Mt. McKinley: Okita & Team Have Wind, Snow, Wind and Some Relax Time

Posted by: Brent Okita, Leah Fisher, Nick Hunt | May 27, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 11,200'

May 27, 2014 - 7:08 pm PT

Hearing light snow hitting the fly of our tent this morning prepared us for the possibility that today might finally be the day that stopped our upward progress on the mountain. Very light snowfall coupled with wind and clouds were part of the view from our vestibule. Neither the best nor the worst weather Denali has to offer, so we decided to get up and at least have breakfast while we waited to see if the day might take a turn for the better.
Over a breakfast that would rival the best your local greasy spoon could offer, the outlook for the day became ever more apparent, we were going to enjoy our first rest/storm day. That no one really voiced any complaint reflected the shared sentiment that we were all ready for a break from the constant pace of the trip so far.

Following our breakfast of scrambled eggs, bacon and hash browns, we set to explore and debate many of the world’s challenges and recount some of our personal histories. Of course, such heady conversation, fueled as it was by caffeine and unexpectedly unused climbing energy, soon left even the strongest of us deserting our Posh House tent for the cozy comfort of our tents and sleeping bags. And so has passed our day, playings cards, reading, listening to music, and just plain relaxing.

Life is great!

RMI Guide Brent Okita

An RMI camp at 11,200' on Mt. McKinley. Photo: RMI Collection

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Be safe everyone. Enjoy the experience. Great to see your positive progress.

Posted by: Mark DiLucca on 5/29/2014 at 3:29 am

Dan A and Team,
I am enjoying watching your progress and am glad everything is going well. Stay safe and enjoy your journey. I look forward to seeing what tomorrow brings for you.

Posted by: Maria Martin Faires, RD on 5/28/2014 at 2:16 pm

Safe journey!  We are following your progress Dr Terry!!  Looks amazing!!

Posted by: Clark and Mindie Hung on 5/28/2014 at 7:05 am

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