Mt. McKinley: Beren & Team Rest at 14K Camp

Posted by: Jake Beren | June 17, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 14,200'

Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads in the lowlands!

After our day of training, we were raring to go carry up the fixed lines. Packed up, alarms set but when we woke the wind was blowing and the snow was swirling. Dragging our feet provided little clarity, with the basin clearing out just enough to show high winds on the West Buttress. Tough to establish a trend, but we decided to wait another day here at 14 Camp. It ended up being a good call as the clouds regained control of camp and it has snowed heavily since.

Armed with an optimistic forecast, we plan to carry tomorrow and get in position for a move as soon as we can. Wish us luck down there and enjoy the day celebrating all the Fathers.

RMI Guide Jake Beren

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Congratulations, what an accomplishment!!!

Posted by: Dan H on 6/21/2012 at 4:25 pm

Hi Jim and Halsey,
Just checking in to see where you are! Looks very exciting. Can’t wait to hear all about it.

Posted by: Ruth on 6/18/2012 at 9:49 pm

Sounds like hunkering down was a great call for Fathers Day at 14 camp. May the wind gently aid your carry up the fixed line and you all give a big Washburn’s thumb up!

Go Team!

Posted by: AK on 6/18/2012 at 5:26 am

Good luck on the the next ascent Bob-we all wish you good luck! Hang in there!

Posted by: Rick Stegeman on 6/18/2012 at 3:08 am

Happy Fathers Day for the only Woman in the team:-)
Congratulations, Tropf

Posted by: Susann on 6/18/2012 at 1:22 am


Fat i mire!!! Best of luck with your climb. Can’t wait to hear all about it.


Posted by: Judith Harkins on 6/18/2012 at 12:55 am

Hi Dad,
Hope the weather clears up tomorrow! Make sure to keep warm and dry, especially your hands on the fixed lines!! Also, cover your ears and don’t forget to floss everyday.



Posted by: Maya on 6/17/2012 at 7:42 pm

Bob, Kristi is back in Columbus from Rwanda.  One of my world travelers is back home, now to get the other one home safe.


Posted by: Kathy Spinks on 6/17/2012 at 6:40 pm

Another day of growing red blood cells…good call, experienced guides!!  Bob, summiting on or close to your birthday sounds like a great idea to me.  Looking forward to your summit and safe return.

Posted by: John Spinks on 6/17/2012 at 4:16 pm

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