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Mt. McKinley:  Nugent & Team Carry Heavy Loads in Good Stride

Posted by: Billy Nugent, Mike King, Sean Collon | June 20, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 9,600'

Saturday June 20th 8:45 a.m. PT

First day moving on Mount McKinley was a tremendous success. As a guide, I was impressed with our crew’s ability to move smoothly and efficiently despite the very heavy loads and the cumbersome nature of the sled rigging and climbing rope. Usually it’s a couple of days before a team will hit its stride like we did today. We enjoyed clear skies and perfect temperatures. For a moment we had considered moving onto the night schedule but a cool down glacier breeze and excellent snow coverage made for safe and comfortable travel during the day. We are all in great spirits, bonding as a team and enjoying our relatively new environs.

More from our expedition as it develops.

RMI Guide Billy Nugent

Heartbreak Hill, Mount McKinley, Alaska. Photo: Adam Knoff

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Mt. McKinley: Nugent & Team Begin Their Mountain Days

Posted by: Billy Nugent, Mike King, Sean Collon | June 18, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 7,300'

Thursday June 18th 9:30 pm PT

Hi everybody! Billy here checking in from Kahiltna Basecamp on a gloriously sunny day. We enjoyed a big breakfast this morning in Talkeetna’s Roadhouse and scooted over to the airport to confirm the fact that we’d indeed be flying first thing. A flurry of packing and final weigh-ins preceded the loading of the planes, a group photo, and a smooth departure. The great folks at K2 were really helpful and quickly delivered our team to Basecamp in two simultaneous otter flights. Next thing we knew we were on the ice and having come from summer it felt a bit abrupt but the sun was strong and kept us warm as we got accustomed to our new surroundings. We spent much of the day building our camp, organizing gear and supplies, and rigging sleds for tomorrow’s departure up the hill. The team is psyched for a big adventure and ready to work hard.

All for now!

RMI Guide Billy Nugent

Flying into Kahiltna Base Camp on Mt. McKinley. Photo: Lindsay Mann

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Mt. McKinley:  Nugent & Team Ready to Fly!

Posted by: Billy Nugent, Mike King, Sean Collon | June 18, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley

Thursday June 18th 10:20 a.m.

RMI Guide Billy Nugent just called from Talkeetna.  K2 Aviation is ready to fly the team onto Mount McKinley!  Once they are settled into their first camp, Billy will check in with us from the glacier.

The McKinley June 16th team pose for a photo before their flight. Photo: Billy Nugent

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Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climb Teams on the Summit!

Posted by: Brent Okita, Mike King | June 10, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

Our Four Day Summit Climb teams led by RMI Guides Brent Okita and Mike King reached the summit this morning around 7 am.  The teams enjoyed clear skies and warm temperatures with some windy conditions.  Both teams will descend to Camp Muir and then continue down to Paradise later this afternoon.

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb Teams.


Mt. Rainier: Muir Seminar Reaches Summit

Posted by: Seth Waterfall, Mike King | June 04, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Expedition Skills Seminar – Muir led by RMI Guides Seth Waterfall and Mike King reached the crater rim of Mt. Rainier around 7 am PDT. Seth reported crystal clear skies and light wind. From the summit the teams can see down to 6,000’ where the cloud deck begins. The teams will spend a little time on the summit before beginning their descent back to Camp Muir for their final night on the mountain. We look forward to seeing them in Ashford tomorrow afternoon.

Congratulations climbers!

RMI Climbers approaching the crater rim of Mt. Rainier, WA. Photo: Seth Waterfall

Mt. Rainier: May 15th Update

Posted by: Tyler Jones, Mike King | May 15, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Five Day Summit Climbs, led by Tyler Jones and Mike King, reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning! At 9:30 am PT, the team began their descent from the crater rim. Tyler reported no wind, sunny skies, and warm temperatures with a cloud deck around 7,000’.

Congratulations to RMI’s first summit teams of 2015!

