Team #8 flies to Mountain
June 5, 2005
Hello this is Eric Remza calling in for Alpine Ascents Denali expedition #8.
We will be going by Alp 8 until we get to our next cybercast. I’d like to
introduce myself and my team. Guiding this team will be myself and David
Kratsch. And our expedition members are Kurt Gusinde, Michael Otis, James
Draper, Brook Mancinelli, Lisa Carponelli, and Michael Lovell. And today we
are flying in to the Alaska Range and our base Camp at 7,200 feet at the SE
Fork of the Kahiltna Glacier. Our first group of 4 just flew in and I am
waiting to fly in with the other four and we have kind of rainy weather now in
Talkeetna, but it is clear in the Range. We will not be sending another
cybercast until 3 or 4 more days, so our itinerary for the next few days is
arrive into Base Camp and then make our way up to Camp I, which is at 7,800
feet and then when we are doing our carry to 10,000 feet, we will be able to
send you our next cybercast. So that is it and we will talk to you later, ciao
The Man Show establishes 14
June 4, 2005
Hello this is Alpine Ascents Denali #7, The Man Show checking in with from the
bubbling metropolis at 14,000 feet on Denali after a 6 hour strong push
through a foot and a half of new snow. The team arrived, greeted by Alpine #6,
Forrest and Duane’s group, who had everything ready for us to move right in,
thanks to them. Our talents have moved from creating nice haikus to somewhat
R-rated limericks, so we won’t read any of our poetry. But all is well here.
We are looking forward to a day of rest tomorrow and we’ll check back with you
then, over and out.
Dont' Panic still waiting for
June 4, 2005
Hello this is Ben Billings calling in with a cybercast for Team 5, Don’t
Panic. Today is June 4th, it’s 6pm and we’re finally seeing some warm
temperatures up at high camp. We decided to forego a summit attempt to day due
to high winds and extremely cold temperatures. We hunkered down in our tents
instead and ate a little food and tried to play some hacky sack with a frozen
orange. Our hope for tomorrow is for mellowing winds and warmer temperatures
and our shot at the summit, but fortunately we have plenty of time and we’ll
be able to stay here as long as we need to, to get the job done. Everybody is
doing well and send hell o tot heir friends and families. We will keep you
posted with another cybercast, tomorrow, Sunday night and let you know how we
are doing. Until then take care and we look forward to seeing you al soon.
Mixed Nuts enjoys rest day at
June 4, 2005
This is Forrest McCarthy calling in for Team Mixed Nuts. I just wanted to
report that we are enjoying a nice leisurely rest day at Camp III at 14,200
feet, had a nice walk out to the Edge of the World and are looking forward to
having pizza for dinner. The weather is still pretty decent, been cold in the
mornings, minus 10 degrees, a little chilly getting going in the morning.
We’re gearing up to move up to high camp tomorrow, thins are looking good for
us up there. That’s it for now from Team Mixed Nuts.
Mixed Nuts caches at 16.2
June 3, 2005
Hi everybody out there in cyberworld, this is Duane from the Mixed Nuts.
Thanks again for tuning in, today we had another very successful day, it was
nearly 20 below this morning quite cold, but we pushed on up with food and
fuel and cached at 16,200 feet. (transmission fails) The weather had been
changing quite a bit, blazing sunshine followed by periods of heavy to light
snow. But in the evening, clouds are thinning in the valley and up high winds
are calm, so we’re looking forward to moving on up to 17,200 feet after having
a rest day, give our bodies a chance to recuperate before pushing up to high
camp. Thanks again for tuning in.
Team Don't Panic waits at
June 3, 2005
Hey everybody this is Eric Larson giving you a call from 17,200 foot camp with
Team Don’t Panic. Today was our rest day and it was pretty quiet today, woke
up about 9:00 looking at the sunshine and then clouds slowly moved in and
trickled a little bit of snow on us. Temperatures have been a little moderate
for this elevation, around zero, I think last night it went down to around
-15. Everybody fared really well, they just caught up on some rest and started
to acclimatize by doing some light work and shoveling snow around camp. This
evening we’re hoping for some good weather. We still in a cloud, but we’ll
wake up about 7:00 tomorrow to see what the weather brings us for our first
opportunity to summit. But if the weather is not good we’ve got plenty of food
and fuel to stick around. We’ll give you an update or we’ll call you from the
summit. Until then this is Team Don’t Panic.
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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