Entries By mike haugen
July 30, 2015
RMI Guide Leon Davis radioed BaseCamp at 7:02 am to let us know both Four Day Summit Climb teams were about to reach the summit of Mt. Rainier. Leon reported a nice day on the mountain with light winds out of the West. The teams spent over an hour enjoying the view from the summit. They began their descent from the crater rim at 8:20 en route to Camp Muir. After a brief stop they will continue to Paradise and complete their program later today.
Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb teams!
Great job melissa dismuke! Sooo awesome to hear you guys made it. Safe travels back to base camp
Posted by: Ryan crane on 7/30/2015 at 10:28 am
So proud of you, Jeff. You did it again!! Can’t wait to see you safely back home. Love you!
Posted by: Adrian on 7/30/2015 at 10:18 am
July 26, 2015
Posted by: Mike Haugen
Today’s Four Day Summit Climb team lead by RMI Guide Mike Haugen reached the summit of Mt. Rainier shortly after 7 am. Mike reported calm winds and great climbing. They will spent a bit of time on top before beginning their descent. Once they return to Camp Muir, they will take a quick break, repack their gear and continue their descent to Paradise.
We look forward to seeing the team at Rainier BaseCamp this afternoon.
Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb team!
Congratulations, I’m so glad you made it. Can’t wait to hear all about it. Love Mom
Posted by: Wendy on 7/26/2015 at 3:51 pm
Congratulations! What an awesome accomplishment
Posted by: Diane on 7/26/2015 at 1:37 pm
July 21, 2015
RMI Guide Mike Haugen and the Four Day Summit Climb team reached the crater rim of Mt. Rainier shortly after 7 am. Mike reported good conditions with a sustained 20 mph wind.
The team will enjoy some time on the summit before starting their descent. They will return to Camp Muir and then continue to Paradise. We look forward to seeing the team at Rainier BaseCamp this afternoon.
Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb team!
July 20th, 2015 I filmed at a distance and took photos of tremendous amount of dust from I’m assuming rock and debris coming off Willis Wall. Lived here all my life, have never seen dust bloom out of there like it did yesterday. I was blowing NE for miles. No news about it what so ever! Camping above Mystic Lake would have been truly frightening yesterday. Any news from your site?
Posted by: Wendy Bitney on 7/21/2015 at 2:51 pm
July 15, 2015
On the Disappointment Cleaver route of Mt. Rainier, RMI Guides Seth and Solveig Waterfall led their Four Day Summit Climb Teams to the summit this morning. Meanwhile on the Emmons Glacier route of Mt. Rainier, RMI Guide Mike Haugen led the Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons to the summit this morning. All teams reported light winds and warm temperatures while on the summit. The Four Day Summit Climb teams will descend back to Camp Muir before returning to Paradise this afternoon and the Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons will descend to Camp Schurman for their final night on the mountain.
Congrats to Team Healey, Hoge, Laird & Samac! Can’t wait to hear all about! Let the summer begin!
Posted by: Sheri Healey on 7/15/2015 at 11:07 am
Congratulations Climbers—especially to Mike Healey who has finally crossed this off his personal “bucket list”. He summits on the 4th attempt! Way to go team Healey, Hoge, Laird & Samac!!
Posted by: Krista Hoge on 7/15/2015 at 10:58 am
July 10, 2015
The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guide Mike Haugen and the Expedition Skills Seminar – Paradise led by RMI Guide Eric Frank reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning. The teams reported warm weather and a cloud cap on the upper mountain. They are currently descending back to Camp Muir to refuel and repack before continuing down to Paradise. We look forward to seeing them in Ashford this afternoon.
Congratulations Jess and team!!! I’m so proud of you!! Can’t wait to hear all about this adventure!! Love you Jess!
Your favorite cousin,
Posted by: Shari on 7/10/2015 at 3:53 pm
Congratulations Jess, so happy for you! Job well done!
Posted by: Jan on 7/10/2015 at 1:49 pm
June 28, 2015
Sunday, June 28, 2015 - 10:15 am PT
It was touch and go at base camp. We woke up to clouds and some very wet snow. As expected, as soon as we started to fire up the stoves to make breakfast and hot drinks, the skies started to open just a bit. I still didn’t think that the weather was flight worthy, but I was glad that the pilots did. We were told that we had 20 minutes to be packed and ready because the planes were already approaching. We were ready in 10! We got the first half of our team onto a plane and off the glacier before the weather started to sock back in. We had to wait for the first plane to go back to Talkeetna, drop off our first group of climbers, and then return. Luckily the weather cleared back up a bit and we squeaked out the rest of the climbers for the amazing flight back to the world of great food and pillows. After a couple of great meals and a series of showers, the now legendary “El Siete” crew is fresh, semi-recovered, and ready to be reintroduced into society.
