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Entries By mike hinckley


June 19, 2012

Denali - West Buttress Expedition

Mt. McKinley: Walter & Team Plan to Move Up

Our team had a great day today, putting in a cache at 13,700’ at Windy Corner. We returned to a day time schedule, and enjoyed a warm and sunny day today. The weather is beautiful here at the 11,000’ camp tonight; there is blue sky above, clouds below, and no wind. We’re all in our sleeping bags and looking forward to a good night’s rest.

If the weather is good tomorrow morning we are planning to move our camp up to 14,200’. We are feeling ready and are looking forward to the challenge of tomorrow. That’s it for now…time to get some zzzz…

RMI Guide Mike Walter

On The Map


June 17, 2012

Denali - West Buttress Expedition

Mt. McKinley: Walter & Team Send Happy Father’s Day Wishes

Happy Fathers Day from our Denali crew! We’re just checking in from our new home at 11,200’. We moved up here yesterday in nice weather, but shortly after we arrived the winds picked up and it started to snow lightly. The gusty winds and snow continued thru the night, but it seems to be calming down this morning. We’re not too concerned though, because we are planning to take a full rest day today. We deserve it after 3 hard days of carrying heavy packs and pulling sleds up to 11k.

We enjoyed seeing Tyler Jones and the RMI June 5th Denali crew here at camp as they are descending after a successful summit. They are eager to get back to base camp and fly back to Talkeetna. But unfortunately the current weather is making them drag their feet and hang here in camp.
We’ll be in touch again soon…

RMI Guide Mike Walter

On The Map

Hope you guys brought plenty of crackers

Posted by: Tony on 6/20/2012 at 10:52 am

This message is from ontario canada. we’re so proud of you ashley and so happy you and your team are safe. a moment in history for you all!!!! congratulations!
with love anick

Posted by: anick mohan on 6/19/2012 at 6:58 pm


June 15, 2012

Denali - West Buttress Expedition

Mt. McKinley: Walter & Team Situated at Ski Hill

We are on the Mountain!

After landing at Basecamp our team loaded our sleds, grabbed our packs and we were on our way.  We moved during the night to 7,800’ on the Kahiltna Glacier, located at the base of Ski Hill.  Everyone is doing well.  The weather has been beautiful- nice and warm during the day and good travel conditions at night.

RMI Guide Mike Walter

On The Map

Best of luck to your climbing crew. Look forward to your posts and pictures.

Posted by: Mike Morrissey on 6/17/2012 at 8:25 pm

WOW!I am impressed and envious Lee. Enjoy yourself and be safe. I look forward hearing your story when we run.

Posted by: Bill R on 6/17/2012 at 9:08 am


June 14, 2012

Denali - West Buttress Expedition

Mt. McKinley: Walter & Team are Packed and Ready

Well, the gang’s all here and we’re ready to fly on to the Kahiltna Glacier to start our Denali expedition. We spent all day packing our gear and preparing for the trip, paying close attention to the finest details. We are all very excited to get on the mountain and start climbing! Hopefully the weather holds and we can fly tomorrow morning. We will update you on our progress as soon as we can. Stay tuned!

RMI Guide Mike Walter

On The Map

Yay Sasha!  You can do it!

Posted by: Claire on 6/15/2012 at 8:24 am

Sasha

We are watching the blog.  Have a wonderful and safe trip.  We are delighted that you have such awesome and competent companions. 

Love Dad, Mom, Brooklyn, Spencer and Waldo

Posted by: Charles Selby on 6/15/2012 at 7:08 am


June 9, 2012

Four Day Summit Climb

Mt. Rainier: JUNE 9th UPDATE

Our Four Day Summit Climb Teams led by Jason Thompson and Paul Edgren were able to climb up to Cathedral Gap early this morning, but they not reach the summit due to avalanche danger.  Visibility at Camp Muir was good with winds of about 15 – 35mph.  The teams have left Camp Muir and are en route back to Ashford Basecamp.

Thinking of you guys..stay strong..
Ain’t no Mountain high ENOUGH! LOVE and respect to you.

Posted by: terri beernink on 6/10/2012 at 5:55 am

I love you daddy!! Be safe!

Posted by: Jay Daniel on 6/9/2012 at 11:53 am

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