Mt. McKinley: Hahn & Team Excel At Resting

Posted by: Dave Hahn, Zeb Blais | July 10, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 14,200'

Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Not too much to report on our scheduled rest day at 14,200’ on Mt. McKinley.  It was calm and sunny, despite the persistent storm forecasts, but it did seem to be getting progressively more cloudy as the day went on and it started snowing at a good clip while we ate dinner in our cozy POSH tent.  The team did an excellent job of taking it easy today.  We caught up on hydration and sleep, rested sore muscles and dried out boots and socks.  We pared down the personal gadgetry and entertainment systems for the hard move up to 17,200’ and tried to figure out any clothing or gear that would not be useful up above. 
The number of teams around or above us has been steadily diminishing and as is normal for this point in July, the National Park Service climbing rangers have been packing up their seasonal station at 14 and getting loads ready for helicoptering.  It has been fun visiting with the other teams, but it is also quite enjoyable to have the mountain in its natural state -quiet and uncrowded.
If it doesn’t snow too much tonight and we get a decent shot tomorrow, we’ll move to high camp.

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

RMI Teams enjoy meals in the cozy POSH tent at 14,000 ft on Mt. McKinley.  Photo: Lindsay Mann

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Scott’s family - We have closely been following your climb. Praying all of you have a wonderful, successful, and safe climb and summit.

Posted by: Michelle Adaska on 7/11/2013 at 6:07 am

Tell macca (Sean) that we miss him, especially Archie. Go hard haradinko!

Posted by: Gem and Luke on 7/11/2013 at 4:05 am

Will’s “little” brother here to wish you all good luck and perfect conditions as you make your push for the summit!  -Geoff

Posted by: Geoff Cockrell on 7/11/2013 at 2:21 am

Go Dr. Raj!!! You are amazing! Hope you have an incredible climb!!

Tiffany

Posted by: Tiffany on 7/10/2013 at 9:50 am

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