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Entries By mike uchal


Mt. Rainier: June 29th Five Day Summit Climb - SUMMIT!

The Five Day Summit Climb Team led by RMI Guide Mike Uchal reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning. Yesterday in preparation for their summit attempt Mike and the team enjoyed a short hike to Ingraham Flats. They have had great weather while on the mountain and enjoyed a beautiful sunrise from the top today!

Congratulations to today’s team!

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Ha, fBook challenged, apparently also RMI website challenged….  Will post reduced photos and movies when I land in NH with Wi-Fi, or feel free to email me for full resolution.  Y’all were great.  Moe

Posted by: Moe on 7/3/2016 at 5:41 pm

Hi guys, you were a great bunch.  Got some great photos, and good sliding movies complete with whooping.  I just got back to Boston, waiting for bus,

Posted by: Maureen Horgan on 7/3/2016 at 5:36 pm


Mt. Rainier: Low Visibility Turns Teams at 12,500’

The American Lung Association’s Climb for Clean Air led by RMI Guide Win Whittaker and the Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guide Mike Uchal were unable to reach the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning. The teams decided to call 12,500 ft. their high point today due to high winds and low visibility. The teams descended back to Camp Muir for some extra rest. Later this morning the teams will pack up and make their descent back to Paradise. We look forward to seeing them back in Ashford later today.

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Great work but unfortunate for today’s conditions. Everyone did a great job this year training!

Posted by: Jason Lathrop on 6/23/2016 at 11:21 am

Great job guys- impressed you made it that far! Sasha says “I love you daddy- see you soon!”

Posted by: Diane and Sasha on 6/23/2016 at 10:58 am


Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climb Teams Turn Back at Ingraham Flats

The Four Day Summit Climb June 15 - 18, 2016 was unable to reach the summit of Mt. Rainier today due to avalanche danger.  RMI Guides Seth Waterfall and Mike Uchal led their teams to Ingraham Flats before making the decision to turn back.  All climbers are back at Camp Muir where they will rest and repack before beginning their descent to Paradise later this morning.

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Mt. Rainier: June 8th, Summit!

The Five Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guide Mike Uchal and the Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guide Eric Frank Reached the summit of Mt. Rainier early this morning.  Eric radioed in from High Break while the teams were on their descent and reported the winds of about 40 - 45 mph on the mountain.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and Team also checked in from the Expedition Skills Seminar - Kautz, the team is camped on the Wilson Glacier having a great time training.

Congratulations to today’s teams!

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Good job Michael
Hope to see you out in Port Port

Posted by: Stephanie Ferruzza on 6/9/2016 at 8:27 am

Zorionak!!! Amazing news, congrats to Rafa and to the whole team!!

Posted by: Stephanie on 6/8/2016 at 9:08 am


Mt. Rainier: July 29th Summit!

RMI Guide Brent Okita with the Four Day Summit Climb along with RMI Guide Mike Uchal and the Five Day Summit Climb were approaching Columbia Crest, the highest point on Mt. Rainier, at 7:00 am. Brent reported light winds and clear skies on a beautiful morning. The teams will spend some time on the summit before beginning their descent. We look forward to seeing the teams back in Ashford this afternoon.

Congratulations Climbers!

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Yippee -  TRULY, a mountain-top experience!  I’m happy for you This is my third attempt to send you a comment.  Barbara very generously posted my name on her
comment.  I’m trying once more to do it correctly.  Love Mom in Tigard

Posted by: Helen MacDonald on 7/30/2015 at 1:31 am

Congratulations Ruth and Martin!!!! We would love to see a photo soon !!!! Love, Cathy and Gopal

Posted by: Catherine Shrestha on 7/29/2015 at 2:16 pm


Mt. Rainier: July 23rd Summit!

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!

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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 along with Mike & Steve.
James was in our training class, all 3, true professionals! First attempt & made it at 60 years young!

Posted by: John Ford on 7/24/2015 at 8:25 pm

Awesome.  Cant wait to hear from Lily!

love
Dad

Posted by: john on 7/24/2015 at 8:42 am


Mt. Rainier: ALA Climb for Clean Air Summit!

The American Lung Association Climb for Clean Air, led by RMI Guides Win Whittaker and Mike Uchal, reached the Mt. Rainier summit early this morning.  They experienced nice weather and 25 mph winds.  After spending some time on the summit, they began their descent back to Camp Muir at 6:30 a.m. 

Congratulations ALA Climbers!

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Go ALA Team & Congratulations!

Posted by: Sue Newby-House on 7/19/2015 at 8:19 am

Thanks RMI for another great ALA climb!  We appreciate your special care and partnership.

Posted by: Joe on 7/18/2015 at 10:02 pm


Mt. Rainier: July 11th Teams Summit

The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guides Tyler Jones and Mike Uchal reached the summit of Mt. Rainier around 5:45 this morning. The teams spend about an hour on the summit before beginning their descent. Tyler reported colder temperatures and breezy conditions on the summit. The teams are currently descending through warmer temperatures and clouds that reach down to around 12,000’. We look forward to seeing the teams when they return to Ashford this afternoon.

Congratulations Climbers!

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Mt. McKinley: Haugen & Team Back In Talkeetna

Sunday, June 28, 2015 - 10:15 am PT

It was touch and go at base camp. We woke up to clouds and some very wet snow. As expected, as soon as we started to fire up the stoves to make breakfast and hot drinks, the skies started to open just a bit. I still didn’t think that the weather was flight worthy, but I was glad that the pilots did. We were told that we had 20 minutes to be packed and ready because the planes were already approaching. We were ready in 10! We got the first half of our team onto a plane and off the glacier before the weather started to sock back in. We had to wait for the first plane to go back to Talkeetna, drop off our first group of climbers, and then return. Luckily the weather cleared back up a bit and we squeaked out the rest of the climbers for the amazing flight back to the world of great food and pillows. After a couple of great meals and a series of showers, the now legendary “El Siete” crew is fresh, semi-recovered, and ready to be reintroduced into society. 

Thank you to the group for being such a great team and for all of the families and friends that have supported us.

RMI 7 “El Siete”

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  I want to say, once again, to Mike Haugen about these daily posts and pictures: it has meant so much to the families of these fine climbers. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Posted by: Chris on 6/28/2015 at 6:06 pm

  Whoopee! So glad to have you off the mountain safe and secure at last. Doug is that you standing to the left? I can see everyone is proud and delighted to have had this grand adventure.

Posted by: Chris on 6/28/2015 at 6:03 pm


Mt. McKinley: Haugen & Team Hoping for Clear Skies at Base Camp

Friday, June 26, 2015 - 11:40 pm PT

We made it… almost. We left our camp at 11,200 feet around 4 am this morning.  The group was traveling quickly in spite of heavy packs and sleds. All was well until we encountered a wet, snowy drizzle around 7,800 feet. We trudged on knowing the end was just a few hours away. When we finally reached base camp, the snow stopped, but the clouds did not permit planes to come and pick us up. The rest of the day consisted of napping, to compensate for the lack of sleep over the past few days, and hoping for clear skies tomorrow. RMI Guides Pepper and Uchal are working on their clear skies interpretive dance in the event that we wake up to clouds tomorrow.

RMI 7 “El Siete”

On The Map

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We can’t wait to hear from you, Dadio!!!! Love, Margaret

Posted by: Margaret on 6/27/2015 at 5:19 pm

  Go Pepper and Uchal! We want you guys home so dance-away, dance-away, dance-away all and get those planes in : ). Miss you, Doug, stay safe.

Posted by: Chris on 6/27/2015 at 3:34 pm

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