Mt. McKinley: Walter & Team Descending to Basecamp

Posted by: Mike Walter | July 02, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 14,200'

Hi, this is Mike Walter checking in from 14,000’.  We have descended the West Buttress and are back at the 14,000’ camp.  Everyone is doing swell.  Our plan is to continue the descent to 11,000’ and hunker down for a few hours.  There we’ll ‘brew up’ hot drinks, grab something to eat and nap for a few hours.  We’ll traverse the lower Kahiltna Glacier in the wee hours (when it’s coldest) headed for Base Camp.  We hope to arrive at BC tomorrow morning, unless the Weather Gods have other plans in store.  That’s all for now from our tired and happy crew.

An RMI team descending from the summit

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Posted by: Tony on 7/3/2012 at 7:21 am

Congratulations Longbonez and the team! We are all proud of you and can’t wait to hear about your trip. Be safe on the way down and we will see you soon!

Posted by: Xbonez on 7/3/2012 at 6:57 am

Congratulations, Dr. Riester !!  Be careful on the way down—-you have to fix up my hibiscus next week.

Posted by: Steve Murphy on 7/3/2012 at 2:44 am


I am soo happy and proud of all of you!  You guys are the best team anyone could ever ask for and i’ll miss you guys.
Enjoy a Talkeetna beer for me :)
Safe journey home!

Posted by: Sasha Selby on 7/2/2012 at 8:15 pm

Uncs, K1, Mike, K3 & Dad are ready with the growlers. Safe journey.

Posted by: Chan Weller on 7/2/2012 at 6:59 pm

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