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Entries By eric frank

Mt. McKinley: Upper West Rib Team Moves to 11,000’ Camp

Monday, June 1st 10:23 pm PDT

This morning we woke up at 7:30 to another beautiful day. Despite the chilly breeze, we packed up camp and had a quick breakfast and hit the dusty trail. Soon the wind dissipated and we found ourselves in base layers again. The team moved very well up Ski Hill and past our cache site on up to 11K camp. Luckily 11K camp was somewhat vacant so we moved right into an old camp saving us a lot of work, although we will need to fix up the snow walls a bit tomorrow. After a delicious dinner of mac and cheese, we crawled into our tents as the low clouds crept higher with the incoming front. Weather permitting tomorrow we will retrieve our cache at 9,600’ and do some work around camp here at 11. Thanks for following along with us.

RMI Guide Geoff Schellens

“Greetings up there!” Hope you are the team that my brother “Steve” is with as I am tracking your progress.  Sounds like the trek has been pretty smooth thus far- “GOD SPEED”

Posted by: Pamela Wincapaw on 6/2/2015 at 5:15 pm

Hey Kim!  It looks amazing up there!  Stay dry and warm, but most of all enjoy every moment!

Posted by: Nicole on 6/2/2015 at 2:18 pm

Mt. McKinley: Upper West Rib Team Caches Gear at 9,600’

Sunday, May 31st 11:16 p.m. PDT

The team got a late start this morning after a middle of the night arrival at 7,800 ft camp. Breakfast took the majority of the morning, but eventually we loaded up a portion of our food and gear to make the three-hour trip up the glacier to cache our load. Everyone did well despite the heavy packs, and we are looking forward to the them lighter and lighter as we eat more food.

This evening we were able to congratulate both Mike Walter and Pete Van Deventer’s teams who are on their way down from the summit.

RMI Guide Geoff Schellens

Hi Kim,

Looks like things are bright and sunny on the mountain.  Hope you’re having a fantastic time!


Posted by: Lisa on 6/2/2015 at 8:24 am

Hi Kim, You guys are really on the move- what an awesome team you all make! Enjoy and stay safe. xx Trish

Posted by: Trish on 6/1/2015 at 6:17 pm

Mt. McKinley: Upper West Rib Team Flies onto the Mountain

Sunday, May 31st 11:17 a.m. PDT

The Upper West Rib team covered some serious mileage today. We had a casual morning in Talkeetna with a big Roadhouse breakfast and then strolled to the hangar to put the final touches on our packing and preparations before flying into the range. With such warm temperatures (Talkeetna was as warm as 77 degrees) we pushed our fly time back to the afternoon to accommodate our night schedule on the lower Kahiltna Glacier. We loaded our DH Otter at 3:00 PM and shortly thereafter were flying. The flight into the Great Alaska Range is one of the most spectacular mountain flights I have ever experienced. As our small plane maneuvered through the peaks and up the the glaciers, everyone’s eyes were glued to the windows. After landing at base camp we began rigging our sleds and getting ready to move. With such good weather we wanted to take advantage of the cooler temperatures in the evening for our move to 7,800’ camp. We left BC just after 8:00 PM and soon found ourselves walking past beautiful peaks like Mt Francis, Foraker, and Crossen. Despite the heavy packs and sleds, the team moved very well . We arrived just before 1:00 AM and set camp, had some dinner and racked out. Everyone is climbing very well and excited to have the expedition underway. That’s all for now.

Thanks for following along with us as we make our first steps toward Denali.

RMI Guide Geoff Schellens

Have a great climb

Posted by: Marilyn Frank on 6/1/2015 at 4:02 pm

Best wishes for an outstanding trip!

Posted by: Leia Simmons on 6/1/2015 at 7:07 am

Mt. McKinley: Upper West Rib Team Prepares in Talkeetna

Friday, May 29th 12:52pm PDT

Today the UWR (Upper West Rib) McKinley team is scurrying around getting all of our gear dialed for the glacier. Planes are landing and taking off every few minutes, which keeps us motivated to stay on our tasks. Line by line we are crossing off our check lists, and the piles of food and gear are growing to epic proportions.

The weather is stable right now, and it looks promising that we will fly on tomorrow.

Thanks for following along. We’ll update everyone from the glacier!

