Mt. McKinley: Haugen & Team Move to Camp 1

Posted by: Mike Haugen, Josh Gautreau | June 13, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 7,800'

June 13, 2014 - 8:22 pm PT

With an early start, we headed out from Basecamp to Camp 1 at 7,700ft. We left camp at six this morning and traveled down the southeast fork of the Kahiltna Glacier. The beginning portion is called Heartbreak Hill since it is downhill from Basecamp. This same hill is a heartbreaking uphill climb upon return to Basecamp after the climb. We made very good time as we joined the main Kahiltna Glacier and headed towards camp. Although it is not a big elevation gain day, it is a steady rise from the base of Heartbreak to Camp 1.

We arrived in camp around 10:30 this morning and got ourselves dug in since the weather has been pretty touchy this season. Our plan, if the weather allows, is to carry some of our gear up towards Kahiltna Pass around 10,000 ft. We carried our entire load today (100lb+ per person). Now it is time to start caching gear up higher to make our travels more efficient and to help us with our acclimatization process. Good night!

RMI Guide Billy Nugent and Team “The Ocho”

Climbing teams leaving Mt. McKinley's Basecamp. Photo: Chris Villar

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Bruce—You inspire me every time I am at Erik’s and this just tops the charts.  You are in better shape than anyone I know.  I wish you all the best for a successful climb.  Kick some serious Denali butt!  Thinking of you . . . Leah

Posted by: Leah Medway on 6/18/2014 at 9:30 am

Bruce,go for it,keep warm,love mom and dad

Posted by: Mom on 6/15/2014 at 7:40 am

Happy Father’s Day to you.  Where’s my coffee?

Posted by: Gwyn on 6/15/2014 at 6:45 am

Bruce and Michael, wow the expedition of a lifetime!  We’ll be watching from Phoenix and wishing all the best of weather and good fortune!

Posted by: James on 6/14/2014 at 10:03 pm

Miss you hope you are enjoying the experience.  Reading Kilimanjaro brochures..I only have to carry a day pack….

Posted by: gwyn on 6/14/2014 at 6:32 pm

Michael and Bruce - Have a great adventure!  We will be following you on the blog!  Your Kili pals, the Chambos

Posted by: Chambos on 6/14/2014 at 5:04 am

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