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Mt. McKinley Expedition: Haugen & Team Summit!

After many weather days at 14k and 17k,  our team finally made it to the summit of Denali! The weather was promising, but not perfect this morning. It was overcast but still. You could see the sun shining through the tops of the clouds.  After our turned back attempt the other day, we were very cautious and waited to see what the day was going to bring. We finally left camp at 11:20 in the morning. As we climbed, the weather got better and better. We climbed through the clouds into the sunshine. We made it to the summit around 8:00 p.m. It was clear with no wind, which is VERY rare on the top of the highest mountain in North America. Our crew was strong so we had a safe, quick descent back to camp arriving a bit after 11:00 p.m. A great 12 hour day. We had a quick dinner, caught the midnight sunset, and are now comfortably in bed. Now we can let ourselves start thinking about cheeseburgers!

RMI Guide Mike Haugen


RMI Guide Mike Haugen checks in from the summit of Mt. McKinley.


Comments (14)

Congratulations!  Great job!

Posted by: Ruth Cook on

Raju, I saw this blog on facebook (thanks to M & Y for posting the link). Congrats on summmiting! Hope you have a safe return.
- Sopan

Posted by: sopan on

Way to go Jeff and the rest of the team.  We are anxiously waiting to here all about your exprience.  Dad

Posted by: Allen on

Way to go, great job. Mike this is your 2nd cousin ( Your Mom’s cousin) in Maryland. I’ve always wanted to read one of your blogs. I tuned in just in time to get your summit message. Keeping the adventures alive.

Posted by: Diane on

YAHOO! Safe travels off the glacier & Roadhouse breakfast & showers!  Congrats K, AK, and whole team!

Posted by: cs on

YAY! Congratulations on making it to the summit safely team.  I am truly inspired by your diligence and skill and I am thinking of you on the descent! Much love and great job team. You guys rock.

Love and Miss you Pat! Can’t wait to hear all about it.

-Rachel

Posted by: Rachel M on

Congratulations Mike and to all your team.  Another outstanding climb. Love, Papa John

Posted by: John Haugen on

Glad to hear that you summitted.  Congratulations to all.

Posted by: Mom Haugen on

Congratulations Mike and Team!  Awesome job!! My hubby is on the team behind you ... wishing you a safe descent.

Posted by: Laurie M on

Congratulations Mike & team.  Your the man.  Give us a call when you get back to Seattle.  Our love, Sam & Gayl

 

 

 

Posted by: Sam & Gayl on

Great job leading the group Mike!

Posted by: 7s on

Congratulations!!! We’re so proud papabear and can’t wait to give you a big warm hug when you come home. Love you and call as soon as you are down.

Posted by: yashu on

yay for cheeseburgers! or will you be wanting rice and dhal???

love you guys! congrats!

Posted by: meera on

Woohooo!!!!! Congratulations!!! Now, get back down safely, can’t wait to hear more details.

Love,

Maya

Posted by: Maya on

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