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Entries By thomas greene

June 26, 2013

Denali - West Buttress Expedition

Mt. McKinley: Hahn & Team Arrive in Talkeetna

The last RMI Denali team of the 2013 climbing season is in place in Talkeetna.  All people (12) and all baggage (24 plus) made it to Anchorage without delay.  We met at four in the afternoon and shortly thereafter we’d connected with Bill, our Denali Overland shuttle driver and we began the shuttle to Talkeetna.  We got to feel the much discussed heat wave… It was hot.  We took a short break in Wasilla, to take on final provisions, and then Bill took us up to Talkeetna town.  Most elected to take it easy on this jet lagged evening, settling down to a comfy night in the Talkeetna Motel.
Work starts tomorrow.
(And there will be pictures)

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

On The Map

Mike King is my nephew and we want to follow him UP!

Posted by: Bonnie Roberts on 6/27/2013 at 8:37 am

June 15, 2013

Four Day Summit Climb

Mt. Rainier: June 15, 2013 Summit!

RMI Guides Pete Van Deventer and Geoff Schellens and the Four Day Summit Climb team reached the summit of Mt. Rainier at 7:28am this morning.  The team reported clear beautiful skies, steady winds of 10 mph, and cool temperatures. The group spent some time on the summit enjoying the views and are now en route back to Camp Muir.

Congrautations to today’s teams!

Congrats to our nephew Ben and the team.  We’ll enjoy the pics and the stories.  Nancy and Sherman

Posted by: Sherman Kahn on 6/16/2013 at 7:42 am

Great job Ben!  Can’t wait to see the pictures and hear about the climb.

Posted by: Barry on 6/16/2013 at 4:47 am

April 12, 2013

Expedition Skills Seminar - Winter

Mt. Rainier: Winter Seminar Completes Week of Training

The last RMI winter seminar of the season is almost complete. The team is getting close to the Paradise parking lot and we can smell the cheeseburgers already. We had a great week of training and climbing. Thanks for following along everyone.

RMI Guides Brent Okita, JJ Justman, Katie Bono & Thomas Greene

April 11, 2013

Expedition Skills Seminar - Winter

Mt. Rainier: Winter Seminar Team Trains and Reaches Top of Muir Peak

Update 5:27 p.m.: What a day! What a day! The team made it high up on the mountain and we finished the training with a Muir Peak rappel. After a full day it’s time to relax, unwind and tell some stories!

8:33 a.m.: We made the summit!! Of Muir Peak. Yesterday the weather cleared and the team got out to play in the snow. While practicing cramponing we made the top of Muir Peak just above 10,000 feet. It is always a beautiful view looking down on the Mount Rainier glaciers below.

Today we have another beautiful day to continue our expedition skills training. While we go through crevasse rescue, Brent and Katie are going to check out the conditions higher on the mountain. If all is good we will venture up the mountain later this afternoon.

RMI Guide JJ Justman

Congrats!  I can’t tell whos-who in the picture but I sure am hoping two of those people are Troy and Carl!

Posted by: Dean Lundblad on 4/11/2013 at 10:46 pm

April 10, 2013

Expedition Skills Seminar - Winter

Mt. Rainier: Winter Seminar Experiencing Some Weather and Training at Camp Muir

With 80 mph winds and a blinding snowstorm at Camp Muir, it is a perfect day to conduct training inside. Our bunkhouse serves a cozy atmosphere in the storm allowing us to learn essential expedition skills. If we were in tents all we would be doing is hanging on!

Our team is in great spirits and we are waiting out the storm until we venture outside. In the meantime, we’re going to continue to sip coffee, lecture and do some rope work.

Stay tuned!

RMI Guide JJ Justman

April 9, 2013

Expedition Skills Seminar - Winter

Mt. Rainier: Winter Seminar On Their Way to Camp Muir

The day begins with blue skies and cold temperatures. We are up and at ‘em, with the stoves firing and the team sorting out the most important thing we will do today…breakfast!

Our plan is to move up to Camp Muir at 10,000 feet. Will we make it? Stay tuned.

RMI Guide JJ Justman

JJ…Think that scene will hold until I get there for the 5 day climb in June :)...Enjoy…Godspeed…Waltero (Aconcagua Jan 12)

Posted by: waltero glover on 4/10/2013 at 6:18 am

Now that is the way to ascend to Muir! This picture makes me wish I was up there and not at work this week!! Have a great climb!

