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Denali - West Buttress Expedition

Mt. McKinley: Knoff & Team at High Camp

Adam Knoff called in at 3:50 p.m. PT from the base of Washburn’s Thumb.  The team is on their move to 17K Camp to get into position for their summit bid. All is well and the weather is good.

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Comments (15)

Hi Mike,  your almost to the submit.  You will make it to your goal and your dream.  I am so proud.  Can’t wait to see pictures and hear the stories.  You have worked hard for this.  Enjoy the moment when you reach the top and yell out as loud as you can.  I am so proud of you.  The endurance of this trip is overwhelming.  Be safe and enjoy. Love you lots - Mom

Posted by: mom on

Here’s hoping that you guys have good weather for the summit push. I can’t wait to hear the stories and see your pictures!
Lots of love,

Posted by: Stephanie on

Couldn’t resist writing one more note to let you all know we are thinking good thoughts!  Sounds like a great team and a awesome guide!  Wishing you clear skies!  -xo Susan and Mel

Posted by: Susan on

John, Adam, Mike, and Team,
Thinking of you all as a strong Band of Brothers united in your quest for the top of North America.  So Happy For and Proud of you all for Living your Dreams. Onward to the Summit and a safe return for you all.

Best, Mark

Posted by: mark skinner on

Hi Michael & Group, 
We wish you great weather and a successful summit bid!  Stay focused, strong, safe and enjoy.
Love, Dad & Lynne

Posted by: Dad & Lynne on

Hey buddy. Just wanted to let you know I’m thinking of you. Told the whole office, boss included, about your summit bid and they wish you the best of luck. As do I. I am so proud of you man. Get the first of your seven summits. You deserve it!

Posted by: Spencer Collet on

Mike and all, thinking of you and hope for a summit bid in your future. No doubt that the memories and adventures of the climb thus far has exceeded your dreams!  Stay safe and will hope for clear skies!
-s,m,h <3

Posted by: Susan on

Go Gordon, go!  We’re all cheering for you and following along with regard to this incredible expedition.  Keep kicking ass, guys!  Look forward to discussing this adventure over some Pacificos, on the beach, during a warm summer day for my birthday party on 7/21.  Until then, to reiterate, keep kicking ass and sing the crew the apt “Patience” by GnR. Enough MJ.

Posted by: Eduardo on

Tim, Looks like the weather is holding for the final climb. You have got to be tired by now but I know your determination is there to make it. We are all proud of you down here. Mary’s family comes into Snow Water Resort to join us until Friday when we all leave for home. Love You, Son.  Dad

Posted by: Bob McLaughlin on

Commissioner Gordon:

We have faith you will complete this summit, not just for yourself, but for all lazy-ass Southern Californians who look up to the mountains from their warm beach chair and see not a just a peak, but an apex of achievement. Do us proud.

Stay Strong,
Team HSB

Posted by: Team HSB on

What a 4th celebration this will be for you.  Hope you took a firecracker!!!!!
Climb safe, see you soon.
Love You

Posted by: Caroline on

Hi Mike, So exciting to here everything is going good and you are getting ready for the summit. Can’t wait to see the pictures. Stay strong, be careful and have fun as you reach your goal. This is an incredible journey. Love you Donna

Posted by: Donna Auger on

Nelson, Woke up this morning and still cannot believe that you called. What a treat! I passed the potential summit news on to Spencer and Jennifer. We are all keeping our fingers crossed and sending thoughts of nothing but clear skies and low winds. I am so proud of you! Can’t wait to see the photo of the Battery B flag from the top of NA!
Love, Mom

Posted by: Jennifer on

John,  so happy to hear your voice! How exciting to hear you are pushing for the summit-stay strong as I know you are…the top of North America, I am sure there are no words to describe the magnificence. You are in my thoughts and prayers incessantly. With you every step. Listed my Dad’s house yesterday and this one Monday…things are hectic, but nothing I can’t handle. I find myself asking ” what would John do” all the time :) Looking forward to your big smile next week! Love, Dee

Posted by: Deann on

Tim,  It was great to hear your voice again! You sound tired, but happy.  I am happy your weather window is looking positive for your team’s bid for the Summit. The first day of cherry harvest seemed to go very well. Lots of pickers and these kids are doing so well, as usual.  Ismael is FABULOUS!  I think his $ should increase.  He is so totally capable of managing this orchard and does so many things that make it a smooth ride for my dad. We’ll talk about that when you get home.
We are all well and look forward to pictures and stories.  Good luck!
I love you

Posted by: Deb McLaughlin on

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