Mt. McKinley: Walter & Team Summit!

Posted by: Mike Walter, Pete Van Deventer | May 28, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 20,320'

This is Mike calling down from 17,200 on Denali. We reached the summit yesterday at about 7 p.m. on the most beautiful day I’ve ever seen up here – comfortably warm and no winds! We are cooking up a nice breakfast right now and plan on beginning our descent soon. Looking forward to seeing Billy and team at 14,000’ and Brent and team at 11,000’. We plan on making it to 11K today, and then heading for the Kahiltna airstrip on Tuesday morning. Weather allowing, we hope to fly off on Tuesday.

RMI Guide Mike Walter

Photo from summit looking down on the approach ridge

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were are you guys?  Hope you had a restful day.  ET phone home!!!!  Love bob Enjoy the time you have on the mountain.  Love you tons mom xoxo (Maile)

Posted by: Ginny and bob on 5/29/2012 at 5:56 pm

Amazing accomplishment-kudos to you Mike and your team! Glad that you made it to the summit safely and with such pleasant weather! So glad your Mom forwarded the news to me.Always happy to hear about your endeavors. All the best to you and your group!
Aunt D

Posted by: Mike Walter and team on 5/29/2012 at 4:16 pm

Kyle we are so proud of you and your accomplishment,  Congradulations on a job well done.  Waiting for your call here in Talkeetna.  LYF Mom & Dad

Posted by: Lloyd & Donna on 5/29/2012 at 11:38 am

Way to go Mike!  Look at all that ice cream snow!!

Posted by: Kornelia on 5/29/2012 at 7:56 am

Congratulations Rich!What a wonderful adventure and rewarding achievement .Stay safe on your decline.Looking forward to hearing your story and seeing your photos.  MarySorensen

Posted by: Mary Sorensen on 5/29/2012 at 6:48 am

Chimpinski! Nice one.

Posted by: Gerbil on 5/29/2012 at 5:47 am

Congrats all!  Great work Rich and team!  Descend safely.

Posted by: Geoff Sigler on 5/29/2012 at 5:28 am

OOOOOOORA!!!!!!  Congratuation to you all wow what a great experence!  We are so happy for you all Enjoy your time up there can wait to see the pic’s…...  Be safe and safe journey’s home to you all xoxo Mom and Bob

Posted by: Ginny & Bob (MYERS!) on 5/28/2012 at 8:41 pm

Beautiful, Rich. Really beautiful.

Posted by: Carrie on 5/28/2012 at 6:20 pm

Congratulations team!  Incredible work.  Safe and strong down.  Spectator stoke meter = 10.0

Posted by: Drew Tulumello on 5/28/2012 at 5:01 pm

Awesome job Mike!  Can’t wait to hear about the details this winter in Aspen.

Posted by: Damon Kelsay on 5/28/2012 at 4:50 pm

Good going Mike & Team - hope the next one with K2 goes as smoothly! Congrats !

Posted by: Chan on 5/28/2012 at 4:31 pm

Yahooo!!! So excited and proud of you guys! Safe descending!

Posted by: Jenny on 5/28/2012 at 3:36 pm

Yahoooo!!! Nice work team! So excited for you guys. Safe descending!!!

Posted by: Jenny on 5/28/2012 at 3:34 pm

To All and especially to GR,
A fantastic achievement!Looking forward to details and the pics.
Uncle Bob

Posted by: Robert & The Kayyems on 5/28/2012 at 3:11 pm


Posted by: lynn on 5/28/2012 at 2:16 pm

Carl, looking forward to hearing stories from this one, and your plans for the the next adventure. and as if denali weren’t challenge enough, i didn’t realize you were climbing with Swedes!
Jeg tuller. Gratulerer til alle - inkludert de svenskene!

Posted by: lars anderson on 5/28/2012 at 2:15 pm

Great job Nick and the team.  Watch your step on the way down.

Posted by: Richard on 5/28/2012 at 1:39 pm

Congratulations to my brother and the whole team.

Posted by: Fritz Devendorf on 5/28/2012 at 1:17 pm

Congrats colemania

Posted by: Chris on 5/28/2012 at 11:20 am

Stort grattis Peter till en fantastisk bedrift ta det nu lungt sista biten ner. Här hemma i svedala har det varit högsommar väder. Anna,Caroline och Cissi hälsar.

Posted by: Johan W on 5/28/2012 at 10:24 am

Sounds like the mountain gave you a great reward for your hard work and patience! The view must have been spectacular as I’m sure will be the pictures. Thanks for bringing us along with you through the daily reporting and the Spot. We’ll follow the rest of the way down but now, a huge congratulations all around. Rich, I look forward to your personal perspective soon.

Posted by: Erik on 5/28/2012 at 10:14 am

Great job team!  See you in Talkeetna on Tuesday.

Posted by: Larry Seaton on 5/28/2012 at 10:10 am

Three cheers!!!  Wonderful achievement.  Hooray!! All the best wishes in the world.  My pride overflows.
Wonderful, dedicated determination won the prize Love and hurry home thoughts for Rich.

Posted by: mary doyle on 5/28/2012 at 10:06 am

Congratulations! Kyle, all your friends were cheering you on at the Meat and Greet yesterday! You have so many adoring fans. I’m so incredibly proud of you and cannot to be in your arms in less than a week!
Love, Stephenie

Posted by: Stephenie on 5/28/2012 at 10:04 am

CONGRATULATIONS!  Bravo, well done, chin chin. I’m so happy you made it—-I’ve been checking the blog every 5 minutes…best news ever!  Now y’all get down from there—-carefully. XO

Posted by: Christina Doren on 5/28/2012 at 9:57 am

Woohoo, Rich and team!  Congratulations on an incredible achievement.  Glad the weather came through for you, and I can’t wait to see the pictures.  We are all very happy to know that you made it up to the summit safe and sound. Great news all around. If the stoke meter has gone down a notch, think about a beer and a burger.

Posted by: Doug on 5/28/2012 at 9:48 am

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