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

Posted by: | May 31, 2011
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 14,000'

Hello, this is Adam Knoff and the Upper West Rib Team.  We are settled in nicely here at 14,000’, Advanced Base Camp. We moved up today in the harsh winds but pushed through, maintained, got here in good style and everyone here is doing great. 

We have coined ourselves a new team name that being “The Family Style West Rib Team”.  Because back in Talkeetna we decided we were going to fit 5 people in a 4 man tent on our expedition. Courtney Scaife being a good old fashion Wisconsin girl said “This is just like family style camping” and now we will refer to ourselves as the Family Style West Rib Team.

The weather here is cloudy but calm and relatively warm for this altitude. We will be taking a rest day tomorrow, with the exception of climbing down about 500’ below camp to retrieve our cache .  The following day we will have a full rest day.  So a nice, leisurely couple of days coming up compared to the seven solid days of movement we’ve had the last week. We will be checking in tomorrow and let you know how our rest is going.

RMI Guide Adam Knoff

RMI Guide Adam Knoff checks in from 14,000' on Mt. McKinley.

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Way to go Courto!!!!!!  Keep on making the Cheeseheads proud.  You are a super rock star - kind of scares me actually as I sit on my mommy butt drinking beer and watching reality tv.  I know you are also super embarrassed reading this right now so I guess my current mission has been accomplished.  The Thompson 5 love you.  Sus

Posted by: Susannah Thompson on 6/3/2011 at 12:01 pm

Buen dia rucho, te amo mucho…acurucaaaa! jaja… feliz aventura…

Posted by: Anita on 6/2/2011 at 2:35 pm

James, I’m glad to hear everything is going well.  I’m sure you are having the time of your life!!  We are holding it down for you at the office.  See you soon : )

Posted by: Jennifer Brantley on 6/2/2011 at 12:36 pm

I’m so happy to hear that all is going well for the team! James, we love you and miss you!! Hope you are enjoying your adventure.

Posted by: Carla on 6/1/2011 at 7:01 pm

What a huge, glorious mountain! Stay Mom & Dad

Posted by: Glenna & Bob Scaife on 6/1/2011 at 6:42 pm

Very glad to hear you made it safely to 14K.  Keep up the good work, and enjoy your well-deserved rest days.  Hugs to Peter from his San Francisco Cheering Squad!

Posted by: Esther Kim on 6/1/2011 at 1:21 pm

Hi Andres, James & Courtney and the rest of the team I haven’t had the pleasure of climbing with yet.  Glad to see everything is going well for all of you.  I will be following the climb.  Be safe and have lots of fun…wish I was there!!!


Posted by: Lance on 6/1/2011 at 12:49 pm

So glad to hear you made it to 14,000 and that Courtney is keeping everyone entertained.  Sounds like you may have nicer weather there than we had on Memorial Day - we had snow!  Have a great rest. Looking forward to hearing from you again - P Street Action Committee or P-SAC

Posted by: Jennifer Levy on 6/1/2011 at 8:28 am

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