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Entries By dave hahn


Denali Expedition: Hahn & Team Move to 7,800 and Set Up Camp

Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 10:39 PM PT

We were up at 2 AM for our much anticipated launch from Denali Basecamp.  It was still cloudy and overcast and seemed to be moving toward being more cloudy and overcast, but we felt we had something of a window for moving.  After a hot breakfast, we knocked down tents and rigged up for glacial travel.  By 4:38 we were walking down the SE Fork of the Kahiltna with our snowshoes on.  A number of other teams had begun climbing in the hours ahead of our departure, so the soft snow trail was packed nicely for us.  As expected, glacier conditions were good and it was a relief not to be crossing open crevasses and sagging snow bridges.  There wasn’t too much to see with all of the cloud, so we just concentrated on walking steady for an hour at a push.  We very nearly saw the sun at one point just after 8 AM but that was it despite this being the Solstice and a traditional big day for sun worshipers.  Five and a half hours brought us to 7800 ft, and our intended destination.  By that point the clouds were right down on us and it was snowing lightly.  We built a quick camp and got inside before it got snowing a little more heavily in the early afternoon.  We snoozed and drank water to recover from the morning workout.  The wet snow continued right through dinner, but we weren’t so uncomfortable in our cozy dining tent with snow benches and countertops.  Now that all are in bed, the snow keeps on coming, but quietly… there is no wind and that is a good thing. 

Best,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

On The Map

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Glad to read all is going well, and Yay! for no wind! Message for the MackienRufWongHirschi peeps: Greg’s lucky streak continues - he had 3 hands over 20 and no hands under 10 last night. I narrowly avoided a double skunk. Hope everyone is warm and dry up there. Thinking of you constantly…. Love, Amy

Posted by: Amy Ruf on 6/22/2018 at 7:24 am


Denali Expedition: Hahn & Team Fly to Kahiltna Base Camp

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 9:52 PM PT

This is one lucky team of climbers.  We woke in Talkeetna under cloudy skies… pretty much the same cloudy skies that had kept anybody else from flying during the past six days.  It sprinkled rain on us as we ventured out for breakfast but by the time we’d eaten, our pilots surprised us by announcing that basecamp was in the clear and that it was time to fly. 
We geared up, loaded the planes and lifted off by 9:15.  The ski equipped DeHaviland Otters got us through to Kahiltna Base Camp by about 10 AM.  Views while flying weren’t stupendous since there was still plenty of cloud hiding the big peaks, but as we got into the center of the range, the lower parts of the big peaks were stupendous enough in their own rite. Basecamp at 10 AM was a very busy and bustling place after a week of no-fly days.  Tyler Jones and his RMI team loaded onto the planes we vacated.  They’d finished a storm plagued trip and hadn’t been able to move to high camp or summit but they appeared happy and healthy just the same.  We built camp and spent the day reviewing glacier travel techniques and sorting gear and supplies.  The team seems pretty at home in this world already.  We’re hopeful this break in the weather will last… that said, now -at 9 PM- it is snowing lightly.  So much recent snow has sure been a good thing for healing up the lower glacier.  Word is that open crevasses are few and far between and sketchy bridges are scarce. 

Best Regards
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

On The Map

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Job and Margaret, everyone back home is pulling for the two of you!  God speed!

Posted by: Frank Romano on 6/22/2018 at 6:51 am

Best of luck to Tom and the whole team—You all are awesome!

Posted by: Randy Salo on 6/22/2018 at 5:58 am


Denali Expedition: Hahn & Team Prep in Talkeenta, Ready to Fly

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 11:28 PM PT

It was a full and busy day for our gang in Talkeetna.  We met for the traditional breakfast at the Roadhouse where formal introductions were made and the plan and possibilities for the next few days were discussed.  Then it was over to the Talkeetna Ranger Station where we greeted longtime friends in the National Park Service.  Roger Robinson -who has been active on Denali since 1975- gave our safety briefing and orientation slideshow.  We then made our way across town to the airstrip and the hangars of K2 Aviation, our flight service.  Skies were cloudy, and we hear that it is still blowing and snowing hard all up and down Denali, but in town today, life wasn’t too bad.  It never rained and there were even some spells of blue sky and sunshine in the afternoon.  We spent almost the entire afternoon in the hangar though, conducting equipment checks and sorting tents, stoves, ropes, pots, pans, shovels and piles upon piles of food and clothing.  By 5 PM it was all in order, weighed and inventoried… ready to be loaded on planes in the morning.  The team got together one more time, for a relaxing dinner at the Twister Creek brew pub.  After dinner, we strolled over to the river bank to watch the mighty Susitna boiling past town and to look over to where Denali was hiding in the storm. 
We broke up for the evening, with everybody intent on taking advantage of a final night -we hope- of Internet, telephone and comfy beds.

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

Leave a Comment For the Team (2)

Time to nail this one Sue.  We will be rooting for you and the team from ringside!

