Mt. McKinley: Jones & Team Enjoy a Day of Leisure, Training, and Preparation

Posted by: Tyler Jones, Garrett Stevens | June 06, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 11,200'

June 6, 2014 - 8:37 pm PT

Today we woke to a grand flurry of climbers packing and moving up to the fourteen thousand camp. For us though, it was a day of rest and we crawled out of our sleeping bags after the sun warmed the air in the tents. We ate another great breakfast of bagels, cream cheese, and bacon, firing our spirits for a day of organizing our gear for tomorrow’s carry up to the 14,200ft camp.  We’ll once again be separated from a few of our goodie bags and the gear we will use on the upper mountain.

We had a great review of advanced crampon technique, ice axe use, and general efficiency skills needed for our continued success at altitude as we move higher up. The real climbing starts from here, and we’ll don our crampons and ice axe for climbing steeper, more technical terrain and entering the more challenging altitudes.

With this day of rest, light activity and acclimatization our carry should be no sweat for our crew. Send some more nice weather our way and we’ll let you know when our cache has landed at its next destination!

RMI Guides Tyler, Garrett, Bryan, and the crew

11,200' on McKinley, Kahiltna Dome in the the distance. Photo: RMI Collection

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Thinking of you Jen and this incredible adventure you are on. Praying that the weather holds up and you will reach the summit soon. Lots of love.

Posted by: Aunt Marie on 6/7/2014 at 7:18 pm

Great job. Thinking of you, Dave and the whole crew.
Have a safe climb. Can’t wait to hear all about it.

Posted by: Bonnie on 6/7/2014 at 2:15 pm

Great news. Keep up the good work. Pictures are beautiful. love Dad.

Posted by: Nick Boekenoogen on 6/7/2014 at 1:08 pm

Dave, take deep breaths and go slow! Thinking of you and the crew! Dick

Posted by: Dick on 6/7/2014 at 12:41 pm

Jen - Hope you are keeping all of the boys in line. :-) The pictures look beautiful and I can’t wait to read about your ascent to the 14,000’ camp. Glad the weather is holding for you guys!

Posted by: Nicole on 6/7/2014 at 7:39 am

Have another safe day of climbing higher and higher.  Stay warm.  Andrew and Summer said “be safe Uncle D.G.”

Posted by: Caroline on 6/7/2014 at 5:59 am

Hi, Paul. Sounds like all is well. Jeff and I sure enjoy the updates. Be safe.

Posted by: adonnelly on 6/7/2014 at 5:42 am

Paul, don’t forget Puerto Rico is waiting for you after the climb—-bikini heaven, man!

Posted by: ben Alvarez on 6/7/2014 at 1:41 am

Very excited to read your daily updates by the Guides. They are so descriptive and put us all ‘in the picture’ and we are there for you every step!  Photos too are amazing - thank you all!  Cathy

Posted by: Cathy Lambert on 6/6/2014 at 9:12 pm

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