Mt. McKinley: Okita & Team Establish Camp at 9,500’

Posted by: Brent Okita, Leah Fisher | May 24, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 9,500'

Weary though we were last night, everyone bounced back after a good nights sleep. Looking up at Ski Hill and knowing we needed to haul these loads up it had us a little anxious in the morning, but we all found the strength and spirit and we made it up to camp at 9,500’ by 3:00 p.m.. We were pretty happy and relieved to get here, and it was wonderful to have another perfect day for it.
We’ve been enjoying the warmth of the afternoon to make camp, and perhaps more importantly, to relax a bit and even get out of our boots.

Tomorrow we start ferrying loads up the mountain, moving only half our gear at a time. This means that we’ll be spending at least two days at a time at each camp. Tomorrows plan is to pack up camp and bring just a few days of food and fuel with us, caching the rest here in a deep hole and away from the ravens who have developed a taste for candy and ramen. We’ll make camp at 11,200’, then come back the next day with empty packs to bring up what we left. What does all this mean? Light packs! Ok, perhaps I should be realistic and call them ‘lighter pack.’
Anyways, we’re firing on all cylinders here and things couldn’t be much better. What a treat it is to climb with a fun, strong team.
We’ll talk again tomorrow.

RMI Guides Brent Okita, Logan Randolph and Leah Fisher

An RMI Team pulling sleds up Ski HIll on the Lower Kahiltna Glacier.  Photo: RMI Collection An RMI Team Camped at 9,500 ft on Mt. McKinley.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Off to a good start!
Ferry away and get set for all.  Joe (USFS Ranger) is hoping to see you.  Carry on….

Posted by: Mike and Karen Fisher on 5/25/2013 at 7:48 pm

Good luck guys! Those sleds look fun!

Posted by: Jack on 5/25/2013 at 6:15 am

Leah, so glad the weather is good.  Wishing you and your team a safe and wonderful trip!

Posted by: Stacey and Mike on 5/25/2013 at 5:50 am

Erich, so glad your journey is going well! I’m excited for you! Praying for you and the team to have a safe trip and great weather! Georgia misses you! Love you!

Posted by: Amberly on 5/25/2013 at 5:32 am

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