Mt. McKinley: Okita & Team Ready in Talkeetna

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

Hello from Talkeetna, Alaska
The result of a day of hard work sorting and packing stuff we’ll live with for the next two or three weeks. With a little luck we might be flying onto the glacier in a couple of hours or so. The weather looks promising here, but of course it could be completely different on the mountain.
We’re all set and doing great. But first, breakfast at the Roadhouse ...

RMI Guide Brent Okita

Packed and ready to fly.  Photo: Brent Okita The RMI Mt. McKinley May 21, 2013 Team ready to fly onto the Kahiltna Glacier.  Photo: Brent Okita

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have fun daddy! i miss you more and more everyday. i hope you have fun up there! be safe and come visit me soon! love you forever, like you for always as long as your living my daddy you will be

Posted by: Cory on 5/25/2013 at 9:59 am

Good luck on your hiking trip!  I also hope you have good weather.  All the snow on the mountain makes me feel very cold in Georgia.  Ally Mac, your hiking gear and food look very very heavy.  You must have strong arms for this trip.
Cheers to all!!!

Posted by: GrampZ & Grandmom on 5/24/2013 at 10:50 pm

Virg, great to see your pile of canvas, wool, and leather gear made it to AK.  A safe climb for you and your team!

Posted by: Jeff Wood on 5/24/2013 at 8:14 pm

Hi A and B—
Thinking about you a ton!
The dogs are doing great.
Morning coffee isn’t the same without the two of you!
Sending love and hugs—-

Posted by: Doni on 5/24/2013 at 6:16 pm

Virgil, have a great climb. Following your team brings back great memories.

Posted by: david zeps on 5/24/2013 at 5:08 pm

Glad the vacuum sealed food made it! Don’t start digging into it too soon.  Hope that you made the flight, last time I was at a place called the “roadhouse” I didn’t make it home for two days… Enjoy and be safe!

Posted by: Rob Carrizzo on 5/24/2013 at 4:38 pm

Ill meet you up in thin air!
Mrs. Carrizzo

Posted by: Cira Carrizzo on 5/24/2013 at 3:30 pm

Virgil, was surprised when we heard from Barbara and she told us about your climb.
Sounds like the trek of a lifetime. Enjoy yourself and be safe.

Posted by: Ray & Helen Burton on 5/24/2013 at 12:14 pm

That has to be the neatest pile of gear I have even seen.  Enjoy that flight over…fingers crossed you get there today and are able to hit the trail.

Posted by: Fletch on 5/24/2013 at 9:44 am

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