Mt. McKinley: Hahn & Team Back Carry to 13,500’

Posted by: Dave Hahn, Ben Liken, Sean Collon | July 06, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 14,200'

July 6, 2014 - 10:18 pm PT

Today, our first day at 14K, wasn’t very difficult.  We got up just slightly ahead of the sun, which made it past Denali’s West Rib at 9:20 AM.  We had a big breakfast and then geared up to go rescue our cache from the ravens.  It only took a few minutes to walk down to 13,500 feet.  And then a bit longer to dig up our food and gear -which, thankfully, hadn’t been attacked by birds.  Then it was just about an hour in the hot sun to get back to camp.  We had a short training session in the afternoon to review techniques that we’ll employ on the fixed rope section between 15,000 and 16,000 feet.  And around dinner time, we were happy to welcome Adam Knoff’s victorious team back into 14 camp.  They drank water and repacked while telling us stories of the upper mountain.  Then they eased out of camp on their way to 11K while we dined, chatted, and headed for bed.  The sky has clouded up again and light snow is falling, but we’ll hope that tomorrow’s weather stays good enough for us to carry up to 16K. 

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

An RMI team's 14K camp on Mt. McKinley. Photo: RMI Collection

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Wishing you all a very successful and safe journey to the summit!
You guys are an inspiration!

Posted by: Ahin Handa on 7/7/2014 at 11:21 am

Hello Denali-Team!
Thank you for your reports, I read every day. So I can take part a little bit in your expedition. Really I havenĀ“t seen so much snow before, even not on pictures.
Furthermore I wish you sunny weather and a good time for all of you! Stay healthy and in good condition!

Posted by: Ute Novak on 7/7/2014 at 7:09 am

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