Entries By mike walter
May 9, 2017
May 9, 2017 - 6:26 pm PT
Yesterday’s light snow increased in intensity over night and turned into a full on powder day today. We woke to dig out the tents around 4:30 am an they were nearly buried again by 10 am. We have received over three feet of snow overnight and it is continuing as I write this.
So, we spent the day resting and enjoying one of our favorite rest day activities: digging out camp.
We actually needed this rest day, so the snow comes at an opportune time. We would like it to stop though, so we can make our carry to Windy Corner tomorrow. Right now that doesn’t seem to be the case, but better weather is forecast for later in the week.
Everyone is doing well and enjoying some down time. We’ll let you know what tomorrow brings.
On The Map
Given the down time at 11K, hope you found a cribbage partner. Looking forward to seeing your pics when you get back. Good luck to you and the team.
Elevation 644’ !!
Posted by: Art Muir on 5/10/2017 at 10:00 am
Hi Mike, Thom, Todd and David, I am so regret I missed this time. Best wishes for you guys with a good weather window. Dr. David, don’t bend your phone again and shoot some great pictures. I have been thinking what you guy’s schedule this year. I am so jealous!!
Be safe and good luck!!!
Lei from Albany, NY
Posted by: LEI WU on 5/10/2017 at 7:35 am
May 8, 2017
We slept in this morning and then enjoyed a breakfast of bagels, cream cheese, and smoked salmon. Then we headed back down glacier to retrieve the cache we left there two days ago. It was a warm day with light snow and no wind. Now that we have all of our supplies with us at 11k, we’ll start to strategize our move to the upper mountain. The next move for us is to carry supplies up around Windy Corner and establish a cache at around 13,700’. We’re still not sure if that will happen tomorrow or if we will take our first full rest day. Weather will certainly play a role in that decision. We will let you know what we decide and touch base tomorrow.
...don’t sleep in too long DWH! love you and am so proud of you! - mom sends her love as well! Prayers for a safe summit AKS
Posted by: Ann Kathryn Hines-Scott on 5/10/2017 at 3:37 am
Beautiful sky! Hope the rest of you got out of your tents to see that glorious sight!
Posted by: Nancy Hines on 5/9/2017 at 6:29 pm
May 8, 2017
I’m writing this dispatch from our new home at 11,200’. Everyone did great on our move today, hauling our sleds and heavy backpacks up 3,400’ from the base of Ski Hill. The weather started as mostly cloudy, then transitioned to white out conditions where you could not differentiate sky from glacier. We flew on instruments most of the day today. There was also snow and drifting snow that made the climbing even more challenging. Everybody climbed strong and came into camp in style.
Tomorrow we sleep in and rest a little bit and then head back down to 10,300’ to retrieve the cache that we left there yesterday. It should be a much easier day than today.
We’ll check back tomorrow to let you know how it goes.
On The Map
Thanks for the update! Glad to hear all is well. Keep up the good work everyone, and remember the power of meditation, David!
P.S. The wheelbarrow is now full of gray, moldy peanuts, being nibbled on by squirrels who are sneaking into the garage…what should I do?
Posted by: Nancy Hines on 5/8/2017 at 9:09 pm
Way to go Rue and team!!!! #beastmode
Posted by: Cindee on 5/8/2017 at 7:14 pm
May 7, 2017
May 6, 2017 11:18 pm PST
We had a very successful day today, carrying a load of supplies up to around 10,300’ where we buried it under a couple meters of snow so that the ravens won’t dig it up. Then we returned back to our camp at the Base of Ski Hill (7800’) for the night. After a good hot dinner, we’ve all retired to our sleeping bags for well earned rest. Tomorrow we are hoping to move camp up to 11,200’. We’ll let you know how it goes.
RMI Guide Mike Walter & Team
Mike, Thom, Todd and David
Wishing you fabulous weather and all the best
From Sunny South Africa
Posted by: Adelle on 5/7/2017 at 11:30 pm
May 6, 2017
May 6, 2017 11:34am PST
We had perfect weather yesterday that made for smooth flights from Talkeetna to the Kahiltna Glacier in two of K2 Aviation’s ski planes. After a couple of hours sorting gear and digging our Base Camp cache, we donned our backpacks and started pulling sleds en route to our first camp. Beautiful weather continued the entire day and we’re now at 7800’ at the base of “Ski Hill”. After a solid night’s rest, we have the stoves back up and rolling for breakfast. Our plan today is to carry a cache supplies (mostly food and fuel) up another couple thousand feet and then return back to this same camp tonight. We’ll keep you posted on our progress.
