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Entries By mike haugen

Mt. Rainier: Haugen, Van Deventer & Teams Reach Summit

The Four Day Summit Climb July 26 - 29 teams led by RMI Guides Mike Haugen and Pete Van Deventer reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  Pete reported that 100% of climbers and guides in both teams reached Columbia Crest.  Mike reported warm temperatures and light winds. 

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb teams!

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Well done, Dylan.


Posted by: Brittany Kletter on 9/5/2018 at 5:29 am

Congratulations Michael!

The entire Garvey clan is very proud of you.  We can’t wait to hear the details of your awesome adventure.  To be honest, we knew if the conditions allowed, you would make it.

Dad and Mom

Posted by: Dennis and Kathy Garvey on 7/29/2018 at 5:34 pm

Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climb Enjoys Gorgeous Morning

RMI Guide Mike Haugen and the Four Day Summit Climb July 22 - 25 reached the summit of Mt. Rainier around 6:30 AM.  They enjoyed gorgeous weather and a light breeze on the summit. 
The team started their descent from the crater rim around 7:30 AM.

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climbers!

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So proud of everyone for the effort. Especially proud of my daughter Bri for pushing onward and upward to reach the summit with her hiking buddy, Ryan!

Posted by: Terry Drexler on 7/26/2018 at 7:05 pm

Amazing!!!  So happy for all of you.  Can’t wait to hear all about it.  Enjoy the celebration!!

Posted by: Liz on 7/25/2018 at 10:41 am

Mt. Rainier: Expedition Skills Seminar - Kautz Summits!

After a spending five days on the mountain honing their alpine mountaineering techniques the Expedition Skills Seminar - Kautz reached the summit of Mt. Rainier today. RMI Guide Mike Haugen radioed in to let us know that his team is climbing strong and the weather couldn’t be better! The team is on their descent and will be back here at Rainier Basecamp early this afternoon.

Congratulations to Today’s Team!

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Nick, I love living vicouriosly through you. I have never known someone so adventurous and I have the pleasure of being kin to you I’m proud of you Nicky Poo love you

Posted by: Aunte Dee Dee on 7/19/2018 at 11:42 am

Way to go everyone!  You guys have certainly changed the completion percentages!  Look forward to seeing you Friday, Nicholas.  Love, Mom

Posted by: Judy Iannuzzi on 7/18/2018 at 11:05 am

Mt. Rainier: Haugen, Bond & Teams Radio from Columbia Crest

RMI Guide Mike Haugen radioed from Columbia Crest at 7:10AM to report that the Four Day Summit Climb July 9 - 12 was on the summit of Mt. Rainier.  Mike reported a beautiful day with lights winds which increased at the crater.  The teams enjoyed the clear skies and beautiful views before starting their descent from the crater rim.

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb teams!

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Congrats Mike and team!!!  Glad to hear it was a beautiful day and a successful summit!!!

Posted by: Vicki Brown on 7/12/2018 at 10:46 pm

Denali Expedition: Haugen & Team Home Sweet Home

Monday, July 2, 2018 - 10:02 am PT

RMI Super Crew 6 is safe and sound back in Talkeetna!
I expected to be tired waking up early to head to Basecamp from our 11k Camp. I realized when you wake up at 11 pm it is either too early or too late to wake up tired! The tired came later.
We had a beautiful night/morning finishing the 10 miles of glacier that delivered us to the airstrip. Denali gave us one more round of mini snow and wind before it finally gave us a moonrise and sunrise combo.
We arrived at the airstrip just in time for the planes to start flying. We got all of our gear de-rigged and ready to throw on the plane when we were informed that the plans for us had just been changed and the pilots would be picking us up at the upper airstrip a 1/4 mile up glacier. Since the planes were already in the air, we loaded sleds and packs up Beverly Hillbilly style and made the trip in record time just as the planes arrived to bring us back to civilization.
I really appreciate all of the hard work and great attitudes that the Super Crew brought to our adventure. Also, thank you for all of your blog comments and support. It made a huge difference knowing all of you had our backs!

RMI Guide Mike Haugen and Super Crew 6

On The Map

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It’s the Love of adventure that make a person put themselves through such a grilling trial.. Testing yourselves to how much your body and mind can endure… You All have “shined” through it all and I’m so happy for the guides and happy for the determination of all the participants ... They will all be looking for New Mountains to climb now.. You are Truly a Super Team ! ! !

Congratulations Lindsay and Matt….......I Love you and Welcome back to Terra Firma…


Posted by: Barbara Jones on 7/2/2018 at 8:51 pm

Thank you Mike and Hannah for your enthusiasm. I’m sure your strength inspired Gloria. I think you all made a great team, to welcome every challenge, or at least accept it. I just want to jump up and down to applaud you. Love,


Posted by: Michelle on 7/2/2018 at 8:49 pm

Denali Expedition: Haugen & Team Still Headed Home

Saturday, June 30, 2018 - 8:25 pm PT

The weather clearing did not happen until late last night, so we could not make a break to Basecamp. The clear weather did make for a great rest day at 11,000’ camp. We slept in and enjoyed the sunshine while we gathered our strength for one long and final push to the the snowy airstrip.
The team is in great spirits and ready to get back to summer and away from days filled with snow!
Keep your fingers crossed for clear, flying kind of weather for us tomorrow!

