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Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climb Teams on Top!

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!

Denali Expedition: Mike Haugen Wraps Up Their Seamless Descent and Flight Back to Talkeetna

July 2, 2016 - 1:23 am PT

We were very lucky to fly off the glacier yesterday since the weather closed in on Denali and may have prevented us from flying for days. We spent a celebratory evening in rainy Talkeetna thankful for not being stuck in snowy Basecamp!
After the long process of sorting, cleaning, and drying all of the gear it takes to get to the top of such a huge mountain, we paused to thank each other over a meal that did not require mixing with hot water or adding copious amounts of cheese to maximize calories. It really was an amazing team that assembled two weeks ago in Anchorage and made a smooth ascent of the highest mountain in North America. The team was very strong and had a great attitude that allowed them to experience an amazing, windless summit and a seamless two-day descent back to base camp and ski planes that almost beat us to the glacier landing strip.

Thank you for the great expedition El Siete!

RMI Guide Mike Haugen

Denali Expedition: Haugen & Team Land in Talkeetna

June 30, 2016 12:55 pm PDT

RMI Guide Mike Haugen and team have landed safely in Talkeetna, AK after a successful summit of Denali.  They are happy to return to civilization where warm showers and much celebration will be in store.

Congratulations to the entire team!

Denali Expedition: Haugen & Team Descend to 11,000’

June 29, 2016 - 11:04 pm PT

As is the way with climbing, we barely had time to dwell on our summit success before it was time to start thinking about getting off the hill safely. We woke up after a frigid night at 17K and immediately began packing up to head downhill. Our descent took us down the West Buttress proper, and by the time we started down the fixed lines the late morning solar energy had most of the team roasting in single layers. Talk about freeze or fry! We took a brief break at 14 camp to pick up cached gear, and then began the long march down to 11 camp with sleds in tow. Along the way, we had the pleasure of crossing paths with Dave Hahn and company on their way to 14. For now, we are tucked in to bed at 11 camp, where we hope to catch a few hours of sleep before starting the long walk back to the airstrip.

Buenas noches,
RMI Guide Mike Haugen

On The Map

Denali Expedition: Haugen & Team Return to High Camp

June 29, 2016 - 1:23 am PT

We are all safe and sound back at high camp after an amazing summit day. I am proud to report that all members of our team made it to the highest peak in North America! The day started out cold but Denali was kind to us. It turned out to be a clear and sunny day with very little wind…a rarity on this big mountain. We were just under 12 hours round trip from High Camp including a long time on the top taking pictures and enjoying our success.
We are gong to try to get up early and start our decent back to thicker air. Hopefully the weather cooperates like it has over the last few days!

Congratulations to the June 14th Denali Expedition Team!

RMI Guide Mike Haugen

On The Map

Congratulations to Phil and the entire team on a successful summit! All that training and preparation truly paid off. You are all an inspiration! Safe trip back home!- Kelly

Posted by: Kelly Tybor on 7/1/2016 at 5:04 am

Congratulations Phil and team! We are so proud of you!

Posted by: Barbara McKay on 6/29/2016 at 3:09 pm

Denali Expedition: Haugen & Team Are 100% to the Summit!

June 28, 2016 - 6:56 pm PT

Hi, it’s Mike Haugen and the team, we just reached the summit of Denali.  It is about 5:30 in the afternoon Alaska time.  Everyone is doing well, we are 100% to the summit. Beautiful weather, we plan to have a nice safe descent.  We hope everyone is doing well. We love all of you. Have a great day.

RMI Guide Mike Haugen calls in from the summit of Denali.

On The Map

Congratulations to all!  The photos are breathtakingly beautiful.  Thank you for sharing this experience with us. Can’t wait to see all the photos Phil. Love, Jill & Steve

Posted by: Jennifer Garrett on 6/29/2016 at 7:25 pm

Congratulations to the team! Enjoy the accomplishment!

Posted by: David Clemmons on 6/29/2016 at 7:06 am

Denali Expedition: Haugen & Team in Position to Strike!

June 27, 2016 - 7:58 pm PT

We had another early morning departure to avoid the mid-day solar radiation that can wear a climber out much faster than the cold temperatures can. Our team did a fantastic job climbing up the steep fixed lines to the ridge and then up to our camp at 17,000’. We got into camp around 1:15 in the afternoon and proceeded to build a camp that would protect us from most any weather that Denali could throw at us. We are getting organized for a summit bid tomorrow if Denali allows. We are currently sitting in the clouds with a small amount of snow falling, but the forecast seems good for tomorrow. We will wake up and get the “nowcast” by looking up towards the summit and seeing what the mountain has to say about us climbing it.

