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Entries By mike king


Alaska Seminar: Davis & Team Pack Up and Move to Camp 1

May 10, 2017 - 9:12 pm PT

The forecast threatened an 80% chance of more snow but we woke to clear skies. This morning was busy with packing, digging and more packing for our move to Camp 1. We hauled our sleds out onto the main Kahiltna under a hard sun and played leapfrog with a German team. By 5 pm we were cooking dinner outside in great weather. The team suffered under the hot globe with grace and we are going to do it again tomorrow to Camp 2.

RMI Guide Leon Davis

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Alaska Seminar: Team Enjoys Full Day of Training

May 9, 2017 10:19 pm

Today was action-packed as we rotated through a series of skills sessions. Sled rigging, avalanche awareness and practice beacon searches, and a more realistic and elaborate crevasse rescue scenario made for a full day of mountain skills. About mid-day we even had the pleasure of clear skies for the first time in a couple days. Dinner burritos and fruit pie to top it off!

RMI Guide Jessie Poquerusse

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Alaska Seminar: Learning Mountain Skills in the Great Outdoors

Today was off to an early start! After a quick breakfast, we stretched our legs heading up glacier to the base of Radio Tower and beyond to the cirque at the base of the East ridge of Frances, where we chatted about glaciology, route planning and navigation. Menacing seracs and at times nearly white-out conditions made the teachings come to life. After heading back to camp and a quick break, we learned and reviewed basic knots and hitches to get us ready for session 1 of basic crevasse rescue. We put to use our anchor building tactics from the previous day and spent the afternoon doing basic rescue drills. Cozying up to burritos was a great end to a long day.

RMI Guide Jessie Poquerusse & team

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Alaska Seminar: Team Begins Training

May 7, 2017 - 8:40 pm PT

Success on day 2 of the Alaska Mountaineering Seminar - Expedition! We started out the day going over the bread and butter of mountaineering, including snow walking, using and traveling with crampons and practicing self arrest. We then progressed into learning about and building snow anchors. After a short rest, the calm morning gave way to snow flurries, which gradually picked up as we learned and began to build a wall or our camp—earning our dinners! Overall, it was a full day of review, learning, and work and we’re all happily in bed resting ready for our first jaunt onto the glacier tomorrow.

RMI Guide Jessie Poquerusse & team

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Alaska Seminar Expedition:  Team Arrives at Kahiltna Base Camp

Some people spend the day after Cinco de Mayo in bed nursing a hangover. We spent it by packing gear, trading street shoes for climbing boots and flying onto the Kahiltna glacier. Our team arrived prepared and by 2 pm we were stomping out camp on the hill overlooking the airstrip. The team worked quickly and here we are ready for bed at 8 pm. Great weather today and great views of the surrounding peaks.

Tomorrow we will begin our skills training and fortify camp for some potential weather moving in. 

RMI Guide Leon Davis & Team

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Mexico’s Volcanoes: King & Team Finish Expedition with Two Successful Summits

The Mexico team is back safe at Sr. Reyes’ climbers hostel after a long summit day on Pico de Orizaba. Following our dusty drive down from the hut we spent the evening cleaning gear and packing for our flights tomorrow. This trip flew by and we were fortunate to have great weather, two summits and a wonderful group of climbers. Thanks for following along!

RMI Guide Mike King

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Looks fantastic! Congratulations. I wish I still had it me to do this.

Posted by: Duncan Mckinnon on 3/5/2017 at 5:01 pm

Awesome!!!!! CONGRATS!!!

Posted by: Dave Kestel on 2/26/2017 at 2:53 am


Mexico’s Volcanoes: King & Team Summit Pico de Orizaba!

RMI Guide Mike King called in from the Orizaba summit!

“This is Mike King with Team Mexico. We are standing on top of el Pico de Orizaba, the third highest peak in North America! Light winds and visibility all the way out to Ixta and Popo. It was a great climb. We will check back in with you when we get back down to high camp.”

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Mexico’s Volcanoes: King & Team Set Up Camp on Orizaba

We are currently setting up tents at the Piedra Grande Hut on the lower flanks of Pico de Orizaba. The Team had a very productive rest day in Puebla. Several of them took a city tour while some cruised the markets and town square for people watching and amazing food. The view from our hotel roof was a highlight since all the peaks we have been on and traveling near are visible among the colorful backdrop of Puebla’s cathedrals and colorful neighborhoods.

The Team is excited for the summit attempt and looking forward to another beautiful sunset here in Mexico. We will hopefully be checking in from the summit tomorrow morning. Thanks for following along!

RMI Guide Mike King

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Mexico’s Volcanoes: King & Team in Puebla After Ixta Summit

This is Mike, we had a long descent from the Ixta summit and high camp. Everyone is well and getting cleaned up in Puebla. Tomorrow is a day off to rest, eat tacos and hangout at the beautiful square in historic Puebla. Your loved ones have Internet and cell coverage, hit them up for details on the trip thus far. Friday we are off to Piedra Grande to prep for our Orizaba attempt!

RMI Guide Mike King

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Time for huevos rancheros and cerveza, the breakfast of champions.

Congratulations.

Posted by: Art Muir on 2/24/2017 at 1:26 pm

It looks like some awesome scenery!  Best of luck! Enjoy the experience!

Posted by: Debbi Ersch on 2/23/2017 at 5:28 pm


Mexico’s Volcanoes: King & Team Summit Ixtaccihuatl

RMI Guide Mike King called from the summit of Ixtaccihuatl (17,340’) at 6:15 am PT today. His team was taking photos and enjoying the views from the summit.  They will descend to High Camp, pack their gear and continue their descent from the mountain.  The team will travel to Puebla later today.

Congratulations to the team!

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