McKinley: Day Fifteen - Rest Day at 14 Camp

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | May 16, 2007
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 14,000'

More Rest. Today was one of the nicest days since we flew on. We are all feeling the exertion from yesterday so we spent the day eating a drinking and getting ready to move to high camp. Everyone is a bit more relaxed now that we have a cache on the West Buttress. It was quite a show today watching all of the teams that have been here longer than us trying to move up. We’re lucky in that we flew on a few days after some larger groups and they seem to be always trying to do the same things at the same time while we just cruise along a day or so behind. Let’s hope the luck holds.

The weather pattern has been pretty similar over the last few days. It has been windy for most of the day with the winds trailing off in the afternoon. We can see up towards the summit from 14 and it seems like the winds are staying pretty high up there. We’ve had reports from some folks coming down from high on the mountain and they basically back up what we’re observing down here. We are planning on trying to move our camp to 17,000’ tomorrow, if the weather is good.

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