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Entries By mike uchal


Mt. McKinley: Haugen & Team Move into 14K Camp

Thursday June 18th 10:15 pm PT

Today was another early wake up, and then we broke camp and retraced our steps back up to 14K Camp. Everyone did great with the move, and the name of the game for the rest of the day was beating the heat around camp, moving in and mentally preparing for a much deserved day of rest tomorrow. The word on the street is blueberry pancakes could be involved.

RMI Guide Mike Haugen

On The Map

Thanks for the posts.  They are great.  Go Aaron, we are praying for you and for good weather.  Thanks to the entire team!

Bob / Dad

Posted by: Bob Telford on 6/19/2015 at 6:51 pm

It’s so nice to reed that the whole team are doing good!:) All the best wishes for Erlend and Fredrik and everyone > you’ll make it. Erlend: :)(Robin is ok,  and Charlie didn’t do anything wrong since you left, I am cleaning the whole house this weekend and I’m not going out,can’t wait till you are back. Stay safe <3 Love you, h,  Trondheim, Norway

Posted by: Hilde on 6/19/2015 at 3:01 pm


Mt. McKinley: Haugen & Team Full Day of Cache Day

Wednesday June 17th 10:00 pm PT

We feel like we are finally on the mountain. We woke up early and left camp around 4:30 to cache some gear at 14,000’ Camp. Our attempt to beat the heat worked since we pulled into camp right when the direct sun hit. The rest of the day was spent resting and preparing for the move back up to 14 Camp tomorrow. The boys of el Siete feasted on quesaritos this evening, and are going to sleep with full bellies and full hearts thinking about you all.

RMI Guide Mike Haugen

On The Map

El Siete—every time I see your name I think of the theme song to The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. Hope things are all good, no bad and ugly. Brian, missing you, and will check the garden and give Perry and Darthy and Mama Cat a hug for you. Keep having fun team!

Posted by: Judi on 6/18/2015 at 3:20 pm


Mt. McKinley: Haugen & Team Back Carry and Reorganize Gear at 11,200’ Camp

June 16, 2015 9:32 pm PT
We had another early morning today. Instead of moving uphill, we went back to 10,000’ to retrieve our cache. All went according to plan and we got back to camp around 8:30 a.m.  We did a bit of relaxing and reorganizing of our reunited gear. The sun was out on the glacier, which provided some intense solar radiation that we tried to stay out of. Our plan is to get up early and carry some gear up to our next camp at 14,000’ and then return to 11,200’ tomorrow afternoon.

RMI 7 “El Siete”

On The Map

Hi Dad (Parky)! We’re closely following your progress and eager to see you safely summit and safely return. Enjoy! We’ll be thinking of you as we enjoy the summer sun and teaching Jane how to swim! Love, Meggie-Moo & Anna-Banana

Posted by: Margaret on 6/18/2015 at 8:19 am

Hi! Thinking of you, Doug, and hoping you are feeling wonderful in all that sunshine. We see only rain, rain, rain here in Texas. We miss you… and the sun very much. Enjoy the climb and stay strong. All the best to you and the team.

Posted by: Chris on 6/17/2015 at 8:41 pm


Mt. McKinley: Haugen and Team Establish Camp at 11,200’

June 15, 2015 10:20 pm PT
We woke up early to beautiful weather. After a quick breakfast and packing session, we were headed up glacier towards our next camp at 11,200 ft. We made great time with our strong crew and found a partially dug out camp. We proceeded to make it an RMI quality camp. Since we arrived into camp early and had most of the day to work, we decided to go big. Instead of stairs leading down into our cook tent, we decided to make a large tunnel through the side of the hill as our entry way. It turns out you have to move a bunch of snow to make a six foot entry tunnel.

RMI 7 “El Siete”

On The Map

Here’s some poetry for today—your icy, snowy environs led me to read Robert Service (I know, wrong location). Two lines from his poem “Comfort”,about things always looking up:
“Earth so smiling ‘way out yonder,
Sun so bright it dazzles you”
Hope the sun is dazzling you, Brian, and all of El Siete!

Posted by: Judi on 6/16/2015 at 2:26 pm


Mt. McKinley: Haugen and Team Establish Camp 2

June 14, 2015 10:58 pm

Hi friends and family! Team Haugen continues to make strong moves up here. Today we got a bright and early start, broke camp, and made short work of Ski Hill en route to Camp 2 at 9,600 feet. Upon arrival, the boys of “El Siete” enthusiastically dug what may be the burliest camp ever to grace the slopes of Denali, then harvested the fruits of their labor by way of a long half day of relaxing, napping, and eating truly preposterous quantities of Mac and cheese. We’re all excited for a move up to 11 camp tomorrow. And now, for the more literary inclined followers, please enjoy a summary of the day’s exploits in haiku:

Bright and early start,
Solid work on frozen slopes,
Camp 2 chilling, FUN!

