Mt. McKinley: Okita & Team Move to 17,200’ Camp

Posted by: | May 29, 2011
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 17,200'

An always tough move to 17,200’ was made a bit more pleasant today with some perfect weather and climbing conditions.

We’re all in bed now after setting up camp and having dinner. We’re awaiting the morning to see if this nice weather holds out. If things are perfect, we’ll go for the summit! I’ve learned that you just can’t pass up a perfect day on this mountain. I’ve seen too many other folks squander opportunities that never arise again.

However, a rest day would be most welcome if conditions are at all marginal. It might just mean that we have to wait out a weather system coming our way in the next couple of days.


RMI Guides Brent, Leon and Maile

Climbers ascending the West Buttress at approximately 16,500' en route to Camp 4 at 17,000'.

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Well done everyone, hope the weather stays god for you all.  Stay safe, Love to Paul from Catherine, John, Lauren, Ben, Mum & Dad xxxx

Posted by: Catherine Haslewood on 5/31/2011 at 5:51 am

Dear guides, please post update on the team progress as soon as you can

Posted by: Marina on 5/30/2011 at 10:24 pm

Great job Uncle Zacky, we miss you.  Love, Chloe and Charlotte

Posted by: Chloe on 5/30/2011 at 6:56 pm

You’re all amazing, especially my fantastic husband.  Here’s to perfect weather and a safe summit!

Posted by: K8 on 5/30/2011 at 4:48 pm

Zac,  Wow 17,200.  so proud of you and the team, hope you reach the summit on the 31st.  Stay safe, miss hearing from you, take lots of pictures.  I can’t even imagine how beautiful it must be up there.  Enjoy every minute.  Love, Mom and Dad.

Posted by: Lynne Candelario on 5/30/2011 at 3:49 pm

I will be thinking of you and hoping the weather will hold so you can have a beautiful day at the top.  Please be safe and know many people are thinking of you.  Maile I love you Mom

Posted by: ginny myers on 5/30/2011 at 3:29 pm

Great work team!  I hope the weather stays just right for your summit bid in the morning.  Stay safe and please be very careful.  I can’t wait to see all your pictures, it must be an amazing trip.  Get a good night’s rest and please update us as soon as possible.  Zac the girls and I miss you so much.  All our love, M, T & B

Posted by: mary candelario on 5/30/2011 at 10:16 am

Pray about it.

Posted by: Carole on 5/30/2011 at 7:14 am

HW - Great job! Hope the good weather will stay with you guys. If you are making the summit bid, please be careful, especially don’t let your guard down during descend. Do your best, but don’t force it. Best of luck! We love you. -F

Posted by: F on 5/30/2011 at 7:09 am

Gerat job you all! I hope you got a good night rest in case you are making the summit bid. Please be smart and do not rush it though. Its the end result that matters. Love you so very much!!!

Posted by: Marina on 5/30/2011 at 6:36 am

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