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Denali Expedition: Gorum & Team Back at 11,200’

Monday, June 10, 2019 - 8:05 PM PT

We broke down camp quickly this morning. As quickly as anything happens at 17,000 ft. We’re in our tents at 11,000 feet now. It’s a long, hot day getting down here with all of our gear, but we’re one step closer to the airstrip. We’ll take a quick nap here, wake up around midnight, and then walk the rest of the way in the morning, hopefully landing us in position for a flight out around 8am.

RMI Guide JM Gorum

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Our utmost appreciation and gratitude to JM, JT and Dustin for successfully and safely guiding the team up and down Denali!  The blog posts and pictures were awesome!  Thank you from the Adams family and all Brit’s supporters!

Posted by: Jennifer Adams on 6/13/2019 at 7:39 pm

Denali Expedition: Gorum & Team Summit!

Sunday, June 9, 2019 - 8:27 PM PT

The team is all safely back at high camp. Everyone did an excellent job on the way down. - JM

Sunday, June 9, 2019 - 5:24 PM PT

This is John Michael Gorum, calling from the summit of Denali believe it or not, at long last and multiple attempts, we made it! Beautiful day, climbing in light layers and light gloves. [We are] taking photos and some snacks on top and about to head back down. I will send an email update when we get back to camp. All right, you’ll hear from us later.

RMI Guide JM Gorum

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Congrats to you for a long, challenging and incredibly successful climb!

We could not be any more happy for you and the other climbers.


Tom and Becky

Posted by: Tom and Becky on 6/11/2019 at 8:29 am

Congratulations to all the team quite an achievement ;;well done beautiful photos beautiful clear skies ;my French man is right behind you guys they did a gear climb to camp 5 return to camp 4 .monday 10 th June ;so maybey a summit attempt in the next few days ; his satellite connection is not great so i have been following you guys ;;nice job;;;

Posted by: tracy mccall on 6/11/2019 at 1:51 am

Denali Expedition: Gorum & Remaining Team Move Back to High Camp

Saturday, June 8, 2019 - 7:39 PM PT

Guess who’s back? We are. We’re back at High Camp. A place I never really thought I would find myself twice over the course of one Denali trip. The Precision Strike Summit Team (PSST) made quick work of the move back up here. We are a well oiled machine by now. Other teams yell various commands when passing anchors on the fixed lines: “stop!” “go!” “climbing!” “what?” “did you say go?” “huh?!” We climb in silence now, like panthers, sure of each others actions without having to verbalize them. We made it to 17,000’ Camp and moved right back in to our old tent platforms, so that made things efficient. We’re currently all chilling out in the tents, rehydrating, and waiting for dinner. The views are great, but we’ve already spent four days looking at them, so nobody is terribly preoccupied at this point. Here’s hoping tomorrow is another calm, clear day.

RMI Guide JM Gorum

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Okay, that’s hilarious. Lol! Go PSST! LOL! If possible, get it done and get your tushes back down. Step safe. What am I saying?. Your panthers. No problems

Posted by: Susan Moore on 6/8/2019 at 8:58 pm

Denali Expedition: Gorum and Team Create a Game Plan

At high camp, I had a dream about eating cheesy hash browns and eggs. This morning, that dream became a reality. We ate breakfast burritos, lunch burritos, and dinner burritos. We lived a life of luxury that was not possible at 17,000 feet.

We also came up with a plan for the coming days.Tomorrow, half the group will walk out towards base camp and a flight towards Talkeetna. The rest of us will stay here at 14 just in case we have a summit window within the next few days. The forecast is calling for light winds this weekend, which has us hopeful. Regardless of what happens, we will certainly be eating more burritos.

RMI Guide JM Gorum and Team

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Love to muh sunshine:)

Posted by: Jennifer Adams on 6/8/2019 at 10:01 pm

Food sounds tasty! I’m glad I won’t be in the tent with anyone who loaded on the beans. Lol!  Glad some of you are able to stay and try. Here’s to great weather. Nice photo of excellent ice cutting shelter. Go, go, go! But, step safe

Posted by: Susan Moore on 6/8/2019 at 5:10 pm

Denali Expedition: Gorum and Team Move Back to 14,000’

Thursday, June 6, 2019 11:56 PM PT

We woke up this morning and looked uphill at the summit again. We watched as winds increased up high. We watched a few teams leave camp and turn around before Denali pass. We looked at our dwindling food. We looked at our rapidly filling poop cans. When we added it all up, we decided that it was time to leave high camp. Four nights at 17,000 feet can seem like an icy eternity, but the team actually managed it quite well. There was nothing in the forecast that made us want to stay any longer, so we left. We’re back at 14 camp now, which seems like a beach resort in comparison. Some folks have decided they have had their fill, and some want to sit it out for a few more days, potentially trying again. Tomorrow we will flesh out our options and make a plan. For now, we are excited for the best nights sleep we’ve had in a while. We’re excited to eat something other than freeze dried food. We’re excited to be able to wear fewer than three jackets to bed.

RMI Guide JM Gorum & Team

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Wise choice given the conditions you described. For those who want to try again, I hope you make it. Stay warm, and step safe. What a beautiful photo!