RMI Mike Walter & Team
Mike, Thom, Todd and Dave—
Reflecting daily on your climb and remembering our adventure last year. Wishing you strength, good health and excellent weather during your climb. Eat! Get those calories! Stay strong. It’s is an outstanding achievement, give it your best and come home safe.
From Brussels, Belgium.
Posted by: Kevin on 5/7/2017 at 12:48 pm
Hi Todd, Thom, Dave and Mike.
Following your progress, climb strong and safe. Hope you have fantastic weather this year.
All the best
Posted by: Rogan Davies on 5/7/2017 at 8:53 am
May 5, 2017
Thursday, May 4, 2017 7:20 pm PT
Well, RMI’s 2017 Denali season has officially started. Our team all assembled in Anchorage yesterday and we traveled north to the town of Talkeetna. Talkeetna is quite sleepy this time of year, but it’ll be a different story in a few weeks when we return from our expedition. The town will be abuzz with tourists and climbers looking to see the majesty of the Alaska Range.
Today was spent at the K2 Aviation Hangar, meticulously preparing and packing our equipment for the next few weeks on the mountain. Tomorrow (weather permitting) we’ll be flown on to the Kahiltna glacier by single engine airplanes to start our expedition. It’s important that we have our gear dialed before we get dropped off in the middle of the Alaska Range.
Every one is stoked for the journey ahead of us. We know there will be a lot of hard work ahead of us, but it will certainly be rewarding.
Thanks for checking in. We’ll be sending frequent updates, so be sure to check back soon. Hopefully our next dispatch will come from the beautiful austerity of the Alaska Range.
RMI Guides Mike Walter, Robby Young & Lucas Haaland
On The Map
Safe travels and have fun!! Doing it in beast mode Rue!!! Good luck to you and your entire team.
Posted by: Cindee on 5/5/2017 at 7:59 pm
With you in spirit. Hoping for great weather. Cheers.
Posted by: Chuck H on 5/5/2017 at 2:00 pm
August 16, 2016
Posted by: Mike Walter
The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guide Mike Walter radioed into the RMI Office at 7:15 am to let us know they were leaving the Summit of Mt. Rainier. Mike and team had a successful climb to the summit with bluebird skies.
Congratulations to today’s team!
GREAT JOB TO ALL OF YOU!!! CONGRATULATIONS LOVE, MOM
Posted by: linda kelly on 8/16/2016 at 7:10 pm
Congratulations Ryan, Katie and friends! What an awesome experience. We can’t wait to hear all about it. Love Crystal, Ken, and Dom
Posted by: Crystal on 8/16/2016 at 1:21 pm
August 12, 2016
Summit! The Mt. Rainier Summit Climb teams, led by Mike Walter and Steve Gately, began their descent at 8:00 a.m. With such nice weather, the teams were able to spend over an hour on the summit, crossing the crater and enjoying the views with no clouds in sight. This afternoon we look forward to congratulating the teams this afternoon here in Ashford at Rainier Basecamp!
Congratulations Vanessa & Charity!
Posted by: Heather Kimling on 8/12/2016 at 5:06 pm
Vanessa and Charity - what amazing ladies! All the hard work pays off and you have memories for life. Congratulations!!!
Posted by: Barbara Libner on 8/12/2016 at 10:15 am
August 6, 2016
The Four Day Summit Climb Teams for August 3 - 6, 2016 reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning. RMI Guide Pepper Dee reported from the crater that they enjoyed clear skies with a slight breeze and great climbing conditions. The teams began their descent from the crater rim shortly before 8 am. Climbers will continue down to Paradise later this afternoon and return to Rainier BaseCamp in Ashford to celebrate their success.
Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb Teams!
July 24, 2016
The Mount Rainier Summit Climb, led by Mike Walter and Solveig Waterfall, successfully summited this morning. The teams were leaving the crater rim at 7:15 a.m., reporting light winds and blue skies.
Awesome job guys! Trevor Hayes, we are proud of you!!
Amanda and JT
Posted by: Amanda Hayes on 7/24/2016 at 5:33 pm
Congratulation to Dale Fogg and the team! You all are pretty amazing!! What an accomplishment
Posted by: Georgette and Gabby on 7/24/2016 at 4:06 pm