June 17 Denali – Backcarried from 14,200′

14,200 Camp on Denali

Looking northeast across the broad 14,200′ camp.

Lead Guide Caitlin Hague called in on behalf of the June 17th team this evening. She, Wayne, Jacqueline, Margaret and Dan had a fairly mellow day today, dropping down 700′ to retrieve their cache of supplies. Under clear skies, they hiked down towards Windy Corner and dug up the cache they had left a couple days ago, loaded their packs and climbed back up to Camp 3. The whole day’s work took less than three hours, so it was essentially an active rest day.

In the afternoon, they practiced some of the skills they will call upon in the coming days.  The guides set out climbing ropes fixed at regular intervals to anchors in the snow.  Each climber practiced moving along those fixed ropes using a mechanical ascender (a sort of one way rope clamp).  They worked on passing the anchors efficiently, using standardized terms to communicate their actions to their rope mates.

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Looking northwest across 14,200′ camp. The Headwall is the slope that rises to the low point on the ridge above camp.

Tomorrow, they will get to put these skills into action, when they climb up the steepest section of the route, a slope above camp called The Headwall.  This has 600′ of fixed ropes to help secure climbers in the event of a slip on its 40-50 degree snow.

Here’s Caitlin!

Mount Foraker

Looking south across the 14,200′ camp. Mount Foraker (17,402′), the second tallest peak in the Alaska Range, dominates the horizon.

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4 Comments
  1. Kathy

    Hi Wayne!
    Am enjoying following your progress.
    Hope your weather continues to be good.

  2. Joan Heller

    Wow! Very impressive in the photos. I can only imagine the beauty you see! Sounds like you are making good, steady progress. Really enjoy your updates. Hugs to everyone!

  3. Stephen St. Hill

    What a way to acclimatise ! You might have to update your passport photo before they let you back in. Still, there’s plenty of sun in Nauru. Make the most of the photogenic light. I hope you’re having a ball. Pixie seems like fun. Visualise there and back. I’ll be waiting. Enjoy. Love, Stephen.

  4. Margaret Hargrave

    The photos are absolutely stunning. The beauty of the landscape and its silence must be wondrous.

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