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Entries By robby young

Denali Expedition: Walter & Team Move to 11,200’ Camp

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.

RMI Guide Mike Walter

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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

Denali Expedition: Mike Walter & Team Carry to 10,300’

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

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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

Denali Expedition: Mike Walter & Team Fly in to Base Camp

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

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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

Rogan Davies

Posted by: Rogan Davies on 5/7/2017 at 8:53 am

Denali Expedition: Mike Walter & Team Ready in Talkeenta

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

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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

Shishapangma: Team Returns to Base Camp

Our team has safely reached Base Camp.  They will spend two nights there before descending to Driver’s Camp on Tuesday, October 4th to meet their vehicles and begin the two day drive back to Lhasa.  From there they will take a flight to Kathmandu. They intend to spend a few days in Kathmandu to honor their friend and fellow climber.  Team members will then depart Kathmandu to make their way back to family and friends.
All of the team members are doing well and are supporting each other.  Our hearts are with them.

The RMI Office Team

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Always thinking of you and praying for all of your safe return.

Posted by: Jane Knoff on 10/3/2016 at 4:58 am

We’re so relieved you all made it back to base camp safely.  We hope you get plenty of rest.  Please extend our deepest condolences to the Sherpa’s family and friends.  We’re looking forward to seeing you soon.

Posted by: Hikari on 10/2/2016 at 10:09 pm

Shishapangma: Team Descends to Depot Camp (ABC)

It has been a difficult few days for our team members.  Today all climbers descended safely to Depot Camp (Advanced Base Camp) where they will spend the night.  They plan to descend to Base Camp tomorrow.

The RMI Office Team

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Is the climb over? Reports done from the mountain?

Posted by: Jeff Olson on 10/4/2016 at 7:22 am

We can not imagine how are you feelling right now.
Just send you all our power.

Posted by: Martín de Andrés on 10/2/2016 at 8:05 am

Shishapangma: Update from the Team

Hello Everyone,
We received very sad news earlier today. One of the Sherpa team members was caught in an avalanche this morning and has died. The rest of the team are safe. All team members are spending the night at Camp 2 and will be descending in the morning. The accident occurred below Camp 3 as a Sherpa team was moving up. This is all the information we have at this time. We will provide updates as we get information from the team.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Sherpas, climbers and their families.

The RMI Office Team

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Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Robert and Lisa Hohn

Posted by: Robert Hohn on 10/1/2016 at 8:36 am

Thoughts and prayers are with you all. Wishing you a safe return home to your family and friends…...and sending blessings to the lost sherpa and his loved ones.

Posted by: Sandy Bradbury on 10/1/2016 at 7:40 am

Shishapangma: Team Waiting out the Winds at Camp 1

And the heavy winds kept us bounded at Camp 1 today, folks. We woke up to clear skies that soon turned cloudy, but the if we had some hopes to move up early on, the everlasting winds killed it for today. We did what what we had to, and was rest, re-hydrate, eat, and fortify the wall we made around camp. Our forecast gives us hopes to move to Camp 2 tomorrow, so we’re ultra motivated for that. In the meantime, we know that the extra night here will be beneficial for overcoming the thin air that awaits above. We’re armed with plenty of food and desire to continue this fight, so stay toned for more. Everyone is healthy and eager to climb!

RMI Guide Elías de Martos and team.

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Hey Gary, Looks amazing. Hope you are enjoying the view and there is plenty of coffee. Good luck and hope to see picture from the summit.


Posted by: Jeff Resnick on 9/30/2016 at 7:40 am

Building a wall certainly sounds interesting. No doubt many or most of you are experts at that having made snow forts as kids! (Or adults). Good luck everyone.

Posted by: Betty (Art's sister) on 9/30/2016 at 5:32 am

Shishapangma: Team Ascends to Camp 1

Good evening from Camp 1 on Shishapangma. Good day of climbing we had to here today, without a doubt, the most efficient given the stage of the climb in which we are. We’re a little concerned about the weather though, as a non-forecasted storm evolved us as we approached the last few hundred meters to camp. With our Sherpa team ahead at Camp 2, we only hope for better weather to continue our upward progress, and wish for not too much new snow. Everyone did a terrific job today, and all rest and sleep comfortably in their tent. Stoves are being shut off as we speak with water melted for the morning. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s outcome!!!

RMI Guide Elías de Andres Martos and team.

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Colin - I’m sure you don’t need any extra motivation, but I thought I might need some when I did my sailing trip.  Here is something I had posted on the inside of the boat:
“We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.”  John F. Kennedy
Good luck.  Speak soon.
PS - things are going along smoothly in Vancouver

Posted by: Bruce on 9/29/2016 at 2:15 am

Еще чуток, Галина!

Горячий привет и все самые самые позитивные мысли и пожеланию шлю тебе на гору! Ты самая умная, самая лучшая. УМНИЦА!

Posted by: Zhanar on 9/28/2016 at 7:59 pm

Shishapangma: Team Climbs to Advanced Base Camp on Summit Push

Namaste from Depot Camp (ABC) at 6,000m!!!

2,000 to go… we’re on the move! Day 1 of summit push brought us on the late afternoon to a frigid moraine camp which prompted the funny scene of everyone gathering for dinner in down suits over the rocky platforms of our tents… like an army of teletubbies. Much more talented, though, we didn’t let the cold get to us and ventured early to the comfort of our tents, knowing that our move to Camp 1 tomorrow will be a bit more demanding than our hike today, basically a strategic move to shorten the distance between Base Camp and Camp 1 (by the way, these guys are ditching 1.20h from what it was taking on our first trip!) Despite having a strong team of Sherpa support, we decided to endure a one night of alpine style camping…. with our bags at Camp 1, we chose to all sleep in our down suits to avoid carrying our base camp bag, and have lighter move.
At the moment, we’re (at the guides’ tent) listening to Liam Knoff’s playlist, waiting for the early Tibetan night of the fall, to go into full sleepy time. Stay tuned for our progress uphill tomorrow.

RMI Guides Elías, Adam, Robby and the RMI Shishapangma team!!!

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Colin, feel excited for you. Nice photo looks like you guys in Mars or the moon with snow

Posted by: Janet on 9/28/2016 at 1:02 am


Posted by: Carlos de Andres on 9/27/2016 at 11:38 pm

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