Mt. McKinley Expedition: Hailes & Team Descending

Posted by: Walter Hailes | June 08, 2011
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 9,500'

We have been busy on the mountain.  With our summit attempt thwarted because of weather and the next projected weather window this Sunday the team has decided to head home to our families. 

Last night we slept at 14,000 feet and after a leisurely start to the day we have descended to about 9,500 ft. We will sleep here for a few hours tonight, awake around 4 a.m. so that we can take advantage of the frozen snow bridges,  and push on to the Kahiltna air strip. Unless we get stuck on the glacier because of bad weather this will be our last message from the mountain. We will talk to you all very soon.

RMI Guide Walter Hailes



Hope the weather on the glacier holds for all of you. Can’t wait to see you Pete!

Posted by: Katie on 6/9/2011 at 11:26 am

That sucks. travel safely. you guys did great.

Posted by: Colin Talbot on 6/9/2011 at 6:38 am

Travel safely home with another fantastic journey behind you.  I’m sure this will be another experience to treasure for life.  Andy, we look forward to seeing you soon.  Send pictures when you can!


Posted by: Nita Pennardt on 6/9/2011 at 6:10 am

Happy to hear you are on your way home.Have a safe return, I’ll be thinking of you!
Ingrid (Andy’s Mom)

Posted by: Ingid on 6/9/2011 at 5:28 am

Glad to hear you are all safe and making your way home!  Thanks for your leadership, Walter.

Posted by: Kristin on 6/8/2011 at 9:59 pm

We’re glad to hear that all are well and you are homeward bound.

Posted by: Bill & Paula VanDeventer on 6/8/2011 at 9:11 pm

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