Mt. McKinley: Okita & Team Settle in at 14,200’ Camp

Posted by: Brent Okita, Leah Fisher, Nick Hunt | May 30, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 14,200'

May 29, 2014 - 11:07 pm

The team got through their first night here at 14,200’ in splendid shape. Most actually got their best nights sleep of the trip.

Although we got a few extra winks of sleep this morning,  we got up early enough to pick up our cache at 13,500’ and were back before noon. This allowed us plenty of time to get in some training before we hopefully make a carry up the fixed ropes and finally on to the West Buttress, the namesake of our route up Denali.
But before we could call it a day and enjoy some quality time relaxing in the tents, we built a ‘proper’ latrine complete with high walls to protect us from the wind and blowing snow. These walls do double duty to afford us some much appreciated privacy as well.
Walls were also built up around our tents, which will be of huge benefit if the forecasted winds appear tonight.
We’d like to end with a parting shout out to three generations of Greg’s family celebrating their birthday today. Happy Birthday Sarah, Robin and Ken!

Good night everyone.

RMI Guides Brent, Leah and Nick

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Sounds like you’re making good progress, staying rested, full, warm and safe. Well done team. My compliments to all. We love you and we’re all cheering you on. Dad, Nicole, Frank, Emma and Baby Jake.

Posted by: Nick Boekenoogen on 6/16/2014 at 4:32 am


Tell Rick Popp that we have been keeping track of the blog from time to time and that all the HTK killers are rooting him on.  Things are good at home and we are all looking forward to his return.

Keith and Liz

Posted by: Keith Wilson on 5/30/2014 at 8:02 am

Hey Steven Hart,
Glad to see all is going so well! I am so impressed by what you are doing, looks like an amazing experience!

Posted by: Bianca on 5/30/2014 at 7:15 am

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