Multiplying Forces caches at
May 20, 2005
Hey there friends and family, this is Todd calling in from Windy Pass,
reporting that Team Multiplying Forces has successfully made the carry up
around the Corner to about 13.5 and we are headed back to camp right now.
Everybody on the team is strong and the weather seems to be holding. If it
holds one more day for us, which we are crossing our fingers that it will, we
will move on up to 14 and then a storm can come in because we are ready for a
rest day anyhow, so a storm would be a good excuse. We’re all healthy and
happy and sending our love out to you, signing off for now.
Cheeseburgers in Paradise
reach 14,200 foot Camp.
May 20, 2005
Hey good morning cyberworld, this is Eric Murphy calling in for Team
Cheeseburgers in Paradise on Denali. Well folks it is Friday, May 20 and we
are greeting you from the beautiful comfort of 14,200 foot camp on Denali.
Skies are clear, the weather is beautiful, and we just gave our bon voyage to
Alp 2, who are currently on their way up to 17 Camp. We got in yesterday at
about 5:00, got camp set up, had a great sleep and are currently in progress
of having breakfast of French toast and sausage. So we’re living large up
here, everyone is doing great and today we’re planning on doing our back carry
to our cache, just around Windy Corner.
Tomorrow will be a rest day and Sunday we’re looking at carrying to 16.2, the
top of the fixed lines and potentially moving to High Camp on Monday. So
that’s our schedule as it stands, we’ll definitely be in touch. Hugh sends his
mother Molly, Happy birthday wishes and Randy sends his son Peter happy
birthday wishes and Eric sends his love to Christina and mom. So with great
views of the Alaska Range, this is Eric Murphy, out.
Mystic Elvises push to High
May 19, 2005
This is Steve from the Mystic Elvises and today we had a rest day at 14,200
feet at camp and we walked out to the Edge of The World which looks down 7,000
feet to the North Fork of the Kahiltna Glacier. We took turns going to the
edge on our ropes and just got lowered over the edge with a belay from Trevor
which was very exciting. Then we just relaxed and got ready for our push up to
17,000 feet. Tomorrow we are planning on getting up pretty early and making
the push, so we’ll give you a call in a couple of days and give you the update
on our move up to high camp, where we have six day of food and fuel and we are
looking at summiting in the next six days if the weather holds. So far the
weather has been good and it is still clear out right now, the sun is still
out and it’s 10:30pm. Have a good night.
Team Multiplying Forces picks
up lower cache.
May 19, 2005
Hi this is Winslow calling in for Team Multiplying Forces. We just hiked down
from 11.2 to pick up our gear and food that we have left down here. It’s a
beautiful day, a nice rainbow around the sun which is really pretty, but
predictive of weather in about 48 hours, so we might get some snow up here,
but it’s looking great right now. Everyone worked hard yesterday building a
camp up at 11.2 and we enjoyed a great breakfast of French toast this morning
and have been telling a lot of jokes and stories, having a great time. We will
talk to you next time we hit cell reception which might be tomorrow if the
weather holds for us, take care, bye.
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.
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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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