Entries By robby young

Mt. McKinley: Van Deventer and Team Make a Move

Posted by: Pete Van Deventer, Robby Young, Josh Maggard | May 17, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 9,500'

We woke to sunny skies, and the forecasted winds didn’t arrive down low where we were. After bagel, cream cheese, and bacon filled breakfast sandwiches we crashed our camp, loaded our sleds (more and more team members are naming their sleds each day - the better to curse them by), and started the climb up Ski Hill. The steeper terrain with all of the weight of our gear was a big effort, different from yesterday’s long miles with little elevation change, but the team handled it really well, and pulled into a cozy camp at 9500’ this evening. A big meal of Mac and cheese fortified with bacon put everyone into food comas, and were crawling into the sacks for the night. Tomorrow, we plan to move to 11k to really start the process of acclimating. That’s all the news from here. We’ll be in touch tomorrow.

RMI Guides Pete, Robby, Josh, and team.

View from Ski Hill on Mt. McKinley.  RMI Photo Collection

Sign Up For Mount McKinley 2015 Email Alerts

6

Mt. McKinley: Van Deventer & Team Fly on and Set Up Camp

Posted by: Josh Maggard, Robby Young, Pete Van Deventer | May 16, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 7,600'

May 16, 2015 1:09 am PT

Hi all,

While yesterday became a waiting game that ultimately left us sleeping in town for another night, this morning was sunny and blue, and immediately after breakfast, we loaded the planes and were off! The flight in was spectacular with great views of the range. After a couple hours of sorting loads, packing, and rigging, we walked out of base camp and on to the lower Kahiltna. We made great time, and now we are snugly tucked into camp after an eventful day. Time to catch some Zzzz. We’ll be in touch tomorrow.

RMI Guides Pete Van Deventer, Josh Maggard, Robby Young, and team

On The Map

Sign Up For Mount McKinley 2015 Email Alerts

5

Mt. McKinley: Pete Van Deventer & Team Kahiltna Bound!

Posted by: Pete Van Deventer, Robby Young, Josh Maggard | May 15, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley

Yesterday we spent the whole day on hold here in Talkeetna. Today is a new day. This morning’s skies are clear and we’re loading up to go! We are off to climb Mount McKinley!

RMI Guide Pete Van Deventer

The May 12th McKinley Expedition boarding the plane bound for Kahiltna Base! Photo: Pete Van Deventer

Sign Up For Mount McKinley 2015 Email Alerts

3

Mt. McKinley: Pete Van Deventer & Team are Rigged & Ready to Roll

Posted by: Pete Van Deventer, Robby Young, Josh Maggard | May 14, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley

Our team is assembled, or bags are packed, and we are ready to climb onboard the airplanes and take off! We spent today going through all of our gear, packing and repacking our bags, and sorting lunch food. With all of the details dialed in, we’re going to eat what is hopefully our last dinner in town for a few weeks, and catch some zzz’s. Tomorrow with any luck, we’ll board the planes first thing for one of the highlights of the trip: the stunning flight into Kahiltna Base Camp. We’ll be in touch!

RMI Guides Pete Van Deventer, Robby Young, Josh Maggard, and team

The May 12th Denali Expedition at the NPS meeting. Photo: Josh Maggard The May 12th Denali team stroll through downtown Talkeetna, Alaska. Photo: Josh Maggard Pete Van Deventer and team checking gear prior to flying onto Mt. McKinley. Photo: Josh Maggard

Sign Up For Mount McKinley 2015 Email Alerts

13

Mexico Volcanoes: RMI Guide Zeb Blais Recaps The Team’s Orizaba Summit Day

Posted by: Zeb Blais, Robby Young | November 16, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico

After a delicious breakfast at Dr Reye’s historic soap factory bed and breakfast, our team is on our way home.

A little more on the Orizaba climb:

We arrived at the Piedra Grande Hut on Friday afternoon. After a brief walk to help our bodies get used to the thin air, we settled into camp. Robby and I cooked the best chicken tacos Orizaba has ever seen. Fresh tortillas, guacamole, sautéed onions and peppers, rotisserie chicken and limes made for a great pre-climb feast. After the taco feed, we tucked into our tents for a few hours of sleep.

When we woke, the thick cloud that had engulfed camp before bed had cleared. It was a beautiful night without even a breath of wind.

We climbed through a maze of rock known as the Labrynth to the Jamapa Glacier. At over 16,000’ we donned crampons and ice axes and roped together to work towards Orizaba’s stunning summit crater.

Rest stepping, crampon technique and pressure breathing were the cornerstones of success as our team made switchbacks across the peaks northeast face. Our entire team climbed well until we were on the summit celebrating a hard fought ascent.

We enjoyed perfect, warm weather on top. After we had captured some photos and soaked in the amazing view, it was time to tackle the other half of the climb : the descent.

