Mt. McKinley: Jones & Team - Down We Go

Posted by: Tyler Jones, Eric Frank | June 17, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 11,200'

We awoke today to subzero temperatures at 17k camp and are now enjoying the thick air at 11k camp. After a quick breakfast, the team packed their belongings and headed downward. Despite some fatigue from our successful summit bid yesterday, the team safely negotiated the descent to 14k camp. There, the team was met by another RMI team. Jake Beren and team topped off our bottles with water and our stomachs with warm quesadillas. After this hour long break we headed down to 11k camp.

While the air was thick and warm, Denali was quick to remind us that we aren’t out of the woods yet. While snow fell and wind blew around us we consolidated our left over meats and cheeses for a quesadilla smorgasbord. We enjoyed these tasty morsels until we were full, then ate some more. Then we had dessert.

We are now snuggled into our sleeping bags, staying warm and hoping to fly out tomorrow. While we are all set to walk to the runway, the weather is not ripe for a speedy flight to Talkeetna. We are still at the mercy of the big one, Denali.

RMI Guide Tyler Jones

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Congratulations to JB and the whole team for a strong and safe climb!  Your friends here at AMC looking forward to hearing all about.

Posted by: Rick on 6/19/2012 at 8:52 am

Hope you had a long and profound sleep for a significant recuperation. It should help for the descent. Wishing you a smooth return. Hélène

Posted by: Hélène Larocque-Nolin on 6/17/2012 at 6:45 pm

Congratulations!!!!  Way to go, boys.

Posted by: Doinidis on 6/17/2012 at 6:14 pm

Wishing all the Dad’s a Happy Father’s day and a safe return to families.

Posted by: Lynda on 6/17/2012 at 4:42 pm

Thank you for posting! Its reassuring to hear you guys are safe.

Posted by: Megan Berge on 6/17/2012 at 2:42 pm

Wishing you good weather and a safe return!

Posted by: louise on 6/17/2012 at 2:05 pm

Happy Father’s Day Larry!

Posted by: Debby on 6/17/2012 at 11:13 am

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