Entries By tyler jones
July 20, 2015
RMI Guide Robby Young called at 7:01 am as he and his Mount Rainier Four Day Summit Climb team were starting their descent from the crater rim. Robby reported clear skies and a light, cool breeze from the NW.
RMI Guide Tyler Jones and his Mount Rainier Five Day Summit Climb made a sunset climb last night and reached the summit at 8:45 pm with 100% of their team. He commented that it was the most beautiful sunset he has ever seen. Tyler’s team is safely back at Camp Muir and will begin their descent later this morning.
Way to go Bud!
Mom and Dad
Posted by: Tracy Avalos on 7/20/2015 at 10:28 am
So happy and proud of you Jim!
Posted by: Shellie on 7/20/2015 at 8:19 am
July 11, 2015
The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guides Tyler Jones and Mike Uchal reached the summit of Mt. Rainier around 5:45 this morning. The teams spend about an hour on the summit before beginning their descent. Tyler reported colder temperatures and breezy conditions on the summit. The teams are currently descending through warmer temperatures and clouds that reach down to around 12,000’. We look forward to seeing the teams when they return to Ashford this afternoon.
July 6, 2015
The Mount Rainier Four-Day and Five-Day Summit Climbs reached the summit early this morning. The teams reported winds and a small cap forming, as they started their descent the winds have calmed and it is a beautiful morning.
WOW !!! A dream fulfilled!! Next stop K2? It was so good to hear your voice & know that you were safely down from the climb. You are AMAZING!!!
Posted by: Momma B on 7/15/2015 at 9:00 am
Congrats Bob and Theo! So totally impressed!
Posted by: Maureen on 7/6/2015 at 3:04 pm
June 29, 2015
The lightning storm prevented the Four and Five Day Summit Climb teams from reaching the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning. RMI Guide JJ Justman reported that the teams turned at 11,400’ to seek shelter at Camp Muir.
Their plan is to descend from Camp Muir around 8:30 am PST. We look forward to seeing the teams at Rainier BaseCamp later this morning.
I was watching the blinking light up on the mountain hoping every one would make it back to climb another day. I had gone to the mountain in hopes to capture lightning on film, but it was touching down very close and chickened out. I was at the snow lake trailhead and I think the car parked 40 feet away got hit. What a show!
Posted by: Brian on 6/29/2015 at 8:42 pm
Hey guys, I woke up about 12:30 to the sound of thunder at the Bunkhouse. I sat on the picnic table and watched the light show while hoping you would still make it and that you were all safe. Sorry you had to turn back.
Posted by: kelly gaddis on 6/29/2015 at 1:26 pm
June 24, 2015
Our Four Day Summit Climb Teams led by RMI Guides Peter Whittaker, Ed Viesturs and Tyler Jones reached the summit of Mt. Rainier early this morning. The Teams reported a beautiful day with light winds and great views. The teams have started their descent and are en route back to Camp Muir.
RMI Guide Walter Hailes and the Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons team reached the Summit of Mt. Rainier in the early morning via the Emmons Route. The team returned to Camp Schurman and will spend the remainder of their time on perfecting their mountaineering skills. They will return to Rainier Basecamp on Thursday afternoon.
Congratulations to Today’s teams!
I was so lucky to have great guides and awesome teammates, as well as blessed by good weather on Mount Rainier. Biggest peak of my life so far, and thanks to Tyler, Jess and Josh!
Posted by: Phil Knight on 7/2/2015 at 8:15 am
Wow, so impressed, so relieved, so proud of you Chris, my amazing Daughter in Law. You keep on meeting challenges with determination, grace and grit! Love you very much, Mama Carol
Posted by: Carol Waring on 6/25/2015 at 9:11 am
June 17, 2015
This morning we woke up at 1 am to enjoy our last morning on the glacier. As we left 11,000’ camp the sky was a mixture of pink, purple and blues. After our final push we arrived at base camp this morning at 7:30 am. A few hours later after enjoying another spectacular flight, we found ourselves hot in Talkeetna, suddenly aware of how badly we smelled.
Everyone spent the afternoon transitioning back into the real world, getting in touch with family and enjoying a shower. Tonight we are looking forward to a celebratory dinner and getting a view of the mountain that we stood atop just a few days ago. Congratulations to the entire team and to Geoff and Eric’s team on a successful trip!
June 16, 2015
June 16, 2015 6:05 pm PT
We arose to wind and a bit of ominous clouds at 17,000’. The team efficiently packed our camp to start the long decent back to our families and friends. After 6,000’ of decent with a stop to gather our kit stashed at 14,000’ and a wonderful quesadilla snack from Jake’s team we have landed for some chill time.
