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Entries By mike walter

Denali: Walter & Team Set Up Camp at the Base of Ski Hill

Sunday, May 20, 2018 - 1:12 a.m. PDT

The squirrely weather persists on Denali. It snowed all night last night, but fortunately we only picked up 4 inches or so. We woke up to more snow, wind, and very limited visibility. After breakfast we slowly started to pack up camp, hoping the weather would improve. Around noon the weather finally improved so we packed up our tents and rigged up our ropes.

By the time we were ready to walk, the weather was back its former, stormy self. We decided to give it a try and if conditions worsened we would make camp down on the Kahiltna Glacier and at least make some progress on the mountain. It was a good call because we made it all the way to Camp 2, at the base of Ski Hill (7,800’). We were in a ping pong ball most of the day—navigating using the wands marking the route, faint traces of other parties’ tracks, GPS, and a little Braille (well, maybe not Braille). Our navigation techniques worked and we cruised into camp in 5 hours flat!

Tomorrow the plan is to carry and cache supplies higher on the route and then return to our current camp. This will make for lighter loads when we move camp later this week and will help our acclimatization process.

RMI Guide Mike Walter and team

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Yay! So glad you’re making progress up the mountain. Hard to imagine what it’s like to be there. (Heidi and I had to eat all the bear food since the bear is away. Hee hee.) Hope you all keep cruising along. Love you, Dave!!!  Go Team Walter!

Posted by: Michelle & Heidi on 5/20/2018 at 11:54 am

I’m glad you have gotten to start this journey.. Thanks for the updates Us folks at home appreciate it. I hope the weather improves.. Travel safe..Love ya…Dean

Posted by: Dean Petrson on 5/20/2018 at 10:00 am

Denali: Walter & Team have landed at Base Camp!

The weather cleared up just long enough for K2 Aviation to fly our team to Base Camp in two de Haviland Otter airplanes. The window didn’t last long and soon it socked in and began to lightly snow. We set up camp and lounged around for the rest of the afternoon. Tomorrow the plan is to pack up and move camp to the base of Ski Hill.

RMI Guide Mike Walter & Team

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That is one Helluva “Ski Hill” . My wife JoAnn and I overnighted in Talkeetna with K2 Aviation and took a flight up to Denali over the dramatically crevassed glaciers in 1993. JoAnn then went back as a Cruise ship excursion in 2000 with her three sisters. Looking up is as close to climbing in Ice and snow as I want to be, although I summitted Mt Whitney in 1986 on Father’s Day ant took a photo with a banner I had made saying “Happy Fathers Day” to give to my father. I piloted a Cessna 172 from Torrence, CA with two other “Climbers” for that “Attempt”. We had tried in May, a month before, but were chased off the mountain after one night in a tent by a major snowstorm. Hopefully you get good weather so you can have views up there. We all look forward to more from you.

Posted by: Paul Claeyssens on 5/20/2018 at 6:02 am

Go for it and be safe.

Posted by: Garland Dobson (PAPPY) on 5/19/2018 at 3:44 pm

Denali: Walter & Team Partake in a Trial Run

The weather in Alaska is still unsettled, and our team remains on standby for clearing skies and a chance to fly into the Alaska Range. The weather improved for a bit this morning and we packed up the planes, two de Havilland Otters, donned our climbing clothes and boots, and loaded up the planes. But before we even got going, we received word that the weather shut down and snow had returned to Base Camp.
So now we are back to the Talkeetna hang as we wait for conditions to improve. We are all eager to start this expedition, but we realize that patience is imperative, as the weather is out of our control. This patience with the weather will be important to maintain throughout this entire trip; I’ll bet we see more of it over the next few weeks.
I’ll keep you posted if we get to fly this afternoon and, if not, then we’ll play the game again tomorrow.

RMI Guide Mike Walter

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Mike Walter & Team Kick Off the RMI Denali Season!

