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Entries By mike king


Denali Expedition: King & Team Continue to Wait for Better Weather

Monday, June 18, 2018 - 1:27 PM PT

Listening to the wind run down the West Buttress sounds like a never ending wave crashing against a rocky shore. The snow is drifting 3-4 feet in places thanks to the 30 mph wind gusts. This is an actual weather day, the previous four have just been a warm up. The forecast is for more of the same. We continue to hang out in our tents and later today there is going to be a food swap so the team can get some different snack food choices.

RMI Guide Mike King

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Hey Robbo!  You and Cole will have solved all the problems of the world (and maybe designed my world-changing invention!) by the time the storm moves out and you move up!!  I think the whole town down here is pulling for you!  Thank you, Mike, for keeping us in the snowy loop.  Bon courage!  XO, Maman

Posted by: Susan Wyper on 6/18/2018 at 3:15 pm

Stay Gravy Strong up there boys!!!

Posted by: Mega Dope ‘Choes on 6/18/2018 at 2:52 pm


Denali Expedition: King & Team Stalled at 14K Camp

Sunday, June 17th - 5:53 pm PT

Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads following along. The storm broke by mid day with views of the wind blown West Buttress. The Team spent some time walking around camp and getting to know some of the other groups at 14K Camp. We’ve been eating good, getting plenty of sleep and are all eagerly awaiting a window to climb to 17K Camp. The forecast is 5-6 mores days of high winds above and snow down here in Genet Basin. Books are being swapped and audio books Airdropped. That’s all from 14 for now.

RMI Guide Mike King

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David:  Hope you and team had a safe and warm(ish) Father’s Day, daddy! We’ll get ice cream as soon as you get back to celebrate O:) Love you! ~Theresa

Posted by: Theresa Smalley on 6/18/2018 at 9:50 am

Glad to hear you are comfortable and becoming well read. Know Scott’s mom is breathing easier as you aren’t climbing in the wind. Wishes for calm winds and blue skies…good climbing when the weather is right.

Posted by: Glenda Bemis on 6/18/2018 at 6:54 am


Denali Expedition: King & Team Weather the Storm

Saturday, June 16, 2018 - 2:22 PM PT

We had a foot of snow with enough wind to drift upwards of 3 feet in most places. We spent the morning relocating our posh due to being buried and partially collapsed. The team is putting the finishing touches on a toilet cave so they can see a man about a horse without getting a spin drift bidet in the process. Other then maintaining camp we’ll eat, nap, shovel and repeat until the storm passes. Moral is still good and we are hopeful that a clearing will arrive early next week. The wind loaded slopes will pose an avalanche hazard so we’ll need a few days minimum to settle the slopes leading to the fixed lines. That’s all from 14 Camp.

RMI Guide Mike King

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Hi dad! Happy fathers day!! I hope your day is amazing. we miss you. Please bring me back a moose! Love you!

Posted by: Adleigh Faulkenburg on 6/17/2018 at 2:02 pm

Hi dad!!! Happy father’s day! Please don’t get eaten by a bear.

Posted by: Teagan Faulkenburg on 6/17/2018 at 1:58 pm


Denali Expedition: King & Team Stack Walls at 14,000’ Camp

Friday, June 15, 2018 - 5:50 PM PT

Today was a prime lesson in the Three Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf. We got some comments and stares yesterday while building 7 foot walls around our Camp with such blue skies and warm temps. This morning we got even more remarks from people as we continued to build. By 4 pm the winds had picked up to 30+ mph gusts and the Pigs who had built their homes from straw were in full scramble mode while our Pigs rested in their tents surrounded by snow bricks. We practiced some skills for climbing the fixed lines, they gets us higher on the West Buttress and will hang out while Denali does what Denali wants to. Currently it’s demanding that we, “respect it’s authority”.

RMI Guide Mike King

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Hey Scott!  Totally echo what Julie said (except for the “babe” part).  Good luck with the weather—pretty much rounds out everything you can possibly come across on the mountain, doesn’t it?  Hang in there bud.  Hope you brought a good book.

