Mt. McKinley: Nugent and Team Rest at 14,000’

Posted by: Billy Nugent | June 23, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 14,200'

June 23, 2014 - 5:21 pm PT

After a long, tough day yesterday putting in our cache at 17,000’, High Camp on Mt. McKinley, we decided last night that today would be another rest day. The team is spending the day relaxing in the tents, and catching up on nutrition and hydration after returning to camp at 14,000’ last night depleted. Yesterday’s exercise combined with today’s rest should make us acclimatize well and make us exceptionally strong on our summit push. It’s also good mentally to know what a long day is like and to know that we are strong enough to push through.

With our cache up at high camp in and the gang well rested after today we’re in a good spot to make our move up and take a crack at the summit. Fingers crossed for a good spell of weather in the near future…

RMI Guide Billy Nugent, from 14,000’.

A panoramic view of camp at 14,200 ft, Mt. McKinley, Alaska.  Photo: Billy Nugent

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Hi Michael and Bruce. All is well here. Following your progress on the blog site. I hope you have great weather on your summit day. Bruce, your garden has been eaten by some groundhog. The weeds are thriving though. You’re not missing anything here so enjoy the climb.

Posted by: Joyce on 6/24/2014 at 7:19 pm

Bruce and Michael, best of luck tomorrow, when you get to the top be on the lookout for penguins I understand they are rare that far north, but I have it from good authority that a group is known to nest at the top, out of harms way.

Posted by: Katherine and Reid on 6/24/2014 at 5:36 pm

Billy and Team;

Keep it going.

Mike Q.

Posted by: Mike Q. on 6/24/2014 at 1:22 pm

So exciting! Keep up the excellent work you guys!
Cheers, Mo

Posted by: Mo Mendonca on 6/24/2014 at 9:36 am

Good luck on your quest for the summit. Hopefully the weather cooperates. We are enjoying all the updates and pictures.  Take care, Eric!

Posted by: David olson on 6/24/2014 at 4:10 am

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