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Forbidden Peak: Davis & Team Reach Summit

Posted by: Leon Davis | June 27, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *North Cascades
Elevation: 8,630'

Update - June 27th 3:24 pm

RMI Guide Leon Davis and team are back at camp in Boston Basin. They will spend the night before descending to the trailhead in the morning.

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In the North Cascades of Washington, RMI Guide Leon Davis and team reached the summit of Forbidden Peak via the West Ridge this morning. Leon reported perfect weather for climbing today.

Way to go climbers!


Mt. Baker: Davis and Team Reach Summit

Posted by: Leon Davis, Chase Nelson | June 23, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *North Cascades
Elevation: 10,781'

In the North Cascades, RMI Guides Leon Davis and Chase Nelson led their team to the summit of Mt. Baker via the North Ridge today. Leon reported a great day of “full on climbing” with beautiful weather.

This marks RMI’s first Mt. Baker summit of the season. Congratulations climbers!

High Camp on Mt. Baker, WA. Photo: Zeb Blais An RMI climber ascending the North Ridge of Mt. Baker, WA. Photo: Eric Frank An RMI climber topping out on the North Ridge of Mt. Baker, WA. Photo: Eric Frank

Mt. Rainier: June 20th Update

Posted by: Leon Davis, Mike Soucy | June 20, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

7:45 a.m. - The Four Day Summit Climb, led by Leon Davis and Mike Soucy, crested the summit rim of Mt. Rainier. Leon reported a nice day with light winds. Both teams began their descent just after 9:00 a.m.

An RMI team ascending to the Mount Rainier summit. Photo: Win Whittaker
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Congratulations John and Brett! 
You earned that Summit muffin!
Look forward to hearing more about your adventure

Kurt N and Mary C

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Posted by: Kurt N & Mary C on 6/24/2015 at 3:14 am

Great job girl from hawaii!

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Posted by: Todd on 6/23/2015 at 10:15 am


Mt. Rainier: Climbing Teams on the Summit!

Posted by: JJ Justman, Leon Davis | June 15, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Five Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guide JJ Justman along with the Four Day Summit Climb led by Leon Davis reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  After spending some time on top enjoying the views both teams began their descent from the crater rim shortly after 7 AM. JJ reported that it was “an absolutely beautiful day”.
Once the teams return to Camp Muir they will have a brief stop and then continue their descent to Paradise.  We look forward to seeing them at Rainier BaseCamp later today.

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb Teams!

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What an awesome experience to climb with you guys.  Special thanks to Leon, our amazing guide, for keeping us encouraged and safe!

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Posted by: Yasha on 6/18/2015 at 7:42 am

Congratulations Rick, so happy you made it.

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Posted by: Sharon on 6/16/2015 at 5:20 am


Mt.Rainier: June 9th Teams on Top!

Posted by: Ben Liken, Elias de Andres Martos, Leon Davis | June 09, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

Our Four Day Summit Climb teams led by RMI Guides Elías de Andrés Martos and Ben Liken reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning and were beginning their descent from the summit around 7AM. It’s a beautiful day with clear skies and warm temperatures, the guides did report some strong winds on the upper mountain. Both climbing teams will return to Camp Muir and then continue their descent to Paradise.  The teams will return to Rainier BaseCamp in Ashford this afternoon. 

On the Kautz Glacier route, RMI Guide Leon Davis led the Expedition Skills Seminar - Kautz team to the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning. The team will descend back to camp for their final night on the mountain. Tomorrow, they will descend to Paradise before returning to Ashford in the afternoon.

Congratulations Summit Climb and Seminar Climbers!

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Good luck Dad!! stay safe! I love you❤️

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Posted by: Maranda Sears on 6/24/2015 at 6:41 pm

Congrats to John Stout and team.  It sounds like it was a great trek except for wind. Safe travels down to Paradise!
Teena

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Posted by: Teena McDonald on 6/9/2015 at 7:23 pm


Alaska Seminar: Leon Davis & Team Send Final Dispatch

Posted by: Leon Davis, Lindsay Fixmer, Bridget Belliveau | May 24, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley

Hello friends and family,

Apologies for the absent dispatches these last few days; Apparently clouds and Sat phones do not get along.  We had a few eventful days on the Kahiltna so here is a quick wrap up. Our attempt on Kahiltna Dome was thwarted by Avalanche conditions so we made a full retreat from camp II back to Base Camp under a blanket of clouds.  The team set up a quick camp by the airstrip and started celebrating the trip with a few beers we stashed in a hole and some margarita’s from a friendly neighbor.  With some time to kill, a few folks wanted to know what the inside of a crevasse looked like so we set some anchors and lowered a few into the deep blue black holes that reach down under our feet.  Doug perched himself at the lip for a photo session of folks climbing out of the abyss.  Everyone flew off yesterday just before the weather shut base camp down and we enjoyed a fine dinner in Talkeetna and some drinks at the Fairview.  A great trip with some of the finest people I’ve shared a rope with.  Thank you all for tuning in and look forward to the pictures and stories headed your way!

