Man Show Catches up on Their
Reading at 14K
June 9, 2005
Hello this is the Man Show checking in for our 6th day at 14,000 feet. The
mountain continues to throw her worst at us, we’ve had two feet of new snow,
pounded by winds. The troops have battened down the hatches. Lars currently
holds the record for two books read, looking eagerly towards his third. The
only thing that saves us is listening to Alaskan mode rock stations with a
penchant for playing Paradise City by Guns and Roses. Tomorrow we hope to move
to 17, weather permitting, but it doesn’t look great. We’ll check in with you
then, until then the Man Show out.
Team Dynamite Prepares to
Cache at 13,000
June 9, 2005
Hey this is David Kratsch calling from Team Dynamite. We are at 11,000 feet
looking at Foraker which is slightly breaking out and the sun is poking on
through. We’re getting ready to go to bed soon and then carry up to 13,000
tomorrow to drop our cache off. Today we back-carried down to 10,000 to pick
up a load. Today’s quote is: “Why don’t you go ahead and make me a dang
quesa-dilla” That’s from Grandma from Napoleon Dynamite. This is Team Dynamite
wishing you the best.
Mixed Nuts Fortifies for the
June 9, 2005
Hey this is Forrest McCarthy with the Mixed Nuts. We’re still hunkered down
here at high camp on Denali at 17,200 feet. We got snow walls that would give
Fort Knox a run for its money and they’ve been holding well against the 50mph
+ winds that we have been dealing with every night. So we’re just hunkered
down here nice and solid and everybody is just kind of waiting for the weather
to break. Duane and I did down-climb today and picked up our cache and we’ve
got a week worth of fooed and fuel supplies to wait and hang out here for our
summit window. High Camp is slowly getting smaller and smaller, there’s only a
few other groups here, but we’re kind of getting a kick out of it. And our
team just wants all their family and friends to know that they are all doing
well. There are a couple of personal messages from the team:
Big kisses from Jacques we have love to Jean, Elsie, Sarah, Marianne from papa
who is in a tent for four days at 5,300 meters and waiting for the sky to
clear up. Thinking very much about you all.
Love from Kiek Sherpa to Marianne as you know we are holed up by bad weather
at high camp, it might be so long that I will not be able to meet you at in
Anchorage. Please check with the Talkeetna office, we have good phone contact
with them, kisses from Kiek.
From Andy: hello to Claudia from high camp at 17,200. I hope that you are
well, I am doing fine waiting for the chance to summit, I love you, my best to
all my family and friends, I love you all, Andy.
That’s it for now, we are doing well, and hunkered down, got lots of food and
fuel, spirits are high, things are well, we’re just waiting for the weather to
break for our summit attempt.
Team Dynamite Reaches 11,000
June 8, 2005
Hey this is Eric Remza with Team Dynamite calling from 11,000 foot camp here
on Mount McKinley. We just moved form our 7,800 foot camp up to our camp here
at 11,000 feet. We woke up around 3:00 this morning got out of camp around
7:15 after we broke down camp and had breakfast. We did the slow walk up to
camp here and we actually did it in pretty dire conditions. We had a lot of
snow and wind and the whole team really pulled together to get up here and it
took a pretty good amount of time. Just getting to camp was one thing but when
we got here we had to set up our camp, and everyone pulled together as a team
and everyone is actually doing very, very well. So we’re all nestled in here
for the night and are looking forward to actually sleeping in a little
tomorrow morning, because we‘ve been getting up at 3 and 4:00 in the morning
the last couple of nights. (Unfortunately the Napoleon Dynamite quote for
today was unintelligible due to spotty satellite reception)
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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