Team 7 waiting to fly. May
28, 2005: Conan Bliss and Dave Gruss, Alpine Ascents guides, calling in from
Talkeetna Air Taxi. Our team of Lars Theriot, Kevin Moore, Ryan Constantine,
Brian McEachern, Gary Nelson and David Burns is preparing to fly out today,
Sunday, May 29. We were delayed one day due to weather, so we all practiced
our rope and crevasse rescue skills and ate pizza and fresh apple pie.
Now, if the weather holds, we'll fly within the hour. We're working on a team
name. For now, call us Denali 7. It will be a few days before another
cybercast until we get high enough on the mountain for cell
Hi to everyone at home. We're thinking of you and appreciate all you've
contributed to making this climb possible. Ciao for now. This is Conan and
Dave signing off for the Denali 7.
Multiplying Forces waits for
weather at 14.2: May 27, 2005: Hey there this is Team Multiplying Forces
calling in from Camp 14.2 Today was bad weather again, we woke up and it was
kind of calm and we though about it, but by the time we had breakfast it was
cloudy and windy and so instead of moving on up, we did an acclimatization
hike half way up the headwall, many team were coming down that were battered
in the storm up at 17.2, so we feel like we made a good decision. We’re
planning on moving up again tomorrow, weather permitting, so once again keep
your fingers crossed. One last note, Jude sends a happy birthday to his son
Darien, so Darien have a happy birthday! Later
Cheeseburgers in Paradise
turned around at Denali Pass
May 27, 2005
Hello cyberworld this is Mark Fisher calling in for Team Cheeseburgers in
Paradise. This evening is Friday May 27 and we made our first attempt on the
summit., We made it to approximately just before Denali pass, unfortunately we
were turned around by strong winds and inclement weather. Nonetheless the
group is in great spirits and it was great to get out and give the mountain a
go, and now we are back hanging out in the tents and seeing what the weather
will bring us tomorrow or Sunday. Hope all is well, we are doing great and we
will send you another update soon. Bye for now.
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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