RMI Guide Leon Davis & Team

Crevasse Rescue on the Alaska Mountaineering Seminar. RMI Chris Villar

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Alaska Seminar: Dave & Team Train at 9,800’

Posted by: Leon Davis, Bridget Belliveau, Lindsay Fixmer | May 22, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 9,800'

May 21, 2015 - 10:03 pm PT

Here we are at 9,800’ for a second night. This morning the winds continued to whip at the surrounding ridges and moving camp up the Kahiltna Dome was not prudent. However we were able to go for a venture towards Kahiltna Pass to see what there was to see. Good times trying to get over the bergschrund which was a trap door of deep faceted snow. Towards the top of the ridge we met firm icy conditions that forced us back down. Good times nevertheless!  If the weather improves tomorrow we will make an attempt on the Dome.
Good night!

RMI Guide Leon Davis

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Down here in North Carolina, we had our first day at the pool yesterday!  Stay warm.  Love, Mom

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Posted by: Judy Kenyon on 5/23/2015 at 4:28 am

Love the positive vibes from Guide Leon!

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Posted by: Laura Bryson on 5/22/2015 at 4:51 pm


Alaska Seminar: Davis & Team Climb to Camp 2

Posted by: Leon Davis, Lindsay Fixmer, Bridget Belliveau | May 21, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 9,800'

Wednesday, May 20th 2:38 pm PDT

Writing to you all from vibrating tents at 9800 ft. tonight. The team had a fine walk up from 7800 ft. this morning in decent weather, but the looming sense of something surrounding us was ever present. We started to make our camp as the winds picked up, snow falling and visibility waning. It was hard work for 3 or 4 hours before we had good walls and I’ve never seen the team work so well together - all are hard workers. We are hunkered down now and eagerly await what tomorrow brings. 

Hope you all are warm!
RMI Guide Leon Davis and team

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Ed and team,

Thinking of all of you! Stay safe and hope the weather cooperates.

Enjoy!

Gayle

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Posted by: Gayle Hutton on 5/22/2015 at 4:42 pm

It got chilly in PA, and then I remembered what you are experiencing and it suddenly didn’t seem so bad here.  Hope you are staying warm and doing what you… read more

Posted by: Jenny on 5/21/2015 at 9:54 pm


Alaska Seminar: Davis & Team Move to Camp 1

Posted by: Leon Davis, Lindsay Fixmer, Bridget Belliveau | May 20, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 7,800'

May 29, 2015 - 9:34 pm PT

Good day-

We are dispatching from a crowded Camp 1 this evening. We had a pleasant four hour walk today under cloudy skies on the main flow of the Kahiltna. We had a strong performance from the team and we plan to bump our camp up to 9,800’ tomorrow morning. It looks like some weather is coming in so we might get some snow tonight. Here’s to hoping we don’t and we will talk to you all from Camp 2!

RMI Guide Leon Davis

An RMI Alaska Seminar Team navigating the glacier.  Photo: Kel Rossiter

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The Millers and I followed Jenny’s safe return to State College via IM.  With this daily blog, you don’t even seem thousands of miles away.  Crazy world.  Made dinner for… read more

Posted by: Judith Kenyon on 5/20/2015 at 4:02 pm

Glad to hear the team is doing so well!

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Posted by: Laura Bryson on 5/20/2015 at 3:28 pm


Alaska Seminar: Davis & Team Train at Kahiltna Base Camp

Posted by: Leon Davis, Lindsay Fixmer, Bridget Belliveau | May 19, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 7,300'

May 18, 2015 - 11:43 pm PT

Hello-

Our day in Base Camp was as busy as it can get. After a leisurely breakfast of pancakes bacon and coffee, we divided up to learn and practice beacon searches, surface hauling systems and rig our sleds for moving up river. A great day under a blazing sun that had us wondering how we can be surrounded by so much snow yet be so dang hot. Tomorrow we leave our camp loaded with five days of provisions and make our way towards Kahiltna Dome. We will talk again from Camp 1!

RMI Guides Leon Davis, Lindsay Fixmer, Bridget Belliveau & Team

The view from Kahiltna Base Camp.  Photo: Seth Waterfall

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