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Mt. McKinley: Jones & Team Achieve New Heights

Posted by: Tyler Jones, Lindsay Mann, Chase Nelson | June 03, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 14,000'

June 2, 2015 - 10:40 pm PT (Both updates received)
New heights achieved! Today we rose early to no wind and blue skies with a satellite lenticular cloud slowly inching closer, cluing us into the fact that the weather may change in the next few days. We loaded our food, fuel and other equipment making for a smooth and relatively quick trip up to our next camp at 14,000’. We dug a large pit in the snow in the center of the Genet basin and filled it with many of the supplies that we will need for the next stages of the climb.
With the weather still holding we passed the infamous Windy Corner in breathless air. The crew flowed down hill flawlessly making a short stop at the rarely visited lunch rock bump view point. Taking in the full panorama of the enormous Father and Son wall, the upper Peters Glacier, NW Buttress and the Washburn Wall! Spectacular!
The short nap was well deserved this afternoon and the days timing was impeccable. The snow and a brisk breeze blew in shortly after our arrival. Which was followed by one of the best Ramen meals ever consumed on the slopes of Denali. Now as we crawl into our tents a light snow continues and we wait to see what tomorrow brings. Good evening all.
RMI Guide Tyler Jones


June 1, 2015 Blog
Today was another great weather day! We had bagels salmon and cream cheese. Not bad for mountain food! Yet we decided after four days of hard work we took a real full rest day in order to regain our strength and further our acclimatization.
The day progressed with some tent time laying around like mushrooms on a pizza. As the afternoon rolled in we spent time training our walking skills and prepping our kits for carrying our load to 14,000 Camp. We’re hoping for good weather tomorrow. Send us good vibes. As the sun crests the horizon to the north in this latitude we stare at purple sky’s to the south in the shade of the mountain.

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Climbers ascending Windy Corner on Mt. McKinley.  Photo: Lindsay Mann

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Mt. McKinley: Jones & Team Bring Groceries and Kit to 11K Camp

Posted by: Tyler Jones, Lindsay Mann, Chase Nelson | June 01, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 11,200'

Sunday, May 31st 11:45pm PDT

Today the weather was wonderful! We woke up with the sun warming the tents.  With a leisurely breakfast of pop tarts and grits we then sauntered down to hit our cache at 10,000ft. The groceries now in hand, we walked back up hill on firm snow dawning our crampons which was a pleasant change from waddling like platypus in snowshoes! Do platypus even walk anyway?

Back at camp our food bags were calling us as we climbed in our tents to beat the afternoon radiation. We welcomed RMI teams Walter and Van Deventer back to 11 camp fresh from the summit yesterday. Great work teams!

After giving high-fives to our friends, we worked on fortifying our camp. We built walls, bathrooms and a new cook tent. Camp looks good and we are snug as a bug in a rug here at 11,000ft.

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11,000' Camp on Mount McKinley, Alaska. Photo: RMI Collection

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Mt. McKinley: Jones & Team Move to 11,000’ Camp

Posted by: Tyler Jones, Lindsay Mann, Chase Nelson | May 31, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 11,200'

May 31, 2015 - 2:39 am PT
Good evening from 11,000 feet! We woke this morning to more sunny skies and warm temperatures. After a casual start to the day and a nice breakfast, we ducked into the tents for a couple hours to get out of the heat. By late afternoon things cooled for more comfortable hiking conditions, so we broke down camp and got on the move! Even though it’s been just a few days on the glacier, the team has adjusted well to mountain life and is traveling efficiently. So after a few hours of moving we arrived at camp, quickly put up our tents, and enjoyed a late dinner. Now we’re all settled in for the night and it’s time to get some sleep!

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Looking toward 11,200 ft Camp on Mt. McKinley.  Photo: Chris Villar

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Mt. McKinley: Jones & Team Cache Some Gear Higher on the Mountain

Posted by: Tyler Jones, Lindsay Mann, Chase Nelson | May 30, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 9,600'

Saturday, May 30th 2:45 am PDT

Hello all! We have our gear and groceries moved up to 10,000 feet. Life is good out on the glacier for our team. Today the high pressure over the area made for very hot conditions in the low altitudes so we delayed our departure until the heat subsided late this afternoon. We are doing our best to save energy and avoid getting cooked like lobsters from the sun.

Our plan worked great and after a number of hours working our way to the cache site, we quickly dug a large hole to store our gear until after we move the camp up to 11,000 feet. On our descent we enjoyed fabulous evening light while carrying our sled like a turtle shell strapped on our backs. Hot soup and a meal warmed our souls as we settle in for the night.

Tomorrow evening if the hot and blue-bird weather continues, we will try to move up to our second camp and gain some acclimatization over the next few days. Stay tuned and we’ll have a report when more progress has been made!

