Mt. McKinley: Team Jones - The Job of Chilling

Posted by: Garrett Stevens, Tyler Jones | June 07, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 14,200'

Friday, June 7, 2013
Today, we are chilling out around camp like it’s our job; in fact, it IS our job after yesterday’s move up to 14,200’. The trial of moving with big packs in the relentless sun is behind us, and now we are enjoying our well earned rest.

The morning started when the sun crept around the ridge, taking the bite out of last night’s sub-zero temperatures. The crystal blue skies above were inviting folks to grab sleeping bags and drape them over tents to dry out, as well as let the UV rays kill a week of accumulated funk.

As hot water came to a boil and the smells of frying bacon and eggs wafted over our tents, the crew came circling in like sharks sensing prey in the water. Our breakfast quesadillas lasted about as long as an injured fish in a feeding frenzy, too - but you know what they say: you have to eat your way right to the top of this mountain.

After the group appetite was satiated, team members waddled back to their tents in down booties, looking for more respite from the intense power if the sun. The route is easily visible from our tents, and we’ve seen plenty of teams heading up the route we’ll follow tomorrow on our carry. The group morale is high and folks are climbing strong, although the new altitude is definitely noticeable.

Our afternoon today will include a review of fixed line travel techniques, in preparation for the carry tomorrow. But for now, we are simply enjoying being in one of the world’s most beautiful places, with excellent weather and the bulk of Denali reminding us of what’s to come. Thanks for all the kind wishes and keep sending the good vibes! Stay tuned…

RMI Guides Tyler Jones, Garrett Stevens, and the Crew

The RMI Posh Tent at 14,000 ft on Mt. McKinley.  Photo: LIndsay Mann

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Robin and Team
Hope all is well up there in the thin air! Congrats to you all for passing the half way mark and I hope you get some well deserved rest and recharge for what lies ahead. You guys are nothing short of amazing! Best wishes and lots of prayers for you all for your continued safe ascent and good weather. Stay warm and stay safe.

Love you Robin
DAD

Posted by: Matt Prosser on 6/8/2013 at 8:54 am

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