Mt. McKinley: Haugen & Team Cache Gear by Washburn’s Thumb

Posted by: | June 27, 2011
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 14,200'

We began the day well before the direct sun was in 14,000’ Camp, which made for a chilly start. After a delicious Cinnamon Toast Crunch and coffee breakfast we made our way uphill. The weather was not perfect, but Elias and I were sure that the morning sun would burn off some of the clouds and the winds were going to subside. We made our way kicking steps through deep snow up to the fixed lines that take us to the top of the West Buttress. Our goal was to keep going up to 17,000’ Camp to cache some food and gear, but the deep snow and icy conditions on the fixed lines made travel a bit slower than was expected. We were very happy to cache below a beautiful, giant piece of granite called Washburn’s Thumb at 16,770’. It will be very easy to pick up our cache from there on our move to 17,000’ Camp. We made it back to camp in good style right about dinner time. Elias and I continue to be impressed by the climbers on this expedition.

RMI Guide Mike Haugen

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Hi Dad! Glad the weather improved a bit and your team is eating well :) Meera and Rina have been giving me updates from your calls. Things are going well here in the Hague, the ICC issued an arrest warrant for Qaddafi yesterday. Good luck with the move to 17,000. I miss you!



Posted by: Maya on 6/29/2011 at 1:09 am


Posted by: BCK on 6/28/2011 at 7:29 pm

Jeff, Paul called he said he only thinks he can get 15K.  He wants to talk to you when you are able.

Posted by: Allen on 6/28/2011 at 10:22 am

Hey Dr. Karwande! We’re here doing a triple valve on one of you past pt’s. Jealous? Gil says all of your pt’s are sick and asking for you. Wish you were here!!!
Love, the Heart Team!

Posted by: Homer on 6/28/2011 at 8:39 am

Sorry you guys are getting some unkind weather.  We surely do apprecaite the updates. Jeff, we all had a good time at Brianna’s Bday party.  John, Ryan and the boys came with many others.  Too many for our house. We’re praying for better weather.

Posted by: Allen on 6/28/2011 at 5:31 am

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