Mt. McKinley: Haugen & Team Back in Talkeetna

Posted by: Mike Haugen, Josh Gautreau | June 29, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 348'

June 29, 2014 - 8:23 am PT

We finally got off Mt. McKinley as the snow stopped and the clouds parted. We wrapped up a great adventure with a great meal that did not have to be rehydrated.
I want to thank Bruce and Josh for being great partners in our adventure. Bruce is one of my heroes. Even though he is blind, he climbs with a natural ability and has a great mountain sense. He truly understands what mountaineering is all about. I look forward to our future adventures together!

RMI Guide MIke Haugen and Team “The Ocho”

River near Talkeetna, Alaska. Photo: Eric Frank

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I agree with all. Bruce and Josh are Mountaineers and heros in my book.  Glad to know you are safe and now have memories of Denali that will keep with you.

Posted by: James on 6/30/2014 at 5:52 am

I’ve been watching you—but also NOAH’s weather reports—and I’m really, glad you made the decision that you did, even with all of that forward momentum that I KNOW you had.  I’m sorry you-all didn’t summit but “he who climbs and then goes down, survives to claim Denali’s crown!”.

Posted by: Susan on 6/29/2014 at 6:22 pm

Congratulations to you all for what you have accomplished, and that is truly a lot!  As disappointing as it must be for you, you all chose wisely to come down from the mountain.  There will be another time, and I am glad you are all safe and sound!

Posted by: Pat(ty) on 6/29/2014 at 11:45 am

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