In keeping with the style they showed on the ascent, the team descended with great form and attention to footwork. Without a hitch, our team made it back to Piedra Grande.

A few hours of packing and 4x4 riding led us to a tasty meal and celebration at the Reyes soap factory. Sharing stories and jokes with the team was a terrific way to end a great climb and a rewarding trip.

Thanks to everyone on the team for their huge efforts and great attitudes!

Until the next climb ~

RMI Guides Zeb Blais & Robby Young

View while on Orizaba summit day. Photo: Zeb Blais The Mexico RMI team rest-stepping to the Orizaba summit. Photo: Zeb Blais The RMI team smiles for the camera on Orizaba, Mexico. Photo: Zeb Blais

Sign Up For Mexico 2014 Email Alerts


Mexico Volcanoes: Blais & Team On the Orizaba Summit!

Posted by: Zeb Blais, Robby Young | November 15, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico
Elevation: 18,701'

All members of our team made it to the highest point in Mexico this morning- el Pico de Orizaba!  We lucked out with perfect weather and great snow conditions. Warm temperatures and great views coaxed us into spending a good chunk of time on the summit . We’ll follow up soon.

RMI Guides Zeb Blais, Robby Young and team

An RMI team above the clouds on Orizaba, Mexico. Photo: Zeb Blais The RMI Mexico team en route on Orizaba, reflected in RMI Guide's Zeb Blais' glasses. Photo: Zeb Blais RMI Guides Zeb Blais, Robby Young and team on the Orizaba summit! Photo: Zeb Blais

On The Map

Sign Up For Mexico 2014 Email Alerts


Mexico Volcanoes: Blais & Team Ready for Orizaba

Posted by: Zeb Blais, Robby Young | November 14, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico

Our team sorted our gear in Tlachichuca and is ready to tackle Orizaba tonight.  We’ve loaded up the 4x4 and are on our way up to Piedra grande.

We’ll check in upon return to Tlachichuca tomorrow.

Cheers,

RMI Guide Zeb Blais & Team

The Streets of Pubela. Photo: Zeb Blais The RMI Team loaded and ready to go. Photo: Zeb Blais

Sign Up For Mexico 2014 Email Alerts


Mexico Volcanoes: Blais & Team Choose Their Adventures in Puebla

Posted by: Zeb Blais, Robby Young | November 13, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico

Checking in after a nice breakfast at Hotel Colonial in downtown Puebla.

Last night we arrived in Puebla tuckered out from a long day of climbing. We celebrated the exciting climb with a nice meal at La Compania and a full night of sleep- Woot woot!

Today is a ‘choose your own adventure’ day for the team, with many people exploring the Great Pyramid of Cholula and historic Puebla.

Tomorrow we’ll be back on the road headed for Pico de Orizaba.

Cheers from a well rested team~

RMI Guides Zeb Blais, Robby Young & company

In Puebla, Mexico- Team celebration dinner after successful Ixta summit! Photo: Robby Young Beautiful architecture and parks in Puebla, Mexico. Photo: Zeb Blais Marveling in the architecture in Puebla, Mexico. Photo: Zeb Blais

Sign Up For Mexico 2014 Email Alerts


Mexico Volcanoes: Blais & Team Summit Ixta!

Posted by: Zeb Blais, Robby Young | November 12, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico
Elevation: 17,340'

Our team woke to less than ideal conditions at our high camp on Ixta this morning. Dense clouds, wind and light precipitation looked like it might thwart our summit bid. We waited as long as we could with the time we had for the summit, then it was decision time. The precipitation had stopped but wind and thick clouds remained.

The guide team made the call to begin the climb and see how the weather would pan out. The wind and cloud remained, but our team tougher it out and the weather didn’t get worse .

After a hard fought summit, our team is on our way to a well deserved rest day in Puebla.

RMI Guides Zeb Blais, Robby Young and team

RMI Guide Zeb Blais and his team on the Ixta summit! Photo: Robby Young

On The Map

Sign Up For Mexico 2014 Email Alerts

1

Mexico Volcanoes: Clear Blue Skies as the Team Departs for Ixtaccihuatl

Posted by: Zeb Blais, Robby Young | November 11, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico

A sunny morning greeted us on our way to high camp on Ixta today. We have our fingers crossed that the weather holds for our summit bid tomorrow morning .

The team is packed up and fired up to climb - Wish us luck!

RMI Guides Zeb, Robby and team

Winding roads lead the RMI team to Ixtaccihuatl, Mexico. Photo: Zeb Blais Beautiful skies greet the RMI team as they depart for Ixta, Mexico. Photo: Zeb Blais

Sign Up For Mexico 2014 Email Alerts

2

Previous Page More Entries