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Alaska Seminar: Davis & Team Long Walks and Long Clouds

Posted by: Leon Davis, Garrett Stevens, Bridget Belliveau | May 09, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 7,300'

Good evening warm comfortable people!

The team here at base camp continues to thrive midst the constant storm. We needed to stick our heads in it so we packed our sleds and made our way to the main flow of the Kahiltna and started walking upstream. Although the visibility was only a few hundred meters and the snow fell wet, we managed to make a seven-mile round trip journey up the expansive long frozen river. Everyone performed well and lessons in self care were earned. With the weather outlook looking bleak, we may have to take the first flight out tomorrow morning. Hopefully in time to call our mothers on Mother’s Day!

RMI Guide Leon Davis

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Good luck! Can’t wait to hear all the adventures!

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Posted by: Sandra on 5/10/2015 at 10:14 am

good luck Doni n Pepi
gunna b cold n wet

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Posted by: Donato Arguelles on 5/10/2015 at 8:52 am


Alaska Seminar: Davis & Team in a White World

Posted by: Leon Davis, Garrett Stevens, Bridget Belliveau | May 09, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 7,300'

Greetings from inside the tent!  Well we hoped to get a break today and move our bodies across some glaciers, but, the sky gods had different plans. Lots of snow falling and we can’t see much past the tents, but the team is taking it in stride and they are master knot technicians!  Tomorrow is a new day so stay tuned.

Good night and good luck,

RMI Guide Leon Davis

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Alaska Seminar: Davis & Team Training in the Snow

Posted by: Leon Davis, Garrett Stevens, Bridget Belliveau | May 08, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 7,300'

We woke early today, hopeful that last night’s forecast would be wrong. Alas, the snow that had been predicted had shown up overnight, so we hit the snooze button and rolled over to wait it out. Well, after an hour and a half it became apparent that the snow was here to stay, so we got up and got the day underway.

Our breakfast of bacon and eggs fueled up the bodies for another day of training. We had hoped to head up the main Kahiltna Glacier towards some climbing objectives, but the lack of visibility combined with the unsettled weather kept us in camp. We made the most of the day by focusing on more involved crevasse rescue systems, more technical training, and swapping stories about the adventures we’ve experienced.

Dinner was a welcome break from the cold and snow, and the laughter and conversation from our posh tent drifted over the glacier as we wound down the day. The snow continues to fall, so we’re nestling in for the night, excited to be here in the heart of the Alaska Range. Hopefully we’ll see a break in the weather, but we’ll see what it looks like when the alarms go off tomorrow! Stay tuned, thanks for reading.

RMI Guides Leon Davis, Garrett Stevens, Bridget Belliveau and the team

An RMI camp during an Alaska storm. Photo: RMI Collection

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Alaska Seminar: Team is Enjoying Good Weather While Training

Posted by: Bridget Belliveau, Leon Davis, Garrett Stevens | May 07, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 7,300'

May 7, 2015 12:39 am PT

Greetings,

Today the team spent a full day doing technical training, building foundational knowledge in hopes of breaking camp tomorrow and moving towards our next objective: Kahiltna Dome.

The weather has so far been excellent, so if you are out there reading this, do a little anti-snow dance for us!

Cheers from Alaska,

RMI Guides Leon Davis, Garrett Stevens and Bridget Belliveau

From camp looking toward the next objective Kahiltna Dome with Mt. Foraker to the left.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Snow dancing has commenced in DC!!!  Fingers Crossed for you all!

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Posted by: Melissa Quantock on 5/8/2015 at 6:54 am

Looks like you are enjoying beautiful weather. I will be there next week doing the same seminar. Enjoy.

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Posted by: John Newland on 5/8/2015 at 5:15 am


Alaska Seminar: Davis & Team Climbing and Training

Posted by: Leon Davis, Garrett Stevens, Bridget Belliveau | May 06, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 7,300'

May 5, 2015 11:27 pm PT

Hi everyone.
Another beautiful sunny day on the glacier!  Perfect to go out for a bit of climbing and training. We left this morning in the cold shadow of Mt. Hunter and made our way up into a small basin on the north side of Horiskey’s Hump. Stopping periodically to study the glacier and identify some key features that make this frozen river so interesting. The team made great time and we were able to stand on top while getting some good practice on fixed line travel. By late afternoon the team was back at camp building a few more walls and celebrating Cinco de Mayo courtesy of John and his guacamole.  Good night.

RMI Guide Leon Davis

Teams camped at Kahiltna Base (7,300 ft), Mt. Hunter (14,573 ft) in the back ground behind the clouds.  Photo: RMI Collection

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hi Papa!I got on purple two times in a row this week! I miss you very much .I hope you are having a good trip. I LOVE you!

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Posted by: Evelyn on 5/6/2015 at 3:52 pm


Alaska Seminar: Davis and Team Fly onto the Kahiltna Glacier

Posted by: Leon Davis, Garrett Stevens, Bridget Belliveau | May 05, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 7,300'

May 4, 2015, 9:46 pm PT
Good evening friends & family!  The first RMI Alaska Seminar of 2015 is on the SE fork of the Kahiltna Glacier. Our team spent today buffing out camp, which overlooks the airstrip, with snow block walls and a bathroom. We taught a clinic on climbing fundamentals, watched Mt. Hunter shed some large ice blocks and enjoyed a nice dinner of burritos in the cook tent. Tomorrow we will venture to the north side of Horiskey’s Hump for some more training and climbing.  Good night from a cold sunny glacier far far away.

