Mt. McKinley: Upper West Rib Team Waits for a Weather Window

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

June 13, 2014 - 6:45 pm PT

After caching food and gear on the ridge yesterday, we are back at our 14k camp waiting for a weather window to move up. The forecast is showing an improving trend in the next few days. For now we are waiting, passing the time by throwing the football around, playing ice axe horseshoes, and sport eating. We are, of course, anxious for the weather to improve, but spirits are high and the rest is only making us stronger. Well, that’s all for now, we are keeping our fingers crossed for good weather.

Thanks for following our progress.

RMI Guides Eric Frank, Geoff Schellens and the UWR team

Panorama from Mt. McKinley's 14K Camp. Photo: Billy Nugent

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I shall be in Arvin ,California on Monday ,June 16th….ELEVATION 449.  Someone in this family has to stay grounded and out of the clouds…...MOM….always the voice of reason!
I will stay close to my phone so I don’t miss any important calls.

Happy Fathers Day to all of you Dads out there, following the expedition!!!!!!!



Posted by: Patty Stenderup on 6/14/2014 at 5:27 pm

Hey John and UWR Team,

Monday, June 16, around noon, I should be at 14,505’ on Mt. Whitney for my annual trek.  You may be on your summit push near that time, 20,237’.  The sum is 34,742 feet. I will wave towards you! That is cruising altitude for most airliners.  What a special coincidence, that is the day the Forest Service gave me my permit.  Your Mother should have quite the day.  Good luck to the UWR Team.

Love, Dad

Posted by: Kent Stenderup on 6/14/2014 at 3:32 pm

Missed the call, hmmm? Why should cell service be any better up on McKinley than down in the Valley or even the mountains of North Carolina?? HA!HA!HA!
All joking aside, John, glad to know you were thinking of your Mom and Dad in the midst of this grand adventure.
Stay the course, use your time and talents wisely and be patient with Mother Nature- We know the stars will line up and help each and everyone one of you to reach your goal and come home safely.141

Posted by: Rita and BruceWightman on 6/14/2014 at 4:31 am

Just because I was listening to the Dixie Chicks tonight: Godspeed.

Godspeed, little man.
Sweet dreams, little man.
Oh my love will fly to you each night on angel’s wings.
Sweet dreams…

And later you’ll be on top of the world…

All the best, and I hope the weather window opens up for you guys soon.

Posted by: Evencio on 6/14/2014 at 12:52 am

John——- Oh no!!!!! I can’t believe that BOTH Dad and I missed your phone call. I was in the yard playing with the dogs. SORRY!!!  It was still good to hear your voice on the voicemail message,though.  Thank you!  I love you!!!

Posted by: Patty Stenderup on 6/13/2014 at 9:00 pm

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