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Entries By luke wilhelm


Mt. Rainier: Five Day Climb Teams Reach the Summit

The Five Day Climb teams for June 24 - 28, 2021 reached the summit of Mt. Rainier led by RMI Guides Mike King and Andy Bond.  The teams reached the crater rim at 5 am, happily reporting cooler than expected temperatures for today.  Blue skies and beautiful views were enjoyed from the summit before the teams began their descent.  They are making their way back to Camp Muir where they will stop for a quick break and to repack their gear before continuing their descent to Paradise this afternoon.

Congratulations to today's Five Day Climb teams!

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Congratulations! Great job Hannah Herbig

Posted by: Cyndi Herbig on 6/28/2021 at 7:46 am


Mt. Rainier: Four Day Climb Teams Reach the Summit

The Five Day Climb teams led by RMI Guides Pete Van Deventer and Dan Windham reached the summit of Mt. Rainier last night.  Pete reported great route conditions and a beautiful day on the mountain.  The teams are now back to Camp Muir and will be descending to Paradise later this morning.

Congratulations to today's climbers!

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Congratulations to Joanna and the rest of the team! Way to rock it!

Posted by: Bethany on 6/21/2021 at 12:43 pm

Congratulations!! I bet it was spectacular!!

Posted by: Amy on 6/21/2021 at 8:43 am


Denali Expedition: Walter, Van Deventer & Teams Summit!

Thursday, June 3, 2021 - 10:27 am PT

We've waited through wind and snow for weeks and we finally got our shot. We woke up yesterday to clear skies and relatively (for 17k feet) warm temps in camp. We had stoves firing early, before sun hit camp, and got everyone up to start prepping. With breakfast done and packs loaded we stepped out of our sunny camp into the shadow of the Autobahn. It was a chilly couple hours crossing to Denali Pass and we were all psyched to get back into the sun. A slight, but cold 10mph breeze in our face kept it chilly all day, but we kept moving past Zebra Rocks, around Archdeacons Tower, onto the Football Field, up Pig Hill, and along the summit ridge to the summit! We were standing on top just after 6pm yesterday. With photos taken, we started working our way back down, well aware of the distance still to get back to the comfort of our sleeping bags. The long hours of sun help alot and we rolled back into camp around 11pm, just as the sun left camp. Tired, chilly, sore, but excited that we managed to reach our goal!

We'll start working our way down the mountain today, back to warmer temps, more oxygen, and a flight back to Talkeetna. They tend to be long days, so dispatches might be short, but we are headed home.

RMI Guides Pete Van Deventer, Mike Walter, Avery Parrinello, Matias Francis, Chase Halbert, Luke Wilhelm, and RMI Teams 1 and 2

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What an amazing accomplishment all of you have made !! Marc, I am so proud and honored to have you as my son.

Love you, Papa Bear

Posted by: David Gollob on 6/5/2021 at 7:33 am

Congratulations all! Such a lifetime of memories. Be safe coming down so you can make more memories.

Posted by: Susan K. Moore on 6/4/2021 at 10:27 pm


Denali Expedition: Walter & Team Summit

RMI Guide Mike Walter and his team reached the Denali summit yesterday with Pete Van Deventer's team.  

Congratulations to both teams!

Thursday, June 3, 2021 - 10:27 am PT

We've waited through wind and snow for weeks and we finally got our shot. We woke up yesterday to clear skies and relatively (for 17k feet) warm temps in camp. We had stoves firing early, before sun hit camp, and got everyone up to start prepping. With breakfast done and packs loaded we stepped out of our sunny camp into the shadow of the Autobahn. It was a chilly couple hours crossing to Denali Pass and we were all psyched to get back into the sun. A slight, but cold 10mph breeze in our face kept it chilly all day, but we kept moving past Zebra Rocks, around Archdeacons Tower, onto the Football Field, up Pig Hill, and along the summit ridge to the summit! We were standing on top just after 6pm yesterday. With photos taken, we started working our way back down, well aware of the distance still to get back to the comfort of our sleeping bags. The long hours of sun help alot and we rolled back into camp around 11pm, just as the sun left camp. Tired, chilly, sore, but excited that we managed to reach our goal!

We'll start working our way down the mountain today, back to warmer temps, more oxygen, and a flight back to Talkeetna. They tend to be long days, so dispatches might be short, but we are headed home.

RMI Guides Pete Van Deventer, Mike Walter, Avery Parrinello, Matias Francis, Chase Halbert, Luke Wilhelm, and RMI Teams 1 and 2

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Belated congratulations! Well done!

