Mt. McKinley: Haugen & Team Cache Gear at 16,600’

Posted by: Mike Haugen, Mike Uchal | June 23, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 14,200'

Saturday, June 22nd, 2013
Movin’ on up! We woke up early and set out to cache some gear up high.  Even though the sun was not on us, we thought it was warm for 14k camp. We were wrong. As we set out towards the fixed ropes that allow us to climb the steep face up to 16,000 ft safely, a cold wind picked up and made us cold…like Denali cold! I think we needed it because we were getting a bit spoiled. Once we gained the ridge, we were out of the wind and in the sun and immediately life was better.

We decided to make a cache a around 16,600’ under a prominent rock feature called Washburn’s Thumb. We cached some food and fuel for when we head up to our last camp at 17,000’ in a couple of days.

I was really impressed at how everyone did at the altitude and on the fixed lines. Go team!

Rest day tomorrow.

RMI Guide Mike Haugen and the RMI Summit Team 6

Washburn's Thumb in the background. Photo: RMI Collection

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Lance’s little ones are off camping with the dinosaurs the next 3 days . BUt we will be thinking about you all and wish you warmer wind and fantastic next few days

Posted by: elisabeth on 6/24/2013 at 5:30 pm

Enjoy your day off, but I am sure you will find something to pass the time. This team likes to stay busy it seems. Tell Q the Bruins are at home tonight for game 6. They trail 3 to 2. Should be a great game 7 this week. Go Bruins!!

Posted by: George on 6/24/2013 at 4:05 am

That team sure seems to have fun! keep it that way! news from home for Lance: Calgary under state of emergency. schools closed, downtown shut for days/weeks. crazy! home is good!stay up high guys, no risk of flooding!

Posted by: elisabeth on 6/23/2013 at 5:12 pm

Your team sounds like a fine tuned machine! I know how much work Q put into the prep for this adventure and it’s nice to see it pay off. Stay safe everyone. Love from the “Ville”.

Posted by: George Landers on 6/23/2013 at 10:48 am

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