Mt. McKinley: Walter & Team Set up 14,000’ Camp

Posted by: Mike Walter, Pete Van Deventer | May 19, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 14,000'

Hey all! Greetings from 14,000 ft. Yesterday was a busy day as several teams including ourselves, packed up camp at 11k and headed for our advanced basecamp at 14k. Temperatures were cool and the sky was bluebird, making ideal conditions for climbing. Windy Corner gave us a little taste with a chilly breeze blowing as we approached. As soon as we rounded it, however, the breeze died and the sun turned on the microwave.

Move days are hard work. Not only do you have a long day with heavy packs, but at the end of it you have to spend several hours reestablishing camp. The team did great and we moved into a quite comfortable camp; important because this is where we will stage from and wait for our weather window to head for the summit. Today we will head down to retrieve our cache at 13k, and spend the rest of the day fortifying camp with large snow walls so that we are prepared for a storm.

We want to wish Maile a super happy birthday, and we’re glad she’s up here celebrating it with us!

Hasta luego,
RMI Guide Pete Van Deventer and team

Mt. McKinley 14,000' Camp with Mt. Foraker in the background

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Happy Birthday Mai!!! We had a cold beer in your honor! Glad you guys made it to 14 camp—looks incredible! Safe climbing! xo

Posted by: Jenny on 5/20/2012 at 6:10 am

Glad you’re having great weather and time. Not so great here (weather wise). Missed Mike at Torch Run today. I ran with CJ this year and Officer Umbs beat us. Furry kids up to their same old tricks and more…

Posted by: Kym on 5/20/2012 at 12:07 am

Here’s to things continuing to go your way. Hope the weather gods keep smiling on you and the mountain is feeling beneficent for the ascent. Cheers to you all. XO to Rich.

Posted by: Christina Doren on 5/19/2012 at 10:46 pm

Happy Birthday Maile-You guys are making great progress. We’re thinking of you and sending good weather vibes your way…Hi Mike and Peter too!
Ruth & Bob

Posted by: Ruth Wade on 5/19/2012 at 3:29 pm

You guy’s N gal’s are making it look easy to us earth bound folk down here, but we know it’s not! Rich, press on, you can smell it from here!

Posted by: Erik on 5/19/2012 at 3:26 pm

Your Mom Helped me with “Cleaning the Boat” today we did some climbing but not near as much as YOU!

Happy Birthday from Basalt, I hope your walls hold up!

Be safe and once again HAPPY BIRTHDAY I love as you as deep as the ocean and as big as the sky!  xoxoxoxo Mom

Posted by: Ginny & Bob on 5/19/2012 at 2:38 pm

14k ...... Must be breathtaking!  Take care Nick.

Posted by: Pam on 5/19/2012 at 2:14 pm

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