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Denali Expedition: Smith & Team Snow Overnight Prompt Rest Day at 14,000 Camp

Thursday, June 17, 2021 - 10:02 pm PT

Howdy all,

The snow continued through the night and into the morning. A layer of frost coated the under side of the fly. Every time you hit the tent to knock the snow off, the frost fell down onto our sleeping bags. As the sun came out and warmed the tents, the ice melted and the frost turned into little water drops. Due to the snowfall and wet tents, we opted for a rest day to allow everything to get dry. Snow fell most of the day, sometimes while sunny others fully cloudy making for a very white scene. But later in the day the clouds cleared and the views were amazing. Having such great views makes being patient worth it. The temps bounced from chilly to very hot in the tents all day. One could swear it was 100 degrees inside. They say its freeze or fry out here and we can all feel why. Tomorrow's weather looks good, so we will be going to our cache at 13,500' to grab our stuff. Its exciting to be reunited with your snacks you parted ways with at 11,000' camp. Sleeping bags are calling our names.

Till tomorrow,

RMI Guide Hannah Smith


Comments (5)

Wishing you all the Best Hannah and Dustin!!!
Farmer Dave

Posted by: Dave Kestel on

These updates are the highlight of my day, you truly give us perspective on the tremendous feat you have all undertaken and prepared for.  Putting it out to the universe for great weather to make the summit happen. The pictures are amazing, keep them coming! I love my Lu, what a golden birthday this is!!!!

Posted by: Daysi on

Great work Team Smith! It’s so worth all of the suffering, keep your eye on the prize!

Best wishes for great weather!

Ron Richmeier

Posted by: Ron Richmeier on

The photos are so exciting and the posts bring the scene to life! Thank you for such nice descriptions that give us an opportunity to see what it’s like. Take care and Enjoy the rest before pushing on up.
Beanie worn out!!

Posted by: Judy Collins on

I so look forward to your posts and photos every day. I’m sure when the sun comes out the views are incredible from up there. I hope the weather cooperates going forward. Best wishes from home B!

Posted by: Heather Collins on

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