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View of Mount McKinley 11,200' Camp from lower on the mountain. Photo: Chris Villar

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Mt. McKinley: Jones & Team on the Mountain

Posted by: Tyler Jones, Lindsay Mann, Chase Nelson | May 28, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 7,800'

Thursday, May 28th 10:37 pm PDT

We woke up this morning to blue skies in Talkeetna, which meant great weather for flying! After a meal at the roadhouse we scurried over to hangar to transition from Talkeetna street walkers to Denali climbers. With climbing boots on and smiles on our faces we enjoyed a great flight onto the mountain.
Once we arrived at Basecamp the team was highly efficient organizing their gear. After a minimal amount of time at Basecamp we embarked on our journey up the Kahiltna Glacier. Several hours later we arrived at our camp for the night at 7,800’. The team immediately set up tents to shade themselves from sun and nestled in. After a delicious meal of Annie’s Mac and cheese we hunkered down for the night.

We will check in again tomorrow night after another day of good work.

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A view from the flight into Mt. McKinley's Basecamp. Photo: RMI Collection

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McKinley: Jones and Team Ready to Fly

Posted by: Tyler Jones, Lindsay Mann, Chase Nelson | May 28, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 348'

Thursday, May 28th 12:32 pm PDT

The team is all assembled and packed in Talkeetna! Yesterday we had a thorough gear check and sorting session in the K2 Aviation hangar. Everyone’s kits are dialed and we are ready to go. It seems like we have a great team and we are hoping for a great trip. Hopefully we have some good weather today and are able to fly on!

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The RMI May 26th McKinley team sorting gear in Talkeetna, AK. Photo: Lindsay Mann RMI Guide Tyler Jones sorting gear in Talkeetna, AK. Photo: Lindsay Mann The RMI May 26th McKinley team ready to fly onto the Kahiltna Glacier. Photo: Lindsay Mann

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Mt. Rainier: May 15th Update

Posted by: Tyler Jones, Mike King | May 15, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Five Day Summit Climbs, led by Tyler Jones and Mike King, reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning! At 9:30 am PT, the team began their descent from the crater rim. Tyler reported no wind, sunny skies, and warm temperatures with a cloud deck around 7,000’.

Congratulations to RMI’s first summit teams of 2015!

An RMI team ascending Mount Rainier just after daybreak. Photo: JJ Justman

Mt. Rainier: Summit Teams and Emmons Seminar on Top!

Posted by: Tyler Jones, Geoff Schellens, Pete Van Deventer | July 02, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

RMI Guide Tyler Jones radioed at 7 am with his Four Day Summit Climb on their descent after reaching the summit of Mt. Rainier earlier this morning.  Tyler reported moderate winds and a cloud cap on the summit.  As the teams descended they were reaching the base of the clouds.  The second Four Day Summit Climb team led by Geoff Schellens was also descending with Tyler. 

The Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons led by RMI Guide Pete Van Deventer reached the crater rim around 7:30 am.  The team was going to spend to a few minutes on top before starting their descent.  They will return to Camp Schurman for their final night on the mountain.

Congratulations to today’s teams!

Looking down on Camp Schurman from the Emmons Glacier Route on Mt. Rainier.  Photo: Mike Walter
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Mt. Rainier: June 28th - UPDATE

Posted by: Tyler Jones, Lindsay Fixmer, Christina von Mertens | June 28, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 11,200'

The Four Day Summit Climb Teams Led by RMI Guides Tyler Jones and Geoff Schellens reached Ingraham Flats on Mt. Rainier today, but due to poor visibility and bad weather they were forced to turn abort their summit attempt.  The team returned to Camp Muir and have started their descent back to Paradise and will arrive at Ashford BaseCamp this afternoon.

Congratulations to today’s team.

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Mt. McKinley: Jones and Team Wrap it Up

Posted by: Tyler Jones, Garrett Stevens, Geoff Schellens | June 23, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley

June 23, 2014 - 2:10 PM PT

The day, yesterday, dawned cold and windy again, seemingly the weather theme for the entire trip. We decided to launch out of 11k camp anyway, with the siren song of airplane rides motivating our packing. When all the kits were loaded into duffels, we started the Kahiltna Shuffle in whiteout conditions, a stiff breeze keeping the temps cool despite the hard work of dragging big sleds downhill.

Soon we passed our friends who were camped at 9500’, and stopped in for a quick hello as the weather got just a little better. We continued down the glacier under improving skies, with only one or two minor freak-outs over the cumbersome sleds that threatened to take us out at the knees.

Finally the sun broke through, and the last grind up Heartbreak Hill was about as hot as anywhere on earth. But with the blue skies, we knew that the planes were flying - and that kept us moving right into base camp. Within about 10 minutes, our K2 Aviation Otter had landed, and we loaded up the kit and let internal combustion take over.

The evening wrap-up by the Susitna River was a special event, and Denali even came out from behind the clouds to give us full closure. It has been an incredible adventure from the very beginning, and while the actual climbing is over, the memories and experiences we’ve shared will remain. Thanks for following along and for all the support along the way!

RMI Guide Tyler Jones and team

RMI Guide Tyler Jones and team wrap up their trip along the banks of the Susitna River in Talkeetna, Alaska. Photo: Tyler Jones

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