Mt. McKinley: Jones and Team So Happy Together

Posted by: Tyler Jones, Garrett Stevens | June 05, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 11,200'

Thursday, June 5, 2014 5:23 PM PDT

It’s always a little hard to leave the food you love in a cold dark hole on the glacier…wondering when you can get back there, whether it’s going to snow so much that you can’t find it again, or if the industrious ravens will dig into it. Fortunately for us, none of the above were issues today, and we completed our cache retrieval without incident.

We started the day with snow showers and overcast skies, and enjoyed a leisurely breakfast of bacon, egg and cheese quesadillas with coffee and cocoa (clearly, we’re not starving). The food was just the fuel we needed for our two hour mission - we fired downhill, dug up the group gear and food we cached two days ago, and packed up our sleds for the trek back to camp.

The snow continued to fall as we pulled into camp, within 15 minutes we had all the gear stowed and were tucked into our tents, as warm and dry as we can hope to be. Now it’s time for a little lunch indulgence with the treats we brought, continued hydration, and resting from the output over the last few days. Tomorrow’s plan is a little up in the air - we’ll see if the weather cooperates for a carry or if we take a rest day here. Keep it locked in for more updates from the team!

RMI Guides Garrett Stevens, Tyler Jones, and Bryan Hendrick

An RMI team enroute to 11,200' camp on Mt. McKinley, Alaska. Photo: Lindsay Mann

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Hi Paul. We hope that you are continuing to enjoy your climb. We are also hoping that you have good weather, and are looking forward to seeing the pictures of you and your team on the summit.
Love Ronda, Alex, Meeka and Max

Posted by: Ronda Kinneberg on 6/7/2014 at 6:31 pm

Dave, I hope you’re enjoying yourself.  The food you all are eating sounds like quite a menu!  Please stay safe and keep having fun.  All of us on the east coast are thinking of you and looking forward to hearing about you reaching the top!

Posted by: Patty on 6/7/2014 at 7:11 am

Dave, stay warm & dry. Are you playing cards?

Posted by: Alice on 6/6/2014 at 6:44 pm

Bonnie & I are loving this…I know you are too! We are anxious to hear it all from you. Come back safely.

Posted by: Suzanne on 6/6/2014 at 3:37 pm

Stay Strong Dave!!! God be with you and your team!

Posted by: Sandi on 6/6/2014 at 9:07 am

Dave Johnson: Reports are all good. I am praying your climb is all good. Enjoy the snow and cooler temps, glad it is you and not me. We had a pretty cool and snowy winter. I will enjoy the warmer temps, sunshine and a little rain. Have a great day tomorrow and God bless the whole team.  Judy Arbogast

Posted by: Judy Arbogast on 6/5/2014 at 9:14 pm

Jen and Jake, in case you were wondering it was 105 down at phantom ranch today, enjoy that nice cool weather you have up there :). Good luck on the next stages of the climb and I can’t wait to catch up on your progress when I get back. Stay safe and have fun, I’ll be thinking about you!

Posted by: wade on 6/5/2014 at 7:46 pm

Jen - sounds like you guys had a great day. Hope you sleep well and have a good rest or carry day tomorrow. Can’t wait to read about it.

Posted by: Nicole on 6/5/2014 at 6:57 pm

Sounds beautiful.  Enjoy while you are there, you are living the dream. 

Posted by: Nancy on 6/5/2014 at 6:44 pm

Good steady progress. Enjoy your rest. Wish I was there with you.

Posted by: Nick Boekenoogen on 6/5/2014 at 6:11 pm

Great, guys—-keep moving and sleeping—-and watch out for the toilet usurpers!

Posted by: Ben Alvarez on 6/5/2014 at 5:58 pm

Hey Will, hope your foot is all healed and you’re feeling strong. Love you!

Posted by: Christine on 6/5/2014 at 5:51 pm

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