June 13 Denali Team – Lucky Friday the 13th!!

Lloyd Hales called in on behalf of our June 13th tea.  This crew had the auspicious fortune of commencing their expedition by meeting in Anchorage, Alaska on Friday the 13th!   The team spent that day sorting their kit and discussing details of their venture with their guides.

Yesterday, they drove up to Talkeetna, a small town, quite literally at the end of the road, where they met with officials from our National Park Service to finalize their registration requirements for climbing the tallest peak in North America.  With clear weather, they departed the Park Service Station and readied their kit for the 40 minute flight into the Alaska Range.  Our friends at Talkeetna Air Taxi delivered them to the Southeast Fork of the Kahiltna Glacier, where their planes lowered skis to the snow, to bump, and glide to a halt in one of the more amazing settings on our planet.

Today the team spent the day in Denali Base Camp, where they reviewed skills that they will employ as they head upwards on their quest to attempt Mount McKinley.

Let’s meet the team and then listen to Lloyd’s report from 7,200′ on the glacier!

The Climbers:

  • Matthew Foote
  • Henk Kronje
  • Johan Jordaan
  • Christiaan Van Der Merwe
  • Lloyd Hales
  • Hui Ling McCarthy

The Guides:

  • Adam Smith
  • Travis Willians
  • Matt Bohne

And with no further ado, here is Lloyd!


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  1. Hey June 13th team! Been waiting for news of the Bloem boys and very surprised to see that Matt Foote is giving Denali another go. Adam, take good care of them and holding thumbs for good weather:-)

  2. Hi Matthew and the rest of the Jun 13 team, all the very best for the climb and hope you have good weather. Will be watching your progress.
    Cheers to everyone

  3. Hi Dad (lloyd)
    Hope all is well and you are pushing the boundaries – great to hear your voice.Spain out the World Cup and England play tommorrow. Keep Right On!

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