Mt. McKinley: Jones & Team Carry to 10,000’

Posted by: Garrett Stevens, Tyler Jones | June 01, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 7,800'

Saturday, June 1, 2013
This morning we got up at 4 am as planned to carry our first load of luggage up towards 11,000’. Breakfast was a quick affair of granola cereal and bars, and by 5:30 the team was underway. Our slow, steady pace helped us gain elevation, while the moderate breeze blowing down the glacier kept anyone from overheating. The peaks of the Alaska range glowed at the tops as the sun crept higher in the east, lighting the summit ridges of Mt. Crosson and Kahiltna Dome. Looking back down the main Kahiltna Glacier at our breaks, we were treated to a morning view few people get to enjoy: snow, ice and rock in every direction, sculpted by nature into a cathedral worthy of reverence.

All too soon we arrived at our cache location, but we enjoyed the acclimatization benefits of working a little bit at 10,000’. The crew all worked well and within minutes we had safely buried all our gear and turned back towards our warm tents at 7,800’. The pace was quicker as we dropped back down, and we were soon dropping our packs and crawling back into our tents to avoid the ruthless solar radiation. The team is now focused on rest and rehydration, preparing for our move to camp at 11,000’ tomorrow.

We’ll keep you posted as we continue to climb higher, stay tuned!

RMI Guides Tyler, Garrett and the Crew

The view from the Kahiltna Glacier - Mt. Hunter and Mt. Francis

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Outstanding work everyone!  looking forward to the updates, and tell Fallout we said hello from Denver.

Posted by: stump on 6/2/2013 at 1:09 pm

A special Hi to Lori.  Greeting to the rest of the team.  Thanks for these updates.  Mom

Posted by: Fern Hansen on 6/2/2013 at 11:06 am

Great updates so far…hello Robin and friends…sending wishes for continued good weather.

Posted by: Cheri Hample on 6/2/2013 at 9:54 am

Hi team Tyler,

The Kolosar family loves to hear the updates.  We are so proud of all of you!  The photos are amazing.  Safe travels and we anxiously await the next update. 

Wendy, Taylor and Nathan

Posted by: wendy kolosar on 6/2/2013 at 6:49 am

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