Mt. McKinley: Upper West Rib Team Climb and Cache

Posted by: Eric Frank, Geoff Schellens | June 13, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 14,200'

June 12, 2014 10:25pm PT

After sitting watching the wind blow furiously for two days, we finally got the break we needed to climb up to the Rib and cache some gear. The trail breaking was deep, often between mid-calf and mid-thigh and required us to swap guides breaking trail every stretch. Conditions on the Rib itself were great. The wind had swept away most of the powder, leaving perfect Styrofoam snow- an ideal surface for cramponning. Eventually we found a cache location around 15,800’. The weather above us was windy and cold, but we were able to bury the gear and head downhill without getting punished by the weather. As we tuck into bed, the team has a content feeling that everything is in order and all we need is suitable weather to push for the summit.

Thanks to everyone who has followed our progress. Much love and warm thoughts.

RMI Guide Eric Frank and the UWR team

An RMI Guide digging Cache. Photo: Brent Okita

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That’s a lot of bagels.  John, I told you that you would miss the Kings winning the Stanley Cup! It was a nail biter. Now I can fully concentrate on your team’s achievements.  I’m very excited by your march to the top and am with you every step of the way.  Everyone, continue to have fun and stay strong.  Tante

Posted by: Lisa Stenderup on 6/13/2014 at 8:46 pm

The photo of “stashin’ the cache” gives new meaning to the old fashioned term “icebox”!!!
I am loving the photos that you guys are sending us. They are really giving us a visual of all that you are experiencing. Although, the temperatures up there are beyond my comprehension!  Stay strong, stay safe!!! Lots of love to all of you!!!

Posted by: Patty Stenderup on 6/13/2014 at 8:10 pm

Yo Stenderup…..have been following your progress up the mountain…insane pictures…..sounds like all is going well….stay safe and god speed to you and your fantastic team !!
Jeff //  OSO

Posted by: Jeff on 6/13/2014 at 8:11 am

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