Entries By joe hoch
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
June 5, 2019
Tuesday, June 4, 2019 - 9:29 PM PT
The mountain was surly this morning. Winds were cold and strong when we woke up to attempt a carry to a cache at 13,600’. So we did what all smart climbers would do, and we stayed put and enjoyed warm down sleeping bags and snack food. We put in some serious chill time today, while the mountain continued move the air around until early afternoon. We are definitely feeling rested at this point after two full rest days here at 11,000’ Camp, and are looking forward to getting up and attem and moving uphill tomorrow if the improved forecast comes to fruition. Not only are we rested, but we’re also full of macaroni and cheese and bacon from this evenings dinner. Here’s to putting that fuel to work tomorrow!
RMI Guides Robby, Nick, Joe and Team ‘All the Cheese’
On The Map
Well hope rest time is over and you are continuing your climb
Stay strong and climb safe
Posted by: John Zabinski on 6/6/2019 at 5:09 am
We love you so much and we are so proud of you. Keep up the awesome climbing! We loved seeing the map that was posted. Holy cow! That’s a long way! So amazing!!!
Love your little sis, Wayne, Chris and Robert
Posted by: Corrine on 6/5/2019 at 4:44 pm
June 4, 2019
Monday, June 3, 2019 - 9:11 PM PT
And on the sixth day, we rested. Boy it felt good to just stay in one place for a day. We woke up to some winds and a little bit of snow, and we were due for our annual rest day here at 11,000’ Camp, so we took full advantage. There was no up and attem this morning, as we let our bodies sleep, and waited until 9am to indulge in a eggs and hashers feast. We had a little bit of sun midday, but most of the day the mountain seemed to spit snow and coat us in clouds as we practiced some climbing skills that are pivotal for the coming days. Not much else to report from a day of rest, and that’s a beautiful thing. We’re hopeful to carry tomorrow to a cache site at 13,600’, but the mountain will make the call in the morning.
Until then, stay tuned.
RMI Guides Robby, Nick, Joe, and Team Tasty Bite
On The Map
You need to rest, boys! Steve, thinking about you everyday; following the blog on the website-it’s great. Well, get some rest, you’ll all be climbing like a bunch of monkeys soon !
Love , Mike and Ruth
Posted by: Mike and Ruth on 6/5/2019 at 3:40 pm
We continue to pray for you Steve. We are at Omaha Beach because Pat’s dad was here 75 years ago and survived to come home. Very emotional day for us but we are remembering you on that mountain and praying you will achieve your goal.
Posted by: Mike and Pat Lurakis on 6/5/2019 at 9:24 am
June 3, 2019
Sunday, June 2, 2019 - 10:07 PM PT
11 Camp is now officially home! We back carried this morning and finally brought all of our food and gear to camp. It’s a short saunter down to our 10,000’ cache and we make quick work, two hours round trip to be exact. After some afternoon naps and much needed rest this afternoon, we were back up and attem for dinner. The Sriracha Ranch Chicken wraps were a home run! Our 5 star meal was followed up for 5-star views when, for the first time all trip, we finally had a break in the snow and had views of the incredible mountains surrounding us here in the Alaska Range. It was a day for the books. We’re settling into the routines of expedition life and all is well. Tomorrow, we have our sites set on shuttling some gear up to a cache at 13,600’, but as we do here in Alaska, we’ll pole our heads out of the tent in the morning and see what Mother Nature has in store. Until then, keep it classy out there in the real world.
RMI Guides Robby, Joe, Nick and Team Sriracha
On The Map
Hey Steve hope you have good weather and are able to make a push for the summit! Good luck and stay safe!!
Posted by: Thomas Keating on 6/12/2019 at 3:00 pm
Glad you all got some views of the mountains today. Good luck on the next stretch and hope you enjoyed the ‘rest day’.
Posted by: Annie Kawasaki on 6/4/2019 at 3:34 am