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Mt. Rainier: June 24th Update

The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guide Jason Thompson was forced to turn around this morning due to deteriorating weather conditions. The teams reached a height of 10,500’ before making the decision to turn back. The team is expected to arrive back at Ashford Base Camp by early afternoon for hot coffee and a slide show presentation about RMI’s Alaska Seminar. There is an open invitation for the slide show if you happen to be in town!

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Mt. Rainier: June 20th Summit!

Both Four Day Summit Climb teams made it to the Summit of Mt. Rainier today. Lead guides Jason Thompson and Andres Marin reported beautiful weather with light winds of about 0 – 8mph and plenty of SUNSHNE.  The teams were in light gloves and two clothing layers, as they climbed. They are now en route back to Camp Muir and we expect them back at RMI Basecamp in Ashford this afternoon.

Today is the first day of summer and the longest day of the year…get out and enjoy!

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Hi Jon,  Following your journey and as nervous as your mother.  Have fun but most important be safe

Posted by: JoAnn Ingram on 6/21/2012 at 4:51 pm

Hi Jon!  Yes ... it’s your Mama.  I hope you are having an AMAZING journey.  Please be safe and smart, as I know you will.  I miss you so much and will breathe when you are back in Knoxville!  Love you so much!

Posted by: Paige Conley-Smith on 6/21/2012 at 9:16 am

Mt. Rainier: June 15th Update

The Four Day Summit Climb teams led by Jason Thompson and Andres Marin made it to the Summit of Mt. Rainier today.  The weather was clear with winds of 25-35 mph.  The teams were able to spend some time on Columbia Crest enjoying the views, and are now en route to Camp Muir.

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Always in good hands with Jason Thompson !!!  He was my guide on the Alaska seminar in 2009 along with Tyler Jones and I had a really great time and felt safe with them !

Anik :o)

Posted by: Anik Chagnon on 6/15/2012 at 12:03 pm

Alaska Seminar: Crevasse Training & Ice Climbing

The weather is forecasted to change around here in the following days but today was one of the hottest days we’ve had. Lenticular clouds continue to be impressive. We spent today playing inside crevasses and went ice climbing. Everyone had a blast.

The glaciers are an enormous amount of ice up here in Alaska. Researchers currently on the glacier conducting some studies have found the depth of the Kahiltna Glacier to be about 500 meters deep. As we climbed on the walls of the crevasses peering down into the dark black hole beneath us,  we felt small.

So long from the Kahiltna.

RMI Guide Jason Thompson

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Alaska Seminar: Back to Basecamp

The objective for the day was Kahiltna Dome. We woke up early and quickly prepared. An hour’s walk took us across the glacier to the first hill, and warm morning sun. Unfortunately several stretches into the climb we encountered challenging conditions and decided to head back to our camp at 9,500 ft. The team broke camp in an impressive hour and a half and then made the 9-mile trip back to basecamp. Throughout the walk back, we saw lenticular clouds forming hanging over peaks in the area. Despite the sunny weather, they let us know that keeping our Gore-tex in the top of our packs was a good idea.

RMI Guide Jason Thompson

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Alaska Seminar: Ready to Tackle Kahiltna Dome

Hello all. We moved our camp up to about 9,600 ft. Temperatures were perfect for us during the walk. It just started to get hot as we pulled into camp. Everyone did great today. We built a fortress of a camp constructed with cohesive blocks of snow. We used them for walls around our camp to shield us from the wind.

Light snow began falling this afternoon but we are hoping to wake up to blue skies and stable weather for our climb on Kahiltna Dome tomorrow.

That’s all for now.

RMI Guide Jason Thompson

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Alaska Seminar: Team Moves to 7,800’ Camp

This morning we woke to clear skies and chilly temperatures. After warming our hands with breakfast and hot tea or coffee, we packed up camp and tied into our ropes to leave the basecamp area. The goal for the day was moving to 7,800’ camp on the main flow of the Kahiltna Glacier. We enjoyed pleasant temperatures and excellent conditions on the glacier, enabling us to make the trip in just under five hours. As one of the first teams to arrive for the day we were able to move into some pre-dug tent platforms. The peaks surrounding us are shining in the sun and shimmering blue ice is all around. Quite the view from our new home.

The weather forecast is great and we are looking forward to our next few days.

RMI Guides Eric Frank, Jason Thompson and the AK Seminar team

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Alaska Seminar: Enjoying Training in Nice Weather

Well today we began our day a little earlier than usual. We elected to go for a little glacier tour this morning and with how hot its been during the day the cool temps felt nice. We went to the base of Annie’s Ridge and had a little glaciology talk from a rad location. On the walk back we saw a big ice fall release on Mt. Foraker which was lovely, they are always impressive no matter how many times you see them.

We chilled out this afternoon hiding from the afternoon sun. We regrouped for a crevasse rescue station. Everyone is sending and building mechanical advantage systems to haul climbers skyward.  We are also organizing our gear for a move tomorrow up towards Kahiltna Dome which sits at 12,525’. If the weather plays nice, hopefully we will be back in 4 days.

RMI Guide Jason Thompson

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Alaska Seminar: Training at Kahiltna Base Camp

Well hello all.

Last week temperatures were frigid. I am happy to say today was downright balmy. We’ll take it.

We spent our entire day today going over some critical information. Laying the ground work for crevasse rescue. A lot of information was downloaded and everyone seemed to grasp the concepts. Knots, anchors, rappelling into a crevasse, self extrication from a crevasse were some of our topics on this beautiful day.

Kahiltna Base Camp is getting busier by the day. More and more climbers are showing up to head up Denali, other friends are finding success on various routes on the Mini Moon Flower and the North Buttress of Mt Hunter with this current stretch of superb weather.

Word on the street is temperatures are about to get really hot the next few days. We will let you know how that plays out.
Everyone is doing great and says hello.

RMI Guide Jason Thompson

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Hi Eric-

See you in a couple of weeks!

Posted by: Larry Seaton on 5/17/2012 at 10:38 pm

Alaska Seminar: Team flies to Base Camp

Hello from the Alaska Range,

We departed Talkeetna this afternoon and the flight onto the glacier was spectacular, no one was disappointed. We quickly set up our camp on the SE fork of the Kahiltna Glacier and are beginning to adjust to glacier living. The weather is splendid.

We are looking forward to beginning our training tomorrow and will let you know how it goes.

RMI Guide Jason Thompson

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Watching Blaine go to the top…...

Posted by: lee on 5/17/2012 at 12:13 pm

Rich, Amazing pictures, looking forward to more. I wish I was up there with you, but I am enjoying watching the progree from my couch! Stay safe and make every day epic!

Posted by: Erik on 5/16/2012 at 4:56 pm

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