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Entries By henry coppolillo

Mt. Rainier: ALA Climb for Clean Air Teams Summit!

The Climb for Clean Air Team along with their RMI Guides Mike King and Abby Westling reached the summit of Mt. Rainier Early this morning. Mike King reported a good route, clear skies, but strong winds on the summit. The team spent a short time on top celebrating before starting their descent.

The funds raised by these climbers will support the American Lung Association’s mission of saving lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. 

Congratulations team for your success on and off the mountain! 

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Congratulations! You all did fantastic and you put in the work! So proud of your fundraising and climbing efforts.

Posted by: Brittany Groh on 6/24/2022 at 2:00 pm

YESSSSSS!!!!! Now, unlike myself, come down gracefully…;)

Posted by: John Pasikowski on 6/24/2022 at 11:09 am

Mt. Rainier: Walter & Emmons Seminar Team Reach Summit

After several days of training and ascending to Camp Schurman, the Expedition Skills Seminar June 17 - 22 led by RMI Guide Mike Walter reached the summit of Mt. Rainier on Tuesday.  The team enjoyed good weather and route conditions.  After reaching the summit they returned to Camp Schurman for their final night on the mountain.  The team will descend to the trail head and return to Rainier BaseCamp on Wednesday afternoon.

Congratulations to the Emmons Seminar team!

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Hey all, glad to hear you had a successful trip! I’m looking at climbing via the emmons the week of July 4th and would be interested in hearing how things are looking up there given all the late precipitation this year. Please shoot me an email if you’re able to share any beta! Thanks

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Posted by: Andrew on 6/23/2022 at 7:34 pm

Great work! You guys flew right past us, I’m glad all teams were successful that day! What a slog on the way down, though!

Posted by: David on 6/22/2022 at 9:00 pm

Mt. Rainier: Haugen & Kautz Seminar Team Climb and Train, Reach 11,000’

RMI Guide Mike Haugen and the Expedition Skills Seminar - Kautz team have returned from the mountain.  The team spent three nights on the mountain and were able to do a lot of great training.  The reached 11,000' before deciding to turn around due to poor route conditions and high avalanche danger. The team descended to Paradise and is back at Rainier BaseCamp to celebrate their accomplishment and close down their program.

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Denali Expedition: Walter & Team Make Quick Descent, Return to Talkeetna

Tuesday, May 31, 2022 - 7:31 pm PT

The morning after our summit push saw a speedy descent from 17,000' Camp as winds increased along with our desire to reach warmer, thicker air. We left our home-away-from-home of 14,000' Camp early in the afternoon and were soon making our way around Windy Corner and down towards 11,000'. Every step brought us ever so slightly closer to the airstrip and the end of our expedition. We rolled into 11,000' Camp in time for one last tortellini dinner and a quick cat nap. By midnight the sun had dipped below the tundra and we knew it was time to “rip the band aid off” and get to the airstrip. Despite heavy packs and tired legs, an all-night stroll down the lower Kahiltna provided a beautiful and fitting end to what has been an unforgettable 21 days in one of the greatest ranges on Earth. By 8:30 am the whole team was assembled at Kahiltna International Airport and by 10 am we found ourselves back on the tarmac in Talkeetna. It’s been about 36 hours since I last slept so I need to wrap up this rambling summary and get some sleep, but suffice to say we are all happy to be back in the land of green plants, hot showers and cold beverages, and will be remembering the experiences of the past three weeks for years to come.

RMI Guide Henry Coppolillo

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Many congratulations Team - well done Abby!! Can’t believe its been a year since our West Buttress climb - its been wonderful re-living the climb through your updates. All the best Huw

Posted by: Huw on 6/2/2022 at 3:04 am


Posted by: Donald Meagher on 6/1/2022 at 1:18 pm

Denali Expedition: Walter & Team Reach Summit, Return to 17K

Sunday, May 29, 2022 - 11:20 pm PT

Everything came together for us today and we made a successful summit bid of Denali and, more importantly, we returned to High Camp safely. Clear skies and moderate temperatures made for an enjoyable day of climbing. Light west winds kept a nip to the air all day. The route was in great condition and we got out ahead of everyone so we didn't experience any traffic jams. Our team climbed strong and efficiently, with a round trip time of 9 1/2 hours. Back at camp we ate dinner and worked on rehydrating. Everyone crawled into their tents pretty early for some well-earned and much-needed rest. Tomorrow we'll begin our descent. Our itinerary is up in the air, and first we'll focus on climbing safely back down to 14k. The weather looks good for traveling; we'll keep you posted on our progress. Now it's time for some zzz's.

RMI Guide Mike Walter

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Congratulations Brad !  I knew you would get it this time.  Enjoy this moment.  We are all are looking forward to seeing you back home.
Have a safe descent!

Posted by: Brian Beatty on 5/31/2022 at 1:40 pm

WOOHOO!!! Congratulations, Nick and the rest of the crew! Overjoyed for you all!!

