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Entries By mike walter


Denali: Walter & Team Back Carry to Bring Cache to 11K Camp

May 16, 2021 - 5:32 pm PT

We woke lazily to light snow this morning and had a leisurely breakfast of bagels, cream cheese, and smoked Alaska salmon. At 11am we set off downhill to retrieve our cache from 10,000'. We were back at camp by 2pm, with plenty of time for a nap and to gorge on lunch food. We also had some camp chores to attend to and some gear sorting in order to be ready for the next stage of the game: establishing a cache around Windy Corner at ~13,800'. We hope to make that happen tomorrow or the next day. We'll keep you posted either way.

RMI Guide Mike Walter

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Looks and sounds spectacular.  Stay healthy and strong!
Praying for all of you!

Posted by: Julie Morris on 5/17/2021 at 2:10 pm


Denali Expedtion - Mike Walter and Team Move to 11,200’

May 15, 2021 - 7:26 pm PT

Our team had another big day today, moving camp from 7,800' to 11,200'. The weather was beautiful; the morning was nice and cool and the afternoon was hot and we couldn't buy a breeze. It took us 6 1/2 hours to make the move today, and another few hours of work to establish camp. We got our camp established with enough time for an afternoon nap for everyone while the guides melted snow to replenish water bottles.


Tomorrow we'll have a leisurely morning and head back down hill to retrieve the cache that we left at 10,000' yesterday. Weather permitting it should be a light workload tomorrow and we will able to get some good rest.

RMI Guide Mike Walter & Team

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Praying for safety, health, strength and ideal weather. Enjoy the boundless beauty and have FUN!

Posted by: Julie Morris on 5/16/2021 at 8:09 am


Denali Expedition: Walter & Team Cache Gear at 10,000’

Friday May 14, 2021 6:36 pm PT

Our team had a great day today, waking up to cloudless skies after a good night's rest. We hauled our backpacks and sleds laden with supplies up to 10,000', just shy of "The Corner" below Kahiltna Pass. After digging a deep hole in which to cache our gear, we returned back to our camp at the base of Ski Hill, 7,800'.

We returned to camp in the afternoon after the six hour round trip with time to lounge before firing up the stoves for dinner. The plan for tomorrow is to pack up camp and move up to the 11,200' camp. We'll keep you posted.

RMI Guide Mike Walter & Team

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Ben-
Looks cold and beautiful! Checking in on your adventure every day :)
-M

Posted by: Margaret on 5/15/2021 at 7:09 pm


Denali Expedition: Walter & Team Carry Loads to Base of Ski Hill

Thursday, May 13, 2021  - 9:57 pm PT

We had warm and sunny weather today and we took advantage of it to single carry all of our loads to the Base of Ski Hill. It took us 5 hours to get here, traveling on the Kahiltna Glacier with heavy packs and pulling heavy sleds.

The plan for tomorrow is to bump a load of supplies up Ski Hill to around 9800' and create a cache. Then we will return to our current camp for the night. The weather is looking good and everyone is doing well.

RMI Guide Mike Walter

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I am thinking about and praying for all of you! Focus on the spectacular beauty!

Posted by: Julie Morris on 5/14/2021 at 8:15 pm

We are all watching. Hang in there and have a good time. Love you.

Posted by: Eve Stern on 5/14/2021 at 5:33 pm


Denali Expedition: Walter & Team Fly to Base Camp on the Kahiltna Glacier

Wednesday, May, 12, 2021 - 10:04 pm PT

We got a break in the weather this afternoon and were able to fly in to Basecamp on the Southeast Fork of the Kahiltna Glacier. Camp is all set up and we have starting sorting out equipment for (hopefully) moving up glacier to the base of Ski Hill tomorrow. It was warm and sunny here today, although a cloud has settled in now and it's snowing lightly. We'll touch base again tomorrow as we start our long adventure of living on a glacier.

RMI Guide Mike Walter

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Good luck everyone!  I wish I could do this!

Posted by: Richard Zeppieri on 5/14/2021 at 3:47 am

Go get it and Godspeed, Pete & the Team!

Posted by: Kendra Madrid on 5/14/2021 at 12:25 am


Denali Expedition: Walter & May 10th Expedition Team Ready to Fly if Weather permits

We spent yesterday packing and going through all of our equipment for our Denali Expedition. Our gear is all packed and ready to be loaded onto the glacier planes, two DeHavilland Otters flown by our amazing pilots at K2 Aviation. We’ll meet at 8am and get an update on the current weather and flying conditions. The forecast is for snow today, so it is still uncertain if we will be able to fly in to Base Camp today. We’ll keep you posted as we prepare to live on a glacier for the next few weeks. Fingers are crossed…

RMI Guide Mike Walter

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Our son, Alex, is on the trip. Stay safe everyone and have an amazing adventure!
Jackie Woolley

Posted by: Jackie Woolley on 5/13/2021 at 7:10 pm

An endurance climb, expedition style, good luck to all, you will be so proud!

Posted by: Bill Bussey on 5/13/2021 at 6:47 am


Denali Expedition: May 10th Expedition Arrives in Talkeetna

RMI's Denali climbing season is officially underway. Our May 10th Denali Expedition team met yesterday at the Anchorage airport and travelled north to the town of Talkeetna. We will spend today packing our gear and preparing for our expedition, as well as attending an expedition orientation meeting with the National Park Service. The plan is to have all of the T’s crossed and the I’s dotted by this evening so that we’re ready to fly into Kahiltna Base Camp tomorrow, weather permitting. We’ll keep you posted…

RMI Guide Mike Walter

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I am excited to be able to follow the progress of your expedition!  Go Hank and all!  Safe, exciting adventure to everyone.

Posted by: Beth on 5/14/2021 at 6:01 pm

Prayers and fingers crossed for good weather and success…Go Hank and the entire team!

Posted by: Nancy Thoenes on 5/14/2021 at 6:50 am


Mt. Rainier: Four Day Team Turned at Disappointment Cleaver

Our Four Day Climb Teams led by Mike Walter and JT Schmitt were turned just before Disappointment Cleaver on their summit attempt. Mike Walter reported single digit temperatures, and deteriorating weather. The team is back at Camp Muir and will be back at Rainier Basecamp early this afternoon. Congratulations to today's team!
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Mt. Rainier: Four Day Climb Teams Turn at 13,300’

The Four Day Climb September 19 - 22 led by RMI Guides Mike Walter and Ben Liken were forced to turn back at 13,300' this morning due to high winds and deteriorating weather. The groups will return to Camp Muir and then continue down to Paradise later this morning.
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North Cascades: Walter & Team Climb the Fisher Chimneys

With a very unfavorable weather forecast ahead of us, we decided to stay inside on the 15th and have a skills session with knots, hitches, carabiners, and other climbing gear. The 16th brought a better chance of climbable weather so we set off from the Lake Ann Trailhead armed with lightweight daypacks. We were able to approach the climb and reach our goal of climbing to the top of the Fisher Chimneys. We experienced wet-to-very wet trail and rock conditions, and only got rained on for a few sections of our climb. We then reversed our route and made it back to the trailhead just before the heavy rain started falling. It was a solid 12-hour day of climbing and hiking and we were happy to be back in time to beat the rain. And also in time for a late pizza dinner! The final push up the summit pyramid wasn’t in the cards with the hand we were dealt by the weather, but we were able to climb the bulk of the route and maximize the use of our time in the mountains. RMI Guide Mike Walter
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