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Entries By lucas haaland


Alaska Seminar: Smith and Team Return to Talkeenta

Monday, June 3, 2019 - 7:33 AM PT

It was a busy day yesterday. We woke to clear skies with great views of Foraker, Hunter, and Crosson. As we crawled out of the tent you could here the sweet sound of the planes coming in. At that moment we knew we were gonna fly out. This was not a drill, but go time. In record speed we packed up camp and dragged all our gear to the airstrip. Somewhere near 100 people stood around waiting anxiously to board a plane. Like clock work the planes landed, loaded up a team, and flew off so another plane could land and repeat. We waited our turn, a lot like waiting for your number to be called at the DMV, we waited for our name to be called. After a couple hours, it was our turn to load up the plane and hit the slide to the sky. Showers, beers, and comfy beds were in our future. After organizing and cleaning gear, we loaded into a van headed to Anchorage. We enjoyed one final dinner together, reminiscing about the fun time we all had together the last week and a half. It’s been an amazing adventure with great people. Lots of laughs, lots of learning, and lots of great memories were shared by all on the team. As we all load planes going to different states to rejoin our normal routine, I wish the best of luck to the entire team on their next adventure.

Till next time,
RMI Guide Hannah Smith and team

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We joined the emails late but thought it was awesome to be able to hear and see some of what you experienced.  Now that we know how to connect with you, we will stay tuned for more.  You make us feel like we are lazy at home watching adventurous people like you having amazing experiences.  Keep it up and have a great summer in the mountains. xoxo

Posted by: Sandy on 6/5/2019 at 6:28 pm


Alaska Seminar: Smith & Team Return to Base Camp

Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 8:40 PM PT

We are one step closer to flying of the glacier. Today we made our way back to https://www.rmiguides.com/denali/alaska-mountaineering-seminar in hopes the clouds would part and the planes could land. Unfortunately it stayed cloudy and snowy all day. Tomorrow there could be a chance the weather has some lulls and teams can fly off. Basecamp is a lot busier than when we left it a few days ago. There are many teams that came down from the summit hoping to fly. Tomorrow will be a busy one for Basecamp if the planes come in. Fingers crossed we can catch a ride and see some greenery. But until than we will keep chilling and lounging until it’s our time to hit the sky.

Come on mother nature,
RMI Guide Hannah Smith and team

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Just read seminar description. Sounds like the clients are intelligent people. Too many head to difficult mountains without knowing even basic climbing skills. I commend each of you, and wish y’all long lives, and safe climbing experiences!

Posted by: Susan Moore on 6/1/2019 at 11:38 pm

Until it clears enough for the pilots, you can socialize and play, or learn new skills. It doesn’t sound like any seminar I’ve ever been to.  Sounds like a rough day. Lol! Enjoy the views. Spectacular!

Posted by: Susan Moore on 6/1/2019 at 11:29 pm


Alaska Seminar: Smith & Team Practice Rest Day Patience

Friday, May 31, 2019 - 9:22 PM PT

Today we practiced the rest day. A day full of reading, listening to music, watching TV shows, sporting eating, napping or whatever you can come up with to occupy your time. Being able to entertain yourself all day while it snows outside is an important skill to have on big mountains. It was a light snow today with limited visibility. But the sun’s heat made it through the clouds making it rather toasty in the tents. You mix heat and being on the glacier for nine days, you get a pretty stinky tent. Lucky for us though showers are in our near future with a potential for flying off the glacier tomorrow. The forecast is looking better, so hopefully we can here the otters in the morning and catch a ride. Otherwise we will continue to practice resting for another day.

Let’s hope for blue skies,
RMI Guide Hannah Smith and team

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Alaska Seminar: Smith and Team Practice Crevasse Rescue

Thursday, May 30, 2019 9:51 PM PT

Luck was on our side! We woke to clear skies and sunshine. And you know what sunshine means, we went and played in some crevasses. Psyched that the weather hadn’t arrived yet, we hit the snowy trail and walked to a beautiful section of the glacier. Tall rocky peaks stood all around us. Their sides full of hanging glaciers. We were safe out of harm’s way but could see their ominous appearance. We spent the day ice climbing out of the crevasse and practicing our rope ascending skills. Everyone did a fantastic job in both activities. By the end of the day the forecasted weather started to creep in on us. A light breeze pushed at our backs almost assisting us back to camp. The clouds have begun to lower and small flurries float around camp. It is one of our team members birthdays tomorrow, and he is wishing for good weather. Let’s hope his birthday wish is granted and this forecasted snow storm stays away another day.

Goodnight all,

RMI Guide Hannah Smith and Team

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Happy birthday Craig! ❤️ I hope you have great weather for your bday!  Love you!

