Alaska Seminar: Training Continues

Posted by: Jason Thompson | May 09, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 7,300

Today was a good day.
Folks keep commenting on how this place keeps getting more stunning. With the new snow we have had recently, the contrast of the Alaskan Range with its freshly painted steep spines, flutes that glow in the alpine light and bright blue glacial ice glistening in the sun. I have to agree.

We have been waking up around seven each morning to some very chilly temperatures.  Today camp was busy since some stable weather moved in and people took advantage of being out in it.  We spent our entire day putting our skills to use. Everyone set up 6:1 crevasse rescue system simulating an actual crevasse fall of their climbing partner. We took a turn catching a fall, being lowered into the crevasse, and being the climber responsible for running the show. Everyone did very well and we were impressed. 

After that we still had plenty of time left so we fixed some lines - ropes - and rappelled down into the crevasse where we transitioned into icicle climbing mode. I think a couple folks might have just acquired a new but expensive sport.

Now we are all chilling, making some pretty amazing quesadillas - the group contributions has allowed for some creative visions.
We’ll see what we get into tomorrow.

Good night from the land of the six hour sunset.
RMI Guide Jason Thompson

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Just a question, is this the group with an Aussie by the name of Nick Coleman? Was hoping to keep tabs on his progress.  Thank you

Posted by: Larry Bullock on 5/10/2012 at 6:40 am

Hi guys!! Being down in the crevasse sounds amazing!! I’m sad to miss that bit… I’m excited to get up there and join Brandi and Gilbert. I can’t wait to hear about the Kahiltna. Sheena just did a video report about McKinley for the class; not much personality came through until she talked about the farting that goes on at altitude. I’m sure there’s none of THAT going on. xooxoxoxoxo see you soon in gorgeous Alaska!! elizabitch. ps. great updates, Jason. Thanks!

Posted by: elizabeth on 5/10/2012 at 2:30 am

Hi Brandi and team, sounds like things are going really well.  Can’t wait to hear all about it and learn some of your new skills.  Keep your fingers and toes warm.  Make sure you wear those funny puffy shoes you have ; )

Chris

Posted by: Chris Brill-Edwards on 5/9/2012 at 7:11 pm

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