Mt. McKinley: Van Deventer & Team Take a Weather Day

Posted by: Robby Young, Pete Van Deventer | May 19, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 11,000'

May 19, 2014 5:34 pm
The winds started to blow last night, and the temps dropped. The winds weren’t steady, but periods of calm were punctuated by gusts that slapped and rattled the tents. All morning we watched huge plumes of snow stream off the West Buttress, indicating steadier strong winds up high. Needless to say, it wasn’t a day to head around Windy Corner. We spent the morning moving and fortifying our walls, as the wind has conveniently switched directions by 180 degrees. A long siesta in the afternoon should have everyone well rested and ready to go for a carry tomorrow. We’re hoping hard for the weather to improve, to continue our progress, but the day of acclimatization can only help us at this point. Until then we are well dug in and will tuck in for a cozy night here at 11,000’. We’ll be in touch tomorrow!

Hasta maƱana,

RMI Guides Pete, Robby, and Josh

From 11,000 ft camp on Mt. McKinley, watching winds and weather above.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Weather update from the flatlands of Connecticut..Today was balmy 78F tomorrow a COLD front will sweep in with temps dropping to 60F..will have to suck it up!
Marko U DOIN IT !
R

Posted by: Remi on 5/20/2014 at 8:36 pm

Can’t wait for the next update! Onward and upward!

Posted by: Tatiana on 5/20/2014 at 4:49 am

Hang in there team!  I know waiting is the hardest part. Be safe Chuck and Steve!  Love Joellen

Posted by: Joellen Floyd on 5/20/2014 at 2:32 am

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