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Entries By geoff schellens

June 3, 2015

Denali - Upper West Rib Expedition

Mt. McKinley: Upper West Rib Team Scheduled Rest Day

June 3, 2015 - 5:08 pm PT

Last night shortly after dinner a light snow began falling as we got in our tents. This morning we awoke to 8” of new snow and it has continued falling all day. It is always nice when weather forces a rest day right on schedule.
We drew out the breakfast process making hash browns, eggs, bacon, and uncountable cups of coffee. The early afternoon was spent napping an watching movies in our tents and shoveling out camp. Hopefully tomorrow is nice and we can get a cache in at 13,600’ before returning to 11 camp. The teams is in good spirits and enjoying a day off their feet.
That’s all for now, thanks for following along.

RMI Guides Geoff Schellens & Eric Frank

On The Map

Kim and rest in the same sentence? I am imagining you doing push-ups, crunches and using anything you can find in your backpack for weight resistant exercises. Keep enjoying this fabulous adventure!

Posted by: Mary Beth Donelan on 6/5/2015 at 6:09 am

Hi Kim. I just wanted to tell you that last night, Lora put our A/C down to 68. I was freeeezing all night! Ugh. Anyway, what’s going on with you these days? When do you leave for Alaska?

Good luck!


Posted by: Michael on 6/4/2015 at 5:50 pm

June 2, 2015

Denali - Upper West Rib Expedition

Mt. McKinley: Upper West Rib Team Establishing Camp at 11,200’ Camp

June 2, 2015 - 5:43 pm PT

Light snow is pelting the outside of our tents this afternoon, but we are warm and dry inside. Soon we will need to venture out and build high walls around our camp to protect the tents from any potential wind damage.  Despite the fact that it is a lot of hard work, wall building tends to be a favorite among groups. It is half artistry and half big-kid Legos.
The group was already productive today. After a leisurely breakfast of bagels with smoked salmon, we took a three hour stroll down to our cached food and brought it back up to 11,200’ camp. Now we are firmly established here and getting stronger for our next move uphill.

RMI Guides Geoff Schellens and Eric Frank

On The Map

Stay warm Kim with all that new snow. Remember, with your height you will have an advantage getting more Oxygen!

Posted by: JDT on 6/4/2015 at 8:10 am

Hi Kim: Looks like you & the team are doing terrific! We look forward at some point to seeing photos of the snow walls you are building around the tents. Sounds like it could be a “work of art” suitable for gallery viewing.Go Kim Go!!!  Be safe & stay well!!  Love,  Dad

Posted by: SHEL on 6/3/2015 at 4:52 am

June 2, 2015

Denali - Upper West Rib Expedition

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

June 1, 2015

Denali - Upper West Rib Expedition

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

May 31, 2015

Denali - Upper West Rib Expedition

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

May 29, 2015

Denali - Upper West Rib Expedition

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

May 28, 2015

Denali - Upper West Rib Expedition

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

September 22, 2014

Four Day Summit Climb

Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climb Teams Top Out!

The Four Day Summit Climb Teams for September 19 - 22 led by RMI Guides Casey Grom and Geoff Schellens reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning just before 7 am PT.  Casey reported a change in the weather with increasing winds as the teams approached the crater rim.  Both teams will return to Camp Muir for a short break before continuing down to Paradise later today.

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb teams!

AWESOME! So proud Patrick, John and Joseph!

Posted by: Darlene Halloran on 9/22/2014 at 12:46 pm

September 14, 2014

Four Day Summit Climb

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

RMI Guides Tyler Reid and Geoff Schellens led their teams to the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  Both teams reported great route conditions and a beautiful day.  The teams began their descent from Mt. Rainier’s crater rim shortly before 8 am.  They will return to Camp Muir and then continue down to Paradise this afternoon.

Congratulations to today’s Four & Five Day Summit Climb teams!

Well done Mike.  What a great accomplishment!

Posted by: Mum and Dad on 9/14/2014 at 5:03 pm

Congrats Jason and team!  We are so happy to hear about your success.  Look forward to celebrating when you get back.

Posted by: Nikki & drew on 9/14/2014 at 10:45 am

September 2, 2014

Four Day Summit Climb

Mt. Rainier: September 2nd Update

RMI Guide Brent Okita radioed from the Mount Rainier summit! He reported fairly warm temperatures, sunny skies with winds 5-20 mph and gusts to 45 mph. At 8:15 a.m., the team left the summit and started their descent back to Camp Muir.

Congratulations to today’s summit climbers!

High five!

Posted by: Sherry Jones on 9/2/2014 at 11:01 am

Woo-hoo!  Congrats, guys!

Posted by: Jennifer Dempsey on 9/2/2014 at 10:26 am

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