Mt. McKinley: Jones & Team Great Success with First Move

Posted by: Tyler Jones, Garrett Stevens | May 31, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 7,800'

Friday, May 31, 2013 at 1:30 pm PT
We have made our first move up the mountain to the base of Ski Hill at 7,800’ on the main Kahiltna Glacier.

Since our arrival yesterday we enjoyed a great first feast of totally loaded quesadillas and snoozed up just a few hours of rest before the 2am wake up. We organized our literal mountain of equipment and food in to individual group loads for what will hopefully be our only single carry. This mean we won’t have to carry all our equipment at once but rather double carry, stashing equipment high and gaining fitness through mileage with manageable packs. Mileage is what we will need as the days grow harder and longer the higher we climb.

The arduous loads were all near 100 pounds each. Every climber on our team did a fabulous job getting the heaviest day of the trip over with. We are now truly underway and five miles closer to our goal of reaching “The High One” Denali.

We hope to carry equipment to around 10,000’ tomorrow and return to recently renovated camp at 7,800’. We are going to catch some midday ZZZs and hide from the sun!

Will check in tomorrow,
RMI Guide Tyler Jones

Climbing Teams Leaving Basecamp. Photo: Chris Villar

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Hey Lori, Thank you for the post card. :) You all are amazing! Climb safe! Hugs from Maggie and Casey.

Posted by: Casey Hansen on 6/1/2013 at 4:10 pm

Robin and Team

Mexican food @ 7800’... who would of thought…. What? no Subway?? :)
Hope everyone has a good climb today. You are all in my thoughts and prayers
today for a continued good safe ascent and good weather.
Eagerly looking forward to your daily blogs and new map locations.
Stay warm and stay safe.

Happy Trails to you…


Posted by: Matt Prosser on 6/1/2013 at 11:12 am

Stay strong everyone! You are amazing!
Thinking of you, DJ - sending wishes for a continued good climb!

Love you bro! Your big sis

Posted by: Shelly on 6/1/2013 at 5:20 am

What???  Quesadillas??
How come no one woke me up??

Posted by: Larry Seaton on 5/31/2013 at 4:33 pm

James and team members,

How well you all are organized and fit for the climbing. Following daily blog and praying for good weather, high team spirit for everyone to reach the summit safely.

Posted by: Byoung and Soonja Choo on 5/31/2013 at 2:33 pm

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