Mt. McKinley: Van Deventer and Team Looking to Tomorrow

Posted by: Pete Van Deventer, Robby Young, Josh Maggard | June 02, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 14,200'

Sunday, June 1, 2014 11:34 pm PT

The best laid plans are always subject to change. Our first view out of the tent this morning was of blue sky, but when we turned our gaze towards the summit, we found a large lenticular cloud spinning over the mountain, with jets of snow shooting up into the sky. Needless to say, we spent another day in camp. Our prospects look good for tomorrow, with a favorable forecast of high pressure for the next several days. We’ve said this before, and some are wondering how much longer we can wait; the team made the decision today that Tuesday would be our definitive up/down day.  On the plus side, a slew of independent climbers made the jump to 17,000’ today despite the winds, so that should alleviate some of the congestion tomorrow.

We redecorated our posh tent today with a sun painted in Gatorade, a hockey player’s face (looking towards the Stanley Cup), and the quote “we’re doin’ it”. Spirits are still high despite the waiting, and we have a lot of hope that tomorrow will deliver for us. For now: off to bed to rest up for the fixed lines and West Buttress tomorrow!

RMI Guides Pete Van Deventer, Robby Young, Josh Maggard, and team

An RMI team's posh tent at 14,200' on Mt. McKinley, Alaska: Photo: Lindsay Mann

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Hey Team Lowry might do the line dancing yet! Keeping my fingers crossed for all of you. Go go go gang.

Posted by: Frank Haasbeek on 6/3/2014 at 3:23 am

Hoping Team Lowry had the opportunity to go up…can’t wait to read your next entry and hear the good news.

Posted by: Nick Spanakis on 6/3/2014 at 3:16 am

Go team Go!  Get home safe. Love you Chuck and Steve!

Posted by: Joellen Floyd on 6/2/2014 at 3:50 pm

Be safe and have a wonderful journey whether it is up or down, tomorrow. Go Tym!

Posted by: Kristi Kennelly on 6/2/2014 at 3:13 pm

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