Mt. McKinley: Van Deventer & Team Settle into 11K Camp

Posted by: Pete Van Deventer, Geoff Schellens, Robby Young | June 23, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 11,200'

Sunday, June 23rd, 2013
Hello all,

We’re checking in from 11k! We woke at a more reasonable hour this morning to a centimeter or so of new snow, and crystal blue skies. There was nothing to do but eat a big breakfast, crash our camp, and bounce to 11,000 feet. Just over two hours later we rolled into camp, psyched to finally be setting up shop for a few days. We dug a big kitchen, got the tents all bomb proof, and enjoyed an afternoon lounging in (or hiding from) the sun. With a full rest day tomorrow, it was a relaxed evening, and we spectated as the rangers skied a few laps above camp. The group’s competitive personalities are coming out, and tomorrow we have scheduled a competitive napping event. We’ll let you know who the winners are!

Until then,
Happily resting at 11k.

RMI Guides Pete, Geoff, Robby, et al.

Moving to 11,000' Camp. Photo: Lindsay Mann

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Hi Wyatt!  It’s been raining since you left!  The pictures of the mountain look beautiful.  We really enjoy reading what your group is doing from this blog.  Take Care and stay safe and strong.  Love ya,  Mom and Dad

Posted by: Marian Evenson on 6/24/2013 at 4:10 pm

Hugo ,we wish you a nice and safe journey! Enjoy your ride !
From your brother , Luis Heitor .

Posted by: Luis Heitor Picchioni on 6/24/2013 at 9:26 am

Derek:  Just want to let you know we are SO very proud of you, on this, your latest “walk in the park”. Best of luck to you and your team members, what an awesome climb, knock it out of the Park!!  Love, Mamma-Jamma and Pops

Posted by: Caroline Sokoloski on 6/24/2013 at 7:56 am

Derek - I am so enjoying watching and reading about your expedition.  Would love to be there just for the snow alone! Sadly, it’s hot and humid here in Jersey.  Stay safe and have fun!
Love, Aunt Rita

Posted by: Rita DeCamp on 6/24/2013 at 6:32 am

Good morning, Tommy! It’s wonderful hearing how well you and the team are doing! Happy to hear you have a rest day after all the hard work of the past few days. I envy the beauty you get to wake up to everyday. I feel your strength and excitement all the way to New York. Everyone here sends their best wishes! Sara said to tell you that your girls are missing you! That’s an understatement; but as much as we miss you, we wouldn’t want you to be anywhere else. Have an awesome day! My love and prayers are with you!
Rhonda

Posted by: Rhonda Kitchen on 6/24/2013 at 5:45 am

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