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Entries By solveig waterfall

May 12, 2015

Denali - West Buttress Expedition

Mt. McKinley: Walter & Team Tackle Ski Hill

May 11, 2015 9:10 pm PT

Greetings from the Kahiltna Glacier! Our team is making steady progress, and we’re currently at our camp at 9,600’. The weather has been beautiful since we were able to land on the glacier on Sunday. The climbing is strenuous, as always, as we carry heavy backpacks and pull full sleds. This morning we tackled “Ski Hill”, our first real significant incline, followed by rolling glacial terrain until we reached camp. Camp is all set up and we are busy cooking dinner. We’ll try to rack out early tonight for some well-earned rest. Tomorrow we plan to make a cache of equipment here, at our current camp, in order to lighten our expedition loads. Then the plan is to then move up to the 11,200’ camp; we’ll come back for the cached gear the following day. That’s the plan at least. Our plans are always at the mercy of the weather in the mountains.
That’s it for now. Everyone is healthy and in good spirits. We’ll touch base again tomorrow, hopefully from 11k camp.

RMI Guide Mike Walter and the team

On The Map

May 11, 2015

Denali - West Buttress Expedition

Mt. McKinley: Walter & Team Fly on the Glacier

May 11, 2015 12:51 am PT

Hi everyone!
We finally had a break in the weather and were able to fly on to the glacier this morning. After days of waiting in Talkeetna, we were all eagerly anticipating our flight this morning.  We took off just after 9 am, and once on the glacier we packed and organized our gear quickly in order to make the most of the day. 
We are now snug in our tents at the base of Ski Hill (7800’) after a long but satisfying day covering the relatively flat lower glacier.
Our group climbed strong, and tomorrow we’re looking forward to moving camp farther uphill.
It’s nearly midnight and we’ve all had a big day, so we’re going to get some rest and we’ll check in again tomorrow!
RMI Guide Solveig Waterfall and the team

On The Map

Hey Eric - So exciting to follow your adventure.  We are looking forward to hearing about it from you in person.  Good luck! XOXO Kathy & Casey

Posted by: Kathy Mangan on 5/28/2015 at 9:52 am

Received a surprise cell call from son Eric last night at 10:15pm EST from Camp 2 (9600’) and he sounded pumped.  Great to hear your voice my boy!!  (No details as call dropped after 10 seconds.)  They’re on the move!

Posted by: Alex Alimanestianu on 5/12/2015 at 6:40 am

May 8, 2015

Denali - West Buttress Expedition

Mt. McKinley: Walter & Team Review Climbing Skills in Talkeetna

Well the weather gods have not changed their disposition yet, and we’re still in Talkeetna waiting for the weather to improve so that we can fly in to Base Camp on the Kahiltna Glacier.
In the mean time, we took advantage of ample free time to review anchors and crevasse rescue systems in the K2 Aviation hangar.
We’ll keep you up to date…

RMI Guide Mike Walter

So thankful y’all were able to finally fly out!  Stay safe.. So excited to follow this journey!  Proud of you Chris! Love you!

Posted by: Brooke Q on 5/10/2015 at 9:03 pm

Saw that you’re on Kahiltna. .Awesome. ..What an Adventure! Love the blog and following your trek Chris Q. ! Be careful! Can’t wait for the videos! !
Vanessa and Jeff Rose

Posted by: Vanessa Frazier Rose on 5/10/2015 at 4:23 pm

May 7, 2015

Denali - West Buttress Expedition

Mt. McKinley: Mike Walter & Team Assemble in Talkeetna

RMI’s 2015 Denali climbing season has started. Our team is assembled in Talkeetna and is preparing for our expedition. Yesterday we started with our National Park Service orientation, and then spent the bulk of the day packing…double and triple checking every last detail of equipment for our trip.
Now that we are packed and ready, we are hoping to fly in to Base Camp on the Kahiltna Glacier today. We are about to head down to K2 Aviation to load out gear onto the single propeller airplanes that will fly us into the Alaska Range. We will keep you updated on our expedition’s status.

