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Mt. Rainier: Teams on the Summit!

Posted by: Leon Davis, Mike Walter | August 01, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guide Mike Walter reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning around 6:30 am. The Expedition Skills Seminar - Paradise led by Leon Davis also made a successful climb to the summit today after several days of training on the mountain.  Both teams began their descent around 7:30 after enjoying the sunrise and views from the crater for almost an hour.
The teams will return to Camp Muir for a short break and to re-pack their gear before continuing the descent to Paradise.  We look forward to seeing both teams in Ashford later today.

Congratulations to today’s climbers!

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Mt. Rainier: July 25th SUMMIT!

Posted by: Billy Nugent, Leon Davis, Bridget Belliveau, Caleb Ladue, Adam Butterfield, Billy Haas | July 25, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb Team led by RMI Guides Billy Nugent and Leon Davis reached the Summit of Camp Muir today.  The teams reported great climbing conditions and clear skies.

Congratulations to Today’s Teams!

Climbers at High Break on Mt. Rainier.  RMI Photo Collection
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Forbidden Peak: Davis and Team Summit

Posted by: Leon Davis, Bryan Hendrick | July 13, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *North Cascades
Elevation: 8,630'

Good morning everybody. This is Leon and team calling from our way out of Boston Basin in this morning. Another beautiful day today, just like yesterday, and we climbed up the West Ridge of Forbidden. We had a successful trip, starting out at 2:30 in the morning under a full moon. It was beautiful, a perfect day. And yeah, we’re all doing well heading out to the cars hopefully in time to watch the World Cup Finals. Talk to you guys later. Thank you. Bye.

RMI Guide Leon Davis


RMI Guide Leon Davis checks in from the North Cascades.


North Cascades: Davis and Team Check in from Boston Basin

Posted by: Bryan Hendrick, Leon Davis | July 12, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *North Cascades
Elevation: 6,200'

July 11, 2014 - 8:15 pm PT

Hi Everybody this is Leon and Bryan in the Boston Basin, we climbed Sharkfin Tower today.  It was a beautiful day.  Everyone did great, everyone is feeling it but we got a lot of good training in.
Tomorrow our plan is to wake up early and get an alpine start and head up to the west ridge of Forbidden and climb that thing.
All is well, we will talk to you tomorrow.

RMI Guide Leon Davis

Johannesburg from Boston Basin. Photo: Kristina Weller


RMI Guide Leon Davis checks in from Boston Basin.


North Cascades: Davis & Team Check In from Boston Basin

Posted by: Leon Davis, Bryan Hendrick | July 10, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *North Cascades
Elevation: 6,200'

Hi, this is Leon calling from Boston Basin Camp. We had a beautiful day getting here and just enjoying an evening after dinner. All is well. Tomorrow we are having a training day and planning to head up and climb Sharkfin Tower. Tomorrow’s weather looks great so we are psyched. I’ll talk to you guys tomorrow. Bye.

RMI Guide Leon Davis

Boston Basin in the North Cascades. Photo: RMI Collection


RMI Guide Leon Davis calls in from Boston Basin.

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Mt. Rainier: June 29th Summit!

Posted by: Brent Okita, Leon Davis | June 29, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Mt. Rainier Summit Climbs led by Brent Okita and Leon Davis crested the crater rim at 7:35 a.m.  Brent reported 25 mph winds and the cloud deck was at 9,500’.  The teams spent some time on the summit before beginning their descent at 8:40 a.m.

Congratulations to today’s summit climbers!

Mt. Rainier's Disappointment Cleaver Route. Photo: Brent Okita
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Mt. McKinley: Beren & Team Back in Talkeetna

Posted by: Jake Beren, Leon Davis, Katie Bono | June 22, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 348'

June 22, 2014 - 8:16 pm PT

It seems bizarre to have been in deep winter this morning at 14K Camp, waiting on the snow to stop, and now in summery Talkeetna. But here we are. The snow did let up enough for us to load up some BIG packs and make our way down the mountain. We descended under a beautiful crescent moon until the typical storm conditions at 11K Camp abated and we were able to trade the GPS for some sunscreen. The lower glacier was in fine condition and the team put in another solid effort, putting us at the runway ten minutes before our first plane landed. The journey today was tough, but all were up for the challenge and now are enjoying that first shower in civilization before a meal prepared on something other than a MSR stove. It’s good to be back.

Thanks to a fantastic team for an amazing expedition and everyone back home who helped make it happen. We were lucky enough to get to see the view from up top and all the hard work paid off. Nice job everyone.

RMI Guide Jake Beren

The Talkeetna Airstrip in view after a successful Mt. McKinley expedition. Photo: RMI Collection

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Mt. McKinley: Beren & Team Making Progress on Their Descent

Posted by: Jake Beren, Leon Davis, Katie Bono | June 22, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 14,200'

June 22, 2014 - 2:46 am PT

What a great day in the mountains yesterday!  I’d reckon we had one of the nicest summit opportunities of the season and it was a real treat to be in position to make the most of it. We topped out on Denali with spectacular views in all directions and made it back to camp with as close to a solstice as you can get. The sun was still in the sky for an amazing sunset as we pulled into camp after a job well and safely done. Nice work everyone!

This morning weather rolled in from many directions and we chose to stall a bit before heading down the Buttress. The blowing snow let up a little in the afternoon and we made the most if it, getting down to 14K Camp and having dinner before some shut eye. Tomorrow we will keep the momentum rolling downhill if the weather allows and get just a little closer to coming home.

RMI Guide Jake Beren

Looking down to 14,000' Camp on Mt. McKinley. Photo: RMI Collection

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Mt. McKinley: Beren & Team Reach the Summit!

Posted by: Jake Beren, Leon Davis, Katie Bono | June 21, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 20,320'

June 20, 2014 - 10:16 pm PT

Hello, this is Jake calling from the summit of Denali with our crew. Everyone did a wonderful job today and I’m super proud of how everyone kept it together. We had a little flurry of conditions in the morning and then had just about the most beautiful day you could imagine on top. Thanks to everybody back home for the support. And now we are gonna get down to the business of getting down, so we will call when we get back to camp and look forward to seeing everybody soon, alright. Bye.

June 21, 2014 - 2:54 am PT

Hello, this is Leon, Katie and Jake just calling in to let everybody know that most of us are asleep back at camp. The rest of us who are not will be shortly. A beautiful climb and we will touch base on our way out of here. Good night.

RMI Guide Jake Beren

RMI climber on McKinley's Summit Ridge. Photo: RMI Collection Photos on the Mt. McKinley summit. Photo: RMI Collection


RMI Guide Jake Beren calling in from the Mt. McKinley summit!


RMI Guide Jake Beren calls in from high camp after successful Mt. McKinley summit.

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Mt. McKinley: Beren Calls in after Settling in at 17K Camp

Posted by: Jake Beren, Leon Davis, Katie Bono | June 20, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 17,200'

June 19, 2014 - 8:43 pm PT

Hello, this is Leon, Katie and Jake up at 17K Camp. We moved today up the Buttress. We dealt with a little wind and a little bit of snow, but the team did super well. We’re all buttoned up tight hoping to go for it tomorrow if the weather allows. That’s all from 17K, we will be checking in tomorrow.

RMI Guide Jake Beren

Making a Call from Mt. McKinley's 17,200' Camp. Photo: RMI Collection


Jake Beren calling in from Mt. McKinley's 17K Camp.

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