This is the life! We’re at the beach of 11,000’ camp soaking our battered feet in the sun soften snow. While puffing our sleeping bags over our tent flies which is conveniently shading us in our cabanas as we get some well deserved rest for the final push to Base Camp early tomorrow morning. Fingers crossed we will fly off to civilization tomorrow! Not that there are no other people to socialize with up here on Denali. Our team has done one heck of an awesome job and we have all created some great friendships!
If all keeps going our way our next post will be the last from little Talkeetna, AK with a great evening of celebration!
RMI Guide Tyler Jones
On The Map
You certainly taxed the Weather Gods’ patience.
Great work- 3rd times the charm
Posted by: bruce freedman on 6/17/2015 at 5:58 am
Glad to hear the day went so well!!!
David and Mark, I know you were both in great shape but everyone must be exhausted by now….blessings for health and safety to all as you continue to descend. Won’t be long now till you trade your hiking boots for dancing shoes at Chris and Kelsey’s wedding. Can’t wait to see pictures and hear the stories of this great adventure.
Love and prayers, Mom & Dad Dreher
Posted by: Mom & Dad Dreher on 6/17/2015 at 12:12 am
June 16, 2015
June 15, 2015 11:27 pm PT
Some great timing, a bit of luck, and our mountain skills payed off! The team woke early to a blustery morning, had a breakfast of oatmeal and coffee and prepared our warm weather clothing and climbing equipment. We then delayed about an hour to see if the wind would lighten up and the Sun’s solar rays would help the cool nip of the early morning air!
We set out on our summit attempt at 9 am and headed off to the shady slopes of the Autobahn which are the slopes that lead to Denali pass at 18,200 ft. The wind was still gusty, but relatively warm temps (about 10 degrees) allowed us to keep the digits warm and continue traveling upward. Then beyond the pass we enjoyed full on sunshine as the wind slowly diminished to a light breeze. Smooth traveling on the upper slopes accompanied by a perfect day put us on the summit around 4:00pm. Stellar views of the lower slopes of Denali and the rest of the Alaska Range were enjoyed by all. After plenty of photos and high-fives we spun around and made the return trip to camp. After a quick dinner and hot drinks everyone is is tucked away in their tents enjoying some rest after a hard days work.
Great work today team!
On The Map
Way to go Daddy! That’s awesome—I guess the third time is a charm. Mommy’s car said that it was 107 here today. It is so freaking hot. Hope you make it home before I go to New York in a week. We sang for the Raleigh City Council today. I think it was on TV.
Posted by: Oz on 6/16/2015 at 8:12 pm
Congrats DG! The highest point in the continent. Say, I just had an absolutely brilliant idea…billable feet! ;)
Posted by: Will Ivy on 6/16/2015 at 3:04 pm
June 15, 2015
June 15, 2015 4:42 pm PT
Hi everybody it’s Tyler and the team. We are on the summit of Mt. McKinley currently.
We hope that everyone is doing well at home. We have a lot of hours of work left but we did a really good job getting up here. We can see hundreds of miles. There is a light wind up here and everybody is doing great. We have had a spectacular trip and we are half way now.
We will give you a report when we get back to 17 Camp and hope that everyone is well. We will be in touch.
RMI Guide Tyler Jones
RMI Guide Tyler Jones calls from the summit of Mt. McKinley.
On The Map
A huge congrats to you and the team, Ken. You are a man of your word—you said you were going to do Denali and you did—all the way to the top—20,320 feet—WOW! A colossal achievement. Cheers to you and the team from hapless Hollis.
Posted by: Budd Burnett on 6/21/2015 at 1:34 pm
Congratulations to all on reaching the summit, be safe travels down. Ken, we are anxiously waiting your return to hear all your wonderful stories, be safe!!
Posted by: Lilia Godinez on 6/16/2015 at 8:48 am
June 14, 2015
Sunday, June 14, 2015 - 6:37 pm PT
At last, our patience has paid off. After eight nights at 14 Camp, we finally got the weather today to move our camp up the West Buttress to our high camp at 17,200 feet. The team did great work, traveling up the fixed lines, along the Buttress proper, past Washburn’s Thumb, and into camp.
Upon our arrival the team was greeted by blustery winds so we immediately put all of our wall building practice to good use and hammered out a camp in short time. Now we’re tucked out of the weather and cooking an early dinner to get ready for a big day tomorrow. If the weather looks good in the morning, we plan on making our summit push!
The team is looking strong and everyone is excited to see the last 18 days of hard work pay off. Time for an early evening, and hopefully the next time you hear from us will be from the top of North America!
RMI Guide Tyler Jones and Team
On The Map
Ken your almost there. Keep safe and don’t give up. The view from up there is breath taking, enjoy. Jose
Posted by: Jose Gonzalez on 6/15/2015 at 4:18 pm
18 days of hard work….at D.G.‘s rate you guys are going to be minted!!
Best of luck in the coming days!
Posted by: Will Ivy on 6/15/2015 at 3:24 pm