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Entries By joe hoch


Mt. Baker: Smith & Team Turned back by Weather

The Mt. Baker - Easton Glacier September 7 - 9 team made their summit attempt this morning but were turned back due to extremely wet conditions.  The team returned to their High Camp and was going to take a bit of time to dry out.  Later today they will continue their descent to the trailhead and conclude their program.

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Mt. Rainier: August 31st Teams Summit!

The Four Day Summit Climb team led by RMI Guides Casey Grom and Joe Hoch reached the summit of Mt. Rainier early this morning. Casey reported a breezy day with winds of about 30 mph, chilly temperatures, a few scattered clouds, but otherwise a beautiful day. The team has started their descent an are en route to Camp Muir.

Congratulations to Today’s Team!

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Congratulations to Dustin on reaching the summit! What a dream come true! We are so proud of you and can’t wait to celebrate! - Shanon and Ira

Posted by: Ira on 8/31/2019 at 8:58 am

Congratulations to my daughter Mari and Fred!  Well done, your my hero’s!

Posted by: Marcia Monk on 8/31/2019 at 8:42 am


Mt. Rainier: Okita, Hoch and Teams Summit on Windy Day

The Four Day Climb August 18 - 21 reached the summit of Mt. Rainier on a windy morning.  RMI Guides Brent Okita and Joe Hoch and the summit climb teams spent a short amount of time at the crater as the winds are increasing.  They will continue their descent to Paradise and return to Rainier BaseCamp this afternoon.

Congratulations to today’s climbers!

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Congratulations team!  https://www.instagram.com/tideworksmountaineers/

Posted by: Tideworks Mountaineers on 8/21/2019 at 8:19 am


Mt. Rainier: Five Day Climb Enjoys Beautiful Days on the Mountain

The Five Day Climb August 9 - 13 led by RMI Guide Joe Hoch reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  The team enjoyed a spectacular morning on the mountain with very little wind and clear skies. After soaking in the views from the summit the team will return to Camp Muir and then continue their descent to Paradise.  They will conclude their program this afternoon at Rainier BaseCamp.

Congratulations to today’s climbers!

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Such great news! Hooray!

Posted by: Suzanne Ryning on 8/13/2019 at 9:09 am

Congratulations team, great to hear!

Posted by: Kelly Tipson on 8/13/2019 at 8:42 am


Mt. Rainier: Bickford, Hoch, & Team Turn At the Top of the Cleaver

The Four Day Climb Teams led by Taylor Bickford and Joe Hoch radioed down this morning to let us know that they turned at 12,300’ due to high winds and deteriorating conditions on the upper mountain. The team was safely back in Camp Muir by 7:45 AM PT. After drying out a little and resting, the team will descend from Camp Muir and be back in town this afternoon.

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Mt. Rainier: Five Day Climb Summits

RMI Guide Joe Hoch and the Five Day Climb reached the summit of Mt. Rainier shortly after 8:00 AM this morning. Steady winds did not prevent the team from spending time on the summit enjoying their accomplishment. The team will return to Camp Muir for their final night on the mountain. We look forward to seeing them in Ashford tomorrow afternoon.

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Cannot say thank you enough to Joe, Camille and Cole for the entire experience. From minute 1, we knew we had a great group of guides, made only more clear the closer we got to the summit. It truly was an incredible experience and I felt in great hands the entire trip. Great group all around and hope our paths cross again on another mountain soon.

Posted by: Parker Knox on 7/28/2019 at 8:28 am

WOOHOO!! Congrats Knox’s Boys!!! Thank you to the wonderful guides who kept our guys safe and lead the way to a once (maybe twice) in a lifetime experience to conquer the great and beautiful peak together! Bode would be so proud!!! We are super excited to celebrate with you guys! Xoxox

Posted by: Kristina, Carolina, & Cyndy on 7/22/2019 at 11:27 pm


Mt. Rainier: Fourth of July Summits!

