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Mt. Baker: Frank & Team Summit!

Posted by: Eric Frank | July 19, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *North Cascades
Elevation: 10,781'

Hello, this is RMI Guide Eric Frank calling from Grant’s Peak here on the top of Mount Baker. We just had a beautiful climb on the North Ridge Route. Had a few other parties up here today, but we had perfect weather, great views, and a good climb. We are going to hang out on top for another 15 or 20 minutes and then we’ll be headed back down to our camp. Hope everyone following along is doing well. Talk to you soon. Bye.

Ascending Mount Baker's North Ridge Route. Photo: Eric Frank An RMI climber ascending Mount Baker's North Ridge. Photo: Kel Rossiter


RMI Guide Eric Frank calls in from the Mount Baker summit.


Mt. Rainier: July 10th Summit!

Posted by: Mike Haugen, Eric Frank | July 10, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guide Mike Haugen and the Expedition Skills Seminar – Paradise led by RMI Guide Eric Frank reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning. The teams reported warm weather and a cloud cap on the upper mountain. They are currently descending back to Camp Muir to refuel and repack before continuing down to Paradise. We look forward to seeing them in Ashford this afternoon.

Congratulations climbers!

RMI climbers ascending the upper slopes of Mt. Rainier though a cloud cap. Photo: Ed Viesturs
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Congratulations Jess and team!!! I’m so proud of you!! Can’t wait to hear all about this adventure!! Love you Jess!
Your favorite cousin,
Shari ;)

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Posted by: Shari on 7/10/2015 at 2:53 pm

Congratulations Jess, so happy for you! Job well done!

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Posted by: Jan on 7/10/2015 at 12:49 pm


Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climbs & Emmons Seminar Climbers on Summit!

Posted by: Eric Frank, Solveig Waterfall, Kel Rossiter | July 02, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb teams led by RMI Guides Eric Frank and Solveig Waterfall reached the summit of Mt. Rainier early this morning.  The teams enjoyed clear blue skies and warm temperatures.  RMI Guide Kel Rossiter led the Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons to the summit via the Emmons Glacier route.

Congratulations to today’s climbers!

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Congratulations to 313 AS Climbing! Great job Rob and team!  The team raised over $10,000 for the Seattle Childrens Hospital Uncompensated Fund!

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Posted by: Rex Luzader on 7/3/2015 at 1:44 pm


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

Posted by: Eric Frank, Geoff Schellens | June 17, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 11,200'

June 16, 2015 11:47 pm

It was cold this morning at 17,000’ Camp. I mean walking down the ridge in parkas and puffy pants cold. With light winds and a nip in the air we picked our way down the west buttress amongst throngs of other climbers seeking lower elevations. Once we started down the fixed lines the wind died and the solar began cooking us, we walked into 14,000’ Camp wishing we had shorts. After a few hours relaxing at our old home we loaded up and continued on to 11 Camp for the night. We had a custom order fry up for dinner, trying to cook all the remaining cheese, meat, tortillas and other heavy items before hitting the sack. Our plan is to wake up in the middle of the night and walk to the airstrip. If all goes as planned we should be back in Talkeetna by mid day. Thanks for following along on our Upper West Rib expedition.

RMI Guide Geoff Schellens

The view from the top of Motorcycle Hill.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Happy birthday, Kimmy!! Hope you had a great day making your way back down!  Your trip looks like it’s been absolutely incredible.  So proud of you and can’t wait to… read more

Posted by: Corey on 6/18/2015 at 12:18 pm

Hi Kim, GREAT!  WOW ..We are so excited for you & the amazing RMI team!!  Trish & I look forward to seeing you In ALASKA & telling you in person… read more

Posted by: SHEL on 6/17/2015 at 7:53 am


Mt. McKinley: Upper West Rib Team Returns to High Camp After Summit

Posted by: Eric Frank, Geoff Schellens | June 16, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley

June 16, 2015 - 2:01 am

Hey, this is the Upper West Rib team calling you to confirm that we made it back to High Camp.  We are all tucked in for the night, in bed safe and sound.

RMI Guide Eric Frank


RMI Guide Eric Frank checks in from High Camp after the team returns from the summit.

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Mt. McKinley: Upper West Rib Team Calls from the Summit

Posted by: Geoff Schellens, Eric Frank | June 15, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 20,320'

June 15, 2015 8:57 pm PT

Hello everybody this is Geoff Schellens with the Upper West Rib team calling from the summit of Denali.  It’s been quite a long day and a lot of tired folks but we are happy to be here.  We are about to start our descent and we will check in from 17 Camp.  Thanks everybody for following along.

RMI Guide Geoff Schellens

The view from the summit of Mt. McKinley, Alaska 20,320 ft.  Photo: RMI Collection


RMI Guide Geoff Schellens calls from the summit of Mt. McKinley with the Upper West Rib Team.

