The Man Show enjoying the
sights at 11
June 2, 2005
Hello this is The Man Show Alpine Ascents 7 checking in on our back carry day,
we spent a restful night at 11,000 feet last night and opened our eyes this
morning to a perfectly clear cloudless day with spectacular views we haven’t
taken in, in the last few days we’ve been moving through the storm. Tomorrow
we plan on carrying around Windy Corner and caching and then we plan on
spending our third night at 11, we’ll check in with you then. We’d like to
leave you with this haiku from Kevin: Heavy plodding steps
The rope slides through snowy grooves
Will I see the top? Alright, very good talk to you tomorrow.
Multiplying Forces safely
back at High Camp
June 2, 2005
Team Multiplying Forces here, it is 12:45 and we arrived a little while ago
back here at our 17.2 camp and we’re pretty knackered, but nothing a little
warm dinner and some good warm sleep can’t handle. We’ll be headed down the
mountain tomorrow and you’ll be able to talk to your loved ones on the phone
within two days, bye.
Mixed Nuts moves to 14.2
June 1, 2005
Hello cyberworld, this is Duane from the Mixed Nuts expedition. Today we
successfully pushed to Camp III at 14,200 feet. We woke up this morning with
over a foot of fresh snow in our camp at 11.2 and broke trail, which was
difficult in thigh-deep poweder and made it to Camp III, greeted by clear
skies and views of Mount Hunter and Mount Foraker and the fixed lines up above
us. Everybody is doing well, Jacques says hello to his family and we will talk
to you tomorrow, bye.
Multiplying Forces at the
June 1, 2005
Hey there friends and family this is Team Multiplying Forces calling in from
the Top of North America, the summit of Denali. We woke up this morning to
cloudy skies and a light snow and thought about it for a while and thought we
might as well give it a go. We were rewarded because we got just above the
Zebra Rocks and the sun came out and the wind just quit and we are on top of
the summit on a beautiful day. So we will call and let you know that we are
okay but just wanted to let everyone know that the entire team made it to the
top of Denali. We’ll talk to you when we get back to 17, bye.
Don't Panic has a great rest
day at 14.2
June 1, 2005
Hello this is Ben Billings calling with an update for Alpine Ascents Team 5,
Don’t Panic. We are day 4 here up at 14 camp, we had a wonderful little rest
day today after a carry yesterday up to 16.2 where we put in a cache for our
high camp stay. Today was nice, we actually saw some sun today for the first
time in a while and everybody rested, dried out, we ate well, slept well,
exchanged books, had an enjoyable day. Our game plan for tomorrow is to head
up into high camp, 17,200 feet and spend as long as we need to up there. Looks
like we might have a good weather window coming up over the weekend, should be
perfect timing. Everybody is looking strong and excited and all in all we’ve
just been having a lot of fun, spending time together and climbing the
mountain. Let’s see I do have a quick “Love from John to Lisa, Genevieve,
Alexander, Hannah and Dylan" and Don sends “love and prayers to Amy and Levi.”
For now that’s it from Team Don’t Panic, you’ll hear from us again up a thigh
camp when we look forward to talking to all of our friends and family and keep
you posted, over and out.
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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