the ice and having come from summer it felt a bit abrupt but the sun was strong and kept us warm as we got accustomed to our new surroundings. We spent much of the day building our camp, organizing gear and supplies, and rigging sleds for tomorrow’s departure up the hill. The team is psyched for a big adventure and ready to work hard.

All for now!

RMI Guide Billy Nugent

On The Map

Art, let me know if you want me to post any favorite passages from Ulysses for your amusement on your climb.

Posted by: Bob Ryan on 6/19/2015 at 11:29 am

Hey Kevin! How how is the food situation going? We hope you haven’t had to dump any of it yet haha!

Posted by: Angela and Carmen on 6/19/2015 at 11:09 am

June 18, 2015

Denali - West Buttress Expedition

Mt. McKinley:  Nugent & Team Ready to Fly!

Thursday June 18th 10:20 a.m.

RMI Guide Billy Nugent just called from Talkeetna.  K2 Aviation is ready to fly the team onto Mount McKinley!  Once they are settled into their first camp, Billy will check in with us from the glacier.

Great looking team you have there ! Stay safe & brng home lots of stories!!

Posted by: Irma Ross on 6/22/2015 at 4:09 pm

great picture !

Posted by: MARK AND HELEN WALSH on 6/22/2015 at 1:46 pm

June 14, 2015

Four Day Summit Climb

Mt. Rainier: June 14th Summit!

RMI Guide Billy Nugent and team reached the Mount Rainier summit before 7:00 a.m.  The weather was already quite warm and calm winds.  After spending some time on top, including the last stretch to Columbia Crest, the team began their descent at 8:25 a.m.

It was an epic adventure. Thank you to Billy and team. You guys were amazing. Bridget was amazing to carry another team members backpack plus her own and all of you doing back to back trips to make this possible. This was a lot of work to get prepared for, but would not have been possible without your expertise!!! I am proud to say we went with RMI. A team of truly talented and amazing people. Here are some pics from the summit, plus some from the two trips Peter and I took to Camp Muir in February and May: http://www.mcsheehy.com/Places/United-States/Washington/Mt-Rainier/

Posted by: Matthew McSheehy on 6/16/2015 at 2:57 pm

Congratulations Maura and John!!! So proud of you!! HAPPY 30th BIRTHDAY JOHN!!! What a day!!!!

Posted by: Ashley on 6/14/2015 at 1:45 pm

January 31, 2015


Aconcagua: Nugent Wraps Up the Expedition in Mendoza

Hi all. Billy here with the last installment from our riveting series of blog posts documenting one of this year’s RMI Aconcagua expeditions. We officially wrapped up our program last evening with an amazing dinner at Francesco Barbera complete with all of the pageantry you’d expect from a fine dining experience in Argentina: cocktails, wine, delicious handmade pastas, dessert, coffee. We deserved a little luxury after so much hard work in such a harsh environment and indeed there was much rejoicing.  I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all the members of the team for their patience, dedication, and hard work all along the way and to thank Katrina and Billy Haas for being exceptional guides and teammates the whole trip too. 

I’ve had tons of fun and can’t wait to come back next year…

Til then.

RMI Guide Billy Nugent

congrat’s to Billy, Katrina, and Billy Haas ! super job to all !

Posted by: Bill Nugent on 1/31/2015 at 2:58 pm

January 30, 2015


Aconcagua: Nugent & Team Back in Mendoza


We made it off the trail today and after a quick lunch and a semi-successful sage sauce recipe aquisition in Penitentes we loaded all of our duffels onto the van and hit the road for Mendoza. We got into town around 5:30 or 6, checked into the hotel, and finally got those showers we´ve been dreaming of for so many weeks. Our sunburned, dirty faces definitely make us stand out among the normal people of the city but what can you really do? We´re headed out for a brew pub and a casual dinner tonight before we have our official celebratory dinner tomorrow night at a fancier restaurant. I´ll check in one more time tomorrow evening to officially wrap the expedition up.

Ciao, headed for some cervezas…

RMI Guide Billy Nugent & Team

So, Glen, you are back on semiI level ground.  Havel a good meal and shower, bet that feels good.  Have a safe trip back home.  See ya soon!

