Mt. McKinley: Jones & Team Fly on the Mountain

Posted by: Tyler Jones, Garrett Stevens | May 30, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 7,300'

Thursday, May 30, 2013
Tyler and Garrett checking in from RMI Denali Expedition Number 4. Yesterday afternoon found us in the ranger station getting some good details about the route, our responsibilities on the mountain, and what we can expect to see as we climb higher. Interestingly, we also were reminded that this year is the 100-year anniversary of the first ascent. While we have the benefit of fancy new gear and a century of knowledge, the actual climb of Denali remains as challenging as it was in 1913, and our team is ready to tackle that challenge.

We landed on the glacier today, and we’re currently camped out in Basecamp. The mostly clear skies and warm temperatures make it hard to believe we’re almost at the Arctic Circle! Because it’s so warm here, we won’t be heading out for our first camp until later tonight (more like early in the morning) so that the snow will freeze up and make our walking a little smoother.

Everyone is excited to have gotten a smooth start to the trip, and we’re hoping the weather continues to hold. We’ll check back in tomorrow, keep it dialed in for more!

RMI Guides Tyler Jones and Garrett Stevens

Denali's Kahiltna Basecamp in Alaska. Photo: RMI Collection

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Tyler, Garrett and James -

Hi Guys!!

I feel like I should be up there with you!  I’ve been following Logan and Brent and they have been having great climbing conditions so far.  I hope it holds together for you.

By now you’ve probably learned that James Choo and I were tentmates on Aconcagua.  He’ll carry his weight-you can depend on him.  Fred Klingbeil was also in the tent with us and I see he has posted on the blog and is following along.  Hi Fred!

My poor substitute for Denali this year is going to Elbrus in July.  I was on Kilimanjaro this past February.  I’ll be at Elbrus with Casey and he and I were also at Kilimanjaro.

Good luck and climb safe.  I miss you guys. XXOO

-Larry Seaton

Posted by: Larry Seaton on 5/31/2013 at 10:06 am

have an excllent trip and we’ll see if we can get the elmendorf guys to give a gentle flyby

Posted by: stump on 5/31/2013 at 8:04 am

Robin and team,

We are super excited for you guys as you embark on your journey. Glad that everything has gone smoothly thus far. Hope it continues to be that way!

Happy climbing!

Posted by: Terri on 5/31/2013 at 6:37 am

Tyler, Garrett, Robin and Team,

Hope all is good with everyone. Glad that the weather is clear and warm??... But hope your climb to your first camp goes smoothly. Will pray for everyones safety and continued good weather. Keep the updates coming as we all look forward to your blogs. Have a great day today!


Posted by: Matt Prosser on 5/31/2013 at 6:25 am

Robin and team,

We’re excited you get to do this on the 100th anni!

- derek

Posted by: Derek Leggio on 5/31/2013 at 6:18 am

James and team
Sure is exciting to hear that you are now at basecamp!  Looking forward to following your blogs.  Here’s to safe climbing!

Posted by: Fred Klingbeil on 5/31/2013 at 5:50 am

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