Posted by: Susan K. Moore on 6/4/2021 at 10:31 pm

Way to go Team Walter! Can’t wait to see you Nate and hear of your adventure! Godspeed

Posted by: Mary Glassman on 6/4/2021 at 4:48 pm


Denali Expedition: Walter & Team Rest at 17,200ft Camp, Hoping for Summit bid

Tuesday, June 1, 2021 - 11:26 am PT

Snow and wind moved in last night, so both RMI Denali Expeditions led by RMI Guides Mike Walter & Pete Van Deventer are resting, tent bound at 17,000' Camp. The weather is not violent, but it is miserable outside of our tents with lots of blowing snow. On the upside, it’s pretty warm for 17,200’.

Hopefully tomorrow’s forecast verifies and we’ll have a chance for a summit bid. In the meantime we’re trying to stay warm and dry, hydrated and fed.

RMI Guide Mike Walter

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Hi Ben! 
Hopefully you and your team are sitting on top of the world today! What a courageous and impressive challenge you chose. Looking forward to seeing your photos and hearing your stories. Stay safe!
Pat and Althea

Posted by: Althea Daley on 6/2/2021 at 5:32 pm

Hoping you all made it to the summit today. We can’t wait to hear how it went, especially Alex’s mom!

Posted by: Jackie Woolley on 6/2/2021 at 1:04 pm


Denali Expedition: Walter & Team Move to 17,200, High Camp

Monday, May 31, 2021 - 10:21 pm PT

Both RMI Denali Expeditions led RMI Guides Mike Walter and Pete Van Deventer made it to High Camp today at 17, 200'. We are busy melting snow and making hot water for dinner. If the weather is good, we hope to go for the top tomorrow.

RMI Guide Mike Walter

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Wow. Spectacular. Your patience has paid off. Good luck with your summit. Be safe and have a blast at the top of the world.

Posted by: Bruce on 6/1/2021 at 12:10 pm

We are soooooo excited for all of you, but especially BEN!  We hear the view from the top is pretty spectacular and we can’t wait to hear all about it! God bless!  Pat and Althea

Posted by: Althea Daley on 6/1/2021 at 10:32 am


Denali Expedition: Walter & Team Ready for Move to 17,200 Camp

Sunday, May 30, 2021 - 4:34 pm PT

The storm finally blew itself out last night at 14k, and we woke to a light breeze and partly cloudy skies. Winds persisted up high and, after an early breakfast, we decided to pump the breaks on moving camp today. The next few days look good in terms of wind, so we’re gunning to move to High Camp tomorrow and hopefully having a shot at the summit.

Over 100 climbers moved or carried up the fixed lines today, making for a heinous traffic jam that we wanted no part of; this is the first big push of the season, as many teams have stacked up waiting for a weather window. If the weather cooperates we plan to get an early (and cold) start tomorrow, with hopes of getting to 17,200’, building camp, and having enough time to recover for a potential summit bid the next day. The weather and the mountain are in control here, though, and we’ll adjust to whatever is thrown our way. We’ll be in touch tomorrow.

RMI Guide Mike Walter

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We are all hoping for the window to open for you guys. Up-up to the top!!  Good Climbing Y’all.  Vt. Is thinking of you.  N. & P.

Posted by: Sandy on 6/1/2021 at 4:54 am

Fantastic news to hear that the weather has cleared!  We’re hoping for continued good spirits, clear skies and a smooth route to the top.  Good luck from Vermont!  Stay safe y’all.

Posted by: Tracy Wilhelm on 5/31/2021 at 4:31 pm


Denali Expedition: Walter and Team Waiting on Weather to Move Up

Saturday, May 29, 2021 - 2:54pm PT

Strong winds and lots of blowing snow have us tent bound today. The fortresses of snow walls we built yesterday are paying huge dividends, protecting the thin pieces of nylon between us and the elements. We can hear the winds roaring over the West Buttress above us, a sound that evokes images of violent ocean waves crashing onshore.

Fortunately life in our tents is relatively serene and warm.

We’re hoping for better weather in the wake of this storm; we’ll figure out our next move then. When will ‘then’ be ‘now’? Soon.

RMI Guide Mike Walter & Team

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Gearing up for some good stories :) Sending good vibes for some calmer skies!

Posted by: Margaret on 5/30/2021 at 5:50 pm

Theme song for today:

WHATEVER IT TAKES!

