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Denali Expedition: Beren & Team Hanging Tough at 17,000’ Camp

June 15, 2017
Hello from 17 Camp, this is Jake Beren calling in for RMI’s Denali team.  We woke this morning to high winds up high and quite cold temps again. So we decided to pump the brakes and cross our fingers for tomorrow. Sorry to sound like a broken record, but we are hoping to give her a go tomorrow. So that’s it from 17 Camp, a little bit more of the same, but we’re all happy, healthy and hanging tough up here. So we’ll give her a shot tomorrow and let you know how it goes. Bye.

RMI Guide Jake Beren

RMI Guide Jake Beren checks in from 17,000 ft on Denali.

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Lindsay, it’s unfortunate that you could not summit ... I would still think that the journey to 17K was an amazing experience anyways. There is always another time!

Posted by: Manish on 6/17/2017 at 5:38 am

Cheryl so sorry to hear that you weren’t able to summit but I’m sure this has been a very unforgettable experience. Wishing you a safe trip home and can’t wait to see you.

Posted by: Jo on 6/16/2017 at 4:43 pm

Denali Expedition: Jones & Team Have Big Decision

June 15, 2017
Well the mountain is doing it’s own thing at the moment. The winds are well more than forecast and the temperatures are chilly. The team is hanging in there and tomorrow will see us to the top or we will start our descent. We’re hopeful on our efforts and time spent waiting that we will be rewarded with a trip to the summit of Denali tomorrow!

RMI Guide Tyler Jones

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Thinking of you and sending good karma. Great accomplishment given all the challenges. Admire you immensely. Cheering for greater heights!

Ann Marie and Bruce

Posted by: Ann Marie and Bruce on 6/17/2017 at 4:48 pm

Awaiting news!

Posted by: SoCal Gunns on 6/16/2017 at 7:34 pm

Denali Expedition: Beren & Team Being Patient at 17,000’ Camp

June 14, 2017
Greetings from 17 Camp. Today high winds and low temps provided a combo that will keep us from climbing Denali for another day.  But our fingers are crossed that tomorrow may have something better in store for us, so please do the same down in the south land.  Hopefully we will be calling you with a little bit different news. For right now the team is doing 17,000’ Camp, we are hunkered down, being patient, full bellies, happy, healthy and hoping to go for the summit soon. That’s all for now.

RMI Guide Jake Beren

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Cheryl just got your text and hope you reach the summit tomorrow. Be careful and my prayers will be with you and your team. Love you.

Posted by: Jo on 6/15/2017 at 9:17 pm

Jim Walker—good luck on the climb to the summit. All of the Guff clan and all of Vineyard Lane is very proud of you. We look forward to hearing all about the climb in detail over some good burgundy at the Chanty. Be safe. Drew

Posted by: Drew Guff on 6/15/2017 at 9:12 pm

Denali Expedition: Beren & Team Move to 17,000’ Camp

June 13, 2017
Hello, this is Jake Beren calling in from 17,000’ Camp on Denali. The team made it up today, it was pretty windy in the morning but the wind tapered down, and we were able to make it up to camp safely.  Now we are snuggled up with full bellies and hot drinks.  We are just going to wake up in the morning and see what the mountain offers us.  Wish us luck!  We need some low winds for our summit bid.  We are prepared to spend a few days up here but we are hoping not to. That’s all from 17 Camp. Hope everybody in the lowlands is doing well.

RMI Guide Jake Beren

RMI Guide Jake Beren calls in from 17,000 ft with an update.

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Sending fair weather vibes your way Jimmy!

Posted by: Matt diserio on 6/19/2017 at 3:46 pm

Denali Team - Good Luck to all but special wishes to Jim Walker !  Go Jimmy !!

Posted by: Tom Pearce on 6/19/2017 at 1:33 pm

Denali Expedition: Jones & Team Move to High Camp

June 12, 2017
Hello from our new camp at 17,000 ft on Denali! The team had an early start pack up camp and departed around 7 am. The winds picked up on the West Buttress as we neared the first break. The team had some amazing dance moves as we waited an hour or so for the morning winds to subside. The team climbed strong all the way to high camp in optimal weather. We worked for a few more hours to build camp. The climbers crawled in to have a rest as the guides worked to melt snow and tidy camp. We are now eating big bowls of Annie’s Mac and cheese with bacon and soup. The hydration and eating up here never stops. Tomorrow with high hopes of good weather and light wind the team will shoot to stand on top of North America. Send us good vibes! 

RMI Guide Tyler Jones

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Matt - Hoping to hear news of a summit soon! Stay safe. Sending love and good vibes for fair weather!! Daisy and I are trying to be patient waiting for you to get back. We miss you so much!!

Love, Colleen

Posted by: Colleen on 6/15/2017 at 6:32 pm

@ John Gunn and team,

you got this!!! hope it all goes well getting to the tippy top! stay safe and hopeful!!! you’ll be down here sitting around the table telling all your stories and eating a home cooked meal from momma in no time!

love you!


Posted by: Alyssa Gunn on 6/15/2017 at 3:40 pm

Denali Expedition: Jones & Team Prepared to Move to 17K Camp

The team was on standby this morning to potentially move up to 17K camp. But the early morning “now forecast” looking out of the tent wasn’t as good as we were hoping for with snow and building clouds that ended up developing all day. We once again got to spend the day at 14K camp preparing the rest of our gear to go up to 17 and stretching our legs. Tomorrow morning we hope to move up and that the forecast holds true for a summit bid in the next few days! Stay tuned!