~Chris

Hi Scott. Perseverance - the secret of all triumphs. Kick some booty. Wishing you safe steps and glorious sunrises. - Judy

Posted by: Chris Beaudette on 6/16/2018 at 1:52 pm

Scott-looks like you and team my be stuck at 14,000 for a while due to weather! Not as cold as last time! Maybe guys can get caught up with all the amazing comments people have been sending! You’ve got this babe! Keep warm, hang tight, and then just HOP up to the summit in time! Love you!
Julie

Posted by: Julie Faulkenburg on 6/16/2018 at 9:28 am


Denali Expedition: King & Team Build Camp at 14,000’

Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 7:42 PM PT

After yesterday’s grueling day the team slept in until the sun hit our tents, 9ish. We had a slow start with salmon and cream cheese bagels and coffee. The goal for today was to build walls around our tents and get our kitchen/dining tent dug out and reinforced. The walls are built by digging through the loose snow into the firm layers below. Then we take snow saws and begin to quarry large blocks to be the foundational row. Each successive layer gets smaller so the wall isn’t top heavy. The walls help keep wind from destroying our tents. The team rallied through their wall building then helped the guides finish reinforcing the kitchen tent or Posh as we call it. The Posh is a five sided tent without a floor. We dig a hole in the snow and have benches for people to sit and cooking counters for the guides. Out of the wind and sun we enjoy our meals, today’s dinner is hand rolled chicken burritos. With the menacing forecast on the horizon we will put the finishing touches on camp and hunker down for the remnants of a tropical cyclone that is headed for Alaska. People are happy for the sunshine and tired from the ‘light exercise’ of camp craft. This helps us acclimate in preparation for heading to 17,000’ Camp, High Camp, for our cache day and ultimately our summit day when the weather and mountain tell us it’s time to go up. Until then we will be at 14,000’ continuing to get comfortable being uncomfortable and focusing on the tasks that our in our control and leaving the conditions that our out of our control to Denali.

Thanks for following along.
RMI Guide Mike King

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So fun following your adventure, Robbo!  You’ve got a huge fan base down here, everyone’s asking about you - and I’ve been in mis-matched socks since you hit the trail :) Sounds like you’re in for a few euchre days!  Have fun. Be safe.  Love to you and Cole.  And prayers for the whole team.  XO, Mamoose

Posted by: Susan Wyper on 6/15/2018 at 4:01 am


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

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 10:53 PM PT

With a forecast that hasn’t been stellar, the guides woke at 2:30 AM only to see strong winds above. We continued to check for high winds until 6 am, needing to make a decision on whether to move camp or burn another weather day, we opted to pack up. Hoping for the sun to calm the wind we started out at 9 am through boot high snow, calf high snow, knee high snow and you guessed it thigh high snow. We made good time without any congestion on the route, but it was not an easy day. Once we picked up our cache at 12,500’ we slogged up towards Windy Corner. Packs were heavy, sleds didn’t help and the loose drifted in snow made for a tired team. We got chased around Windy Corner by a storm then promptly walked into a basin where the wind had stopped and we were quickly to hot. Today’s lesson was, “learn to be comfortable, being uncomfortable”. Freeze or fry is all you can expect up here, ideal doesn’t exist. We will take a well deserved rest day tomorrow and maybe for the next week if the projected Pineapple Express weather front dumps 9 feet of snow. 

Thanks for following along.
RMI Guide Mike King

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Diana King here, Mike’s Mom. We to enjoy keeping up wit the Team from Atlanta. Wish he could get home more often.

Posted by: Diana King on 6/15/2018 at 2:09 pm

Robb-o!!
Sending some positive weather vibes your way!! Hope you, Cole and the rest of the team are having an awesome adventure!!
XOXOXO

Sharoni

Posted by: Sharon Del Vecchio on 6/14/2018 at 5:17 pm


Denali Expedition: King & Team Cache Gear at 12,500’

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 5:32 PM PT

We’d already sent in the dispatch yesterday and then skies cleared up and we enjoyed a sunny evening. Today however, we woke to grey skies up above and clouds pouring over Kahiltna Pass. The teams in camp all got a slow roll to see who would break trail up Motorcycle Hill. This led to a bottleneck and a slow pace. After an hour the clouds had descended and snow was blowing. Our goal today was a cache around Windy Corner, but due to the volume of climbers, new snow and low visibility we opted for a 12,500’ cache. We are back at Camp at 11,000’ hoping to get a chance to move up to 14,000’ Camp in the next few days.

