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Mt. McKinley: Knoff and Team Train and Re-Design Camp

Posted by: Adam Knoff, Lindsay Mann, Andy Hildebrand | July 02, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 14,000'

July 2, 2014 - 12:09 am PT

Thank you for all of the blog comments. It is great to hear from everyone back home and it is always reinvigorating.

Today we got to sleep in and then scurried down to our cache above Windy Corner. It was nice to be reunited with our food, clean underwear and base layers that we left buried in the snow for a few days. We then spent the afternoon doing some kitchen redesign, fixed line training and more sorting of food.

Tomorrow is an exciting day! We will get to see some more challenging and exciting terrain—carrying to the top of the fixed lines!

RMI Guide Adam Knoff and Team

The views from Windy Corner on Mt. McKinley, Alaska.  Photo: Brent Okita

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Mt. McKinley: Knoff & Team Move to 14,000’ Camp

Posted by: Adam Knoff, Lindsay Mann, Andy Hildebrand | July 01, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 14,200'

June 30, 2014 - 11:19pm PT

After an impromptu camp on the polo field we woke up to intermittent wind gusts rattling our tent flys. We crawled out of our shelters to crisp cold weather and blue skies. We ate a quick breakfast and began to break camp to complete our journey to 14,200’ feet. Amidst the chaos of packing our bags we spotted Billy Nugent and his crew descending from a successful summit, we exchanged high fives and and hit the trail. This time equipped with snow shoes and skis to deal with the waist deep drifts. We were feeling very happy about floating on the snow surface vs crawling through it. We had pleasant weather and relatively calm winds working our way around Windy Corner. We pulled into camp and made ourselves at home, feeling the altitude a little we began to take care of ourselves and focus on the mountain ahead of us.

We are all feeling good and hoping for the best weather possible.

RMI Guide Adam Knoff & Team

Windy Corner on Mt. McKinley. Photo: Brent Okita

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Mt. McKinley: Knoff & Team - A Fun Game of Polo

Posted by: Adam Knoff, Lindsay Mann, Andy Hildebrand | June 29, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 12,500'

June 29, 2014 - 9:51 pm PT

Hello to everyone out there in blog land.  We all wish, in some selfish way I suppose, that there was a sure fire way to teleport any curious individuals straight to our location here on what is commonly called the Polo Field of the West Buttress.  As I mentioned yesterday, a move to 14,000 foot Advanced Basecamp was on the ticket and we were gonna “make some hay” while the sun did shine.  Oh how the “High One” can take any given plan and turn it into any thing she wishes.  Like the oxymoron I spoke of about a “windless” Windy Corner.  Can you say JINX!  As it turns out, not only was the corner as windy as a Dave Hahn Everest story, the sun only shined for a few minutes before it started dumping snow again.  Combine this with heinous trail breaking in the multiple feet of new snow and out pops a midway camp spot used only when the going gets tough.  So tomorrow the tough will get going again and try for 14,000 feet once more.

Wish for warm toes, a better trail and quite winds. 
Until Tomorrow. 

RMI Guide Adam Knoff

Looking back at 11,000' Camp. Photo: RMI Collection

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Better luck tomorrow guys. You will need all your strength with all that snow to plough through! go well, Peter

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Posted by: peter williamson on 6/30/2014 at 3:58 am

Bunch of us in OHIO wish Mark Skinner and the team God Speed !

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Posted by: Bob Skinner on 6/30/2014 at 3:17 am


Mt. McKinley: Knoff & Team Ready for Some Exercise

Posted by: Adam Knoff, Lindsay Mann, Andy Hildebrand | June 29, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 11,200'

June 29, 2014 - 12:16 am PT

I believe the saying goes “when the sun shines, make some hay!”  Well metaphors are going to have to do because Toto, we ain’t in Kansas anymore and nothing grows up here except foot fungus and beards.  So, with the sun finally shining brightly and the snow settled to what seems a safe consistency,  the team is ready to make some hay and move to 14,000 camp tomorrow!  This morning we didn’t crawl out of tents until the sun warmed them up at 9 am.  After that, massive coffee presses, eggs, bacon and hash browns followed.  Yup, we do it right up here.  It was Andy’s birthday today so he got to be served all morning and surprised after breakfast to a tent full of balloons thanks to Lindsay’s pre-trip preparations.  After breakfast the team read, sun bathed, still sunk waist deep in snow when not on the trail and prepared gear to bring up the mountain.  We are all excited to move our rested legs and make our way up hill.  It will indeed be a doozy of a day, breaking trail, dealing with the sun and carrying heavy loads.  I know we are all up to the task. 

Wish us luck. 

RMI Guide Adam Knoff signing off

11,200' on McKinley, Kahiltna Dome in the the distance. Photo: RMI Collection

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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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