Entries By jake beren
June 9, 2016
June 9, 2016 - 1:56 am PT
We awoke this morning inside a ping pong ball. Watching the weather for a few hours revealed a slightly improving trend, certainly no deterioration. We decided that it was manageable and set forth. The clouds we traveled through and among were friendly and trail breaking was quite doable for this squad. We kept flowing up until we strolled into 14 Camp. We dumped a hefty load of supplies to ease our eventual move to the upper mountain. We are sitting pretty back at 11,000’ Camp, fed and ready for bed. Nice work team!
On The Map
Dear B-Law, if you’re reading this note you already know. The house has been boarded up. The doors. The windows. Everything. We’re at the Comfort Inn. Room 112. I love you. Austin
Have fun Team. Brad, send me a postcard from the top.
Posted by: Austin on 6/9/2016 at 6:40 pm
We miss you so much and love hearing about your team’s progress through Jake’s updates. The boys, the PC’s, Adryan, Taira and I are all praying for favorable weather for you in the days ahead. Stay warm, rested, hydrated and focused! Love from us all!
Posted by: Lil on 6/9/2016 at 6:38 pm
June 7, 2016
June 7, 2016 - 7:24 pm PT
The team continues to do well here at Denali’s 11K Camp. We took an early jaunt down to our cache to get reunited with our extra snacks. Our trail breaking yesterday served us well and we cruised out and back with very good style. Once back, we took an “active rest day,” building walls to fortify camp and reviewing some mountaineering techniques. If the weather holds, we will try to cache higher on the mountain tomorrow. Wish us luck!
Glad to hear you are progressing up the mountain safely! I’m also glad you can hear about Swiftey’s bladder issues from high altitudes! Be safe, we’re excited for you!
Posted by: Isty's walking partner on 6/8/2016 at 10:22 pm
Hi, Jason! Love the photos that are posted. Keep on climbing; stay warm and safe. So glad you are living your dream.
Posted by: Amey T. on 6/8/2016 at 5:45 pm
June 7, 2016
June 6, 2016 - 11:12 pm PT
D- Day 2016
The team launched at dawn, storming the Kahiltna, avoiding the pillbox seracs overhead and the minefields of crevasses below. After a few hours on the offensive the team took the hill at 10,000 feet and moved into a classic flanking maneuver to set up for our assault on 11K. Once the initial defenses were breached, we dug our foxholes and hunkered down to await the next wave. A reprieve came in the afternoon and the team was able to enjoy a hot meal of Mac and cheese before bedding down for the evening. We suffered no casualties and took no prisoners.
Posted by: Hoppes on 6/7/2016 at 8:58 pm
Whoo Hoo Jason our gang is cheering you on! Continuing to pray for you and your teams success and safety ! The Broek Family
Posted by: Broek Gang on 6/7/2016 at 4:41 pm
June 5, 2016
June 5, 2016 - 5:20 p.m. PDT
Our luck has been pretty good so far—when we arrived at camp yesterday, it had just began to snow and once we finished today’s toil, the same happened.
The job for today was to carry a load up hill to make our move to 11 Camp a little more civilized. It also gives us a chance to acclimatize a little and do some walking with a little less weight. The team did great and though we were in a whiteout for much of the day, we were treated to one or two to looks around. I can’t wait for our team to see where we are, without being obscured by weather. It will be a treat and all in good time.
RMI Guide Jake Beren and team
On The Map
A message for Brad Lawler: very excited for you and hoping the weather clears so you can take in all the beauty. Stay warm and don’t forget your insoles!
Posted by: Matthew DeVoll on 6/6/2016 at 10:25 am
Good to hear all the news! What’s the team name?
Posted by: Isty on 6/5/2016 at 10:59 pm
June 4, 2016
June 4, 2016 - 4:47 pm PT
What a big 24 hours it has been! As yesterday dragged on in the hangar with an ominous dark cloud over the Range, the team seemed pretty resigned to spend another night in Talkeetna. Suddenly the feeling around the airstrip changed as rumors of a slight clearing at basecamp filtered to town. “15% chance, but never hurts to load up the plane,” a pilot friend said.
That 15% chance kept improving to the point where our air service, K2, felt confident enough to send a scouting plane toward Base Camp. We launched our two Otters on the heels of the scout and navigated storm cells and clouds into the mighty Alaska Range. It was completely amazing. Both planes landed and we hustled out to make room for teams waiting to get off the mountain. The weather had let us in, but the pilots didn’t want to push their luck. It was some real impressive flying that put us finally on the mountain after so much preparation. Way to be K2!