Goodnight and wish us luck!

RMI Guide Mike Haugen

Awesome job Mike, great pics. Great to be able to follow your progress. ODB rocks!

Posted by: graeme cooper on 6/28/2016 at 9:52 pm

Good luck Phil and Team El Siete. We are all counting on you. Kick Denali’s butt.

Posted by: E.L. on 6/28/2016 at 7:08 pm

Denali Expedition: Haugen & Team Prepping for Move to High Camp

June 26, 2016 - 10:49 pm PT

Our team did an excellent job relaxing this day away. We continued our tradition of rest day brunch, and then dispersed for several hours of Uno playing, book reading, and ‘nappacino’ taking. There was a lingering feeling of excitement in the air- partially a celebratory vibe because of Pepper’s birthday, partially an anticipatory tingle because our intention to move to high camp tomorrow will put us in striking distance of the summit.  After today our bodies and minds are recharged for tomorrow’s move up to 17K camp, and we will see what the mountain has for us there.

RMI Guide Mike Haugen

On The Map

Go Phil!!  We are so excited for you and am enjoying the pictures and updates. Love, Jen & Steve

Posted by: Jennifer Garrett on 6/27/2016 at 2:48 pm

Denali Expedition: Haugen & Team Carry to 17,000’ Camp

June 25, 2016 - 10:33 pm PT

We walked away from camp around 6 A.M. bound for 17 Camp.  Unlike the sweltering afternoons when we watched lines of ants move up and down the fixed lines from camp, the chilly mornings tend to keep people in their tents. This morning’s early departure made us the only team around.  We cruised up the fixed lines, past Washburn’s Thumb, along a stunning ridge line all the way to our cache at 17,000’ Camp.  Our crew of rock stars crushed it!  Many members of our team said that today was the best day of mountain climbing they’ve ever had- fun movement, epic views, great company.  We returned to 14,000’ Camp around 5 P.M. in high spirits but plumb tuckered.  After a hearty meal everyone retreated to their tents quickly. We all look forward to sleeping in tomorrow- not only is it a rest day, but it’s the day that Pepper Dee was brought into this world.  Things have never been the same since. 

RMI Guide Mike Haugen

On The Map

Happy Birthday Pepper! Enjoy!

Posted by: David B Clemmons on 6/27/2016 at 7:17 pm

this is Hannah’s mom, Lisa. Happy birthday Pepper! What an exciting place to celebrate another year!
My love to y’all from sweaty hot Memphis, TN where the heat index has been 105 for 5 days. Looking at your blog photos of snow and ice help to cool me down.
Good luck with your summitting and watch yer top notch.

Posted by: Lisa Nezwazky on 6/27/2016 at 5:20 am

Denali Expedition: Haugen & Team Rest at 14,000’ Camp

June 24, 2016 - 10:45 pm PT

The team had a fun filled rest day today at 14 camp. We kicked off the day with a lox and bagels brunch, and then rallied out to the “edge of the world,” a dramatic rock outcropping outside of camp that affords breathtaking views of the West Rib of Denali, Mount Hunter, Mount Foraker, and much of the Alaska range. We took turns posing with ice axe in hand- sometimes using it to play air guitar, to point to the summit, or just to accentuate the American flag scarf that was being worn instead of a shirt.  Whatever style each of us went with, fun was had by all and morale was tip top.  We rounded out the afternoon by practicing fixed line travel and running belays, as well as organizing our food and gear for our carry to 17K camp tomorrow.  Oh yeah, and we also did a little trauma shear salon session, which left Pepper Dee looking extra stylish.  It’s gently snowing at the moment, and we feel poised to push up even higher in the morning. 

RMI Guide Mike Haugen

On The Map

I’m sure my brother Phil is having a great time! The pictures are amazing! I’m keeping everyone updated on Facebook with Mike’s daily blog and photos, and everyone wishes the whole team success in your amazing efforts! Stay safe from all of us, and for my brother Phil, I love you and am so proud and happy for you to reach one of your dreams! Mary says Hi as well! Ed

Posted by: Ed Goss on 6/26/2016 at 5:27 am

It’s fun following your blog every day, love the pictures! Can’t wait to see more. Thoughts and prayers for good weather and safe climbing. Enjoy the adventure!!! (Love you Jon! Hope you make it to the summit for your Birthday!! ....Mom)

Posted by: Elizabeth Beckett on 6/25/2016 at 7:23 pm

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