Mt. McKinley: Okita and Team walk to “The Edge of the World”

Posted by: Brent Okita, Lindsay Mann, Leon Davis | June 02, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 14,000'

“Its a miracle, I lit the stoves!” Exclaimed Roberto as he woke up the team this morning. When we entered the cook tent Roberto and Brent had laid out a spread of bagels, cream cheese and smoked salmon. Roberto was quite the Italian gentlemen this morning running the stoves and serving hot water, while insisting everyone enjoy their morning coffee and cider, and even giving us a short Italian lesson. A big grazie to Roberto, our favorite Italian chef at 14,000 feet!

After a leisurely breakfast we took a walk out to the edge of the world. The edge of the world got its name because it drops away 6,000 feet below you. Allowing us to see our previous camp at 7,800 feet and giving us fantastic views of the Alaskan range.

That was our big event of the day, and now we are resting and preparing for our move to 17,000 foot camp.

Other exciting news was that RMI Guide Gilbert Chase on the McKinley May 15th Expedition checked in this morning as RMI Guide Billy Nugent and team were making their summit bid. We expect to hear from them later on tonight.

Sitting strong at 14,

RMI Guides Lindsay, Brent and Leon and team

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Happy birthday Phil!! Meatloaf sandwich on me this time. Looking forward to the stories. Be well!

Posted by: mark deffe on 6/4/2012 at 7:30 am

Happy Birthday Phil, what a wonderful place to celebrate!  We are inspired by you and your teammates, hope you aren’t tired of the poptarts.  xox Suzy & John

Posted by: Suzy & John on 6/4/2012 at 6:27 am

Cheering you on from MAH Pediatrics.

Posted by: Mt Ascutney Pediatrics on 6/4/2012 at 4:51 am

Kristen, we are hoping you are at 17K and getting poised for the big day. You have a lot of supporters in Norwich watching your daily progress. Good luck and have a great summit day!
With much love, Mom, Bill, Danny, Billy and Ryan

Posted by: Bill and Mom on 6/4/2012 at 2:10 am

Happy Birthday Phil! Keep eating! Hope you’re taking some pictures for us home bodies.

Posted by: Jeff Williams on 6/3/2012 at 8:25 pm

Phil..Happy B Day, go easy on all those young kids up there so they can stay with you to the Top!

Posted by: Bob & Kate Rosso on 6/3/2012 at 6:53 pm

Sending Birthday wishes to Phil!  Have a great day on the mountain!!

Posted by: Susan and Kris on 6/3/2012 at 6:32 pm

You are one phenomenal woman and part of a great team.  Fingers crossed, candles lit, and prayers a hummin’, wishing you the best possible outcome.  You are the best!

Posted by: Aunt Bonnie on 6/3/2012 at 4:34 pm

Kristen, we are watching your fantastic progress towards the summit and the culmination of your goal. We keep you in our minds and prayers. Have a great summit. Bobcat

Posted by: Bob and Cathy Bender on 6/3/2012 at 3:36 pm

A big Happy Birthday to Phil on Monday!! You are an inspiration to all of us older folk! I hope you are eating! Travel safe - you and all your teammates be well! Libby

Posted by: Libby on 6/3/2012 at 3:14 pm

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