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Entries By mike walter

Denali Expedition: Walter & Team Camped at 11,000’ on West Buttress

May 8, 2016 - 9:05 am PT

We are writing from our new home for the next few nights, 11k on Denali’s West Buttress. We has splitter weather today and made slow, but efficient progress up the Kahiltna Glacier. Now we’re in our sleeping bags after setting up camp, rehydrating, and watching the sunset.
Tomorrow, we plan to return down the Kahiltna to retrieve the cache of food and fuel we left there yesterday.
Thanks for checking in.

RMI Guide Mike Walter and the team

On The Map

Great to hear of your progress. Keep up the good work all. David, the birds and fish are fed, pond pump is working, plants are watered, lawn is mowed, storm windows are not down…missing you molto!

Posted by: Nancy Hines on 5/9/2016 at 7:23 pm

Hi Rogan and rest of the team.

I saw this quote some time ago, and it reminds me how much respect I have for you all.

“I suggest going out to the nearest pub and getting completely, and utterly, wasted. Make sure you smoke at least 1 pack of unfiltered Camel’s. Get the full ashtray, pour a drink in it and then pour the mixture into a water bottle.
When you get home (ideally around 3:30am) stick the vile mixture into your freezer. Put on your best goretex and thermal layer. Climb in. At 5:30am, get out, drink (chew?) the mixture and go run the biggest flight of stairs you can find. Run until your heart threatens to explode.
Your dehydration caused by the alcohol should adequately simulate what you may experience at higher altitudes. Your lung capacity should be sufficiently impaired by the smokes to simulate a oxygen poor environment. The freezer episode should adequately replicate a bivy. Drinking the booze/butt mixture should simulate your lack of appetite…..
Oh — once your finished your workout, go to work (to replicate the long walk out).”
- Greg Hamilton suggesting an altitude training methodology.

To be honest, I am more than a little bit jealous. Enjoy every step and every moment, even when it’s tough.

Pieter and the Nel family from Cape Town, South Africa

Posted by: Pieter Nel on 5/9/2016 at 2:42 am

Denali Expedition: Walter & Team Hit the Ground Running

Friday, May 6, 2016 - 11:19 p.m. PDT

Our Denali expedition has hit the ground running. After flying on to the Kahiltna Glacier yesterday, we took advantage of good weather and traveled up glacier for 6.5 hours to our first camp at the base of Ski Hill at 7800’.
Light snow started after we had camp set up, and continued through most of the night. When we woke up, there was only an inch of snow and temps were warm. After a delicious breakfast of smoked salmon and cream cheese on bagels, we loaded up our packs and sleds and headed up to 9400’ to cache a load of fuel and food before returning to camp.
All is going well, and we’re hoping to move camp to 11,200’ tomorrow. We’ll keep you up to date. Thanks for checking in!

RMI Guide Mike Walter and the team

On The Map

Well done so far, Rogan and team, I wish I was eating bagels and salmon, enjoy! Keep warm and hope the weather just gets better every day! Love you lots, mom xx

Posted by: Daphne Carew on 5/9/2016 at 1:54 pm

David W hines -
having a wonderful mothers day, full of great barbecue ribs chicken sausage mess you and tim stay SAFE


Posted by: ann hines on 5/8/2016 at 11:55 am

Denali: Walter & Team Flying Onto Kahiltna Glacier

Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 10:17 a.m. PDT

The RMI Office received word that RMI Guide Mike Walter and the May 3rd Denali Expedition has departed Talkeetna enroute to base camp on the Kahiltna Glacier. The team boarded K2 Aviation’s Otter planes round 9 a.m. local time for their 45 minute flight into the Alaska Range.

The RMI Denali climbing season is officially underway!

On The Map

Mike Walter & Team Kick Off the RMI Denali Expedition Season

Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 9:01 p.m.

