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Mt. McKinley: Knoff & Team Digging Out from “Epic” Storm

Posted by: Adam Knoff, Lindsay Mann, Andy Hildebrand | June 28, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 11,200'

June 27, 2014 - 11:11 pm PT

At 8 PM this evening we were blessed with the first glimmer of sun in two and a half days.  This isn’t completely out of the ordinary for this neck of the woods but more surprising, even to me with eight Denali expeditions, was the amount of snow that fell during that sunless stretch.  Four feet would about do this storm justice but when you are living in a nylon house that can collapse under a moderate burial of drifting snow it felt more like ten feet.  This morning at breakfast while in the posh house, a one pole pyramid cook tent set up to fit the entire team, shook and sagged under the constant loading of falling flakes, Jay Lampas asked if this snow storm qualified as “epic” yet? I didn’t want to sound too fragile and make him believe this was the “storm of the century” but I did have to concede that four feet in two days was a touch “epic”.  Of course the main worry of the team is how this massive blanketing will effect our upward progress.  I didn’t have an exact answer but I do know we will be sitting still on Saturday no matter how brilliant the weather because of the avalanche hazard that awaits above us.  Safety is always the number one priority so we will move to 14,000 feet only when we know it is safe to do so.  Hopefully our dwindling lunch food and Cosmo magazines can hold us out until we can get to the cache of food we left at Windy Corner.  We are all looking forward to a night with no 2 am wake up calls for shoveling duty.  Maybe full dreams will be of the upper mountain.  All the best from McKinley Team Knoff

Mt. McKinley's 11K Camp of snow forts. Photo: Rob Lindner

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Mt. McKinley: Knoff & Team - Snow Apocalypse

Posted by: Adam Knoff, Lindsay Mann, Andy Hildebrand | June 27, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 11,200'

June 26, 2014 - 6:37 pm PT

The entire team woke up at 2 am to a winter wonderland. With wind blowing and snow stacking the team had to wake up, strap on their boots and grab our shovels.  What was a nice camp with all tents visible to each other some 30 feet distance, is now a maze of deep trenches leading blindly to six-foot deep pits, each holding a team member’s house.  Approximately 40 inches of snow fell by morning in camp, completely covering our posh tent.

Currently the snow continues to fall.  A call on the satellite phone to the rangers at advanced base camp at 14,000 ft told us that five feet of snow had fallen there.  Some loose snow avalanches were observed on south facing slopes around camp—a reminder that winter is still upon us on Denali. We have had mixed results with the accuracy of the weather forecast, however in the extended outlook a high pressure system may be headed our way later this weekend and early next week.  It is times like these that test the will and patience of any Denali climber.  Thank God for Lindsay’s Cosmopolitan magazine. 

RMI Guides Adam Knoff, Lindsay Mann and Andy Hildebrand

A snowstorm hits Mt. McKinley's 11,200' Camp. Photo: RMI Collection

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Mt. McKinley: Knoff & Team Send Poetry from 11,000’ Camp

Posted by: Adam Knoff, Lindsay Mann, Andy Hildebrand | June 26, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 11,200'

June 25, 2014 - 10:42pm PT

Here I sit in my tent
Wondering where the day went
A rest day at eleven camp for the team
With people in and out of their dreams
Mike Haugen and troupe passed through
Delivering a pee bottle to Adam—woohoo!

For breakfast we had chocolate and pb pancakes (booya!) While we watched the snow flakes. For now the wind is pretty strong, and hopefully we won’t have to shovel all night long.

RMI Guides Adam Knoff,  Lindsay Mann and Andy Hildebrand

11,200 Foot Camp on Mt. McKinley.  Photo: Seth Waterfall

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Mt. McKinley: Knoff and Team Move to 11 Camp

Posted by: Adam Knoff, Lindsay Mann, Andy Hildebrand | June 24, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 11,200'

June 23, 2014 - 11:54 pm PT
We woke up to a beautiful day at 9,500 on Mt. McKinley enjoyed breakfast and broke down camp in record time.  We had a smooth carry to 11,000 and conveniently found some old tent platforms that needed minimal work to make hospitable. A major highlight to our new camp is an unbelievable toilet with a real lid donated by Tyler Jones and his crew on their way off the mountain, it’s the simple things in life. We are hunkering down for the night looking forward to a rest day tomorrow, however with a potential weather system coming in we might delay our rest day and make our carry to windy corner early before the weather changes. We will make our final decision in the morning when Adam can communicate with the mountain.

Hasta maƱana,
RMI Guides Adam Knoff, Lindsay Mann and Andy Hildebrand

An RMI Team moving to camp at 11,000ft on Mt. McKinley, Alaska.  Photo: Lindsay Mann

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Mt. McKinley: Knoff & Team’s Sunless Solstice

Posted by: Adam Knoff, Lindsay Mann, Andy Hildebrand | June 22, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 9,600'

June 21, 2014 - 11:38 pm PT

This morning the team woke to some clouds in the sky and a lenticular on the top of the Mt. McKinley. We got ready for the day while we waited for Adam to get the final words from the mountain gods on our next move. If only we knew what the mountain gods had in store for us…

Heavy loads up Ski Hill came first, followed by snow falling in a microwave followed by setting up camp in a serious snowstorm. The team made such impressive camp walls that a solo climber decided to use them as protection also for the night.

