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

Posted by: Geoff Schellens, Eric Frank | May 31, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 7,800'

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

An RMI climbing team hauls sleds to Mt. McKinley's Camp 1. Photo: RMI Collection

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Mt. McKinley: Upper West Rib Team Prepares in Talkeetna

Posted by: Geoff Schellens, Eric Frank | May 29, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 348'

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

The view of the Alaska Range from Talkeetna, AK. Photo: Eric Frank RMI Guide Geoff Schellens with the May 28th McKinley Upper West Rib Team in Talkeetna, AK. Photo: Eric Frank The RMI May 28th McKinley Upper West Rib Team sorting their gear in Talkeetna, AK. Photo: Eric Frank The food is ready to load into duffels for the RMI May 28th McKinley Upper West Rib Team. Photo: Eric Frank

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Mt. McKinley: Upper West Rib Team Starts Their Expedition

Posted by: Geoff Schellens, Eric Frank | May 28, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley

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

Mt. McKinley, 20,320'. Highest Point in North America. Photo: Bradford Washburn

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

Posted by: Casey Grom, Geoff Schellens | September 22, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

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!

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

Posted by: Geoff Schellens, Tyler Reid | September 14, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

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!

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Mt. Rainier: September 2nd Update

Posted by: Brent Okita, Geoff Schellens | September 02, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

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!

View of Mt. Adams from high break on Mt. Rainier. Photo: Brent Okita
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Mt. Rainier: Four Day Teams Reach the Summit!

Posted by: Geoff Schellens, Adam Knoff | August 28, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb teams led by RMI Guides Geoff Schellens and Adam Knoff reached the summit of Mt. Rainier today under sunny skies.  The teams spent a little time on the crater before starting their descent around 7:30 am.  Once at Camp Muir the teams will take a short break and continue down to Paradise.

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb teams!

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North Cascades: Seminar Team Summits Sahale Peak

Posted by: Geoff Schellens | August 21, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *North Cascades
Elevation: 8,680'

RMI Guide Geoff Schellens just called from the summit of Sahale Peak!  The team had a great climb and ended up above the clouds with great views of the surrounding North Cascades peaks peeking out.

The seminar team has had a fun week of training and climbing, reaching the top of Aiguille and Sahale Peak.  Tomorrow they will finish their training and descend back to the trail head before parting ways.

An RMI team descending from Sahale Peak to Boston Basin in the North Cascades. Photo: Mike Walter

Mt. Rainier: August 8th Summit!

Posted by: Eric Frank, Geoff Schellens | August 08, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

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!

Mt. Rainier - Approaching the top of the Disappointment Cleaver on the descent. Photo: Peter Whittaker
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Mt. Rainier:  Teams on Top via Emmons and Disappointment Cleaver Routes

Posted by: Garrett Stevens, Geoff Schellens, Win Whittaker | July 31, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climbs led by RMI Guides Garrett Stevens and Win Whittaker reached the summit of Mt. Rainier early this morning.  The teams reported cool temperatures, winds 20 mph and clear skies.  They began their descent from the summit at 7 am en route to Camp Muir.  They will take a short break there before continuing down to Paradise.

The Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons led by RMI Guide Geoff Schellens also made their summit push today.  Geoff and team were also beginning their descent from the crater rim around 7 am. They will return to Camp Schurman for their final night on the mountain.

Congratulations to today’s climbers!

An RMI Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons Team approaching Inter Glacier on Mt. Rainier.  Photo: RMI Collection
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