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Congrats Kim and happy belated bday!! I have been thinking of you constantly. You are my hero! Xoxo

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Posted by: Steph on 6/20/2015 at 8:09 pm

Congratulations KIM!!!!  What an accomplishment!
Christa Huseby

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Posted by: Christa Huseby on 6/16/2015 at 11:53 am


Mt. McKinley: Upper West Rib Team Preparing for Summit Bid Tomorrow

Posted by: Geoff Schellens, Eric Frank | June 14, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 16,900'

Sunday June 14th 8:20 pm PT

Hello, this is RMI Guide, Eric Frank, calling in from Alaska. I’m at the Balcony Camp on the Upper West Rib, here at 16,900 feet. Our team climbed up here today from our 14,000-foot camp. We’re doing great. It is about 7:20 PM, Alaska time. We have tents up and we are settling into dinner. It’s beautiful evening out here. We can see several hundred miles from our vantage all throughout the Alaska Range and into the tundra to the north, so we’re doing well. We anticipate great weather tomorrow.

RMI Guide Eric Frank


RMI Guide Eric Frank calls in from Balcony Camp.

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I am glad to see that our prayers cleared the weather for you. May God be with you all during your climb.  I can not wait until I am able… read more

Posted by: Kevin Stone on 6/16/2015 at 7:16 am

Kim- it’s me again- just wanted to give you a heads up that dad has been waiting for you on the summit- so act totally surprised when you see him-… read more

Posted by: Lora on 6/15/2015 at 10:37 am


Mt. McKinley: Upper West Rib Team Awaits a Perfect Weather Window

Posted by: Geoff Schellens, Eric Frank | June 14, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 14,200'

Sunday June 14th 12:00 a.m. PT

The weather has turned and things in the Alaska Range are looking up. All day we lounged under blue skies and made our final gear decisions.
It appears from the forecast that tomorrow and Monday will be our best opportunity to climb. We anticipate leaving in the morning and starting a 72-hour cycle of nearly continuous movement, punctuated with some periods of sleep, that will hopefully take us to the top and all the way back to our plane ride to Talkeetna.

RMI Guides Geoff Schellens and Eric Frank

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Kim- in the immortal words of Diana Ross “way to go Kim & the rest of your group”!! Oops I mean, “ain’t no mountain high enough”- good luck on the… read more

Posted by: Michael on 6/14/2015 at 2:15 pm

Kimapotamus- exciting news about your trip!!! Good luck with the big climb-you will totally rock-it!!!! 
Lora

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Posted by: Lora on 6/14/2015 at 2:11 pm


Mt. McKinley: Upper West Rib Team Checks in From 14K Camp

Posted by: Geoff Schellens, Eric Frank | June 13, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 14,200'

Friday June 12th 10:30 pm PT

A blog post brought to you by Kim, Pete and Phillip:

We awoke to clear blue skies and stellar views of the Alaska Range. It was followed by an exquisite breakfast of fluffy blueberry and granola pancakes, topped with a wild cherry compote. Then we made a six-feet deep hole and went to “The Edge of the World”.

Weather is looking better and we are hopeful that we will move up the mountain this weekend.

We are looking forward to moving higher up on the mountain, since we are all rested up having slept more in the past few nights than we have in the last month. Clearly we are enjoying the mountain lifestyle, but ready for the next challenges.

Viele Grüße vom Berg, cheers
The Gang

P.S. Hi Sophia! XO love Aunt Kim

Expansive views from the Edge of the World, Mt. McKinley. Photo: RMI Collection

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Glad all is going well.  We had dinner with the family tonight.  We all are very excited for you.
Love
Mom and Dad

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Posted by: MaryAnn and Arthur on 6/13/2015 at 5:47 pm

Hi Aunt Kim!!! Thanks for giving me a shout-out on the mountain- now I’m famous!! Good Luck with your big climb!!!
Xoxoxo
Sophia
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Posted by: Sophia Rose on 6/13/2015 at 2:29 pm


Mt. McKinley: Upper West Rib Team Train at 14,000’

Posted by: Geoff Schellens, Eric Frank | June 12, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 14,200'

June 11, 2015 10:02pm

With unsettled weather upon us we slept in this morning had a nice brunch and spent the afternoon reviewing some technical skills. We discussed some of the techniques we will use and practiced removing and stowing various types of gear as we climb. The team is anxious to get climbing but there is nothing we can do until the weather improves. For now we are enjoying long meals, funny stories, and some good naps. That’s all for now. Thanks for following along and keep your fingers crossed for some good weather up here on Denali.

RMI Guides Eric Frank, Geoff Schellens & Team

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Hi Kim & Co.!!! I am no Al Roker but surely things must be getting better in your neck of the woods!!!  Fingers crossed that the snow is done for… read more

Posted by: Lora on 6/12/2015 at 6:30 pm

Hi Kim, I hope there is a dramatic improvement in the weather so that you & the team can move upward! Hopefully, tomorrow (Saturday) will be the “big’ day where… read more

Posted by: SHEL on 6/12/2015 at 3:58 pm


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