Mt. McKinley: Haugen And Team Settle in At 11,000’

Posted by: Mike Haugen | June 17, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 11,200'

Monday, June 17, 2013
We are on the mountain! After walking up the glacier on our long approach, this camp feels like we are actually starting to make some headway towards the top.  We will be at this 11,000’ camp for a minimum of three nights, so we are dug in pretty solidly.
The plan for tomorrow is to do a back carry. This means we will walk back down to our cache at 10,000’, dig it up, and then bring it back up to our new camp at 11,000 ft. It shouldn’t be too hard of a day, but it is very important in our acclimatization scheme. 
Although there are no bad views in this place, we have an amazing view from this camp. From a safe distance, we get to watch some giant ice cliffs calving off some large chunks. The heat of the nice weather days has made for some dynamic snow and ice conditions.

Summit Team 6!  Led by RMI Guide Mike Haugen

An RMI Team camped at 11,000' on Mt. McKinley.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Please tell Cindee she’s a bad-a$$ and that Zoot and Ruby miss her and that we don’t know the internet passcode! Hahaha. The whole team is an inspiration. Keep it up guys! Climb it like a BOSS!! Maija

Posted by: Maija Markul on 6/20/2013 at 1:21 pm

Wow, what amazing pictures and updates!

Hey Steve! We’re cheering you on and can’t wait to see you guys when you get back. Have an amazing time on the adventure. Heading up Snowmass this weekend and will take a moment for you!

Posted by: James on 6/18/2013 at 7:03 pm

Way to go Cindy!!
Hangin 11 eh;if you go straight up from there you will find out what makes the “World go Round”:)
Durango,Colorado guy

Posted by: vic markula on 6/18/2013 at 5:57 pm

Go Cindee! Your team is cheering you on.

Posted by: Andrea Whalen on 6/18/2013 at 5:34 pm

Mike H. - thanks for the wonderful updates and photos! And to Steve, love you and miss you bunches, hope you and everyone are having an amazing adventure! Keep safe and take lots of pictures!

Posted by: Tania on 6/18/2013 at 3:30 pm

Go little one go!

Posted by: Stacy Turner on 6/18/2013 at 3:29 pm

Wow.  Our airplane ride around McKinley was only top elev of 12,000.  What a view that was.  Also, we got a great view of the North side from Eieliason in Denali Park. Hope the good weather continues and you all have an amazing summit.

Posted by: Cindy Haugen on 6/18/2013 at 2:01 pm

Way to go C-Triscuit!!

Posted by: Kristina Markula on 6/18/2013 at 9:16 am

It looks quite amazing from the pics!Lance’s little hiker girls did 3hrs hike at 3800ft high yesterday! Not quite McKinley yet!

Posted by: elisabeth on 6/18/2013 at 6:07 am

Great to watch your progress up the mountain.  Thanks for the updates. Continued luck with good weather!

Posted by: Brigitte on 6/18/2013 at 3:36 am

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