Mt. McKinley Expedition: Walter & Team Reach Summit!

Posted by: Mike Walter | July 01, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 20,320'

At 4:45P (PDT) Mike Walter called from the summit of McKinley:

This is Mike and I’m calling from the summit of Mt McKinley!  The weather is beautiful; no wind, and just a few clouds.  The summit of Mt Foraker (17,400’) is 3,000’ lower than us, and Kahiltna Base Camp is 13,000’ below us!  Our ascent from high camp took seven and one-half hours, which is very good time.  We’re taking hero shots, hugging and congratulating each other, but soon it will be time to descend to our tents.  After a well deserved rest, tomorrow we will down-climb the West Buttress and reach the thick air at 14,000’ camp.  More reports will follow.

Congratulations to the Mt. McKinley June 12th Team!

The view from the summit of Mt. McKinley (20,320 ft).  Photo: RMI Collection

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Yeah team and yeah Matt!! Can’t wait to hear all about it! So proud
-Vanessa E

Posted by: Vanessa on 7/2/2012 at 1:08 pm

17400+ 3000 = 20400, so I ask again, what is it like @ 20,000 Ft ?

Posted by: Uncs on 7/2/2012 at 10:27 am

HOORRAAY! AND CONGRATULATIONS! to the whole team and especially to David.  The photo is stunning and we look forward to seeing more.  Have a safe trip down.

Lynda and Rick

Posted by: Lynda and Rick on 7/2/2012 at 10:19 am


Posted by: Jill 3 on 7/2/2012 at 10:14 am

amaZing Everyone Proud & Stimulating!

Posted by: Dan Stafford on 7/2/2012 at 8:48 am

Yea!!!!!  You all did it!!  Such suspense!  Beautiful picture!  Dr. Riester we have arranged for your homecoming a full week of 90 degree days . They may have office outside.    Cathy

Posted by: Cathy on 7/2/2012 at 8:15 am

Way to GO!!  later - from HOT Atlanta.

Posted by: Jerry on 7/2/2012 at 7:07 am

soooo glad you had a good assent and are on the way back. can’t wait to see the pics and you in person!!!!!! take care and good luck to the team on coming down.

Posted by: terry pennington on 7/2/2012 at 5:33 am

Congrats to all!  Lee- your Mom was excited to hear you reached the summit. Enjoy the view and the air on the way down!

Posted by: Di on 7/2/2012 at 5:25 am

Congrats Steve!!! Can’t wait to see your pictures. Have a safe trip down!

Posted by: Blaire on 7/2/2012 at 4:58 am

Congratulations to the entire team, you’ve captured our hearts!
Climb like a girl!!  We’re so proud of you and safe return,

Posted by: liz weller on 7/2/2012 at 4:53 am

Congratulations everyone!  A difficult task done well!

Posted by: Mark on 7/2/2012 at 4:50 am

Yayy Congratulations!! Steve I’m so proud of you!! Now hurry up and get back : )  and be careful

Posted by: Jayme on 7/2/2012 at 4:47 am

Congratulations to ALL!! What an amazing accomplishment!!! Be Safe

Posted by: Jayme's Mom on 7/2/2012 at 4:27 am

A big CONGRATULATIONS from warm & sunny Florida!  Terrific job Mike & K2!

Posted by: Bill Walter on 7/2/2012 at 3:36 am

Walter and Team: Both excited and relieved to wake up and read you made it to the summit. Congrats to ALL,
especially #1 and son. Coming home to temperatures in the 90’s. Nancy

Posted by: Nancy on 7/2/2012 at 3:33 am

Well done! Congratulations to the team. Mike, we’ll start icing the beers.

Posted by: Momspeak on 7/1/2012 at 10:17 pm

Well done.  Congratulations to you and your team. We’ll start icing the beers.

Posted by: Momspeak on 7/1/2012 at 10:13 pm

So happy for my Dad and the whole team!

Posted by: Sarah Zeps on 7/1/2012 at 10:11 pm

Congradulations, David Z.  A major accomplishment.

Posted by: Peter Melrose on 7/1/2012 at 8:59 pm

Fantastic. congratulations to all. Hope all are feeling well,know you are tired
But sure it was worth it. Take care on the climb down,be sale. Waiting to hear more
Don P

Posted by: Don Pennington on 7/1/2012 at 8:31 pm

Wyoming sends congratulations to the team !! Growlers on us in Aspen for the whole team ! Mike - great read on the weather ! K2 - YAHOO ! Give us a call from Talkeetna. Jotz, Jotz Jr, Trish, Shay

Posted by: Chan Weller on 7/1/2012 at 8:24 pm

David - fantastic! We are so proud of you and your whole team. Be safe on the way down.

Posted by: Margaret on 7/1/2012 at 8:19 pm

WHOOO-HOOO!!!  Stan—Awesome news and we are very, very happy for everyone—great job!  Weather looks wonderful, too!  See you soon, love me

Posted by: Betsy on 7/1/2012 at 7:39 pm

Congrats!  Special congrats to the Reisters from the Wolk’s of North Canton!  Enjoy the return!

Posted by: Ron Wolk on 7/1/2012 at 7:34 pm

Congrats Weller! Be safe on the way down!

Posted by: Seth Kovanic on 7/1/2012 at 7:24 pm

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