Falling too fast to prepare for this
Tripping in the world could be dangerous
Everybody circling, it’s vulturous
Negative, nepotist
Everybody waiting for the fall of man
Everybody praying for the end of times
Everybody hoping they could be the one

I was born to run, I was born for this
Whip, whip
Run me like a racehorse
Pull me like a ripcord
Break me down and build me up
I wanna be the slip, slip
Word upon your lip, lip
Letter that you rip, rip
Break me down and build me up
Whatever it takes
‘Cause I love the adrenaline in my veins
I do whatever it takes
‘Cause I love how it feels when I break the chains
Whatever it takes
Yeah, take me to the top I’m ready for
Whatever it takes
‘Cause I love the adrenaline in my veins
I do what it takes

Always had a fear of being typical
Looking at my body feeling miserable
Always hanging on to the visual
I wanna be invisible
Looking at my years like a martyrdom
Everybody needs to be a part of ‘em
Never be enough, I’m the prodigal son

I was born to run, I was born for this
Whip, whip
Run me like a racehorse
Pull me like a ripcord
Break me down and build me up
I wanna be the slip, slip
Word upon your lip, lip
Letter that you rip, rip
Break me down and build me up
Whatever it takes
‘Cause I love the adrenaline in my veins
I do whatever it takes
‘Cause I love how it feels when I break the chains
Whatever it takes
Yeah, take me to the top, I’m ready for
Whatever it takes
‘Cause I love the adrenaline in my veins
I do what it takes

Hypocritical, egotistical
Don’t wanna be the parenthetical, hypothetical
Working onto something that I’m proud of, out of the box
An epoxy to the world and the vision we’ve lost
I’m an apostrophe
I’m just a symbol to remind you that there’s more to see
I’m just a product of the system, a catastrophe
And yet a masterpiece, and yet I’m half-diseased
And when I am deceased
At least I go down to the grave and die happily
Leave the body and my soul to be a part of thee
I do what it takes
Whatever it takes
‘Cause I love the adrenaline in my veins
I do whatever it takes
‘Cause I love how it feels when I break the chains
Whatever it takes
Yeah, take me to the top, I’m ready for
Whatever it takes
‘Cause I love the adrenaline in my veins
I do what it takes

~ Imagine Dragons

Posted by: Julie Morris on 5/30/2021 at 10:37 am


Denali Expedition: Walter and Team Wait out the Weather

Friday, May 28, 2021 - 8:05pm PT

Today started out clear but cold and breezy. I’d say we picked up about a meter of snow in the past couple of days, with lots of wind transportation and deeper drifts. The winds abated and it was quite pleasant in camp today, which was nice as it afforded us time to reinforce our snow walls ahead of the storm that is forecasted to move in tonight. We’re anticipating more snow and strong winds tonight and tomorrow. Winds of seventy miles per hour are likely at high camp (17,000'). We’re at 14,000', so we expect lower wind speeds here. We’re dug in and ready for it.

The hope is that we’ll have a few days of good weather in its wake in which we can move to high camp and make a summit bid. We’ll keep you posted as this storm materializes.

RMI Guide Mike Walter & Team

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Danielle I bet you don’t miss him as much as we do! The kids keep saying daddy needs to come home soon :) Love you Daddy!

Posted by: Jen Jezak on 5/29/2021 at 3:18 pm

Praying for warmer weather, NO wind and NO snow, strength, mental toughness and above all SAFETY for everyone! We are having a big party when you get back. All y’all are invited! Come visit us in Scottsdale, AZ.

Posted by: Julie Morris on 5/29/2021 at 12:57 pm


Denali Expedition: Walter and Team Experience a True Denali Storm

Thursday, May 27, 2021 - 2:13pm PT

Yesterday we did some training on rope travel techniques for up above 14k. The weather was clear and cold, with a chilly breeze.

Last night a true Denali storm came in with snow and wind, and we’ve been spending the morning digging out our tents, trying to stay warm, and hunkering down.

The storm is forecast to continue through Saturday, with 60 mph winds here at camp; needless to say, we’re not going up anytime soon. We’re also anticipating high avalanche hazard on the slopes above camp and the autobahn due to the new snow load and the wind transported slabs.

We’ll keep you posted on how this shakes out. For now, we are focusing our energy on defending our camp and staying safe.

RMI Guide Mike Walter & Team

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Great job so far Nate! Good luck tackling the rest of the climb! Hope you’re having a great time.

Posted by: Steve Glassman on 6/2/2021 at 8:56 am

Hi Tom (Sweetness)  Enjoy your down time and be safe honey!! Can’t wait to see you and hear all about your adventures ❤️❤️    Auntie Kel Kel

Posted by: Kelly Pozniak on 5/28/2021 at 1:38 pm

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