Mt. McKinley: Jones and Rest and Re-Fuel

Posted by: Tyler Jones, Garrett Stevens | June 13, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 14,200'

June 13, 2014 3:21pm PT

Denali is a mountain of many moods. Yesterday, as we carried our cache to our highest point yet, she gave us a taste of moderate winds and blowing snow, showing a little irritation. Today, she seems more benign, with light winds, high clouds, and intermittent snow here in camp. The tents are warm and comforting, and we’re all enjoying a well earned rest session.

To that end, we started the morning with plenty of hot coffee, endless strips of crispy, delicious bacon, and the Tyler Jones specialty of blueberry pancakes that would give the best griddle cooks a serious run for their money. The perfectly browned hot cakes, the secrets of which TJ learned from his grandpa, just kept coming, and we all ate our fill until we couldn’t stuff another one down.

The remainder of the day will be dedicated to recuperation, re-hydration, and maximum relaxation.  In fact, the main goal is to move as little as possible and save our energy for the climbing to come. Until then, we’ll be standing by, waiting for the best window for our summit push. Thanks for all the positive vibes and keep’em coming!

Cheers for now, check back tomorrow…

Team No Troubles

Posh Tent at 14,000' on Mt. McKinley. Photo: Lindsay Mann

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Dave, Although I believe you are on the mountain, I want some proof with some close-up pictures of you!  Put them on this site so we can see them.  I hope you’re staying warm.  Patty

Posted by: Patty on 6/15/2014 at 9:12 am

Hi Paul. I’m hoping that your journey is not harder than you imagined, and that your still enjoying yourself. Things are going good here. It was supposed to rain most of the weekend, but had some sun, so did some weeding. (BLAH!!!!) Just finished eating my “Sunday” night papa’s pizza. ( We’re breaking all kinds of rules when your gone. Haha!) Stay safe. We miss you. Alex & the dogs, say Happy Dad’s Day!!! Love Ronda, Al, Meeka (the dog who drank half my coffee this AM) and Max.

Posted by: Ronda Kinneberg on 6/14/2014 at 4:25 pm

HEY DAVE!Just wanted to say “HI”!Wishing you a safe journey, and remember… Getting to the top is optional. Getting down is mandatory. See you on the flipside!

Posted by: Beth Brodeske on 6/14/2014 at 3:30 pm

Hey Dave, Hows the jumar working?

Posted by: Matt on 6/14/2014 at 9:40 am

Hey, Paul and Team, it is so fun to read the daily events and see the camp. What a day and age we live in! Jeff and i are having lively conversations on what you all are experiencing. Paul, can’t wait to talk about it with you. Until then continue to be safe on “the high one.”
Jeff & Anita

Posted by: adonnelly on 6/14/2014 at 2:46 am

Dad (Paul)- Quick update. Made it through week one… barely. Harder than I ever could have imagined times 100. LITERALLY. “Marine bootcamp on steroids” according to the Marine in front of me. But I am here. Hope everything is well with you on the mountain. I can only use internet on Friday nights and Saturdays when I am on pass to be able to check in on you. Safe climbing! Love you.

Posted by: Paige Kinneberg on 6/13/2014 at 11:13 pm

Will- Lots of relaxation and pancakes, eh? That’s the life! Tomorrow I’m going garage sailing in North Toronto and going to spend all our savings - jk! Love you, miss you, love you, and praying for you!

Posted by: Christine on 6/13/2014 at 11:05 pm

Jen - Resting for the summit push, wow! I’m on the edge of my seat every day waiting to read about your team. Yay for good weather and sending many more good weather vibes. Best of luck tomorrow.

Posted by: Nicole on 6/13/2014 at 7:20 pm

Dave Johnson. We’ll it sounds like you and the no trouble team are doing well.  Am still praying for y’all to have a great climb to the summit and the weather cooperates.  Sounds like you are not going hungry with a good cook and guide. God bless y’all have a great time at the top.  Judy

Posted by: Judy Arbogast on 6/13/2014 at 5:56 pm

Wish you all perfect conditions for summit.  Jen hope you can come thaw out in 90 degree Florida next week.  Love and miss you, Mom

Posted by: Terry on 6/13/2014 at 5:14 pm

Pancakes? U put cocksauce on those, too!?Keep up the good work, guys, rooting big time for you all!!! Ben

Posted by: Ben Alvarez on 6/13/2014 at 3:06 pm

D.G.  Looks like you are getting close.  Wishing you success on the summit.  Prayers, Mom

Posted by: Caroline on 6/13/2014 at 3:00 pm

Hey, wait a minute.  I don’t remember getting any blueberry pancakes.  Why’s that?  Must be some age descrimination thing going on.

Time to stockpile energy for the upcoming Tyler Jones 3-Day Up and Down Program.  Day 1 to 17k.  Day 2 to the summit and back to 17k.  Day 3 17k down to 11k.

-Larry Seaton

Posted by: Larry Seaton on 6/13/2014 at 2:07 pm

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