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Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climb Teams Unable to Summit

Posted by: Mike Walter, Mike King | August 28, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 10,060'

The Four Day Summit Climb teams led by RMI Guides Mike Walter and Mike King were unable to reach the summit of Mt. Rainier today.  Last night the teams left from Camp Muir but decided to turn back at Cathedral Gap due to high winds.  The teams returned to Camp Muir and will begin their descent to Paradise around 8:30 am


Mt. Rainier: August 19th Team Summits!

Posted by: Mike Walter, Mike King | August 19, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climbs led by RMI Guides Mike Walter and Mike King reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning and were leaving the crater rim at 7:09 am. Mike King reported light winds and overall a beautiful day. The teams will be back in Ashford later today.

Congratulations climbers!

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Hey, Its Nathanael Dr.Steiner hope you had a good climb and hope to see you soon.

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Posted by: Nathanael Dukeshire on 8/19/2015 at 6:13 pm


Mt. Rainier: August 6th Update

Posted by: Brent Okita, Mike King, Pete Van Deventer | August 06, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

At 7:10 a.m. RMI Guide Brent Okita radioed from the top of Columbia Crest, the highest point in Washington! There were 30 – 35 mph winds this morning and nice weather.  The cloud deck is below Camp Muir.  The teams will spend some time on the summit before starting their descent.
RMI Guide Pete Van Deventer and his Expeditions Skills Seminar - Emmons will be traveling back to Rainier Base Camp later today.

View from the top of Mount Rainier, highest point in Washington. Photo: Win Whittaker
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Good luck guys!

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Posted by: Caleb Marker on 8/6/2015 at 10:44 am


Mt. Rainier: Four & Five Day Summit Climb Teams Reach the Summit!

Posted by: Billy Nugent, Mike King | July 27, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

RMI Guide Billy Nugent and his Five Day Summit Climb Team reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning along with Mike King and the Four Day Summit Climb.  Billy reported clear skies and cool temperatures for their climb.  Both teams began their descent from the crater rim a little after 9 am PST.  The teams will return to Camp Muir and then continue their descent to Paradise.  We look forward to seeing both teams back at Rainier BaseCamp this afternoon.

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb teams.

Climbers descending from Camp Comfort back to the top of Disappointment Cleaver.  Photo: Pete Van Deventer
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Is there any word on the group that will summit Tuesday night/Wednesday morning that includes my husband Russell Frederickson?  Wishing everyone a wonderful climb!!  Jody

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Posted by: Jody Frederickson on 7/28/2015 at 4:58 pm

“Cool”?????  Billy, you are the MASTER of understatement, haha! 

I’m so sorry that I couldn’t hang with you to the summit, but I very thankful to you for keeping… read more

Posted by: Barbara Beatrice on 7/28/2015 at 3:48 pm


Mt. Rainier: July 24th Update

Posted by: Dave Hahn, Tyler Reid, Mike King | July 24, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

Summit!

The Mount Rainier Summit Climb teams, led by Dave Hahn and Tyler Reid, were leaving the crater rim at 7:30 this morning. Dave reported great conditions: clear and sunny, with light winds.

Mike King and the Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons are returning to Base Camp today after a successful summit via the Emmons Glacier.

Sunrise from Camp Schurman, Mount Rainier. Photo: Mike King
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it was a real priviledge to get to know, sweat, hike, and rope together.  Thank you Emmons team and expecially guides for making it worth it!  allen   (contact me… read more

Posted by: allen musil on 7/26/2015 at 10:10 am

Congratulations!!!  Must have been an awesome sight at the top of the mountain!

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Posted by: Wanda Ritter on 7/24/2015 at 9:40 am


Mt. Rainier: July 23rd Summit!

Posted by: Peter Whittaker, Mike Uchal, Mike King | July 23, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

Our Four Day Summit Climb teams led by RMI Guides Peter Whittaker and Mike Uchal reached the summit of Mt. Rainier early this morning.  The teams reported a perfect day of climbing with light winds and sunny skies.

RMI Guide Mike King and his Expeditions Skills Seminar team also reached the summit of Mt. Rainier via the Emmons Route this morning. They will descend back to Camp Schurman and spend some more time training on the mountain before returning to Rainier Basecamp tomorrow.

Congratulations to today’s teams!

