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Mt. Rainier: August 20th Summit!

The Four Day Summit Climb teams led by RMI Guides Walter Hailes and Hannah McGowan reached the summit of Mt. Rainier early this morning. The team reported clear skies all the way to the top!

Congratulations to today’s teams!

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Congratulations to Welles Wiley and Gi Lee on reaching the top!  And to everyone else on the trip!!!

Posted by: Roxanne Wiley on 8/20/2017 at 12:07 pm

Mt. Rainier: August 14th Five Day Summit Climb Update

TheFive Day Summit Climb led by RMI guide Hannah McGowan reached the top of Disappointment Cleaver today. The team was unable to summit today due to current route conditions. The team will spend some time at Camp Muir before starting their descent to Paradise.

Congratulations to today’s team!

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Oh man!! So sorry as I am sure you are all bummed… Be safe coming down.. I Love You Anthony!!


Posted by: Kerri Viverito on 8/14/2017 at 10:43 am

Mt. Rainier: August 9th Summit!

The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guides Brent Okita and Hannah McGowan reached the summit of Mt. Rainier early this morning. The team was going to spend some time on the summit enjoying the views before starting their descent.

Congratulations to today’s teams!

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Congratulations Anurag to you and your team!  Quite an accomplishment!  Come back safely.

Posted by: Lynne Marley on 8/9/2017 at 7:40 am


Posted by: BRANDI on 8/9/2017 at 7:38 am

Mt. Rainier: RMI Guide Kel Rossiter & Team Stand Atop Mt. Rainier

The Four Day Summit Climb July 28 - 31 led by RMI Guide Kel Rossiter reached the summit of Mt. Rainier at 5:30 am today.  The team enjoyed the views from the summit with clear skies and light winds.  The team will return to Camp Muir and continue down to Paradise.  Their program will conclude at Rainier BaseCamp today with a celebration of their achievement.

Congratulations to today’s climbers!

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This just confirms my belief in you, Cory. You can achieve Anything if your heart is in it. ❤️❤️❤️

Posted by: Mom on 7/31/2017 at 10:44 am

Way to go Cory! What a great accomplishment!!

Posted by: Bernie Handfelt on 7/31/2017 at 10:05 am

Mt. Shuksan: Gately & Team Summit via Fisher Chimeys

RMI Guide Steve Gately called from the summit of Mt. Shuksan this afternoon. The team delayed their start this morning due to rain and poor visibility.  Once the rain dissipated they left camp in hopes the visibility would improve.  Their patience was rewarded and they were able to reach the summit via the Fisher’s Chimney route.  The team will return to camp today for a final night on the mountain.  Tomorrow they will descend to the trail head and conclude their program.

Congratulations to today’s Mt. Shuksan climbers!

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Denali Expedition: Hahn & Team On Their Way Home

Our final day on Denali began just an hour after the second-to-last day ended.  We were up at 1 AM and walking South by three.  The hoped for full-on freeze didn’t quite come through.  While the glacier surface was a little crunchy under the snowshoes, one still sank in a bit more than we’d have preferred.  But half a freeze is better than none when there are crevasse bridges to be crossed.  And we crossed about a thousand of them.  We did have a few scares as team members broke through to wiggle their legs in the void before hastily crawling topside again.  I think all would agree that the morning commute to the airstrip was stressful, brutally tough with big packs, and magically stupendous in terms of scenery and the feeling of accomplishment when it was completed.  We were at basecamp no more than ten minutes before the big red beautiful K2 ski otters swooped in and scooped us up at 9:45 AM.  The rest of the day was spent in glorious summer down in Talkeetna.  We changed into cotton and sandals and sorted stinky gear.  Our celebration dinner at the West Rib was a blast.  We laughed and toasted for hours.  A nightcap at the Fairview and a walk down to the Susitna to see the mountains at midnight made for a perfect ending to a perfect trip. 
Thanks for following… we’ll do it all again sometime. 

RMI Guide Dave Hahn

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Denali Expedition: Hahn & Team Descend to 8,000’

July 4, 2017
It was the calm and sunny morning we’d been hoping for at 14,000 ft today.  Which certainly made it easier to get up and get sorted for going downhill.  Independence Day at 14,000’ Camp was so nice that we lingered in camp until just after noon.  Then it was walking down, hauling sleds around Windy (but not actually windy) Corner, across the Polo Field, down Squirrel and Motorcycle hills and into 11,000 ft.  We dug up our long lost cache there and shifted gears.  We swapped out crampons for snowshoes and ice axes for ski poles and the got trudging down toward the Kahiltna Glacier.  It was stunning to come around the corner and to have the entire glacier laid out below us.  We dodged s few crevasses on ski hill and reached our old camp at 8,000’ by 7:30.  Just in time to throw up tents, enjoy a picnic dinner, watch nature’s best fireworks show and to hit the hay for a few hours.  We’ll likely be up at 1 AM and walking by 3 in our quest for travel in cold conditions.  We want the glacier well-frozen for the last bit to the airstrip. 
I read the blog comments to the team at breakfast this morning (we don’t surf the web up here, the comments were cut and pasted into a simple text email to us) and the crew was very happy to hear from so many great friends and loved ones. 

