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Entries By tyler jones

Denali Expedition: Jones & Team Move to 11,000’ Camp

May 30, 2017
The weather yesterday evening was a pleasant break in snow showers, but only for a few hours! We had heavy snow over night that wound up only stalling our progress for the time it takes to whip out 100 silver dollar pancakes with blueberries. The morning snow dissipated just as we stuffed the last few items in our packs.
We began our climb today in a brisk wind which we welcomed with the hard work of trail breaking. The team did an amazing job getting to our previous high point, where we loaded our personal food and equipment in our sleds.
We have “Friends in High Places”. Big thanks to our other RMI team lead by Brent, Christina, and JT.  They helped us by bringing some of our group food and fuel from our cache yesterday during our storm rest day at 7,800 camp.
With the climbing done for the the day, we entered the second half of the work day building camp and a mighty fine job our crew has done. We finished our day with loaded quesadillas and relaxing in the cook house. We are happy to have full bellies and the kit all here ready to rest and acclimatize at camp tomorrow. With weather on our side the team will deliver groceries to 14 Camp on Thursday!

RMI Guide Tyler Jones

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Denali Expedition: Jones & Team Take a Weather Day at 7,800’

May 29, 2017

We woke up this morning to snow showers, moderate winds, and low visibility. Rather than do battle in a storm trying to move to 11,000 ft, we stayed in camp at 7,800 ft and enjoyed our first rest day. After yesterday’s successful carry, the team has earned some recovery.
We started the day with salmon, bagels, cream cheese, and some lively tunes. It seems like one of the team members has sealed his fate as the resident dj for the remainder of our trip. We followed breakfast with some lounging, napping, reading, and digging. Our kitchen tent is now the best looking one in camp, and maybe the whole mountain. For dinner, we will be dining on a delectable Mac and Cheese, with plenty of bacon thrown in for good measure. It has been snowing for most of the day, but accumulations have been moderate and the wind has bit of a bite. Everyone is feeling strong, and we are ready to move camp tomorrow….. Weather pending!

RMI Guide Tyler Jones

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Jonesy! Keep it real tight up there my friend. Missing you and the D-Gnar this year, hope it’s as fun as it ever was. Stay warm, feed the soul and keep in touch. Look forward to the dispatches!

Posted by: Ol' Trapper on 5/30/2017 at 12:09 pm

Denali Expedition: Jones & Team Fly Onto Denali

May 28, 2017 1:32 am PST

Hi from Denali!

The team got a break in the weather around noon today! Big day indeed for flying! We unloaded our gear from the planes, repacked our duffel bags, loaded our sleds and heavy packs and got on the move to our first camp at 7,800ft. The trip to the mountains is finally underway. We made great time in the light cloud cover keeping the air cool in the often blistering heat of the lower Kahiltna glacier. We set up camp had a quick dinner and are now resting our bones!

RMI Guide Tyler Jones & Team

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Sam and Mike, good luck to you and the rest of the team. Represent Colorado well and unhook the plows! Stay safe.

Posted by: Chris Hoidal on 5/29/2017 at 4:37 pm

Good luck up there. Hopefully your type 2 fun is sprinkled with some type 1 fun too. Be safe.

Posted by: Colleen Kerr on 5/29/2017 at 3:24 pm

Denali Expedition: Jones & Team Ready to Fly

May 26, 2017

Welcome to our team’s first dispatch!

We had two unsuccessful attempts to fly into Kahiltna Base Camp yesterday. The current weather on the mountain has only left us with short windows to make a landing. With our returned attempts it allowed us to do some more dry land training and re packing to give us a head start when we do land on the glacier. The team is excited and prepared to start our expedition. Our extra night in Talkeetna provided us with another evening of good food, company and playoff hockey!

As we speak the hanger crew is telling us to get our boots on and load up the planes again. We hope the third time will be the one!

Thanks for following our team and we’ll keep you posted along the way!

RMI Guides Tyler, JM and Bryan

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Good luck up there! Have a great time and stay warm :-)

Posted by: Mitra M on 5/31/2017 at 10:33 pm

Good Luck up there!  Hugs and kisses to John from all the Gunn Girls!

