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Mt. McKinley: Jones & Team Ready to Move

Posted by: Tyler Jones, Lindsay Mann, Chase Nelson | June 13, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 14,200'

June 13, 2015 4:31pm PST

The final day of waiting and preparation… We hope! Today is a calm and sunny day at 14 camp, although the small plumes of snow still sail above us on the West Buttress ridge and upper mountain. With groups of climbers from around the world stacking up over the last week of poor weather, the headwall and fixed lines were crawling with dozens of folks on the move—Making for one full boat on the route today. Our decision to stall and let the hoards move on and winds continue to die down will hopefully give us a smooth and ultimately safer move. We want to work smarter not harder and like a raven sailing on the afternoon thermals give our team the best and smoothest climb we at RMI can offer.

Thank you all for the comments, wish us luck and we hope to check in from high camp tomorrow! Cheers!

RMI Guide Tyler Jones & Team

An RMI Team Moving up the fixed lines on Mt. McKinley. RMI Photo Collection

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Mt. McKinley: Jones & Team Build Their Fortress

Posted by: Tyler Jones, Lindsay Mann, Chase Nelson | June 13, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 14,200'

Friday June 12th 10:10 pm PT

Fortress at 14k on Mount McKinley!
Today was a clear day but the winds raged as the high pressure slowly comes our way!
The fortress of snow-block walls now fully encloses our tents and cook house with an entry straight from stone hedge! A giant block caps the archway leading into our dojo! 
The wind still whips as plumes of blowing snow briefly create little to no visibility in camp. A blue bird day that is hampered by a ground blizzard. If you ask me this is what the experience of Denali is all about. In the next few days the wind will likely subside and crystal clear skies, warm and breathless air will remain. Fingers crossed we will get our perfect day to climb and stand atop the highest point in North America. Till then we’ll hang low in our tents basking in our BO stir fry;).

RMI Guide Tyler Jones

An RMI team's tent fortress on Mt. McKinley. Photo: Linden Mallory

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Mt. McKinley: Jones & Team Adventure to the Edge of the World

Posted by: Tyler Jones, Lindsay Mann, Chase Nelson | June 11, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 14,200'

Thursday June 11th 5:50 pm PT

Again we remain at 14,000 foot camp as we wait for the weather to turn for a summit bid. The snow keeps coming down around here like coconut flakes sprinkled on ice cream.

We did take advantage of a short break in the clouds this morning to walk to the Edge of the World, a viewpoint to the northeast fork of the Kahiltna several thousand feet below.  Waddling out onto the saddle rock is an existential experience indeed, having all that air underneath you really makes you feel alive!

After our trek to the Edge of the World, we enjoyed a nice mid-morning brunch. With chilly temperatures and a light breeze we crawled back into our tents for an afternoon reading session. A few hours later we greeted Jake’s team, who carried from 11K Camp. It was nice to see his team, they all seemed to be doing well.

Keep sending good weather vibes our way!

RMI Guide Tyler Jones

View from the Edge of the World from Mt. McKinley's 14,200' Camp. Photo: Lindsay Mann

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Mt. McKinley: Jones & Team Waiting for a Break

Posted by: Tyler Jones, Lindsay Mann, Chase Nelson | June 11, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 14,200'

Wednesday June 10th 5:30 pm PT

Today brings more snow to Mt. McKinley at 14,000ft. After coffee, bagels and bacon everyone spent a few hours lounging in their tents before starting the afternoon projects. The camp project consisted of building an enclosed toilet. A true architectural feat, I might add. The secondary project was a remodel of the posh tent, which consisted of lowering the floor to give us a bit more headroom.

Our camp looks great and hopefully we will get some good weather coming our way this weekend.

RMI Guide Tyler Jones

Posh tent at Denali's 14,200' Camp with the fixed lines in the background. Photo: Lindsay Mann

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Mt. McKinley: Jones & Team Sitting Pretty at 14,200’

Posted by: Tyler Jones, Lindsay Mann, Chase Nelson | June 09, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 14,200'

June 9, 2015, 4:22 pm PT

Last night we had a fiesta with the Upper West Rib team. It was a posh full of laughs, stories, and quesadillas.

This morning we slept in and enjoyed a bagel and salmon breakfast over stories and Via coffee. The team spent most of the day in the posh battling it out at Phase Ten (a card game).

The rest of the day has been spent lounging and grazing on food. We are hoping for some good weather this weekend and with good neighbors, good food, and some good tunes we are sitting pretty up here at 14,000’.

