Mt. McKinley: Okita & Team Visit the Edge of the World

Posted by: Brent Okita, Leah Fisher | May 31, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 14,200'

Thursday, May 30, 2013
Awakening the crew just before 9:00 a.m. to enjoy a breakfast of blueberry pancakes in our posh house as the sun warmed up camp was a real treat. We knew the noon hour was upon us and a few clouds began to gather around camp. We booted up to walk to the Edge of the World, a place from which you can look 7,000’ down to the NE fork of the Kahiltna. From here we were treated to dramatic views of a vertical world, in fact, you could even see our very first camp of the trip, a place we past through, which seems so long ago, but in fact was only eight days ago. Some swirling clouds added the drama of being there.
The rest of the day was spent rebuilding our latrine with blocks cut from the snow to protect us from the weather. And later, we welcomed our other RMI team down from 17,200’ camp after their summit day yesterday.

Tomorrow we’ll be carrying a load to above 16,200’, perhaps as far as 17,200’ camp. It’ll be a big day for us but we’ll do fine. Of course, the first time up the fixed ropes is always a bit of a challenge, but this rest day has been good for us, mentally and physically to get ready for it.

We’ll let you know how it goes. Until then, we’ll just end with another birthday greeting: Nic, Happy Birthday from Dennis and the team.

RMI Guides Brent, Logan and Leah

View from the Edge of the World. Photo: RMI Collection

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Keep up the good work Derek, bet your getting some amazing photos. Climb hard and stay safe. Huw

Posted by: Huw on 6/1/2013 at 12:01 am

Jeff Hooper

Love reading the blog and seeing the pictures as you make it up to the top.  keep putting on the sun block ;)

Posted by: Veronica Hooper on 5/31/2013 at 6:48 pm

Dear Virg,
For the first time in years I know where you are at and what you are doing every day.  Thanks to this wonderful blog. It is fun following you up the mountain - Good luck - Love your Mother

Posted by: Barbara Hall on 5/31/2013 at 11:21 am

Logan and Team -

I see it’s time to confront The Wall, and I don’t mean the wall in Game of Thrones.

Good climbing to all of you.

-Larry Seaton

Posted by: Larry Seaton on 5/31/2013 at 9:53 am

Monica and team…I’m hoping weather is going to be great for you as you take the next step higher on the mountain.  Enjoy the headwall…climb strong, be safe and save up all those amazing memories…

Posted by: Fletch on 5/31/2013 at 7:06 am

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