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Mt. McKinley: Knoff and Team Move to 11 Camp

Posted by: Adam Knoff, Lindsay Mann, Andy Hildebrand | June 24, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 11,200'

June 23, 2014 - 11:54 pm PT
We woke up to a beautiful day at 9,500 on Mt. McKinley enjoyed breakfast and broke down camp in record time.  We had a smooth carry to 11,000 and conveniently found some old tent platforms that needed minimal work to make hospitable. A major highlight to our new camp is an unbelievable toilet with a real lid donated by Tyler Jones and his crew on their way off the mountain, it’s the simple things in life. We are hunkering down for the night looking forward to a rest day tomorrow, however with a potential weather system coming in we might delay our rest day and make our carry to windy corner early before the weather changes. We will make our final decision in the morning when Adam can communicate with the mountain.

Hasta mañana,
RMI Guides Adam Knoff, Lindsay Mann and Andy Hildebrand

An RMI Team moving to camp at 11,000ft on Mt. McKinley, Alaska.  Photo: Lindsay Mann

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Mt. McKinley: Knoff & Team’s Sunless Solstice

Posted by: Adam Knoff, Lindsay Mann, Andy Hildebrand | June 22, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 9,600'

June 21, 2014 - 11:38 pm PT

This morning the team woke to some clouds in the sky and a lenticular on the top of the Mt. McKinley. We got ready for the day while we waited for Adam to get the final words from the mountain gods on our next move. If only we knew what the mountain gods had in store for us…

Heavy loads up Ski Hill came first, followed by snow falling in a microwave followed by setting up camp in a serious snowstorm. The team made such impressive camp walls that a solo climber decided to use them as protection also for the night.

The best news of the day though is that today marked our last uphill single carry of the trip.

Happy solstice!

RMI Guides Adam Knoff, Andy Hildebrand and Lindsay Mann

Pulling sleds up Ski Hill on Mt. McKinley. Photo: RMI Collection

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Mt. McKinley: Knoff & Team - Kahiltna Dreams

Posted by: Adam Knoff, Lindsay Mann, Andy Hildebrand | June 21, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 7,800'

June 21, 2014 - 8:11 am PT

The transition from the sweet smell of blooming cotton woods, green grass, the easy access to showers to a life of arctic surroundings, grinding work and confined tent living comes abruptly!  This morning that reality was as large as the towering mountains around us but the team motivated quickly and with resolve to get our grand adventure underway.  The mental weight of shouldering a 60-pound pack connected to a 50-pound sled and then hauling it into an arena like the Kahiltna Glacier can be far more intimidating than the actual physical load.  Faced with this challenge our team shined!  We were thrilled to walk out of Base Camp at 9:30 this morning onto the smoothest most user-friendly trail I have seen in all my nine trips to this glacier.  Not only was the trail superb, we had the weather to match.  Five hours after leaving BC we arrived at Camp One.  At only 7,800 feet the vertical gain was not all that much but the distance was enough under monster loads to assure us this journey will not be an easy one.  Tomorrow we will attempt to move again.  Stay tuned.

RMI Guide Adam Knoff signing off

Climbing teams leaving Mt. McKinley's Basecamp. Photo: Chris Villar

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Mt. McKinley: Knoff & Team - Murphy’s Law

Posted by: Adam Knoff, Lindsay Mann, Andy Hildebrand | June 20, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 7,300'

June 20, 2014 - 7:14 am PT

Three O Clock PM Talkeetna time.  The kids in orange vests that load and unload the planes we were to fly in asked if it was okay to unload the 2,700 pounds of gear weighing down the aircrafts still grounded by ugly mountain weather near Mt. McKinley.  Sure we all said.  By this time the thought of messing around with gear just to pass the time seemed like a safe plan. The flying conditions were reported to be bad all day so the perceived notion that we would fly at all was dwindling.  The forecast for the next few days looked worse so I knew unloading those planes was the best move we could have made.  Not more than 20 minutes after our climbing outfits came off and we were literally heading into town for a beer, base camp called, said conditions looked good and if anyone was ready, load ‘em up ASAP and get them in!  So, off with the jeans and tennies, on with boots and a mild-hurried panic and onto the plane.  Forty-five minutes later we were on the glacier!  Yeeee haaaa.