RMI Guide Tyler Jones

Climbers at 14,200 ft on Mt. McKinley with Mt. Foraker in the background. Photo: RMI Collection

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Mt. McKinley: Jones & Team Ascend Fixed Lines

Posted by: Chase Nelson, Lindsay Mann, Tyler Jones | June 08, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 14,200'

June 8, 2015, 4:37 pm PT

Firing the Fixed lines!
Today it was a good day. We woke in the bitter cold at 14 camp and slowly rose from our warm down feathers. With coffee and a bowl of granola we clipped in to our ropes. Finding rather pleasant walking conditions, we smoothly flowed up the slopes below the Headwall then gained the fixed lines up to 16,200ft. Our last 20 minutes up the lines provided brisk winds and motivated our super strong team to depart the lines and pass the ridge where the winds became a light breeze. This was a welcome way to spend our break and unload our final cache of food and fuel for our summit push! 
The team prepared for the descent back down in the brisk wind. With the confidence of great mountaineers we smoothly cruised down to our camp.  Then a session with our grand lunch sacks along with a well deserved afternoon nap.
The evening will be a group dinner with the West Rib crew. Likely to consist of big fried quesadillas laughter and friendships forged!
Till tomorrow, Positive Vibes!

RMI Guides Tyler Jones, Lindsay Mann & Chase Nelson

Climbers ascending the fixed lines above 14,000ft Camp on Mt. McKinley.  Photo: Brent Okita

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Mt. McKinley: Jones & Team’s First Night at 14K Camp

Posted by: Tyler Jones, Lindsay Fixmer, Chase Nelson | June 07, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 14,200'

June 7, 2015, 9:45 pm PT

After surviving our first chilly night at 14K Camp, everyone walked into the posh this morning to the sweet smell of blueberry pancakes. Cooking at 14,000ft is quite difficult on any day but Tyler made pancakes that would have made Grandpa Jerry proud.

Post breakfast we took advantage of the nice weather and prepared our camp for a nuclear winter. Hopefully the weather will stay nice but if not we are prepared for the worst. After our wall building session we did some more training for the upper mountain.

The guides set up a fixed-line obstacle course that everyone marched around in like a group of trained gorillas.

Tomorrow we hope to carry to the top of the fixed lines, but as always, we will see what Mother Nature brings.

RMI Guide Tyler Jones

Looking through camp walls at Mt. McKinley's 14,200' Camp. Photo: RMI Collection

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Mt. McKinley: Jones & Team on the Road to 14K Camp

Posted by: Tyler Jones, Lindsay Mann, Chase Nelson | June 07, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 14,200'

Saturday, June 6th 10:18 p.m. PT

On the Road again!

Yes, today we got to move up into the Genet Basin! We are currently snuggled up in our sleeping bags at McKinley’s 14K Camp. Everyone did an excellent job today and climbed quite strong.

We had a leisurely departure from 11K waiting for the perfect time of day. There was a lot of traffic on the route due to lots of teams sitting out this storm at 11K. However, with our strong group Tyler was able to giraffe neck around to see what was ahead and plan some strategic breaks in order to avoid the congestion.

We arrived at camp around 4:15pm and everyone was quite efficient setting up camp. After a hard days work, everyone enjoyed many spatulas of Annie’s Mac and cheese with crispy bacon.

We are happy to have made the move and will check in again tomorrow!

RMI Guides Tyler Jones, Lindsay Mann and Chase Nelson

Climbing teams on Mt. McKinley's Windy Corner. Photo: Lindsay Mann

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Mt. McKinley: Jones & Team in a Holding Pattern

Posted by: Tyler Jones, Lindsay Mann, Chase Nelson | June 05, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 11,200'

June 5, 2015 3:00pm PST

Snowpocolypse…

Yep, it’s still snowing here at 11k camp and the holding pattern…continues. It’s deep and fluffy around here! We had to get our periscopes out this morning to escape the tent. The day has been spent waddling like platypuses from our tents to the posh to the bathroom. The team has also spent our time maintaining our camp, shoveling freshly drifted snow, building and rebuilding walls around our tents. Despite the snowpocolypse, spirits have been kept high with card games, jokes, rapping and stories.

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Mt. McKinley: Jones & Team Take a Snow Day at 11,200’

Posted by: Chase Nelson, Lindsay Mann, Tyler Jones | June 03, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 11,200'

June 3, 2015 - 3:48 pm PT

Pitter, patter, pitter, patter! Snow day at 11,200’. Well, as we mentioned the snow started last night and throughout today we have received more that a foot of light dry fairy dust. This a has been the first session of shoveling out the tent every other hour and almost surely not the last. With a day to sleep in and recover and hide from the pesky weather. This morning we had some excellent grilled breakfast burritos packed with cheese, eggs, salsa, and of course bacon. This afternoon will work on some more skills will need higher on the mountain and spend some time building our walls higher as the storm continues to swirl. With fingers crossed will try to move our bright orange homes up to 14 camp as soon as we get a break in the weather.

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A stormy day at 11,200ft on Mt. McKinley.  Photo: RMI Collection

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