Mt. McKinley: Dave Hahn and Team Ready in Talkeenta

Posted by: Dave Hahn, Solveig Waterfall | June 28, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 358'

We’ve finished one of the more challenging days of any Denali climbing expedition... Packing, sorting gear and generally getting organized for leaving Talkeetna and getting on the mountain.  It wasn’t all hard work and suffering though, we certainly enjoyed a great breakfast at the Roadhouse.  National Park Service personnel at the Talkeetna Ranger Station gave us a warm welcome and Joe Reichert delivered a fine and informative orientation slideshow.  Our flight team out at K2 Aviation made us feel right at home in their hangar, which was where we got our food, tents, stoves, ropes, pots, shovels, fuel, snow saws, snow shoes, packs, ice axes, boots, crampons, sleeping bags, etc, etc, and etc. ready. 

Finally, we’d earned a break and a relaxing dinner at The West Rib Pub.  Folks then drifted home early for a last comfy night in the Talkeetna Motel.  The plan is for the team to meet bright and early for breakfast and then to hustle on out to the airstrip… If all goes well and the weather is stable, we could be loading airplanes shortly after 8AM and then winging our way toward the Alaska Range.

RMI Guide Dave Hahn

An evening sunset in Talkeetna, AK.  Photo: Linden Mallory

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To my son Brian, Have a safe and happy climbing adventure! I am keeping you and the team in my daily prayers. (Inez read the blog to me, and it sounds like an exciting trip!)Love always, Mom

Posted by: Mom Bulatao on 6/30/2012 at 2:20 pm

Good Luck everyone!!

Tell Dr. Kelliher his A-Track students are sending him (and the whole team) love!

We will be tracking the journey


Posted by: Jenni Lentenbrink on 6/28/2012 at 9:50 pm

Brian, so glad we got to see you on the video. Connor asked me to play it over and over.  Good luck tomorrow to you and the team! We look forward to following you daily. We love you.

Posted by: Robin Bulatao on 6/28/2012 at 9:39 pm

Hi Mike, Hope you are having a fun time and are taking some great pictures.  I am so proud of you.  My friends are always asking me how you are doing.  14,200’ is way up there.  Look out for low flying planes.  Keep up the good work and write down some of the stories so you can tell them to us when you get home.  How about being in more of the pictures sent to us so I can see more of you.  Love Ya.  Mom OOOOOOO

Posted by: Tricia Richmond on 6/28/2012 at 7:43 pm

Will, great to see you and your team in such good spirits.  Will be with you every step of the way in spirit and thoughts. Looking forward to sharing the beauty of the mountain in your photos.  God speed.

Posted by: Carolyn on 6/28/2012 at 6:12 pm

Brian, Hope you and the team have a great climb and safe travels! Love always, Inez and Ian

Posted by: Inez on 6/28/2012 at 4:59 pm

How cool we can follow your progress!!! O-Track is rooting for ya, Dr. K! Have fun, be safe, we love you!!! Come back with lots of great stories :)

Posted by: Emily on 6/28/2012 at 4:24 pm

Have fun Cathy!

Posted by: John Early on 6/28/2012 at 3:05 pm

Go get em WW!

Posted by: kevin on 6/28/2012 at 3:01 pm

Looking good, Willis!  Safe climbing, pal.

Posted by: Darryl Schimeck on 6/28/2012 at 1:18 pm

Seeing the glaciers, etc. brings back some good memories we had landing on our recent trip - we can only imagine the beauty you will experience, Mark.  Nice to follow you on the blog.  Good luck and enjoy your life long dream of reaching the Summit.

Posted by: Vi and Don Bienert on 6/28/2012 at 12:59 pm

You look so happy. Nice to see your face. Be safe. I miss you.  Love and kisses, Mary

Posted by: Mary McDonald on 6/28/2012 at 10:55 am

Cathy,beautiful place. I will be following you all the way. Take pictures a lot of them. Good luck! CariƱos, Carmen

Posted by: Carmen Allen on 6/28/2012 at 9:33 am

Happy to see your smiling face Cathy!  Good luck, good weather and Godspeed Dave Hahn Team!

Posted by: Monica on 6/28/2012 at 9:31 am

Sounds like you’re off to a good start - nice seeing you on the video Mark. Safe climbing!

Posted by: Merl & Lynn on 6/28/2012 at 7:11 am

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