Mt. McKinley: Tyler Jones & Team Ready for Flight

Posted by: Eric Frank, Tyler Jones | May 30, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 348'

Hello! It’s Tyler,Eric and Logan checking in after a long day of work in Talkeetna.

Yesterday we had a sunny drive through the Alaskan scenery before arriving in Talkeetna in late evening. This completed a long day of travel from our various home bases to our soon to be new home on the “Great One”- Denali.

This morning the team met for breakfast at the Roadhouse Restaurant to officially start the program. After chatting about the day, we walked across the small town of Talkeetna to K2 Aviation. As planes took off and landed around us, the team spread out clothing and equipment in the airport hanger and consulted endless checklists. As we made our final gear selections, the hanger was buzzing with excitement.

After an afternoon break for pizza and salad, we all headed to the National Park Service headquarters for an orientation meeting.  We chatted about the importance of keeping our impact low as we climb and live in the park for the next few weeks. After the orientation, we spent some time working on rigging sleds, setting up tents and building other skills.

At noon the hanger looked like a yard sale; clothing and gear scattered everywhere. By the time we left for dinner, all of our ducks were in a row. We now have duffels and packs neatly stacked in the front of the hanger. We are ready to go and eager to get on the glacier.

A view of the Alaska Range from Talkeetna. Photo:Eric Frank

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Have an AMAZING and AWESOME experience, Logan!!!  Thinking of you and the rest of the team….  Can’t wait to follow the expedition!

Posted by: Lindsay Randolph on 6/16/2012 at 12:51 pm

have a great time
billy k

Posted by: billy and mary on 6/3/2012 at 3:04 pm

Be safe and great climbing

Posted by: Arthur G. Leake on 6/1/2012 at 9:49 am

Hey, just saw this am you are on the glacier. Excellent! Let the fun begin! Donna is praying for all of you - for good times and safety. Wow! Hard to believe its finally happening. I don’t need to tell you this but will anyway - enjoy your yourself and be safe! Good luck to all of you.

Posted by: JonS on 6/1/2012 at 7:53 am

Lar!  Greetings from Milwaukee!  I want to wish you and the team a safe and successful climb.  I am excited about followig your progress!
Fred K
Your Aconcagua tentmate

Posted by: Fred Klingbeil on 6/1/2012 at 6:41 am

Good Luck and Be Safe.

Posted by: Eual on 5/31/2012 at 10:21 pm

Enjoy the adventure and be safe!

Posted by: Scott on 5/31/2012 at 7:03 pm

Great to hear from the team,
Have a great time and be safe!

Posted by: louise on 5/31/2012 at 6:39 pm

Godspeed to all.

Posted by: jimmyb on 5/31/2012 at 6:29 pm

Larry & Tyler I hope you and the rest of the team have a great climb!! I will be following the blog looking forward to the updates and living the dream through you all! Walk like you mean it…

Posted by: Paul K on 5/31/2012 at 5:55 pm

Have a safe and wonderful experience.  You all are amazing,

Posted by: Linda on 5/31/2012 at 5:53 pm

Have a great experience and stay safe.

Posted by: John on 5/31/2012 at 1:03 pm

Have a wonderful, safe experience!

Posted by: Sharon on 5/31/2012 at 8:46 am

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