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Entries By levi kepsel

Mt. McKinley: Nugent & Team Take a Rest Day at 11,000’

June 17, 2014 - 11:00 pm PT

A rest day on Mt. McKinley! And well earned. The weather has been kinda funky; we woke this morning to around a foot of new snow but things steadily improved over the course of the day. Eventually, the sun broke and we enjoyed some turbo-tanning for much of the afternoon. But now the flurries are back and the flow has shifted from southeast to westerly. We briefly got a view of the tundra over Kahiltna Pass with a wall of large cumulus clouds headed our way. We are now in those clouds but they haven’t hit with much wind so camp is still pretty pleasant. The gang is packing up for tomorrow’s forward carry where we are hoping to get a cache in around Windy Corner, setting us up for a move to 14,000’ if the weather cooperates.

We will talk to you later,

RMI Guide Billy Nugent

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Hey Mountaineers!  Love the pictures, keep them coming!  I’n getting in shape just thinking about the challenge you have had.  Stay strong, positive and reach for the stars!  Hugs waiting back home!!

Posted by: Mary Lou Quandt on 6/18/2014 at 8:40 pm

Hot off the press, the PTO has canceled the Redskins Trademark registration.  Do you guys still have those authentic jackets?  If upheld on appeal, their worth will be the shipping cost :-)

Posted by: Jen on 6/18/2014 at 12:55 pm

Mt. McKinley: Nugent & Team Move to 11,000’ Camp

June 15, 2014 - 10:31 pm PT

Greetings from Camp 3 at 11,000’... We enjoyed a sunny and warm wake up today while we packed for a quick move up to 11,000 ft on Mt. McKinley. After a few hours on the trail in mostly whiteout conditions we arrived and set to work digging and building platforms and walls to protect our tents and posh (dining tent). The weather has been coming in and out all day with sun breaks punctuating a generally cloudy day. It’s actually begun snowing moderately as I write this… Anyway, we left a sizable cache of food and fuel buried down at 9,600’ that we hope to retrieve tomorrow morning after sleeping in and enjoying a more substantial breakfast. Breaking camp every morning for the last 3 days has meant quickie breakfasts like oatmeal or granola. We also got to enjoy a visit with some of our comrades from higher on the mountain as they came through camp. Good vibes all around.

All for now,

RMI Guide Billy Nugent

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Bruce,  I hope the weather improves. Just pretend you are in Mexico again going an easy summit.  Best of luck on summit day.  I will get all the details from Katie at GFH3 tomorrow.

Posted by: Reid on 6/17/2014 at 3:45 pm

Michael. I printed the leopard photo from your Kilimanjaro trip in two sizes and it came out great! It will look good matted and framed. Hang in there and stay warm. Say hi to your dad. What a great way to spend Fathers day. Love you. Mom

Posted by: Joyce on 6/16/2014 at 6:56 pm

Mt. McKinley: Nugent & Team Grooving on in to 9,600’

June 14, 2014 - 10:44 pm PT

Checking in from 9,600’! All is well up here, despite a very hot day cooking in the microwave. A breezy and chilly morning made for a brisk break of camp this morning but it eventually gave way to stillness and a low level cloud clinging to the glacier. With full humidity and scorching temperatures we poured sweat despite stripping down to just our base layers. By the end of the day, a nice breeze greeted us as we neared Kahiltna Pass and put in our camp. We enjoyed the evening with a good meal outside and are all crawled in waiting for tomorrow and our planned move up to 11,000’.

More as the situation develops,

RMI Guide Billy Nugent

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Happy Father’s day dad!! I am so proud of you and so inspired by you. I keep bragging about you to all my 20-something friends just to make sure they know how cool my dad is!! I miss you, keep pushing, and I love you!!

<3 Your Dollface

Posted by: Lauren Quandt on 6/16/2014 at 11:37 am

Rafael, so very proud! Keep on pushing! Moa

Posted by: Mo Mendonca on 6/16/2014 at 8:23 am

Mt. McKinley: Nugent & Team Reach Camp 1

June 13, 2014 - 9:40 pm PT

Welcome! To the first of many blog installments for the June 10, 2014, RMI expedition to Denali. Our team first met a couple days ago in Anchorage and enjoyed a cramped van ride up to Talkeetna. There, we spent the following day packing and prepping for our bush flight in the midst of a shaky weather forecast. We went to bed on Wednesday night locked and loaded with our fingers crossed for blue skies in the a.m… As luck would have it our good friends at K2 Aviation were able to drop us off at Kahiltna Basecamp in a pair of Otter ski planes first thing in the morning! After building and moving in to our camp we spent the rest of the day making our final preparations for the trip.