Everyone is buzzing with good energy and the days to come. Wish us luck on our move to Camp One. 

RMI Guide Adam Knoff

A view from the flight into Mt. McKinley's Basecamp. Photo: RMI Collection

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Mt. McKinley: Knoff & Team Ready for the Kahiltna Glacier!

Posted by: Adam Knoff, Lindsay Mann, Andy Hildebrand | June 19, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 348'

June 19, 2014 - 11:24 am PT

The team spent yesterday packing, chatting and organizing food. Today we arrived at the hangar and we’re told to stand by…a few hours later we are still standing by but are loading are bags onto planes and got the go ahead to change into climbing clothes. Hopefully, we will be loading the planes shortly and our next correspondence will be sent from the Kahiltna Glacier!

RMI Guide Adam Knoff

Team Knoff in Talkeetna ready to fly onto Mt. McKinley. Photo: Amy Jake

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Mt. McKinley: Adam Knoff & Team Arive in Talkeetna

Posted by: Adam Knoff, Lindsay Mann, Andy Hildebrand | June 18, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley

June 18, 2014 - 3:00pm PT

RMI Guides Adam Knoff, Lindsay Mann, Andy Hildebrand and Team have arrived in Talkeetna, AK to start their 2014 Mt. McKinley Expedition. Everything is going as planned for the team. They have completed their equipment check, met with the National Park Service and with good luck plan to fly onto the Kahiltna Glacier tomorrow.

Follow along on the RMI Expeditions Blog for updates on the team!

Adam Knoff & Team Arrive in Talkeetna, AK. Photo: Adam Knoff Adam Knoff & Team Check gear in Talkeetna, AK. Photo: Adam Knoff

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Mt. Rainier: June 14th SUMMIT!

Posted by: Lindsay Mann, Josh Maggard, Ben Liken, Katrina Bloemsma, JJ Justman | June 14, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb Teams Led by JJ Justman and Lindsay Mann reached the summit of Mt. Rainier early this morning.  The teams reported great climbing conditions with winds of about 5 - 15 mph as they climbed above the clouds.  The teams will spend some time on the summit before starting their descent back to Camp Muir.

Congratulations to Today’s Teams!

The June 14th Summit Climb Team at Sunrise on Mt. Rainier.  Photo: JJ Justman

Mt. Rainier: Four & Five Day Summit Climbs Reach the Summit!

Posted by: Lindsay Mann, JJ Justman | June 10, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guide JJ Justman along with the Five Day Summit Climb team led by Lindsay Mann both reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  The teams spent some time on top and began their descent around 7:30 am.  Both teams will return to Camp Muir to re-pack and then will continue down to Paradise.  We look forward to seeing the groups at Rainier BaseCamp later today.

Congratualtions to today’s Summit Climb teams!

The Four Day Summit Climb June 7 - 10, 2014 en route to Camp Muir on June 9th.  Photo: JJ Justman

Mountaineering Training | Strength Training Beyond The Gym

Posted by: Lindsay Mann | November 04, 2013
Categories: *Mountaineering Fitness & Training

When most people think about strength workouts, they think about joining a gym and lifting weights to build muscle mass. I grew up as an alpine ski racer and continue to stay involved in the sport now as a ski coach. If you have watched an alpine ski race, in person or on TV, you know that ski racing is all about leg strength. Although mountaineers don’t need to be hitting the weight room to the same extent as a ski racer, strength is a key component to climbing. 