Here we go! Everyone’s travel arrangements worked out brilliantly the past couple of days and we all met in Anchorage yesterday afternoon and drove north to Talkeetna, a quaint little climbing village and the gateway to the Alaska Range.
This morning we had an early orientation meeting with the National Park Service in Talkeetna where we discussed the route, leave no trace practices, and some of the history of Denali climbing.
Then, after brunch at the historic Talkeetna Roadhouse, we spent the rest of the day at K2 Aviation’s hangar checking our equipment and packing for our expedition. After a long day of sorting gear and weighing packs, we are confident that we are ready for out expedition on the West Buttress of Denali.
The plan is to fly in to Base Camp on the Kahiltna Glacier tomorrow morning, weather permitting. From there, we’ll be busy climbing for the next few weeks towards the apex of North America. We will be sending dispatches via satellite interface, and will try to make that technological magic work on a daily basis. Thanks for following along!

RMI Guides Mike Walter, Billy Haas, Blake Votilla and the Team

It was so wonderful to hear from you this morning, Tuesday 10th.  You sound good and in high spirits.  We are all so very proud of you and we are thinking of you everyday.  Dont give up.  Remeber - “Go Large”

chat again soon, lots of love, hugs and kisses from all of us xxx

Posted by: melanie on 5/9/2016 at 9:55 pm

To Dave:
Go Guy !!!! Be Safe!!!!!
Love Jon and Grammy.

Posted by: jon hines and grammy hines on 5/7/2016 at 9:46 am

Mt. Shuksan: Walter & Team Have a Soggy Finish

It poured rain all night. It was still pouring this morning when we woke up. It took us awhile to work up the courage to get out of our tents and pack up but we did it. We packed our gear and booked it down the trail to find somewhere a little less wet. Now we are back in town, still soaking wet, but oh so happy to know we can finally start getting dry. Despite the soggy finish to our trip, we had a great time training on Mt. Shuksan.

RMI Guide Mike Walter and team

Mt. Shuksan: Mike Walter & Team Drying Out on the Sulphide Glacier

It rained hard all night last night, and we are currently in a very humid cloud with intermittent showers. We decided not to climb today because of the weather. Instead, we did some training and hanging out in our cook tent. We’re currently taking siestas in our tents in order to warm back up from the penetrating dampness and cold. Hopefully, if it clears up this afternoon, we’ll be able to take a climb up higher on the Sulphide Glacier.

RMI Guide Mike Walter

Mt. Shuksan: The Seminar Spends the Day Practicing Technical Skills

We had a good day of technical training yesterday on the Sulphide Glacier, with mostly sunny skies. We woke this morning to rain and snow, so we are still lounging in our tents before breakfast. Hopefully it dries up soon so we can continue our training today.

RMI Guide Mike Walter

Mt. Rainier: Four & Five Day Summit Climb Teams Reach the Summit!

The Four-Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guide Mike Walter reached the summit of Mt. Rainier around 6:40am this morning.  The Five Day Summit Climb led by Leon Davis also reached the summit today.

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb teams!



Mt. Rainier: September 3rd Teams Unable to Summit due to Avalanche Danger

The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guides Mike Walter and Pete Van Deventer turned at Disappointment Cleaver due to fresh snow on the route with high avalanche conditions.  The teams have left Camp Muir and are en route to Paradise.


Sorry for the bad luck. I was at same spot in 2012 and had to turn back due to snow danger. The mountain will be there tomorrow.

Posted by: john newland on 9/4/2015 at 7:35 am

Bummer…Happy Labor Day Wknd…Walter-o
90 F + Hot + Humid + Storms Indiana
As you have plenty - Fwd Snow + Ice

Posted by: Walter Glover on 9/4/2015 at 6:28 am

Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climb Teams Unable to Summit

The Four Day Summit Climb teams led by RMI Guides Mike Walter and Mike King were unable to reach the summit of Mt. Rainier today.  Last night the teams left from Camp Muir but decided to turn back at Cathedral Gap due to high winds.  The teams returned to Camp Muir and will begin their descent to Paradise around 8:30 am

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