Mt. McKinley: Okita & Team Climb to 17,000’ Camp

Posted by: Brent Okita, Leon Davis, Lindsay Mann | June 03, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 17,000'

Hi, this is Brent along with Leon and Lindsay calling from 17,000’ camp on the West Buttress here on Mt. McKinley.

We have just gotten up to our high camp here today after a grueling but a great climb in which everyone climbed super well.  Right now it’s about 10 o’clock and the guides are just getting into their sleeping bags after getting dinner and filling up water bottles and all that good stuff. 

Currently the conditions are pretty good, a little windy just 20 mph winds.  We are in a bit of a white out, a little snow blowing but not too bad. 
We are up here now, the forecast isn’t for horrible conditions but not bluebird, perfect conditions either.  And that’s ok for us because we wouldn’t mind a rest day after our big climb up from the 14,000’ camp this morning.

We’ll be waking up early to check the weather just in case we have a perfect day.  If that’s the case and there’s no wind then we are going to go for the summit tomorrow morning.  So wish us luck on that.  Otherwise we’ll be here and we have plenty of supplies to last us through any storm that might come our way. 

That is all from 17,000 foot camp.

RMI Guide Brent Okita

RMI Guide Brent Okita checks in from 17,000 ft on Mt. McKinley

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Clear eyes, full hearts

Posted by: Coach Taylor on 6/5/2012 at 3:44 am

17.2K so far! How quickly you’ve done this! SO proud of the whole group. Cant believe that you may actually have a shot at the summit so quickly! Wishing you the best of weather and warm sleeping bags for the night! Missing my nightly conversations with Pea! Enjoy the view from the top of the US Kristen and then come home safe and sound! Love you.

Posted by: Timothy Kelliher MD on 6/4/2012 at 5:55 pm

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