Mt. McKinley: Knoff and Team Carry to 11,000’

Posted by: Adam Knoff | June 23, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 9,300'

These are the McKinley moments that tend to recharge the batteries and make the hard days tolerable.  Inside the tent, wrapped in a mountain of down, fed by the culinary expertise of Lindsay and Andy with views straight down the Kahiltna Glacier that knock your boots off.  The simplicity of this entire process creates an appreciation for simple rest not realized in other facets of ordinary life.  Get up, work yur’ arse off, get real tired and hungry, eat and go to bed.  No technology distractions, no depressing news feeds, simply us and the mountain. 
Having just completed day three, we are all pleased with our current position.  We awoke this morning to chilly temps, blowing snow and low visibility.  Because of our lower elevation of 9,300 feet another move day seemed a bit much so we opted for a carry that landed a majority of our team’s unneeded gear at the 11,000 ft camp which we plan to move to tomorrow.  These first four or five days can be some of the climb’s hardest but everyone has handled it with grace and competence.  We anticipate another strong team performance tomorrow.  Big hugs go out to friends and family who are taking the time to follow along. 
Hasta maƱana,

RMI Guide Adam Knoff

An RMI Team camped at 9,500 ft on Mt. McKinley, Alaska.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Wishing the team well on this climb. Rest up when you can and make the most of the good weather which is sure to come. Best of luck, Peter

Posted by: Peter Williamson on 6/24/2014 at 7:07 pm

Adam and crew,  stay warm and Adam your Uncle’s Jeff and Paul and Grandpa Gordie all say good luck as well.  Be safe!

Posted by: Kris Bowdtich Kirschhoffer on 6/24/2014 at 4:35 am

go Uncle Buck !!!!  (Mark)

Posted by: downs family on 6/24/2014 at 3:18 am

Good good luck up there guys!! Thinking of you in SF!

Posted by: Baby Giraffe on 6/23/2014 at 10:08 pm

Looks like a blast Lampi, amazing views - glad you guys got to do this.  Enjoy!

Posted by: Chad on 6/23/2014 at 7:50 pm

Good thoughts coming your way from Utah!

Posted by: Druckemiller's on 6/23/2014 at 6:19 pm

Hi Dave, Alexander and Evan,
We are all following the blog!  So exciting!  Thinking of you and your entire team.
XO
Lisa, Al, Annarose and Andrew

Posted by: Lisa Albert on 6/23/2014 at 2:41 pm

Yay team! Keep moving up!  Love the updates.

Posted by: Susan Lampas on 6/23/2014 at 10:42 am

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