May 25 Team – Fun Facts from Kahiltna Pass

Mountain Trip guide, Josh Jespersen called in with a special dispatch today for the May 26 team after the team cached gear on Kahiltna Pass from Camp 1 7,800 ft (3538 m)! To make things a little more interesting this crew is sharing fun facts about the gear in their packs on Denali. You might not believe just how heavy these climbers’ loads are! Tap the audio link below to hear the full recording.

Between the ten people on this expedition team, they flew in 1,200 lbs (544 kg) of gear! That’s 120 lbs (54 kg) of gear and food per person. In total, this crew is loaded up with 175 lbs (79 kg) of food alone for the meals that will keep them fueled for the big climb days ahead. This doesn’t include the snacks!

Each climber is carrying another 20 lbs (9 kg) of personal snacks for an all-around total of 400 lbs of food for this team! Climbing with this much weight is where the fitness of “legs and lungs” really matters as the climbers will be hauling while doing cardio at a high elevation. Deep breaths through the nose and rest steps can be helpful techniques to stay moving at a steady, sustainable pace.

Drop the climbers a comment of encouragement below!


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  1. Great to have an update, sounds like this crew is part of the hulk family to bring so much gear and food – able to wait out any potential storm and be fully charged for the entire trip!

    I wish the recording did not cut out, would have liked to hear from everyone, but at least part of the audio was available.

    Have a great trip, can’t wait for the next update

  2. I enjoyed learning about the gear necessary for the trek, but REALLY enjoyed the recording on what you DIDN’T need! Made me laugh out loud! So fun to hear everyone’s voices. 💕

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