Cheeseburgers in Paradise
getting ready to move to High Camp
May 23, 2005: Greetings cyberworld, this is Eric Murphy reporting in from the
14,200 foot camp for Cheeseburgers in Paradise. Well Folks, it’s Monday and
we’re resting here at 14.2 in fairly decent weather. We made a carry yesterday
to the top of the fixed lines at 16,200 feet and we are all set up for a final
push to high camp and for a summit bid. The team is doing great, everyone is
having a great time, we are enjoying lots of great meals, we had another
French toast breakfast this morning and people are getting into their books,
relaxing and getting ready for the summit push. So lots of love and greetings
to friends and family out there following this cybercast and again, it’s
Monday, tomorrow we’re looking to move up to high camp and our final push and
we will definitely be in touch, Eric signing out, ciao.
Mystic Elvises safe back at
May 23, 2005: Hello this is Trevor with Team Mystic Elvises, we have all
safely made it back to camp at 17,200 feet after successfully summiting. Our
summit day was 14 hours and 11 minutes and as I stand here in Camp with a very
close to full moon with calm clear skies at about 2:30 in the morning on
Monday May 23rd, I have a great view of the whole Alaska Range in front of me.
We’ll call tomorrow or the next day as we start heading down the mountain, but
Team Mystic Elvises has summited and I just want to let everyone know that we
are safe and sound and we’ll begin making our way down the mountain. Team
Mystic Elvises out.
Dneali Sango-Oichan-7 safely
at 14K Camp
May 22, 2005: It’s Sunday May 22nd, in the evening and this is Andy Rich
calling with what is hopefully the final cybercast form the field for Denali
Sango-Oichan-7. We made our way down form high camp today down to 14,000 feet,
we had a really relaxed morning, which was nice, we all deserved it, and made
our way down here and settled back into the similar camp we were in when we
were down here before. We had a nice dinner and hot drinks and we’re
anticipating a 10-hour hike down to the landing strip tomorrow, where
hopefully we’ll be looking for a plane ride, probably the next day, hoping
that planes can fly then.
As a follow up on our summit, after dinner tonight we were having hot drinks
and I asked all the climbers in our group what their next climbing adventures
were, I began thinking about it because Oichan has just completed the 7
summits and I was wondering what his next climbing adventure was, so I asked
him and his first response was that he was going to go back to farming! I
didn’t speculate as to the state of his one-piece down suit nor did I really
follow up with the rest of his climbing career afterwards, but that was his
immediate response. Others in the group, Hiro says he is heading to Peru next,
going down to the Cordillera Blanca, Saito says his next adventure will be
Elbrus in Europe and he’s hoping that if he summits Elbrus this Summer he will
also go to Aconcagua this Winter and that will hopefully be his 7th summit as
well, the highest peak on each continent. Shirota just smiled meekly at me and
everyone else in the group and said Everest, Everest! So I think that Shirota
may be going to Everest. Yuki, I think Yuki is going sport climbing next, I
declined to ask her if our summit day was more fun than a day of sport
climbing but I think that she would say that is was certainly more memorable
and rewarding. As for Dan and I, well Dan is on his way right back down to the
Tetons, he’ll be there for the next few months and I’ll be coming back into
the Alaska Range pretty directly, so I think that pretty much covers us.
That’s the future outlook for Denali Sango Oichan-7 and we’ll call with one
final closure when we get back to Talkeetna, which will hopefully be in a day
or two. That’s it for now, Oyasuminasai!
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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