Mt. McKinley: Hahn & Team Summit!

Posted by: Dave Hahn, Zeb Blais, Mike King | July 14, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 20,320'

Saturday, July 13th, 2013 2:30 am PST
Hey this is Dave Hahn with RMI’s Denali team, the last one of the season. I’m on the summit of Denali, 20,320’, on one of the more magical days that I can remember up here in 30 expeditions. It’s really worked out great. We teamed up with some of our good friends from Alaska Mountaineering School and Alpine Ascents International. Great to be up here with good climbers and, like I say, just the most spectacular day. We stepped onto the top at 6:40 PM, and we’ll stay up here for a while. It’s very comfortable. There is maybe a one and a half mile an hour breeze and massive sun. Clouds are probably about 10,000’ feet under us. We will get back to you when we get back to camp. We wanted to let you know that we got extremely lucky. Bye now.

Sunday, July 14th, 2013 8:00 pm PST
This is Dave Hahn calling from High Camp. We got back from the summit, no problem. We spent about an hour up there, altogether. I figure it took us about 13 hours and 15 minutes round trip. We left at 10:20 this morning and we got back about 11:35 this evening. Can’t do a written dispatch; it’s 1:30 now. After doing dinner and filling everybody’s water bottles and all the normal chores for getting us in the bed. But we’ll catch you up on the story in the next few days. The long days continue. This one was spotless weather but very long day. Tomorrow promises to be one as well going down the month. We’ll catch up, and let you know how things are going. Thanks.

RMI Guide Dave Hahn

The view from the top of Mt. McKinley. Photo: RMI Collection An RMI team descending from the summit. Photo: Seth Waterfall

Dave Hahn calls from the Mt. McKinley summit.

Dave Hahn calls in from Mt. McKinley's High Camp.

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Congratulations on an amazing summit day!  We are thrilled for you that the weather was clear and you were able to enjoy what must be the most spectacular views in the world! We are so impressed by the whole team.  Anders, your whole family and tons of friends send their love.  And kudos to the rest of you, especially Anders’ young tent mate Max—pretty impressive feat at your young age!

Posted by: judy and randy on 7/15/2013 at 3:39 am

woohooo! congratulations on your summit of such a worthy mountain. looking forward to pics and the story.

Posted by: michelle on 7/14/2013 at 6:41 pm

Congratulations Max, and the Hahn team!  What a beautiful day. We are so impressed. Take care coming down. - Grandma & Grandpa

Posted by: Bill & Caryl Reese on 7/14/2013 at 3:21 pm

Congratulations! So happy for all of you. Have a safe climb down and trip home. Best wishes!

Posted by: Michelle Adaska on 7/14/2013 at 3:08 pm

Congratulations to the team! You earned the good weather.  Best wishes to Max from Switzerland.

Posted by: Cathy Eggler on 7/14/2013 at 11:58 am

Hi Dave-
Congratulations to you and your team. We almost had a double summit day. Yesterday we reached the top of Mount Elbrus under conditions that sound exactly like yours. Casey said it was the best that he’s seen in all of his trips here. Be safe on your descent.
- Larry Seaton

Posted by: Larry Seaton on 7/14/2013 at 11:14 am

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