Posted by: Amanda Gunn on 5/27/2017 at 5:59 pm

Denali Expedition: Jones & Team Meet in Talkeetna Waiting to Fly

May 25, 2017

The Denali Expedition May 23, 2017 led by RMI Guides Tyler Jones, JM Gorum and Bryan Mazaika has met their team in Alaska.  The group transferred from Anchorage to Talkeetna and spent time arranging their gear, meeting with the National Park Service and enjoying some restaurant meals and showers.  The team is prepped and ready to fly but the weather has not yet cooperated with them.  At one point they loaded the Twin Otter plans and headed out toward the Alaska Range but the weather deteriorated and they were forced to return to Talkeetna.  The group is on standby and will jump when the pilots call and tell them to meet at K2 Aviation.  We are hoping the weather clears and they can fly onto the Kahiltna Glacier soon.

Best of luck!

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Mt. Rainier: May 20th Summit!

The Four Day Summit Climb team led by RMI Guides Casey Grom and Tyler Jones reached the summit of Mt. Rainier early this morning. Tyler reported clear skies with north winds of 20 - 25 mph. 

Congratulations to today’s teams!

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Mt. Rainier: July 3rd, Summit!

The Four Day Summit Climb Teams led by RMI Guides Tyler Jones and Mike Uchal reached the summit of Mt. Rainier Early this morning.  Tyler reported Breezy, but clear skies above 7800’.  They started their descent at about 7:10 am.

Congratulations to today’s teams!

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Congratulations Shannon and climbing crew, well done!!


Posted by: Sarah McQ on 7/5/2016 at 10:59 pm

Congratulations team, so very proud of you all!!! xoxo

Posted by: Roxanne Ventus on 7/3/2016 at 11:03 am

Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climb Teams Reach the Summit

Our Four Day Summit Climb teams led by RMI Guides Tyler Jones & Paul Rachele reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  The teams enjoyed clear skies and beautiful views from the top today.  As of 7:30 am the teams were back to the top of Disappointment Cleaver on their descent.  They will return to Camp Muir and then continue down to Paradise. 

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb teams!

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Denali Expedition: Jones and Team Return to Talkeetna

The May 24th Denali Expedition led by RMI Guides Tyler Jones, Caleb Ladue, and Blake Votilla flew off the Kahiltna Glacier yesterday and return to Talkeetna. According to Tyler, the team was planning to celebrate their climb at Talkeetna’s Roadhouse. After 18 days of living in tents the team is happy to be back in the land of burgers, beer, showers, and mattresses.

Congratulations climbers!

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Welcome back, Bob. I hope you getting busy planning your next beautiful adventure on this wild planet. Cheers to you and the team!

Posted by: Emily Jenson on 6/14/2016 at 1:58 pm

Congratulations to all of you.. Very Cool and I am sure extremely GRATIFYING !!!

Posted by: Mary Anne Kyburz-Ladue on 6/13/2016 at 9:02 am

Denali Expedition: Jones & Team Return to Base Camp

June 11, 2016 - 11:57 pm PT

Hi all, we are at Base Camp. Just when you think it’s over it’s not till the fat lady sings. We packed our camp for what what we had hoped was the last time early this morning. The crew as always on this trip was ready to roll early and we arrived at base camp at 8:30 this morning with lite snow and cloudy skies. With all our will we wished the fog and snow away. Our wish was only met after the planes has powered down for the day. A long day of anticipation of burgers, beer, and more was lost so we enjoyed each others company and reflected on our journey in the Alaska range. With the weather on the lower glacier clearing a bit this evening we’re hopeful to see all the colors of the outer world we departed from 16 days ago. Hoping to smell the summer in the low lands and eat like kings tomorrow. Blow some good weather vibes our way!

RMI Guide Tyler Jones & the team

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Congratulations Blake.  Nice.  Very Nice!

Posted by: Adelle on 6/13/2016 at 6:19 am

What a long, strange trip it’s been . . .

Posted by: Dad on 6/12/2016 at 1:09 pm

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