Having landed on the glacier, we finalized our rigging and set off to begin the climb. Our late in the day flight put us in an excellent position for lighting out. It was a beautiful evening with some swirling clouds and pleasant walking.
Our journey took us up to the base of Ski Hill, where we built camp after a long day. It just began to snow as we put the finishing touches on camp and we slept the sleep of the just. The adventure continues and it feels great to be in the mountains!
On The Map
Great news!!!!! Exciting to have begun the journey!!! Can’t wait to hear more about it!
What’s happening at home? Paul & Jason ran their first mountain race! Jason, 1:02 and Paul, 1:14. Daddy’s best race was 1:05! Jason can’t wait to rub it in! Isabelle came in 4th in her new age range. Coulda been 2nd or 3rd but belle didn’t know how long a 6K was so she took it slow.
Have fun and be safe! Love you, Honey! Mamma
Posted by: Isty on 6/4/2016 at 11:15 pm
June 2, 2016
June 2, 2016 - 8:31 p.m. PDT
Twas a day to rest here in ol’ Talkeetna. Our team practiced crevasse rescue in the hangar. Scaling ropes like we would to get ourselves out of a crevasse, should we fall into one on the Kahiltna. To cover our bases we then reviewed how to pull a teammate out of a hole using a jungle gym in the yard outside our piles of gear. Then we all solemnly swore not to fall in a crevasse, the most important part of the deal.
Post training we settled in to wait for a weather window decent enough to fly the 50 miles to Kahiltna Basecamp. Unfortunately we were unable to fly today. The team has done well with the uncertainty and though we are raring to go, we know that getting to the mountain safely is a step we mustn’t skip.
Wish us luck for tomorrow and hopefully we will be checking in from the mountains!
Hi sweetheart! I’m so glad you made it to the mountain! I am praying you summit, descend and get back home safely. Like Adryan, Jesse, Tara and Bud, we love you and hope you have a wonderful experience. We’ll watch for Jake’s updates every day!
Posted by: Mama on 6/4/2016 at 6:05 pm
From Adryan: I hope you have a good time climbing the mountain - I’m always thinking about you - I love u Mattie:)
Posted by: Adryan Miller on 6/4/2016 at 4:18 pm
June 1, 2016
June 1, 2016 - 9:20 am PDT
Time for this year’s pilgrimage to the Great One! Our team is assembled and we are about to hit the orientation from the Park Service before diving into the hangar to rig our equipment for the upcoming adventure!
RMI Guide Jake Beren & Team
Prayers continue to be with you on your adventure and we are excited to be a part of it even if it is through cheering and watching your progress through the safety of our computer screen…lol. Many hugs and cheers to you Jason!!!!
Posted by: The Broek Gang Sandon and Sharlet and Kids on 6/7/2016 at 4:29 pm
Just thinking of you Daddy. Hope all is well. Everybody asks about you. We continue to pray for a safe climb. Love you! Have fun! Mamma
Posted by: Isty and kids on 6/4/2016 at 9:18 pm
May 29, 2016
The Four Day Summit Climb teams led by RMI Guides Jake Beren and Mike King reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning. The teams began their descent from the summit shortly after 8:30 a.m. They will descend to Camp Muir for a short break before continuing their descent to Paradise. We look forward to greeting them in Ashford later today.
Started a Facebook group to share photos from this trip. (Figured it was the easiest way for everyone to share, plus its free)
Posted by: Ben on 6/3/2016 at 7:19 am
Tali - you showed such strength and will power. Congratulations on reaching the summit! Love Mom and Dad
Posted by: Deirdre Glynn Levin on 5/31/2016 at 5:57 am
May 23, 2016
The Mt. Rainier Four Day Summit Climb teams led by RMI Guides Jake Beren and Geoff Schellens reached the summit crater around 7:45 a.m. Jake reported light winds and pleasant conditions. The teams spent about an hour on the summit before beginning their descent just after 9:00 a.m.
We look forward to seeing all of the climbers back in Ashford later today.
What great luck! After arriving at the hut on Pico de Orizaba, it soon began to rain. Our team remained optimistic and were rewarded to a starry night! While clouds and small storm cells circulated in the distance, our mountain stayed clear and the team did a wonderful job moving through the terrain. The sunrise was exceptional and a little wind didn’t do much to slow us down. It was about as perfect of a day as one could hope for and we made the most of it! The climb was relatively smooth (for 18,700 ft above the sea) and we returned to Tlachichuca tired, but happy.
Now the team has gone their separate ways, off to different adventures. Thanks for a great adventure and best of luck in the future!