Mt. McKinley: Okita & Team On Their Way Home

Posted by: Brent Okita, Leon Davis, Lindsay Mann | June 17, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 358'

We all finally got off the glacier yesterday afternoon as our flight service, K2, did a wonderful job getting everyone out when conditions seemed like they might close in and shut down flights.

After a remarkable twelve days at 17,200’, we are all skinny and inhaled large portions of meat, fish, and beer last night. I write this last dispatch as we are riding to the airport to return home to loved ones, and put this remarkable trip behind us.

Huge kudos go out to a very strong and committed team of climbers, and to two incredible guides, Leon Davis and Lindsay Mann, who worked so hard to make this trip safe and enjoyable, and who were there at the end when the climbing got really tough and the mountain could not have been harsher.

That’s all for this year. I need to see my wife and play with the dog. And I’m sure the lawn needs mowing. Thanks for following us on this unprecedented trip. I’ll be back next year for a shorter, and less exciting expedition.

RMI Guide Brent Okita

Mt. McKinley, Alaska (20,320')

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Congratulations to all of you.  Amazing accomplishment!

Posted by: The Parella Family on 6/18/2012 at 4:41 am

12 Days At 17.2k has to be some kind of record! What tenacity & an epic climb.
I leave Tues for my turn—have to be honest, hope we’re not stuck up at high camp that long—but you all have paved the way.

Posted by: Tim McLaughlin on 6/17/2012 at 9:26 pm

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