Mt. McKinley: Jones & Team Move to 14,000’ Camp

Posted by: Garrett Stevens, Tyler Jones | June 09, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 14,200'

June 8, 2014 - 5:50 pm

This morning we woke to warmer and windless air. The team packed our camp, had quick coffee with oatmeal and a granola bar. We then packed tents away, and organized snowshoes along with most of the sleds, some trash and few extra things we could spare to leave behind in a cache for us to pick up on our decent.

The travel was as calm and nice as we could ask for with light clouds passing over head. If we could complain about our weather we would just say we were too hot at times. This was a welcome change to the chilly morning we climbed in for our carry yesterday. Our crew made great time, even adding a rest stop on a completely windless Windy Corner.

Once we arrived at camp our days work was far from over as the snow began to fall. We dug tent platforms, built another priceless kitchen posh house and prepped camp for a storm that is expected over the next few days. We are now getting some rest and fluffing our feathers. Soon will have a deluxe meal of quesadillas with chicken, fresh veggies, beans and rice to fill our bellies and help us sleep warm in our new camp in the Genet Basin at 14,200 ft. Tomorrow we have earned a full rest day of eating, drinking and acclimating.

Will be in touch soon!
RMI Guides Tyler, Garrett, Bryan and the “No Troubles” crew!

An RMI Team ascending Windy Corner en route to 14,200 ft Camp on Mt. McKinley.  Photo: Brent Okita

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Congratulations Team !!

You’re moving up the mountain like a well oiled machine.  I think 14k may be my favorite camp up there.

Tyler, Garrett - Don’t know where you’ll be in September but I’m signed up on the Sept. 19th, 4 day climb at Rainier.

-Larry Seaton

Posted by: Larry Seaton on 6/9/2014 at 9:19 pm

Wow. Great post tonight and glad the weather is cooperating. Stay strong And full of courage Jen. Love you and so proud of you.

Posted by: Marie on 6/9/2014 at 7:13 pm

Great job team.  Hope the weather cooperates for your next move. Stay warm Jen and don’t do anything I wouldn’t do…oh you already are!  Love, Mom

Posted by: Terry on 6/9/2014 at 5:42 pm

All right, Jen! 14,000’ camp. That’s a milestone! Hope you had a very restful rest day today and that the weather blows through quickly.

Posted by: Nicole on 6/9/2014 at 5:26 pm

We miss you Aunt Jen! Sending warm and sunny thoughts from Florida! Stay safe and keep up the good work. We love you.
Xoxo Nicole, Frank, Emma & baby jake

Posted by: Nicole Winter on 6/9/2014 at 4:23 pm

Nice work everyone, enjoy your rest day. You’re making great progress. Love Dad.

Posted by: Nick Boekenoogen on 6/9/2014 at 3:11 pm

Nice work team.  Sending you all good weather juju in the hopes of a speedy and safe summit.

Posted by: Amy on 6/9/2014 at 12:32 pm

Rest up, Paul, and air them drawers! Hey, eat any ice worms lately—-tasty little suckers…Ben

Posted by: Ben Alvarez on 6/9/2014 at 11:35 am

Good job, Dave and crew. Wish I had the guts and stamina to do what you are doing. Climb safe.
Bonnie & Suzanne

Posted by: Bonnie on 6/9/2014 at 10:52 am

Way to go Paul! So glad to read that things are going well. The kids love the pictures and say good luck! Be safe! Love Nancy, Dave, Emma, Ian and Devin

Posted by: Nancy Kelly on 6/9/2014 at 8:58 am

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