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Entries By mike haugen


Denali Expedition: Haugen and Team Move to 17k Camp

Saturday, June 29, 2019 - 9:29 PM PT

We woke up to a beautiful morning with a tiny breeze and a clear sky. We spoke with RMI Guide Mike Walter’s team over the radio and they let us know that the weather was also nice at 17k.
We rallied the troops and made quick work of breakfast and tearing down our camp at 14k. Although 14k is a nice camp, we want to be in position when our summit opportunity arises.
We made our way back up the fixed lines and climbed the beautiful ridge up to 17k Camp. This camp definitely does not have all of the charm that 14k does. In fact, it is quite a bit more harsh up here. Nevertheless, the group is all happy and healthy tucked into our safe little tents.
The forecast does not look great for a summit for tomorrow, but we will wake up and get the “now cast” and see what our day will bring. We brought plenty of food and fuel in case we have to do some camping for a couple of days to get our perfect weather!

RMI Guide Mike Haugen and Team Siete

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Meghan and team,  wishing you all good vibes for a safe and memorable summit. Keep your spirits high and your wine glasses even higher! Cheers, love and hugs!!!! Love you!!!!!

Posted by: Kathy Pearson on 7/2/2019 at 7:15 pm

This one’s for you meg…

One day a blonde is hiking in the woods. She follows the trail until she comes upon a river. As she is thinking how she can get across the river; another blonde appears on the opposite side.
The blonde yells to the other blonde “How do I get to the other side?”
The other blonde looks up and then down the river and yells back:
“You are on the other side!”

Posted by: Shannon Henn on 6/30/2019 at 10:41 pm


Denali Expedition: Haugen & Team Rester Day

Friday, June 28, 2019 - 8:01 PM PT

The 2nd rest/weather/waiting day was even restier than the first. The team is hanging in there and we really hope to head uphill tomorrow. Here are the individual team members best ways to spend their rest days:

Ian - eat, sleep, and be merry
Wayne - napping!
Zach - reading
Kerry - texting colleagues about weather forecast and thinking of family!
Meghan - Hosting a 14k ft charcuterie and Gummi bear party outside my tent (eat it now or have to carry it down later). Was a hit!
Ann - building a snowman, checking return dates of caches around the camp, thinking if I have enough probiotics to handle the spicy dinners

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Side salad and her meat platters. When is she sharing the wine!?!? Go guys, go!

Posted by: Shannon Henn on 6/30/2019 at 12:32 am

Rest while you can. Cool tent photo! Step safe

Posted by: Susan Moore on 6/29/2019 at 9:54 pm


Denali Expedition: Haugen and Team Visit the Edge of the World

Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 9:45 PM PT

Not much to report from 14k. We woke up late, ate breakfast burritos for brunch, and relaxed.

We did stretch out our legs and walk out to an area called the Edge of the World. As suggested, the Edge of the World is a huge drop of that overlooks the Northeast Fork of the Kahiltna Glacier. We all got our hero shots from this spectacular viewpoint.

We are going to spend at least one more day at 14k to see if we can let some wind clear out before we return up high to 17k. It has been so nice at 14k that we feel a bit spoiled!

RMI Guide Mike Haugen and Team Siete

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Joan. A tope. Aqui desde las azores marta y yo te damos animos como si estuvieramos juntos en Islandia last year. GO FOR IT and come back save with your family…

Piensa que en barcelona estan a 40 grados celsius!!!!! .

Love you Ana

Posted by: Ana prats on 6/28/2019 at 10:21 am

Wind, wind, go away,
so we can get underway,
any day would be OK,
this isn’t exactly a holiday!

Thinking of you and wishing you calm days. Go Tym!  Go Team!!

