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Mt. Rainier: August 23rd Summit!

Posted by: Elias de Andres Martos, Jake Beren | August 23, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Mount Rainier Summit Climbs, led by RMI Guides Elias de Andres Martos and Jake Beren, called in at 7:38 a.m.  The first teams began their descent from the crater rim at that time and the second teams followed at 7:53 a.m.  The guides report a little wind from the WSW but all-in-all, good weather.

Congratulations to today’s summit climbers!

Glacier travel at sunrise, Mount Rainier. Photo: RMI Collection
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Congratulations to Elizabeth and her BCM climbing partners - thrilled that you were able to summit and that you had such great weather!  Thanks to your RMI guide for keeping… read more

Posted by: Tom Williams on 8/23/2015 at 7:49 am


Mt. Rainier: August 14th Summit

Posted by: Jake Beren, Lindsay Mann | August 14, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guides Jake Beren and Lindsay Mann reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning. Jake reported cloudy, smoky skies, light to moderate winds, and mild temperatures. The teams left the summit just before 8 am to start their descent to Camp Muir. We look forward to seeing them in Ashford this afternoon.

Congratulations Climbers!


Mt. Rainier: July 13th Summit!

Posted by: Jake Beren | July 13, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guide Jake Beren reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning. The team spent some time on the summit before starting their descent at 9:47am. Jake reported light winds and warm temps at the top of the mountain, with a cloud deck around 11,000’.

Congratulations to today’s team!

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Congrats to Molly and Colleen!

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Posted by: Mark Murphy on 7/13/2015 at 12:04 pm


Mt. McKinley: Beren & Team Trip Complete

Posted by: Andrew Kiefer, Christina von Mertens, Jake Beren | June 21, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 348'

June 21, 2015 2:37 pm PT

Well the team has disbanded for more solo projects after an incredible climb of Denali.  We worked hard together for a few weeks and were lucky enough to see that hard work pay off and stand on top together.  I’m proud of the effort and camaraderie that made a successful trip for everyone.  So much goes in to a good adventure and the main ingredient is the people who choose to undertake it.  Thanks to everyone who offered up their loved ones for a few weeks while we tried to match an exceptional mountain.  See you all soon and great job Team.

RMI Guides Jake, Andrew and Christina

The RMI Mt. McKinley June 2, 2015 team on the summit.  Photo: Jake Beren

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Amazing Feat AJ! Congratulations again team! :)

-Priya

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Posted by: Priya on 6/25/2015 at 9:23 am

Congratulations All! Bravely done, and looks like you had a stellar weather window for summit day. I look forward to hearing stories when you get back, Bill Dorn…

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Posted by: Theron Shaw on 6/22/2015 at 9:14 am


Mt. McKinley: Beren & Team Summit!

Posted by: Jake Beren, Christina von Mertens, Andrew Kiefer | June 19, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 11,200'

Friday June 19th 11:11 pm PT

On Thursday, June 18th, RMI Guide Jake Beren and his June 2nd Mount McKinley Expedition reached the summit!!!

After our spectacular day on the roof of this continent, we have to come down. Waking to calm winds and warm(ish) temperatures, we packed up our high camp and bid our snow walls and tent platforms adios. Leaving 17K Camp we cruised the Buttress and made it down to 14K Camp where we dug up a cache and wished the ascending RMI team bon voyage before heading to 11K camp to grab a few winks while the glacier sets up for our walk out to the runway.

Amazing how just last week we were camped here with a huge mountain ahead of us filled with so many unknowns. Now we are on the other side of the mountain, grateful for the exploration of an amazing place on planet earth.

RMI Guide Jake Beren

Mt. McKinley summit looking down on summit ridge. Photo: RMI Collection

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So awesome that you all made it. We can’t wait to hear all the details and celebrate with you!

Lisa

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Posted by: Lisa Van Dusen on 6/24/2015 at 8:48 pm

Way to go everyone! Can’t wait to hear all about it Mere!

Sarah S

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Posted by: Sarah S on 6/23/2015 at 8:46 am


Mt. McKinley: Beren & Team Move to High Camp

Posted by: Jake Beren, Christina von Mertens, Andrew Kiefer | June 18, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 17,200'

June 17, 2015 9:24 pm PT

Good evening from High Camp on Mt. McKinley!  Here we are, poised and ready after a smooth move to the high country. The team did great and we are in bed on a beautiful, clear night on the Great One. With any luck we will try our hand at matching ourselves to this stunning mountain if the weather holds tomorrow. Wish us luck!

RMI Guide Jake Beren

Camp at 17,000 ft on Mt. McKinley.  Photo: Brent Okita

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Hey AJ, I’m so excited to know that it’s finally happened for you. I am assuming you’ve submitted already and it was more fun than what you imagined! Can’t wait… read more

Posted by: Charu on 6/19/2015 at 10:30 pm

You are lucky to have the best guide(s) in the whole company!!  i hope someone has taken some pictures. What we have seen is absolutely stellar.  By our count you… read more

Posted by: Richard Anthony on 6/19/2015 at 4:27 pm


Mt. McKinley: Beren & Team Enjoying Rest Day at 14 Camp

Posted by: Jake Beren, Christina von Mertens, Andrew Kiefer | June 16, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 14,200'

June 16, 2015 3:18 pm PT

Yesterday our team made a carry to 17 Camp. Leaving early, we avoided the crowds and enjoyed one of the more beautiful days the Buttress could serve up. Spectacular views from the Kahiltna to the tundra kept us company all day long and we really got a great sense of our surroundings.
Now we are all set to capitalize on the next weather window and move up!  Until then the team is enjoying a well earned rest day here at 14 Camp.

