Mt. McKinley: Haugen and Team Move to 11,000’ Camp

Posted by: Mike Haugen | June 16, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 11,200'

June 16, 2014 - 8:03 pm PT

We arrived at our 11,000’ camp in the late afternoon today. Our plan was to leave early this morning to head up here, but the weather was pretty terrible. White out conditions and strong winds kept us in the tent all morning. Just after noon, the weather started to get a bit better and we got word that the conditions were better higher up. We heard a couple of planes that take people on scenic tours overhead, so our suspicions of clear skies above were confirmed. We packed up our camp in record time and headed uphill. The conditions grew steadily better the higher we went and the traveling was actually pleasant.
We arrived in camp way earlier than we predicted as our team has been very steady and strong as we travel up the mountain. We built a storm fortified camp and are just finishing up a well earned meal.
Our plan for tomorrow is to do a back carry. This means that we will go back down to dig up our 10,000’ cache and bring those supplies up to our new camp. We will hopefully have the weather to complete this task early so that we can rest up for our days at higher altitudes.

RMI Guide Mike Haugen and RMI Team “The Ocho”

An RMI Team moving to 11,000ft Camp on Mt. McKinley. Photo: Lindsay Mann

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Comments

Wow you guys are rocking that mountain!  I’m looking for your tracks on Google Earth…. ok not really.  But WOW!

Posted by: James on 6/17/2014 at 7:06 pm

Encouragement to Bruce and Michael. Let me know if I have the right team.

Ron Holt

Posted by: Ron Holt on 6/17/2014 at 9:52 am

Yakahay Bruce! How about an earworm for your next climb? Bush Machine head: Breathe in, breathe out… I think you know the rest!
Love, Melissa

Posted by: SisMeliss on 6/17/2014 at 9:17 am

Nice work! Thinking about you all, stay safe

Posted by: Cat Henny on 6/17/2014 at 8:34 am

Bruce, Wow, couldn’t believe it … you are at #4 camp ground. I am so proud of you brother. Good luck.- Hema

Posted by: Hema Kasar on 6/17/2014 at 8:30 am

Mike keep up the good work!! Stay safe and good luck on the summit!

Posted by: James McGuffey on 6/17/2014 at 6:33 am

What an awesome team. Great progress!! Keep it up.

Posted by: Diana K on 6/17/2014 at 5:23 am

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