Entries By leon davis
July 14, 2016
Led by RMI Guides Win Whittaker and Leon Davis, American Lung Association and their Climb for Clean Air reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning. The team enjoyed sunny skies and gorgeous views from the summit. We look forward to seeing the climbers in Ashford when their return from their descent this afternoon.
I don’t know if I have the right team. Saying hello to Joi and everyone else.
Posted by: Jette roberts on 7/15/2016 at 3:26 am
Great work, Team! What an amazing achievement after a year of training. Congrats to everyone of you and I look forward to future climbs with you.
Posted by: Jason Lathrop on 7/14/2016 at 10:09 am
After several days of bad weather and high avalanche danger keeping the teams from reaching the summit, today’s Four Day Summit Climb Team was able to stand on the summit of Mt. Rainier. RMI Guides Billy Nugent and Leon Davis and their teams were able to take some photos and enjoy the views before beginning their descent from the descent from the crater rim just before 9 am PT. The teams will return to Camp Muir and then continue down to Paradise.
Congratulations to today’s climbers!
I had the privilege of being part of the GSU team who summited. This was a life-changing experience for many of us, and that is in large part due to the outstanding leadership and professionalism of the RMI guides - Billy, Leon, Jesse, Megan and everyone - thank you all, and hopefully see you again soon!
Posted by: John Horgan on 6/29/2016 at 11:51 am
Go Blue! So proud of the Ga State team! Safe travels home!
Posted by: Julie on 6/25/2016 at 2:56 pm
June 20, 2016
Posted by: Leon Davis
The Mt. Rainier Summit Climb teams turned at the top of the Disappointment Cleaver due to avalanche danger on the upper mountain. The teams were back to Camp Muir at 8:20 a.m. where it is snowing lightly. They are planning to depart from Camp Muir at 9:30 a.m.
That’s why you employ the best guides on planet Earth, to make it back tomorrow to give it another try. I too had to turn around there with Brent Okita. RMI is the best.
Posted by: John Newland on 6/21/2016 at 2:39 pm
June 13, 2016
Posted by: Leon Davis
The Five Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guide Leon Davis reached the summit of Mt. Rainier on a cold and windy morning. In addition to the weather, Leon reported great route conditions. The team will descend back to Camp Muir for their last night on the mountain.
Today’s climb also marked Leon Davis’ 100th summit of Mt. Rainier. Way to climb, Leon!
Congratulations to today’s climbers!
RMI Guide Leon Davis reached the summit of Mt. Rainier for the 100th time this morning with our Five Day Summit Climb. The team was able to spend some time on the summit celebrating before descending back to Camp Muir for their final night on the mountain.
June 5, 2016
The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guides Leon Davis and Ben Liken reached the summit of Mt. Rainier early this morning. The team reported clear skies, a light breeze and comfortable climbing conditions.The team has started their descent and are en route back to Camp Muir.
Congratulations to today’s teams!
Congratulations to the team! Another victory for Amherst hockey! Glad everyone had a safe climb.
Posted by: Martha and Denis Moher on 6/5/2016 at 2:39 pm
Congratulations Boys! What is the next challenge?
The English Family
P.S. Kevin, Grace and Glory say way to go!!!
Posted by: Kevin English on 6/5/2016 at 9:53 am
May 22, 2016
May 22, 2016 - 4:02 pm PT
So things were looking pretty grim for flying out yesterday morning. We woke to more snow and a complete whiteout, keeping us locked in camp. We kept ourselves occupied with some games of trivial pursuit, stories and eating. As the day wore on a bit of sun shone thru the clouds and after dinner we heard the unmistakable drone of a DeHaviland Otter. Things were a blur after that. We broke camp in record time and moved our gear to the airstrip and loaded the planes before the weather moved back in. Once in the air we witnessed the skills that make these glacier pilots some of the best around. The clouds were heavy and thick all around us and once Patrick found a hole with some ground below, a few 360 degree diving turns put us under the cloud deck so he could navigate back to Talkeetna by sight, flying just a few hundred feet above the Alaskan tundra. So here we are back in town among the green trees and mosquitoes. A great time in the Alaska range with a fantastic group of people!
May 21, 2016
May 21, 2016 - 10:52 am PT
Well today our team got to practice a Denali soft skill that may be one of the most crucial; How to occupy your mind when the weather keeps you stagnant. We woke up inside a Ping pong ball and this strange snow that turned to rain as soon as it touched us. The team spent most of the day inside the kitchen telling stories, laughing and tying 50 meters worth of knots on our climbing rope. At times it was a tough lesson but the team stood strong. After dinner the skies started to break and eager for some activity, we broke camp and made a move back to base camp. It was eerily calm to have the glacier all to ourselves in a whiteout. It’s just past midnight now and we have just crawled into our tents. Tomorrow we are really hoping for some sun!
May 20, 2016
May 19, 2016 - 9:44 pm PT
Hello from Farine basin,
This morning under cloudy calm skies our team ventured onto the east ridge of Farine, an old remnant of perhaps a volcano comprised of very black rock.
Fun climbing on a ridge overlooking Camp 1 took us to a series of crumbling rock spires. We were stopped by bad snow in a steep gully capped by some very bad rock. As we descended in whiteout conditions to clearing clouds we got some great views of the surrounding valley. Back at camp with some time to kill, many folks grabbed some sleds to race down a slope just above our camp. Lots of belly laughing and memorable moments to behold as spectator or participant. It’s getting quite cold now so we are headed back to our tents to warm up.
RMI Guides Leon Davis, Mike King and Megan Budge
May 19, 2016
May 18, 2016 - 10:22 p.m. PDT
Hello all who may be reading!
A beautiful morning made for a pleasant exercise in breaking down our large camp and preparing our sleds for hauling up glacier. By 11:00 a.m. the team made their way down Heartbreak Hill to the main Kahiltna Glacier and upstream we paddled in snowshoes. Veering from the main trail we split off further west into a small basin tucked between a long black ridge and a peak known as Farine. We made camp on a high snow roll overlooking the Kahiltna to the south and it is a truly awesome sight. Tomorrow we will wake early for an attempt on the west ridge. Good luck and good night!
RMI Guide Leon Davis and Team
Hi Chip! We hope you’re having an amazing time and it’s been everything you hoped it would be. We’ve enjoyed seeing the pictures posted so far, but look forward to hearing all about it. Love you! Mom and Dad
Posted by: Chris Nunan on 5/20/2016 at 2:11 pm
We are so excited for you! I’m sure it is everything you have dreamed! We are all good at sea level…no worries!!! We miss you and can’t wait to see all the pictures and hear all the stories!
Posted by: Alexis, Izzy, and Logan Nunan on 5/20/2016 at 4:18 am