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Denali Expedition: Beren & Team Hanging Tough at 17,000’ Camp

June 15, 2017
Hello from 17 Camp, this is Jake Beren calling in for RMI’s Denali team.  We woke this morning to high winds up high and quite cold temps again. So we decided to pump the brakes and cross our fingers for tomorrow. Sorry to sound like a broken record, but we are hoping to give her a go tomorrow. So that’s it from 17 Camp, a little bit more of the same, but we’re all happy, healthy and hanging tough up here. So we’ll give her a shot tomorrow and let you know how it goes. Bye.

RMI Guide Jake Beren

RMI Guide Jake Beren checks in from 17,000 ft on Denali.

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Lindsay, it’s unfortunate that you could not summit ... I would still think that the journey to 17K was an amazing experience anyways. There is always another time!

Posted by: Manish on 6/17/2017 at 5:38 am

Cheryl so sorry to hear that you weren’t able to summit but I’m sure this has been a very unforgettable experience. Wishing you a safe trip home and can’t wait to see you.

Posted by: Jo on 6/16/2017 at 4:43 pm

Denali Expedition: Beren & Team Being Patient at 17,000’ Camp

June 14, 2017
Greetings from 17 Camp. Today high winds and low temps provided a combo that will keep us from climbing Denali for another day.  But our fingers are crossed that tomorrow may have something better in store for us, so please do the same down in the south land.  Hopefully we will be calling you with a little bit different news. For right now the team is doing 17,000’ Camp, we are hunkered down, being patient, full bellies, happy, healthy and hoping to go for the summit soon. That’s all for now.

RMI Guide Jake Beren

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Cheryl just got your text and hope you reach the summit tomorrow. Be careful and my prayers will be with you and your team. Love you.

Posted by: Jo on 6/15/2017 at 9:17 pm

Jim Walker—good luck on the climb to the summit. All of the Guff clan and all of Vineyard Lane is very proud of you. We look forward to hearing all about the climb in detail over some good burgundy at the Chanty. Be safe. Drew

Posted by: Drew Guff on 6/15/2017 at 9:12 pm

Denali Expedition: Beren & Team Move to 17,000’ Camp

June 13, 2017
Hello, this is Jake Beren calling in from 17,000’ Camp on Denali. The team made it up today, it was pretty windy in the morning but the wind tapered down, and we were able to make it up to camp safely.  Now we are snuggled up with full bellies and hot drinks.  We are just going to wake up in the morning and see what the mountain offers us.  Wish us luck!  We need some low winds for our summit bid.  We are prepared to spend a few days up here but we are hoping not to. That’s all from 17 Camp. Hope everybody in the lowlands is doing well.

RMI Guide Jake Beren

RMI Guide Jake Beren calls in from 17,000 ft with an update.

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Go James!! Mountain man! We’re all amazed and thrilled with your progress! Holy Toledo!

Posted by: Barry Sternlicht on 7/1/2017 at 4:49 pm

Hey Jim, good to see you and team are making good progress, sending you all the encouragement and success, love from the Morrison’s

Posted by: Paul Morrison on 6/29/2017 at 1:53 am

Denali Expedition: Beren & Team Take a Weather Day

We woke up in the wee hours of this morning, hopeful to see our summit window open up. The weather, however, had a different idea. As the skies became cloudier and the snow began to come down, we decided that another slow morning was in order. We gorged ourselves on bagels and plenty of bacon while we sipped our coffee. The afternoon was filled with lots of rest. We are steeling ourselves for a move up to 17k tomorrow, if the weather forecast holds true. Everyone is doing well and looking forward to the chance to move closer to our summit goal. Thanks for keeping up with the team!

We will check in tomorrow, hopefully from our new camp at 17k!

RMI Guide Jake Beren & Team


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Che-che I miss you!

Please post pictures of you sipping whiskey at 17,000 feet.


Posted by: erin on 6/14/2017 at 9:31 am

You can do it
Many prayers and a lotsof guardian angels ( especially grandma and grandma/ my grandson the Dr) are with you
Do me a favor no more escapes for awhile
I need to recoup
So proud of what you accomplished

Posted by: Mom and Dad zabinski on 6/14/2017 at 6:48 am

Denali Expedition: Beren & Team Explore the Edge of the World

June 11, 2017
Today was another rest day here at 14,000’ Camp. After a long brunch and some wall renovations, our team settled in for a little rest.  By the afternoon, some visibility presented itself and our team geared up for a stroll to the “Edge of the World,” a vantage point where you can peer nearly 7,000 feet down to the lower Kahiltna Glacier. It is a truly stunning view and a treat to see a little bit of this amazing Range after living in a snow globe for a few days. With any luck this week will offer us a few days of decent weather to venture higher. The team is ready and when it is safe to climb, we will be happy to do so.

