Mt. McKinley: Walter & Team Cache Above the Fixed Lines

Posted by: Mike Walter | June 23, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 14,200'

We’re all in our sleeping bags after a good day of climbing. We carried a cache of supplies to 16,800’, just below Washburn’s Thumb. Everyone did well on their first foray up the fixed lines, and then further climbing up the ridge of the West Buttress. We will be taking a rest day tomorrow, and hopefully be heading up to high camp soon thereafter.

A weak weather system looks to be approaching for the next few days, which is fine with us; we’ll be resting, acclimating, and getting strong for the (hopefully) good weather to follow. We are in position now, and ready to head up to higher ground whenever the weather allows.

We will be in touch again tomorrow.

RMI Guide Mike Walter

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Lee - So excited to hear news of your trek. Keep your socks dry. Looking forward to hearing about it all when you return. Cant wait to see the pictures.  You are remembering to take pictures right?  Mary Lee & C

Posted by: Mary Lee on 6/25/2012 at 7:21 pm

Lee, In support of your efforts I will go climb Dike East this week.

Posted by: Kelly on 6/25/2012 at 9:41 am

Only you Lee could send a text from 14,400ft on McKinley!!  We were so excited to hear from you…happy to be on your short list!!  We are keeping tabs on Di and
kids!  Excited to hear about your travels~ be safe and god speed my friend…
keep being amazing!!  Jeff & Dana

Posted by: Jeff & Dana on 6/24/2012 at 6:59 pm

H U. A & F. miss those blue eyes. always thinking of u guys :)

Posted by: Salmon on 6/24/2012 at 5:30 pm

Enjoy reading about your exciting adventure and that the team is doing well and in position to head to high camp. Almost there! I know my #1 Orthopod and son can
make it to the summit, weather permitting.

Posted by: Nancy on 6/24/2012 at 6:05 am

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