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Denali - West Buttress Expedition

McKinley: Jones & Team Cold Temps & Wind = Another Rest Day

June 11, 2014 3:14pm PT

Greetings from Team No Troubles,

Sitting here for another rest day at 14,200’. Cold temperatures and steady wind have been the story of the day, and we made the right decision to stand by for the time being.

Last night saw the mercury plummet to an ambient temp of -17F, which is much more common up here in April than it is in June. Combine that temp with winds in camp of about 15mph and you have a recipe for immediate freezing of any exposed skin, as the wind chill hovers somewhere between -45 and -50F.  Brrrrr shiver!

So instead of our planned carry to the top of the fixed lines, we’ll stay in camp today, on a steady orbit around our posh and sleeping tents.  The team is on guard against any uninvited trespassing into our bathroom, too, as we’ve had more than one inquiry from other folks about using our lovely on-mountain comfort station.

Keep sending warm thoughts, and hopefully warmer weather, our way! Keep the comments coming too, we love to hear from y’all. From a frosty 14K camp.

RMI Guides Bryan, Tyler, Garrett and the No Troubles Crew

Comments (16)

Hope you get to see “Edge of the World” !!!

Posted by: Matt on

Hey Jake love the pictures. It’s only 60 degrees today here back in Minneapolis. Have fun and keep warm.  Auntie Joan

Posted by: joan Hansen on

Hi Will and No Troubles Team!  Spent the night in Anchorage and heading out this morning for 8-hour Denali train.  Looking out for you on the mountain and stay warm if you can, bundle up!! Cheers. Cathy & Mom

Posted by: Cathy Lambert on

Another day of rest sounds like a good idea, relax and enjoy the moment, you might never be there again. You guys are doing great, stay warm and eat well. Love Dad.
Jennifer, Jacob says hello and not to fall in love with any of those boys on the mountain.

Posted by: Nick Boekenoogen on

Hi, Paul! Burr, sending you warm thoughts. Love the photos. Have to admit we are curious about the bathroom. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts regarding it!!! Continue to be safe
Hugs, Anita & Jeff

Posted by: adonnelly on

Uncle Dave, we hope you ended up taking the larger pee bottle. Stay warm and enjoy each little experience. Sending warm thoughts and intentions your way!
Stay warm and happy,
David, Sarah, and Charlie Brown

Posted by: Sarah and David on

Hi to Dave Johnson and the No Trouble Crew
Sending warm thoughts your way. i am glad it is warm here and not the cold we had this winter. Enjoy the trip to the summit and take plenty of pictures to share when you get back. God bless and safe travel to the top.  Judy

Posted by: Judy Arbogast on

Jake and team, only a few can say “I climbed the highest mountain in North America, slept in a personally crafted ice fortress and built a bathroom that had to be guarded from unwanted intruders because it was that awesome! Rest well and stay warm. Sending warm thoughts your way. Thank you for the update Tyler, I really enjoy reading it.

Posted by: Sinatha on

Tyler, Garrett & No Troubles Crew.  I’m guessing “Orbit”, “Y’all”, & “Recipe” as the three words of the day.  I’m sure everyone will out chill the situation.  Climb safe and have some type 2 and 3 fun!

Dan - Team Out Chill ‘13

Posted by: Dan Kolosar on

Jen - Brrr!! I can’t imagine being in weather that cold. Sending very warm thoughts your way. . .

Posted by: Nicole on

Hi David and team. I like the sound of the No Troubles Crew! Thanks for the beautiful pictures. Dave - what color coat are you wearing? I try to find you. I am so thankful things are going so well! God bless you as you journey to the next camp, and then to the summit. Pam

Posted by: Pam Johnson on

Be safe, we are all praying for your climb to the summit! We love you, Dave Johnson!

Posted by: Sandi on

We are excited for you and take some great pictures at the top. Love ya, stay warm.

Posted by: Marie and kelly on

Jake and No Troubles Team, I’m sure the extra rest and acclimatizing will pay off. Wishing you warmer & less windy conditions soon and “no troubles” for the rest of your adventure. Grandpa Nick

Posted by: Nick Wander on

Paul, spooning w/ ur tent-mates should keep u nice and toasty..

Posted by: ben Alvarez on

Paul, Wow… 40 below wind chills. Glad it’s you and not me. We had plenty this winter. It’s 81 and sunny in Mpls. We’ll try and sent some of our warm weather your way. Stay safe & warm.
Love Ronda, Alex, Meeka & Max

Posted by: Ronda Kinneberg on

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