Mt. McKinley: Haugen & Team Move to 17K Camp

Posted by: Mike Haugen, Mike Uchal | June 24, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 17,200'

Monday, June 24th, 2013
Only 3000 feet to go! 

We woke up around 4:30 this morning and packed up our 14k camp. We headed uphill towards the fixed lines and hit them as the sun began to beat down on us. It was a stark difference from the other day when it was ridiculously cold from the wind.

We worked our way up the fixed lines and gained the ridge on top of the West Buttress. We picked up our cache as we followed the ridge towards 17k camp. By the time we got to camp we were plenty tired. We dug in deep to protect us from the big winds that can happen at 17,000 feet on De-gnarly. Dehydrated meals and hot chocolate in the tent… bed time!

RMI Guide Mike Haugen and RMI Summit Team 6

Climbers on the ridge to 17,200' Denali Camp. Photo: RMI Collection

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I meant picture on the Rim…

Posted by: Stacy Turner on 6/26/2013 at 5:33 am

Awesome picture of you all on the summit!  A much better view than the one I have in Falls Creek, PA. :-P
Can’t wait to see you on the summit Cindee.

Posted by: Stacy Turner on 6/26/2013 at 5:31 am

Peter, I looked out at the Rockies today, thought of you and your team; back here we are cheering you all on. 
Great to follow exploits of you young enthusiasts.

Posted by: Bil Schnitzler on 6/25/2013 at 7:49 pm

This is all so amazing. Keep having fun!  Hugs to you all. KAC.  PS. Next year the Wild will take the Cup!

Posted by: Kconstantine on 6/25/2013 at 6:49 pm

Looking great, Cindee! We’re pulling for you back home. And by pulling, I mean we went wine tasting in Napa this weekend and thought of you:)

Posted by: Kristina on 6/25/2013 at 9:58 am

Blackhawks beat the Bruins 3-2. Now it can go back to normalcy here in the Ville. Looks like one last big push to the summit for youe team, and now lifelong friends. Good luck to all, and Quinn, your hard work will pay off. Love ya.

Posted by: George on 6/25/2013 at 4:20 am

Go go Katie, Godspeed, Walter, Missed you at Rainier !

Posted by: walter glover on 6/25/2013 at 3:59 am

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