Entries By luke wilhelm
May 17, 2021
May 16, 2021 - 5:32 pm PT
We woke lazily to light snow this morning and had a leisurely breakfast of bagels, cream cheese, and smoked Alaska salmon. At 11am we set off downhill to retrieve our cache from 10,000'. We were back at camp by 2pm, with plenty of time for a nap and to gorge on lunch food. We also had some camp chores to attend to and some gear sorting in order to be ready for the next stage of the game: establishing a cache around Windy Corner at ~13,800'. We hope to make that happen tomorrow or the next day. We'll keep you posted either way.
Looks and sounds spectacular. Stay healthy and strong!
Praying for all of you!
Posted by: Julie Morris on 5/17/2021 at 2:10 pm
May 16, 2021
May 15, 2021 - 7:26 pm PT
Our team had another big day today, moving camp from 7,800' to 11,200'. The weather was beautiful; the morning was nice and cool and the afternoon was hot and we couldn't buy a breeze. It took us 6 1/2 hours to make the move today, and another few hours of work to establish camp. We got our camp established with enough time for an afternoon nap for everyone while the guides melted snow to replenish water bottles.
Tomorrow we'll have a leisurely morning and head back down hill to retrieve the cache that we left at 10,000' yesterday. Weather permitting it should be a light workload tomorrow and we will able to get some good rest.
RMI Guide Mike Walter & Team
Praying for safety, health, strength and ideal weather. Enjoy the boundless beauty and have FUN!
Posted by: Julie Morris on 5/16/2021 at 8:09 am
May 15, 2021
Friday May 14, 2021 6:36 pm PT
Our team had a great day today, waking up to cloudless skies after a good night's rest. We hauled our backpacks and sleds laden with supplies up to 10,000', just shy of "The Corner" below Kahiltna Pass. After digging a deep hole in which to cache our gear, we returned back to our camp at the base of Ski Hill, 7,800'.
We returned to camp in the afternoon after the six hour round trip with time to lounge before firing up the stoves for dinner. The plan for tomorrow is to pack up camp and move up to the 11,200' camp. We'll keep you posted.
RMI Guide Mike Walter & Team
Looks cold and beautiful! Checking in on your adventure every day :)
Posted by: Margaret on 5/15/2021 at 7:09 pm
May 14, 2021
Thursday, May 13, 2021 - 9:57 pm PT
We had warm and sunny weather today and we took advantage of it to single carry all of our loads to the Base of Ski Hill. It took us 5 hours to get here, traveling on the Kahiltna Glacier with heavy packs and pulling heavy sleds.
The plan for tomorrow is to bump a load of supplies up Ski Hill to around 9800' and create a cache. Then we will return to our current camp for the night. The weather is looking good and everyone is doing well.
I am thinking about and praying for all of you! Focus on the spectacular beauty!
Posted by: Julie Morris on 5/14/2021 at 8:15 pm
We are all watching. Hang in there and have a good time. Love you.
Posted by: Eve Stern on 5/14/2021 at 5:33 pm
May 13, 2021
Wednesday, May, 12, 2021 - 10:04 pm PT
We got a break in the weather this afternoon and were able to fly in to Basecamp on the Southeast Fork of the Kahiltna Glacier. Camp is all set up and we have starting sorting out equipment for (hopefully) moving up glacier to the base of Ski Hill tomorrow. It was warm and sunny here today, although a cloud has settled in now and it's snowing lightly. We'll touch base again tomorrow as we start our long adventure of living on a glacier.
Good luck everyone! I wish I could do this!
Posted by: Richard Zeppieri on 5/14/2021 at 3:47 am
Go get it and Godspeed, Pete & the Team!
Posted by: Kendra Madrid on 5/14/2021 at 12:25 am
May 12, 2021
We spent yesterday packing and going through all of our equipment for our Denali Expedition. Our gear is all packed and ready to be loaded onto the glacier planes, two DeHavilland Otters flown by our amazing pilots at K2 Aviation. We’ll meet at 8am and get an update on the current weather and flying conditions. The forecast is for snow today, so it is still uncertain if we will be able to fly in to Base Camp today. We’ll keep you posted as we prepare to live on a glacier for the next few weeks. Fingers are crossed…
Our son, Alex, is on the trip. Stay safe everyone and have an amazing adventure!
Posted by: Jackie Woolley on 5/13/2021 at 7:10 pm
An endurance climb, expedition style, good luck to all, you will be so proud!
Posted by: Bill Bussey on 5/13/2021 at 6:47 am
May 11, 2021
RMI's Denali climbing season is officially underway. Our May 10th Denali Expedition team met yesterday at the Anchorage airport and travelled north to the town of Talkeetna. We will spend today packing our gear and preparing for our expedition, as well as attending an expedition orientation meeting with the National Park Service. The plan is to have all of the T’s crossed and the I’s dotted by this evening so that we’re ready to fly into Kahiltna Base Camp tomorrow, weather permitting. We’ll keep you posted…
I am excited to be able to follow the progress of your expedition! Go Hank and all! Safe, exciting adventure to everyone.
Posted by: Beth on 5/14/2021 at 6:01 pm
Prayers and fingers crossed for good weather and success…Go Hank and the entire team!
Posted by: Nancy Thoenes on 5/14/2021 at 6:50 am
May 6, 2021
The team completed their Mountaineering School on Tuesday and ascended to Camp Muir yesterday for their first night at 10,080'. They will return to Camp Muir today for their final night on the mountain. We look forward to seeing them at Rainier BaseCamp tomorrow.
A valiant climb made by all! Good work, climbers. Sorry you did not reach the summit, but glad for your safety. <3
Posted by: Lauren Kraft on 5/7/2021 at 9:20 am
Hope they get the chance and make the summit.
Posted by: Don West on 5/6/2021 at 9:56 pm
April 22, 2021
The Expedition Skills Seminar - Muir teams led by RMI Guides Dustin Wittmier and Avery Parrinello ascended to Camp Muir on Monday under beautiful blue skies. The good weather continued for their training at Camp Muir the following day. Wednesday morning, with an alpine start, the team left Camp Muir en route to the summit. The team enjoyed nice weather and clear skies, allowing them to spend some time in the crater. After their time on top, the teams returned to Camp Muir. They will continue their training today and tomorrow morning. Tomorrow afternoon they will re-pack their gear and descend to Paradise.
Congratulations to the climbers on reaching the summit of Mt. Rainier and being the first RMI Team to do so this season!
Congratulations! Seeing these updates again is awesome!
Posted by: Glenn Kline on 4/23/2021 at 4:29 pm
Always great to hear of Rainier success. Bravo - especially to rookies.
Posted by: Waltero Glover on 4/23/2021 at 6:37 am
July 9, 2019
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Sounds like a scary end to your trip! Glad everyone is safe. Hope you all are enjoying a Great dinner, hot shower, and comfy bed!
Posted by: Shannon Smith on 7/9/2019 at 7:11 pm