An RMI team ascending Mount Rainier just after daybreak. Photo: JJ Justman

Aconcagua: King & Team Back to Base Camp

Posted by: Mike King, Steve Gately | February 13, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 13,800'

We are currently back in Plaza Argentina enjoying some well deserved pizza and ice cold beverages. The team cruised down hill this morning, picking up gear and waste, leaving Aconcagua in better shape then we found it.  When your descent takes only 4.5 hours compared to the 9 days it took on the ascent, you have to just shake your head a little.

The team is all smiles, waiting on shower water to heat up, enjoying time out of their boots and laughing.

This will be our last dispatch of the climb. We will walk to Leñas on Saturday for an amazing Argentine BBQ (that’s slow cooked beef for you non-southerners).  Sunday will see us with a short hike to the road and back in Mendoza.

Thanks for checking in on us during the climb.

RMI Guides Mike King and Steve Gately

Sunset over the Andes from High Camp on Aconcagua. Photo: Garrett Stevens A group of guanacos forages near the mouth of the Relinchos River on the descent to Las Lenas. Photo: Mike King The Andes Mountains from the flight into Argentina. Photo: Linden Mallory

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Aconcagua: King & Team SUMMIT!

Posted by: Mike King, Steve Gately | February 12, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 22,841'

February 12, 2015 - 11:56 am PT
      The team is all safely back at Camp III after a successful summit day! Warm temps and literally zero wind made it one for the record books!

RMI Guide Steve Gately

9:20 am PT

Hi, this is Mike King with RMI Aconcagua Team 7 stand on the top of South America! We had a challenging day with extremely cold weather, and wind in the morning.  We had a lot of new snow and scree on the way up on the upper mountain. The team did great.  We’re gonna be heading back down in about 20 minutes. A beautiful day,  I don’t have ever seen a more beautiful day on the top of Aconcagua. We will call or send a posting when we get back to high camp.  Thanks for joining us!

RMI Guide Mike King

The Cannelletta on Aconcagua. RMI Photo Collection Below the Aconcagua summit looking down into the Canaleta after a recent snowstorm. Photo: Mike King

Mike King Calling from the Summit of Aconcagua February 12, 2015

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Aconcagua: King & Team in Position for Summit Bid

Posted by: Mike King, Steve Gately | February 11, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 19,600'

We finally got around to packing up camp and climbing up to 19,600 feet, our High Camp for the expedition.  Extremely cold and calm morning with a new blanket of snow on the surrounding Andean peaks made for a scenic day.

High Camp is never anyone’s favorite camp for a few reasons:
1. Sleeping at 19,600 feet can be difficult.
2. There are no ‘great’ tent sites due to how the wind swirls around.
3. Lack of snow makes drinking water a time consuming process.

Good thing we are making our summit bid tomorrow and will be back in Base Camp telling stories before to long.

Wish us luck!  We will check in hopefully from the summit on Thursday afternoon.

RMI Guide Mike King

An RMI Team climbing to High Camp on Aconcagua. Photo: Pete Van Deventer RMI's High Camp on Aconcagua. Photo: RMI Collection

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Aconcagua: King & Team Take Another Rest Day at Camp 2

Posted by: Mike King, Steve Gately | February 10, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 16,200'

The Gambler said it best, “you have to know when to hold em, know when to fold em”.  He wasn’t referring to his chain of Kenny Rogers’ Roasters, but to our team taking another weather day at Camp 2.

We received only a few inches of snow, and with strong winds our tents were drifted in this morning. A cloud reminiscent of Mordor hung over the upper 4,000 feet of Aconcagua until 11am. Instead of getting a late start and arriving in High Camp later in the day, we will dry our sleeping bags and acclimate.

Our summit day will be the 12th. The Gang is hangin’ tough and enjoying the saxophone riff from WHAM’s “careless whisper”.

RMI Guide Mike King

Views of the Andes from Aconcagua. Photo: Garrett Stevens

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