Alaska Seminar: Davis & Team’s Unexpected Good Fortune

Posted by: Leon Davis, Eric Frank | May 08, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 7,300'

May 8, 2014 1:54 a.m. PST
The team woke this morning to the sounds of birds chirping in the trees, which meant that yesterday’s rain had passed. The sky was still overcast, but as we assembled for breakfast at the Talkeetna Roadhouse spirits were high and conversation about our chances of flying onto the glacier carried a positive tone.

By late afternoon, it looked like another night might find us sleeping in Talkeetna and dreaming of glaciers, but luck fell our way. We were instructed to “suit up” and get loaded on the plane. Our flight service, K2 Aviation, was going to put us in the air and see if they could punch through.

Six hours later, we were nestled into our camp on the southeast flow of the Kahiltna Glacier. We established a camp and had a phenomenal dinner. Everyone is in awe of the surroundings and the group’s cameras are getting quite the workout.

RMI Guides Eric Frank, Leon Davis and the Alaska Mountaineering Seminar crew

K2 lands at Kahiltna Base. Photo: Katy Reid

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