RMI Guide Mike Haugen

On The Map

Doug, glad to hear things are going well up there. Hope the weather holds up.  Take lots of pics, b/c we can’t wait to see the views you are seeing.

Posted by: Greg on 6/18/2015 at 3:51 pm

Good to see the daily progress.  How cold is it?
Stay warm and safe
Love
Mom and Dad

Posted by: MaryAnn and Arthur on 6/18/2015 at 1:27 pm


Mt. McKinley: Haugen & Team Half Day Cache Day

Saturday June 13th 11:15 pm PT

In days of yore when men where men and battles raged across the lands and glory rose in the mountains, there came upon the mountaineering stage a great climbing team called “el siete”. This fellowship of dynamic professionals hailed from all corners of the great U.S. of A. and even called on brethren from distant Norwegian lands to converge here below “Ski Hill” at Camp One on Denali (which is French for “The Nali”). The determined team worked to achieve the glory of their pursuit by trudging upward to 10,000 feet to strategically deposit in their mountain bank expedition supplies for safe keeping.
Nestled in their beds the great team awaits a strong move in the wee hours of the morning to 9,600 feet.

Stay tuned for more adventures of the soon to be mountaineering legends know as “el siete.”

Stay classy lower 48 - and Norway!

RMI Guide Mike Haugen

On The Map

Mike, can’t help but follow your teams adventures with prose like that! Climb strong.

Posted by: Bob on 6/15/2015 at 6:11 am


Mt. McKinley: Haugen & Team Reach Camp 1

Friday June 12th 11:25 pm PT

Upon our late arrival at Base Camp the weather started turning nasty, so we set up tents and burrowed into our sleeping bags.  Lo and behold, upon awakening the skies had cleared and the mountain beckoned!  We broke camp and descended the Southeast Fork Kahiltna to the Main Fork, turned up-glacier and headed toward Camp 1.  The glacier route is in prime condition and we reached our camp in several hours taking in the spectacular mountain views around us.  Everyone in the team is doing great and looking forward to our next objective, Camp ll.  More later!

RMI Guide Mike Haugen

On The Map


Mt. McKinley: Haugen & Team Arrive at Base Camp

After some long trips from our respective homes, our crew arrived in Anchorage and formed the super team, “El Siete” (RMI Team Seven). We made the journey to Talkeetna, AK the day before yesterday and started to prepare for our flight onto the mountain. We spent yesterday packing in the hanger. The weather did not seem to be on our side and the probability of us flying into base camp on time seemed very small. We figured we would be joining all of the other teams that had been doing the “Talkeetna Wait” for days. We woke up today anticipating that we would not fly this morning and we were not wrong. After a good breakfast, lunch, and a few wanders around town, we planned on getting a pizza and watching the NBA finals. As soon as the crew started to get into the game, the flight service called and told us there was a small window for us to fly.

So here we are on the glacier ready to climb the big one. If you did not get a call from us before we left, we were in a mad rush and we will get back to you after we summit!

RMI Guide Mike Haugen & Team

Keep the pictures coming.  Glad all is going well.
Love
Mom and Dad

Posted by: MaryAnn and Arthur on 6/14/2015 at 11:47 am

Not sure first e-mail got to you. Stay warm, stay safe and have a great time
Love
Mom and Dad

Posted by: MaryAnn and Arthur on 6/13/2015 at 6:57 pm


Mt. Rainier: June 27th - UPDATE

The Four Day Summit Climb Team led by Win Whittaker and Kel Rossiter climbed to Ingraham Flats this morning (11,200’), but due to snow, high winds, and poor visibility they were unable to reach the summit of Mt. Rainier.  The entire team is safely back at Camp Muir and will be starting their descent back to RMI BaseCamp shortly.

Congratulations to today’s Team!

John and Beth - you two are rock stars in my book!  Congratulations on giving it your best shot!!!

Posted by: Jlo on 6/27/2014 at 11:51 am

Chris/Brooke, still a kick butt accomplishment!!!  Can’t wait to see the pictures!

Love, Leonard

Posted by: Leonard on 6/27/2014 at 10:52 am


Mt. Rainier: June 24th SUMMIT!

Early this morning the Four Day Summit Climb led by Brent Okita reached the summit of Mt. Rainier.  Brent reported clouds above and winds 20 mph, and some new snow on the mountain.  The team has started their descent and are now en route back to Camp Muir.

The Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons Team led by Seth Waterfall reached the summit via the Emmons route at 11:50am this morning.  The will spend a bit of time on the summit before starting their descent.

Congratulations to Today’s Teams!

Good job NS fellas! Hope you have some good snaps to show us - looking forward to you coming home :)

Posted by: Megan on 6/24/2014 at 6:53 pm

Well done Andrew and crew. Suggest you take the elevator on the way back down. I guess you are the next guy to climb the mast.

Posted by: Herbie on 6/24/2014 at 5:48 pm

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