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Entries By mike walter


Denali Expedition: Walter & Team Retrieve Gear

Saturday, May 18, 2024 - 4:29 pm PT

Mission accomplished. We had sunny weather with a light, but chilly breeze for our back carry. It took us 15 minutes to get back to our Windy Corner cache and an hour to get back up to our camp in Genet Basin. A good leg stretcher. We will likely rest tomorrow and try to carry to high camp on Monday.

RMI Guide Mike Walter

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Happy birthday to my brother andre!! we think of you every day! make the most of it and look forward to hearing about this wonderful trip!

Rachel, Simon, Olivier et Alexandre xxx

Posted by: Rachel on 5/19/2024 at 9:42 am

In every place on Earth you travel
The people who love you ever marvel
Your strength and stamina
Your will and resolve
Your curiosity and fearless nature.
All will carry you
To see the rarely captured
Glimpses of our world
From Nebraska to Alaska you are in my heart.

Posted by: Becky Farho Killian on 5/19/2024 at 7:37 am


Denali Expedition: Walter & Team Move to 14,000ft Camp

Saturday, May 18, 2024 - 8:55 am PT

We took advantage of good weather yesterday and moved up to the 14,000' Camp. We will head back to retrieve or cache at Windy Corner today.

RMI Guide Mike Walter

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Denali Expedition: Walter & Team Wait on Weather at 11,000’ Camp

Thursday, May 16, 2024 1:33pm PDT

Just checking in, not too much to report. 

Winds at camp ramped up last and are strong and gusty this morning. We're hanging at 11k today and plan to move to 14k on the next good weather day.

RMI Guide Mike Walter & Team

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Happy birthday Andre !
We are so proud of you and wish you to reach your goals on this trip. Come back safe, we love you.

Logan, Dereck and Veronique xxx

Posted by: Logan, Dereck and Veronique on 5/19/2024 at 6:19 am

Bonne fête André! C’est magique de fêter son anniversaire en Alaska. Profite au maximum!
☀️

Posted by: Lynda Gervais on 5/19/2024 at 5:45 am


Denali Expedition: Walter & Team Rest at 11,000’ Camp After Carry

Wednesday, May 15, 2024 - 2:51 pm PT

With our cache established around Windy Corner, our team is resting at 11,000' Camp. It's a bit breezy in camp, much windier up high. A good day to chill.

RMI Guide Mike Walter

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Keep up the great work team! waiting on these blog posts daily. So excited for all of you!
Pouliot you are my hero!

Posted by: Tucker G Balam on 5/16/2024 at 11:54 am


Denali Expedition: Walter & Team Establish Cashe at Windy Corner

Tuesday, May 14, 2024 - 8:42 pm PT

We had great weather today and got a cache established up around Windy Corner at about 13,700'. We are all back at camp now. Keeping it brief. Still lots of work to do tonight before we can get horizontal. We'll check in again tomorrow. 

RMI Guide Mike Walter

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Keep up the great work everyone! There are MANY of us following your adventure. Be safe. Stay warm. Keep crushing it.

Posted by: Bruce Wilhelm on 5/15/2024 at 7:57 am


Denali Expedition: Walter & Team Enjoy First Rest Day

We're resting and acclimating at 11k today. After a chilly night, the team enjoyed a leisurely morning and brunch with ample amounts of eggs, hashbrowns, and reindeer sausage.

Lounging, reading, and small talk make up the bulk of today's activities.

We'll also be sorting our gear in preparation for our carry up around Windy Corner, which, weather permitting, is on tap for tomorrow.

But for right now, we're enjoying the hang.

RMI Guide Mike Walter

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Denali Expedition: Walter & Team Have Nicer Weather Day to Retrieve Cache

Today we had much kinder weather than the last few and we enjoyed a nice leg stretcher back to 9,700' to retrieve our cache from a few days ago. We're back at 11,200' camp chilling before dinner. It feels good to reunite with all of our gear so we can prepare for the next stage of the climb, which will be establishing a cache up around Windy Corner. We haven't decided yet if we'll try to get that done tomorrow or the next day. In any case, our bodies are busy producing red blod cells as we adapt to living at altitude. One last note for today: Happy Mother's Day to Jeanne, Liz, Valari, Kristy, Karen, Kate, Dorothy, Tracy, Becky, Megan, Kathie, Fiona, Susan, Angela, Lynda, Veronique, Fatemeh, Joyce, Mary, Betty, Dee Dee, Anne, Sarah, Tania, Elaina, Dione, and Meredith.

RMI Guide Mike Walter

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Denali Expedition: Walter & Team Check in from 11,000ft Camp

Saturday, May 11, 2024 - 7:10 pm PT

Skies were blue above us when I fired the stoves this morning. A foot or more of fresh snow blanketed camp and temps were frigid. Bagels, bacon, and coffee were warranted. By the time we left camp the skies were obscured. Deep snow, cold air, and a stiff breeze were the constants all day. Our team climbed strong and we arrived at 11,000' Camp by 2 pm. After a few hours of digging in a camp, some tent chilling ensued while the guides fired the stoves for dinner. Tomorrow we plan to retrieve our cache from 9400. We'll let you know how that goes. It's dinner time now and life is good at 11,000'. 

RMI Guide Mike Walter

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Denali Expedition: Walter & Team Hunker In at 9400

We woke to 6-8" of snow at the base of Ski Hill. Light snow was still falling as we ate breakfast, but the trend was improving so we started packing up camp.

By the time we started climbing it was mostly sunny and quite warm. Climbing up Ski Hill in base layers was a treat. Clouds increased and winds ramped up during our climb. By the time we got to our second break, visibility was down to near zero, winds were steadily increasing, and temps had dropped enough to remind us we're in Alaska. It was obvious that conditions would continue to deteriorate, so we put our camp in at 9,400'. It's pretty nasty outside but we're all safe and cozy in our tents. We guides are suiting up to go set up our cook tent so we can fire up stoves and get everyone fed. Hopefully this weather passes overnight, and we can push camp up to 11,200' tomorrow. Time will tell, but 9400' will be our home for tonight. We'll check in again tomorrow with an update.

RMI Guide Mike Walter

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Denali Expedition: Mike Walter & Team Carry Cache to the Base of Ski Hill

Thursday May 9, 2024 – 8:09 PDT

We're back at camp after a good day on the Kahiltna Glacier. We carried a cache of gear and supplies up Ski Hill to around 9700'. Yesterday we had great views and warm temps. Today was quite different, as we were navigating inside a ping pong ball and breaking trail all day. We're hoping for good weather tomorrow so we can move camp up to 11k.

We’ll keep you posted.

RMI Guide Mike Walter & Team

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