Mt. McKinley: Walter & Team Remain at 14,000’

Posted by: Mike Walter, Solveig Waterfall, Steve Gately | May 22, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 14,000'

May 22, 2014 - 6:44 pm PT
We had grand plans of moving to high camp today, and awoke early to clear skies above and relatively warm temps. We started stoves and began the process of packing sleeping bags and organizing gear, but before the water even had time to boil, a cap began to build on the upper mountain and lenticulars formed over Mt. Foraker to our south west.  We watched as plumes of snow, sublimating from the west buttress and 17,000’ Camp, began to stream to the south. 
Better to sit here at 14 camp and drink more coffee, we decided…. Although now we are out of coffee….
The team is in good spirits and we will keep you posted as the situation continues. Fingers aggressively crossed that this weather breaks soon!

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The view from 14,000 ft on Mt. McKinley with Mt. Foraker in the background.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Out of coffee?!  That is dire news, indeed.  I’ll see what strings I can pull for the weather…

Posted by: K2 on 5/23/2014 at 5:22 am

Good luck Dean and all the team.

Posted by: Sheryl Hawkins on 5/23/2014 at 4:00 am

Take care Dean ( alias Harry ) looks amazing, a lifetime experience to tell grandkids ( not that they’ll listen ), you should all be so proud. Micelle’s keeping us posted. Roy and me. xx

Posted by: maureen mackay on 5/23/2014 at 3:44 am

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