Camp 1

We received a call from the team from Camp 1 this evening.  The weather wasn’t great, but they were able to move up the glacier about 5 miles up to Camp 1 at 7,800 ft.   It’s not a lot of vertical gain, but the loads were big and they covered some ground today.  There were…

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Snowy Day at 11k

It was a snowy, stormy day on Denali today so the team got a day of rest.   They ate a big breakfast and spent the day relaxing a bit, ready to go tomorrow.   The weather forecast called for light winds and partly cloudy, so it just goes to show you how worthless the forecast can…

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Warfighter Team at 11,000ft

The team had a day at camp to practice with their crampons and ice axes, which they’ll need further up the hill.   A team of guides carried a load of gear up around “Windy Corner” today in preparation for moving up tomorrow.

Here’s Gabi calling in this evening from 11,200 ft.

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June 15 Team at Base Camp

The expedition begins and everyone is at base camp tonight.  It was a beautiful day in the Alaska Range, and they flew into base camp on schedule this afternoon.  They settled in, put up their tents, and got ready for to head up the glacier early tomorrow. Here’s Sebastian with the call from base camp…

Happy Birthday Duncan!

It’s Duncan’s birthday, and they celebrated by getting up really early, shouldering big packs, and climbing up over 3,000 ft to move up to Camp 2.   It went well, and they once again made good time and were able to set camp and get a bit of a nap.   They celebrated Duncan’s birthday with a…

Base camp and flying to Talkeetna

The team made it to base camp early this morning and lined up to hop on a flight to Talkeetna.  They’ll get something to eat and then head back to Anchorage this evening for a shower and a warm bed.

Congratulations on a great effort Suzanne! and welcome back.

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Windy Day up high

It was still blowing almost 30 mph in high camp this morning and the team never really got a chance to go for the summit with reasonable conditions. If it’s blowing 30 mph in camp, it’s likely quite a bit higher up at Denali Pass, and on to the summit. With the cold temps and…