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Entries By daniel may


Mt. Rainier: Hahn, Hoch & Five Day Climb Teams Summit

The Five Day Climb July 20 - 24 led by RMI Guides Dave Hahn and Joe Hoch, reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  They reported pleasant conditions with lighter winds than expected. The teams will return to Camp Muir and enjoy the afternoon and their final night on the mountain.  Tomorrow the teams will descend to Paradise and return to Rainier BaseCamp.

Congratulations to today's climbers!

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Congratulations on achieving such a huge goal, Helene Scalliet!! I am so excited for you and can’t wait to hear all about it.

Posted by: Terri Nichols on 7/23/2023 at 5:10 pm


Mt. Rainier: Four Day Team Reaches Ingraham Flats

The Four Day Climb led by RMI Guide Dan May watched the sunrise from Ingraham Flats today. Due to route conditions the team was unable to safely climb higher. They are on the descent from Camp Muir to Paradise.

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Mt. Rainier: Four Day Climb Teams Descending from the Crater Rim

The Four Day Climb July 12 - 15 led by RMI Guides Dustin Wittmier & Abby Westling reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  Dustin reported sunny skies and winds from the west at 20 mph, which was less than forecasted.  The teams were leaving the crater rim just after 7 am today for their return to Camp Muir.  Once at Muir they will have a short rest before continuing 4,500' down to Paradise.

Congratulations to today's climbing teams!

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Aislinn and Ali,
Congratulations on your successful climb!  Elation at Elevation 14,410.
We are so proud and happy for you❤️❤️❤️

Posted by: Mom/Shane and Dad/Stanford on 7/16/2023 at 10:00 am


Mt. Rainier: Four Day Climb Teams on Columbia Crest!

RMI Guides Brent Okita & Dustin Wittmier led their team of climbers to the summit of Mt. Rainier.  The Four Day Climb team July 9 - 12 enjoyed a beautiful morning on the mountain with a nice route and 15 mph winds.  The teams were on Columbia Crest at 7:30 am and began their descent from the crater rim just after 8 am.  The teams will return to Camp Muir for a short break to repack and refuel before descending the remaining 4,500' to Paradise.

Congratulations team!

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If I had one word to describe the RMI team it would be professional.  They really took good care of our team and let us enjoy the experience.  A top notch crew I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to anyone considering a Rainier summit in the future.  Thank you ALA for all your support as well!  Climbing for a purpose (other than bagging a peak) is really special and I’ve been happy to support your cause.  Thank you team, you really made it enjoyable and it was a pleasure to be part of this group that is forever connected by this amazing experience!

Posted by: David Lamp on 7/20/2023 at 12:48 pm

Such an awesome experience!  Thank you to our guide team and to all of the other climbers who worked hard out there.  From the guides to everyone climbing with with ALA, you all made this such a memorable experienced. Climb on y’all!!

Posted by: Jonathan Mack on 7/15/2023 at 9:56 am


Denali Expedition: Cifelli & Team Arrive in Talkeetna

Like we’ve said before, the weather hasn’t been in a good mood here in Alaska. Keeping with that trend, was the dramatic ending to our long and hard-fought expedition. As we resigned ourselves to sleeping yet another night on the glacier, we got the call that planes were in the air. 

Hopeful, salad eyed, and smelly we packed our stuff and waited for our return trip home. Then the rain started. As we stared down the southeast fork of the Kahiltna, we could only hear the buzz of the planes and the patter of the drops on our coats. Muttering “ cmon, cmon” as if to plead with Mother Nature to abate and let the clouds lift. We willed the weather to let up just enough for the pilots to pull off a landing and high tail it out of there. 

We slept in beds last night, took showers, and celebrated like it was going out of style. We can’t wait to see our friends and family soon. Thank you all for following along and cheers to another great, successful expedition on Denali. See you next year! 

RMI Guides Dominic Cifelli, Seth Burns, Dan May and Team

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Denali Expedition: Cifelli & Team Arrive at Basecamp

Wednesday, July 5, 2023 - 12:55 am PT

The team woke up to snow and wind distorting the shapes of the tents we call home for the last 21 days. We hit snooze and hoped for the best. While I wouldn’t say the best ever came the allure of Roestis, showers, and beds pulled us out of our sleeping bags and into the fray. From 11,000 ft to the base of Ski Hill was a near total whiteout. We persevered through the wind, moisture, and visibility to reach basecamp at about 6pm, but conditions didn’t allow planes to come and land. We’re hopeful that tomorrow we’ll be back in civilization.

