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Entries By leon davis

Alaska Seminar Expedition:  Team Arrives at Kahiltna Base Camp

Some people spend the day after Cinco de Mayo in bed nursing a hangover. We spent it by packing gear, trading street shoes for climbing boots and flying onto the Kahiltna glacier. Our team arrived prepared and by 2 pm we were stomping out camp on the hill overlooking the airstrip. The team worked quickly and here we are ready for bed at 8 pm. Great weather today and great views of the surrounding peaks.

Tomorrow we will begin our skills training and fortify camp for some potential weather moving in. 

RMI Guide Leon Davis & Team

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Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climb Teams on Top!

RMI Guides Leon Davis & Ben Liken led their Four Day Summit Climb Teams for August 27 - 30, 2016 to the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  The teams experienced cloudy and windy conditions on their ascent.  Both teams reached the crater rim around 8 am PT and were able to spend some time on top before starting their descent. 

We look forward to seeing them at Rainier BaseCamp later today.

Congratulations to today’s climbers!

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Did the Merz brothers all make it.

Posted by: Suzi Merz on 8/30/2016 at 1:15 pm

Congratulations on your achievement Maahi! Can’t wait to see you and all the pics. Miss you…. Susmita

Posted by: Susmita Jasti on 8/30/2016 at 10:13 am

Mt. Rainier: August 25th SUMMIT!

The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guides Elias deAndres Martos and Leon Davis reached the Summit of Mt. Rainier early this morning.  Elias reported beautiful clear skies, but very cold temperatures.

Congratulations to today’s team!

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Yay!!! Stephen Roberts!!!  I’m pretty sure this is YOUR team….so YAY…..YOU DID IT!
Congratulations to all of you!  So proud of this achievement!

Posted by: Diane Roberts on 8/25/2016 at 12:04 pm

Wonderful achievement, Andrew Williams! I’m sure it was a memorable, but exhausting, experience.

Posted by: David on 8/25/2016 at 8:20 am

Mt. Rainier: August 8th Summit!

The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guide Leon Davis Reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  Leon reported weather coming in from the southwest this morning forming a cap on the summit, so their stay on top was brief.  The team has started their descent and are en route to Camp Muir.

Congratulations to today’s team!

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Congratulations team….........we have a four day climb scheduled for August 27-30, 2016. Cant wait!!

Posted by: Jon on 8/9/2016 at 9:08 am

Congratulations Jane and Crew! Great photos can’t wait to hear all about it. Love, Mic

Posted by: Michelle McNally on 8/8/2016 at 1:15 pm

Mt. Rainier: Leon Davis, Solveig Waterfall and Teams Summit!

RMI Guide Leon Davis and the Mt. Rainier Summit Climb teams checked in at 7:00 a.m. They were at 13,000’ on their descent and Leon reported that it was really nice day on the mountain.

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Mt. Baker: Davis Recounts Climb of the North Ridge

The low pressure system plaguing the North Cascades cleared the area before we began our approach to the Hogsback Camp on Mt. Baker under clear blue skies. It is a relatively short hike compared to other North Cascade objectives and we endured sweaty backs for only three hours to our upper camp. We spent the first afternoon relaxing in the warm sun looking across a long glacier towards our climbing objective the following day.

We woke at 2:00 a.m. to a waning crescent moon and began the traverse across the Coleman Glacier, navigating the crevassed field of soft snow and ice by headlamp to the base of the North Ridge.  Two and a half hours of walking brought us to the bergschrund guarding the access couloir and soon we were kicking and swinging our way up 50 degree snow onto the North Ridge. We climbed in the shadow of the Ridge as the sun lit up the terrain to our left and promised its warmth just as soon as we were ready to crest the Ridge facing Canada.

The real climbing begins halfway up the route on a feature known as the ice step. Our team climbed onto the step swinging left onto the face and climbing the sun baked ice for two pitches. The sun was in full effect as we gained the steep slopes that continue unbroken for 1,500 vertical feet under Mt. Baker’s final serac band. Just below the summit, we shed clothing wet from the dripping ice. Four more pitches of 55 degree snow brought us to the serac jungle guarding Mt. Baker’s summit and we entered the jungle with eyes overhead to watch for falling ice. A large smoke canister marked the entry to the jungle passage, dropped from a helicopter a few days prior staining the snow a bright red. A two person party had been caught in whiteout conditions and abandoned their gear just below the summit. We came across two packs with clothing, rope, and some climbing gear which we shouldered and carried up and over cleaning the mountain of unnatural detritus.

Soon, we stood on top Mt. Baker’s broad summit plateau and ventured over to the other side to begin the descent down the Coleman-Deming route to our camp on the Hogsback. All told, we spent 12 hours climbing the North Ridge of Mt. Baker. We arrived at camp as large clouds built up to the south and basked in the late afternoon sun, falling into a deep sleep satisfied with a great adventure on a great route.

RMI Guide Leon Davis

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Mt. Shuksan: Fisher Chimneys Team Unable To Summit Despite Impressive Effort

Day one on a Mt. Shuksan Fisher Chimneys trip is a big day, maybe the biggest day of the climb. Most guided parties take eight hours to reach high camp perched at the edge of the Price Glacier above the Chimneys. So when the team drove to the trail head in a heavy wet cloud we needed to make a decision about hiking in those conditions. We stood in the parking lot in our gore-tex, gathering large beads of water that collected from simply standing in the cloud. We drove back down the mountain hoping the forecast for better afternoon weather would prove true. It did not and we decided to try again in the morning.

The following day, as clouds started to pass over the area, we began the approach in a drier cloud and took every bit of the eight hours to climb the Chimneys to high camp. The plan was to set up camp, rest for a few hours and continue towards the summit unburdened by heavy packs. At 4:30 p.m. we began the journey upward, traversing the Price, climbing the steep Hell’s Highway and cresting onto the upper Sulphide Glacier. A cloud followed us up the Sulphide, hiding the summit pyramid but we were able to climb on instruments towards its base. At 7:00 p.m. the clouds parted long enough to show us the pyramid and in what condition it lay.  A steep snow traverse gained the lower rock band where it usually is a low angle scramble and we spotted a few teams descending in the early evening light. So far, we had been moving for 12 hours and now we were looking at summiting around dark and descending complicated terrain under headlamp. We made the conservative call to turn around and made our high point the base of the pyramid, just 600 vertical feet shy of the very top. Disappointing sure, but the team put in an extraordinary effort to climb all day and we were satisfied with the decision to leave the summit for another day.

RMI Guide Leon Davis

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Mt. Rainier: July 18th Summit!

The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guide Leon Davis reached the Crater Rim of Mt. Rainier early this morning.  The weather did not allow for the team to spend very much time on top. They have started their descent are now en route to Camp Muir.

Congratulations to today’s team!

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Best to the team and love to my hubby, Jim McKenna…Hoping that the summit is in the clear for a safe and glorious climb!

Posted by: Angie McKenna on 7/18/2016 at 7:12 pm

Mt. Rainier: Climb for Clean Air Summits!

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.

Congratulations team!

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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

Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climb Teams on Top!

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!

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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

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