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Entries By bridget belliveau

August 13, 2015

Four Day Summit Climb

Mt. Rainier: Emmons Seminar Unable to Summit

RMI Guide Eric Frank and the Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons were unable to reach the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning due to route conditions. The team climbed to 10,800’ before being forced to turn around. Despite being unable to summit, Eric and the team enjoyed and incredible meteor shower in the early hours of the morning.

The team is back at Camp Schurman and plans to spend the rest of the day doing crevasse rescue and ice climbing training around camp. Tomorrow the team will descend from Camp Schurman. We look forward to greeting them in Ashford tomorrow afternoon.

May 24, 2015

Alaska Mountaineering Seminar - Expedition

Alaska Seminar: Leon Davis & Team Send Final Dispatch

Hello friends and family,

Apologies for the absent dispatches these last few days; Apparently clouds and Sat phones do not get along.  We had a few eventful days on the Kahiltna so here is a quick wrap up. Our attempt on Kahiltna Dome was thwarted by Avalanche conditions so we made a full retreat from camp II back to Base Camp under a blanket of clouds.  The team set up a quick camp by the airstrip and started celebrating the trip with a few beers we stashed in a hole and some margarita’s from a friendly neighbor.  With some time to kill, a few folks wanted to know what the inside of a crevasse looked like so we set some anchors and lowered a few into the deep blue black holes that reach down under our feet.  Doug perched himself at the lip for a photo session of folks climbing out of the abyss.  Everyone flew off yesterday just before the weather shut base camp down and we enjoyed a fine dinner in Talkeetna and some drinks at the Fairview.  A great trip with some of the finest people I’ve shared a rope with.  Thank you all for tuning in and look forward to the pictures and stories headed your way!

RMI Guide Leon Davis & Team

May 22, 2015

Alaska Mountaineering Seminar - Expedition

Alaska Seminar: Dave & Team Train at 9,800’

May 21, 2015 - 10:03 pm PT

Here we are at 9,800’ for a second night. This morning the winds continued to whip at the surrounding ridges and moving camp up the Kahiltna Dome was not prudent. However we were able to go for a venture towards Kahiltna Pass to see what there was to see. Good times trying to get over the bergschrund which was a trap door of deep faceted snow. Towards the top of the ridge we met firm icy conditions that forced us back down. Good times nevertheless!  If the weather improves tomorrow we will make an attempt on the Dome.
Good night!

RMI Guide Leon Davis

Down here in North Carolina, we had our first day at the pool yesterday!  Stay warm.  Love, Mom

Posted by: Judy Kenyon on 5/23/2015 at 5:28 am

Love the positive vibes from Guide Leon!

Posted by: Laura Bryson on 5/22/2015 at 5:51 pm

May 21, 2015

Alaska Mountaineering Seminar - Expedition

Alaska Seminar: Davis & Team Climb to Camp 2

Wednesday, May 20th 2:38 pm PDT

Writing to you all from vibrating tents at 9800 ft. tonight. The team had a fine walk up from 7800 ft. this morning in decent weather, but the looming sense of something surrounding us was ever present. We started to make our camp as the winds picked up, snow falling and visibility waning. It was hard work for 3 or 4 hours before we had good walls and I’ve never seen the team work so well together - all are hard workers. We are hunkered down now and eagerly await what tomorrow brings. 

Hope you all are warm!
RMI Guide Leon Davis and team

Ed and team,

Thinking of all of you! Stay safe and hope the weather cooperates.



Posted by: Gayle Hutton on 5/22/2015 at 5:42 pm

It got chilly in PA, and then I remembered what you are experiencing and it suddenly didn’t seem so bad here.  Hope you are staying warm and doing what you love. D & I are thinking of you. Jenny

Posted by: Jenny on 5/21/2015 at 10:54 pm

May 20, 2015

Alaska Mountaineering Seminar - Expedition

Alaska Seminar: Davis & Team Move to Camp 1

May 29, 2015 - 9:34 pm PT

Good day-

We are dispatching from a crowded Camp 1 this evening. We had a pleasant four hour walk today under cloudy skies on the main flow of the Kahiltna. We had a strong performance from the team and we plan to bump our camp up to 9,800’ tomorrow morning. It looks like some weather is coming in so we might get some snow tonight. Here’s to hoping we don’t and we will talk to you all from Camp 2!

RMI Guide Leon Davis

The Millers and I followed Jenny’s safe return to State College via IM.  With this daily blog, you don’t even seem thousands of miles away.  Crazy world.  Made dinner for the kids tonite.  Baby Cakes says hi to Uncle Willie.  Love, Mom

Posted by: Judith Kenyon on 5/20/2015 at 5:02 pm

Glad to hear the team is doing so well!

