Mt. McKinley: Hahn and Team Move to 9,500’

Posted by: Dave Hahn, Solveig Waterfall | July 01, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 9,500'

Another early start and another straightforward move up in perfect conditions.  We got up at 3 AM and ate breakfast in the cool shadows blanketing our 7800 ft camp.  On our second day of climbing, it was already becoming routine to knock down the tents and get packs and sleds squared away for travel.  We were roped up and moving up Ski Hill by 5:45.  The hills were big and the loads were as well, but we slowed the pace and worked our way up.  Again, we found the surface frozen hard and easy for sledding and walking without sinking in.  Distances weren’t terribly significant and it only took us three and a half hours to reach the top of the hills at around 9500 ft.  We built a camp and dove into the tents just as the sun started heating the giant reflector oven of the upper Kahiltna Glacier.  Afternoon was spent in slumber, or in reading, or in watching iPod movies, or in snacking and drinking water.  Some did it all.  We sat in our “POSH” dining tent chatting for a few hours at dinner.  At 8 PM we tuned in our radio to catch the mountain specific weather forecast (which calls for a little bit of snow at our elevation tonight).  Far more entertaining was our conversation with the other RMI teams on the mountain.  We were excited for Mike Walter’s summit and safe return to high camp and to hear that Adam Knoff and his gang are good to go for moving to 17,000 ft tomorrow.  If our good luck holds, we’ll cruise on up to 11,000 ft tomorrow with our strong and steady team.
Best Regards
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

An RMI Team camped at 9,500 ft on Mt. McKinley.  Photo: RMI Collection Mt Hunter and Mt Francis from the Kahiltna Glacier. Photo: Dave Hahn

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Brian, Sounds like a great day! The beach is not the same without you. We miss you, Robin & Connor

Posted by: Robin Bulatao on 7/2/2012 at 5:42 pm

Nice work! Steady on!

Posted by: Jim R. on 7/2/2012 at 1:10 pm

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