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

Posted by: Eric Frank, Geoff Schellens | June 02, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 11,200'

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

An RMI Team camped at 11,200 ft on Mt. McKinley.  Photo: RMI Collection

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

Posted by: Geoff Schellens, Eric Frank | June 02, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 11,200'

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

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Mt. McKinley: Upper West Rib Team Caches Gear at 9,600’

Posted by: Geoff Schellens, Eric Frank | June 01, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 7,800'

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

An RMI camp at 7,800 feet, Mt. McKinley, Alaska. Photo: RMI Collection

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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!

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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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