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Mt. McKinley: Hahn & Team Get Ready in Talkeetna

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013
The climbing team ate a hardy breakfast at The Talkeetna Roadhouse.  We talked climbing and safety as we chewed bacon and swilled coffee.  Our excellent meal prepared us for a giant day of packing and organizing to fly on to Denali.  Longtime legendary NPS climbing ranger Roger Robinson gave our pre-climb briefing at the ranger station, after which we trooped on out to the K2 Aviation hangar to get into the nuts and bolts of getting our gear ready for the mountain.  We worked through some unbelievably hot hours, checking tents, stoves, ropes, pots and clothes.  Massive cumulonimbus clouds formed as the day went along and thunder boomed, but the storm never really hit Talkeetna.
We enjoyed a great dinner together at the popular West Rib Pub and then turned in.  All were intent on resting up from this big and busy day to be ready for a bigger and busier day tomorrow, hopefully one that gets us onto Denali.

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

On The Map

To Max and my Dad: Wanted to let you know that although the wifi here is limited, I’m still able to check up on the blog at least once a day. Thinking of you and wishing you the best! Have a safe climb!

Posted by: Ellie on 6/27/2013 at 12:26 pm

Dave Hahn and Team -

Sounds like that warm weather is still hanging around up there.  I’ve followed some of the previous RMI teams and they were all hit with hot weather at some point during their climbs.

I bet the lower Kahiltna has opened up quite a bit and you will have a severe zig-zag path through that area.
Have a safe climb!

-Larry Seaton

Posted by: Larry Seaton on 6/27/2013 at 8:07 am

Mt. McKinley: Hahn & Team Arrive in Talkeetna

The last RMI Denali team of the 2013 climbing season is in place in Talkeetna.  All people (12) and all baggage (24 plus) made it to Anchorage without delay.  We met at four in the afternoon and shortly thereafter we’d connected with Bill, our Denali Overland shuttle driver and we began the shuttle to Talkeetna.  We got to feel the much discussed heat wave… It was hot.  We took a short break in Wasilla, to take on final provisions, and then Bill took us up to Talkeetna town.  Most elected to take it easy on this jet lagged evening, settling down to a comfy night in the Talkeetna Motel.
Work starts tomorrow.
(And there will be pictures)

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

On The Map

Mike King is my nephew and we want to follow him UP!

Posted by: Bonnie Roberts on 6/27/2013 at 8:37 am

Mt. Rainier: June 15, 2013 Summit!

RMI Guides Pete Van Deventer and Geoff Schellens and the Four Day Summit Climb team reached the summit of Mt. Rainier at 7:28am this morning.  The team reported clear beautiful skies, steady winds of 10 mph, and cool temperatures. The group spent some time on the summit enjoying the views and are now en route back to Camp Muir.

Congrautations to today’s teams!

Congrats to our nephew Ben and the team.  We’ll enjoy the pics and the stories.  Nancy and Sherman

Posted by: Sherman Kahn on 6/16/2013 at 7:42 am

Great job Ben!  Can’t wait to see the pictures and hear about the climb.

Posted by: Barry on 6/16/2013 at 4:47 am

Mt. Rainier: June 12, 2013 - Summit!

The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guide Billy Nugent reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  Billy reported clear and beautiful skies, but cold temperatures with winds of about 10 - 15 mph form the northwest. The team has started their descent and are en route back to Camp Muir.

Congratulations to today’s team!

What a great 4 days!!!  Great climb and excellent guides.

Posted by: charles on 6/19/2013 at 10:04 pm

Mt. Rainier: July 2nd Summit

The Four Day Summit Climb June 29 - 2 July led by RMI Guides Brent Okita, Gabriel Barral and Erik Nelson reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning shortly after 7 am (PT).  The team reported cold temperatures, winds and a high overcast sky.

The climbers spent 30 minutes on top before beginning their descent toward Camp Muir.  The team will re-pack and re-fuel before at Camp Muir before continuing their descent to Paradise and on to Rainier Base Camp. 

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb team!

Congratulations Jason, What an accomplishment! Have a safe journey home! All of us are looking forward to your stories on Thursday!

Posted by: Diane Young on 7/3/2012 at 9:50 am

Way to go Wendell and Jason! You definately earned your wellness points today. Congratulations from all of the Elmhurst employees!

Posted by: Diane Young on 7/3/2012 at 8:25 am

Mt. Rainier: SUMMIT!


Our Four Day Summit Climb Teams led by Paul Maier and Mike Haugen made it to the summit of Mt. Rainier today.  The teams were able to spend a moment on top before heading downhill and are now en route to Camp Muir.

Congratulations to today’s teams!

In the words of Ryan Newton ” I’m so glad my dad got to climb all the way to the top of the mountain!”.  Great job we can’t wait to hear all about it!!

Posted by: Kelly Newton on 6/14/2012 at 2:44 pm

Stephanie and Brian Ciske - did you summit today?

Posted by: Jean Ciske on 6/14/2012 at 12:39 pm

Mt. Rainier: Expedition Skills Seminar - Kautz

Seth here, checking in from inside my tent.  We’re currently dug in at 9,200 feet at a spot we call “The Castle.”  We’ve had a rough spell of weather on this trip with mostly white out conditions but the group is still having a good time.  Yesterday we had good weather for a bit while we climbed up to our camp but over night a big storm came in and now we are just waiting it out in the safety of camp.

Tomorrow we will make our way back to civilization.

Way to Go John, We are sooo proud…hope you didn’t loose your hat in those white outs!  It’s 84 and sunny here in MB..you’re next stomping ground..can’t wait to see you and hear all about it.  Love you partner. Dr. Missy

Posted by: Melissa Patton on 6/9/2012 at 5:14 am

Hey Mr. Boicourt get tot he top already Rif meeting starts in an hour, plus George misses you!

By the looks of that weather you should have listened to me and done the Robert Trent Jone golf trail. we would be on about Bottle 10 of Goose and Juice…

great job and see ya soon…

Posted by: Chris Colangelo on 6/8/2012 at 6:13 am

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