Mt. McKinley Expedition: Okita & Team Waiting Patiently

Posted by: Brent Okita, Leon Davis, Lindsay Mann | June 07, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 17,200'

Good things come to those who wait…

At least that is what we must remind ourselves of. Another day of marginal weather had us scratching our heads about the possibility of a summit bid while other teams have had enough and are headed down.  But with a fortified camp and a weeks worth of food and fuel, we plan to exercise patience and optimism. As storm days stack up, it is all too easy to let altitude and lethargy tear a person down.  Exercise is the best remedy, and so this afternoon we climbed the first hour of the autobahn to stretch the legs and open the lungs.  With new snow covering the route, we worked hard breaking new trail up to 17,700 feet, and the pickets that protect the steep slopes had to be dug out.  To be sure when our time comes to go for the top, our team will be the most acclimated and best conditioned team at high camp.

High and Mighty at 17K

RMI Guides Okita, Davis & Mann

High Camp on Mt. McKinley, 17,200 feet.  Photo: RMI Guide Katy Laveck

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Hey Double A hope ypur not freezing your #$## off that would suck… Can’t believe you guys are hanging in there at 17k. Life at sea level is nice and warm but I’m sure the views and experience y’all are having is really special. Stay safe… Looking forward to good weather for you so you can achieve the summit, good luck too you and all your partners up there.

Posted by: mark on 6/8/2012 at 10:59 pm

“High and Mighty at 17K” is beautiful also in your realization of humility to circumstance—to your group, and specifically to Kristen who is the daughter of deepest friends and a young woman of deepest conviction, Godbless.

Posted by: Michael Rosen on 6/8/2012 at 4:10 pm

All of us in Kristen’s extended family are sending best wishes and good energy to all of you intrepid climbers! Praying for good weather to match your great attitudes!

Posted by: Trish Hurley on 6/7/2012 at 11:43 pm

Gary,  We love you and miss you.  We are happy to hear your group does not give up easy!  It will be worth the wait to get to the top..

Posted by: Angela & Ian Rennie on 6/7/2012 at 9:03 pm

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