Posted by: Russ Frederickson on 6/21/2018 at 4:22 am

Tom it looks like you are with an Awesome strong group of climbers. Climb high ! Climb Strong Brother!
Dave

Posted by: Dave Kestel on 6/20/2018 at 6:28 pm


Denali Expedition: Dave Hahn & Team Arrive in Talkeetna, Alaska

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 12:29 AM PT

Victory!!  Eight climbers and four guides made their way -with heaps of luggage- from various far away places in the “lower 48” to Talkeetna, Alaska.  We met this afternoon down in the Anchorage airport and boarded the venerable Denali Overland van for a three hour commute to Talkeetna.  Of course we broke things up a bit with a last stop for provisions in Wasilla.  Not much in the way of spectacular views today as the Alaska Range was cloaked in cloud, but there was plenty of pretty scenery a little lower down and closer in to the highway.  We’ll dial down on lots of details tomorrow as we get oriented, prepped and packed for Denali. 

Best Regards
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

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The Curtes Crew is with you in spirit every step of the way. Go Hirschy and Magpie - We love you guys!

Posted by: Jay Curtes on 6/20/2018 at 5:32 pm

Wishes for a safe climb for your entire team. Special shout out to Margaret & Jon, keep your eye on the prize! Praying the weather clears for you!

Posted by: Donna Elmer Weber on 6/20/2018 at 4:34 pm


Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climb Team Turns at 13,500’

The Four Day Summit Climb Teams led by RMI Guides Dave Hahn and Christina Dale reached High Break at 13,500’ on Mt. Rainier before high winds forced the team to turn.  Dave reported very strong winds and clouds above and below the them. The team has started their descent and are en route to Camp Muir.

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WOW!.... have a safe and a fabulous climb!

Posted by: Wyatt Lucy J. on 6/11/2018 at 6:48 am

I was very impressed with your leadership during our difficult situation with the storm. Thanks for a memorable and safe experience!

Posted by: Harrison Filler on 6/9/2018 at 11:44 pm


Mt. Rainier: Summit Climb Teams On Top

Summit!
At 8:45 am RMI Guide Dave Hahn radioed to say, “We are walking into the Crater Rim.”  The mountain has a cloud cap with some high winds and also some sunny skies.  The teams will spend some time on top before starting their descent.
Congratulations to today’s summit climbers!

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Congratulations, Francesca and Nick! So excited for you! Unbelievably beautiful!

Posted by: Marianne Weaver on 6/5/2018 at 9:47 am


Mt. Rainier: Hahn, Konway, and Teams Reach the Top!

The Mt. Rainier Summit Climb team led by RMI Guides Dave Hahn and Jenny Konway walked into the summit crater at 8:00 am this morning. The team reported wind speeds of about 5 mph, excellent weather, and excellent route conditions. They have begun their descent from the summit and will be back at Camp Muir.

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Congratulations Lacey.  Way to go.
Jeff and Betsy

Posted by: Jeff Payne on 5/28/2018 at 9:07 pm

Congratulations guys. So glad the weather was ideal. So proud of you both. What a achievement! Can’t wait for the pics. Xx

Posted by: Jean and Ed Lightbody on 5/27/2018 at 2:36 pm


Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climbs Reach The Summit

RMI Guides Dave Hahn and Christina Dale led their teams to the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  Dave reported a perfect day on the mountain. Both teams saw 100% of their climbers reach the top today.  They will spend some time enjoying the views then begin their descent to Camp Muir and continue down to Paradise.

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb teams!

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Esooooooo!!!!!! Felicidades Kenji, Ronald y Tony!!!!
Mi esposo superheroe, sumamente orgullosa de ti! Mientras mas grande el reto, mas grande te haces!!! TE AMAMOS!! - Gaby, Kensuke y Seina

Posted by: Gabriela on 5/21/2018 at 5:00 pm

Wooohoo!!!! Congrats Maria and Joyce!

Posted by: Robin on 5/21/2018 at 11:22 am


Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climb Teams Reach Summit

The Four Day Summit Climb May 10 - 13, 2018 reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning led by RMI Guides Dave Hahn and Steve Gately.  Dave reported clear skies with some light winds.  The teams enjoyed some time on the summit before beginning their descent.  Once at Camp Muir, they will re-pack and continue their descent to Paradise. We look forward to seeing them at Rainier BaseCamp later today.

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb Teams!

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Congratulations LT, so proud of you.  Really happy to here you all had a great climb!
Love mom

Posted by: Gerrie Thompson on 5/14/2018 at 7:00 am

Congratulations everyone!!!! :)
@Suvil, I miss you! :*

Posted by: Zalak on 5/13/2018 at 1:49 pm


MT. RAINIER: Five Day Summit Climb Reaches 11,800’

The Five Day Summit Climb team led by RMI Guides Dave Hahn and Andy Bond reached 11,800’ feet this morning before weather and route conditions forced them to abort their summit attempt. The team has had two great days on the mountain, they are back at Camp Muir and will return to Rainier Basecamp in the early afternoon.

Congratulations to today’s team!

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I was part of this climb and was honored to meet, get to know and climb with some truly amazing people.

Cannot say enough good things about the most terrific guides on the planet earth. Intelligent, focused, superb situational awareness, competent and capable. They worked incredibly hard to try to make it possible for us to summit, despite all that nature and the mountain threw at us. Hats off to them.

Survival was the very most important goal, and I always felt their every move started and ended with that as the ultimate objective. I would trust these folks any where at any time. I have learned that when you out someone under intense stress, the true qualities of their character are revealed. The RMI guides showed they were flawless gems that shone brightly under the pressure. Many thanks for going up and being able to write this from back home.

Posted by: Ron Prichard on 5/7/2018 at 4:49 am

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