Mt. McKinley: Knoff & Team Ready for Some Exercise

Posted by: Adam Knoff, Lindsay Mann, Andy Hildebrand | June 29, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 11,200'

June 29, 2014 - 12:16 am PT

I believe the saying goes “when the sun shines, make some hay!”  Well metaphors are going to have to do because Toto, we ain’t in Kansas anymore and nothing grows up here except foot fungus and beards.  So, with the sun finally shining brightly and the snow settled to what seems a safe consistency,  the team is ready to make some hay and move to 14,000 camp tomorrow!  This morning we didn’t crawl out of tents until the sun warmed them up at 9 am.  After that, massive coffee presses, eggs, bacon and hash browns followed.  Yup, we do it right up here.  It was Andy’s birthday today so he got to be served all morning and surprised after breakfast to a tent full of balloons thanks to Lindsay’s pre-trip preparations.  After breakfast the team read, sun bathed, still sunk waist deep in snow when not on the trail and prepared gear to bring up the mountain.  We are all excited to move our rested legs and make our way up hill.  It will indeed be a doozy of a day, breaking trail, dealing with the sun and carrying heavy loads.  I know we are all up to the task. 

Wish us luck. 

RMI Guide Adam Knoff signing off

11,200' on McKinley, Kahiltna Dome in the the distance. Photo: RMI Collection

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That’s great to hear that the team is again moving up! Go well and Push on, Peter

Posted by: Peter Williamson on 6/29/2014 at 7:41 pm

Good to know you are on the move and the weather has improved Best of luck to all of you.  Get to that summit!

Posted by: Susan Lampas on 6/29/2014 at 8:39 am

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