Posted by: Larry Schultz on 4/9/2013 at 10:01 pm

April 8, 2013

Expedition Skills Seminar - Winter

Mt. Rainier: The Winter Seminar Heads Uphill From Paradise

We are in Mount Rainier National Park and on the mountain! The weather has been finicky this past week with a good accumulation of snow. So much snow that we were worried that the park wouldn’t have the road to Paradise open.

At 11 AM the park opened the gates and we made it up. With all the fresh snow it was slow going but the team trudged on and we are busy making camp…Denali style! We are definitely having the true feel of what the mountains can dish out. It’s currently snowing hard and we are working fast on the kitchen and dining tent.

I need a hot drink!

RMI Guide JJ Justman

Glad to hear that they opened the gates.  Hope you guys are having a great time.  I can’t wait to read more about your week.  Have a great time Denali Style!

Posted by: Richelle Pullis on 4/9/2013 at 5:40 am

Good to hear you two are back on the mountain! I was up there 2 weeks ago, 1st one in the parking lot and on the route! Broke the trail in 3-4 ft. of fresh powder up to Panaroma point! That was alot of work but fun! But we made it to Muir and it was a awesome day! Hope to see you out there this year! Have a great week!

Posted by: Larry Schultz on 4/8/2013 at 9:58 pm

August 23, 2012

Four Day Summit Climb

Mt. Rainier: August 23rd Summit!

Our Four Day Summit Climb Teams led by Casey Grom and Eric Frank reached the summit of Mt. Rainier at 7:40 a.m. PST.  RMI Guide Thomas Greene reported clear and cold conditions on the top with winds of 20 - 25 mph and the cloud deck at 7500’.  The teams spent some time in the crater and have started their descent back to Camp Muir.

The Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons led by Billy Nugent also reached the summit of Mt. Rainier. The team will spend the remainder of their time on the mountain training and plan to arrive back at Ashford Basecamp in the early afternoon on Friday.

Congratulations to today’s teams!

Yeah, yeah… big deal… now get your pick ax back to the office!!

Posted by: JP on 8/24/2012 at 4:11 pm

Whoot Whoot!! Phillip. Excellent job and congrats to the whole team.

Julie, Pat and the Girls!!

Posted by: Julie Ross on 8/24/2012 at 9:01 am

June 24, 2012

Denali - West Buttress Expedition

Mt. McKinley: Jake Beren & Team - Expedition Ends

A few hours ago we were sitting on the glacier, Heartbreak Hill already a fading memory. Now we are back in Talkeetna, showered and fed and reconnecting with life off of the mountain. Our final day’s walk was truly magnificent, with the light of the solstice in full effect as we marched downhill into thicker and thicker air, gaining strength as we went despite the accumulation of many days of work and little sleep. Waiting a few hours for a flight in the warm sun in the stillness of the Southeast Fork took the title as my best airport experience ever.

Once again we are all happy and healthy, glad to return to everyone back home safely and with an excellent time with friends on The Great One.

RMI Guide Jake Beren

Woohoo Jim and Halsey! Congratulations! Can’t wait to hear all about it. So glad you are back safe and sound!

Posted by: Ruth on 6/25/2012 at 10:59 pm

June 22, 2012

Denali - West Buttress Expedition

Mt. McKinley: Beren & Team on Descent

Hello everybody this is Jake and crew at the start of the Kahiltna Glacier at 11,000’.  Today we descended from 17,000’ down to 11,000’ where we are making a camp for a few hours before trying to walk on the lower Kahiltna while it’s still frozen in the early morning.  With any luck we will be at the runway in time to catch a flight back to Talkeetna.

We hope everyone is doing very well there and trust that we are doing well here.  With what may be our last night on the mountain.  Hopefully, I didn’t jinx us and that we will be heading home soon.

So see you all then.
RMI Guide Jake Beren

RMI Guide Jake Beren checks in from 11,000 ft on their descent.

On The Map

Hi Ross, I spoke with Dave and Loretta - they say congratulations on the summit. Next stop Nepal?

Posted by: Carla Bustos on 6/22/2012 at 12:55 pm

Fingers still crossed…
Crispi, alles Liebe auf den letzten Metern, Küsschen, Tropf

Posted by: Susann on 6/22/2012 at 12:44 pm

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