Mt. McKinley: Haugen & Team Make Their Move to 14K Camp

Posted by: Mike Haugen, Mike Uchal | June 20, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 14,200'

Thursday, June 20th, 2013
We made the move. The wind was blowing most of the night last night. I set my alarm for 2:30 a.m. just to see if the weather was going to allow us to move up camps. Right when my alarm went off, it was as if someone hit a switch and turned the wind off.

We got up, packed up camp, and headed up another 3,000 feet. The move only took us about six hours to hike, but we had to work hard building snow walls once we arrived at Denali’s 14k camp. This camp, as much or more than the other camps we have been in this far, can receive huge winds that pick up at a moment’s notice. We used snow saws to quarry blocks of snow to make walls that surround our tents.

All of this hard work will pay off with a full rest day tomorrow. The sun does not hit this camp until around nine in the morning. I am pretty sure that none of us will be out of our tents until he sun warms us up!

RMI Guide Mike Haugen and the RMI Summit Team 6

An RMI team's 14K camp on Mt. McKinley. Photo: RMI Collection

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What is the temperature range at 17,200?  Is it balmy?  (“No such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing”?)  We’re hoping for both to be good, and for all the luck possible!

Posted by: Kathy Uchal on 6/22/2013 at 5:23 pm

Great to see your progress!!  Hope the weather holds up.  Mtn Mo

Posted by: Mo on 6/22/2013 at 3:33 am

Calgary under floods. went through 24hrs without power and had a lot of fun walking in pouring rain! little O and P found the all adventure very fun!big hugs to LM

Posted by: elisabeth on 6/21/2013 at 4:43 pm

Say hi to Kiwi for us. Glad you are having a good journey so far. We were at the Pikes Peak summit today. Much better than when we went with you. We took the Cog Rail up!

Posted by: Rebecca Wallace on 6/21/2013 at 3:17 pm

The wind gods are on your side. These daily updates are awesome for those of us following our loved ones on this adventure. Stay well. Love from the “Ville”.

Posted by: George Landers on 6/21/2013 at 6:09 am

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