RMI Guide Tyler Jones

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praying for a safe summit tomorrow! can’t wait for you to be home and tell all your stories.

-Alyssa Gunn

Posted by: Alyssa Gunn on 6/13/2017 at 9:48 pm

Tym, Tyler, and Team,

You all get an award for patience and persistence!  My fingers are crossed for you for 48 hours of good weather.  Best wishes, and thinking of all of you. GO TEAM GO!!

I hope you paid your kitty sitter until you return,Tym, or you will have two very hungry felines.

And Tym…Satoshi says, $2779.00

Love Mom and Zeppelin

Posted by: Kristi Kennelly on 6/13/2017 at 6:57 pm

Denali Expedition: Brent Okita & Team Signing Off

A leisurely, big breakfast of eggs, bacon and hash browns was had after sleeping in fairly late yesterday. When we finally got out of the posh we were surprised to find that planes might be flying soon. Yes, we were keeping an eye on the weather, but it wasn’t really that good yet. At first we couldn’t really believe it and the team indulged in some leg wrestling antics (which the women handily won).Then we heard the words, “RMI Okita, two Otters are in the air for you”.So we went from slow mo to go go as we tore our tents down and packed in a matter of about twenty minutes! I think some folks were motivated to leave. As we brought the last of our stuff the fifty yards to the glacier landing strip we saw the planes come into view. By 1:00 we were in town, unpacking group gear and trying to dry stuff that was soaked from the unseasonably warm temps and rain. We’ll not discuss our evening affair in much detail except that the food was good and the libations rather excessive.

We’re on our way to the airport now, twenty three days after flying on to the mountain. No summit to boast of this time. But looking back on it all, it’s the people we climb with and share adventures with that inspires me to live the life of my dreams. Summits may be nice but are somewhat ephemeral. Friendships formed while climbing mountains last a lifetime. Thanks to the wonderful group of climbers with whom I’ve shared the past three weeks. You’re the best!
And now they are on their way back to you, with stories to tell and memories to share. Indulge their eccentricities. Should they reach for their pee bottle in the middle of the night or ask for a “swirl” after dinner, don’t worry. They’ll recover from these mountain habits in time.

Thanks for joining us these past three weeks!

RMI Guides Brent, Christina and JT

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It looks like you guys are patient and strong enough, it is true JT, Summits are ephemeral,  the mountain still there, JT I’m sure the smile is still there and the fight for adventure grown, great to hear team is back and rested :)

Posted by: Lauro Urbina on 6/17/2017 at 1:39 pm

Denali Expedition: Beren & Team Take a Weather Day

We woke up in the wee hours of this morning, hopeful to see our summit window open up. The weather, however, had a different idea. As the skies became cloudier and the snow began to come down, we decided that another slow morning was in order. We gorged ourselves on bagels and plenty of bacon while we sipped our coffee. The afternoon was filled with lots of rest. We are steeling ourselves for a move up to 17k tomorrow, if the weather forecast holds true. Everyone is doing well and looking forward to the chance to move closer to our summit goal. Thanks for keeping up with the team!

We will check in tomorrow, hopefully from our new camp at 17k!

RMI Guide Jake Beren & Team


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Che-che I miss you!

Please post pictures of you sipping whiskey at 17,000 feet.


Posted by: erin on 6/14/2017 at 9:31 am

You can do it
Many prayers and a lotsof guardian angels ( especially grandma and grandma/ my grandson the Dr) are with you
Do me a favor no more escapes for awhile
I need to recoup
So proud of what you accomplished

Posted by: Mom and Dad zabinski on 6/14/2017 at 6:48 am

Denali Expedition: Jones & Team See Sunshine in the Forecast

June 11, 2017
Today has been a good one. We have been treated to some sun here at 14,000’ Camp. This has allowed us to prep and dry all our gear. There are sunny days on the horizon, we are just waiting to see how strong the winds will be. We are drinking and eating well in hopes of moving up tomorrow or on Tuesday. Fingers crossed! That’s all for now!

RMI Guide Tyler Jones

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Tym, Tyler, and Team,

Looks like some well-deserved sun will end your wait and hopefully allow you to safely reach your goal. Best wishes as you move ahead for this highly anticipated day.  I think I am as excited as you are!  Anxious for your success and for your return to sea level. Thanks for the great pictures and daily updates.

Warriors took the championship tonight with a win over the Cavs. And Satoshi says, $2664.00. 

Love Mom and Zeppelin

Posted by: Kristi Kennelly on 6/12/2017 at 9:03 pm


Great news that the sun is out!  Hope that means you will be able to move forward.  Keeping my fingers and my toes crossed for you and the team!!!  Miss you and love you so much!!! 


Posted by: Amanda Gunn on 6/12/2017 at 9:41 am

Denali Expedition: Beren & Team Explore the Edge of the World

June 11, 2017
Today was another rest day here at 14,000’ Camp. After a long brunch and some wall renovations, our team settled in for a little rest.  By the afternoon, some visibility presented itself and our team geared up for a stroll to the “Edge of the World,” a vantage point where you can peer nearly 7,000 feet down to the lower Kahiltna Glacier. It is a truly stunning view and a treat to see a little bit of this amazing Range after living in a snow globe for a few days. With any luck this week will offer us a few days of decent weather to venture higher. The team is ready and when it is safe to climb, we will be happy to do so.

RMI Guide Jake Beren

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