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Denali - West Buttress Expedition

Mt. McKinley: Jones and Team Smooth Move to 11,000’ Camp

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 4:53 PDT

The morning came with no wind and optimal cool temps for our travels. After an oatmeal breakfast, the team packed for our quickest departure from camp yet. Our crew is strong and made great time during our climb, stopping at our cache to retrieve a handful of items from the surface, adding just a microscopic load for the final push into our new home for the next few days.

We plan to continue to fortify our camp by adding wind walls to our million dollar Posh house! The Posh house will serve as our kitchen,living, and dining room, bringing some comfort from the chill of the evening and protection from the blasting solar energy of the sun.

Currently, we are hiding from the sun’s torture and looking forward to a big dinner of tortellini with bacon and sun dried tomatoes. Tonight we will get a long night’s rest, and a leisurely breakfast tomorrow will lead us into a short back carry to retrieve the rest of our equipment!

We’re keeping our fingers crossed for RMI Guide Brent Okita and his team above us - as of last night’s radio check-in, they were planning to go for the top today. If the weather up high is anything like it is at our new camp, they stand a good shot. But for us, the name of the game is rest, recover, and prepare for the work ahead.

Cheers for now,
RMI Guides Tyler Jones, Garrett Stevens, Bryan Hendrick, and team

Comments (10)

We are following your progress.  Good Weather & Good Luck!  Going to Raleigh to see & hear Oz.

Posted by: Fred & Donna on

Hi Paul! We didn’t want you to be the only “camper” (haha) not getting “mail” from home this trip. So enjoy your adventure and safe travels! Love Ronda, Alex, Meeka and Max (the toad catcher!!!)

Posted by: Ronda Kinneberg on

Jen - Sounds like things are going great so far. I hope you are having an awesome time. I just know you’re loving every minute of it. Climb strong!

Posted by: Nicole on

D.G. Did you bring the moose with you to carry your gear?
Keep up the great work and break the trail for us to follow. Stay safe!

Posted by: bruce freedman on

As the Jefferson’s sing Moving On Up!

Posted by: Caroline on

D.G.  Having coffee and watching your progress online. Looks like you are doing fantastic!  Stay strong. Love you!

Posted by: Bartek's in Georgia on

Jen, it sounds like you all are doing awesome, and that camp looks amazing. I hope you’re still enjoying every moment. Been thinking of you and the team a lot. Keep strong crew!

Posted by: Wade on

Dave Johnson. I am so happy for the progress and apparent great weather! That is how I am praying for you, in part. Glad everyone is doing well. All of your hard work is paying off. What beautiful pictures! I look forward to this every day. Victory awaits! Pam

Posted by: Pam Johnson on

Way to go, you’re a “strong crew”! Enjoy all the bacon and tortellini - how’s the appetite holding up with all those snacks? Also, Hillary Nickel wants to know how you pee on a mountain when it’s -40… clearly important discussions us sea-level lubbers have having down here… Maybe the next update? ;) J/K. Love you!

Posted by: Christine on

Nice, Paul—-how’s ur back holding up? Eat, man, eat! Ben

Posted by: ben Alvarez on

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