Approaching the Emmons Glacier. RMI Photo Collection
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My son Ira & I summited with Mike Uchal & Steve on the 23rd! It was a great day, great experience and we had 9 great members of our team… read more

Posted by: John Ford on 7/24/2015 at 7:25 pm

Awesome.  Cant wait to hear from Lily!

love
Dad

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Posted by: john on 7/24/2015 at 7:42 am


Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climb Teams Reach the Summit

Posted by: Brent Okita, Mike King | July 16, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

RMI Guides Brent Okita and Mike King lead their Four Day Summit Climbs to the top of Mt. Rainier this morning.  Brent reported nice conditions with a bit of wind on the summit.
Both teams began their descent from the crater rim a little after 7 am.  They will return to Camp Muir and then continue their descent to Paradise.  We look forward to seeing the teams at Rainier BaseCamp this afternoon.

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb teams.

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Congratulations Marc!  So proud of you!  Love Kim

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Posted by: Kim on 7/16/2015 at 7:51 pm

Way to go, Colin and Michael!

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Posted by: Tom Leatherbury on 7/16/2015 at 1:35 pm


Mt. McKinley: Nugent & Team Return Home

Posted by: Billy Nugent, Mike King, Sean Collon | July 07, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley

Hi all!
Billy here checking in for the last time from this year’s Denali expedition. Our team showed tremendous poise after our butt kicking on our first summit attempt and rested through another marginal day on the way to our eventual summit day that was absolutely beautiful.  We encountered some moderate winds in the 30 mph range but generally enjoyed clear skies and decently warm temps. It took us just over 12 hours of solid work to make the round trip mission from our high camp at 17,000’ and the whole team was pretty worked by the end. The next morning we awoke at a leisurely hour, packed up camp and descended the West Buttress back to Camp 4 at 14,000’ where we were greeted by Dave Hahn’s expedition with cheesy bacon quesadillas! Quite the treat… After picking up our cache at 14 we continued down through extremely deep snow to 11,000’ where we ended up camping again because the team was pretty wasted yet again. Our final day on the mountain was surprisingly clear with only occasional sections of whiteout as we marched down the Kahiltna towards Basecamp. Except for a little excitement involving a crevasse fall the trip was mostly a slog. And as we arrived at the lower airstrip around 6 pm we could see the runway markers of the upper airstrip but were relieved to hear from Lisa that we wouldn’t need to travel any further. K2 was already on the way and going to land right next to us. And just like that we were in the land of the living slamming burgers and downing beers with all of the tourists in Talkeetna. Talk about a culture shock! Needless to say, the gang went big rocking the Fairview and ended up closing down the Teepee (and nearly getting kicked out!). A proper way to end a successful Denali expedition. Too much fun!

I’d like to thank both Mike King and Sean Collon for their hard work and the good times and the rest of the team members for persevering despite crummy weather forecasts and tough odds. It’s a trip I won’t forget for a while.

See ya next year!

RMI Guide Billy Nugent.

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Congratulations RMI and my ole buddy Doug. Glad to hear you guys had a great trip. One more notch in the belt.

Mother Goose

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Posted by: John Newland on 7/8/2015 at 4:51 am

Great going what a trip ! Congrats Kevin , sober up & come home to get ready for another party.
Irma

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Posted by: Irma on 7/8/2015 at 3:01 am


Mt. McKinley: Nugent & Team Leave 11K Camp Headed for Base Camp

Posted by: Billy Nugent, Mike King, Sean Collon | July 05, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 11,200'

Sunday July 5th 10:45 am PT

RMI Guide Billy Nugent just called the office to check in.  The team had a long, tough day yesterday breaking trail through the new snow that had fallen on the route. After sleeping in this morning, they are getting ready to depart Denali’s 11K Camp.  They are hoping to be at Kahiltna Base by late afternoon/early evening.

An RMI team leaving Denali's 11K Camp, descending to Base Camp. Photo: Lindsay Mann

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Mt. McKinley: Nugent & Team Summit!

Posted by: Billy Nugent, Mike King, Sean Collon | July 04, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 20,320'

Hey, it is Billy here just checking in after a safe and successful summit bid.  We got up, kind of stalled a little bit because it was a cold morning.  We left around 10 pm, it took us about 12 1/2 hours round trip.  We were super psyched. So we’re back in camp, and like I said before everyone is safe and sound. Now we’re just hoping for good weather to beat feet for the airport.  That’s all I have for now.  We are going to eat dinner and get some sleep.

RMI Guide Billy Nugent

Climbers on the summit ridge of Mt. McKinley.  Photo: Dave Hahn The view from the summit of Mt. McKinley, Alaska.  Photo: RMI Collection


RMI Guide Billy Nugent calls from High Camp on Denali after a successful summit bid.

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Congrats to All and especially my friend Jim Latorre! What an incredible achievement!

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Posted by: Matt McKittrick on 7/7/2015 at 4:36 am

Way to go Rhonda…you’re awesome! Can’t wait to hear about it - AFTER you thaw out:)
Sue

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Posted by: Sue Mamer on 7/6/2015 at 2:28 pm


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