Entries By dave hahn
June 21, 2018
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.
RMI Guide Dave Hahn
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George, Ken, Mike, Dick and the Perfect Pint gang wish Margaret and Jon safe travels. climb high. No jumping. No pushing.
Posted by: Mike olds on 6/21/2018 at 7:56 pm
Margaret and Jon, Sending warm thoughts for a safe climb.
Posted by: Mary and Randy Henderson on 6/21/2018 at 5:30 pm
June 20, 2018
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.
RMI Guide Dave Hahn
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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!
Posted by: Dave Kestel on 6/20/2018 at 6:28 pm
June 19, 2018
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.
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
June 9, 2018
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.
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
June 5, 2018
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!
Congratulations, Francesca and Nick! So excited for you! Unbelievably beautiful!
Posted by: Marianne Weaver on 6/5/2018 at 9:47 am
May 27, 2018
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.
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
May 21, 2018
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!
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
May 13, 2018
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!
Congratulations LT, so proud of you. Really happy to here you all had a great climb!
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
May 5, 2018
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!
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
Our final day in Africa started way out in Balloon Camp in Tarangire National Park. Our “tent cabins” were luxurious and the staff helpful and friendly in getting us out on the dirt road by 7 AM. We were still deep within the park, and so within a moment or two of saying our goodbyes we were standing in the back of the Landcruisers looking for leopards. They eluded us. But an extremely beautiful, quiet morning in the wilderness did not elude us. We stopped frequently for eagles, vultures, cool tracks, impalas and hartebeest. We came on a seemingly endless parade of giraffes who stopped long enough for a photo and to nibble the acacia trees in passing. Families of elephants came by on their grass eating missions, bound for rivers and pools. We looked up every tree and under every bush for cats and predators, but the best we could scare up were a couple of cute little jackals following a gang of impala.
By 11 AM we left the park and hit the highway toward Arusha. We made one stop as we reached town, at the cultural heritage museum and craft shop, then we pressed on toward Usa River and our hotel. We had time to shower and repack and even rest before an early dinner -our last together- and loading up on one more bus. Kilimanjaro was out and awesome as we ate and then rode toward the airport in the last of daylight. It seems hard to believe that two short weeks ago, we hadn’t all known one another. It also seems hard to believe how many things we’ve since accomplished as a team. We’ll start going in separate directions again fairly soon -but with a heck of a lot of fine memories to connect us.
Thanks for coming along for the ride.
RMI Guide Dave Hahn