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Entries By mike haugen


Denali Expedition: Haugen & Team Rest Day at 14K Camp

June 24, 2017 10:36 pm PST

And today we rested. After our big move day yesterday we felt we deserved a day of kicking back and recovering. We made a point of emerging from our tents no earlier than 10 am and got the day started out right by consuming a mountain of pancakes. Kudos to Caleb for consuming the largest pancake of the morning! By 1 pm we were wrapping up the pancake party and as you may imagine, that long of a breakfast can really take it out of you .... So we rested a bit more. Once we felt we had properly digested we reviewed fixed line travel and running belays in preparation for our carry tomorrow. After practice for a few hours it was nearly time for dinner! Funny how time flies on a rest day. We had an early dinner of gourmet Ramen and before the sun could go down on us and give way to the chill of 14 Camp we headed to bed. Tomorrow we have our first go at the fixed lines!

Goodnight from 14!
Hasta Manana

RMI Guide Mike Haugen

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Denali Expedition: Haugen & Team Move to 14K Camp

June 23, 2017 10:30 pm PST

Greetings from 14 Camp on Denali!

Our team took advantage of stable weather and strong legs today to retrace our steps back up to 14,200 feet, this time with tents and sleeping bags in tow. We were excited to ascend the steeps of Motorcycle Hill and Squirrel Hill for the last time, and lucky for us, windy corner proved not so windy after all.

The rest of the day was devoted to digging in our new camp, which is looking dialed and styled. The team is looking forward to having some time to relax and adjust to the new altitude tomorrow, with a non-zero chance of Horiskey-style blueberry pancakes.

Ciao,
RMI Guide Mike Haugen

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Congratulations on your achievement, thus far.  The last photo was stunning beyond words. Mother Nature has been good to you.  Bon chance!  Brenda

Posted by: Brenda on 6/24/2017 at 8:38 am


Denali Expedition: Haugen & Team Carry to 14,000’, Ready to Move

June 22, 2017
After having so much fun with our cache mission up to 14,000 feet and back, the team decided they want to do it again tomorrow. This time we will be moving up to make a new camp at 14,200. We hope that the weather tomorrow will be as lovely as today.

RMI Guide Mike Haugen

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The last picture was great.  More close ups!  When do you get to dump the sled?  Nice effort Marc, Tucker.

Posted by: Brenda Reid on 6/23/2017 at 1:40 pm


Denali Expedition: Haugen & Team Gearing up for Move to 14,000’ Camp

June 21, 2017
Good weather has finally hit Denali. The pressure is rising along with the temperatures….for now. We have had a good time at our 11k camp but it time to start moving up higher. Our plan is to do a carry up to 14,000 feet to cache some gear and then move up after a couple of days. If this weather holds, we will wake up early and hit the trail so we can get up to 14k before it gets too hot. Most people would think that being to hot would not be an issue while mountain climbing in Alaska, but it can be a real energy drain when the hot sun reflects off he snow like a solar oven.

RMI Guide Mike Haugen & Team

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Glo, I can only imagine the view from your front porch has to be spectacular and awe-inspiring! You and your fellow climbers are in our thoughts and prayers, be safe, love you, dad

Posted by: Dave Roe on 6/24/2017 at 9:44 pm


Denali Expedition: Haugen & Team Retrieve Cache

June 19, 2017
Denali remains unseasonably cold for June. This actually works in our favor for the lower camps. The cold days allow us to wake up a little later to move camps or cache before the sun comes out and bakes us.
We successfully completed our mission for the day, which was to go back to our last camp and retrieve some food and gear that we left cached there. We couldn’t have asked for better travel conditions with perfect weather and a great path stomped through the deep snow. We completed our task with enough time for second breakfast and an afternoon nap. This mountaineering stuff is rough!

RMI Guide Mike Haugen

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Denali Expedition: Haugen & Team Move to Camp 3

June 18, 2017
Well folks, I’m happy to report the view is indeed gorgeous! We got a little later start today due to some inclement weather, and it turned out to be the right call. Rolling out of camp at 8, the skies had cleared and we were blessed with views of Kahiltna Dome and Mt Crosson. I’d be lying if I said it didn’t make the walking a little easier! That and the fact that we opted to cache gear at our last camp and do a back carry tomorrow. So, with light loads and beautiful surroundings, we were happy to roll into Camp 3 at 11,000’ and make an extra kush home for the next few days. Joe Horiskey would be proud! We’re now all tucked in and prepping for another light day acclimatizing and making the trip down to 9,600’ to retrieve the rest of our belongings.

Good night from Camp 3!

