Mt. McKinley: Hahn & Team Carry Some Gear Up the Fixed Lines

Posted by: Dave Hahn, Ben Liken, Sean Collon | July 08, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 14,200'

We broke a few personal altitude records today.  Our stoves were lit shortly after 6 AM while Genet Basin was still deep in cold shadows.  The weather didn’t look perfect, but that was more of a concern for two of the other guided groups camped alongside us since they were trying to figure whether to commit to a move to 17K.  We were just contemplating a carry to the top of the fixed ropes at 16,200 feet and we could do that in iffy weather.  We set out at 8 AM and made easy progress as the clouds washed in and out a few times.  Within a few hours we were at the foot of the intimidating fixed lines.  The slope angle goes up in a hurry at that point, and looking at this incline for several days from 14K can psyche one out.  Best to come to terms with the fixed section of the climb and to gain confidence on it, which was what we did today.  We topped the ropes and made our cache at 16,200 feet in calm and sunny conditions.  People were heard to say “This is pretty cool” in English, German and Russian.  The confidence building continued as we dropped back down to 14 camp without difficulty.  We own the place now as the other groups made their move to 17 camp.  We all got a good look from above at a hundred empty tent snow walls, impressing us with how “crowded” this important camp can be in mid-season and how delightfully uncrowded it is now. 

RMI Guide Dave Hahn

A view up the fixed lines on Mt. McKinley. Photo: Katy Reid

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Reading your updates every day here in Russia, sending best regards to Alexey! Keeping our fingers crossed for the whole team!

Posted by: Nina and Ksenia on 7/9/2014 at 11:25 pm

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