Mt. McKinley: Okita & Team Smooth Sailing

Posted by: Brent Okita, Leon Davis, Lindsay Mann | May 25, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 7,800'

What a day! Right from the start everything fell in place perfectly. Our last breakfast at the Roadhouse was savored before we made our way to our air service, K2 Aviation, who were great about getting us off the Tarmac ahead of schedule. This set us up to walk out of Basecamp at a reasonable hour, which allowed us to reach camp at 7,800’ by 5:30.

But the real highlight of the day was just how well everyone climbed and dealt with what is usually a pretty tough day. I’m impressed. I must say, though, that the weather cooperated today too. Warm temperatures, blue skies and calm winds might have had us perspiring just a tad, but I didn’t hear much complaining about it. Although some evening clouds formed while we were having dinner, I think we might have a good day tomorrow as we make our way up Ski Hill to 9,500’ camp.

Talk with you then.

RMI Guide Brent Okita

The View around Basecamp The May 22, 2012 RMI McKinley Expedition Team.

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