Mt. McKinley: Jones & Team Rest at 14,200’ Camp

Posted by: Tyler Jones, Bryan Hendrick, Garrett Stevens | June 10, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 14,200'

Today was a pretty chill day for team No Troubles here at 14,200’. We took the concept of a rest day very seriously, and slept in until the sun hit the tents late this morning. Breakfast was a delicious combination of retort eggs/bacon/sausage/gravy meals and freshly fried hash browns with cheese. The hot coffee was the perfect complement to our leisurely meal, and we waddled out of the posh sufficiently stuffed for the morning.

After a couple of hours of relaxation, we took some time to refresh our skills with the ascenders for the fixed lines, as well as practice for the running belays we’ll encounter up on the West Buttress. The afternoon’s weather turned a little more arctic, and we crawled into our tents after dinner to escape the frigid temps (-5F) and the blowing snow.

For now, we’re hoping for a break tomorrow morning so we can get our cache up onto the buttress. But as we all know, the weather has the ultimate say up here, so we’ll make a game time decision in the morning. Thinking warm thoughts from 14 camp, ta ta for now!

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Hey Team No Troubles!  Good work, good food, good camaraderie… Leaving in the morning for Anchorage, will wave from the airplane; thinking of you Will…
Cathy & Elizabeth

Posted by: Cathy Lambert on 6/10/2014 at 3:44 pm

Jen - Brrrr! It was in the low 90s in Houston today. I would LOVE to send some of that heat your way. I love to hear your team name is No Troubles. That’s the way to go. Hope you are staying as warm as possible. Good luck on your cache carry tomorrow. I’m getting so excited for you guys!!

Posted by: Nicole on 6/10/2014 at 3:01 pm

Paul and Gang, gonna send u some Puerto Rican weather—-the beach awaits, Paul!Ben

Posted by: Ben Alvarez on 6/10/2014 at 8:02 am

Good work team. Glad everyone’s healthy and no major malfunctions. Hunker down, stay warm and keep your belly’s full. Love Dad

Posted by: Nick Biekenoogen on 6/10/2014 at 8:02 am

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