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Mt. McKinley: Haugen & Team Turn Below the Summit

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013
We woke up around 7:30 with clear skies and no winds. We set off towards the summit with all of the crew feeling great. We experienced a little bit of wind and clouds at Denali Pass, but that is pretty normal. The climb was going smoothly and the weather was about as perfect as you can get.  We were about 150 feet below the summit ridge when the clouds came in and blocked out our sun. All of a sudden we heard a crack of thunder and all of the metal around us began to buzz. We hightailed it down to a depression in a feature called the football field where things seemed to be calm. By calm, I mean a whiteout snowstorm came out of nowhere!  We hunkered down and waited to see if things would settle down. When we were certain they would not, we worked our way down the mountain with GPS and some wands that mark the trail. After a fourteen hour climbing day, our whole team is back in camp happy, healthy, and fed having come a few hundred feet short of the summit but without a permanent stutter from electrocution!
Our plan is to rest tomorrow and perhaps give the summit another go in the next few days. We will see.

Goodnight!

RMI McKinley Summit Team 6


RMI Guide Mike Haugen calls in from 17 camp after their summit attempt.

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Comments (9)

I’m shocked (seriously, no pun intended) to hear about the storm. SO close.  You are all truly amazing and great to hear Mike’s voice.  Cheering you on, thinking about you all, KAC.

Posted by: Kconstantine on

there will be an other opportunity am sure! glad you are all ok .rest well.lots of love to Lance

Posted by: elisabeth on

How exciting!!! Nothing like some extreme weather to remind you to respect the mountain! Jack and I here at Landers Headquarters are hoping you get another shot!Glad you’re all safe and sound, and I bet those sleeping bags felt amazing!!!

Posted by: Liz & Jack on

Better to be safe than to get anyone injured. I think you guys needed a little excitement, as things were going a little too smooth!lol Hope the next ascent meets with a summit conclusion. Love from the “ville”.

Posted by: George on

You are almost there Cindee! Tomorrow is your day.

Posted by: Kristina Markula on

Glad you all are ok! We’re keeping our fingers crossed for better weather and another try at the summit! We’re rooting for you!!!

Posted by: Scottie on

Glad to hear you’re all safe. Been praying for you all to have success and stay safe. Hope you are able to rest up and give it another go. God Bless…

PS - Say hi to Rick.

Posted by: Rob Schwarzberg on

Go Cindee go! You’re so close!! How amazing; You’re amazing!  We can’t wait to hear all about it!

Your Cisco Comms Team

Posted by: Lindy Bartell on

GLAD YOU ARE ALL SAFE!

Posted by: Cindy Haugen on

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