Love Mom and Zeppelin

Posted by: Kristi Kennelly on 6/28/2019 at 10:03 am


Denali Expedition: Haugen and Team Cache Supplies at High Camp

Wednesday, June 27, 2019 - 9:55 PM PT

Mission successful! We cached gear up at 17k high camp. The morning started out pretty warm (for 14,000 ft in AK). We made our way up to the fixed lines. For our first time up the fixed lines, the group did exceptionally well. We made our way up to the ridge at 16,000 ft and caught some wind. We decided to keep going up since everyone was staying warm and relatively comfortable. Although we never lost the wind, we made our way all the way up to high camp. I think our climbers were too distracted by the incredible climbing along the ridge to care about a bit of a breeze.

We said hi to Mike Walter’s team at 17k, cached our stuff, and then headed back down to our camp. After a 10 hour day, our climbers (and maybe guides) have earned a well deserved rest day tomorrow. We have been saving a breakfast burrito meal for such an occasion. Goodnight!

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Great job team!  Proud of you Meghan, ever the motivator in your words and actions!

Posted by: Jerry O'Quinn on 6/28/2019 at 12:04 am

You’re all a bunch of badasses!!

Posted by: Shannon Henn on 6/27/2019 at 10:33 pm


Denali Expedition: Haugen & Team Enjoy Rest Day at 14,000’ Camp

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 10:00 PM PT

We didn’t get out of the tent this morning until the direct sunlight at 9:30. We enjoyed a relaxing breakfast of toasted bagels with cream cheese and smoked salmon. We are really roughing it here at 14,000’ Camp.
After our late breakfast, we did some fixed line practice for our trip up high tomorrow. Our plan is to carry some supplies up high so that when the weather is good we can move to high camp and go for the summit soon after.
The crew is all doing very well and we are excited to keep climbing up!

RMI Guide Mike Haugen & Team Siete

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To Kerry:

Still raining in Oklahoma!

Posted by: Patrick Admire on 6/26/2019 at 2:28 pm

Hey, Meghan… you’re finally doing it and with the best outfit with which to climb. Wishing you all the best and will follow the daily dispatches. If you come back through Seattle and time allows and, let me know and I will buy you a celebratory drink!

Posted by: Everett Moran on 6/26/2019 at 12:16 pm


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

Monday, June 24, 2019 - 10:53 PM PT

We have a group of happy campers here at 14,000’ Camp on Denali. Although we had to delay our start time a bit due to snow this morning, we were eventually able to tear down camp and head up hill. The weather was very nice to us until we got to about 13,600’. This terrain is a convex area in the glacier that reflects all the sun off the snow and rock and becomes an easy-bake oven. Luckily we left early enough where our brains did not fully melt even though it felt like they might.
We set up a great camp and had a birthday dinner of mac and cheese and no bake cheese cake for Zach and Ian.
The group has earned their rest day tomorrow and we won’t wake up until the sun hits our tents. Goodnight!

RMI Guide Mike Haugen &  Siete

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Sounds like a great trip.  Continuing to pray for good weather and safety!!!  Have fun

Posted by: Vicki Brown on 6/26/2019 at 2:58 pm

This is to family and friends of Meghan B.  I received a text from her today by accident…just sent to the wrong number I’m sure.  I didn’t want to post it without your permission…but would be happy to forward it or post here if you would like.  My husband is in her group.

Posted by: Julie Jones on 6/25/2019 at 5:42 pm


Denali Expeditiion: Haugen & Team Prepare For Move to 14,000’ Camp

Sunday, June 23, 2019 - 8:50 PM PT

What a beautiful day! We are so thankful that the weather has been amazing so far. We will definitely not be fooled into thinking that the mountain won’t throw some weather our way soon!
We had a long day bringing a bunch of food, fuel, CMC’s, and extra warm clothing up to our next camp at 14,000’. The climbing was great and the crew had a good time. It was nice to be able to see Denali again since our view is obstructed at our camp at 11k.
We all earned our afternoon naps before a hearty dinner of Tasty Bites Indian food with rice.
We are all excited to move up to 14k tomorrow… if the weather is nice to us!

RMI Guide Mike Haugen & Team Siete

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Dearest Meghan- How’s the blondtourage holding up?

xoxoxo

Posted by: Lisa Miller on 6/25/2019 at 2:13 pm

Happy birthday Zach and Ian!  The optimum way to spend a birthday!! 
Happy mountaineering to all.

