Mt. McKinley Expedition: Haugen and Team are “Rest Day Experts”
Hello, this is Mike Haugen checking in from 14,000’ on Mt. McKinley.
After a great push to cache our gear up high yesterday, we took today as a rest day. Although we were in the clouds most of the day, the sun was peaking through just enough to heat up the inside of our tents via the greenhouse effect. Thus, our nap-puchinos were glorious. After our naps and some lunch, Elias and I taught the crew some rope tricks that will help us be efficient as our rope teams make our way back up through the fixed lines and the running belays (our protection on steep slopes) that lie on the upper mountain. Our plan is to hurry up and wait for the perfect weather that will allow us to move from 14,000’ Camp to 17,000’ Camp. RMI’s Joe Horiskey promised us perfect weather tomorrow, so send him angry emails if it is snowing or windy.
We will check in again soon.
RMI Guide Mike Haugen