Posted by: Susan Moore on 6/7/2019 at 9:24 pm

Whatever choice you make, you’ve accomplished so much Brittni (and everyone else!). Diligently checking the blog daily; sunny Colorado is rooting for you!

Posted by: Kate Holmes on 6/7/2019 at 7:13 pm

Denali Expedition: Gorum & Team Make an Attempt at the Summit

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 4:43 PM PT

Well, if it’s not one thing it’s another. The wind finally died down for us, and we had a beautiful start to our summit attempt. As we neared Denali pass and the top of the Autobahn, thunder started rumbling in the distance. In a matter of minutes we were underneath the leading edge of a 30,000 foot anvil. We tucked tail and ran back to camp, threading through climbers intent on continuing uphill. We can deal with cold, snow, and wind, but the only cure I know for lightning is distance. All in all it was a good day, considering we are all still healthy and happy. We’re going to regroup this afternoon, consider the forecast, and come up with a plan for the next few days.

RMI Guide JM Gorum

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Sending you all our love from Idaho, Brit and team! Glad you are all in this together :)

Posted by: Kat on 6/7/2019 at 8:23 am

Good luck Kirk, I hope the weather holds out for you.

Posted by: Tony and Carrie on 6/6/2019 at 8:44 pm

Denali Expedition: Gorum & Team Keep Waiting The Winds Out

Tuesday, June 4, 2019 - 6:16 PM PT

Last night was probably the least comfortable night of the trip. We had strong gusts throughout the night that rattled our tents, and kept us all far from sleep. We spent the morning hiding from the cold and sipping on hot drinks. The winds were too high to make a summit attempt. Eventually things calmed down, and we ventured forth into the world. It has turned into quite a nice day up here, with winds near the summit diminishing as well. We’ve had some amazing views looking down at our previous camps and the Kahiltna glacier winding out of sight. The forecast looks promising for tomorrow. Once again, we’ll wake up in the morning and see what the mountain gives us.

RMI Guide JM Gorum

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Holding you all in warm hug, especially Mogens! I know this mountain has already gifted you all, looking forward to the stories!

Posted by: Sally on 6/6/2019 at 9:08 am

We’re all in for your humble conquest of goals.  Onward and upward, to the summit… Great care!! Scott

Posted by: scott otoole on 6/5/2019 at 1:32 pm

Denali Expedition: Gorum & Team Wait For Calmer Winds

Monday, June 3, 2019 - 5:49 PM PT

When we poked our heads out of the tent this morning, we hoped to see sunny, calm skies beckoning us to climb this mountain. It was definitely sunny, but winds up high were blowing snow into the stratosphere. As much as we hoped to climb today, it was an easy decision to stay put here at 17 Camp. We slept in, reinforced our camp with some big snow walls, told some jokes, and talked about the beach. Fortunately it hasn’t been too windy here in camp. We’ve been able to get out and stretch our legs from time to time, inspect other camps for architectural inspiration, and chat with the neighbors. We can see the tundra from up here, the only green in sight, 15,000 feet below us. We’ll do an early dinner again, and get organized in hopes of climbing tomorrow. At this point it all just depends on what the winds do.

RMI Guide JM Gorum

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Good luck, Pops! You’ll be on top of the world in no time!

Posted by: Jillian Ludwig on 6/4/2019 at 12:33 pm

Praying for cooperative weather in coming days. You are strong!! Our new baby BOY is rooting for you too. Go team!!
- Sam, Brandon, and Logan

Posted by: Sam Wolff on 6/4/2019 at 5:52 am

Denali Expedition: Gorum & Team Move to 17,000’ Camp

Sunday, June 2, 2019 - 11:10 PM PT

We moved up to 17 Camp today. In my opinion, this is the second hardest day of the trip, but everyone handled it with style and grace. We had a perfect day moving up the West Buttress, with light winds and spectacular views. We’re all straight chillin in our tents now, eating dinner and snacks. The sun hits this camp until past our bedtime, which keeps us warm for the first few hours of sleep. We’re hoping to try for the summit tomorrow if weather allows, so we’re turning in early. We’ll let you know how we’re doing tomorrow.

RMI Guide JM Gorum

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We are thinking and praying for you up in the great white north. All is fine below in the not so far north great white north. Trees finally have leaves, still no grass across the street and Jilli is sitting for her exam as I write. All the best to everyone! Much love and remember, it’s the journey!

Posted by: Beth Ludwig on 6/3/2019 at 9:50 am

Denali Expedition: Gorum & Team Take Rest Day At 14,000 ft Camp

Not much going on at 14,000’ Camp today. We ate a late breakfast, and have been watching it snow all day. It’s pretty easy to take a rest day when the weather doesn’t permit much else. Folks have been alternating between reading, napping, and guessing what’s going on in the real world. At this point, with our cache up high, we’ve done all that we can do to prepare to summit this mountain. Now we just rest, recuperate, and wait for good weather. If the forecast holds, we might not have to wait very long, but we will see.

We’ll check in again tomorrow.
RMI Guide JM Gorum

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Enjoy the rest while you’re able. Lol! I’m wondering if your carb loading, e.g., Snickers, pasta, etc :) Fingers crossed for good weather!

Posted by: Susan Moore on 6/1/2019 at 8:51 pm

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