Mt. McKinley: Jones & Team Make Carry Towards High Camp

Posted by: Eric Frank, Tyler Jones | June 10, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 14,000'

This morning we were prepared for a day in camp as visibility was poor and the winds raged off the ridge of the West Buttress. We enjoyed a long and delicious breakfast of eggs, bacon and three cheeses on a bagel accompanied by fresh coffee. Our meandering discussion spanned many topics and ended with a break in the snow and wind.

Ten minuets later we sprung into action, prepping our packs for a carry up onto the West Buttress proper to 16,200’. We dropped our food, fuel and other supplies for our summit push. We are now set for a move up to high camp in a few days or whenever we get a break in the winds and unstable weather.

With an evening arrival back at 14k camp, we plan to recover and rest in hopes of going upward soon.

RMI Guide Eric Frank

Looking up at the summit of Mt. McKinley from 11,000 ft camp.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Michael,
So good to hear about you fellows so far.  Hope the weather clears so yu can finish.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Mom & Dad

Posted by: Eual Conditt on 6/11/2012 at 9:21 am

Keep it going, Larry!  Also, please take a picture of the icefall below 11k camp when you’re there.  Last year there was a wicked triangular shaped serac that was about the bust loose!
Rock it!

Posted by: Doinidis on 6/11/2012 at 6:49 am

Jeff, looks like you visited the edge of the world today. How was the view?  Pretty awesome I’m sure! Sleep well and wishing for you guys cooperative weather.

Posted by: JonS on 6/10/2012 at 9:25 pm

We loved hearing your voice today Rolf. We miss you so much. Have fun and stay safe. We love you.

Posted by: Julie Snyder on 6/10/2012 at 8:44 pm

Michael: The kids were so glad to hear from you and hear that you all will soon summit. Happy and safe climbing to you and the group :)) 025940,+01600

Posted by: Conditt kids on 6/10/2012 at 8:27 pm

Larry-Louie & I are sitting outside having a glass of red wine and a cigar in your honor. So stay safe & I hope the weather clears soon for you and your great team!

Posted by: Debby on 6/10/2012 at 6:38 pm

SO happy to hear you today Chris!! It made my day :D!  Thankful to hear you are all safe and sound and being cautious of the weather. Prayers and good luck for the coming days. Miss you, xoxo

Posted by: susan on 6/10/2012 at 4:10 pm

Great to hear of your amazing progress despite the harsh weather.
Sending you a virtual hot coco as I wish you strength and continued focus.
Cheering for you all the way. Stay in the moment and may God keep you safe!
Yorgo

Posted by: Yorgo on 6/10/2012 at 3:59 pm

It sounds as though you are making super progress.  With Eric Frank as one of your guides, I am not at all surprised.  Best of fortune to the Jones team for a successful summit attempt and a good time on the mountain!

Posted by: Eric Yollick on 6/10/2012 at 9:12 am

You make this running and up and down 3000 ft of mountain with supplies sound like a little walk.  How long does it take you to do that?  How much are you carrying?  What do you do with the supplies up there?  Don’t know anything about mountaineering, but am very curious.  thanks for the updates; I love them.  Go Logan and team!  elfe

Posted by: elfe on 6/10/2012 at 8:45 am

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