Best Regards
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

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Matt-Congrats to you and your team for reaching the summit!  What a tremendous accomplishment!  You’re now in the home stretch.  Good luck getting down safely, and can’t wait to hear your stories.  The Schlesner’s

Posted by: Scott Schlesner on 7/5/2017 at 1:04 pm

Denali Expedition: Hahn & Team Descend to 14,000’ Camp

July 3, 2017

In a perfect world, it would have been sunny and calm at high camp the morning after our summit. Then we could have packed at our leisure and enjoyed morning coffee. Instead, it was a surprise storm with annoying gusts of cold air and the sun caught up in a ragged and ugly cloud cap. We packed and ate anyway and eventually got walking down the West Buttress at noon. The weather was actually worse at high camp than along our descent route. We had a smooth trip down the fixed ropes into an unexpected snowstorm in Genet Basin where we pitched our 14,000 ft camp again. We’ll recover here for a night and give the storm a chance to quit before our journey to 8,000 ft tomorrow. The forecasts still suggest that the weather will improve… some day.

RMI Guide Dave Hahn and team

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JW: Seems like the weather making you know you are earning it. Blue ice spectacular. By the time you read this you’ll be safely at 8K with some smooth groomers to the bottom. Enjoy everyone and be safe! Congrats again and God Bless America!!

Posted by: Kevin on 7/5/2017 at 10:19 am

It’s never over ‘til it’s over…stay focused..

Posted by: don brennan on 7/5/2017 at 6:54 am

Denali Expedition: Hahn & Team Return to 17,000’ Camp after Summit

July 2, 2017
This was THE day after all.  There wasn’t any question that we’d be able to make it work once we saw conditions on the South Peak at 6:30 this morning.  Yes, it was plain that the storm was still with us, with much cloud in every direction out in Alaska, but it was all below us and the winds were light.  We ate, geared up and got moving out of camp by 8:45.  As anticipated, we went from a sunny camp to a shady “autobahn” (the long steep traverse to Denali Pass) but the climbing was just hard enough to keep us warm.  At the pass, we caught a little wind -which we tended to walk in and out of all day- but it was never more than about 10 mph.  We climbed the steep rolls to the “Zebra Rocks” and then the broad upper bowl of the Harper Glacier.  We went past the Archdeacon’s Tower and crossed the football field at 19,500 ft.  Then it was up Pig Hill to the spectacular summit ridge.  There wasn’t much question that we’d make the final 30 min cruise along the spine to the tippy top.
It took us eight hours to get to the highest point in North America.  And then we liked it so much we stayed an hour.  Our descent was free of any complications -all had saved enough energy to make it down safe, with no slips or stumbles.  We were back in camp by 9:30 PM and ate dinner in the late evening sunshine… amazed at what we’d accomplished together.  Now it is after midnight and the sun is around the bend, so good night to all from 17,000 feet in Alaska from a lucky crew of climbers. 

Best Regards
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

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Jim - what an awesome once-in-a-lifetimeachievement! All your hard training has paid off! We are all extremely proud of you!

Safe way down the mountain. We look forward to seeing you at sea level soon.

Tha Hanigs.

Posted by: Marco Hanig on 7/4/2017 at 4:20 pm

Jim,  Awesome does not do your feat justice.  It is- as you are- in a class by itself.  We much look forward to celebrating your triumph around Kraken rum drinks at the Martin Box.  Meanwhile, hurry home!  Your bowled over pals at sea level.  Peter and Carol

Posted by: Peter Krogh on 7/4/2017 at 7:26 am

Denali Expedition: Hahn & Team Summit!

July 2, 2017 6:32 pm PST

Hey, this is Dave Hahn, guiding the last RMI Denali trip for 2017. We’re on the summit. We are up top on a beautiful day. Everybody’s climbing strong. There are ten out of our original twelve, and we’re quite proud of ourselves and feeling very lucky. It’s a beautiful day, and we’re going to climb safe and strong back down to High Camp and then give you a dispatch to let you know we got there safe. Thanks for following.

RMI Guide Dave Hahn

RMI Guide Dave Hahn calls from the Denali summit!

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Beautiful!  Congratulations! Comedown safely

Posted by: Bettie S on 7/3/2017 at 9:15 pm

Absolutely amazing!! So so proud and excited for you all!! Thinking of you on your way down and have a safe climb! Cheers to you all!

Posted by: Emily Murphy on 7/3/2017 at 6:26 am

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