Mt. McKinley Expedition: Walter & Team Staying Patient

Posted by: Mike Walter, Steve Gately, Solveig Waterfall | May 25, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 14,000'

May 24, 2014 - 11:24 pm

Patience. Climbers looking to come to the big mountains of the world often focus mostly on physical training. I need the strength to climb this steep section, the strength to get to the top. What about the strength to wait out weather for a few days, a week,12 days!? Patience is a crucial component of the mental strength needed to not only succeed in the worlds great ranges but stay safe and return home. Luckily we have a great team that seems to understand this model and is doing a fantastic job of staying patient.

Today was actually a gorgeous day, blue skies and variable wind. So you might be asking yourself why are we still at 14,000’?. The problem here is that one great day does us very little good. We need 2-3 days of good weather. One good day to get to 17,000’ camp, one good day to summit and one last good day to descend. With our forecast calling for extremely high winds and 1-2 feet of snow tomorrow, moving to a very exposed 17,000’ camp would be foolish. So Alas! We must stay patient, hopeful and in good spirits, and it would appear we have just the team for the job. Plus I hear building snowmen is great for acclimatization!

All the best from RMI Guides Steve, Mike, Solveig and team!

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