Posted by: Laura Bryson on 5/20/2015 at 4:28 pm

May 19, 2015

Alaska Mountaineering Seminar - Expedition

Alaska Seminar: Davis & Team Train at Kahiltna Base Camp

May 18, 2015 - 11:43 pm PT


Our day in Base Camp was as busy as it can get. After a leisurely breakfast of pancakes bacon and coffee, we divided up to learn and practice beacon searches, surface hauling systems and rig our sleds for moving up river. A great day under a blazing sun that had us wondering how we can be surrounded by so much snow yet be so dang hot. Tomorrow we leave our camp loaded with five days of provisions and make our way towards Kahiltna Dome. We will talk again from Camp 1!

RMI Guides Leon Davis, Lindsay Fixmer, Bridget Belliveau & Team

On The Map

May 18, 2015

Alaska Mountaineering Seminar - Expedition

Alaska Seminar: Leon Davis & Team Summit Radio Tower

May 17, 2015 - 10:24pm PST

Good evening all,

Today was a great day to be in the mountains!  The sun shone bright this morning as we left camp for the north side of Radio Tower. We found great conditions moving up and the ridge offered us amazing panoramas of Mt Hunter, Foraker, and Denali. The team performed very well all day and we spent the late afternoon sitting in shade to review knots. Tomorrow will be tech training intensive here at camp.

Pancakes & bacon for breakfast!

RMI Guide Leon Davis & Team

Will, I’m sure you were in your element with the knot tying work!!  Have a great day today.  Love, Mom

Posted by: Judy Kenyon on 5/19/2015 at 4:45 am

Leon, I’ve climbed with you two times on Rainier and have great respect for your guiding skills.  McKinley is still on the bucket list and hope to summit some day.  Take care and blue skies.  Jim

Posted by: Jim on 5/18/2015 at 8:40 pm

May 17, 2015

Alaska Mountaineering Seminar - Expedition

Alaska Seminar: Leon Davis and Team Fly to Basecamp

Greetings all

We departed Talkeetna into cloudy weather and for a while there we did not think we would make it. But thanks to the skill of our K2 pilots we were able to sneak in as the skies briefly parted. As a result of our teams hard work and cooperation we now have a fortified camp. We will sleep well behind block walls and we are excited for a chance to climb the radio tower tomorrow morning. Tonight we sleep under clear blue (still) skies and just a whisper of a cool breeze.

Until tomorrow then!

RMI Guide Leon Davis & Team

On The Map

Will: looks beautiful.  Stay warm and cozy in your tent.  We’re all thinking of you.  Mom

Posted by: Judy Kenyon on 5/18/2015 at 6:08 am

Tents??? I figured you guys would be sleeping in hand dug snow caves! Have fun Dad,it looks beautiful there!

Posted by: Johnnie Newland on 5/18/2015 at 3:06 am

May 15, 2015

Alaska Mountaineering Seminar - Expedition

Alaska Seminar: Leon Davis & Team Ready to Go

Good morning friends and family!

The Alaska Seminar team here in Talkeetna is getting things done in great style. Weather is looking better with each passing hour and everyone did a fantastic job with rigging their gear. Here it is noon and we are just about ready to fly!  So the team is gonna grab a last meal in town and our next communique will be from base camp! 

Have a lovely day everyone,
RMI Guide Leon Davis

Hope everyone is having a great time.  Mom/Grandma and Pop/Grandpa - we all miss you and love you.  Have fun in the snow.
Joe, Suzanne, Lilliana, and Sophia

Posted by: Joe on 5/22/2015 at 6:02 am

Lookin good! All the best from the NC gang.

Posted by: Chad on 5/17/2015 at 11:49 am

May 9, 2015

Alaska Mountaineering Seminar - Expedition

Alaska Seminar: Davis & Team Long Walks and Long Clouds

Good evening warm comfortable people!

The team here at base camp continues to thrive midst the constant storm. We needed to stick our heads in it so we packed our sleds and made our way to the main flow of the Kahiltna and started walking upstream. Although the visibility was only a few hundred meters and the snow fell wet, we managed to make a seven-mile round trip journey up the expansive long frozen river. Everyone performed well and lessons in self care were earned. With the weather outlook looking bleak, we may have to take the first flight out tomorrow morning. Hopefully in time to call our mothers on Mother’s Day!

RMI Guide Leon Davis

Good luck! Can’t wait to hear all the adventures!

Posted by: Sandra on 5/10/2015 at 11:14 am

good luck Doni n Pepi
gunna b cold n wet

Posted by: Donato Arguelles on 5/10/2015 at 9:52 am

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