Mystic Elvises at 9,000 feet
May 11, 2005: Hello this is Trevor with the Mystic Elvises, and we would like
to report that Elvis is on the mountain, ah ha ha ha ha! We’re currently at
9,000 feet, having successfully carried and cached at 10,000 yesterday and are
moving to 11. The weather has been beautiful, if anything a little hot, but
the mountain has been out, we’re having a great time, super bunch of folks
We’re learning a bunch of
life lessons, we’re learning that Denali can be a stout mountain, it can be
very difficult and we’re relying on each other a lot. We’re learning a lot of
lessons, we’re listening to our guides and teachers, we’re being nice to each
other and in general we’re doing everything like we would do in third grade.
Everyone have a wonderful day and we’ll call you in a few days form 14. Mystic
Overview: There are certain mountains
that need no explanation as to why climb. Denali is such a mountain. Its
tremendous size and beauty generate a magnetism that continually draws
climbers from around the world. An ascent of Denali, touches the psyche of all
alpinists and for those who have undertaken its challenges, it rewards them
with an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Denali is often considered
America's most classic climb. From top to bottom, it rises nearly 18,000', an
elevation gain unsurpassed anywhere in the world. At a northern latitude of
63°, it is the most northerly of any big mountain over 20,000'. No other
region offers such breathtaking and diverse views each day of the ascent. The
panorama from Denali's summit includes Mt. Foraker, Mt. Hunter and Mt.
Huntington in all their majestic glory.
When Dr. Bradford Washburn
pioneered the West Buttress route, he heralded in a new era of Denali ascents
and offered climbers a unique approach to the summit. The flight onto the
glacier is a trip in itself, presenting overwhelming vistas of the Alaska
Range. The West Buttress route remains, by far, the most successfully climbed
route on the mountain.
Climb Overview: A Denali climb begins
deep in the heart of the Alaska Mountain Range on the Kahiltna Glacier. From
the S.E. Fork of the Kahiltna Glacier we begin the climb of Denali's West
Buttress. Base Camp plus five higher camps are established on the mountain.
When necessary, the team makes double carries between all camps, except high
camp, to ensure proper acclimatization and reduce loads. In each camp we build
snow walls for protection from possible high winds. The climb takes
approximately 17-18 days round trip from Base camp.
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