Entries By hannah mcgowan
August 3, 2018
Posted by: Hannah McGowan
RMI Guide Hannah McGowan met her Expedition Skills Seminar - Paradise team on July 29th for a day of Technical Training and gear checks. The next day they drove to Paradise and began their climb. The team moved slowly up the mountain setting up camp, learning new skills and practicing new techniques. Yesterday they moved into Camp Muir and prepared for their summit attempt. With an early alpine start this morning, the team left Camp Muir enroute to the summit. With blue skies and light winds they reached the summit of Mt. Rainier and after enjoying the views, began their descent to Camp Muir around 7 AM PT. Once back at camp they will pack up and continue their descent to Paradise. We look forward to seeing them at Rainier BaseCamp this afternoon to conclude their week of training and climbing.
Congratulations to the Paradise Seminar Team!
So glad you are safe, dad! Proud of you and this tremendous accomplishment!! Praying for a safe return for you and the rest of the team, and that you enjoy the rest of your trip! We love you!
Posted by: Deanna Berkes on 8/4/2018 at 6:16 am
Congrats, Tony!! I can’t wait for you to be home tomorrow and to hear about the adventure! Love you!
Posted by: Kelsey Vigilante on 8/3/2018 at 1:25 pm
July 28, 2018
The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guides Mike King and Hannah McGowan reached the summit of Mt. Rainier early this morning. The team started their climb in the clouds, but these quickly subsided to provide clear skies and a beautiful views from the top. The team has started their descent and will be returning to Rainier Basecamp early this afternoon.
Congratulations to today’s team!
Congratualtions! So happy you all made it. I’m sure you had the most amazing view this morning. I’m so proud of you, Adam!
Posted by: Sarah May on 7/28/2018 at 9:05 am
Congrats on the memorial climb and summit! I’m really proud of the team and guides. Mike King is a certified badass! Adam and Garth, another notch. Booya!
Posted by: Parker Ayers on 7/28/2018 at 8:37 am
July 19, 2018
The Four Day Summit Climb Led by RMI Guides Win Whittaker and Hannah McGowan reached the summit of Mt. Rainier early this morning. Win reported cooler temperatures and winds of 20 - 25 mph. This team spends all year training together and raising funds for the American Lung Association’s Climb for Clean Air. Funds raised by participants supports the American Lung Association’s mission of saving lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease.
Congratulations to today’s Climb for Clean Air Team!
Way to go team ALA! Whoot Whoot. What a fabulous accomplishment and such a great reminder of the importance of every little thing we do for the sake of clean air. Thank you for all your efforts that will benefit our shared planet.
Posted by: Janet Sterk on 7/19/2018 at 5:47 pm
We are so proud of you. The pictures are amazing! Congrats on your team. Love and prayers for a safe climb to the summit!!!
Posted by: Raquel Martinez and Twins on 7/19/2018 at 5:46 pm
July 13, 2018
The Four Day Summit Climb July 10 - 13 teams reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning led by RMI Guides Peter Whittaker and Hannah McGowan. Peter reported winds around 20 mph and cool temperatures. The teams were able to enjoy the views from the summit with clear skies above and below.
Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb teams!
Way to go boys! Well done. Cant wait for the stories! #HillBilliesproud
Posted by: Bill price on 7/13/2018 at 9:42 pm
July 2, 2018
Monday, July 2, 2018 - 10:02 am PT
RMI Super Crew 6 is safe and sound back in Talkeetna!
I expected to be tired waking up early to head to Basecamp from our 11k Camp. I realized when you wake up at 11 pm it is either too early or too late to wake up tired! The tired came later.
We had a beautiful night/morning finishing the 10 miles of glacier that delivered us to the airstrip. Denali gave us one more round of mini snow and wind before it finally gave us a moonrise and sunrise combo.
We arrived at the airstrip just in time for the planes to start flying. We got all of our gear de-rigged and ready to throw on the plane when we were informed that the plans for us had just been changed and the pilots would be picking us up at the upper airstrip a 1/4 mile up glacier. Since the planes were already in the air, we loaded sleds and packs up Beverly Hillbilly style and made the trip in record time just as the planes arrived to bring us back to civilization.
I really appreciate all of the hard work and great attitudes that the Super Crew brought to our adventure. Also, thank you for all of your blog comments and support. It made a huge difference knowing all of you had our backs!
RMI Guide Mike Haugen and Super Crew 6
On The Map
It’s the Love of adventure that make a person put themselves through such a grilling trial.. Testing yourselves to how much your body and mind can endure… You All have “shined” through it all and I’m so happy for the guides and happy for the determination of all the participants ... They will all be looking for New Mountains to climb now.. You are Truly a Super Team ! ! !
Congratulations Lindsay and Matt….......I Love you and Welcome back to Terra Firma…
Posted by: Barbara Jones on 7/2/2018 at 8:51 pm
Thank you Mike and Hannah for your enthusiasm. I’m sure your strength inspired Gloria. I think you all made a great team, to welcome every challenge, or at least accept it. I just want to jump up and down to applaud you. Love,
Posted by: Michelle on 7/2/2018 at 8:49 pm
June 30, 2018
Saturday, June 30, 2018 - 8:25 pm PT
The weather clearing did not happen until late last night, so we could not make a break to Basecamp. The clear weather did make for a great rest day at 11,000’ camp. We slept in and enjoyed the sunshine while we gathered our strength for one long and final push to the the snowy airstrip.