Posted by: Rosie Read on 5/31/2022 at 6:07 am

Denali Expedition: Walter and Team Set up Camp at 17,000 and prepare for Summit Push

May 28 11:42pm PT

After a hard day fighting the wind up high yesterday, we were able to get back to camp and rest and hydrate. Good thing, because this morning dawned perfect and we rallied for another attempt at pushing to high camp. The weather remained perfect all day and our well-acclimated crew made it to High Camp in five hours flat. We arrived at 2pm and spent a few hours building camp and the focused on resting, hydrating, and eating.

The weather forecast is very favorable and we're optimistic that we'll try for the top tomorrow. Fingers crossed, and if things go well, I'll hopefully be able to send a quick satellite message from the top. Now for some sleep before a big day. Either way, I'll check in and let you know what the weather throws at us.


RMI Guide Mike Walter and RMI Team

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Go Nick, go!!!!!

Posted by: Rosie Read on 5/30/2022 at 7:50 am

Can’t wait to read tonight’s blog! To the Top, MAK!

Posted by: Jenn on 5/30/2022 at 4:22 am

Denali Expedition: Walter and Team Abort the Move to 17,000’ Camp

Friday, May 27, 2022 6:55pm PT

We attempted to reach 17,000’camp today but were thwarted by high winds just above the top of the fixed lines. After several days waiting for favorable weather, we were all antsy to get moving, but the risk of frostbite made descending an easy call. We are currently back at 14,000’ camp and are going to assess our options for the coming days.

RMI Guide Henry Coppolillo and Team

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“Success is not final, failure is not fatal; It is the courage to continue that counts.” — Winston Churchill

Posted by: Jami L on 5/28/2022 at 8:53 pm

We are so proud of you Michael! Keep on keepin’ on!! We are all rooting for you! Love you lots!

Posted by: Anne P on 5/28/2022 at 6:47 pm

Denali Expedition: High Winds Keep the Team from Making a Move

Winds and a windy forecast continue to keep us posted up at 14K. Today is a bit breezier, cloudier, and cooler at camp. We're still looking at a potentially improving weather pattern for this weekend, hopeful that wind speeds with subside and we'll be able to move up to high camp. We're about as acclimated to the altitude as were going to get on this expedition. Now it's a matter of good fortune if we get decent weather for a shot at the top. That's always a big "if" when climbing high peaks.

There's not much new to report from Genet Basin. The tents continue to stack up here, joining us in waiting for a climbing window. There are plenty of teams anxious for the opportunity to move higher. We'll keep you posted with any changes, but for now we're still in a holding pattern.

RMI Guides Mike, Henry, Abby and Team

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Feeling SO proud of you, little brother. I was thinking that pushing your body to its limits in the mountains might be the easiest part of all this; it’s all the other ways that this trip is pushing you that I’m particularly awed by. You’re amazing. Thinking of you every day and rooting for that wind to settle down so you can go up and get ‘er done!!

Posted by: Rosie Read on 5/27/2022 at 12:48 pm

Hang in there guys.  We’re thinking of you and hoping for better weather.  The weekend starts tomorrow ,, we anxiously await your next report.
Be safe
Jan Beaudway

Posted by: Jan Beaudway on 5/26/2022 at 4:38 pm

Denali Expedition: Mike Walter and Team Rest and Wait at 14 Camp

We woke to a cold, clear sky this morning and fired up the stoves with hopes of climbing up to High Camp. Real time communication with friends currently at High Camp, and updated weather forecasts kept us grounded, though. The current wind and an increasingly windy trend are keeping us at our comfortable camp at 14,200' today. We continue to rest and acclimate as we await favorable weather for our foray up high. Spirits are high and we are optimistic that we will get our shot soon.

Until then, we are lounging in the sun, reading, listening to music, and hanging out--all part of the expedition experience. We will keep you updated on our status. As we patiently wait for our chance to move higher, we are happy to be in the mountains.

RMI Guide Mike Walter & Team

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Been keeping up with the updates - I am excited and proud of this crew and this climb. You’ll move up the mountain soon and we are all on the edge of our seats for it!

We are cheering you all on! (Love you, Abby!)

Happy and strong climbing!

Posted by: Rae on 5/25/2022 at 6:18 am

An outstanding experience that is for sure. Hope your reasonable weather is coming soon.  Stay safe and enjoy the wait. Always thinking of you

Posted by: Anne on 5/24/2022 at 8:06 pm

Denali Expedition: Walter and Team Delay Move to High Camp due to Winds

We woke early with aspirations of moving to high camp this morning, but winds from the NW ramped up and persisted a little too long for my liking and we decided to stay put for another day.

The unknown nature of mountain weather and the prospect of setting up camp at 17,200' in frigid winds was enough to make me pump the brakes. We're in a good position and patience has always proved itself prudent on Denali. Meanwhile, we continue to acclimate and get stronger in the comfort of our camp in Genet Basin.

We plan to repeat the process tomorrow morning, rising early with the plan of moving up to high camp to be in position for a summit to push. We'll let you know how it plays out.

"You don't need a weatherman to tell you which way the wind blows..."

RMI Guide Mike Walter

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Congrats to the entire team on your progress to date! Sending best wishes for cooperative winds and upward progress!

Posted by: Patti Duckworth Read on 5/24/2022 at 4:54 pm

Wishing you calm winds and safe and successful summit.

Posted by: Tim Burkard on 5/24/2022 at 7:35 am

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