Mt. McKinley: Van Deventer & Team Take a Rest Day

Posted by: Pete Van Deventer, Geoff Schellens, Robby Young | July 01, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 14,200'

Sunday, June 30, 2013
What a perfect day for a rest day! The day dawned calm, but with frequent clouds blotting out the sun. We had a nice, leisurely breakfast, with lots of story telling, chatting, and coffee, and a great afternoon siesta. Then, right on que, the winds and snow that were forecasted to start, rolled into camp. All the work on our snow walls paid off, and we are happily sitting in our protected tents, listening to the freight train roar on the buttress above. It wouldn’t be Alaska without some weather, and we are happy to be sitting at 14k rather than 17k! With all our preparations made, we’ll sit here and patiently wait this out until the mountain and weather say it’s our turn to go.

Best from here,

RMI Guides Pete, Geoff, Robby, and crew

The block walls built by RMI teams to protect their camp at 14,000 ft.  Photo: RMI collection

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Wyatt, We all hope the weather improves soon, it finally stopped raining here so the lake will be warm when you get home.  Can’t wait for all your stories!  Miss you son,  Mom and Dad

Posted by: Marian Evenson on 7/1/2013 at 2:27 pm

Derek and Team:  My thoughts, prayers, and best wishes are with you and all of your team members as you prepare to make the final push to the summit.  Everyone must be so eager to finally reach the top.  It’s been great being able to follow your progress up to this point and a waking hour hasn’t past where I don’t think about you up there on that mountain.  Stay strong, focused, and most of all safe.  Good Luck!! -  Pops

Posted by: Pops on 7/1/2013 at 1:41 pm

Good morning, Tommy! I am so grateful to be able to leave you messages everyday! It’s wonderful to get reports that everyone there is doing well, but I can’t wait to hear from you how you are doing. I know you are strong and focused and thankful for being there! I am more proud of you than you can imagine! You are my hero for daring to live your dream life! Other than missing you, we are all doing well. Brandon stopped by yesterday to check on me. He’s awesome! I am grateful for Sara being here with me, but the days and nights are long without you. We can’t until you are home! I am praying for good weather today and for strength for the climb up to High Camp. Amazing, you are almost there! Remember, my love and thoughts are with you every step you take.
Rhonda

Posted by: Rhonda Kitchen on 7/1/2013 at 7:41 am

Gail,
I am so proud of you.  Know you are having a amazing time and can’t wait to hear all about it.  Stay warm and safe.
Love Mom

Posted by: Gloria on 7/1/2013 at 7:13 am

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