McKinley Expedition: Knoff & Team Carry to 11,000’

Posted by: Adam Knoff | June 23, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 9,800'

It is apparent the two previous days of hauling full loads weighing more than a small horse has already made our team stronger.  Yesterday we all felt a bit nackered but ten solid hours of sleep was most revitalizing.

This morning the alarm went off at 6:00 am and we woke to clear skies and cold temps.  The ever constant roar of our stoves means coffee is close providing the needed impetus to crawl out of warm bags and into cold boots.

We then made a smooth carry to 11,000 feet, the sight of our next camp.  With a full afternoon to rest, the team is now learning the invaluable skill of killing time.

RMI Guide Adam Knoff

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Nelson, Kyle and Jacob are at 14,200. Wishing you and your team every success. See you on the way down!! NOLS WADDINGTON 2011.

Posted by: Glenn on 6/25/2012 at 7:10 pm

NELS!!! Miss you.. You better be writing down everything. Stay safe!
PS You win this one.

Posted by: Erica on 6/25/2012 at 4:36 pm


Good luck on the mountain! Be safe and have fun!


Posted by: Nikolai H on 6/25/2012 at 4:51 am

Gords - looking good.  I’m glad the treacherous training trip up to Eagle Point last fall prepared you so well, this should be a breeze now.  And in the creepiest of ways, just know I am watching your every step.  EVERY STEP.  Hooray for blogs and technology.

Cheers bud -
Patrick & Sarah

Posted by: Patrick on 6/24/2012 at 6:52 pm

Your dog is eating our house.
Stay safe.

Posted by: Kathleen Uchal on 6/24/2012 at 6:42 pm


I’m enjoying following your progress and reading the blog comments. The teams is doing well.


Posted by: Lyn Gordon on 6/24/2012 at 9:02 am

Chris, why do you get to go outside while we have to be trapped in the house with this woman?

Meows and kisses,
Leo & Oliver

Posted by: Leo & Oliver on 6/24/2012 at 8:33 am

Sounding strong and positive, thinking of you

Posted by: Jane Knoff Nelson on 6/24/2012 at 7:31 am

Love the details. Your conditions beat the predicted 95 temps in Kansas! Four years ago did you ever dream you would be on Denali?

Posted by: Jennifer on 6/24/2012 at 4:19 am

Mike and all, stay strong, keep warm, and soak in the majesty of Denali!  Hannah wants to come next time! <wag wag>

Posted by: Susan on 6/24/2012 at 1:33 am

Note to Mike   STOP
Found Oligo Dog   STOP
Now owned by IAMS STOP


Posted by: shamu on 6/23/2012 at 7:39 pm

Great progress….you have several people (including lindsey) following your blog. Clear skies ahead!

Posted by: Deann Thoms on 6/23/2012 at 7:33 pm

Great progress Guys,
Note to Mike, I made your picks for you. Both Busch brothers are on row four for Sonoma. Rich and I agreed no one gets to pick Ambrose since he’s a shoe in for this road course.

Posted by: Yeti on 6/23/2012 at 7:25 pm

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