Mt. McKinley: Walter & Team Socializing and Working on the Runway

Posted by: Mike Walter, Steve Gately, Solveig Waterfall | May 29, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 7,300'

May 29, 2014 - 3:55 pm PT

We awoke again to the faint patter of snow hitting our tents rainfly. Sticking our head out revealed slightly better visibility than when we tucked away in our sleeping bags last night. Looking east you could make out the lower features of Mount Hunter and looking west you could scarcely make out the lower flanks of Foraker. Sometime late morning the clouds began to break ever so slightly and the sun poked its head in through the clouds just enough to cause the many teams waiting here at camp to stir. Over 14” of new snow has fallen since we first arrived and that’s a concern for when our flights are able to pick us up. The accumulated snow makes it difficult for the small bush planes to take off from the glacier. So an effort was organized to gather the folks in camp to strap on there snowshoes and skis and go pack down the take off zone. Shortly after our task was finished the clouds descended and took over the southeast fork of the Kahiltna again. It’s early afternoon now and we’re still patiently waiting for conditions to improve, but with plenty of food and camp becoming busy with teams moving down from the upper mountain our team is biding their time making new friends and reacquainting with teams we shared time with at 14 camp. All is well here from the Kahiltna. Wish us luck!

RMI Guide Steve Gately and team

Mt. McKinley's Kahiltna Base. Photo: RMI Collection

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Steve and Team,

Glad to here all are safely down low. Hope the weather breaks so the bird can get you guys back to some hot showers.

Hike well and be safe.

Dad

Posted by: Bill Gately on 5/30/2014 at 1:50 am

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