Entries By joe hoch
June 15, 2019
Saturday, June 15, 2019 - 9:17 AM PT
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!
June 14, 2019
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
On The Map
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
June 13, 2019
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!
On The Map
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
June 12, 2019
Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - 9:47 PM PT
Greetings from 17,000’ Camp!
We made great time during a beautiful sunny day moving from 14,200’ to our High Camp here at 17,200’. The team did exceptionally well, and made quick work of building camp in the old confines of JM’s Denali Team. Some afternoon rest was had and some dehydrated high mountain food was tolerated. We’ve got a decent forecast for tomorrow…but we know that this mountain will have the final say tomorrow when we wake up. We’re hopeful for some calm winds and hopeful to make an honest go at the summit tomorrow. The team has put a ton of work into this expedition thus far, and we’re all ecstatic to be in the position we are here at 17 Camp. We’ll let you know how it goes!
RMI Guides Robby, Nick, Joe, and Team Prepped’n Ready
On The Map
Hi z your almost there….so excited….safe climbing :)
Posted by: Jennifer Graham on 6/12/2019 at 5:32 pm
Hey Steve. Pulling for you all the way. Be safe and I hope you get to enjoy that summit view!
Posted by: Keith hoelker on 6/12/2019 at 12:27 pm
June 11, 2019
Monday, June 10, 2019 - 9:38 PM PT
On the thirteenth day, Team ‘No Leftovers’ rested. And boy did we enjoy it. It was another beautiful day here at 14,000’ Camp. We’ve been in a cycle of morning sun and afternoon clouds for the last few days, so we planned accordingly. We woke in the shade for some early morning coffee, and then made our way to the Edge of the World for some unbelievable morning views of the Alaska Range. This perch is located at the edge of Genet Basin and looks down approximately 6,000’ below onto the Kahiltna Glacier. We followed that up with a big brunch of eggs and hash brown burritos that stretched us until 1pm. Naps and packing took the rest of our day before another delicious veggie curry dinner. Needless to say, no leftovers were had. This team is now batting 1.000 when it comes to finishing every bit of every meal. A truly impressive feat on any expedition. We’re tucked in now, turning all that food into fuel, ready for a move to 17,200’, if the mother mountain Denali allows, of course. We’ll let you know. Wish us luck and good weather vibes!
RMI Guides Robby, Nick, Joe and Team ‘No Leftovers’
On The Map
Sounds like a gourmet food trip
So far so good
Hope this continues
Prayers and good wishes for all
Steve we will make eggplant parmigiana when u get home
On our way to Graces bday party
Can’t wait until you get home
Posted by: John Zabinski on 6/12/2019 at 2:55 pm
Woohoo! Good luck! God speed! Good vibes! And all that jazz! Safe travels to 17!
Posted by: Annie Kawasaki on 6/11/2019 at 10:48 pm
June 10, 2019
Onward and upward! We had an absolute beautiful day on the mountain today. Sunny skies and warm temps allowed to get up and attem early for a 9am departure from 14,000’ Camp. We made it all the way to the base of the Washburn Thumb at 16,700’, where we cached some food, fuel, and gear for our future move to 17,000’. It was great to stretch the legs and set some new altitude records for some of our team members. The views from that height were exceptional today…a true highlight of the trip for some. We could see all the way down the Kahiltna Glacier and the neighboring Mt. Foraker and Mt. Hunter in all their glory. A truly great day to go climbing in the Alaska Range. We’re planning a rest day for tomorrow so maybe some views from ‘Edge of the World’ are in order. We’ll let you know how it looks! Until then, night y’all.
RMI Guides Robby, Nick, Joe and Team Feast
On The Map
Nick Scott, My best to you and your team for a successful summit. I love you! Dad
Posted by: John Scott on 6/11/2019 at 11:40 am
Suki and I are sending lots of positive energy. Kick some butt!! We miss you!!
