Mt. McKinley: Hahn & Team 14K and a Snow Day

Posted by: Dave Hahn, Solveig Waterfall | July 07, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 14,200'

The weather forecast was right on this time… A day of snow.  It was a little bit like the inside of a milk bottle for most of the time.  There were a few hours when the clouds were thinner and the sun’s heat could be felt through the storm, but the snowflakes never quit falling. It was not going to be a climbing day for our team and so we turned it into a fine rest day.  Solveig Waterfall taught an excellent course in avalanche beacon use.  Tim Hardin and Cody Doolan built the mother of all snow kitchens.  The team listened patiently to old guide stories and chatted over the current events we could pick up from the Anchorage FM stations.  We had a few sessions of cutting snow blocks and building walls around the tents.  Mostly this was done for exercise and to get warm, since as yet this particular storm hasn’t come with the wind which would necessitate walls.  We are happy for that and are somewhat resigned to another day or two of this same system. 

Best,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

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Dear Cathy,I’m happy to hear that everybody is doing well even thought the weather is not colaborating. Just be pacient and careful and not to worry because you guys will make it to the top. Do not forget the pictures!!!

Posted by: Carmen Allen on 7/9/2012 at 1:28 pm

Cathy,
I enjoy reading the blog every morning. I hope the conditions will get better soon and you can move on! Alan and I need you for a long overdue ER meeting back here in San Diego!
Good luck to you and the team,
Gerhard

Posted by: Gerhard on 7/9/2012 at 12:12 pm

Following you journey in awe dressed in shorts & aloha shirt.

love & friendship!

Posted by: michael on 7/8/2012 at 4:30 pm

Brian and Team - hello from sunny and very warm Hilton Head SC. Hard to believe it is snowing like that while we are sweltering in the heat here. Hope everyone is getting some well deserved rest and ramping up for the upcoming days. Connor wanted to remind you that he is looking at the same stars that you are every night.  Stay safe, lots of love, Robin, Tristan and Connor

Posted by: Robin, Tristan & Connor on 7/8/2012 at 2:12 pm

Hope you are enjoying the climb.  Good luck to the summit…..

Posted by: Adrienne Berlin on 7/8/2012 at 1:45 pm

Mark - Merry Christmas. Loved the photo. Is that Santa out by your tent? Enjoy your day off. We finally got some much needed rain, but back up to the high 90’s on Tuesday. Thinking of you and missing you. Love Mary

Posted by: Mary McDonald on 7/8/2012 at 9:23 am

Glad you are staying warm up there - it’s 105 degrees F here in the DC area! We will be thinking of you and trying to cool down! Love you D!
Sister Shelly and family

Posted by: Shelly on 7/8/2012 at 7:59 am

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