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Entries By josh geiser

Denali Expedition: Smith and Team Lay Low

Thursday, June 6, 2024 6:11pm PDT

Hello readers!

The snow pitter pattered all night. With every tap to the side of the tent snow slides off. It was a winter wonderland. White surrounded us. You could see nothing but white. With visibility being low and tents wet, we decided to lay low and hang tight for the day. The team rested and the snow Fell most of the day. Towards the late afternoon the base of the peaks became visible. An optimistic sign that maybe the weather is letting up. We are Hopeful that we can get still move to 11k camp in an alpine start fashion much like we do on Rainier. So, after dinner we are going to rest a few hours and hopefully the weather is descent, and we can make our move.

Wish us luck and send good weather vibes.

RMI Guide Hannah Smith and Team

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Hi Tommy and group, wishing you all the best of luck for better weather and a successful climb. And thank you for all the updates.

Posted by: Jen Mackenzie on 6/8/2024 at 12:18 am

Hi Tommy MacKenzie,
We love you!  Michael and I say hi! 

I hope you are doing well and you have good conditions. 

Wishing everyone a safe and wonderful experience❤️

Posted by: Linda Barrow on 6/7/2024 at 5:53 pm

Denali Expedition: Smith & Team Carry Gear to 9,300ft

Wednesday, June 5, 2024 - 8:25 pm PT

Good evening everyone. Today we woke to clear skies above with clouds lingering over Denali. So it was go time to get our carry in. We knew the storm would come sooner or later so we got an early start and we walking by 5am. Fueled by bagels, cream cheese, and salmon we made our way up Ski Hill. The cool air felt good to walk in compared to the rather hot and sweaty walk yesterday. After gaining two thousand feet and the beginning of snow flurries, we decided to call 9300' our cache spot. We dug a big hole to fit all our cache items and then scurried out of there before more snow fell. The rest of the day we enjoyed a bunch of tent time which included naps, reading, watching shows, listening to music, and eating snacks. Some of the best sleep comes in the afternoon. Tomorrow we hope to move to 11,000' camp. This will depend on what the weather brings us in the morning. We may need to be patient but that's part of the Denali game. As for now, we are all settling into our sleeping bags as the snow pitter patters on our tents. It's quite relaxing. So goodnight all!

RMI Guide Hannah And team

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Denali Expedition: Smith & Team Check in from the Glacier

Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Hello followers!

Today was a big day! Skies were clear which meant we would be flying. The team got their last lattes and drip coffees before making their way to the hanger. The pilot told us half the team would fly then he would come back for the rest of us. This gave the team time to get dialed with sled rigging and tent set up before arriving on the glacier and for those on the glacier time to learn too. As always the flight in was amazing. The views are stunning. The peaks of the Alaska Range are rocky and snowy and big. A bumpy landing got the team all safely on the glacier. The pilots are truly amazing at what they do. After some quick work shuffling gear and rigging up we hit the Kahiltna glacier running. Well not running. Slowly waddling in our snowshoes and heavy packs. We crushed the downhill and made smooth work of the uphill. You can tell the team did great training and it sure paid off with the smooth sailing we had getting to camp. It's all a learning curve right now, trying to get in a groove setting up camp. In a couple days we will be smooth as butter at it. Pizza for dinner always makes the heart and stomach happy. Our outdoor seating had amazing views of the surrounding peaks. Tomorrow we will hopefully do a carry to 9,600' give or take. We are hoping the storm stays away or at least gives us the morning/early afternoon. As for now, we are all getting our gear organized and into our sleeping bags for a well deserved rest.

Goodnight everyone!

RMI Guide Hannah Smith

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Hey Hannah!
I’m sending all the best thoughts and prayers for Perfect weather for you and your team!!!
Farmer Dave

Posted by: Dave Kestel on 6/6/2024 at 3:46 am

Great start to a great adventure! We’re so proud of you Dada! Stay safe and stay warm!

Posted by: Jessica on 6/5/2024 at 10:52 pm

Denali Expedition: Smith and Team Fly onto Glacier

Tuesday June 4, 2024 3:05pm PDT

Hannah Smith & Team are flying onto the glacier, and will officially start their climb!

