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Denali Expedition: Smith and Team Move to 17k Camp

Thursday, June 23, 2022 7:28 pm PDT

What a day, what a day!

The weather was a little up and down but all things considered allowed us to move to 17k camp. It is a burly move. The morning started we suspect clouds but they soon gave way to mostly clear skies. Of course by time we started to walking the clouds came back and made for some tough seeing. Buy we made it to the fix lines and were greeted by a snowy slope making for better walking. We cruised the fixed lines, dug up our cache at 16,400 and continues our journey up. More fix line bring us to Washburn's thumb and on the buttress ridge. It is an amazing walk with amazing exposure. One last snow slope dips us into our new home. Life isn't easy up here but we make strong work setting up camp and making water. Dinner is currently being served, scrumptious dehydrated Mountain House. We are working on relaxing and recovering for tomorrow. Tomorrow is going to be our big day. The weather looks good enough and is our opportunity before the winds pick up and shut the door on us.

Wish us luck!!

RMI Guide Hannah Smith and Team


Comments (11)

Go team, go! Sending all the good vibes for a wonderful summit.

Posted by: Mama J on

Good luck to you all!  You are almost there!  Sending positive energy your way!!!
IngaLisa’s Mom

Posted by: Irene Wickstrom on

Good luck Nick!  We’re all rooting for you!

Posted by: Elizabeth Hood on

Good luck Big L., and the whole team!!!

Posted by: Big Cat on

LETS GO! Hoping for good weather for you as you make the final push!

Posted by: Shane Lewis on

Good luck to all of you! Sending you strength and positive thoughts! Elke & Simon

Posted by: Elke on

Good Luck Team!!!
from Zimmerman MN

Posted by: Uncle Mike on

N&Y - 17k!!  Awesome!  Be safe and enjoy the summit trek!!  Love you, Tim & Ellen

Posted by: Tim on

Good luck team!! You have an excellent leader!

Posted by: Shannon Smith on

So happy for you, CJ, and the whole team.  Best of luck today on your summit bid.  We are so proud of you!  Eager to hear all about it.  Tante ❤️

Posted by: Eloise on

Thinking of all of you!  Good luck on the big day coming up!!

Posted by: Karen Jackson on

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