Thank you to the group for being such a great team and for all of the families and friends that have supported us.
I want to say, once again, to Mike Haugen about these daily posts and pictures: it has meant so much to the families of these fine climbers. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Posted by: Chris on 6/28/2015 at 6:06 pm
Whoopee! So glad to have you off the mountain safe and secure at last. Doug is that you standing to the left? I can see everyone is proud and delighted to have had this grand adventure.
Posted by: Chris on 6/28/2015 at 6:03 pm
June 27, 2015
Friday, June 26, 2015 - 11:40 pm PT
We made it… almost. We left our camp at 11,200 feet around 4 am this morning. The group was traveling quickly in spite of heavy packs and sleds. All was well until we encountered a wet, snowy drizzle around 7,800 feet. We trudged on knowing the end was just a few hours away. When we finally reached base camp, the snow stopped, but the clouds did not permit planes to come and pick us up. The rest of the day consisted of napping, to compensate for the lack of sleep over the past few days, and hoping for clear skies tomorrow. RMI Guides Pepper and Uchal are working on their clear skies interpretive dance in the event that we wake up to clouds tomorrow.
RMI 7 “El Siete”
On The Map
We can’t wait to hear from you, Dadio!!!! Love, Margaret
Posted by: Margaret on 6/27/2015 at 5:19 pm
Go Pepper and Uchal! We want you guys home so dance-away, dance-away, dance-away all and get those planes in : ). Miss you, Doug, stay safe.
Posted by: Chris on 6/27/2015 at 3:34 pm
June 26, 2015
Friday June 26th 12:30 am PT
We are on our way down!! After waking up when the sun hit our tents at 17,000, we packed up and headed downhill. Although sore and tired from a long summit day, we made good time down to 14,000 feet. We met up with Billy Nugent’s group and had a healthy round of hugs and high fives. We picked up some cached gear and partook in the time honored tradition of fitting twice as much gear into a pack than should be possible and carrying said pack down another 3,000 feet to 11k Camp and our awaiting sleds. We are currently in a holding/napping pattern at 11k. We are going to walk early in the morning towards base camp and the landing strip in hopes of an early flight to Talkeetna. That is weather dependent of course!
On The Map
Great news! Can’t wait to hear your stories and see your pictures. I am sure everyone on El Siete has wonderful stories
to share. I am looking forward to Doug’s!
Posted by: Chris on 6/26/2015 at 7:18 pm
Great news! Stay safe on your descent, El Siete.
Posted by: Judi on 6/26/2015 at 4:04 pm
June 24, 2015
Wednesday June 24th 11:45 pm PT
We woke up around seven this morning to one of the warmest mornings I have ever experienced at 17,000 feet camp. We got ready slowly and departed for the top just after nine. The weather was perfect for us pretty much the entire climb. There was a little bit of cold, a little bit of hot, but mostly perfect all day. The El Siete crew walked to the summit in style a little after five this afternoon and spent a good deal of time taking pictures from the top. We had a smooth descent and pulled into camp just after 9:00 p.m. Alaska time for a twelve-hour round trip. We are getting the boys fed and put to bed so we can get up early to start our way out to basecamp and eventually back to you!
Audio transcription - Wednesday June 24th 6:30 pm PT
Hi, it’s Mike Haugen. I am standing with the RMI el Siete on the summit of Denali. Beautiful weather. We topped out about 5:15 in the evening and are miles above the clouds. We are saying our congratulations to the team and head on back to high camp and send the blog from there. Hope all of our families are doing well. Thank you for your support.
RMI Guide Mike Haugen calls in from the Denali summit!
On The Map
Congratulations to the hole team! Can’t wait to hear all about the climb and to see pictures! Now come home safe, Fredrik!
Posted by: May-Linn on 6/25/2015 at 3:24 pm
Congratulations to all of you, and well done to my norwegian friends Erlend and Fredrik! I was very happy to receive the news today! :-)
Posted by: Viggo Finset on 6/25/2015 at 2:26 pm
June 24, 2015
June 23, 2015 9:51 pm PST
We had a successful move up to 17,000 foot camp on Mt. McKinley. The weather was perfect for traveling on the fixed lines and above. Climbing on the amazing ridge that crests the West Buttress of Denali is always one of my favorite parts of the climb because of the beautiful rock an the exposure. I think all of the El Siete boys had a good time weaving through the rocks and snow that provide the natural protection on the ridge. As of now, we are planning to try to summit tomorrow. The forecast looks good and the crew is ready. Wish us luck!
On The Map
Will be in Talkeetna to play at the Fairview Inn on Wednesday. Hope to see you then if you have not flown out already.
Posted by: Nick Kantar on 6/24/2015 at 3:59 pm
Proud of you Mr. Chowdry….to the top my friend
Posted by: Tony on 6/24/2015 at 3:51 pm