Mt. McKinley: Walter & Team Waiting at Basecamp

Posted by: Mike Walter | July 03, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 7,300'

Our team is spending the night at Basecamp tonight, as the weather has been un-flyable all day today. We were fortunate enough to have perfect weather for our summit day, and this little weather glitch is now merely an annoyance. We are all looking forward to some simple amenities like hot showers, cold beer, real beds, running water, and the opportunity to talk with loved ones on the telephone. But we know that these will come shortly and we’re already accustomed to being patient with the weather; the important thing to remember is that we had a safe and successful trip on Denali, and the weather worked out for us when we needed it to. This little waiting period in Basecamp is just a reminder that the mountain is still in charge and we need to play by its rules.

We’re optimistic that we will get to Talkeetna tomorrow and finish our expedition. Until then, we’re all safe, comfortable, and happy. Hopefully our next dispatch will be from Talkeetna tomorrow.

Cheers,
RMI Guide Mike Walter

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Hi everybody,
Congratulations to a job well done.  I’m very happy for all of you and look forward to hearing all about it when I see you in person.  Until then enjoy the triumphant feeling because you all very much deserve it.
PS Sorry this message is a little late, I got the news a little late

Posted by: Jim on 7/6/2012 at 6:22 pm

Glad you are down safe and sound.  Can’t wait to hear all the details.  Good luck getting off tomorrow.
Missy

Posted by: missy prudden on 7/4/2012 at 7:21 pm

Hi!  Stan—please read your comcast email with info for making flight back to Denver. Or call me. The return ticket $$ balance is available for you, when you want to use.  Enjoy the Alaska scenery! Have a good day!  Love me

Posted by: Betsy on 7/4/2012 at 10:03 am

What beauty surrounds you while you wait. Here’s to better weather. The Heat Awaits Dr Riester.  Cathy and main 5 gang

Posted by: Cathy on 7/4/2012 at 5:39 am

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