Mt. McKinley: Okita & Team Carry and Rest

Posted by: Brent Okita, Leah Fisher | May 26, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 11,200'

Sunday, May 26, 2013
Bagels fried in butter, slathered in cream cheese and accompanied with smoked salmon and bacon. It was the perfect fuel to start us out on the perfect day. Clear, calm skies prevailed over the Alaska Range once again and shortly after 9:30 we were hoofing it down to pick up our cache at 9500’. Everyone cruised up and down, allowing us a quasi rest day upon our return to camp around 1:00.
A little afternoon training with our crampons and ice axes will serve us well as we start climbing some steeper terrain tomorrow. Motorcycle Hill, Squirrel Hill, the Polo Field and Windy Corner will be some of the areas we’ll climb through on our way to caching a bunch of food and supplies at 13,500’. We’re looking forward to an exciting and challenging day.
As we were preparing to settle in for our dinner of burritos we got a pleasant surprise when the first RMI trip arrived in camp after summiting on a perfect day yesterday. It is exciting to see our friends, and certainly gets us stoked for the climbing to come. We’re hoping for some similar conditions when it comes our turn to go for the summit. But for now, we’ll just concentrate on the matter at hand. Getting our cache to 13,500’.
We’ll be getting up fairly early in order to get back to camp with time to relax and prepare for the next day.
Until then ...

RMI Guides Brent, Logan, Leah

An RMI Team camped at 11,200 ft on Mt.McKinley.  Photo: RMI Collection

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I think George is jealous about your trip. Next time take him too…

Posted by: susan birnbaum on 5/28/2013 at 2:17 pm

Razzle-dazzle & Ray Ray,

What an amazing experience! I remember you telling me about the fried bagels as we sat in the sun trying to imagine what your climb would be like. Can’t believe it’s really happening. Be in every moment, absorb it all: the sound of the snow, your heightened sense of awareness, the way you can read the terrain… It’s you and the mountain.
Miss you, love you,
-E

Posted by: Eva on 5/27/2013 at 9:25 pm

Good to hear that things are going well.  Some of my most memorable and enjoyable meals were in the posh tents up there.

-Larry Seaton

Posted by: Larry Seaton on 5/27/2013 at 8:44 pm

Happy Memorial day to all.  Glad your making excellent progress.  it looks so beautiful up there.  Yum on the food sounds better than hot dogs and hamburgers.  Wishing you good weather and safe journey!

Gerald everyone is missing you and thinking of you!

Rob

Posted by: Rob Carrizzo on 5/27/2013 at 3:59 pm

Hey Erich! Looks like y’all are making nice progress and you’re not going hungry! :) I just want you to know my memorial day consisted of 88 degrees, jet skis and beer—the only thing missing was you! Hope all is well! Thinking and praying for you and the team daily! Love, love, love!
-Amberly

Posted by: Amberly on 5/27/2013 at 3:36 pm

Jeff Hooper

We miss you.  Looks like you are having fun.
Try to stay warm
Love,
Kenny, Alex and Sophia

Posted by: veronica Hooper on 5/27/2013 at 2:29 pm

Hey Uncle D! Just got back from two weeks in Florida on a job, 86 degrees average daily temp, what’s yours up there? ;-) I’m guessing not that warm! I wish you all the best and be safe, stay dry, and we can’t wait to hear all about it!

Further on up the mountain!

Jon

Posted by: Jon on 5/27/2013 at 11:38 am

Hey Bro,

It looks cold up there! Glad all sounds well tho! We missed you in CR, but promise not to photoshop you in… Well, maybe not anyway! Sending lots of love and good wishes to you and the whole team!

Love, Shelly

Posted by: Shelly on 5/27/2013 at 11:22 am

Hi Uncle D you seem like you are having fun with all your buddies ;) How are your tents, you staying warm? I hope you are so I don’t have to make a bunch of hot coco when you get back (I still will make some if you want me to) I miss and love you! Alex, Nic, Scott, Aunt Steph, Gramma Fran and Poppa, Mom, Dad, and me miss and love and give you good luck!

Love,  Tasha :)

Posted by: Tasha on 5/27/2013 at 11:20 am

A & B—
Do you think we can get “take out” from the Posh House?
xx Mom

Posted by: Doni on 5/27/2013 at 7:11 am

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