RMI Guide Leon Davis

An RMI Team camped on the SE Fork of the Kahiltna Glacier.  Photo: RMI Collection

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What a spot.  Looks beautiful, some day I may be able to get the funds to do this trip as well.  Keep saving and keep training.  Have fun and be… read more

Posted by: Kevin Stone on 5/6/2015 at 6:45 am

So excited to follow you all on this adventure….a dream for our son who is there with you.  Be safe and enjoy every moment!

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Posted by: Melissa on 5/6/2015 at 5:08 am


Alaska Seminar: Davis & Team Training in Talkeetna

Posted by: Leon Davis, Garrett Stevens, Bridget Belliveau | May 03, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley

Hello from Talkeetna, Alaska! The RMI Alaska Mountaineering Seminar is underway here, and so far it’s nothing but blue skies, sunshine, smiles and excitement. The team all arrived yesterday in Anchorage, and despite one delayed flight we were all able to rendezvous with our shuttle and make tracks north.  A short shopping stop in Wasilla let us get all the final little treats that we’ll want to eat on the glacier for the next week or so, and then we finished the drive to this quaint little town at the end of the road.

After a good night’s rest, the team met this morning for breakfast at the fabled Roadhouse, followed by a stop at the ranger station to complete all our paperwork. We headed over to the hangar to finalize our packing and preparation, and then it was off to the races with training. Tent craft and now rope work, with the team learning a lot of new skills that we’ll use over the course of our program.

We’re scheduled to fly onto the Kahiltna Glacier this afternoon, so once we get the final weights of all our gear, we’ll suit up and head into a very different world! We’ll trade the trees and grass for snow and ice, but that’s what we’ve all come to do.

Keep it tuned in for more updates, and thanks for reading!

RMI Guides Leon Davis, Garrett Stevens, Bridget Belliveau, and the expedition team

The Alaska Seminar team learn some knot-tying skills in Talkeetna. Photo: Garrett Stevens

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Mt. Rainier: Summit Climbs on Top!

Posted by: Casey Grom, Garrett Stevens | August 29, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

RMI Guides Garrett Stevens and Casey Grom led their teams of Four Day Summit Climbers to the summit of Mt. Rainier today.  Garrett reported a thin cloud cap starting to form but a pretty nice day overall.  Winds were very low on the lower portions of the mountain but had increased near the summit.  The teams will spend a bit of time in the crater and then descend back to Camp Muir.  After a short break the teams will continue down to Paradise and conclude their program with a short celebration at Rainier BaseCamp.

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb teams!

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Seriously impressed! Well done!

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Posted by: Sean M on 8/30/2014 at 6:14 am

Hammer, praying you will do your climb as high as you can go and come back safe and sound to your family.  Hope your’re having a great experience!  Mum-Z

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Posted by: Irene on 8/29/2014 at 11:03 am


Mt. Rainier: Summit Climbs Teams on Top!

Posted by: Dave Hahn, Garrett Stevens | August 24, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

RMI Guides Dave Hahn and Garrett Stevens led their Four Day Summit Climb teams to the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  The teams reached the crater rim around 7 am and were able to spend some time on the summit taking photos and enjoying the views.  Both teams began their descent from the crater rim and will return to Camp Muir for a short rest before continuing down the mountain.

We look forward to seeing everyone back at Rainier BaseCamp this afternoon.

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb team.

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So thrilled for John and team- What an amazing experience!! Can’t wait to see pics and hear all about your adventures.  Be safe- see you soon- Love you!!

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Posted by: Amy on 8/24/2014 at 9:15 am

This is the news I’ve been waiting for-I can’t wait to see the photos! The view must’ve been magnificent!!
congratulations Jason-and team!!

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Posted by: Anna Marie Brick on 8/24/2014 at 8:28 am


Mt. Rainier: August 7th Update

Posted by: Brent Okita, Garrett Stevens, Walter Hailes | August 07, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Mt. Rainier Summit Climb teams, led by Brent Okita and Walter Hailes, reached the summit at 7:00 a.m.  The winds were 20-25 mph and a clear day.  They are currently descending to Camp Muir.

The Expedition Skills Seminar - Kautz, led by Garrett Stevens, is currently on the summit reaching the top via the Kautz Glacier Route.

Congratulations to today’s teams!

View of Mt. Adams from high break on Mt. Rainier. Photo: Brent Okita
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Congrats Shane!!! I am so proud of you and your
dedication. I can’t wait to hear all about it. Love-
Misty, Nathan, Ayden, and Brinley

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Posted by: Misty on 8/8/2014 at 12:49 pm

I want to thank Brent again for all of his assistance and support on the climb.  I couldn’t have done it otherwise.

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Posted by: Jerry Thomas on 8/8/2014 at 7:11 am


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