Mt. McKinley: Adam Knoff & West Rib Team Check in

Posted by: | May 28, 2011
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley

This is Adam checking in from Mt McKinley. 

Yesterday our team made an exploratory reconnaissance up the NE Fork of the Kahiltna.  This is the approach glacier that leads to the bottom of our climbing route, the West Rib. 
It was an instructive day.  Without going into detail, suffice it to say for reasons based on mountaineering experience we have decided to forego climbing the lower portion of the West Rib.  Rather, our revised plan will be to follow the West Buttress route to 14,000’ and from there intersect the ridgeline and climb the upper West Rib to the summit. 

We are aiming to make camp today at 9,500’.  The weather is gorgeous, the team is strong, and everyone is excited about our new strategy. 

RMI Guide Adam Knoff

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Glad to hear that you guys are making smart, safe decisions. While I know you had hoped to complete the full West Rib, it’s always better to be safe and prudent, and I’m sure the Upper Rib line will still be amazing. Good luck to my Peter and the rest of the team, and stay safe!

Posted by: Esther Kim on 5/30/2011 at 9:22 am

Man that sounds great! Wish I was there! Have a great climb guys!

Posted by: Ben Fraley on 5/29/2011 at 5:51 pm

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