Mt. McKinley: Jake Beren & Team Rest & Refuel at 17,000’ Camp

Posted by: Jake Beren, Leon Davis, Josh Maggard | June 18, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 17,000'

Tuesday, June 18 , 2013
What a day yesterday was!  We were the only team to climb our route and truly enjoyed having the whole day to ourselves. It was a touch windy, but with warm air temps, it was perfectly manageable. The team climbed strong and stood on top in the afternoon with perfect visibility were treated to spectacular views the whole way up. The summit day is only possible with a combination of factors all coming together and we did a great job matching ourselves to the mountain. Bravo everyone!

Today really makes our call to go for it yesterday seem like the right one. The wind picked up last night and has been blowing hard ever since. We have been hanging out and resting at 17 camp and once the wind dies down we will tackle the Buttress and start the cruise home. We are going to wait a bit and maybe take off tomorrow after this spike in wind speed. For now we could use the rest after a few huge days.
 
Looking forward to seeing everyone as soon as Denali grants us safe passage.

RMI Guides Jake, Leon, and Josh

Looking down to 14,000' Camp on Denali - RMI Photo Collection

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We’re glad you all made it to the summit and the weather held!  It must seem absolutely religious if the pictures are any hint.  Come back safely and be sure to tip the guides—they’re the best.
Il Padrino

Posted by: R.B. on 6/19/2013 at 3:04 pm

Congrats Josh on getting to the summit your first try.  Post some pics -Richard Boucher

Posted by: richard a boucher on 6/19/2013 at 6:33 am

Congratulations to the entire team!  Peter, I can’t wait to hear all abnout it and did you notice Bonny is writng at 2 am about you?!??!?!  Be safe everyone, Liz LaBoone

Posted by: Elizabeth LaBoone on 6/19/2013 at 6:14 am

Congratulations to the team on their reaching the summit.  Must have been glorious to have the trail to yourself.  Hoping the wind will die down soon to allow safe passage down the mountain and back home where we all wait with bated breath for your return.  Love to Peter. xo, Bonny

Posted by: Bonny Rogers on 6/19/2013 at 2:43 am

A rest day is well-deserved!
Everyone at home is so excited about the news of your summit and sends their love to the Team.
Enjoy the mountain, your time together and the days left on this incredible journey.

~S Brownie

Posted by: S Brownie on 6/18/2013 at 5:57 pm

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