Mt. McKinley Expedition: Haugen & Team Summit!

Posted by: Mike Haugen | July 05, 2011
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 20,320'

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.



Congratulations!  Great job!

Posted by: Ruth Cook on 7/5/2011 at 6:00 pm

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 7/5/2011 at 4:08 pm

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 7/5/2011 at 1:19 pm

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 7/5/2011 at 1:03 pm

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

Posted by: cs on 7/5/2011 at 12:40 pm

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.


Posted by: Rachel M on 7/5/2011 at 9:46 am

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

Posted by: John Haugen on 7/5/2011 at 9:23 am

Glad to hear that you summitted.  Congratulations to all.

Posted by: Mom Haugen on 7/5/2011 at 9:11 am

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

Posted by: Laurie M on 7/5/2011 at 9:09 am

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 7/5/2011 at 8:18 am

Great job leading the group Mike!

Posted by: 7s on 7/5/2011 at 7:40 am

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 7/5/2011 at 7:17 am

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

love you guys! congrats!

Posted by: meera on 7/5/2011 at 7:12 am

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



Posted by: Maya on 7/5/2011 at 7:05 am

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