The team is in great spirits and ready to get back to summer and away from days filled with snow!
Keep your fingers crossed for clear, flying kind of weather for us tomorrow!
RMI Guide Mike Haugen and Super Crew 6
On The Map
We’re on our way to Colorado! Finish strong, David and Super Crew 6! So ready to hear your stories and toast to your amazing journey.
Posted by: Nancie Summerlin on 7/1/2018 at 10:37 am
Come on home Super Crew!!! We miss you Shannon nd can not wait to hear your voice Love you Mom
Posted by: Linda Walsh on 7/1/2018 at 5:12 am
June 30, 2018
Saturday June 30, 2018 12:54 AM PST
We are headed home… Slowly.
We woke up to pretty big winds and blowing snow at 17k camp this morning. Our desired early start turned into an afternoon departure when the weather finally gave in enough for us to descend.
We had a great climb down to 14k camp where we crossed paths with Dave Hahn and his crew. It was great to see them and we hope they get the same kind of summit day that we got to experience!
After picking up some cached gear and food from 14k, we made our way through some snowy weather to 11k camp. The Super Crew did a great job keeping it strong on this very long day! Even though the weather does not look to cooperate with us for a Basecamp dash tomorrow, we are in positioned to make it there when it is time to fly!
I think I can speak for the entire Super Crew 6 when I say we are sick of snow!
RMI Super Crew 6
Proud for your accomplishment…...What an adventure, something that some people only dream about !
You had a Great Team of Mountaineers to be able to stay the course.. Have a safe trip home..
Posted by: Barbara Jones on 6/30/2018 at 10:11 pm
I’m so awed by this accomplishment. I plan to share the blog with my English students in the fall when they read the novel, “Peak.” Godspeed for the journey down the mountain.
Posted by: Laura Seasongood on 6/30/2018 at 8:47 am
June 28, 2018
Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 7:11 PM PT
Hi - this is Mike Haugen with RMI Super Crew. We just summited Denali! We are standing at over 20,000 feet with zero wind, 0 miles per hour, 5 degreess Fahrenheit. Every single one of us is up here in our base layer. Views are incredible. Wish you were here! We love all of you and thanks for your support. We are going to have a fun trip down and we will be back in camp at 17,000’.
Congratulations to Mike Haugen & the RMI Team!
RMI Guide Mike Haugen calls from the summit of Denali.
On The Map
My heart continues to swell with pride for all that my son SCOTT has accomplished this past 12 months
Posted by: Roger Coffey on 6/29/2018 at 7:54 am
Congrats you all, that is super exciting. Enjoy and soak up all the goodness of your time together as a kick ass team on your decent.
Posted by: Sabrina on 6/29/2018 at 7:22 am
June 27, 2018
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - 8:39 pm PT
As mountaineers, we tend to take things one day at a time. It just so happens that this was one of the best climbing days ever.
After an early start, we climbed into the gorgeous sunshine that we have not had enough of this trip. The views of the glaciers below and the rocky ridge we were ascending made for stunning photos and memories we will not soon forget! We are pretty sure that Joe Horiskey scheduled a fly-by and wing wave from a F-35 fighter jet just as we topped out on the fixed line! Spectacular!!!
We are currently residing at 17k Camp in the late evening sunshine. This camp stays particularly sunny since there is not much above us to block the Alaskan midnight sun.
Our plan is to go to the summit tomorrow if the mountain allows us! I think the mountain may owe us a good weather summit day after all the Super Crew has been through so far. We will see if Denali agrees!?
RMI Guide Mike Haugen & Super Crew 6
On The Map
Hope all the hard work and preparation paid off today with a successful “visit” to the summit.
Congrats to all for what you have accomplished.
Posted by: Molly Frishmuth on 6/28/2018 at 6:35 pm
Josh, rooting for you and the team for a great summit day. Very proud of you. Love following the team’s progress. Will talk soon. Much love from Mom and Dad
Posted by: David Levy on 6/28/2018 at 10:24 am
June 27, 2018
Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 8:54 PM PT
Rest days are the best days! We slept harrrd after our long day of climbing yesterday. When we finally began rustling around we enjoyed a very leisurely pancake brunch and our whole team laughed and chatted with renewed energy. The afternoon was filled with napping, organizing, stretching, snacking, and enjoying the sunshine. Yes, you read that correctly, sunshine! We finally had a full day with no precipitation! It wasn’t exactly beach weather, but we soaked it up nonetheless, and the day moved at just the perfect pace.
Spirits are high and bellies are full- and every member of the Super Crew would like to send a very warm thank you to Carol Clark for her excellent baked goods! They somehow held up very well in Craig’s pack and he was generous enough (or his pack was heavy enough
On The Map
I thoroughly enjoy receiving the Blog’s informing us of your progress.. The pictures are beautiful ! ! !
Stay safe and enjoy the journey.. May God be with you…. Love to all..
Posted by: Barbara Jones on 6/28/2018 at 5:52 am
Ah, thanks! Glad you all enjoyed Craig’s goodies along with the sunshine!!
Fortified and ready to summit! Love you Craig, Godspeed to all!
Posted by: Carol Clark on 6/27/2018 at 8:44 pm