Mt. McKinley: Okita & Team Reach 14 Camp

Posted by: Brent Okita, Leon Davis, Lindsay Mann | May 30, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 14,000'

We awoke this morning early again, trying to take advantage of another windless day. With blue skies overhead we were optimistic of our chances of getting to camp at 14,100’
The crew had breakfast and struck camp as quickly and well as I’ve seen. Obviously they were some pretty motivated climbers.
A slight breeze kept us wrapped up in most of our layers, and we even put on face protection climbing through Windy Corner. But the team climbed even better today than yesterday. However, leaving our high point of yesterday and ascending the final 700’ to camp reminded us all of the big jump in elevation we were making. Although everyone climbed really well, even the strongest of the team struggled a bit with the last bit of elevation gain.
But all this is expected and a normal part of the acclimatization process. An easy day tomorrow will find the team feeling better as our bodies adjust to the altitude. We’re looking forward to it.
Getting into camp early today allowed us to establish a nice camp, dry out sleeping bags packed in haste this morning, and settle in to our new home before the sun disappeared behind the ridge. Our bags will be especially welcome tonight.
Talk with you again tomorrow.

RMI Guide Brent, Leon and Lindsay

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Phil,  Just checking in on you….looks like the weather gods are on your side!  Enjoy the climb

Posted by: Susan and Kris on 5/30/2012 at 7:09 pm

Kristen…I can’t believe you are almost there!!!!  Your perseverance and determination is inspiring.  To think you only have a few thousand feet more after all these years.  It sounds like everything is going so well.  Savor this moment.  I love you. 
-Mamma Joe.

Posted by: Joe McClearn on 5/30/2012 at 1:34 pm

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