Posted by: Angy Gallimore on 5/31/2019 at 8:38 am


Alaska Seminar: Smith & Team Move Camp, Ready to Explore New Location

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - 9:26 PM PT

Howdy howdy. Its us again but this time from new location. We decided to pack up camp, load the sleds, and go for a walk. The clouds came and went, giving us gorgeous views of the surrounding peaks and than closing in us making it look like the inside of a pingpong ball. Regardless of where the clouds were though, the furnace was turned to high and sweat ran down our faces. The saying goes freeze or fry in the mountains and we felt the fry. Once we arrived to our new home, we put on our working gloves and got down to business. It’s a lot of work putting in a new camp. You gotta make flat platforms for the tents, dig a bathroom, and dig a kitchen. But at the end of the day it feels good to work hard and do some shoveling. Tomorrow will be less work and more play hopefully. Looks like the weather will hold for one more day before the next weather system moves in. So we will take advantage of any sunshine we can get and go explore.

Time to catch some Zzz,
RMI Guide Hannah Smith and team

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Alaska Seminar: Smith & Team Go Towards Radio Tower

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - 8:50 PM PT

What a day! We woke to great weather, so we saddled up and hit the glacier towards Radio Tower. Felt great to stretch the legs and walk up hill. We zigged and zagged around crevasses, booted up some steeper terrain, and walked a narrow ridge. At the end of it all was great views of the surrounding peaks. Such a fun day to use the skills we have learned and be rewarded by jaw dropping beauty. After walking down in what felt like a microwave of heat, we all took a well-deserved nap before dinner. Nothing like laying down in a warm tent full of down to make you doze off into a dreamy state. Tomorrow we plan on packing up and moving camp up glacier to go explore more of the area. We will see what we get to play on or in in the next coming days.

Talk to you all later,
RMI Guide Hannah Smith and team

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Alaska Seminar: Smith and Team Learn Crevasse Rescue

Monday, May 28, 2019 - 9:47 PM PT

You never know what your are going to wake up to in the morning, but today we woke to a fresh blanket of snow and the sun trying to peak through decreasing clouds. We ate breakfast, packed our things for the day and headed to a beautiful crevasse. Crevasse rescue was the focus of today. Everyone on the team got to feel what it is like to catch a person falling into a crevasse, to run the rescue scenario, and got to enjoy the hypnotic beauty of a crevasse as they sat in their harness looking in awe. The weather cooperated all day with bouts of sunshine mixed with light snow flurries. All in all it was a fun day. Tomorrow, weather permitting, we will see if we can go up Radio Tower. A nice objective to use some of our skills we have learned the last few days.

Adios,
RMI Guide Hannah Smith and team

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Alaska Seminar: Smith & Team Learn Anchors and Crevasse Rescue

Sunday, May 26, 2019 - 9:37 PM PT

Snow fell from the sky all day today. A wet, heavy snow. Sounded like rain pitter pattering on the tent. It made for a great background noise for afternoon siesta. But the snow didn’t stop us from more learning. Today’s topics were anchors and crevasse rescue. We did practice rounds on flat ground by our tents of making a 3:1 pulley system to haul out a fallen climber. Next time we practice we will be able to practice in a crevasse. Very exciting. We will see what tomorrows weather will bring and roll with what ever mother nature throws our way. As for now, we will fall asleep to the sound of snow falling onto the tent, which sounds like the snap crackle pop of rice krispies.

RMI Guide Hannah Smith and team

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Alaska Seminar: Smith & Team Train on the glacier

Saturday, May 25, 2019 - 9:31 PM PT

Good evening all. We crawled out of our tents today to clear sunny skies. A perfect day to take a walk and learn some skills. After filling our bellies with bagels and cream cheese, we learned about rope travel. The best way to learn is to do, so we took the learning on the road. After a short stroll we came across a perfect place to park it for the day and learn different techniques to walk efficiently and also how to self and team arrest. Our day finished with a lesson on knots and hitches as the clouds descended and snow flurries danced from the sky. It looks like some weather might be moving in, but that’s alright. We will just learn about defending camp and how to stay occupied in our tents. Crucial skills on big mountains.

Nighty night,
RMI Guide Hannah Smith and team

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Is it cold and snowing up there? What do you do when you are stuck in your tents because of bad weather?

Posted by: C_shears on 5/26/2019 at 7:02 pm


Alaska Seminar: Smith & Team Fly onto Glacier

Friday, May 24, 2019 11:03 PM PT

There is nothing better than starting your day with a pancake bigger than your face and your morning commute on an otter plane. The clouds stayed at bay and we were able to fly on to the Kahiltna Glacier. The views are mesmerizing. Words cant explain how beautiful it all is. We gathered are things from the plane, said goodbye to our pilots, and settled into camp. Excitement continues to grow for what is to come in the next week. But for now we are snuggled into out tents ready to catch some Z’s.

Talk to you all tomorrow,

RMI Guide Hannah Smith and Team

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Happy to hear you made it to the glacier. We’re excited to hear what you learn.

Posted by: JShears on 5/25/2019 at 6:06 pm

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