RMI Guide Mike King

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Just guessing this is where I find Lindsay J and Matt F.  (Didn’t get Team info, so taking a guess). Guess you two will be dusting off those snow shoveling skills! No more dragging tires in 100 degrees…now it gets REAL!  Enjoy every minute.

Posted by: Ellen Mader on 6/13/2018 at 5:11 am


Denali Expedition: King & Team Take Weather Day at 11,000’ Camp

Monday, June 11, 2018 - 5:35 PM PT

Not much to report from 11,000’ Camp. Today we woke to snow, after breakfast we were shoveling snow and about every two hours since there has been more snow to shovel. The one caveat is that the wind is light. The Team has been working on “out chilling the storm” as a long time RMI guide once put it.  We are hopeful that the weather begins clearing tomorrow so we can put a cache in striking distance of 14 Camp. Everyone is healthy and warm.

RMI Guide Mike King

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Alex,
After hunting around the RMI website we are 90% sure this is your expedition.  Stay warm and tend to the small details: feet, hydration, etc… Best to the whole team- and Malin says you did this to yourself :)

Posted by: Matt & Malin on 6/12/2018 at 9:50 am

Scott, I’ve got my eye on you - and the summit!  Keep your leg warm!
Love, Mom

Posted by: Connie Selgrath on 6/12/2018 at 8:29 am


Denali Expedition: King & Team Back Carry and Return to 11K Camp

Sunday, June 10, 2018 - 3:08 pm PT

Clouds and snow moved in last night just prior to dinner. We had the chance to see our 2 RMI Teams who had been on the summit Friday and get some route info. The snow continued through out the night with minimal accumulation. When we woke, there were faint views of the surrounding peaks and ridges. After breakfast we roped up and walked down to our cache at 9700’ and dug up our food and supplies. There has been a low pressure system moving in from the North and being near the demarcation line was quite stunning. As we turned the corner onto the Kahiltna Glacier, we could see clouds rolling over Kahiltna Pass and Kahiltna Dome while the view South was blue skies and calm weather. Soon we were engulfed in the clouds and light snow for the walk back to 11,000’ Camp. Now we are back in our tents listening to snow fall and enjoying the warmth of the sun trying to cook through the clouds. The Team is doing well, we are hopeful that the winds stay calm so we can carry around Windy Corner or even into Fourteen Camp tomorrow.

RMI Guide Mike King

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Great job everyone and hi dad (David McCampbell)! Keep up the great work. Loving these updates!
-Patti

Posted by: Patti Van Lange on 6/10/2018 at 9:56 pm

Hi JT-

My dad and I had a JT Type 2 day of fun just for you.. Sixty-two miles in the pouring rain. We hope you are enjoying your time up there! The pictures are beautiful! Sending big hugs from the Emmer family!

Maddy

Posted by: Madeline Emmer on 6/10/2018 at 8:38 pm


Denali Expedition: King & Team Move to 11,000’ Camp

Saturday, June 9, 2018 - 5:36 PM PT

Day 4 had us up early and breaking down camp. The surrounding area at 2:30 AM with no wind seems like it’s perpetually 9:00 PM. We hauled our camp and personal gear to 11,000’ Camp over 6.5 hours and the team did great. Some people have sore feet and some have sore hips, those real pressure points a constant reminder of what it’s like to do hard work in the mountains.

Our new camp is nestled in a basin that is surrounded by large glacial features and the backdrop is Motorcycle Hill and the Father and Sons Wall. Tomorrow we will go back to 9,700’ to retrieve our cached food and fuel and then rest the remainder of the day.

Weather continues to be great and the forecast inaccurate so when they forecast a clear day we’ll probably be battening down the hatches. Until then I am hoping for a forecast of snow that never a arrives and winds that don’t materialize. So much in life we can’t control, this team is doing a great job of focusing on the things they can control.

That’s all from 11,000’ on Denali.

RMI Guide Mike King

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