Mt. McKinley: Hahn & Team Weighing Their Options

Posted by: Dave Hahn, Solveig Waterfall | July 14, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 14,200'

We were up early… but that didn’t do much good.  The clouds snuck in again overnight and by morning it was socked in and starting to snow at 14,200 ft.  For a few hours, we held out the hope that conditions would improve, but we had no such luck.  The two other guided teams at 14 decided they’d seen enough and by late afternoon they packed up and took off for Windy Corner, the Kahiltna and the airstrip.  We bid them goodbye, wished them good luck and turned to look at a virtually empty camp.  Now, the only other team trying to climb is made up of three Danish guys in a tent about 100 ft away.  Our team is in surprisingly good spirits despite the roller coaster of yesterday’s fresh hopes and today’s bleak realities.  We’ll see what tomorrow brings, but we can’t wait for all that many more tomorrows.

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

Mid-storm at 14,200'. Photo: Dave Hahn

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I hope the weather allows for more progress for climbing today.  Stay safe, focus on the destination, but enjoy the journey!  We send our love! Inez and Ian

Posted by: Inez Bulatao on 7/16/2012 at 2:38 am

Dr. K.
We are awe inspired by your bravery and sense of adventure! Can’t wait to see you again, best of luck to you and your team. Hang in there, we know you will make it to the top, we are sending you light and love! Have fun in the tent! We love you and miss you! -Track A2 (the best track)

Posted by: Track A2 on 7/15/2012 at 5:53 pm

be safe!

Posted by: michelle on 7/15/2012 at 12:33 pm

Will, We love you and can’t wait til you return to sunny CA. Stay safe and good luck on the weather! love, Jen and CaliRose

Posted by: Jennifer D. on 7/15/2012 at 8:46 am

Hang in there team. Patience is a virtue (except maybe in today’s business world…).

Posted by: Mike M on 7/15/2012 at 8:11 am

Brian and team, wow - what a journey so far….tomorrow is a new day and the sun may shine in anticipation of the best climbing day ever! Stay positive and think “sunny” thoughts but most importantly enjoy the serenity of the mountain and the company of each other. We love you, Love Robin, Tristan and Connor

Posted by: Robin on 7/15/2012 at 7:39 am

Dave,  I have been following your progress.  Trying to send some “good weather” vibes your way.  Are you having deja vu with three Dutch guys in a tent next to you?  Tell everyone on the team to keep their heads up and enjoy the experience regardless of the summit!  Spence

Posted by: Spencer Guinn on 7/15/2012 at 6:37 am

The endurance and good humor of this team is inspirational. I hope you get your well deserved window. By the way, Dr K, it’s not snowing at all in Santa Barbara. Be safe.

Posted by: Kris Green on 7/15/2012 at 6:14 am

Mark: As much as I want you home, I also want you to achieve your dream of summitting. You have trained so hard for this.  We have so much sun and hot weather here. I wish I could package up some of the sun and send it your way. Be safe and good luck on the weather.
Love and kisses, Mary

Posted by: Mary McDonald on 7/15/2012 at 5:47 am

Keep your spirits up group! A window just may open up for you.  If not, the experience of this trip will still stay with you forever - good luck!!!

Posted by: Tim Jones on 7/15/2012 at 5:43 am

Mark, your team is not alone - all your low lander friends are rooting for you.  Go Mark!!!

Posted by: Bob B on 7/15/2012 at 5:15 am

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