RMI Guide Mike Haugen and Super Crew 6

On The Map

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We’re on our way to Colorado! Finish strong, David and Super Crew 6!  So ready to hear your stories and toast to your amazing journey.

Posted by: Nancie Summerlin on 7/1/2018 at 10:37 am

Come on home Super Crew!!!  We miss you Shannon nd can not wait to hear your voice   Love you Mom

Posted by: Linda Walsh on 7/1/2018 at 5:12 am

Denali Expediton: Haugen & Team Moving Down the Mountain

Saturday June 30, 2018 12:54 AM PST

We are headed home… Slowly.

We woke up to pretty big winds and blowing snow at 17k camp this morning. Our desired early start turned into an afternoon departure when the weather finally gave in enough for us to descend.
We had a great climb down to 14k camp where we crossed paths with Dave Hahn and his crew. It was great to see them and we hope they get the same kind of summit day that we got to experience!
After picking up some cached gear and food from 14k, we made our way through some snowy weather to 11k camp. The Super Crew did a great job keeping it strong on this very long day! Even though the weather does not look to cooperate with us for a Basecamp dash tomorrow, we are in positioned to make it there when it is time to fly!

I think I can speak for the entire Super Crew 6 when I say we are sick of snow!

RMI Super Crew 6

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Proud for your accomplishment…...What an adventure, something that some people only dream about !

You had a Great Team of Mountaineers to be able to stay the course.. Have a safe trip home..



Posted by: Barbara Jones on 6/30/2018 at 10:11 pm

I’m so awed by this accomplishment. I plan to share the blog with my English students in the fall when they read the novel, “Peak.” Godspeed for the journey down the mountain.

Posted by: Laura Seasongood on 6/30/2018 at 8:47 am

Denali Expedition: Haugen & Team Return to High Camp After Summit

Friday, June 29, 2018 - 1:09 AM PT

RMI Super Crew got to the summit of Denali around 6 pm today. The weather was amazing all day and we all walked to the top in just base layers, which you would imagine is rare when climbing big mountains in Alaska.
Mountaineers don’t cry… everybody knows that. However, all of our eyes were awfully sweaty when we reached the top and saw the spectacular scenery below!
We had a very safe climb back to high camp and a are currently working on getting into our sleeping bags for some well earned sleep.

RMI Guide Mike Haugen & Super Crew

On The Map

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Congratulations ! ! !  The song “I can only imagine” comes to mind…... Another dream has come true, achieving this is such an accomplishment.. Cudo’s to a strong team, that overcame and conquered !  Love to you all ....Have a safe trip descending.. Wish I could be there to greet you and to celebrate with you…..


Posted by: Barbara Jones on 6/30/2018 at 5:40 am

Congratulations Josh, Rusty, Craig and the entire crew!  Can’t wait to hear all about your amazing adventure!

Josh, love you and can’t wait to see you!

Posted by: Sarah Levy on 6/29/2018 at 3:38 pm

Denali Expedition: Haugen & Team Call from The Summit!

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 7:11 PM PT

Hi - this is Mike Haugen with RMI Super Crew.  We just summited Denali! We are standing at over 20,000 feet with zero wind, 0 miles per hour, 5 degreess Fahrenheit. Every single one of us is up here in our base layer.  Views are incredible. Wish you were here! We love all of you and thanks for your support. We are going to have a fun trip down and we will be back in camp at 17,000’.

Congratulations to Mike Haugen & the RMI Team!

RMI Guide Mike Haugen calls from the summit of Denali.

On The Map

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My heart continues to swell with pride for all that my son SCOTT has accomplished this past 12 months

Posted by: Roger Coffey on 6/29/2018 at 7:54 am

Congrats you all, that is super exciting. Enjoy and soak up all the goodness of your time together as a kick ass team on your decent.

Posted by: Sabrina on 6/29/2018 at 7:22 am

Denali Expedition: Haugen & Team Move to High Camp

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - 8:39 pm PT

As mountaineers, we tend to take things one day at a time. It just so happens that this was one of the best climbing days ever.
After an early start, we climbed into the gorgeous sunshine that we have not had enough of this trip. The views of the glaciers below and the rocky ridge we were ascending made for stunning photos and memories we will not soon forget! We are pretty sure that Joe Horiskey scheduled a fly-by and wing wave from a F-35 fighter jet just as we topped out on the fixed line! Spectacular!!!
We are currently residing at 17k Camp in the late evening sunshine. This camp stays particularly sunny since there is not much above us to block the Alaskan midnight sun.
Our plan is to go to the summit tomorrow if the mountain allows us! I think the mountain may owe us a good weather summit day after all the Super Crew has been through so far. We will see if Denali agrees!?

RMI Guide Mike Haugen & Super Crew 6

On The Map

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Hope all the hard work and preparation paid off today with a successful “visit” to the summit.
Congrats to all for what you have accomplished.

Posted by: Molly Frishmuth on 6/28/2018 at 6:35 pm

Josh, rooting for you and the team for a great summit day. Very proud of you. Love following the team’s progress. Will talk soon. Much love from Mom and Dad

Posted by: David Levy on 6/28/2018 at 10:24 am

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