Posted by: John and Kathy on 1/30/2015 at 6:23 pm

January 29, 2015


Aconcagua: Nugent & Team are Back at Basecamp

Well, we made it back to Basecamp. Big loads and tired feet made for a tough day but we were greeted at Basecamp last night by a spread of snacks and cold drinks, but more importantly, hugs and congratulations from Anita and Grizzelda the Basecamp managers. We dined on steaks and real salad and vegetables which were absolutely delicious after over a week of mountain food. This morning we woke up had a quick breakfast before readying the mule loads and are now about to hit the dusty trail for Pampa de Leñas. The herrieros will be preparing a traditional asado there for us tonight but I anticipate that we´ll be out of touch for the evening because it´s hard for the satellite phone to stay connected down there. The canyon walls are just too narrow. The long march home continues…

RMI Guide Billy Nugent & Team

January 26, 2015


Aconcagua: Nugent & Team Summit!

12:45 pm PT
Billy called the RMI Office from Camp Cholera:  Everyone is safe and sound.  We will stay here tonight and descend to Plaza Argentina tomorrow afternoon.
Thank you for all the blog comments and congratulations!

8:48 am PT
Hey there, it’s Billy Nugent of the team El equipo de dos Guillermos, checking in from the summit of Aconcagua. I’m up here right now with six climbers and three guides, 22,800-something feet. So what do you guys think? [Team cheers!]  As you can tell a happy but tired bunch. Everyone is doing extremely well. We are definitely winded up here at extremely high altitude.  We’ll give you guys a jingle when we are headed back into our high camp at Plaza Cholera.
Other shout-outs. [Brief loss of transmission]
Carter, Walker, and mom I love you guys so much. Thank you for everything.
Erica, Thurston, Bella, Brent, Ally, Christian, everyone. We made it!  Hurrah!
Hey guys, it’s Lindsay, I made it. Thank you so much for the support and love. Love you guys. See you when I get back.
Tanya, Benjamin, and Abby- love you and I’ll see you all soon.
Kathy, Kelsey, Eric, Ailie- I love you. I’m on the top of Aconcagua- woohoo! Jerry and Rhonda, John and Kathy- thanks for the support. I’ll be seeing you soon.
Babs and Phil- much love from Katrina.
That’s all I got unless Haas has something. I love you mom and dad [from Billy Haas].
Sorry mom and dad, love you guys too.  Signing out. We’ll call you from high camp.

RMI Guide Billy Nugent

RMI Guide Billy Nugent and team call in from the Aconcagua summit!

On The Map

Hey Glen congratulations you made it! Fridolin

Posted by: Fridolin on 1/28/2015 at 2:52 pm

Sorry just had to post… We are just so proud:))) sounds like an amazing team… can’t wait to hear about it all. Sleep well under the stars.  Xx

Posted by: Aliki on 1/27/2015 at 4:47 pm

January 25, 2015


Aconcagua: Nugent & Team Move to High Camp

Hey everybody. It’s Billy calling in from Camp Cholera at19,600 feet here on the side of Aconcagua. We’re all settled into camp and melting snow, filling water bottles right now. We are looking forward to dinner and early to bed tonight. Hopefully take a crack at the summit tomorrow. Right now the weather is partly cloudy and just a gentle breeze. Things are pretty nice, other than the fact that camp is bone, bone dry.  We have to hike almost 20 minutes out of camp to fill garbage bags full of snow and bring them back just to fill water bottles. Other than that nuisance, things are going well, the teams in great spirits and hopefully that weather forecast holds true and we have a perfect day tomorrow. We’ll check in again during the day and let you know how it’s going. All for now, bye.

RMI Guide Billy Nugent

RMI Guide Billy Nugent calls in from Aconcagua High Camp.

On The Map

Looks gorgeous there - cannot wait to hear how the ascent goes


Posted by: sasha hogan on 1/26/2015 at 10:55 am

Lucy, Corell and the whole team- good luck tomorrow and let the force be with you! So proud of those Team Waki girls!

Posted by: Kathryn LeBey on 1/26/2015 at 7:39 am

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