Posted by: Anisha on 6/11/2019 at 8:01 am
June 9, 2019
Saturday, June 9, 2019 - 10:08 PM PT
Checking in from 14,000’ Camp here on Denali. All is well. Today, was all about one thing…supreme chill! A true rest day was enjoyed by all here at Camp under sunny skies and no wind. It was truly a glorious day to be in the Alaska Range. We were up and attem at 9:30am for a bagel, cream cheese, and salmon feast. Breakfast rolled into Gin Rummy, then into sun tanning, then into ‘Hot Drinks Poker’ and right into Buffalo Chicken dinner. It was just what the doctor ordered for this team today. Tomorrow, if the weather allows, it’s back to business. We hope to carry some food, fuel, and gear to the upper mountain tomorrow; probably to Washburn’s Thumb above 16,000’. The weather looks to remain nice for the next few days so we’re cautiously optimistic that we might be able to spend some more time on the upper mountain in the near future (knock on wood). For now, the sun is behind the ridge and we’re tucked in the sleeping sacks. We’ll check in with you all tomorrow.
RMI Guides Robby, Nick, Joe and Team Poker Face
On The Map
Have a good rest, a good food and a very good climb to the summit ! Hope the weather will be sunny and fine… Waiting for you
Posted by: Sylviane Philippon on 6/9/2019 at 11:48 am
June 8, 2019
Friday, June 7, 2019 10:18 PM PT
A beautiful sunny day, finally! We woke to sun and were only interrupted by some quick snow showers during the dinner hour. We were able to fully complete our move to 14k Camp this morning by heading back down and retrieving our cache at Windy Corner at 13.200’. We were up and at em early and were back at Camp a little after noon, in time to nap and rest, and finish up our day with some fixed line practice.
Tomorrow, we’ll rest! It’s an important rest day as we continue our acclimatization process in preparation for our future travels to upper reaches of this grandiose mountain. We’ve got big plans for big meals, big naps, and possibly a trip to take in the views at the ‘Edge of the World’. We’ll report back and tell you all about it tomorrow! Til then, good night!
Robby, Nick, Joe and Team Pebble Beach
Steve, It’s great to follow along. I wish you guys the best and stay safe. See you when you get back my friend. .
Posted by: Al on 6/10/2019 at 10:50 am
We hope you make it to the top of the mountain. We hope you will have enough food and get lots of rest. We hope you make it down the mountain safe. We miss you a lot and we love you!
Love Grace and Lucy
Posted by: Grace and Lucy on 6/9/2019 at 7:30 am
June 7, 2019
Thursday, June 6, 2019 10:06 PM PT
Greetings from 14,000’!
For the first time all trip, the weather was better than forecasted! We took full advantage early this morning, walking into the clouds for only a brief time before we were basking in the sun above 12,000’. It was a smooth move day up here to 14 Camp. We arrived early afternoon with plenty of time to completely set up camp, take naps, and then indulge in a veggie curry dinner. It was great to see our RMI friends JM and company as well as a plethora of other guides from other walks of life. It’s truly a city of friends up here at 14 Camp and our team is ecstatic to be here, especially given the squirrelly weather we’ve had over the last week. We’re all in the sleeping bags now, as it gets cold quickly up here; but we’re amped and ready to go back and pick up our windy corner cache tomorrow morning and be reunited with all of delicious lunch food and larger huge variety of meals. We’ll keep you posted on our progress.
Robby, Nick, Joe and Team ‘Clean Plate Club’
So glad weather improved! Good luck all! Step safe
Posted by: Susan Moore on 6/7/2019 at 9:18 pm
Baldock…. go get it! DAs Office following you guys up!
Posted by: Marja on 6/7/2019 at 4:20 pm
June 6, 2019
Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 9:30 PM PT
We had it all today. Sunshine, snow, raging snow, more sun, and even some thunderstorms…aka thunder snow. Regardless, our team snuck in our carry to Windy Corner at 13,000’. Progress! It was really nice to make some progress after a couple days of rest here at 11,000’ Camp. The forecast is calling for more of the same for remainder of the week, so we’ll do what we’ve been doing everyday, we’ll wake up and stick our heads out of the tent early, and see if the mountain will allow us to make our move to 14,000’ Camp tomorrow. Fingers crossed!
RMI Guides Robby, Nick, Joe and Team Mountain Zen
On The Map
Expect to see some great pictures from the Summit!
Posted by: Thomas Keating on 6/7/2019 at 1:10 pm
Hey Steve congratulations on 14,000 ft camp! Stay strong you got this! Wishing you safety and good weather.
Posted by: Thomas Keating on 6/7/2019 at 1:05 pm