Mt. McKinley: Upper West Rib Team Rest at 14,000’ Camp

Posted by: Eric Frank, Geoff Schellens | June 10, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,200'

June 9, 2014 - 10:15 pm

After two days of climbing, we took a rest day today at 14,200’ Camp on Mt. McKinley. We enjoyed a leisurely morning of coffee drinking and a breakfast of cream cheese and lox bagels as we relaxed and enjoyed some sun in Genet Basin. In the afternoon we took to the snow saws and built walls around our camp that would make Troy look like a toy castle. More relaxing followed as snow began to fall. We are hoping to make a carry up to the West Rib, around 16,200’, tomorrow but we’ll see what the weather allows. That’s all for now.

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RMI Guides Eric Frank & Geoff Schellens

Camp walls built around camp at 14,000ft on Mt. McKinley.  Photo: RMI Collection

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John, is it too late to join you?  I’m really getting inspired although I think I would require a motel come night fall.  Snow camping and ice hotels aren’t nearly as much fun as people think.  Can’t wait for the pics, especially those of you working hard! Local news: GO KINGS GO!  One more win to go!  Keep having fun.  GO TEAM GO!  Tante

Posted by: Lisa Stenderup on 6/11/2014 at 9:41 pm

You made it!!! Can’t wait to hear all the stories!!! Congrats to all Chris ‘s!!!!

Posted by: Robin Johnson on 6/10/2014 at 3:00 pm

John- I am happy to report all of the fish are still alive and waiting for your return.  It sounds like you are all doing well and having a great time.  Good luck as climb higher!  We are very impressed!

Posted by: Margaret Wolfli on 6/10/2014 at 12:22 pm

It was so great to hear your voice yesterday, Jesse. What an amazing surprise. I’m keeping you and your whole team in my thoughts.  Keep enjoying yourself and the adventure. I’m looking so very forward to your return.

Posted by: Kelly Gunderson on 6/10/2014 at 10:40 am

God Speed to you, John Stenderup and all your fellow climbers!We heard about your great adventure from your folks at the Arvin church’s 100th Anniversary. You and your friends are mightily in our prayers for safety and fulfillment on this climb. You are putting into practice the words from that great song:“Climb every mountain, ford every stream, follow every rainbow till you find your dream.  A dream that will need all the love you can give, for the rest of your life as long as you live.  Blessings to you all!  John and Robin

Posted by: John & Robin Martin on 6/10/2014 at 9:59 am

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