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Strive for greatness and conquer that mountain, like my GOAT LeBron James! I’ll think of you all when I’m enjoying Space Jam 2 tonight! (My personal favorite) ❤️

Posted by: Patrick on 6/5/2024 at 6:11 pm

Good luck, learn lots, and have a great time team! Meganne, you are just the most incredible badass I know, you’ve got this

Posted by: Emma Bassein on 6/5/2024 at 7:31 am

Denali Expedition: Smith & Team Sort Gear and Snacks, Ready to Launch

Monday, June 3, 2024

Hello readers,

Today was jammed pack with packing and sorting. The team went through their gear making sure they have all the crucial items to safely climb the mountain. Along with those crucial items is 22lbs of snack food. Everyone has a good mixture of salty, sweet, crunchy, chewy items to make them happy on the mountain. Once we knew we had all the right gear, we sorted it into our packs and duffles to be weighed for the plane. We ended our day with some souvenir shopping and a team dinner. The team is excited to get on the glacier and begin their expedition they have been training for. Fingers crossed the weather holds!


RMI Guide Hannah Smith and Team

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Denali Expedition: Smith & Team Arrive in Anchorage, Transfer to Talkeetna

Sundy, June 2, 2024 - 10:20 pm PT

Hello readers!

Welcome to RMI's Denali Expedition #5. Today is day 1 of our expedition. The team traveled from near and far to get to Anchorage. Quick introductions and a brief run down over the gear list and we were out the door and piled into a van for our drive to Talkeetna. Before arriving to Talkeetna we made a pitstop in Wasilla to purchase fresh food items like cheese, meats and breads to enjoy on the mountain. We off loaded all our duffels in the airplane hanger for tomorrow's gear check and packing, then made our way to the hotel. Tonight was informal to allow people time to relax or unwind before a busy day tomorrow. Some of the team made their way down to the river and man was it a view. The mountains were out in all their glory. Denali looks so huge, even from a far. What a good start to our trip to have such a spectacular view. As for now we are going to enjoy being in civilization and sleeping in beds. Tomorrow will be a busy day of prepping so we can (fingers crossed) fly onto the glacier on Tuesday. 

Goodnight readers,

RMI Guide Hannah Smith and Team 

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This message is for Meganne Harvey. One of Mackenzie’s shit kids dropped an ice cube down my back today, and I realized quickly this is probably your life 24/7. Anyway you are very missed and I’m sending all the vibes to the team

Posted by: Shane Chase on 6/9/2024 at 8:01 pm

Praying you all have a wonderful enjoyable time. Stay safe Shane.

Posted by: Sonny Digiovanna on 6/4/2024 at 7:34 am

Mt. Rainier: Hahn, Ammon & Five Day Climb Turned by Winds

The Five Day Climb May 25 -29 led by RMI Guides Dave Hahn and Ben Ammon reached 13,200ft on Mt. Rainier today before high winds forced them to turn back. The teams have safely returned to Camp Muir where they may do some additional training and enjoy a final night on the mountain. The team will descend the remaining 4,500' to Paradise tomorrow and conclude their program.

PC: Dave Hahn

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Mt. Rainier: May 25th Team Turns Due to High Winds

The Four Day Climb led by RMI Guides Casey Grom and Dominic Cifelli reached 12,300' on Mt. Rainier early this morning. The team reached the mid-point of Disappointment Cleaver, but the strong winds of 40 - 50 mph forced the team make the decision to descend safely back to Camp Muir. They will return to Rainier Basecamp in Ashford later this afternoon. 

Congratulations Team! 

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That photo looks like something out of a movie—pretty otherworldly.

Posted by: Some guy from Puyallup on 5/25/2024 at 10:06 pm

Mt. Rainier: Four Day Climb Climbs Halfway up Disappointment Cleaver

The Four Day Climb May 16 - 19 led by RMI Guides Brent Okita and Hannah Smith climbed halfway up Disappointment Cleaver before conditions required them to turn around.  Hannah's team climbed to Ingraham Flats and worked on some ice climbing. The teams descended to Camp Muir and will be packing up and starting their descent to Paradise later this morning.

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Sheesh. Those are some gorgeous shots! Ice climbing also sounds pretty sweet.

Posted by: Some guy from Puyallup on 5/19/2024 at 1:44 pm

Mt. Rainier: Five Day Climb Turned by High Winds

Our team woke to winds high enough to hold you still and push you around. We pushed to first break at Ingraham Flats where we decided that would be our high point. A lot of steep terrain above would not have been fun to be on in any amount of wind. Everyone has been enjoying a bit more rest before making our way back down to Paradise later this morning. 

On a bright side, a fox was spotted in camp. It appeared to be healthy and quite quick at running across glaciers. 

RMI Guide Hannah Smith

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Huh. Didn’t even know foxes lived up there ...

Posted by: Some guy from Puyallup on 5/15/2024 at 8:54 am

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