Mt. McKinley: Van Deventer & Team Carry to 13,500’
May 21, 2014 - 12:28am PT
After yesterday’s blustery winds, snow, and ground blizzards, we woke up to silence. No shaking tents, no rumble from the ridge above, just a clear blue sky. Excited to move, we were the first team out of camp, cramponing up perfect styrofoam snow on Motorcycle and Squirrel Hill, then breaking trail through 5 or 6 inches of fluff on the Polo Field. The sun grew strong and bouncing off the fresh white snow, we were soon stripping layers. We cached 10 days worth of food and several gallons of fuel at 13,5k that we’ll retrieve in a couple days after we move to 14 camp. It was a perfect day in the Alaska range, and everyone was excited to keep pushing forward. We were back in camp with several hours of sunshine left to dry sleeping bags and clothes. Hopefully tomorrow we ‘ll be packing up camp and making our way to 14.
We’ll let you know how it goes.
RMI Guides Pete Van Deventer, Josh Maggard, Robby Young & Team