Mt. McKinley: Haugen’s Team Moves to 9,600’ Camp

Posted by: Mike Haugen, Mike Uchal | June 16, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 9,600'

Sunday, June 16th, 2013

Happy Father’s Day to all of our dads from Summit Team 6!

We bit off another chunk of the mountain this morning ascending to 9,600 feet. Only 10,600 feet to go! We arrived at our new camp around mid morning. Our team is quickly becoming McKinley camp experts, so it did not take us very long to dig in camp. We had some extra daylight (oh yeah, it is always daylight), so we decided to dig a monster posh house. A posh house is our version of a cook tent. It is like a snow cave where the cooking and seating area is dug into the snow below ground level. The roof is a big top-like tent that is held up by a pole that goes from the apex to the floor of the snow pit. Now we have room for company.

The weather forecast looks stellar so we should be able to move up to 11k Camp tomorrow.

RMI Guide Mike Haugen and Summit Team 6

P.S. Lance says thank you to his wife and girls for the Father’s Day card!

An RMI team's posh tent. Photo: Chris Villar

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Wow!I am speechless! What a great experience! I am so proud of my friend Cindee Teer! I hope all goes well, and everyone is safe! The Turner Family

Posted by: Ingrid on 6/17/2013 at 6:01 pm

It sounds like things are going so well! Steve, we are thinking of you constantly.  Tania went home today and we miss her, but we had fun this weekend talking about how WE are not on a glacier, but enjoying summer in the mountains.  Just so you know, Tania did awesome this weekend.

Posted by: Lisa Mackey on 6/17/2013 at 6:01 pm

Looking great! We are routing for you all and for our friend, Cindee Teer!!

Posted by: Kristina on 6/17/2013 at 9:24 am

if you have room for company: coming! count 3 more for diner tonight!!!thinking a lot about you!

Posted by: elisabeth on 6/17/2013 at 8:57 am

Glad to hear the weather is good and expedition is on track! Climb safe Uchal and Cheers from Arkansas.

Posted by: Tim M. on 6/17/2013 at 6:52 am

Tell Q that Jack and I say our prayers every night for an exciting and safe ascent to the summit. Jack says hi to all your team members. Love from the “Ville”.

Posted by: George Landers on 6/17/2013 at 2:53 am

Love the posh house. Stay safe and have fun. Katie’s mom.

Posted by: Kathie Constantine on 6/16/2013 at 5:42 pm

Love the posh house. Thinking of you all every day. Happy Father’s Day to the dads.  Have Fun!  Katie’s mom.

Posted by: Kathie Constantine on 6/16/2013 at 5:40 pm

Uchal and Team, Best wishes for a safe and memorable climb. Uchal little different than the Adirondacks…I bet? Long way from our conversations in the shop! Inspirational what you have been up to!! I still tell the story of you saving the ducks on senior prank day! Hope all is well!!
Chuck Miller

Posted by: Chuck Miller on 6/16/2013 at 4:27 pm

love the pic.  had the standard at the Roadhouse and an Axe Ale at West Rib today.  Loving Talkeetna apartment.  Glad you are having great weather.  We havent had a bad day yet.  All our best to the team.  Love. Mom Haugen

Posted by: Cindy Haugen on 6/16/2013 at 3:51 pm

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