Posted by: Kathy on 6/24/2019 at 9:21 am


Denali Expedition: Haugen & Team Sitting Pretty at 11K Camp

Saturday, June 22, 2019 8:28 PM PT

We had a very productive and somewhat relaxing day. Last night brought a bit of snow, but miraculously stopped right as our alarms went off this morning.
We left camp and headed down hill to do a back-carry. This just means that we went down to pick up the gear we cached at 10K. The group did great as they have proven to do every day so far!
After we returned to camp we cooked a great breakfast and worked on recovering by napping and sport eating.
Weather permitting, our plan is to cache food and gear at 14K tomorrow. The climbing continues!

RMI Guide Mike Haugen and Team Siete

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Happy Birthday to Zach & Ian.
Aunt Lyn & Uncle Mick

Posted by: Carolyn Mason on 6/24/2019 at 1:11 am

Happy Birthday to Ian and Zach on June 24th. 

Love, Yuri and Yoko   (mom and Copper too!)

Posted by: Annette Prochaska on 6/23/2019 at 6:52 pm


Denali Expedition: Haugen & Team’s Creativity Soars at 11K Camp

Friday, June 21, 2019 - 10:18 PM PT

We are sitting in the sun at 11K Camp. Happy Solstice! We have over 19 hours of daylight and it never gets dark anyway.
We had a great climb up here from our last camp. The team is really performing well with all of the hard work it takes to climb this mountain.
We have our submissions for the haiku contest. If you would like to vote for your favorite, please leave us a message on the blog. As most climbing trips tend to do eventually, many of our conversations and most of these haikus center around the clean mountain cans (CMC’s) that we use to collect and remove our human waste from the mountain. What these lack in elegance and beauty, they make up for with creativity!

1)
Loners crevasse it
But all guides and their clients
Leave no brown behind

2)
Dinner so spicy
Feeling it burning my insides
CMC lookout

3)
Sleep eat hike eat sleep
Heavy load and extreme temps
All to make the top

4)
Mountain CMC
Thank you for taking our crap
You’re a team player

5)
When I’m not at work
I crap in cans; hope for sun
Still better than work

6)
Scaling Denali
Be sure to use riser bars (on snowshoes)
Unless you are Grayson

RMI Guide Mike Haugen & Team Siete

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#3 - Go get it guys!

Posted by: Will Ellis on 6/28/2019 at 3:46 pm

#1 and #4

Great job team.  So fun watching this adventure.

Posted by: Russ Williams on 6/24/2019 at 11:23 am


Denali Expedition: Haugen & Team Break Up the Heavy Loads

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 8:06 PM PT

We had another early wake-up to avoid climbing in the heat of the day. We left camp around 3:45 and headed uphill to cache some gear around 10,200’. We carry so much food, fuel, and warm clothing that it is nice to break up the heavy loads as we ascend. In addition, it helps to work hard uphill and then come back down and sleep.
The team was awesome today, making the round trip in exactly six hours. Since we were back in camp early, we had a glorious mid-morning /late afternoon nap and continued to sport eat. We need all of the energy we can get to climb this beast!
Our plan for tomorrow is to head back uphill, this time moving our camp to 11,000’. We are hoping this good weather stays with us for awhile.
I asked our climbers to come up with a haiku about the day. All of the haikus seem to be involving the bathroom and our clean mountain cans. We will post the best of tomorrow.

RMI Guide Mike Haugen & Team Siete

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I’ve been leaving comments for the wrong frickin team!!! hahaha Well, good luck to them too.  But Go Meghan!!!!!!  Love you and am so proud of you!  I don’t know why you do these things, but you do them well.  Big kiss Big kiss, little kiss little kiss.
-Vicki

Posted by: Victoria Buchanan on 6/21/2019 at 12:54 pm

Good luck to all!  Sounds like you are off to a good start!

Posted by: Cindy Haugen on 6/21/2019 at 12:46 pm

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