We are kicking off RMI’s 2018 Denali climbing season. Our team met in Anchorage on Monday afternoon and traveled north to the small town of Talkeetna. Yesterday was a busy day of packing gear and preparing for our expedition, including a trip to the National Park Service to register our group and have a pre-trip orientation.
With our bags packed and weighed for loading onto the glacier planes, we’re all set for our adventure. Currently there is some stormy weather that is not allowing airplanes to access the Alaska Range, so we’re in a holding pattern until we get a clearing. We will keep you up to speed with the team’s status.

RMI Guide Mike Walter

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Wishing Dave, Shane, and the rest of the team a fun and safe trip!

Josh and Chance

Posted by: Josh and Chance on 5/19/2018 at 4:46 pm

David and Shane…We wish you all an amazing and safe venture!! Stay safe. We can’t wait to hear all about it!! Love you to pieces..        Ken and Dean

Posted by: Dean and Ken on 5/18/2018 at 7:30 pm

Mt. Rainier: Mike Walter & Team Summit!

RMI Guide Mike Walter led his team reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning! The left the crater rim on their descent at 7:30 a.m.  Mike reported sun, smoke from the eastside of Washington and moderate winds.

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Mt. Rainier: August 28th Four Day Summit Climb Update

The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guides Mike Walter and Caleb Laude reached 12,500’ on Mt. Rainier this morning. The team spent some time watching the sunrise through the smoky haze at Ingraham Flats before heading back to Camp Muir.

Congratulations to today’s team!

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Logan - I was thinking of you as I watched the colorful sunrise from sea level this morning.  Looks like it was beautiful at 12,500’!  Hawken says he’s proud of you for getting as high as Little Tahoma. Love you!  ~ Susie

Posted by: Susie on 8/28/2017 at 1:36 pm

Greg, we have been thinking about you all weekend!  Hope it was a wonderful trip and that you felt well during the ascent!  So excited and proud of you!  Know we love you and can’t wait to hear all about your adventure!  Love Mom and Dad

Posted by: Julie Oyan on 8/28/2017 at 8:44 am

North Cascades: Mike Walter & Team Summit Mt. Shuksan!

RMI Guide Mike Walter checked in with us from Mt. Shuksan.  He and his team reached the summit via the Southeast Ridge in 3 1/2 hours.  They are back at their high camp and will descend Fisher Chimneys tomorrow as they finish their climb.

Congratulations to the team!

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Mt. Shuksan: Walter & Team on Summit!

RMI Guides Mike Walter & Sean Collon lead their team to the summit of Mt. Shuksan this morning. Skies are smoky in the North Cascades but the climbers were above it all.
They will return to camp for a final night in the mountains before completing their program tomorrow.

Congratulations to today’s climbers!

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Mt. Rainier: Walter & Team Reach the Summit!

The Four Day Summit Climb July 22 - 25, 2017 reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  RMI Guides Mike Walter, Lydia Johnson and JT Schmitt reported clear skies and calm winds.  The team will return to Camp Muir and continue down to Paradise.  They will conclude their program with a celebration at Rainier BaseCamp this afternoon.

Congratulations to today’s climbers!

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Must have been spectacular up there! Great accomplishment guys!

Posted by: Jennifer on 7/25/2017 at 9:50 am

Well done! Can’t wait to hear about it and see the photos. Amazing day for it!!

Posted by: Carla on 7/25/2017 at 9:36 am

Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climb Teams Descend from Crater Rim

The July 18 - 21 Four Day Summit Climb Teams reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  RMI Guide Jess Matthews reported 20-25 mph winds and a sunny and beautiful day on the mountain.  At 9:30 am the teams were descending from the crater rim on their return to Camp Muir.
We look forward to seeing the teams at Rainier BaseCamp this afternoon.

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climbers!

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Well done! Congratulations James!! We are all so excited for you!

Posted by: M LeDuke on 7/21/2017 at 11:04 am

Congratulations!  Glad to hear they made it!!

Posted by: Sarah Belter on 7/21/2017 at 9:58 am

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