Mt. McKinley: Hahn & Team Hunker Down at 11,200’

Posted by: Dave Hahn, Mike King, Zeb Blais | July 02, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 11,200'

Monday, July 1, 2013
Our storm got real in the night, with cannon-like broadsides of wind and ice particles assaulting the tents.  It was serious enough that the guides were out stumbling around from midnight to 2 AM, cutting snow blocks and building walls, but not serious enough that the whole team needed to be in on the fun.  It snowed and blew for much of the night, with the wind changing direction every now and then in order to keep things interesting.  Although the alarm had been set early for climbing, it was obvious as the morning progressed that we’d simply have to hunker down and ride out the storm.  Around mid-morning we rallied the whole crew to eat breakfast, dig out tents and build more walls.  Then it was back into the tents for a few hours.  We finished the day with some avalanche transceiver training by Zeb Blais, a fine dinner by Erik Nelson and Mike King, and some tall tales by yours truly.

Best Regards
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

An RMI Team hunkered down during a snow storm at 11,200 ft Camp on Mt. McKinley.  Photo: RMI Collection Stormy weather at 11,200 ft Camp on Mt. McKinley.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Erik can cook?

Posted by: Kurt Nelson on 7/3/2013 at 6:25 pm

Hope the weather improves so that you guys don’t have to stay cooped up in tents on the side of the mountain. Hopefully the avalanche transceiver training will be for naught, but glad that you have it.

Posted by: Vicki on 7/2/2013 at 3:45 pm

Zeb is the best avi teacher!

How’s the weather? Have you seen Ralph? Tahoe is crazy hot!

Posted by: Martina Hulten on 7/2/2013 at 3:28 pm

Any time Erik Nelson cooks its a good thing. He makes a killer Thanksgiving dinner too.

Posted by: Joe Cole on 7/2/2013 at 3:08 pm

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