Mt. McKinley: Nugent & Team Reach Camp 1

Posted by: Billy Nugent, Levi Kepsel, Chase Nelson | June 13, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 7,800'

June 13, 2014 - 9:40 pm PT

Welcome! To the first of many blog installments for the June 10, 2014, RMI expedition to Denali. Our team first met a couple days ago in Anchorage and enjoyed a cramped van ride up to Talkeetna. There, we spent the following day packing and prepping for our bush flight in the midst of a shaky weather forecast. We went to bed on Wednesday night locked and loaded with our fingers crossed for blue skies in the a.m… As luck would have it our good friends at K2 Aviation were able to drop us off at Kahiltna Basecamp in a pair of Otter ski planes first thing in the morning! After building and moving in to our camp we spent the rest of the day making our final preparations for the trip.

Today was the first real day of the expedition. We woke early and broke camp and packed up for our single-carry to Camp 1 at 7,800’. A single-carry means we are loaded down with all of the equipment, food, and fuel to sustain our expedition for 22 days… It rounds out to about 100lbs of gear per climber split between a sled and backpack. We had a couple of occasional breaks of clear skies but spent most of the day sheltered from the blazing sun by a thin layer of clouds and light snow flurries. While it might sound inclement, it actually kept temperatures from getting too warm and made for nice walking. We are all settled in at 7,800’ for the night and are hoping to continue up tomorrow with another single-carry to 9,600’ and Camp 2.

We’ll check in again and let ya’ll know how it went…

RMI Guide Billy Nugent

The Mt. McKinley Expedition starting June 10th, 2014, led by Billy Nugent ready to fly! An RMI climbing team hauls sleds to Mt. McKinley's Camp 1. Photo: RMI Collection

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Happy Father’s Day Michael and to any other fathers with you!  Your life lessons have been and continue to be incredible.  Enjoy the journey!  Love you and stay safe!!

Posted by: Mary Lou Quandt on 6/15/2014 at 6:15 am

Mike,
cycling class isn’t as fun without you! We are thinking of you daily!
Well wishes-Paige and Warren

Posted by: paige woodward on 6/14/2014 at 6:02 pm

Four things for success: work and pray, think and believe.
Norman Vincent Peale
Keep pushing Mikey!  Love and hugs from home, ML

Posted by: Mary Lou Quandt on 6/14/2014 at 8:35 am

100 lbs of gear…..........you guys are amazing!  Keep it up!!!!
Kathy

Posted by: Kathy on 6/14/2014 at 6:44 am

Locked and loaded, that’s what I love to see! Push hard, Godspeed!

Posted by: T. Quandt on 6/14/2014 at 6:31 am

Godspeed and good weather.  You are missing some toasty weather in AZ—sort of around 107 degrees.

Posted by: ANGELA SCHWIND on 6/14/2014 at 6:23 am

Rafael, I am very happy for you. enjoy every moment!
Go team, go!

Posted by: Monique Fernandes on 6/14/2014 at 6:15 am

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