RMI Guide Jake Beren

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Denali Expedition: Beren & Team Carry to 17K Camp

June 10, 2017 7:46 pm PST

Today we may very well have nailed it. Waking early for an extended weather viewing to establish any discernible trend, we left camp with reasonable visibility. The team did great as we broke trail up to the base of the fixed lines. We rested at the base of the lines as the weather slowly deteriorated and our friends from RMI 4 joined us in solidarity on a fitness walk. Once we were a big party and the cache was established, we descended back to 14 Camp for some rest before dinner. The winds and snow picked up nearly as soon as we got home and we are now poised to go to 17K once the weather allows. It has been pretty squirrelly in the weather department lately, but the team is hanging tough, waiting for our time to shine.

RMI Guide Jake Beren

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Hope the weather cooperates for the safe completion of your climb. for poet William Blake"Great things are done when men (/women) and mountains meet.” Continued safety for the Team! from Darren D

Posted by: Darren D on 6/12/2017 at 1:27 pm

keep up the great work, kenny. i have faith that your team will make it. we are all rooting for you back at home. love, anne

Posted by: anne lawler on 6/11/2017 at 5:48 pm

Denali Expedition: Beren & Team Train at 14,000’ Camp

June 9, 2017
Today we enjoyed a little bit of sleeping in before a solid brunch. The weather has been persnickety of late, but our team is handling the storm well, fortifying camp at 14,000’ and swapping stories in our cook tent. Naps are a big part of the downtime as we wait for a chance to move higher.
Yesterday we went for a training mission to hone our skills for the fixed lines and everyone did a great job, passing their rope skills test with flying colors. Cross your fingers for some good weather for us!
RMI Guide Jake Beren

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Lindsay - hope you are having the time of your life! It seems like weather is not cooperating but I am sure it will turn around. Hang in there!

Posted by: Manish on 6/10/2017 at 4:08 pm

Steve, We are in awe watching you and your team embrace this journey.You are all truly amazing!!  Hang in there man…you are living the dream…We love you and can’t wait to see, hug , and have a very expensive bottle of wine and dinner with you!! Stay safe all. Ruth and Mike

Posted by: Mike and Ruth on 6/10/2017 at 2:51 pm

Denali Expedition: Beren & Team Take Rest Day At 14,000’ Camp

June 7, 2017
We are writing from our newly built snow fortress at 14,000’. After a leisurely wake up time and a hearty brunch of bagels and smoked salmon (with capers!), we set our sights on fortifying our camp with some snow walls. The team worked seamlessly to make a solid camp that can withstand wind and blowing snow. With our work for the day out of the way, we spent the rest of the afternoon relaxing in our cozy tents.
Our bellies are filled with a delicious dinner of chicken quesadillas, and we are looking forward to some more technical training tomorrow. Good night from 14,200 feet on Denali!

RMI Guide Jake Beren

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Cheryl, I’m almost unbearably proud to call a woman like you one of my dearest.
Cheerleading so ridiculously hard with my five star dance moves for you ! (I’d like to think in a way that would make you turn bright red and step slightly to the side - the psych is that real)
Keep crushing! You’ve already reached the summit of my heart .
Hugs ❤️

Posted by: Sarah on 6/9/2017 at 12:17 pm

Jake Jirsa - We’re watching you! Keep it up man. You’re only a few inches from the top on the map!

Posted by: Jim and Kerynn on 6/9/2017 at 11:42 am

Denali Expedition: Beren & Team Move to 14,000’ Camp

Jake Beren & Team checking in. We moved to 14.000’ Camp on Denali yesterday. Today we are busy building walls and fortifying our camp and getting settled in. We will spend tomorrow training and are enjoying the thinner air.

All is well!


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14000 - awesome!  Stay Strong everyone! 
Go Steve!

Mike and Pat

Posted by: Mike and Pat Lurakis on 6/8/2017 at 8:18 am

happy birthday to ken at 14000! love from your wife and family.

Posted by: anne lawler on 6/7/2017 at 9:27 pm

Denali Expedition: Beren & Team Take a Rest Day at 11,000’ Camp

June 5, 2017
Today the team woke to find a fresh coat of feather light snow over camp, with more coming down. We were content to snuggle back into our sleeping bags for a few more hours before the sun finally appeared. After a satisfying breakfast of granola with fresh blueberries, we spent the morning practicing ascending fixed lines in preparation for when we move from 14,000’ Camp to 17,000’. We followed up our training with a delicious potluck lunch.
Now we are getting ready for bed with full bellies and well rested legs. If weather allows, we will try move up to 14,000’ Camp tomorrow. Good night from 11,000’!

RMI Guide Jake Beren

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Patients, patients, patients- would have thought you would have had plenty of them over the years Steve - oh sorry wrong kind - well praying for patience for all! Hang in there and enjoy every moment of this epic adventure!  Pat :)

Posted by: Mike and Pat Lurakis on 6/7/2017 at 3:26 pm

Happy birthday to Ken Lawler! Hopefully you guys are up at 14 camp at this point and ready to take on the buttress. Good luck, sending good SoCal weather your way.

Posted by: Brad Lawler on 6/7/2017 at 12:52 pm

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