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Entries By chase halbert

Denali: Van Deventer & Team Cache at 10,000’

May 16, 2021 - 11:28 pm PT

We moved a whole lot of our food, fuel, and various other sundries up to about 10k today. Loads were lighter than yesterday by a lot, but the terrain was steeper and it was hard work. The team did great, even when the sun turned on the microwave oven on us and it started to feel more like the desert in July than an Alaskan Glacier in May.

All our work today sets us up well to move to 11k camp tomorrow. We know the trail, loads should be even lighter, and it promises to be a successful day. We'll check in tomorrow from up higher!

RMI Guides Pete Van Deventer, Chase Halbert, Matias Francis, and team

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The pictures by the planes are great!!  Wonderful to see the group, everyone looks ready to go!!  Fun to read about the first few days.  Cannot wait to read more!!

Posted by: Bethany on 5/17/2021 at 6:27 pm

Denali Expedition - Van Deventer & Team Fly onto Denali Basecamp

May 16, 2021 - 12:41 am PT

We hit the ground running today. At 8 am the weather looked good to fly, so we hustled to the hanger, changed into mountain clothes, and loaded gear on the two K2 otters that would ferry us to Basecamp. The flight in is always a highlight, as the tundra gives way to foothills, and then to the craggy peaks and ridges of the Alaska range, with cracked up glaciers carving channels between.

We took an hour or two to get our gear sorted, sleds loaded, and ropes setup, and then struck out from Basecamp to make our way up the lower Kahiltna to the base of ski hill. Often the first hour of moving with sleds has some hiccups, but not for us today. The group moved well, enjoying firm enough trail conditions that we could eschew the snowshoes.

We're settled into camp, feed, and tucking into sleeping bags for our first night in the mountain. We'll be in touch tomorrow!

RMI Guide Pete Van Deventer & Team

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Hike safely.  Enjoy the sun.  Bring us back a rock.  Take a deep breath!  -Class of 2027 Blue Room

Posted by: mandy powell on 5/17/2021 at 6:24 am

Have fun, stay warm, good luck!  Is there a Chipotle on the mountain?  From class of 2027, Gold room Mount Ararat Middle School.

Posted by: mandy powell on 5/17/2021 at 5:29 am

Mt. Rainier: Four Day Climb Turns Due to Conditions

RMI Guides Mike King and Alan Davis led their Four Day Climb teams to 11,600' today before being turned back by new snow and poor conditions.  RMI Guide Alan Davis reported drifting snow up to 2 feet in places.  The teams departed from Camp Muir around 8 am and will conclude their program at Rainier BaseCamp today.

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Mt. Rainier: Muir Seminar Teams Enjoy Training at Muir and Reach Summit

The Expedition Skills Seminar - Muir teams led by RMI Guides Dustin Wittmier and Avery Parrinello ascended to Camp Muir on Monday under beautiful blue skies.  The good weather continued for their training at Camp Muir the following day.  Wednesday morning, with an alpine start, the team left Camp Muir en route to the summit.  The team enjoyed nice weather and clear skies, allowing them to spend some time in the crater.  After their time on top, the teams returned to Camp Muir.  They will continue their training today and tomorrow morning.  Tomorrow afternoon they will re-pack their gear and descend to Paradise.

Congratulations to the climbers on reaching the summit of Mt. Rainier and being the first RMI Team to do so this season!

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Congratulations!  Seeing these updates again is awesome!

Posted by: Glenn Kline on 4/23/2021 at 4:29 pm

Always great to hear of Rainier success. Bravo - especially to rookies.

Posted by: Waltero Glover on 4/23/2021 at 6:37 am

Mt. Rainier: Hailes & Emmons Glacier Team Turned backed by Winds

The Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons May 31 - 5 June checked in from Camp Schurman this morning. RMI Guide Walt Hailes and team returned to camp after making their summit attempt. The team reached 13,200' before high winds forced their decision to turn around. They plan to do some additional training today and spend their last night on the mountain. Tomorrow they return to the trailhead and then back to Rainier BaseCamp.
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Mt. Rainier: The Muir Seminar Finishes Their Training Week

RMI Guide Walter Hailes checked in this morning from Camp Muir. The Muir Seminar team is back from their summit bid. Due to unstable snow conditions, the teams turned after Ingraham Flats. The team had a mix of weather during their week-long seminar- some spectacular views and also some stormy weather of high winds and blowing snow. They learned a lot of mountaineering skills to take home with them after a week on Mount Rainier.
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