RMI Guide Mike Walter

On The Map

Good luck!  We’ll be two weeks behind you!
-5/19 climb

Posted by: Bob on 5/8/2015 at 5:59 pm


Posted by: Mary Anne McLay on 5/7/2015 at 9:09 pm

April 3, 2015

Ski Mountaineering Course

Mt. Rainier: Seth & Solveig Waterfall Led the First 2015 Ski Program

Hi this is Seth. Solveig Waterfall and I just wrapped up the first RMI ski trip of the Spring season here on Rainier. We had a great five-day trip with a really fun group. We based out of the Paradise area for our days on the mountain and were treated to some of the best ski conditions of the season. this was our ‘Intro to Ski Touring’ course and as the name implies we spent the majority of the time focusing on the necessary skills to plan and execute several days of backcountry skiing.

We had a clear day to establish our camp followed by two days of precipitation with steadily cooling temperatures. This resulted in fantastic powder-skiing conditions with really good snow stability. The final day was cool but the skies were mostly clear and we were able to get break our camp and some more good skiing. The team was great, the laughs and smiles were non-stop and the days flew by.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

solveig and seth are great leaders; awesome time
great snow and memories

Posted by: jmac on 4/12/2015 at 4:59 am

Seth & Solveig,
Great story about your backcountry course. Good luck with more of those and good on you both.

Cheers, Joe & Dianne

Posted by: joe Griffith on 4/4/2015 at 11:45 am

February 21, 2015

Mexico’s Volcanoes

Mexico: Waterfall & Team Celebrating Their Successful Expedition

A big thanks to everyone back home! All your wishes for good climbing weather were answered! We woke up at midnight after a deafening storm of rain and hail to perfectly clear skies and calm winds.

The ascent took us just over eight hours and we spent over 45 minutes on the summit enjoying some of the warmest, calmest, conditions I’ve experienced at 18,600’! After taking photos and celebrating, we descended in just over three hours.  We are all now safely back in town enjoying showers, cervesas, and awaiting a delicious dinner at the Reyes Compound.

Tonight we are looking forward to a well deserved rest and then heading home tomorrow!

Thanks for following along,

RMI Guide Solveig Waterfall

February 21, 2015

Mexico’s Volcanoes

Mexico: Waterfall & Team Summit Orizaba!


Solveig called from the top of El Pico de Orizaba. It was just after 9:00 am Mexico time. The weather was nice with calm winds.

They were going to head back down to Piedra Grande Hut and will check after their descent.

RMI Guide Solveig Waterfall

On The Map

February 20, 2015

Mexico’s Volcanoes

Mexico Volcanoes: Solveig & Team at Piedra Grande Hut

Good Evening!

We are all doing great here at the Piedra Grande Hut at the base of El Pico de Orizaba. After a bumpy and dusty 4x4 drive, we arrived today around 3:30.  Up next was setting up tents and getting our gear together so we could all settle in and enjoy a delicious pasta and garlic bread dinner before tucking in for the night.

It’s cold here at 14,000’, and everyone is settled in for the night. We had beautiful weather on our climb of Ixta and also on our rest day, but here at camp we are in the clouds and we’ve been receiving mixed precipitation types of rain, snow, graupel, and hail. Cross your fingers this system moves out and allows us a shot at the summit!

RMI Guide Solveig Waterfall and the Team

On The Map

February 19, 2015

Mexico’s Volcanoes

Mexico Volcanoes: Solveig & Team Relax in Puebla

After yesterday’s hard work and success, today was spent as a well-deserved rest day for the team in Puebla! We kicked things off with a full night of sleep and a casual start, and folks were free to spend the day exploring what the town has to offer. It was a very relaxing day for everyone, and a few members of the team even went for massages!

We gathered in the evening for a nice dinner at el Mural de los Poblanos, a short walk from the hotel. There we shared photos and reminisced about the days adventures and the climb. Spirits are high, and tomorrow we leave the city for Orizaba.

RMI Guide Chase Nelson

February 18, 2015

Mexico’s Volcanoes

Mexico’s Volcanoes: Team Reaches Summit of Ixtaccihuatl!

We wanted to let you know that our team reached the summit of Ixtaccihuatl today!  Six of our climbers reached the summit.  We had good weather today, although it was a little windy up high.
We have arrived in Puebla and it’s been a long day.  We are looking forward to a good night’s sleep and a day of rest and exploration of this great town.

RMI Guides Solveig Waterfall & Chase Nelson

On The Map

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