RMI Guide Mike Haugen

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Awesome reading about your daily travels.  Stay safe (and thinking about Lance and Caleb on this journey) :)

Posted by: Tina Kyllonen on 6/20/2017 at 9:31 am

Glo, what a wonderful father day present to hear your voice from Denali, the great one! Our thoughts and prayers are with you as your journey continues, be safe, love u, pa

Posted by: David Roe on 6/19/2017 at 8:38 pm


Denali Expedition: Haugen & Team Ascend Ski Hill to Camp 2

June 17, 2017
We’ve made it! To Camp 2! It was early, it was snowy, and it was sloggy but we made it! We left camp at 3:45 this morning to stick with our nocturnal schedule and to avoid the post holey conditions. Lucky for us the snow had firmed up and the walking was primo. The visibility on the other hand was little to none, and our only views were those of the rope teams in front of us. We made a few discoveries along the way, for instance uphill travel is much easier without your sled break on! After a few more hours, the occasional bump in the road, and a fair amount of pressure breathing, we pulled into the white expanse of Camp 2. I wish I could tell you views were beautiful but I’ll have to wait until the sun comes out! We’re now all cozied up in our tents, enjoying some R&R, before a tasty meal of Horiskey Mac and Cheese!

The memories of the slow ascent of Ski Hill are already fading and we are setting our sights on moving to 11,000’ tomorrow. Spirits are high and backs are strong!

Until tomorrow,
RMI Guide MIke Haugen and crew

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Marc and Chris,
Thinking of you two on your adventure! Hope you’re having a blast!
-Marcia

Posted by: Marcia on 6/19/2017 at 12:17 pm

Love you Gloria!

Posted by: Michelle W on 6/18/2017 at 9:23 pm


Denali Expedition: Haugen & Team Pull Heavy Loads up Ski Hill

June 16, 2017 10:02 pm PST

Greetings from Camp 1 on Denali!

Today the team took an early morning stroll up the Kahiltna, only mildly inconvenienced by absurdly large packs and sleds packed with all the supplies as food we’ll need for the next several weeks. Traveling with so much weight takes some getting used to, and everyone is doing a great job adapting to the new systems in play. We arrived at the base of Ski Hill in a heavy snow fall, but after a much needed afternoon nap the sun came out and we were able to get a good view of our spectacular surroundings.

Tomorrow, weather permitting, the plan is to walk uphill some more! With any luck, we’ll be checking in from 9,600’ tomorrow night.

In Horiskey we trust,

RMI Guides Mike Haugen, Pepper Dee, and Gloria Roe

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I love the red tents against the white. Must be fabulous to look around you!

Posted by: Michelle W on 6/18/2017 at 12:50 am

Pictures are aMazing!  Know there are many following you and sending you warmth and good vibes every step of the way!

Big Love to all if you!

Posted by: Ann Cook on 6/18/2017 at 12:40 am


Denali Expedition: Haugen & Team Have Smooth Start

June 15, 2017
Every once in a while in the mountains, things work out juuust right.

Our team woke up today in Talkeetna to bright blue skies, a view of the high one from town, and a scheduled flight in to the Kahiltna Glacier at 9:00 AM. And just like that, after a full breakfast, we found ourselves waving goodbye to the greenery of the Alaskan low country and saying hello to the towering masses of ice, rock, and snow that make up the Alaska Range.

The team took full advantage of the clear weather on the flight in to snap photos and marvel at the jaw dropping scenery. And then before we knew it, we were digging in camp at 7,300 feet at Kahiltna Base Camp. We passed a relaxing day snacking, sorting out our gear, and brushing up on glacier travel and crevasse rescue skills. After a tasty burrito dinner, we have finally settled in to our tents to get horizontal before an anticipated early morning push up to ski hill camp tomorrow.

Mount Horiskey, here we come!

Love to all,
RMI Guide Mike Haugen

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Go Glo!
We
Love you
Ma & Pa

Posted by: Mary Ann hickey on 6/18/2017 at 12:34 am

Julian,

Hi Daddy, we are so glad the first couple of days are going well. We hope your sled is behaving itself. we are booked to flightsee Denali on the 4th. We miss you!

Love Karen, Austin ,Lexy & Gavin

Posted by: Karen Sander on 6/17/2017 at 10:06 am


Mt. Rainier: 100% of Paradise Seminar Reaches Summit

The Expedition Skills Seminar - Paradise led by RMI Guide Mike Haugen reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning. Mike said that it is a “BEAUTIFUL day” on the summit of Mt. Rainier. Mike also reported that 100% of the team reached the summit. The team began their descent before 8:00 a.m. PDT. We are excited to see them in Ashford this afternoon and hear stories of their adventure!

Congratulations climbers!!

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You are our hero Alyssa.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Posted by: Susan on 7/29/2016 at 2:35 pm

So proud of my brother for doing this. Way to go Chris Hunsaker. Be safe on the way down.

Posted by: Denise on 7/29/2016 at 12:34 pm

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