RMI Guides Eric Frank and Geoff Schellens and team

Go Kim! I’m holding down the fort in Cincy so no worries! :)

Posted by: Maria on 6/1/2015 at 6:18 am

Hi, Kimmy.  My back hurts just looking at all that stuff you have to carry!!  Have a great time!  I’ll try and not screw up too much while you’re gone!  - Helen

Posted by: Helen on 5/31/2015 at 12:07 pm

Mt. McKinley: Upper West Rib Team Starts Their Expedition

The Upper West Rib team assembled today at the Anchorage airport and started our journey north to Talkeetna. All of us are excited to have the trip underway. We have lots of logistics and preparing to take care of, but that will start tomorrow. Tonight we are going to get settled into our hotel, have some dinner, and relax. That’s all for now, thank you for following along with us as our adventure begins. 

RMI Guide Geoff Schellens

Very cool! Can’t wait for the updates!

Posted by: Mike b on 5/29/2015 at 1:14 pm

Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climb Teams on the Summit!

The Four Day Summit Climb Team led by RMI Guides Eric Frank and Zeb Blais reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning just before 8 am PT.  Eric reported clear skies with chilly temperatures and a 20 mph wind.
The teams will enjoy some time on the crater before starting their descent to Camp Muir.  After a brief rest at Camp Muir they will continue down to Paradise.  We look forward to seeing the teams at Rainier BaseCamp this afternoon.

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb teams!

Congratulations Bridget and Patrick!! Have a safe trip back down!

Posted by: katie marsh on 5/25/2015 at 12:15 pm

Congratulations Bridget and Patrick!! The first of many more adventures for the two of you! Your aunt Barb would be so proud!!

Posted by: Mom and Dad McLoone on 5/25/2015 at 12:02 pm

Mt. Rainier: Four & Five Day Summit Climbs Reach Summit

RMI Teams reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  RMI Guide Brent Okita led the Four Day Summit Climb and Eric Frank led the Five Day Summit Climb team.  The teams began their descent from the crater rim at 7 am and reported light winds and a bit of a cloud cap.  The teams will return to Camp Muir and then continue down to Paradise.  We look forward to seeing them back at Rainier BaseCamp later today.

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb Teams!

You did it!!!  I love you and we are all so proud of you!  You are awesome!!!

Posted by: Bobbie Jo on 8/12/2014 at 8:06 pm

Daddy! YoU did it! I am so proud of going after a dream and actually living it! You are such a great example. I love you daddy and I cannot wait to hear all about it! Xoxo Mari Jo

Posted by: MariJo on 8/12/2014 at 4:16 pm

Mt. Rainier: August 8th Summit!

At 7:32 a.m. the RMI Mt. Rainier Four-Day Summit Climb teams began their descent from the crater rim.  RMI Guides Eric Frank and Geoff Schellens reported light winds, a marine layer and cold temperatures.

We look forward to congratulating them at Rainier Basecamp this afternoon!

Brent Wolfe !! You and the rest of the team ROCK!! ...literally! Way to make it happen. I guess this shows the biggest obstacles really are just in our mind! I’m so proud of you!

Posted by: Bre wolfe on 8/13/2014 at 6:28 am

That’s what I’m talking about!  Well done guys!

Posted by: MrsRobber on 8/8/2014 at 11:31 am

Alpamayo: Frank & Team Summit!

Good morning, this is RMI Guide Eric Frank checking in from the summit of Alpamayo. It’s just before noon here in Peru. We had a pretty amazing climb today. Woke up to gorgeous weather, clear skies.  Everyone made it to the top.  We are just about to start rappelling down. We will leave a message and let you know we got down safely. Thanks for following along. Bye.

Update: July 10, 2014 2:21 PM PT

The team is back at high camp safe and sound.  They are packing up to head down to base camp and are looking forward to an amazing meal prepared by their base camp cook.

RMI Guide Eric Frank

RMI Guide Eric Frank calls in from the Alpamayo summit!

Congratulations Eric, looks like you and Jesse had a summit on the same day.  Great job, safe travels home.

Posted by: Paul G. Thummel on 7/11/2014 at 7:10 pm

Mike, Scott and Eric—We’re so proud of all of you! 

“He made my feet like hinds’ feet, and set me secure on the heights.”  Psalm 18:33

Posted by: pam proctor on 7/10/2014 at 11:33 am

Alpamayo: Frank & Team Hanging Tough

Hello everyone! Well, we are still at high camp on Alpamayo. The weather during the evening last night was a variable mix of snow and wind with periods of calm in-between. Sometime shortly after 2am, we decided to take advantage of one of the calm times and see how the route would treat us. After several hours of difficult, waist deep, trail breaking the team managed to access the main couloir on the southwest face. Unfortunately it was a six-inch deep torrent of falling spindrift and finding ice to stick our tools into was impossible. We retreated and made it back to camp shortly after 6am.

We have decided to wait one more day and hope to see an improvement in the weather. Keep your fingers crossed that tomorrow morning we will find good climbing conditions.

RMI Guide Eric Frank

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