Mt. McKinley: Jones & Team Carry to 14,000’

Posted by: Garrett Stevens, Tyler Jones | June 04, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 11,200'

Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Today we woke to a calm, warm and partly cloudy morning at our 11,000’ camp! A 7am wake up had us working our triceps downing a cup of coffee and a bowl of oatmeal. Then the hard work with the legs began for our 3,000’ climb. Starting with the grind of Motorcycle hill where the ridge provides amazing views of the Washburn wall and Father and Sons wall. Both walls are enormous, sporting 8,000’ of vertical relief. With strong efforts by all the team we continued up through Squirrel Hill, across the Polo Fields with the magnificent end of the direct West Buttress looming above. Our ascent around the infamous Windy Corner was just a cool light breeze, a welcome reward. The crew arrived to the 14,000’ camp in good shape and we dropped our supplies for the coming days. It was the longest and most work of our trip putting in 7 hours on our feet. The descent was smooth with new blown powder covering the trail, making for soft crampon walking back to the rest and relaxation of the tents for a while before we move in to the disco circus tent we call our living room and kitchen for a very well earned quesadilla extravaganza. We plan to take a day of rest tomorrow and count on our recovery at this lower altitude with continued acclimatization to be hugely beneficial to our success up higher on the mountain. That’s all - got to go now, catch you all on our rest day tomorrow!
RMI Guides Tyler Jones & Garrett Stevens

An RMI Team ascending the Polo Fields of Denali.  Photo: RMI Collection An RMI Team ascends Motorcycle Hill.  Photo: Seth Waterfall

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Great job everybody!!! A special hello to Lori. :) You are all an inspiration. I hope you stay warm and safe! Good luck!!! Love and hugs,
Maggie and Casey
Lori-P.S. Keep God in your heart.

Posted by: Casey Hansen on 6/6/2013 at 7:43 am

Robin and Team

Congratulations on your trek to 14k. Sounds like you guys had a difficult day but some amazing views! Hope you get some well deserved rest today. Take care and good luck tomorrow. Looking forward to updates. Praying for your safety and success. Stay warm.
Robin - P.S. got your Father’s Day Cards :)

Love, DAD

Posted by: Matt Prosser on 6/5/2013 at 10:00 am

James and crew
It is great to hear how your climb is coming along.  Sure sounds like you are strong.  Congrats!
Fred

Posted by: Fred Klingbeil on 6/5/2013 at 9:17 am

Sounds like a great day of climbing, congrats! Remember there is a huge difference between being alive and living!! You guys are definitely Living!! Keep up the great work.

Posted by: Paul Kinneberg on 6/5/2013 at 7:40 am

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