Assistant guide Joda Hankins called in from one of my favorite camps, the basin at 11,200′. Bob and the guide team moved up today and have settled in to their new home for the next few nights.
The climb up from 7,800′ ascends the first significant hill of the route, known as Ski Hill. This 1,800′ rise is broken into a couple if slopes, and after topping out, the team hiked another mile of glacier before making a hard right turn at the head of the Kahiltna Glacier, before climbing the last 1,000′ into camp.
Camp is located in a basin that opens to the west, with views of the heavily glaciated peak Kahiltna Dome, and the upper sections of Mounts Foraker and Crosson to the southwest. Beyond Kahiltna Dome, the tundra stretches to the horizon, lined with reflective creeks and rivers as the sun passes around the mountain to the north. It’s a stunning place to spend an evening!
Here is Joda!