The best news of the day though is that today marked our last uphill single carry of the trip.

Happy solstice!

RMI Guides Adam Knoff, Andy Hildebrand and Lindsay Mann

Pulling sleds up Ski Hill on Mt. McKinley. Photo: RMI Collection

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Mt. McKinley: Knoff & Team - Kahiltna Dreams

Posted by: Adam Knoff, Lindsay Mann, Andy Hildebrand | June 21, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 7,800'

June 21, 2014 - 8:11 am PT

The transition from the sweet smell of blooming cotton woods, green grass, the easy access to showers to a life of arctic surroundings, grinding work and confined tent living comes abruptly!  This morning that reality was as large as the towering mountains around us but the team motivated quickly and with resolve to get our grand adventure underway.  The mental weight of shouldering a 60-pound pack connected to a 50-pound sled and then hauling it into an arena like the Kahiltna Glacier can be far more intimidating than the actual physical load.  Faced with this challenge our team shined!  We were thrilled to walk out of Base Camp at 9:30 this morning onto the smoothest most user-friendly trail I have seen in all my nine trips to this glacier.  Not only was the trail superb, we had the weather to match.  Five hours after leaving BC we arrived at Camp One.  At only 7,800 feet the vertical gain was not all that much but the distance was enough under monster loads to assure us this journey will not be an easy one.  Tomorrow we will attempt to move again.  Stay tuned.

RMI Guide Adam Knoff signing off

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

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Mt. McKinley: Knoff & Team - Murphy’s Law

Posted by: Adam Knoff, Lindsay Mann, Andy Hildebrand | June 20, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 7,300'

June 20, 2014 - 7:14 am PT

Three O Clock PM Talkeetna time.  The kids in orange vests that load and unload the planes we were to fly in asked if it was okay to unload the 2,700 pounds of gear weighing down the aircrafts still grounded by ugly mountain weather near Mt. McKinley.  Sure we all said.  By this time the thought of messing around with gear just to pass the time seemed like a safe plan. The flying conditions were reported to be bad all day so the perceived notion that we would fly at all was dwindling.  The forecast for the next few days looked worse so I knew unloading those planes was the best move we could have made.  Not more than 20 minutes after our climbing outfits came off and we were literally heading into town for a beer, base camp called, said conditions looked good and if anyone was ready, load ‘em up ASAP and get them in!  So, off with the jeans and tennies, on with boots and a mild-hurried panic and onto the plane.  Forty-five minutes later we were on the glacier!  Yeeee haaaa.

Everyone is buzzing with good energy and the days to come. Wish us luck on our move to Camp One. 

RMI Guide Adam Knoff

A view from the flight into Mt. McKinley's Basecamp. Photo: RMI Collection

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Mt. McKinley: Knoff & Team Ready for the Kahiltna Glacier!

Posted by: Adam Knoff, Lindsay Mann, Andy Hildebrand | June 19, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 348'

June 19, 2014 - 11:24 am PT

The team spent yesterday packing, chatting and organizing food. Today we arrived at the hangar and we’re told to stand by…a few hours later we are still standing by but are loading are bags onto planes and got the go ahead to change into climbing clothes. Hopefully, we will be loading the planes shortly and our next correspondence will be sent from the Kahiltna Glacier!

RMI Guide Adam Knoff

Team Knoff in Talkeetna ready to fly onto Mt. McKinley. Photo: Amy Jake

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Mt. McKinley: Adam Knoff & Team Arive in Talkeetna

Posted by: Adam Knoff, Lindsay Mann, Andy Hildebrand | June 18, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley

June 18, 2014 - 3:00pm PT

RMI Guides Adam Knoff, Lindsay Mann, Andy Hildebrand and Team have arrived in Talkeetna, AK to start their 2014 Mt. McKinley Expedition. Everything is going as planned for the team. They have completed their equipment check, met with the National Park Service and with good luck plan to fly onto the Kahiltna Glacier tomorrow.

Follow along on the RMI Expeditions Blog for updates on the team!

Adam Knoff & Team Arrive in Talkeetna, AK. Photo: Adam Knoff Adam Knoff & Team Check gear in Talkeetna, AK. Photo: Adam Knoff

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Mt. Rainier: June 14th SUMMIT!

Posted by: Lindsay Mann, Josh Maggard, Zach Lovell, Ben Liken, Katrina Bloemsma, JJ Justman | June 14, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb Teams Led by JJ Justman and Lindsay Mann reached the summit of Mt. Rainier early this morning.  The teams reported great climbing conditions with winds of about 5 - 15 mph as they climbed above the clouds.  The teams will spend some time on the summit before starting their descent back to Camp Muir.

Congratulations to Today’s Teams!

The June 14th Summit Climb Team at Sunrise on Mt. Rainier.  Photo: JJ Justman
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