RMI Guide Jake Beren

Camp at 14,000 ft on Mt. McKinley with Mt. Foraker in the background.  Photo: RMI Collection

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I’m following you, Bill. Way to go! It is truly amazing to see what you are doing, on top of the world.

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Posted by: Lee Mauk on 6/18/2015 at 6:10 am

keep up the great work, all! meredith, i’m checking in on you every day. so excited for you. be safe and enjoy the view! :-)

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Posted by: kristen lacy on 6/17/2015 at 7:54 pm


Mt. McKinley: Beren & Team Training Day 2

Posted by: Jake Beren, Christina von Mertens, Andrew Kiefer | June 14, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 14,200'

Sunday June 14th 8:50 pm PT

Today we wished our dear friends “Bon voyage” as the other RMI teams moved up on the West Rib and Buttress. Good luck everyone!

As for our esteemed crew, we spent the midday training to be as agile as the mighty wolverine when we tackle the fixed lines. It was great to see everyone both excel at the training course and take the time to enjoy the absurdly beautiful views of Hunter, Foraker and the Kahiltna Glacier. It was a stunning day up here.

Tomorrow we hope to carry goods higher up to prepare for moving when the weather allows. Wish us luck!

RMI Guide Jake Beren

14,000' Camp on Mount McKinley, Alaska. Photo: Brent Okita

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Jake, you’re killin’ me! It’s been over 48 hours since your last post. What’s happening? How’s the weather? Is everybody OK? Did you guys summit already?

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Posted by: Norm Vork on 6/16/2015 at 8:58 pm

Hi,

I hope you’re having a good time AJ.Good work till now,keep up the spirit.Take care see you soon at sea level. :)

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Posted by: Megha Bhardwaj on 6/16/2015 at 7:24 pm


Mt. McKinley: Beren & Team Welcomed to the Neighborhood at 14K

Posted by: Jake Beren, Christina von Mertens, Andrew Kiefer | June 13, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 14,200'

Saturday June 13th 7:15 pm PT

Today has been fantastic. We left 11 Camp early this morning and enjoyed perfect conditions and weather on our way up to 14 Camp. The team climbed very well and we were again treated to supreme hospitality by the other RMI teams at 14 Camp. Plenty of water and some pre-made tent platforms will make us soft if we aren’t careful.

Now for some well-deserved rest before dinner. Tomorrow we will handle some training and wish our friends good luck as they move into position for their time in the stratosphere.

RMI Guide Jake Beren

Cloud layer from Mt. McKinley's 11,200' Camp. Photo: RMI Collection

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Kevin, wishing you luck with your summit, and hoping the weather stays clear and beautiful, for tons of views, pictures and memories.  Mom and Dad Larson

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Posted by: warren larson on 6/18/2015 at 4:21 pm

Looks like an awesome time. Sure does look different from the bottom of the mountain to what you are seeing.

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Posted by: Tammy Gjerde on 6/14/2015 at 7:03 pm


Mt. McKinley: Beren & Team Carry to 14’ Camp

Posted by: Jake Beren, Christina von Mertens, Andrew Kiefer | June 12, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 11,200'

June 11, 2015 11:17pm PST

What a day!  We woke early to begin the day’s nowcasting (real time weather) to see if it was workable to put a cache higher on the mountain. Motorcycle Hill stayed more or less visible throughout breakfast, so we decided to give it a shot. As we climbed higher the weather smiled upon us. Little wind and some good reports from our friends up at 14 Camp and we just kept on trucking. Arriving at 14 Camp was a real treat. Hugs from the other RMI teams as well as a pre dug cache hole made for a solid foray to our future home. Thanks again guys!

Now back down in camp at 11, we are about to sleep.  Tomorrow we plan to rest. With any luck our forecast for improving conditions (thanks guys) verifies and we hope to move higher soon.

June 12, 2015 3:52pm PST

Ahhhh. It has been a great day today. So far we have had a leisurely brunch followed by some excellent chatting in our kitchen tent. Then some spice sampling followed by headstand yoga practicing. Now the team is napping and reading. The weather has been quite pleasant here in camp, but sure looked windy up high this morning. All in all a perfect day to sit tight and recover after a few big days of climbing. With any luck Denali will let us up a little higher tomorrow. If so, we’ll be ready.

RMI Guide Jake Beren & Team

The Top of Motorcycle Hill on Mt. McKinley. RMI Photo Collection

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Here’s hoping the great weather continues—sounds like a wonderful experience although I’m not sure about “headstand yoga”? Bill—I know she’s so much smaller but seeing Rainier in the sun down… read more

Posted by: Wolf & Leilani on 6/13/2015 at 2:25 pm

Really great work Meredith and the whole team!  I’m so in awe of this epic effort being put forth. Miss you back home but I love picturing you rockin’ in… read more

Posted by: Geoff on 6/13/2015 at 12:20 pm


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