The Four Day Climbs led by RMI Guides Steve Gately and Mike King reached the summit of Mt. Rainier at 7:30 AM PT. RMI Guide Joe Hoch reported warm weather and dying winds on the summit. Joe said, “It’s finally starting to feel like July!”

The teams will spend some time on the summit before beginning their descent. They will return to Rainier BaseCamp in Ashford this afternoon.

Happy Fourth of July and congratulations climbers!

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Awesome job girls!  Knew you could do it.

Posted by: Steven Graves on 7/4/2019 at 11:24 am

So proud of y’all!!! You did it

Posted by: Elizabeth Poynor on 7/4/2019 at 9:32 am


Denali Expedition: Young & Team Homeward Bound

Saturday, June 15, 2019 - 9:17 AM PT

Greetings all,

And just like that, we’re back in civilization. Just two days ago, we were standing on top of North America, at 20,310’, after a long and demanding effort over the course of two weeks. And now, green grass, crowded Talkeetna streets and restaurants, and the comforts (and burdens) of modern technology and bustling civilization. It’s quite a shock to the system. But here we are, tired after finishing our walk out to Base Camp Friday morning, celebrating our expedition and our success here in Talkeetna. We enjoyed a wonderful celebratory dinner at the Wildflower Cafe with fresh seafood as the fare of choice, and reminisced about all the experiences we’ve shared over the last few weeks. It’s been an incredible couple weeks, and all the Team should be incredibly proud of their accomplishment! We’re headed back to Anchorage this morning to put the final steps of a great adventure in place, and head back to our friends and family. Thanks for following along all these weeks!

RMI Guides Robby Young, Nick Scott, Joe Hoch and Team Homeward Bound

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Denali Expedition: Young & Team Descend to 11K Camp

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 9:32 PM PT

We’re back down here in the thick air of 11,000’! We were so excited to wake up to another beautiful day at 17 Camp this morning, and we were still ecstatic from a fantastic summit day yesterday. Despite some crunchy, achy bodies this morning, we were up and attem as early as reasonable to start making our way back down to the airstrip, and eventually home. We’ve paused our descent for just a few hours here at 11 Camp to get some rest and recovery, and we’ll then continue our way to the airstrip tonight around midnight, when the lower Kahiltna Glacier is firmed up overnight. Hopefully the weather allows for a flight off the glacier first thing in the morning. Wish us luck, and hopefully see all you friends and family soon!

RMI Guides Robby Young, Joe Hoch, Nick Scott and Team Homeward Bound

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Steve we are so thrilled for you and your entire team!!!! Safe travels home!

Posted by: Pat and Mike Lurakis on 6/15/2019 at 11:00 am

Congrats to the whole team!!!!

Posted by: Janet LaRue Romig on 6/14/2019 at 7:14 pm


Denali Expedition: Young & Team Summit North America’s Highest Peak

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 10:00 PM PT

Greetings Loyal RMI Blog Followers!

Today, at approximately 2:20pm, our entire team stood on top of North America! This team put in a heck of an effort and were rewarded with an amazing summit day! We wanted to call from the summit, but the only wind we had all day was the top 20’ of this climb. Despite the cold, the team spent a good joyful 20 minutes on top before making our descent back to 17,000’ Camp. I couldn’t be more proud of this team today, digging deep and climbing hard! Tomorrow, we begin our long descent back to civilization. Ideally, we’ll be sleeping at 11,000’ camp tomorrow night in the thick air we miss so dearly. The weather looks like it may cooperate for the next couple days so wish us luck!

RMI Guides Robby, Nick, Joe, and Team Summit!

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Well done Robby and team!! Proud of you!!

Posted by: Jarah Stroh on 6/14/2019 at 11:39 am

Way to go, Joe!  What an achievement. You’ve been on our minds and in our hearts every day.  Sooo very proud of you. Enjoy your amazing accomplishment and be safe on the way down. Can’t wait to see you. Love you! Mom and Dad xxoo

Posted by: Jim and Carol Hoch on 6/14/2019 at 9:25 am

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