Traveling around the world as an athlete, coach, and guide, I do not always have access to a weight room. During the season I still need to do exercises to maintain strength. I make use of local parks or playgrounds (where the entry fee is free) or even my own living room.
Below are a couple of key exercises that you can do either in a gym or in the comfort of your own home. Remember, whenever doing strength workouts, it is important to get a proper warm-up and cool-down and listen to your body in order to stay injury-free and get the most from the workout.
Warm-Up: This involves 15 - 20 minutes of running or biking to get your muscles warmed up. This is imperative since diving into strength training cold is a great way to hurt yourself. This time can be spent on a stationary bicycle, a couple laps around the neighborhood on a road bike or mountain bike, a few laps around the track or soccer field, or a jog around the neighborhood. 
Body Weight Squats: Start your workout with two legged squats, feet hip width apart, with no weight. As you up your training, adding weight is a viable option as long as your form and technique stay correct. Jugs of water, rocks, or chunks of firewood all make good weight additions.  To maintain form and avoid injury, make sure that your knees are stacked over your ankles. Start with doing three sets of 10 reps. I usually go down for a count of 2 - 3 seconds and up for the same count. 
One-Legged Squats: These are my personal favorite; still a leg strength building exercise, one-legged squats also add a balance component. In order to protect your knees during any squats, I recommend going no deeper than a 90-degree bend in the knee (doing these in front of a mirror when you first start can be beneficial).  Start out with the non-weight bearing leg parallel to the standing leg. As you master this, play around with the position of the leg in the air. It can be in front, out to the side, or back. Now not only are you working on leg strength but you are also working on balance. Work up to 3 reps of 10 on each leg. Depending on your baseline strength you may start with 2 reps of 5 on each leg and then slowly work up. 
Again as this gets easier for you, add weights in your hand or try these on grass or sand. All of this will change your balance and the difficulty. 
Wall-Sits: Simply sit against a wall with your knees bent at a 90 degree angle like you are sitting in an invisible chair with your back and butt against the wall. This is a real thigh burner. Start by holding this for 30 seconds to a minute and doing two or three sets, shaking your legs out in between. As you get better at this, increase the time you are holding to up to a few minutes. Another way to increase the difficulty is to hold an object straight in front of you, such as a ski boot or climbing boot. 
Lunges: With an emphasis on quad-strengthening exercises it is important to incorporate some hamstring-strengthening exercises as well. One suggestion is lunges. The key to these is that they are done slowly; you are building strength as you lower your body weight and raise it again. Make sure that your knees are lined up above your ankles and feet, and do not push your knee beyond your toes. I usually start with my hands on my hips doing 2 to 3 sets of 10 - 15 lunges on each side (20 - 30 total in a set), and alternate which leg is in front. Again, as this becomes easier for you, you can add free weights. 
Pull-Ups: These are nice because they can be done anywhere. Not only is it good arm strength exercise, but it also involves the core. Pull-ups can be done with a pull-up or chin-up bar in your house, or at the local playground on the monkey bars. Start out with 2 sets of five. If this is hard for you, have someone hold your knees to assist you after doing a few on your own. You will be amazed how much you will improve just by trying them on your own and then going through the motion with someone assisting you. 
Cool-Down: In order to aid recovery for the following days, do a proper cool-down. Spend another 15 minutes on a bike or finish with a light jog to get out some of the lactic acid. Don’t forget that stretching is also an important aspect of the cool-down process. 
Listen to your body with any workout.  All of the recommendations of sets are exactly that - recommendations; do what makes sense for you.  Depending on your starting point you may have to start with fewer and work up. That is okay; continue to work on strength exercises and you will see improvements. Set benchmarks and goals for yourself so that you can see the improvements!  Often times the process of seeing yourself improve is all the motivation you need!

Lindsay Mann is a senior guide at RMI Expeditions and a NCAA D1 Skiing Champion. She has climbed and guided around the world, from Peru to Alaska. Lindsay is leading a team of female climbers to scale Mt. Rainier on a special Four Day Summit Climb next summer, August 12 - 15, 2014.

Questions? Comments? Share your thoughts here on the RMI Blog!

RMI Guide Lindsay Mann leads a team up Mt. McKinley's Kahiltna Glacier (Brent Okita).

Mt. Rainier: September 6, 2013 Update

Posted by: Tyler Jones, Lindsay Mann | September 06, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 10,080'

The Four Day Summit Climbs led by Lindsay Mann and Tyler Jones were unable to leave Camp Muir last night.  The team experienced heavy thunderstorms that brought much lightening and 6 inches of new snow to Camp Muir. The teams plan to leave Camp Muir shortly and will be back in Ashford in the early afternoon.

Congratulations to today’s teams!

9/6/13 - Summit teams at Camp Muir. Photo: Lindsay Mann

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