Mt. McKinley: Hahn & Team Waiting It Out at 11,200’

Posted by: Dave Hahn | July 04, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 11,200'

Thursday, July 4, 2013
Groundhog Day at 11,000 ft on Mt. McKinley.  Another storm day from start to finish.  Moderate winds, light but steady snow falling, poor visibility.  Our POSH tent is a well dug-in fortress; essentially a covered pit in which we’ve cut benches for people and shelves for stoves.  It provided excellent shelter today.  Obviously, we drag out the meals for several hours, eating and talking and talking some more so as to avoid going back into our sleeping tents too soon and for too long.  We each put in a few sessions of digging out the tents during the day, which is good for the tents, but also for our muscles and our brains.  In late afternoon, the team assembled for a lesson in how we’ll climb the “fixed ropes” section of the route between 15,000 and 16,000 ft.  Then it was time for dinner, more talking in the POSH, and finally bed once again. 

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

An RMI Team weathering a storm at 11,200 ft camp.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Awesome news!  We heard from Anders by Satellite phone that the weather broke and the guys were able to climb up past Windy Corner to cache some gear yesterday (July 5th) around 13K.  Then they descended back to sleep at their now very familiar Camp three.  Just posting this so other families get the news in case you don’t get to update the RMI blog soon.  We were thrilled to hear you guys were able to do some climbing and make some progress!  We look forward to reading Dave Hahn’s recap of the day, and hope you get another lucky weather break.

Posted by: judy christofferson on 7/6/2013 at 6:15 am

OK, enough already with the snow!  Surely you guys have suffered enough and have earned a chance to get up that big hill!  We are doing weather dances here on a frequent basis and hope that your weather fortunes soon improve.

Be sure to have Anders tell you about his love of penguins!

Posted by: Randy Christofferson on 7/5/2013 at 1:09 pm

After watching about 2 hours of huge fireworks over Whidbey and Camano we wondered what kind of show Mother Nature was putting on for you on the mountain. Many prayers are going up for fair weather, safe snow conditions, and the ability to leave the POSH behind soon! Hugs to you Erik from Whidbey. We will toast you tonight around the fire.

Posted by: Donna Nelson on 7/5/2013 at 9:43 am

hoping for fairer weather to come soon for your team. have a safe climb!

Posted by: michelle on 7/5/2013 at 7:24 am

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