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Denali 2005: Alpine Ascents Denali 2005: Multiplying Forces waits for weather


Denali (20,320ft/6,195m) Alaska

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
phone reception.

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.

Updates

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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A cold weather, high altitude double boot for extreme conditions The Olympus Mons is the perfect choice for 8000-meter peaks. This super lightweight double boot has a PE thermal insulating inner boot that is coupled with a thermo-reflective outer boot with an integrated gaiter. We used a super insulating lightweight PE outsole to keep the weight down and the TPU midsole is excellent for crampon compatibility and stability on steep terrain. WEIGHT: 39.86 oz • 1130 g LAST: Olympus Mons CONSTRUCTION: Inner: Slip lasted Outer: Board Lasted OUTER BOOT: Cordura® upper lined with dual-density PE micro-cellular thermal insulating closed cell foam and thermo-reflective aluminium facing/ Insulated removable footbed/ Vibram® rubber rand See more here.

 

 

 

 

 




 

 

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