Mt. McKinley: Okita & Team - A break!

Posted by: Brent Okita | June 11, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 17,200'

Last night we received another foot of snow, though it wasn’t nearly as windy as the previous night. Although it was a significant storm, come morning something about it felt different causing me to check the   weather regularly. Sure enough, by the time we got up at 9:30 the skies had cleared and it was beautiful. Except for the winds blowing the new snow around Denali Pass and the ridge above.

It was yet just a little too windy for us, plus all the trail breaking of the previous days was gone, so we hung out at camp and enjoyed our nicest day at 17,200’ yet. Another day for the snow to settle will help reduce any avalanche risk as well However, a report by another guide that poked his nose into the conditions affirms what we have been seeing already, and eases my mind considerably.

After a breakfast of grits, Leon, Lindsay and I went down to 16,200’ to help out our next group led by Tyler Jones by bringing their cache of food and fuel up to 17,200’. This eases their move day enormously, and gets some provisions up here in case our already less than stellar luck with the weather turns south even further.

And now, for the first time all trip, I’m very optimistic about our chances for the summit. Things seem like they are finally falling info place. Of course, tomorrow is another day ...

Right now it is warm and windless, and we are getting ready for dinner. Wish us luck!!!

RMI Guide Brent Okita

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Brent, Malcolm and I are thinking of you.  Can you believe your mother is following you by EMAIL?  Come down safely.
Lots of love from us both.

Posted by: Marjorie Okita on 6/12/2012 at 12:19 pm

Our prayers and high hopes are with you and your team. Good luck, good karma, and good weather tomorrow. Bobcat

Posted by: Robert Bender on 6/12/2012 at 11:41 am

We are watching with baited breath and sending all the good luck wishes we can muster!
Lots of love from Bill, Mom, Danny, Billy, Ryan, Grammy, Grampy and Aunty Mary (3 up for Danny’s last day at Willow)!

Posted by: Bill Bender on 6/12/2012 at 7:14 am

I am sending positive thoughts your way!  Be safe and enjoy the view!

Posted by: Angela Rennie on 6/11/2012 at 10:05 pm

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