Mt. McKinley: Walter & Team Rest at 14,000’

Posted by: Mike Walter | June 22, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 14,200'

Happy summer solstice from the land of the Midnight Sun!

Our team had a pretty relaxing day today; it started with a leisurely breakfast, then we went back to Windy Corner to retrieve our cache, and then we relaxed all afternoon. The two hour round trip to Windy Corner was a good leg stretcher. And the relaxing afternoon sure felt good also.

This afternoon we welcomed Jake Beren’s team back to 14k after their successful summit bid. It was good to see the whole team in good shape after their climb. And it was a pleasure to have water waiting for them and to make them bacon quesadillas as they repacked their backpacks and rested here. They continued their descent to 11k, and are planning to be at the airstrip tomorrow.

We are planning on taking a rest day here at 14k tomorrow, in order to be strong for our carry up high above 16k.

We’ll be in touch again tomorrow…

RMI Guide Mike Walter

Looking down at 14000 ft camp on Mt. McKinley.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Kristina and Mike,

So glad the trip is going well.  It is amazing to see all the snow and think of the cold while we hit 89 today and it is dry, dry , dry.  Enjoy your rest day and thanks for the updates.

Posted by: missy prudden on 6/22/2012 at 7:46 pm

For someone that lives in snow country, you guys have a lot of snow
It sure seems incredible,  hope every one is well and all continues to go well.
Matt, This has to be the high light of your life.  All Take care, climb safely
Thanks so much for the updates.  Don Pennington

Posted by: Don Pennington on 6/22/2012 at 4:44 pm

Stan—I hope you are well and climbing 14-ers in Colo is helping with altitude.  Just got home and Erik had a GREAT time at the camp.  He had lots of compliments from staff.  Off to Humane Society BBQ!  love me

Posted by: Betsy on 6/22/2012 at 3:08 pm

Let Dr. Riester know main 5 is following the climb. All take care. Will be sending good vibes to all. Have fun.  Main 5 gang

Posted by: Cathy on 6/22/2012 at 9:32 am

Lee and all,
Glad you are having some relaxation time at 14K!  Enjoy the view.  Fargo is sunny and mid 80s - beautiful.  We head to Minneapolis for bball - your Mom is coming with us.  All is good on the home front.  We continue to cheer for you and the team’s progress!  Love ya!!

Posted by: Di on 6/22/2012 at 8:09 am

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