RMI Guide Dominic Cifelli

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Yay!  Mission almost accomplished!  Such an amazing group you are

Posted by: Kim on 7/5/2023 at 8:53 am


Denali Expedition: Cifelli & Team Check in After Summit Day On Their Descent

Sunday, July 2, 2023

While it hasn’t been unlike Denali to act up at inopportune times. Today was a low blow. We descended from High Camp today under mostly clear skies and on top of tired legs. We were awarded new views from the West Buttress that were previously shrouded and the team descended fast and well.

At 14,000' Camp we took a good break and then kept the train going. Clouds were billowing, wind was picking up, and snow was falling as we passed Windy Corner, which once again held true to its name. A storm was coming. We’re in that storm right now, hoping for it to abate and to get off the mountain we’ve called home for the past 19 days.

We’re hopeful, but not too optimistic we’ll be able to walk to the airstrip tomorrow.

Wish us luck. 

RMI Guide Dominic Cifelli

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Wishing you luck with the weather and praying you’ll be walking to the airstrip tomorrow!!!  You are a brave and amazing team.  I can’t wait to read tomorrow’s post!  Love you, Alex!!!

Posted by: Kim on 7/3/2023 at 8:36 pm

I salute each and every one of you for your patience and determination on this climb that has been full of challenging weather. Stay safe. You’re in the home stretch!

Posted by: Doreen on 7/3/2023 at 2:07 pm


Denali Expedition: Cifelli & Team Reach the Summit!

Sunday, July 2, 2023 - 3:56 am

The RMI Denali Expedition June 11 led by RMI Guide Dominic Cifelli reached the summit of Denali on Saturday evening.  The team is safely back to camp at 17,000'.

Nice work team!

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Dear Saurabh
Congratulations on your team’s spectacular and adventurous climb to the ultimate height of 20310 ft above sea level in trying weather conditions and chilling cold amidst snow storms . Kudos to the dedication ,commitment, disclipline and team work which enabled you to reach your goal। We are proud of you my son . May you achieve even more goals in your life.
Ravi and Anjali
Your dad and MOM

Posted by: Ravi on 7/2/2023 at 8:17 pm

That’s awesome!!  Congratulations everyone!!

Posted by: Jenni on 7/2/2023 at 6:37 am


Denali Expedition: Cifelli & Team Return to High Camp after Summit

People like to throw around the word ‘Conquer’ in reference to the mountains they climb. As if they defeated the mountain when they touched its apex. I find this to be a distasteful representation of summiting a mountain and as we crawled into our sleeping bags in the crisp, cold air of Denali’s 17,200K we certainly didn’t feel like conquerors. Tired, cold, and atrophied from the last 18 days on the mountain we slept knowing that Denali had granted us the opportunity to touch its peak and not that we had bested it.

The team awoke to clear skies and one of the first green lights we received from Denali, it was time to climb. At 10:25, we started our journey upward not reaching the summit until a hard, but well fought, ~10 hours. We are back down at High Camp; tired, sore, but satisfied with the effort and accomplishment. We start downward tomorrow in search of all of the cravings we have been fantasizing about.

RMI Guide Dominic Cifelli

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Denali Expedition: Cifelli and team Move to 17,000’

Friday, June 30, 2023 11:47 pm PDT

The gods of Denali blessed the team with the weather window needed to begin the hardest three days of our lives. We began our assault up The Wall and eventually the fixed lines. The sun was surprisingly warm and persistent. The black rocks jutting from the frozen snow reminded me constantly of the Oreo McFlurry I will no doubt consume when I get off here. We are thinking of you all as we attempt to summit tomorrow. 

RMI Climber Travis and Team

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Lisa and Blair wishing you luck!!!

Posted by: Blair Johnson on 7/2/2023 at 7:16 am

Peace, gratitude and mental toughness…you’ve got it!!!

Posted by: Kim on 7/1/2023 at 9:35 pm

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