Today was the first real day of the expedition. We woke early and broke camp and packed up for our single-carry to Camp 1 at 7,800’. A single-carry means we are loaded down with all of the equipment, food, and fuel to sustain our expedition for 22 days… It rounds out to about 100lbs of gear per climber split between a sled and backpack. We had a couple of occasional breaks of clear skies but spent most of the day sheltered from the blazing sun by a thin layer of clouds and light snow flurries. While it might sound inclement, it actually kept temperatures from getting too warm and made for nice walking. We are all settled in at 7,800’ for the night and are hoping to continue up tomorrow with another single-carry to 9,600’ and Camp 2.

We’ll check in again and let ya’ll know how it went…

RMI Guide Billy Nugent

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Happy Father’s Day Michael and to any other fathers with you!  Your life lessons have been and continue to be incredible.  Enjoy the journey!  Love you and stay safe!!

Posted by: Mary Lou Quandt on 6/15/2014 at 7:15 am

cycling class isn’t as fun without you! We are thinking of you daily!
Well wishes-Paige and Warren

Posted by: paige woodward on 6/14/2014 at 7:02 pm

Justman & the Emmons Seminar Complete Their Week on Mt. Rainier

RMI Guide JJ Justman and team returned to Ashford today after completing their six-day Emmons Expedition Skills Seminar.  JJ captured brilliant views on their summit day.  See the video below.

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Mt. Rainier: Emmons Skills Seminar at Schurman and Ready for Summit Bid

The Expedition Skills Seminar – Emmons has reached Camp Schurman.  JJ reports that the team is doing well.  The weather is currently sunny with some clouds above and below.  The team is planning on making their summit attempt tonight.  Wish them well!

RMI Guide JJ Justman

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Very proud of you - be careful.  In the meantime, I am enjoying a glass of cabernet and some doritos. Love, Generalisima

Posted by: Maria Owens on 6/17/2013 at 4:25 pm

To all ‘you fools’...can’t wait to see the go-pro pictures. Have fun, be careful.


Posted by: Sam Cribbs on 6/17/2013 at 3:20 pm

Mt. Rainier: Emmons Skills Seminar at Glacier Basin

The Expedition Skills Seminar – Emmons is soaking up the sun and setting up camp in Glacier Basin.  The team is doing really well and everyone is excited to be on the mountain.  There are clouds building so taking advantage of the sun is the number one priority for training this afternoon.

RMI Guide JJ Justman

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Mt. Rainier: Emmons Skills Seminar at School Today

RMI Guides JJ Justman and Levi Kepsel led their Emmons Seminar team through a mountaineering school at Paradise today.  It was a beautiful day as shown in JJ’s video of photos.

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Mt. McKinley: Nugent & Team Continue Descent with Stop at 11K Camp

Thursday, May 30, 2013
Hey everyone, this is Billy. I’m checking in here with our group. We are at 11,000’ part way through our descent.  After our big summit day yesterday, we packed up our camp at 17,000’ and then moved on down. Brent Okita’s crew was kind enough to cook us up some dinner at the 14K Camp, and we continued on down to 11,000’, where the crew is all, actually snug as a bug, in their sleeping bags out in the open because it is so warm compared to where we’ve been living. We plan on getting up in the middle the night tonight and making a run for the airstrip hoping to get a flight off tomorrow sometime before the weather takes a turn for the worst.  We’ll give a shout when we reach Basecamp. That’s all for now.

RMI Guide Billy Nugent

Billy Nugent calls in from 11,000 feet Camp.

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Pryor, just found this website.  Glad you made it.  Must have been awesome.  Looking forward to a cal when you get down.  Love you.

Posted by: Finley and Karen Nunn on 6/1/2013 at 11:05 am

So proud of you Pryor!  Great job!

Posted by: Kristen on 5/31/2013 at 1:20 pm

Mt. McKinley: Nugent & Team Summit!

Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 10:41 a.m. PT
Hi, this is Billy checking in. We are back in camp safe and sound from our successful summit bid. We got 100% of our team to the summit of Mount McKinley today, aka Denali. We are back in camp. Everyone’s hanging out, rehydrating, eating some delicious freeze-dried meals, and hopefully going to get a great night’s sleep before we gear up to head down and head home. And that’s all for now. We’ll check in again as our descent continues.

RMI Guide Billy Nugent

Billy Nugent calls in from High Camp after successful summit.

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Finally, boss!!  Would you go ahead and come home now?!? - there’s work to be done…  Oh yeah, and congrats!

-Dr. Harms’ snarky resident with abandonment issues

Posted by: Emily on 5/31/2013 at 7:52 pm

Congratulations, Craig and team! Absolutely fantastic!

Posted by: Ted on 5/31/2013 at 8:11 am

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