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Mt. McKinley: Nugent & Team Retreat from 18,500’

July 1, 2015 6:25 pm PST

Hey, it’s Billy here checking in from 17,200’ on Denali.  We are back in camp after our foray up the Autobahn and around the corner on Denali Pass but it was quite windy. The wind along with zero visibility and blowing snow and some wind slab instability conspired to shut down our summit attempt.  So we turned tail at just above 18,500 feet and everyone is back down in camp, in one piece safe and sound.  We’re trying to regroup and figure out what the future holds for us. We’ll check in tomorrow and let you know we’re up to you.

All for now.
RMI Guide Billy Nugent


RMI Guide Billy Nugent checks in from 17,200 ft on Mt. McKinley

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Comments (9)

I’m rooting for good weather so you can attempt the summit again! Keep the spirits up, Rhonda! You’re a stud-ette:)
Sue

Posted by: sue mamer on

Foiled by wind slab and zero vis!  I’m wishing for a blue bird day coming up for your next attempt.

Posted by: Matt McKittrick on

Kevin,
Pop on some Petty, kick back and fuel up. I’m working around the farm today, hot day here buddy…. Silver Bullets make it tolerable.
Sven ” at sea level”

Posted by: Sven on

glad to hear safe choices were made..hope the summit is still possible..love mom and dad

Posted by: MARK AND HELEN WALSH on

Charlie and Art, you are both so strong and courageous.  You are my mountain men!  Stay safe.

Posted by: Leslie on

Fingers and toes crossed!! Ya gotta make it.
Betty

Posted by: elizabeth williams on

Must be a tough decision to turn back!  You WILL make it to the summit!!!

Posted by: Frances on

“And though I came to forget or regret all I have ever done, yet would I remember that once I saw the dragons aloft on the wind at sunset above the western isles; and I would be content.” -URSULA K. LE GUIN

Doug (and team) - The Summit is to hope and work toward…your safe return is what is required.
~Belladonna

Posted by: Belladonna on

Stay safe and enjoy the adventure everyone!!! I miss you Charles!

Posted by: Katelynn on

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