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Denali Expedition: Parrinello & Team Fly to Base Camp

Thursday, June 2, 2022 - 9:45 pm PT

We did it! We’re here! The Alaska Range! After a stressful day and half of packing we’ve finally arrived. We took off first thing in the morning to avoid a hot mushy landing strip. The flight was beautiful, cloudless and most importantly smooth. The views were spectacular and plane ride mostly silent as we looked on with awe at the majestic mountains wearing glaciers as hats. Once we landed at base camp we set to unloading our nearly 1,500lbs of gear. Then began the real fun, setting up camp. We dug caches, a kitchen, a dining room and 4 tent platforms. Then we erected our tents and got moved in. After that we did what smart mountaineers do best, lounged in our tents to avoid the heat and intense sun. Eventually it cooled down and we did a delightful burrito dinner. Now we’re laying down for an early (and short) night as we’ll be walking in the wee hours of the day in order to have firm snow and reasonable temps.

Spirits are high! Our elevation is low! And the team is excited to move up the mountain.

RMI Guides Avery Parrinello, Jack Delaney, Liam Weed and team


Comments (8)

Happy Birthday Rebecca! Love that you’re starting off the year in the most epic way! Amazed and impressed and always cheering for you. XOXOXOXOXOXO Kyla

Posted by: Kyla on

Happy Birthday, Becs!  Hope you get someone to take a special picture of you “celebrating” on the mountain.  Love you!  ❤️M&D

Posted by: Peggy and Ed Baack on

Happiest of all Birthdays, Rebecca! I hope you’re having a bad-ass day and feeling empowered and loved. ❤️

Posted by: Courtney Sutherland on

Happy birthday Rebecca! Hope your birthday is full of all of the mountain luxuries! Happy climbing!

Posted by: Sarah on

From Rebecca’s mom to the whole team,
Do you remember Al Franken’s mantras on SNL?
So here’s a Denali mantra for all of you:
You’re good enough. You’re strong enough.
You’re smart enough. You want it enough.
So by golly, just go do it!!!

Posted by: Peggy Baack on

We’re rooting for you and the team, Michael! Best wishes on your journey up the mountain!

Posted by: Robin and Jim on

Cheering you and your friends on, Rebecca! I’m thinking about you and sending you all the best! ❤️

Posted by: Courtney Sutherland on

What a great looking team! Way to go Michael!!!

Posted by: Kim on

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